Meet Prof. Gordon

The Expert Behind Exam Success™


& Director of Learning

Content Creator &
Lead Instructor


CFA Institute

Heriot-Watt University

University of Toronto


Brian was helping his Bay Street bank colleagues and friends prepare for their financial services industry exams long before he realized that he was actually teaching and loved it. By the time Brian had earned his MBA and the CFA charter, he had accepted a tentured post in the Business School at Centennial College (where he taught business and finance courses for the next 14 years), and had established a highly-reputable CFA® exam review program (Canadian Academics), which was later acquired by Kaplan Schweser.

Brian has been writing, teaching and tutoring students in all areas and levels of Finance for over 20 years and has motivated and inspired 1000s of candidates at Exam Success and many firms, banks, brokerages and higher-level institutions including Queen's University, Ryerson University and Wilfrid Laurier University.

Brian has been a featured instructor at the CFA Review Study Seminar for Financial Analysts at the University of Windsor (now known as the CFA Program Windsor Week offered by Kaplan Schweser), and has authored and been quoted in numerous industry publications. Two of his many notable accomplishments include the development of the Queen's University Certificate in Financial Analysis CFA Program and the signature Prof. Gordon Approach™, the methodology behind his distinguished and proven learning system.

One of Brian's strengths is his exceptional ability to get students to think about the goal of the exam prepration process differently, and thereby reduce their study stress. Brian has long understood the power of financial services industry standardized tests in advancing one's career but, unlike other Prep Providers, Brian is realistic about the goal of the exam and strategically focuses students on what matters to pass rather than on material mastery or perfection.

When he is not simplifying the CFA curriculum or creating and teaching what many review as the best CFA, CFP, CIM, CS exam study materials and courses*, Brian enjoys coaching hockey as well as travelling, hiking and cycling as an escape from the downtown-Toronto city life. Rumour has it, he was once an avid canoe tripper.

Get know to the small but mighty Exam Success team.


"I passed am now a CFA charterholder! I've been recommending your courses, especially to those who failed level 3, as I feel they were the difference maker (especially your tips about writing the essays)."

~ John Luke Stedman


"Your online CFA course and review sessions were invaluable. They were refreshingly engaging and a nice respite from the dull CFA curriculum and the monotone, condescending Schweser approach. I've recommended Exam Success to friends who failed Level 1, and those who are Level 2 CFA candidates."

~ Brodie Woods


"I've had many teachers, but it takes a very, very good one to keep my attention and motivated the entire time. Brian’s actually made learning enjoyable – especially when considering the incredible breadth and complexity of the material covered."

~ Jasmine Pan


"Brian is great at explaining the material in a way that makes it easy to understand. His online courses and materials focus on what's relevant for the CFA exam, and not on the trivial details. I wish I used Exam Success from the very start."

~ Justin Grant


"I actually just enrolled with Exam Success, and am already finding your material to be much more effective than those from CSI. Expect a number of referrals from all of my CFA exam and CFP exam colleagues."

~ Sammy Abu-Saud

* 5/5-Star Rating Average (1000+ Exam Success Student Surveys 2014 - 2019). 2019 Top Choice Award Nominee in multiple categories. Exam Success follows CFA Institute Prep Provider Guidelines. Required Disclaimer: CFA Institute does not endorse, promote or warrant the accuracy or quality of the products or services offered by Exam Success. CFA Institute, CFA® and Chartered Financial Analyst are trademarks owned by CFA Institute.

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