Lovett-Reid’s financial path began right out of high school as a teller at the Bank of Montreal. A few years later at an industry event, a human resource manager at TD offered her the opportunity to enter into TD’S Management Training Program. “I accepted and embarked on a wonderful 30+ year career with them.”
In 2000, she was promoted to a VP.
She retired as senior vice-president from TD Waterhouse Canada Inc. in January 2012. In her ongoing campaign to teach Canadians about creating wealth and taking control of their financial situation she has also written six best-selling books.
For the past ten years, she has been a regular commentator on BNN. Since March 2012, Lovett-Reid has been sharing her financial expertise on her new call-in series on CTV News Channel, airing Thursdays at 8 p.m., where she explains easy-to-follow steps to balancing your personal financial sheet. “I put the pieces of the financial puzzle together for all of us to understand.”
The best part of her job? “The idea of helping just one person do something differently with their finances which helps them live the life they’ve dreamed of is the most satisfying reward for me.”
Lovett-Reid welcomed Star Spaces into her home.
Q: How would you describe your home in two words?
A: Organic and comfortable.
Q: Tell us about your home.
A: Our home is a 3,200-square foot townhouse with four levels. It is five-years-old and we moved in 2008. It is located on Lake Ontario in Toronto.
Q: What attracted you to this space?
A: I fell in love with the lake. There is a different panoramic view every single day.
Q: Who shares your home?
A: We are now empty nesters and I share the home with my wonderful husband Jim.
Q: What is your favourite room and why?
A: The sitting area in the kitchen where we sit together every morning and watch the sun rise and talk about everything. It is also my favourite time of the day together.
Q: How would you describe your decorating style?
A: Warm and minimalist. I hate clutter or being disorganized. I love clean lines that are enhanced by a little character, texture or fabric choice. I enjoy the outdoors and like to bring some of nature into our home in subtle ways. In this home my neighbour Lisa Rogers (design expert) offered to help me decorate and I jumped at the chance. They say opposites attract and somehow that works in our life and in our home. There is contemporary art on the walls of the living room. The kitchen is white with a dark brown island. The bedroom is also white with the accent colours of dove grey and caramel. The bedroom is very cozy with a fireplace, TV and a huge mirror that reflects the moon.
Q: What is your fondest memory in this home?
A: We hosted a family barbeque out on the back deck on a warm summer evening. There was a full moon reflecting off the lake, a fire burner glowing softly in the corner with music playing in the background. I remember thinking “Life does not get better than this moment.”
Q: What’s the one item in this house you can’t live without?
A: My family would like me to say I can’t live without the stove. Unfortunately I can’t cook; even when I try to cook the family suggests I don’t. I couldn’t live without our barbeque which my husband uses and saves us all from going hungry.
Q: Weekends at home, what are we most likely to find you doing?
A: On the weekends we are rarely home — we are always on the move. I go to Red Tree Bikram Hot Yoga. I enjoy walking, working out with my trainer and when I do land at home I’m on the deck in the summer and in the great room during the winter.
Q: If your walls could talk, what would they say?
A: My walls would tell you I feel so lucky to be living the truly great life I am. I know that sounds cliché but I honestly have a wonderful family, great friends, I work with awesome people and I don’t have any regrets.