BMO Nesbitt Burns
800 Manulife Place
10180 - 101 Street
BMO Nesbitt Burns
10185-101 ST NW (Office)
#800 10180-101 ST NW (Mailing)
Meet the Team
Carmen Phillips, FMA, PFP®
Investment Advisor & Financial Planner
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Carmen Phillips discovered his enthusiasm for the markets at the young age of 18, taught himself the basics and has enjoyed investing ever since. He has almost 20 years of experience and has been advising affluent clients since 2005. Carmen joined BMO Nesbitt Burns in 2013 after spending eight years with BMO Financial Group as a Financial Planner and two years with RBC as a banker. In 2021, he teamed up with Kevin Algajer and Robert Babee to form the ABC Wealth Management Group.
Carmen graduated with a Finance Diploma from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) and holds the Financial Management Advisor (FMA) and Personal Financial Planner (PFP®) designations and a Certificate in Advanced Investment Advice from the Canadian Securities Institute. He is currently working to obtain his Chartered Investment Manager (CIM®) designation to offer discretionary portfolio management services.
Since February 2018, Carmen has donated to the University of Alberta’s Men's and Ladies’ Hockey programs through their Adopt a Player Program, which recognizes exceptional players with monetary awards. From 2014 to 2018, Carmen volunteered for Habitat for Humanity building homes. Today, his personal time is devoted to dinners and gatherings with his parents, sister and English bulldog. Carmen keeps very active with hockey, slow-pitch, curling, and golf, snowboarding in Jasper and Banff and getting out into the great outdoors as often as possible.
Robert Babee, BSc (Math), BA (Econ), BComm
With almost 30 years of experience as an Investment Advisor at BMO Nesbitt Burns, Robert provides the Edmonton business community with strategies for succession, tax management, share structuring, holdco cash flow, and other complexities. He partners with BMO specialists to deliver a full value-added package of services, including trust and estate planning, financial planning, insurance solutions and more. Robert also collaborates with BMO Nesbitt Burns’ deal team, which will meet with ultra-high net worth clients to discuss venture capital opportunities.
Robert joined BMO after spending a decade at the University of Alberta, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Math, a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance. In 2021, Robert teamed up with Kevin Algajer and Carmen Phillips to form the ABC Wealth Management Group, where he manages client assets through BMO Nesbitt Burns’ discretionary money management platforms to take advantage of the security selection skills of top pension managers.
Robert’s personal life is devoted to his young son, who takes part in jiu jitsu, soccer and hockey activities. The two stay active by cycling together. They reside in a historic church that has been converted into a very large home. To support his community in a unique way, Robert often donates his house as a venue for charitable foundation fundraisers. Stollery Kids Hospital, Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS), the Lung Association, Edmonton Fire Rescue Services, and other organizations have hosted gala events there.
Kevin Algajer, BA (Econ)
Portfolio Manager, Investment Advisor
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Kevin Algajer is a Portfolio Manager and Investment Advisor with more than 20 years of experience in advising affluent individuals and organizations.
Kevin earned a BA in Economics from the University of Alberta, where he was a linebacker for the Golden Bears and achieved the distinction of being Academic All Canadian and Second Team All Canadian. He began his career at TD Waterhouse in 1994 and decided to enter the investment side of the business in 1999. Before joining BMO in 2011, where he was mentored by a 30-year industry veteran from BMO Nesbitt Burns’ predecessor firm Burns Brothers, Kevin worked as an Investment Advisor at TD and HSBC. In 2021, he joined forces with Carmen Phillips and Robert Babee to form the ABC Wealth Management Group.
As a Portfolio Manager, Kevin is qualified to offer discretionary investment management. You can entrust him to manage your portfolio according to your specific investment objectives – just tell him your goals and he will provide the tailored investment management and WealthPlan to get you there.
Kevin has a strong background in community leadership. He has volunteered as Head Coach for the City of Edmonton Peewee AA hockey league, leading his team to win the Peewee AA City Championships twice (or 3 times, TBC). Today, he runs the Leggs Algajer Hockey Academy, a summer hockey school he co-founded. (compliance may not allow unless it is a volunteer role) Kevin also formerly volunteered as the McNally High School football coach for five years and as a soccer and hockey coach for his sons’ community leagues when they were young.
Kevin resides in south Edmonton with his wife, Shannon, and their sons, Cooper and Max. In the winter months, you will find him at the rink playing hockey; during the summer, he’s often on the golf course or relaxing at his family cabin on Pigeon Lake.
Kathy supports our team’s three advisors by managing our administrative hub and ensuring that a very high level of service is maintained for all of our clients. In addition, she is the Safety Warden for our branch. Kathy has been in the financial services industry for almost 25 years.
A lifelong learner, Kathy enjoyed the challenges of completing the Canadian Securities Course in 2015 with the Canadian Securities Institute. She loves meeting and talking with our clients and building warm relationships with everyone around her. Kathy appreciates the respect and camaraderie in our office and could not imagine herself working anywhere else. She taught private piano lessons for 25 years and now teaches three of her grandchildren to play. Kathy loves finding ways to demonstrate her affection by lavishing her loved ones with lots of time and gifts!
Maggie Zeng, MA (Econ)
Maggie provides administrative support to our whole team and is learning to fill Kathy’s shoes. Maggie has been supporting our team since 2019 and previously worked as a Small Business Advisor with Scotiabank. She speaks fluent Mandarin, which is an enormous asset for our Asian clients whose first language was not English.
With the distinction of a full scholarship, Maggie completed a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Alberta in 2013 and has completed the Canadian Securities, Conduct and Practices Handbook and Wealth Management Essentials courses with the Canadian Securities Institute. Maggie cherishes time spent with her family.