Prior to co-founding Sophia Financial Group, Raymond James, in 2009, Tracy Theemes worked as a financial consultant with Smith Barney, a US brokerage firm and after returning to Canada was an advisor with a large bank owned investment firm. Tracy has an M.A. in Counselling Psychology. She is a Certified Financial Planner, insurance licensed and a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute. Tracy was recently awarded the International Alliance of Women Global 100 Award for her work in empowering women through education. Her book The Financially Empowered Woman won the Bronze prize for the Living Now awards for finance and economics and the Axiom Gold medal in the category of personal finance. Most recently, she accepted the UBC Education Alumni 100 award for her community leadership in promoting financial literacy and was nominated for the 2017 YWCA Woman of Distinction award for Business and the Professions.