BMO Nesbitt Burns
429 Elizabeth Street
Meet Our Team
Portfolio Manager, Senior Investment Advisor
Tel: (905) 681-2692
Fax: (905) 681-2953
E-mail: Grant Gingrich
Currently a Portfolio Manager and Senior Investment Advisor with BMO Nesbitt Burns, Grant has been an investment industry professional since 1986. He manages investment portfolios for a diverse group of affluent clients. He has been a past member of the firm’s President’s Council, and is licensed in insurance and options.
Born in Waterloo, Grant graduated from Wilfred Laurier University with an Honours Business Degree. He now lives in Grimsby with his wife and two children, and in his spare time enjoys travelling and reading.
Associate Investment Advisor
Tel (905) 681-2369
Fax (905) 681-2953
Sonia has over 24 years’ experience in the investment industry, working with Grant a majority of that time. Her knowledge and client service skills are exemplary. Sonia ensures clients receive the group’s personal attention to their financial needs, and delivers a client experience that exceeds their expectations.
Born and raised in Hamilton, Sonia graduated from Mohawk College with a Diploma in Business Administration. She also has her Personal Financial Planning (PFP®) designation. She enjoys travelling, cooking and spending time with her husband and two boys.
Piero Mazza- CFP®, CFA, CIM, RPA, TEP
Senior Wealth Management Consultant
Piero brings together the knowledge and experience of our in-house tax and estate professionals and works with Investment Advisors and their clients to develop sound wealth management plans.
He provides support and direction about complex issues such as retirement and distribution planning, tax planning, cash management, estate and gift planning, transition planning and charitable giving.
Piero has 15 years of experience in the financial services industry having worked for a large, Canadian brokerage firm and Insurance company as a financial planner providing comprehensive planning for their high net worth clients in the area of tax, estate, insurance and retirement planning.
Piero has a Business Degree, is a member of the Financial Planning Standards Council and the CFA Society of Toronto
Chris Markou - LL.B, B.A (Hons)
Senior Manager, Trust and Estates
As Senior Manager, Trusts and Estates in the Wealth Management Group, Chris provides guidance to BMO Nesbitt Burns Wealth Management Consultants and Investment Advisors with respect to estate and trust matters, including assistance in developing comprehensive estate plans and with the administration of estates.
Prior to joining BMO Nesbitt Burns, Chris operated his own law firm, worked as in-house counsel with an insurance company, and worked in the estates and real estate groups in one of the largest and oldest law firms in Brampton, Ontario.
He provides support and direction on complex issues related to estate, gift and tax planning, succession planning for business owners, charitable giving and planning
for family members with special needs.
Chris has been actively involved in the community as a member of numerous boardsand committees, and has chaired and presented at several programs for the Ontario Bar Association.
Frank Lapierre, CFP®, CLU
Estate and Insurance Advisor
Frank creates solutions tailored to each unique situation by providing guidance to affluent families, professionals, entrepreneurs and business owners with putting the right pieces in place to protect what is most valuable in life. His mission is to help clients develop an awareness and understanding of wealth and estate planning strategies through the creation of powerful solutions that achieve their objectives in a tax-efficient and cost-effective manner.
He provides comprehensive advice for intergenerational wealth planning through estate creation and preservation, risk management through personal and corporate insurance planning, and retirement planning through tax-based wealth accumulation and income strategies, all with an emphasis on the elimination of taxes. Frank routinely corrects or enhances situations where coverage is already in place, specializing in high net worth clients and their unique challenges including business succession, estate planning and family dynamics.
John Paniccia- CPA, CA, CBV
Business Advisory & Succession Planning
John is an experienced business advisor who brings a broad base of technical and business planning experience to BMO Wealth Management. John offers business owners and their advisors in Central Canada expertise in succession planning, transition, sale, M&A, insurance and valuations for the purposes of wealth planning and transfer.
With over 15 years of experience in professional services firms, as well as experience in a family owned private business, John has lead a significant number of complex business valuations and business advisory engagements for private and public companies involved in a variety of industries in connection with M&A, corporate reorganizations & income tax planning, shareholder disputes, corporate finance activities, as well as succession, tax & estate planning for private business owners.