Meet Our Team

Simplified is a financial services business, dedicated to sharing our truth with everyone, and with a caring heart, you can be assured that we will be with you every step of the way. Here is a look at the team that makes it all happen.

Suzanne Durnan (Kania), CHS – Principal

I am the proud principal of Simplified Financial and committed to continuing the high level of service our founder, John McDermott, established in 1990. Taking care of our clients is our number one priority. The insurance/investment industries have experienced many changes over the past few years that have impacted all of us. We have made the necessary adjustments and learned the lessons to ensure we can provide the knowledge, expertise, experience, and professional advice our clients expect and deserve.

We expanded our service to cover Alberta some years ago and grew our Simplified team to provide the level of support on which our clients have come to rely. We are continually learning, which enables us to provide a comprehensive range of products and services for our diverse client base. From individuals and families to entrepreneurs, small business owners, and corporate clients, we have the resources to support your financial requirements now and in the future.

My interests are expansive. I enjoy travelling abroad or exploring our beautiful British Columbia destinations. I enjoy the arts and have become an avid painter in my art class studies. I also enjoy gardening (weather permitting) and listening to music. I am the mother of two daughters and have a wonderful husband,

We are experiencing unusual times with COVID-19, and I want to ensure all our clients that we are here to support you in whatever way we can. If we can help, please let us know.

Connect with us today to start simplifying your complex financial decisions.

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Suzanne Durnan (Kania), CHS – Principal

I am the proud principal of Simplified Financial and committed to continuing the high level of service our founder, John McDermott, established in 1990. Taking care of our clients is our number one priority. The insurance/investment industries have experienced many changes over the past few years that have impacted all of us. We have made the necessary adjustments and learned the lessons to ensure we can provide the knowledge, expertise, experience, and professional advice our clients expect and deserve.

We expanded our service to cover Alberta some years ago and grew our Simplified team to provide the level of support on which our clients have come to rely. We are continually learning, which enables us to provide a comprehensive range of products and services for our diverse client base. From individuals and families to entrepreneurs, small business owners, and corporate clients, we have the resources to support your financial requirements now and in the future.

My interests are expansive. I enjoy travelling abroad or exploring our beautiful British Columbia destinations. I enjoy the arts and have become an avid painter in my art class studies. I also enjoy gardening (weather permitting) and listening to music. I am the mother of two daughters and have a wonderful husband,

We are experiencing unusual times with COVID-19, and I want to ensure all our clients that we are here to support you in whatever way we can. If we can help, please let us know.

Connect with us today to start simplifying your complex financial decisions.

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Shelley Chanut – Advisor

Shelley has been in various roles over the past 20 plus years in the financial services industry. As a banker, a high-risk lender/collector, a mortgage lender, an investment advisor, and an insurance agent…just to name some. Being in the industry as an advisor and as a client for so many years, it is evident that the industry can be full of frustration and misdirection…very complicated. “Suzanne Kania and Simplified Financial Inc. have restored my faith in the financial services industry by focusing on great advice, exceptional customer service, and putting together a great team.” Shelley especially loves to connect with people and assist them in finding the right fit. When dealing with financial issues, working in the office, hiking, exploring various parts of Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, or just out for a walk…it makes sense to…Get Simplified.

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Shelley Chanut – Advisor

Shelley has been in various roles over the past 20 plus years in the financial services industry. As a banker, a high-risk lender/collector, a mortgage lender, an investment advisor, and an insurance agent…just to name some. Being in the industry as an advisor and as a client for so many years, it is evident that the industry can be full of frustration and misdirection…very complicated. “Suzanne Kania and Simplified Financial Inc. have restored my faith in the financial services industry by focusing on great advice, exceptional customer service, and putting together a great team.” Shelley especially loves to connect with people and assist them in finding the right fit. When dealing with financial issues, working in the office, hiking, exploring various parts of Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, or just out for a walk…it makes sense to…Get Simplified.

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Denise Durocher – Office Manager

Denise brings to Simplified Financial Inc. 30 plus years of administrative experience. Denise is typically your first point of contact when you call the office and is definitely first rate! She enjoys the dynamic of working with an office full of strong independent women. Denise is the pleasant voice on the phone when you call in, offers the kind and caring touch in answering your questions, handling your concerns and keeping you updated on your insurance and investments…and is always ready to help out. She can be found most evenings and weekends enjoying spending time with her family.

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John McDermott

(1944 – 2008)

Our Founder John McDermott came to Canada from his beloved Ireland in 1974. He made Maple Ridge his home with his family. He had various jobs until 1982, when he discovered a passion for the insurance industry. John was truly an entrepreneur, so a few years later he created Simplified Financial and then Simplified Benefit Systems.

John lived his life to the full and his love and compassion for others was his driving force to make Simplified Financial a successful business. He had a great way of making people feel comfortable and cared for, no matter where they came from. John loved telling stories and with his strong Irish brogue still very prevalent, it proved entertaining for those listening to understand exactly what he was saying.

John could only be described as a character and his warm presence would fill a room. He lived his life with love and integrity and with a twinkle in his eye he could always see the funny side of any situation. We were all privileged to have known him and have called him a true friend.

“Until we meet again…may God hold you in the palm of his hand”

Denise Durocher – Office Manager

Denise brings to Simplified Financial Inc. 30 plus years of administrative experience. Denise is typically your first point of contact when you call the office and is definitely first rate! She enjoys the dynamic of working with an office full of strong independent women. Denise is the pleasant voice on the phone when you call in, offers the kind and caring touch in answering your questions, handling your concerns and keeping you updated on your insurance and investments…and is always ready to help out. She can be found most evenings and weekends enjoying spending time with her family.

Contact Denise

John McDermott

(1944 – 2008)

Our Founder John McDermott came to Canada from his beloved Ireland in 1974. He made Maple Ridge his home with his family. He had various jobs until 1982, when he discovered a passion for the insurance industry. John was truly an entrepreneur, so a few years later he created Simplified Financial and then Simplified Benefit Systems.

John lived his life to the full and his love and compassion for others was his driving force to make Simplified Financial a successful business. He had a great way of making people feel comfortable and cared for, no matter where they came from. John loved telling stories and with his strong Irish brogue still very prevalent, it proved entertaining for those listening to understand exactly what he was saying.

John could only be described as a character and his warm presence would fill a room. He lived his life with love and integrity and with a twinkle in his eye he could always see the funny side of any situation. We were all privileged to have known him and have called him a true friend.

“Until we meet again…may God hold you in the palm of his hand”