"On behalf of myself, my brother, and our families - thank you for your assistance, sage advice, and care in helping us arrange life insurance, and assisting us with tax/ estate planning. As fellow business owners and fathers, your understanding of the various complexities involved were invaluable. You always left us with the feeling that while you are happy to make a sale, you actually also care. If you ever need us to speak with potential clients about the service and professionalism you provide, we would be happy and honored to do so. Wishing you much continued success in your core business and new product lines."
Ben and Dan Berkovits
The Home Improvement People Inc.
"In my position I deal with thousands of professionals and corporations annually and in the main virtually everyone is wonderful but I must tell you that there are only a few very special individuals-what I call the "good guys" in life - the real deal. I can honestly tell you from the heart that Mark Halpern is one of them and we are proud to recommend Mark to our clients, have him as a client but most important, to call him a friend."
Cleveland Clinic Canada
"I was in a major car accident and off work for several months while I recuperated from a broken leg At the time of the accident I didn´t have disability insurance so the impact of the accident had serious financial repercussions as well. Eventually I was able to return to dentistry work but the task of finding insurance with my accident history was difficult.
I have a lot on my plate practicing at our 11 dental centres across the GTA and parenting four children at the same time. When I sought out Mark Halpern´s assistance I knew I had found the right advisor. Mark made the process of getting the right coverage in place easy and seamless for me. I´m sure he had to go the extra mile behind the scenes but Mark never made any mention of it. Since partnering with illnessPROTECTION.com I haven´t had to lift a finger. Mark has saved me a lot of time which has been the best part of working with him. With my busy lifestyle both personally and professionally, time is the most precious commodity of all. Mark understood this immediately and worked hard on my behalf so that I could focus on taking care of my family and business. Thank you Mark!"
Dr. Edward Gelfand
President and Founder
Dawson Dental Centres
"As the founder of Back Clinics of Canada I often meet patients who travel here from all over the world seeking expert advice and quality care in our clinic. I am especially grateful that Mark Halpern, CFP, is available locally to help me and my family on matters of insurance and estate planning. His objective advice and leadership in the financial services industry makes him my trusted advisor, he can do the same for you."
Dr. Ron Nusbaum
Back Clinics of Canada
"Mark's knowledge about the various Critical Illness insurance products in the marketplace was exceptional. What most impressed me was that he was much more than Critical Illness insurance. His overall approach and recommendations were very diverse and I have since referred him to our accountant to assist with tax and estate planning strategies. I also appreciated Mark's cautious approach with the underwriting of my application... this ensured that I got the right amount of coverage that I wanted and needed."
Dr. Sammy J. Sliwin M.D., FRCSC
Forest Hill Institute of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
"I met with Mark after hearing his radio ads. We met in his office and I found him to be extremely professional. I really appreciated his orientation and process. It wasn't only about insurance, albeit, this was a very important reason for our meeting. He was genuinely interested in finding out about me and my family and our aspirations and goals to determine what was best for us. Mark was very flexible with my busy travel schedule. He followed through even as I experienced a significant move and corporate change. Mark will be a big asset to any senior executive who doesn't have the time or urgency to look after important family matters. I recommend him highly."
Riaz A. Bandali, MBA, BSc
President and General Manager
Global Early Clinical Research
"Between my business and my family - I have never been busier. My time is devoted to helping my clients succeed and growing our company. Mark Halpern helped me to organize my personal financial affairs. The unique thing about dealing with Mark is that he genuinely cares about me and my family. I recommend him highly to anyone in need of a consummate professional."
President, Thomson Financial Canada
"My busy practice and family life leaves precious little time to deal with our insurance matters; and it's not my area of expertise. Mark Halpern created a program that's protecting me and my family. He really cares. You will be working with the best."
Dr. Edward (Ted) English M.D. B.A. F.R.C.S.C.
