BMO Nesbitt Burns and its predecessor companies have been helping investors meet their financial goals since 1912, the year Nesbitt Thomson was founded.


In August 1987 the Bank of Montreal took advantage of liberalized banking regulations to acquire Nesbitt Thomson—then one of Canada’s oldest and most respected investment houses. In 1994, Nesbitt Thomson and Burns Fry—also recognized as one of the largest worldwide dealers of Canadian equities and debt securities—merged. BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. emerged as a member organization of BMO Financial Group—one of the largest financial services providers in North America—offering a broad range of wealth management and investment products and solutions to clients across Canada.

Today, as one of Canada's leading full service investment firms, BMO Nesbitt Burns has an established reputation within the financial services industry. Since emerging as an industry powerhouse in 1994, the firm has been committed to helping clients meet their wealth management objectives in the very same tradition of professionalism, integrity and innovation demonstrated by its predecessor companies.

For over 26 years now, BMO Nesbitt Burns has been given the proud distinction of having top ranked* research team in the Canadian investment industry (according to the 2006 Brendan Wood International Survey). With this competitive edge, investment advisors are able to draw upon some of the best knowledge and expertise in the industry that is then passed on to clients.