Who We Are
John Byrne is a partner of the byrne+cohen group. John has more than 35 years of investment experience in addition to 3 years of experience in the insurance industry. Historically, John managed a branch of 45 Investment Advisors with assets of over $6 Billion. Recently he relinquished those duties after 25 years to focus his attention solely on the team's clients. As a Managing Director of the firm, he has remains intimately involved with BMO Nesbitt Burns' strategy decisions for the Private Client Division ensuring that our client’s perspectives are at the forefront of these policies. When John is not working he enjoys family life, the arts, travelling and is an avid reader.
Justin Cohen is a partner of the byrne+cohen group. Justin is a Portfolio Manager, Vice President and MBA graduate with more than 25 years of experience working with Institutional and Private Clients. His goal as a Portfolio Manager and Investment Advisor is to target consistent, reliable, and above average performance for our clients through a risk-controlled approach to asset management. When Justin is not working he enjoys family life, a wide variety of sports such as hockey, baseball, tennis, and wakesurfing as well as coaching his children’s sports teams.
John Peller is an Investment Advisor with the Byrne + Cohen group. John has 5 years of experience working with Private Clients. John holds a Bcom from Dalhousie University and is a CFA charterholder. John is responsible for client liaison as it pertains to service, performance, and objectivity. When John is not working, he enjoys golfing, skiing and travelling.
Lisa Williams is Investment Representative of the byrne+cohen group and has 15 years of experience at BMO Nesbitt Burns. Lisa is responsible for all aspects of client service and handles issuing cheques and electronic payments, transfers, trade settlements. Lisa is a licensed representative able to execute trades. When not working, Lisa enjoys cycling, running, swimming and recently completed her Iron Man race in the Laurentians.
Jessica Ciprietti is Investment Representative of the byrne+cohen group and has 10 years of experience at BMO Nesbitt Burns. Jessica is responsible for all aspects of client service and also handles documentation for opening and maintaining accounts. Jessica is a licensed representative able to execute trades. When not working, Jessica enjoys playing soccer, running marathons and snowboarding.
Jim Kraft is accountable for providing estate and insurance to high net worth clients through sophisticated, forward-thinking wealth management planning. Jim brings over 20 years of experience of specialized tax, estate, and insurance expertise – and a unique understanding of the financial and emotional complexities of family wealth. Jim works collaboratively with our team to provide our clients the ability to implement concrete, actionable plans to maximize wealth and legacies that align with their visions.
Cherie Ahlberg brings more than 18 years of experience in banking and financial markets to her role as Senior Private Banker servicing business owners, entrepreneurs, high net worth clients and their families in the London and Sarnia market. As a dedicated Financial Planner, Cherie creates sophisticated banking packages and a full suite of personalized credit solutions for her clients and their families. She then draws on a team of BMO professionals and experts who specialize in investments, commercial banking, as well as tax and estate planning to create a uniquely personalized banking experience for her clients. To ensure a very personalized service and attention to detail, Cherie works with a very limited number of clients and their families.