Chief of Orthopedic Surgery
Medical Director of Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Medicine
The Scarborough Hospital
"Mark has been helping me with Life Insurance and Critical Illness for over 10 years. Like most people, I find it difficult to deal with these issues and take care of them properly to make sure that my family is safe and secure in the future. My previous experience with life insurance salesmen left me feeling pretty cynical and fearful. Enter Mark Halpern - He has an amazing array of innovative products, he explains things so that you really get it, and absolutely no pressure - I kid you not. On one occasion, he even advised against purchasing a product! Look, the last thing I want to sound like is an infomercial, but for Mark, I will make an exception. Life insurance is critical and you want to deal someone who has knowledge, integrity, and compassion. Mark Halpern is the man."
Dr. L Steiner
Psy.D., Clin. Psych
"I called Mark after hearing his radio advertisements on 680 News. What struck me about these ads were they had a very clear message and were direct and to the point. Over the past few years, I had encountered my share of challenges in trying to obtain the right level of life insurance for myself and my family; and after listening to these ads a few times while driving in to work I thought that Mark might be able to help.
I was right. When we met, my wife and I found him courteous, well-informed, and well-organized. The very thorough planning process he took us through at our first meeting helped us identify areas of weakness that needed to be fixed. He was very well versed in all the different kinds of life insurance policies that were available; and given the rather limited knowledge my wife and I had in this area, we learned much from that first meeting.
He also inspired trust. This was important to us - as I am sure it is to most people - in view of all the personal financial information that needed to be shared with him during the planning process.
In short, Mark was successful in getting us the life insurance we needed; and for this, we will be forever grateful. It was also a pleasure doing business with someone as persistent, helpful, knowledgeable, and customer-friendly as Mark; and I would have no hesitation at all in recommending him to anyone who is in the market for life insurance.
Thank you, Mark, for your help."
Senior Portfolio Manager
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
"I heard Mark's ad on the radio and called him right away. My income from selling real estate would cease abruptly if I got sick, because long term disability policies can't protect commission earning professionals. Dealing with Mark has been a very pleasant experience. No hard sell. He reviewed my entire estate situation and helped me make the right choices. I feel good knowing that I'm financially protected against life's uncertainties. I love the return of premium option and plan on using the money in my retirement years. Mark genuinely took care of me and that makes a huge difference. Truly good service is hard to come by in today's market place. I recommend Mark highly. "
"At Crown Medical Clinic, we strive for the highest standard of healthcare, in a clinic devoted to wellness and prevention. I recognize the importance of financial wellness as well, so I refer interested patients to Mark Halpern for insurance and related financial matters. This satisfies an essential need in us all which, as physicians, we cannot supply."
Dr. W. Ronald Porter, M.B., Ch.B.
Crown Medical Clinic
"When it comes to insurance, Mark Halpern is my 'go-to-guy'. I recommend him highly to any busy person without the time, expertise, or inclination to handle complicated insurance matters for their family or business."
Brian J. Singer, BA MBA
Raymond James Ltd.
"I responded to Mark's radio advertising for critical illness insurance. As the owner of a large travel agency since 1988, I am kept very busy looking after the needs of my clients. Unfortunately it doesn't always leave time for me to take care of my own personal housekeeping. Mark is a real professional. He took a big picture view of my life and helped me fill all of the holes in my estate and retirement planning. I feel much better now knowing that everything is in the right place. I have already started referring Mark to my family, colleagues, and friends. He's a great guy to work with for any busy, successful business owner. "
K.Walsh & Associates Travel Services Inc.
"I became aware of critical illness insurance this year and over the last number of months have investigated it for me and my family. I met with several agents. I had heard Mark's advertising on 680News and The Fan 590 and arranged a meeting in my office. I was very impressed with Mark and his knowledge of the policies that are available in the marketplace. Mark took the time to 'crash test' my life and provide me with some important recommendations that I was unaware of. He got my business. I have since referred Mark to the partners in my firm and recommend him highly to all busy professionals. "
Brett J. Tkatch
Blaney McMurtry LLP
"It was a pleasure working with Mark. He was extremely professional and had a definite interest in the well being of my family, and protecting us against unforeseen harm. Mark took the time to work with me on various options, and we achieved the right protection for my family."
