Vanessa Benedict

About Vanessa Benedict

Vanessa Benedict is a Portfolio Manager and Investment Advisor with National Bank Financial Wealth Management in the Durham Region.

With over 20 years of diverse industry experience, Vanessa brings a committed and personalized approach to offering sound Investment Advice, complete Financial and Estate Planning with excellent Insurance solutions.

She is a fully qualified Portfolio Manager and Wealth Advisor licensed with the Canadian Securities Commission and IIROC Canada.

Vanessa Benedict (Sangaralingham) was born and raised in Oshawa, Ontario. After earning a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Life Sciences and a Minor Degree in Psychology at Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario she moved to Toronto to begin her career in the financial services sector. In 2004, Vanessa moved back to Oshawa to marry and be close to her family.

Vanessa’s clients are used to her warm smiles and hugs. Meetings with her will always include a conversation about you, your family, your life, things that are near and dear to you. Vanessa is pleasant, warm and easygoing with people, with numbers she’s brilliant and her ability to explain what those numbers mean to you with clarity is assuring. She is best described in the following way: she is as smart as she is nice and she is very, very nice. When big things happen in her client’s lives, good or bad, Vanessa is one of the first people they call to share the news.

Vanessa and her husband Paul have a daughter and a son. Vanessa is a very proud and involved hockey mom and she sponsors her son Marcus’ Oshawa Minor Generals Novice AAA Hockey Team. She’s known as the team’s mom, doling out endearments and hugs to all her hockey babies. Vanessa managed the team in 2017 and won the Harry Dyas Award for Manager of the Year. Marcus plays as much lacrosse as he does hockey and Vanessa is a proud sponsor of the annual Braver Than Brave Memorial Tournament. Weekends away with the team, be it hockey or lacrosse, is the norm in the Benedict family. 

Their daughter Gabriella is an avid golfer and Vanessa does her level best to keep up with her on the links each summer. Vanessa does two golf events every year, sponsoring holes at each. One golfing event is with the Oshawa Senior Citizens Centre (the OSCC – Vanessa keeps up with them quite well!), the other is with the Oshawa Golf and Curling Club Annual Ladies Golf Tournament. Vanessa’s foursome is renowned for winning the most outstanding costume several years in a row for their themed events. Last year by, pure fluke, Vanessa also won “closest to the hole” much to the surprise of other much more experienced players, and to Vanessa herself.  

 Vanessa is a member of the 100 Women Who Care and as a family, the Benedict’s participate annually in the Holiday Hope Adopt a Family program with the Children’s Aid Society.









Press & Awards & Memberships

In 2015, 2016,2017, 2018 and again in 2019 Vanessa won the Reader’s Choice Best Financial Planner Award and Best Investment Film Award for the Oshawa, Whitby, Clarington Region.

Vanessa is a member of the Oshawa Chamber of Commerce. She is also a past chair of the Board of Directors of CARP Whitby, Oshawa, Clarington Chapter. 

Vanessa has been featured on CP24 and was the host of Rogers Television’s Your Dollars and Sense for 3 Seasons. 

Jennifer Toscano

About  Jennifer Toscano

Jennifer Toscano has over 16 years of industry experience and has been working with Vanessa Benedict for the last 6 years. Her role as Investment Associate includes Administration of Client Accounts, Trading and Executing Orders and Account Transactions.

Educated at York University in Toronto and at the University of Seville, Spain, she now lives in Whitby, Ontario with her husband Armando and their 2 children.


About National Bank Financial Wealth Management

Founded in 1902, National Bank Financial Wealth Management is one of Canada’s leading investment dealers managing over $75 Billion in assets.

With nearly 1000 Investment Advisors in more than 100 offices across Canada, National Bank Financial Wealth Management supports their client’s financial wealth with a rich heritage of investment know-how.

National Bank Financial Wealth Management is extremely proud of the long lasting relationships they have built with Canadian families through the generations.

A Personal Note from Vanessa

Thank you for taking the time to visit my website. I understand that the investments and planning strategies that I offer are available at all the large reputable institutions in Canada. What makes my team and I stand out is that I want to know who you are and what is important to you.

The art and joy of communication in this era of technology is too often missed, with everyone rushing to and fro, texting and listening to automated voice mail messages.

When we meet, please tell me all about your family, the new car that you bought, or even the name of your beloved pet. It’s these significant details of your life that help me with the process of finding the best and most personalized investment strategy to meet your financial goals .

I look forward to meeting you very soon.


“What do we live for if not to make life less difficult for each other?”

George Eliot, Novelist