Our Team

 

Fazula Grosh

Associate Investment Advisor

Sandy Hajar

Investment Representative

Research Partners

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Stephane Rochon

Vice President and Managing Director, Head of Private Client Research

Stephane has over 15 years of experience in the investment industry, focusing primarily on Canadian and U.S. equities. Stephane chairs the Private Client Investment Strategy Committee, which establishes the overall asset allocations for client portfolios. He also researches and publishes reports on longer-term investment themes and their expected impact on the markets. As the head of Private Client Research, Stephane is also responsible for the overall direction and oversight of the team's publications.
 

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Richard Belley

Vice President and Managing Director, Fixed Income Specialist

Richard has been involved with Fixed Income and Interest Rate Derivative markets for over 21 years, including seven years in direct sales and trading. Early in his career, Richard worked as an interest rate Futures and Options institutional representative for BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. and an international bank advising national and international clients. This was followed by a three-year period as a provincial and municipal trader for the Private Client Division of BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc.

In 2001, Richard participated in the launch of the newly created Portfolio Services Group within the Private Client Division to provide a low-cost alternative for management of fixed income portfolios for high net worth individuals and institutional clients. Richard has been actively managing fixed income portfolios for more than 10 years. He is a CFA Charterholder and a registered portfolio manager.

Since 2011, Richard is the Fixed Income Strategist for the Private Client Division of BMO Nesbitt Burns and is a member of the Investment Strategy Committee.

Russ Visch

Technical Analyst Banker

Russ Visch is PAT’s Technical Analyst, providing coverage on equity, commodity, fixed income, and currency markets. He has been a member of the Portfolio Advisory Team since he joined BMO Nesbitt Burns in 1996.Russ graduated from Carleton University with a degree in Economics, and completed the Market TechniciansAssociation’s Chartered Market Technician program in 2000.

Russ provides advisors with a technical view of individual securities and broader big-picture market views.He writes the Daily Action Report, which is a great view into where securities are heading, both for long and short-term horizons. He also writes a weekly report that is designed to help identify Canadian and U.S.stocks that have the potential to outperform or underperform the broad markets on an intermediate-termbasis. The report is based on a quantitative ranking system which uses a number of technical inputs. His monthly S&P/TSX 60 report that covers, in detail, technical trends on each stock in the S&P/TSX 60 Indexfe.

Wealth Planning Partners

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Rose Palma, CFP, CIM, TEP

Director, Wealth Planning, BMO Wealth Planning

Rose works directly with Advisors & Relationship Managers who want to position themselves as their clients’ CFO by helping them identify and address the needs and goals of their High Net Worth clientele. Rose brings together the knowledge and experience of our in-house tax and estate professionals and works with Advisors/Relationship Managers and their clients to develop sound wealth management plans. She provides Advisor support and direction about complex issues such as retirement & distribution planning, tax planning, estate planning, succession planning and philanthropic considerations, to BMO Wealth Management’s affluent families and entrepreneurs. Rose’s extensive planning background helps her in providing best in class wealth plans and great client experience. 

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Nina Wood

Estate and Insurance Advisor, BMO Estate Insurance Advisory Services

Nina has been in the business since 2005, joining BMO Estate Insurance Advisory Services in 2015. With an entrepreneurial background in running businesses since 2001, Nina knows not only what it takes to build and grow a business, but has also experienced firsthand the financial hardships that occur when a family member or business partner suffers from sickness or dies prematurely.
 
Nina will discuss your needs with your Investment Advisor and will develop an estate plan that complements your current financial situation and communicates your wishes for the future. She will show you how an insurance strategy can preserve or enhance your estate, provide protection and risk management solutions in the event of critical illness or disability, and look after your family in the event of your untimely death.

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Paul Lytle

Private Banker

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Kimiko Comeau, CFA

Director, Business Advisory & Succession Planning

Kimiko is part of the Business Advisory & Succession Planning team, which provides high net worth business owners in transition with a sophisticated, forward-thinking wealth management plan. She works with individuals & business owners in the areas of business succession, transition, sale mergers & acquisitions and valuations for the purposes of wealth planning and transfer. Kimiko is an experienced business advisor who brings more than 10 years of technical & business planning expertise to BMO Wealth Management.

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Shawna Albornoz, MTI, TEP

Vice President, Trust Services, BMO Trust Company

Shawna Albornoz is the Vice President of Trust Services (Prairies) with BMO Trust Company, the fiduciary arm of the BMO Financial Group. Shawna has been in the Estate and Trust Industry since 2001 and she has administered over 130 Estate, Trust, Power of Attorney, and charitable foundation accounts during her career.
 
Through her experience as a corporate Executor and Trustee for high net worth clients, she has acquired the expertise to help families effectively plan for the transfer of wealth to the next generation and deal with all fiduciary responsibilities. Shawna holds her MTI designation from the Canadian Securities Institute, she is a member of The Society of Estate and Trust Practitioners (STEP), an international professional organization dedicated to promoting financial and estate planning considerations between generations and is a member of the Calgary Estate Planning Council (EPC).

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Linda Leung, CPA, TEP

Director of U.S. Tax Planning at BMO Wealth Management – Cross-Border Professional

Linda advises high net worth business owners and professionals on how to efficiently structure their U.S. and Canadian assets, providing specialized tax solutions as part of an integrated wealth planning team. Drawing on 25 years of leadership within the cross-border field, Linda’s clients benefit from in-depth technical expertise, facilitating high-level planning discussions, while addressing a wide range of situations across U.S. income and estate tax, and Canadian income tax considerations.

Linda joined BMO Wealth Management in 2010, following 10 years of leading a global tax team at a large consulting firm, where she specialized in individual tax considerations with regards to employees relocating permanently or temporarily from/to U.S. and Canada. Previously, she was a Tax Manager in the Small Business and International Assignment Services groups at PricewaterhouseCoopers, a large international accounting firm.