Aird and Berlis LLP
"If I get sick and can't work, who will support my family? I spoke to Mark about this issue and he recommended critical illness insurance. It's a great investment that brings me peace of mind, knowing that my family and I will be taken care of. It's nice to know that someone's looking after me. Thank you Mark! "
"My company develops technologies that facilitate intelligent, interactive, state-of-the-art communications solutions. Mark Halpern delivers intelligent, state-of-the-art insurance solutions for me and family. I recommend him highly."
"Being in the financial services business myself, I can truly appreciate the quality of Mark Halpern's professionalism. His caring advice and thoughtful insights have always exceeded my expectations. He will take good care of you and your family too. "
Branch Manager, Agency 777
C.S.T. Consultants Inc.
"When it comes to insurance, for you or your business, Mark Halpern is the first and last person to call. He's looked after insurance matters for me and my family members in a professional and caring way for many years and hopefully for many more years to come. He is a real professional. "
"I turn to Mark Halpern for help on insurance matters for myself and for my clients. He is an extremely competent professional with knowledge and expertise that comes particularly handy in complex estate and trust matters."
Joe Lebovics, C.A.
Lebovics and Good, Chartered Accountants
"I responded to Mark's radio advertising on 680News, and he made it all so easy for me. He showed up on time, his cell phone never rang in our meetings and he returned my calls promptly. There was no hard sales push and he didn't sell me something that I didn't need. That's refreshing because we are all tired of being pushed to buy things that aren't necessary for us. I would recommend Mark Halpern to any busy and successful person who needs a high level professional and personal touch."
Shorthorn Cattle Breeder
"I heard Mark interviewed on Money Talks radio with Jerry White and was intrigued by the critical illness insurance he specializes in. We set up an appointment in his office and I approached our meeting as a skeptical accountant who doesn't like to be sold insurance. Mark surprised me. He was very thorough and covered all the bases. He looked at my total picture and didn't isolate any parts. He put together a plan for me based on our discussions that would take care of me in my life and he followed up again on each item at subsequent meetings. I purchased a critical illness insurance policy and health benefits and will consider long term care insurance and life insurance with Mark in the New Year. Mark has many strengths. The one that impressed me the most was his ability to recognize my lifestyle as a single woman with no dependants. He designed the right plan to fit. I highly recommend Mark to anyone who requires a truly caring, sincere and professional advisor."
Ms Susan Jackson
"I responded to Mark's radio advertising because I was interested in critical illness insurance. My biggest concern as a visiting nurse is what would happen to me and my family if my income stopped due to an accident or sickness. Plus, I had no idea if my current long term disability coverage was adequate as I had no professional advisor to review it for me. Mark was very helpful. He was straightforward on what I had and what I should be doing. He responded quickly to my needs and got me the right critical illness insurance protection and life insurance for me and my family. I feel much better knowing that things have been taken care of and am happy to know that I can always count on Mark if I need anything in the future. I recommend Mark to any busy person who needs things done the right way...and... right away!"
VHA Nursing Association
"Arranging my insurance needs with Mark Halpern was like dealing with a trusted friend instead of an insurance agent. Mark patiently sat with me on numerous occasions to explain the various options available and the benefits and drawbacks of the numerous insurance products for purchase. I felt as if I obtained an education as to the importance of not just buying insurance, but purchasing the proper type of insurance for my particular situation. Mark is not simply knowledgeable about what is available in the marketplace, but is genuinely concerned that each of his clients obtains adequate coverage in case of a crisis. No one wants to think about such a tragedy occurring to them, but I feel much more confident and comfortable discussing this possibility, knowing that in case of a medical emergency or my premature death, my family's financial needs will be taken care of in my absence. I would not have this sense of security without meeting with Mark. After my experience as his client, I now consider having the proper amount of insurance in place as a necessary and important component of estate planning."
Krol & Krol
"My business is preparing Canadian Chartered Accountants to pass the American CPA exams. This requires providing candidates with an organized program and the necessary tools to be successful. Mark Halpern organized my estate planning and provided me with the advice necessary to properly protect my family. He educated me as to exactly what my young family's needs were. Mark worked closely with me to ensure that all of the necessary decisions were made on a timely basis. The process was very efficient. I highly recommend Mark to busy professionals who want one-stop shopping for all of their estate planning needs."
