John Bowden


An industry legend, John has worked in association with Guilfoyle Financial since 2009 and formally joined the firm in 2015. His expertise and reputation in working with successful Canadian families across generations is a tremendous asset to Guilfoyle Financial.

John entered the life insurance business as an agent in 1952, after graduating from the University of Toronto. A member of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) for 50 consecutive years, John has served as: President of the Life Underwriters Association of Toronto; Chair of the Institute of Chartered Life Underwriters; Chairman and President of the Life Underwriters Association of Canada; President of the Estate Planning Council of Toronto; and is a Founding Member of the Conference for Advanced Life Underwriting (CALU). John has spoken at MDRT annual meetings, at the Canadian Tax Foundation, and at various life insurance meetings across Canada. John was awarded the J.G. Taylor Award by the Institute for Advanced Financial Education for his service to both the industry and the broader community. He has also received the National Quality Award and the Arbor Award (University of Toronto).

John is past Chair of the York-Finch Hospital Foundation and past Chair of The Capital Campaign for University of Toronto Schools. He and his wife Lois have four daughters and ten grandchildren.