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Robert N. Hesp, CFP, FCSI, CIWM
Li Yu 俞笠, MBA
Jessica Banka
Darren Knott, CFP, CLU, ChFC
James Waters, BBA, CFP, CIWM

Tel: 1855-305-2851
Tel: 905-354-1211

80 King Street West
Suite 600
St. Catharines, ON
L2R 7G1

Other Locations

BMO Bank of Montreal
6760 Morrison Street
Niagara Falls, ON
L2E 6Z8

Our Practice Partners

Working with Hesp Wealth Advisory provides you with access to the broadest selection of wealth management solutions and services available today through BMO Nesbitt Burns. We work with a team of experts who are able to provide our clients with a holistic approachto investing.
Estate and Insurance

Many people are concerned about their financial security in retirement and preserving the value of their estate for the next generation. Asset preservation is an integral component of any financial plan. Insurance can play an important role in your financial plan as a tax-efficient asset preservation tool. In working closely with Hesp Investment Advisory and our Estate and Insurance Advisor we can provide you with the insurance solutions best suited to complement your wealth management strategy.

Darren Knott, CFP®, CLU, ChFC
Estate & Insurance Advisor
BMO Estate Insurance Advisory Services Inc.


Darren graduated from the University of Guelph with a BA in Economics and entered the financial industry in 1987 with Mutual Life of Canada. He went on to obtain the Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Chartered Financial Consultant (CH.F.C.) designations.

Darren joined the CIBC Wood Gundy Estate Planning team in June of 2001 before making his move to BMO Nesbitt Burns this September.  Darren served on the Board of Directors for three years with The Learning Disabilities Association of London-Middlesex as well as with ADVOCIS on London's Board of Directors for eight years including a one year tenure in the role of President.

Wealth Management Consulting Team

BMO Nesbitt Burns has assembled an extended team of industry experts and designated specialists with whom Hesp Wealth Advisory can partner on your behalf should your needs require it. Backed by this group of accountants, lawyers, insurance professionals, tax and estate specialists, we can provide a comprehensive approach that incorporates your wealth and life management needs, interests and aspirations.

Linda Leung, CPA, TEP
Director, US Tax Planning
Wealth Group, BMO Nesbitt Burns

Linda is responsible for providing Investment Advisors and their clients with Canadian and US tax planning support. Before joining BMO Nesbitt Burns, Linda was a member of a global tax team at a large consulting firm where she assisted individuals in understanding the Canadian, US and international tax implications of their various forms of compensation. Prior to that, she was employed by a large, international accounting firm in their International Assignment Services and Small Business tax groups.

Linda has expertise in US personal tax matters and can provide guidance on cross-border personal income tax issues. In her previous role, Linda was also involved in the design and execution of global executive compensation and share plans.

Linda is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (TEP).


John M. Paniccia, CPA, CA, CBV 
Business Advisory & Succession Planning - Central Canada
Wealth Group, BMO Nesbitt Burns

John is an experienced business advisor and brings a broad base of technical and business planning experience to BMO Wealth Management. John offers individuals and business owners expertise in business succession, transition, sale, M&A, insurance and valuations for the purposes of wealthplanning and transfer.

John has over 15 years of experience primarily in the Big 4 professional services firms, as well as experience in a family owned private business. Within professional practice, 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.

John holds an Honours Degree in Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business, York University, and is a Chartered Accountant (CPA, CA) and a Chartered Business Valuator (CBV).

BMO Private Banking

Christopher Short, CFP®
Private Banker
BMO Private Banking

Christopher joined BMO Private Banking in the summer of 2011 as a Private Banker, responsible for the relationship management of Platinum Banking clients in the Hamilton & Niagara Region. Christopher specifically provides financial advice and solutions relating to the needs of affluent individuals and their families. With an exclusive client list, Christopher is available to you and has the time to focus on your particular needs and to be proactive around them.

Prior to moving back to his hometown in Niagara, Christopher developed knowledge and experience in the financial service industry as a Commercial Account Manager with BMO Bank of Montreal based out of First Canadian Place in Toronto. Christopher’s depth of experience in both Personal and Commercial banking position him well to service his client base of successful business owners and professionals.

Christopher’s designations include Bachelor of Business Administration (Honors), Concentration in Entrepreneurship – Brock University, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® professional, Personal Financial Planner (PFP), and Investment Funds in Canada (IFC). Christopher Short is an employee of Bank of Montreal, an affiliate of BMO NBI. Bank of Montreal is not a member of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization or a Member-Canadian Investor Protection Fund.

Bank of Montreal
Amber Hameed
Lending Specialist
BMO Bank of Montreal

BMO Specialized Lending is one of the preferred personal lenders of BMO Nesbitt Burns.  Working collaboratively, we can manage your immediate lending needs, while ensuring there is a plan in place to optimize your debt.  No matter what you are planning, having the right debt solutions in place is a critical aspect of your financial plan. 
Amber Hameed is one of our dedicated Lending Specialists for BMO Nesbitt Burns for last 5 years.  Amber comes to us with 20 years of experience in the financial industry.  Whether you are purchasing a new home or an investment property, implementing a wealth creation strategy, or helping your children purchase their first home, Amber will customize the right financing solution to meet your needs.  Amber is here to assist customers of Hesp Wealth Advisory by providing flexible, mobile and personalized lending service, at their convenience.  We welcome you to contact Amber with any questions.

Amber Hameed is an employee of Bank of Montreal, an affiliate of BMO NBI. Bank of Montreal is not a member of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization or a Member-Canadian Investor Protection Fund.