Aubrey Glazman, CA, LLB, MBA, CPA, ABV, CBV, CFE
U.S. CPA Success
"Mark has been our Insurance and Financial Advisor for fifteen years. We trust him implicitly to always find us the best solutions to meet our changing needs. What is truly amazing is that even after all this time, Mark still maintains the same incredible, personalized service he provided from the outset. Mark, you're the best in the business!"
Rand Research Corporation
"I was referred to Mark by my father who has done business with him for several years. As a director of a TSX listed company and now as a new father, I had to look into insurance for me and my family for the first time. I was unfamiliar with the different insurance products available and needed someone that I could trust to guide me and my family through the process. Mark did a professional job of explaining the potential risks in life and educated us on all of our options. His recommendations were appreciated and we know that he delivered the best possible programs for us now and to build on in the future. I recommend Mark to anyone who needs a trustworthy advisor to guide them as they grow their business and personal life."
Director Solutions Architecture
"In my dealings with Mark Halpern over the last 12 years, I have found him to be exceptionally ethical, reliable and client-centered. He has expert knowledge and experience in the insurance industry and his passion for this field clearly shows. I have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone who needs a caring and professional advisor. "
Daniel Sacke B.COMM CFP CSA
BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc.
"You're Great! I hadn't even heard of Critical Illness insurance before meeting you. Thanks for making it happen. It's nice to know you are always there when we need you. Thanks again on behalf of our entire family."
"We are both busy lawyers with two children and a large extended family. It was difficult to dedicate the time to ensure that we had the appropriate coverage with the best products for us and our family. Once we found the time, Mark made the rest very easy. He spent a significant amount of time reviewing our situation and recommending the appropriate options for us. We found him to be both practical and personable and we would highly recommend Mark to all professionals, particularly with young families. It will be time well spent."
Lawyer, Fogler Rubinoff LLP
Counsel, Total Credit Recovery
"Gord Stellick, a close friend since high school, referred me to Mark. I am a busy successful business owner, with virtually no time to take care of my personal matters that far too often take a back seat. It was fortunate for me and my family that I made the time to meet with Mark. He was sincere, straight forward and shared his extensive knowledge and wisdom with me on the things that I need to protect me and my family. I liked his no pressure approach. Even more, I liked his persistence in making sure that I got things done. If he didn't stay on top of me, my family and I would still be at risk if disaster struck. Meeting with Mark gave me peace of mind. It was valuable time worth spending. "
The More Group Inc.
"I called Mark after hearing him many times on the radio. Operating a growing family business in building restoration and expecting my first child soon got me thinking about how I must take care of myself. Even more so, my father passed away last year and I wanted to make sure that my family and business would survive if I got sick or died. Meeting with Mark was a definite eye opener in terms of my position in life now and in the future. He helped me evaluate all of the potential problems that could come up and provided me with the right solutions that I needed to take care of any unforeseen problems. He organized our group health benefits, mortgage financing and got us started with RESP's. He is now looking after all of our insurance protection programs. The experience was simple and smooth. Working with Mark was a truly educational experience."
SST Group of Construction Companies Limited
"I was really surprised to discover Mark was so much more than illnessPROTECTION.com. He looked at all of my insurance and family matters in a global manner. I found out that Critical illness insurance is only a small part of a bigger picture to live safely and comfortably. I feel much better knowing that someone who cares looks after my entire needs. Working with Mark was easy and a very pleasant experience. "
Dr. Kenneth G. Schafer, D.D.S,
"I was referred to Mark by a lawyer colleague who is familiar with insurance company litigation. She deals with insurance matters and advised us that if we were considering critical illness insurance, Mark is the best in the business. My wife and I are both lawyers, so we needed to understand everything and Mark took the time to explain things in great detail. He didn't pressure us and helped us make the right decision. We also really appreciated Mark's accommodation by arranging to meet us late at night. We both recommend Mark highly."
"I've known Mark for many years. I recently purchased some insurance through him. It's a pleasure dealing with him: he's forthright, knowledgeable and reliable."
