Dan Rudisuela: Academic and athletic success

Dan RudisuelaWhen Dan Rudisuela MBA’08 played with the Huskies he was known as a bundle of energy on the ice. He was also respected for his leadership and top scoring abilities, once netting Atlantic University Sport Men’s Hockey coveted MVP. Some things never change. The 30-year-old still works the same magic and utilizes that same powerful drive—only now, it’s in the world of finance.

Offering a full spectrum of wealth management solutions to individuals and families as an Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities, Dan loves being able to help give his clients the peace of mind to focus on what they do best. He works with various business professionals, customizing financial solutions to their specific and individual needs. Dan’s ease with people and his strong work ethic make him sought after, even in these early years of his career. “People trust me with their hard-earned wealth and that is something I don’t take lightly.”

Following his dreams

His roadmap to today’s success started back in 2004, when he was lured from Ontario by the opportunity of attending a highly accredited business school and playing hockey at the same time. Dan completed an undergraduate degree and then an MBA at the

Sobey School of Business. After graduating in 2008, he signed a contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Dan played in the Leafs’ farm system for a year, but soon Denmark came clamouring after him. He joined the Danish Elite League, living in the beautiful and historic city of Odense.

While he loved being able to travel and compete in a sport he was passionate about, Dan was also focused on his ultimate career goal. The whole time he was playing hockey he was taking Canadian Securities courses on the side, and preparing for this next chapter. Dan and his wife Lindsay Gallivan, who met during their MBA year, decided to stay in Nova Scotia and call Halifax home. And Dan, who believes in giving back and staying involved, is still very much a part of Saint Mary’s — sitting on our Alumni Council and helping whenever he can with fundraising.

While he acknowledges the fact that he has worked hard to get where he is, Dan also credits the University with the unique opportunity to follow his dreams. “Saint Mary’s gave me the chance to excel at both academics and athletics.” Add to that the established and supportive community that our university offers and you’ve got a recipe for creating well rounded students, ready to take on the world.