In honour of International Women’s Day, we are celebrating and featuring each of the inspiring women on our team. We asked them to share their responses to these 4 questions:

1) What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

2) What is one piece of advice that you have been given by an important woman in your life or an inspirational quote from another woman that resonated with you?

3) Who is a woman (or women) that inspires you and why?

4) What is a piece of advice you have for another woman starting out in her career (perhaps in the financial services industry)?

If you haven’t yet had a chance to meet all of the women on our team, you can learn more about them here.


What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

Sammi: It’s a day to celebrate women, of all cultures, backgrounds, shapes and sizes, and it’s a day to take a little extra time to give love to the women in your life who motivate, encourage and love you.

Kelley: International Women’s Day is a celebration of the shared responsibility to continue to push for gender parity, and a reminder that everyday actions compound into progress.

Cindy: This is an opportunity to recognize all the wonderful women in our lives and their accomplishments. This day also means spreading more awareness around gender inequality and discrimination that unfortunately still exist in many ways.

Katie: To me, International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate women in your life, old, young and in-between. To celebrate accomplishments, hardships, and everything women endure all while being boss babes who rule our world, our families, and our most meaningful relationships in life. It’s a day to honour the women who raised you to be exactly the wonderful person you are today. It’s a day to love ourselves and each other for who we truly are – the ones who do it all and then some.

Leanne: To me International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate all women – age, race, culture, religion.  Women have so many roles in our day –this is a day to recognize all that we accomplish with strength, resilience, wisdom, and compassion that add to one life or the life of so many.


What is one piece of advice that you have been given by an important woman in your life or an inspirational quote from another woman that resonated with you?

Sammi: That I can do anything I put my mind to, and don’t let anyone tell me otherwise

Kelley: “Every woman’s success should be an inspiration to another. We’re strongest when we cheer each other on.” – Serena Williams

Cindy: “There is no limit to what we, as women can accomplish.” – Michelle Obama

Leanne: “Start as you would like to finish”


A woman (or women) who inspires you and why?

Sammi: I have 2 people who come to mind:

Kelley Doerksen; she’s an incredible boss & mentor and she makes being a working mom look easy! She has really encouraged me to find my confidence in not only my career, but in my personal life too, and I value that and her so much.

Stephanie Payne; she’s been my best friend since we were 4 years old and she is one of the strongest women I know. No matter what life throws at her, she keeps her head held high and tackles it with such grace, positivity and strength.

Kelley: I am in awe of Katalin Kariko. Her story is one of decades worth of resolute tenacity, optimism and courage. Her contributions to science and the world will be felt for decades to come.

Cindy: My mother and my two older sisters have all been huge influences on my life. I am lucky to be surrounded by so many strong, hard-working women who aren’t afraid to take chances and pursue their dreams.

Katie: I am truly lucky to have incredibly inspiring women all around me at work and in my personal life. However, I would have to say the most inspirational women in my life are my two sisters. They’re both single moms who have been through some very tough times, but have overcome so much and have raised truly incredible children while still making some pretty impressive progress in their careers. They inspire me every single day.

Leanne: My mother – she was a wonderful human being and showed me love unconditionally


What is a piece of advice you have for another woman starting out in her career (perhaps in the financial services industry)?

Sammi: Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself. If you’re being challenged, that means you’re growing, you’re learning and then soon enough, you will become unstoppable

Kelley: Find some mentors, they don’t need to be other women necessarily, but find people who will build you up and keep your optimism and enthusiasm high. This industry is challenging, but one of the most rewarding careers you could choose. Very few careers allow you to stand by your clients as they move through the good times and the hard times of life. It’s a meaningful career, best developed with other people by your side who share your philosophy.

Cindy: Try new things and get out of your comfort zone! Listen and learn from those around you and never be afraid to stand up for yourself and ask for what you want.

Katie: Be passionate about what you do, be authentically yourself and never let anyone decide for you whether you can or cannot do something. You can do whatever you put your mind to.

Leanne: Be confident in yourself – you can accomplish anything you set your mind on.



Our office will be closed for the Holidays from Thursday, December 23 at 4:30pm through Friday, December 31. We will also have reduced staff working in our office beginning December 22.

As a friendly reminder, if you have any upcoming requests, please send them to our team by Monday, December 20 to ensure we can process them before the Holidays. If you need anything during the dates we are closed, I am still available via email and phone.

We will resume regular business hours at 8:00am on Monday, January 3.

On behalf of our BDF Team, wishing a Happy Holidays to you and your family, and all the best for 2022!



We are honoured to announce this May 2021 marks Blackburn Davis Financial’s 20th Anniversary.

Thank you sincerely to our clients for the support and trust you have placed in us over these many years. It is an honour to provide financial guidance to our clients and we are grateful for the chance to do so every day. We have enjoyed the privilege of sharing many important moments in our clients’ lives and we look forward to the opportunity to continue to do so.

Under normal circumstances, we would have much preferred to celebrate this occasion with our clients by hosting an in-person event. In lieu of this, we have chosen to donate our event budget to charity. We have estimated a budget of $10,000 and have selected six charitable organizations across Canada. These include YESS – Youth Empowerment and Support Services, The United Way of Canada, The Canadian Mental Health Association, Special Olympics Canada, Women’s Shelters Canada, and The Edmonton Food Bank

Thank you once again for your continued support over the years. We look forward to another 20+ years!

John Davis, Stephen MacDonald, and Kelley Doerksen



It is with heartfelt congratulations that we welcome Kelley Doerksen, CFP®, CIM® as partner in Blackburn Davis Financial Inc.

Kelley has been a Financial Advisor for 13 years. She achieved her Certified Financial Planner designation in 2010 and her Chartered Investment Manager designation in 2017.

She has just qualified to be registered as a Portfolio Manager which allows her to manage client assets on a discretionary basis. This is the gold standard of financial advice in Canada. She is also currently working on her Trust and Estate Practitioner designation (TEP).

Obviously, self-development and education are a cornerstone to Kelley’s success. What is more remarkable is she has been able to accomplish these milestones while being a dedicated mother and outstanding Advisor.

She is a thoughtful, empathetic, and highly skilled planner who acts as our go to resource for many of the more technical financial planning issues we face. Congratulations Kelley and thank you for your dedication and service.

Stephen MacDonald, CFP®, CIM® & John Davis, CFP®, CIM®, CLU®, TEP



You may have noticed we have adopted a new look. Some changes in Securities Regulations have made it necessary for us to hold ourselves out differently when discussing investment related activity as opposed to financial planning and insurance. As such, we have registered the names Blackburn Davis Wealth for investments and maintain Blackburn Davis Financial for our insurance and financial planning activity.

Because of this change we decided after almost 15 years, it was also time for a refreshed logo and brand. This new look has come with a new website and videos. We encourage you to browse our new website and would love to hear your feedback.

Please note that this is all that has changed. We remain the same people committed to your retirement and financial planning needs.

The Blackburn Davis Financial Team



We wanted to inform you that our office mailing address will change effective June 1, 2020. Please note that our physical office location is not moving, but the city has simply changed our address due to the LRT construction.

Our new address will be:


All review meetings that take place at our office will continue to be in the same location.

Please see a map below showing how to access our office. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.