Our Partners

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Carol Willes

Director, Will & Estate Planning

Carol assists high net worth clients from many backgrounds to understand and develop their present and future legacy. By helping clients focus on what is most important to them - family, philanthropy, security and more - she develops unique estate planning options as part of an integrated team of wealth planning specialists that support clients through their life journey.

Carol strives to provide meaningful, client-centered advice and solutions to help real people build their legacy and find peace of mind in the context of their entire wealth story.

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Karen Gowdy

Estate & Insurance Advisor

Karen has more than 39 years of experience in the financial services and insurance industry. She works with our team to review a broad range of financial issues, important to every client. She works in the disciplines of estate, insurance and tax planning. 

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Korin Flindall, CFP, TEP, MTI, PFP

Director, Wealth Services, BMO Trust Company

Korin is the Director of Wealth Services with BMO Trust Company and has 25 years of experience in the trust industry. She oversees the full estate and trust administration process and is responsible for servicing our clients and their beneficiaries. Her extensive experience has allowed her to build strong relationships with strategic partners (i.e. real estate agents,art collectors, auctioneers, etc.) which is imperative to ensure superior client service and to properly administer estates.

With thirty years of experience in the financial services industry, 25 years dedicated to the Estate and Trust, Korin understands the broad complex tax, legal that wealthy families face. By taking the time to understand each client’s specific goals and objectives, she brings her extensive subject matter expertise to help guide families through the unique opportunities and challenges that they may be facing in the areas of tax and estate planning, corporate structuring, business succession planning, trust planning and family governance.

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Louise-Philippe de Seve-Bergeron, LL.B, TEP

Director, Tax Planning

As a tax specialist, Louis-Philippe provides information and guidance to individuals and businesses relevant to today’s complex tax environment. In order to coordinate the best client solutions, Louis-Philippe often works directly with our clients’ lawyers and accountants. The goal is to always ensure that a well-rounded team of professionals is working to improve our clients’ situation. Louis-Philippe is also fluent in both English and French.

Louis-Philippe, a lawyer holding both a Master of Taxation and the Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) designation, has worked extensively on corporate reorganizations and restructuring, estate planning, and establishment of trusts. He has consulted on intergenerational transfers, estate planning and transfers to key employees. With over 12 years of experience in an accounting environment, he has developed the ability to provide clear and concise advice to a variety of clients during their most stressful life events.

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Lydia Potocnik, LL.B, TEP

Vice President, Philanthropic Advisory Services

Lydia assists affluent clients in building a philanthropic legacy by taking a strategic approach. She guides families through the unique opportunities and strategies that exist to create a legacy that is meaningful and lasting. Her estate planning and trust administration background allow her to also ensure that clients’ philanthropic goals are part of their larger wealth and estate plan. Having worked with both clients and beneficiaries of estates, Lydia’s approach to planning takes into consideration unique family dynamics and conflict resolution.

Lydia joined BMO Wealth Planning in 2011 as a Will & Estate Planning Consultant working with clients on all aspects of their estate and trust planning. She then assumed a leadership role with BMO Trust Company where she was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the estate and trust administration business in Ontario. Prior to joining BMO, Lydia led a very successful philanthropy program at a major hospital foundation where she advised donors on how to build a lasting philanthropic legacy. She has contributed to numerous publications and media appearances related to her work.

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Deborah Desforges, CFP

Director, Wealth Planning

As a wealth planning specialist, Deborah works with individuals and business owners to provide comprehensive financial planning advice and solutions. Deborah has over 30 years of experience in the Canadian financial services industry. She joined the Private Bank in 2013 as a Private Wealth Advisor after being a Financial Advisor for many years at another financial institution.

Deborah's goal, as part of the Enterprise Wealth Planning team, is to empower clients with comprehesive and customized solutions, resolving complex situations through coordinated and proactive wealth plans. 

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Aziz Nasher

Director, Wealth Planning, BMO Private Wealth

Aziz collaborates with his colleagues at BMO Private Wealth to help clients clearly articulate their personal wealth goals. Together, we provide a multi-dimensional perspective that offers a valuable complement to our clients’ other professional counsel.

Aziz’s goal, as part of the Enterprise Wealth Planning team, is to empower clients with comprehensive and customized solutions, resolving complex situations through coordinated and proactive wealth plans. Prior to joining BMO Private Wealth, Aziz practiced in the areas of tax planning and advisory with two accounting firms for over 10 years.