Mark was born in Montreal, Quebec and grew up in Etobicoke, Ontario. After graduating from Richview Collegiate Mark attended the University of Western Ontario, getting his Honours BA in History. After several years in the Telecommunications industry, during which time he earned his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, he brought that experience with him into the Financial Services industry, where he earned the designation Certified Health Insurance Specialist (CHS).
Over the years Mark has coached youth soccer and youth hockey teams, as well as coaching three Ontario University championship teams in curling. His wife, Jan, is a retired Registered Nurse, who specialized in Intensive Care during her career. His daughter, Jamie, is also a University of Western Ontario graduate (Honours, Bachelor of Science) and MBA graduate from Wilfrid Laurier University, who is currently working in marketing for a large multinational company. Mark’s son, Greg, is a sports enthusiast who spent four years in the Bachelor of Business – Golf Management program at Georgian College. Having spent some time since in the golf industry Greg has made the move into the financial services industry “to help others”.
Mark, at one time a competitive curler, today enjoys music – his favourite band is Genesis (of course), golfing, and home renovation and improvement projects.