Our Team

Philip Virene

Senior Investment Advisor

Philip Virene is an Investment Advisor in our Sault Ste. Marie office. Philip represents the fourth generation of a family that is proud to call Sault Ste. Marie their home. He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and has many years of business and management experience. Philip has also been active in the community serving on numerous volunteer boards including the Sault Area Hospital and ARCH.

When not at work, Philip enjoys boating, downhill skiing and time at the cottage.

Judy Mellor, CFP

Senior Client Service Associate

Judy has over 40 years experience in the financial services industry in a wide variety of positions and prior to joining BMO Nesbitt Burns in April 2018 spent more than 20 years providing integrated financial advice and solutions to high net worth clients and their families. 

Judy is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER®, a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers and a Registered Representative.  Judy handles all administrative matters and is the first point of contact when dealing with all client inquiries and requests.

Judy enjoys spending time with her husband Mike and her children and grandchildren in her spare time.

Our Partners


Phil Comtois

Estate and Insurance Advisor, Senior Vice President

With over 20 years in the estate planning and insurance industry, Phil has been with BMO Estate Insurance Advisory Services since 1998. Phil provides comprehensive advice for personal estate, corporate estate, insurance and retirement needs. Areas of expertise include estate creation and preservation techniques and corporate financial security planning, all with an emphasis on elimination of taxes. By collaborating with Investment Advisors, Phil facilitates the planning process and coordinates clients' other Advisors, including lawyers and accountants.

In addition to his advisory role, Phil plays a key role on the division’s management team as an ambassador for Estate and Insurance Advisors across Canada. In this position, Phil leverages his experience as a top performing advisor to create opportunities and tools that will help Estate and Insurance Advisors in becoming successful advisors and leaders in their field.