"I kept hearing the radio ads thinking to myself that I would be silly if I didn't check it out. As a business owner in the auto and equipment leasing business for many years, I realized that if I can't work, my family and I would be in big trouble. So I called Mark and met him in his office. The experience turned out to be exactly what I had hoped for...and more. Mark helped me to see the weaknesses in my planning and got me the right protection programs that I needed for me and my family. I now know that I can go to my office everyday and if anything happens to my health, I will have no worries, which is what it's all about. All I have to do is think about getting healthy and not worrying about the bills. Thanks a million Mark!"
Bob Wilson Leasing
Auto & Equipment Leasing
"After hearing those radio ads countless times, I FINALLY pulled my car over to write down the phone number and call Mark. His radio message was very clear to me. As a business owner, I did not want to put unnecessary financial strain on my family if I got sick or worse. We had a great first meeting that was very informative for me and my wife. It was a very comfortable experience and Mark enlightened us with all the things that needed doing to properly take care of our family. He helped us put all the right programs together without any pressure and we are very appreciative. We now feel reassured knowing that things have been taken care of properly and look forward to working with Mark for many years to come."
Bank Branch Manager
"My business involves large real estate investment transactions and requires making complex issues easy to understand for all parties involved. Mark Halpern explained to me the complex world of life insurance. He made it very easy for me to understand, with all the details I needed to make an informed decision. He followed up on all our meetings within our agreed timelines and we concluded a successful transaction. He helped me think about the future and understand all of my options in order to know how insurance fits in. I recommend him highly."
White Cap Consulting Inc.
"I had been declined for life insurance over several years and had pretty much given up. Then I heard Mark's radio ads, went to the website and read the testimonials from significant business owners and professionals who apparently had similar challenges, yet Mark got them the protection they needed. After meeting Mark I felt confident that if he could not do it, nobody could. He put me in touch with a top medical doctor for a complete work up and tests. Several months after completion, we submitted an application into the largest insurance company in Canada and I was thrilled to be offered the life insurance and critical illness insurance that I wanted. I meet people all the time who promise big and don't deliver. It is rare to meet someone as competent as Mark who is a man of his word from day one. I trust him completely and appreciate his professionalism and hard work. I have already started referring him to my family, friends and clients."
"I heard Mark on the radio every day commuting to work and finally made the time to call him. It was a good thing that I did. I'm extremely busy looking after my clients and my growing family. I rarely take the time to deal with the important issues that Mark brought to my attention. Mark showed me what I needed and helped to put those important things into place using a comprehensive process. He was knowledgeable, sincere, trustworthy and passionate about helping me. Now that I have things in place, I feel much more secure knowing that if disaster should strike, I have done my best for my family. I recommend Mark very highly."
Joe DeSario, C.A.
Chief Administrative Officer
International Financial Data Services
"On the frontline of healthcare, I witness what happens everyday to families struck by serious illness or death. It had been a long time since my own planning was comprehensively reviewed so I called Mark knowing he had a lot of experience dealing with other healthcare professionals. He brought to my attention several areas of weakness and risk and helped choose the appropriate programs to protect me and my family. What struck me most was Mark's caring approach and professionalism. I have already started referring him to my colleagues."
Dr. Richard A. Seeley
Chief of Staff, St. Peter's Hospital
"I have known Mark for about 10 years. He is entirely honest and trustworthy, and exceptionally knowledgeable about insurance and money management. On top of that, he is one of the most personable people I know and gives you all the time you need to discuss issues of concern. I highly recommend his services."
Botnick Legal Services
"I am always delighted when I can recommend Mark to clients and friends. His integrity and deeply held values for serving means he goes beyond meeting client expectations. Mark takes the time to discover what his clients really need to be protected and meet the future feeling resourceful and confident."
Innergize Training Coaching Consulting
"Until recently I had no personal insurance whatsoever, and no idea on how to get the right coverage. Before I met Mark, I didn't even know what I didn't know. Mark sat me down and took the time to put together a customized plan that protects me and my family. He suggested some estate planning and tax advantaged strategies and then introduced me to the financial, legal, and tax experts who have all proven to be some of the smartest people in their respective fields. I look forward to doing a lot of business with Mark for years to come."
