Carola Brunner, PFP

Investment Advisor

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My first name Carola is both a gift and a burden. To begin with, my parents gave me the gift of life along with the gift of my very own name; original and different yet derived from the old world charm of an Italian Carolina. The burden I carry with this name is at Starbucks. At Starbucks, I have conceded defeat and am known as Sam. Or when I feel cheeky Mavis Ophelia Mathewson.

On occasion I am asked where I got this name from which provokes my usual reply as "my Dad's girlfriend at the time was a Carola". My mom, who was an Elisabeth, was properly shocked when she first heard me utter this total nonsense. I was 15; my comment accompanied with the appropriate teen age eye roll. I mean, she was an Elisabeth. What could she do to me? Slap me with her crown? As a side note, my Dad was a Wolfgang. You don't argue with a Wolfgang or consider an eye roll.

So, what does all this have to do with Investment Advice at RBC Dominion Securities?


I have a story, I am who I am because of where I came from. Starting with my name. I am unique. So are you; you have your own story of a life lived, experiences made, from your past, your present and going forward, your future. It is your story that I am interested in and one that will shape your investments, reflecting your experiences and shaping your expectations. Your life lived will be instrumental on how you will react to your investments; whether you will be a victim of hyped up news stories or stay calm, cool and collected believing in the process.

Knowing your story will help me guide you financially. I consider it my privilege, my responsibility; a gift.

I have been an investment advisor for 27 years starting with a three year intense and thorough apprenticeship at UBS in Switzerland, a one year practicum in Luxembourg and then 10 years as an advisor for international clients. Swiss banking, at that time was everything you imagine it to have been: filled with secrecy, VIP's, suitcases full of cash, numbered accounts within the hallowed halls of wealth. Here in Canada, I have all the necessary certificates and schooling that allows me to continue to advise which I have done successfully in the past 17 years.

In my time away from the office, I am passionate about rowing. Or in other words, sculling. Whether it's a single, double or quad scull, the gliding, the elegant posture, the athletic power required to move seemingly effortlessly through the water is hypnotic to me.  While I rowed as a young adult in Switzerland, the last six years as a member of the Vernon Rowing and Dragonboat Club on Swan Lake have been the most joyful.

I have lived in Coldstream for the past 15 years. About four years ago, I met Warner Owen Wagner, or WOW for short. As a machinist and mechanic, he can fix or make anything. This is incredible to see for a pencil pusher like me. In our time together, Warner and I enjoy hiking and riding our bikes along the Rail Trail.

That's more of my story. If you would like your story heard, I would consider it a gift, first and foremost.

Lori Stene


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Lori is a graduate of the University of Calgary, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology. Her unique academic blend of criminology and economics makes her the ideal person for finding nuances on forms, statements or processes within RBC’s many systems. Based in the Vernon area for the past 10 years, she is well-known amongst our staff for her wizardry of “how-to-do” well … almost everything.

Lori is the cheerful voice who answers many of your administrative questions and is a wealth of knowledge, as she has been in the financial industry for over 25 years, most of which as a Branch Administrator.

Lori and her husband, Carl,  and son Uriah, moved to Vernon about a decade ago and have been enjoying life in the Okanagan. Most of their time is spent in their gardens, with their three dogs, or on the open road riding their motorcycles.