BMO Nesbitt Burns
1 First Canadian Place
40th Floor , P.O. Box 150
About Our Partners
Cherie Ahlberg, CFP®
Senior Private Banker
Cherie has more than 18 years of experience working in the banking and financial markets of the London and Sarnia area. She has since then relocated to Toronto where she services business owners, entrepreneurs and high net worth clients as a Senior Private Banker.
As a dedicated Financial Planner, Cherie creates sophisticated banking packages and a full suite of personalized credit solutions for her clients and their families. She then draws on a team of BMO professionals/experts who specialize in investments, commercial banking, as well as tax and estate planning to create a uniquely personalized banking experience for her clients. To ensure a very personalized service and attention to detail, Cherie works with a very limited number of clients and their families.
Craig Cowan, CFA, CFP, CIM, FCSI
Director, Wealth Planning at BMO Wealth Management
Craig is a wealth planning specialist, providing comprehensive financial planning advice to high net worth individuals and their families. Working as part of a broader planning team, Craig regularly advises clients on a wide range of topics, including retirement strategies, tax and estate planning, charitable giving, trust planning, and asset protection strategies.
Craig is passionate about providing clients with an in-depth view of their finances along with the challenges and opportunities that may exist. Craig brings 15 years of experience assisting clients navigate their wealth planning. With his broad-based industry knowledge, along with his unique ability to break down complex strategies into easily comprehensible action plans, he plays a key role in client relations.
James W. Kraft
Estate and Insurance Advisor, Vice-President of BMO Estate Insurance Advisory Services inc.
Accountable for providing estate and insurance advice to high net worth clients though sophisticated, forward-thinking wealth management planning.
James offers clients informed insight across the broad spectrum of wealth and estate planning issues, leveraging advanced market experience – more than 20 years of specialized tax, estate, and insurance expertise – and a unique understanding of the financial and emotional complexities of family wealth.
Goal-oriented and collaborative, James's thrives on helping affluent clients articulate their vision through proactive, meaningful conversations. He take the time to listen, empathize and explore options, crafting innovative and tailored solutions that truly move the needle – providing clients and their other professional advisors with the ability to implement concrete, actionable plans to maximize wealth and legacies that align with their visions.
Leading by example, he is dedicated to the community through involvement as an industry speaker, subject matter expert and author – all with the aim of improving the lives of Canadians through smartly structured wealth planning.
He work collaboratively with his colleagues to simplify the complexities associated with wealth and offering affluent families and entrepreneurs a uniquely personalized experience. Together, they aim to help clients realize their aspirations, at all stages of life, through meaningful conversations.
Trust and Estate Planner
David brings over 20 years of experience in the Trust and Financial Planning Industry as a Trust and Estate Planner. David has worked extensively with our clients in the area of Estate, Will and Trust Planning.
He has earned his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® designation and is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.
David is committed to providing expert estate planning and advice to our clients, bringing the full power of BMO Trust Company to our clients and their families including corporate executorships, acting as agents for trustee, and helping with various facets of estate planning and administration, including:
Securing all of the deceased assets
Probating the will (a court process that validates the will)
Ensuing all outstanding bills and liabilities are paid
Claiming entitlements such as life insurance and survivor benefits
Distributing assets to beneficiaries
Preparing and filing of the Deceased Final Terminal T1 Tax Return