June 18, 1959 
|Occupation||financial writer, television host|
|http://www.gailvazoxlade.com, http://commonsensedivorce.ca, http://www.debtfreeforever.ca|
Gail Vaz-Oxlade (born June 18, 1959 in Jamaica) is a Canadian financial writer and television personality who lives in Brighton, Ontario, Canada. Vaz-Oxlade hosts the Canadian television series Til Debt Do Us Part, Princess and, most recently, Money Moron. Vaz-Oxlade is also a regular columnist for Yahoo! Canada Finance. Previously, she was a regular feature writer for The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine magazine, IE: Money, and MoneySense.ca, among others. Gail most recently ventured into the divorce realm by offering financially based divorce services through the Common Sense Divorce.
Vaz-Oxlade began her career after moving to Canada, working as an administrative assistant and later taking a job in marketing. In that role she was asked by a banking client to write a manual for its employees on its Registered Retirement Savings Plan products, which grew into Vaz-Oxlade writing all of the bank's technical materials. Within a number of years, Vaz-Oxlade began freelance writing, ultimately writing 27 columns every month.
Citing burn-out, Vaz-Oxlade quit and moved to Brighton, Ontario with her family and over a two-year period did volunteer work and raised her family. After that time, she was asked by a production company to host Til Debt Do Us Part. In her role on that show, Vaz-Oxlade describes herself as a "super nanny for money". After seven seasons of hosting the program, Vaz-Oxlade agreed to continue with the show if the network, Slice, allowed her to do a new show. The network agreed, resulting in the creation of Princess, which focuses on young women rather than couples.
In 2011, Vaz-Oxlade began a campaign advocating for changes in the way lenders assess lending criteria, particularly for credit cards. As part of that effort, Vaz-Oxlade urged Canadian consumers to stop using their credit cards for one week and pay cash only; as well, she urged Canadians to write to their Members of Parliament to urge changes in legislation restricting the use of credit scores in the granting of credit.
Born to a wealthy family in Jamaica, Vaz-Oxlade immigrated to Canada with her family in 1977. Her family includes Douglas Vaz a former president of the Jamaica Manufacturers Association and former Minister of Industry and Commerce. Her surname is the result of hyphenating her maiden name and her first husband's surname. She has been married three times: the first marriage lasted one year; the second lasted nine years; and the third lasted eighteen years. However, Vaz-Oxlade, in a money-saving endeavour, has not divorced her last husband. Rather, they are legally separated. Vaz-Oxlade has two children.
Vaz-Oxlade has written several books, including:
- A Woman of Independent Means: A Woman's Guide to Full Financial Security
- Dead Cat Bounce: The Skinny of E-vesting
- The RRSP Answer Book
- Shopping For Money: Strategies for Successful Borrowing
- The Money Tree Myth: A Parent's Guide to Helping Kids Unravel the Mysteries of Money
- The Retirement Answer Book
- The Borrower's Answer Book
- Education Planning (CCH Financial Advisers Series)
- A Woman of Independent Means: A Guide for Women Who Want to Take Control of Their Personal Finances
- Debt Free Forever
- Never Too Late
- Money-Smart Kids (digital only)
- "Personal debt makes good reality television". Financial Post. Retrieved 2010-06-30.
- Suzanne Ellis (2011-11-20). "How to teach your kids about money". CityNews Toronto. Retrieved 2011-11-25.
- Sarah Hampson (2010-01-30). "Gail Vaz-Oxlade: The accidental guru". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2010-06-30.
- Tom McFeat (2011-11-07). "Banks hooking Canadians on credit, Gail Vaz-Oxlade says". CBC. Retrieved 2011-11-25.