HDL Capital Corporation
"At Growth Equity Partners, we strive to support small to medium sized private and public companies, execute transformational business initiatives. These initiatives include capital raises, acquisitions, construction of new facilities, management buyouts and other transformational events that happen in the life cycle of the company. As experienced professionals, we see our clients as our partners and invest with the same risk and reward profile as the entrepreneurs we work with.
By practicing what I preach, I too retained an expert to help me execute my estate and family plan. In doing so, I turned to Mark Halpern and illnessPROTECTION.com for his expert advice and support. Mark successfully guided me through the process from A through Z and has provided my family with peace of mind. Thanks Mark!"
Ken Sweeney, Partner
Growth Equity Partners
"I've had my share of challenges dealing with insurance companies and different insurance advisors. You came highly recommended and were highly responsive to help us when others were not. Your advice was sincere and recognized our personal circumstances. Your professional advice, knowledge and connections to the key decision makers in the insurance industry, were invaluable in our efforts to get the type of insurance we wanted. We look forward to a long-lasting business relationship."
VP Client Solutions
Exchange Solutions Inc.
"I contacted Mark after hearing his radio ads. Running a family business takes a lot of time, and relationships are the key to our success. What impressed me most about Mark was his knowledge and ability to explain things so clearly. Having worked with banks and investment companies, the experience with Mark was not at all the same. He was NOT interested in selling me any products or concepts; he was interested only in what worked for me. This made him very easy to talk to and we successfully completed our business together. I look forward to a long and rewarding relationship. Thanks Mark!"
Daniel Violante, MBA
Director Sales & Marketing
Excelsior Foods Inc.
"Mark Halpern guided me through the confusing maze of insurance and financial products with artful expertise. His innovative ideas and attention to detail are impressive. He's also a good guy. If you work together, you will soon be recommending him yourself. "
Partner, Stikeman Elliott LLP
"My legal practice is restricted to insurance matters, and Mark Halpern is my personal insurance expert. When someone asks me where to go to get CI or life insurance, I only provide them with one name: Mark Halpern."
Jill E. McCutcheon
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
"Mark, I just want to let you know that you are the most comprehensive insurance guy I've ever met. I really appreciate the time you have spent with me and my wife going through all of our planning. Dealing with someone as knowledgeable as you is a rarity. Your professionalism and the way that you get things done...I'm truly impressed and I just want you to know that."
The Benvenuto Toronto
"Selling residential real estate is a profession that requires me to be a great listener and a keen observer. Those qualities enabled me to become a member of the 100% club for RE/MAX and put me in the top 25% of realtors across the country. Mark Halpern is also a true professional and without a doubt is in the top club of any insurance professionals. He really listens. His sincerity and caring approach always impresses me and I would not ever even entertain the thought of using another insurance advisor for me or my family. Like me, Mark knows how to provide a client with the knowledge and wisdom they need to make an informed and unpressured decision."
RE/MAX Realtron Realty Inc., Brokerage
"For several years Mark has provided professional advice of the highest quality to me and my extended family on a number of insurance, estate planning and tax planning matters."
Richard E. Austin. LLB, MBA
"Mark - Thanks for protecting my family and helping me get peace of mind. Your caring advice, vast product knowledge and outstanding professionalism are unmatched."
James Nahon, CFA
Director of Finance
Major Real Estate Developer
"Dealing with Mark on insurance matters has been a rewarding and enlightening experience. He shares his expertise with genuine sincerity and absolutely no pressure. I now sleep much better knowing that my family is protected."
Shael B. Eisen
Barrister and Solicitor
"You just never know... I remember thinking about critical illness insurance... do I need it, how much is reasonable, what's the cost, and so on. I considered not getting it, as getting sick was such a remote possibility. So I met with Mark and despite those doubts I finally bought a policy, and just over two years later I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. No one plans on getting sick, life just happens. Thanks Mark, for all your advice and guidance throughout the entire process. I encourage every reader to do the same right now while you are healthy."
Business Owner, Healthcare Consultant
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