Our Partners

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Adam Carter, CPA, CA, CBV, FEA

Vice President, Business Advisory & Transition Planning

Prior to joining BMO Private Wealth in 2018, Adam worked for KPMG Corporate Finance Group, advising private company owners across multiple industries, with business enterprise values ranging from $3 million to +$100 million, on divestitures, acquisitions, due diligence, projections/financial modeling, and business valuations for multiple purposes. Other areas of experience include corporate restructuring and insolvency, financing, financial modeling & projections and corporate audits. Adam’s goal is to develop rapport with clients through open communication, trust and exceptional service. Leaning on his diverse background and experience, Adam provides guidance to private business owners and families throughout Ontario in the areas of business succession, transition, growth through acquisitions, sell-side M&A, and valuations for the purposes of wealth planning and exit planning.

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Katelyn Culliton, CPA, CA, CFP

Director, Wealth Planning

Katelyn works with high net worth families to deliver proactive, customized wealth planning solutions. She draws on her extensive tax planning experience and analytical skills to help clients define their goals, set priorities and build a roadmap to implement their long-term plans. Katelyn provides ongoing education to clients on tax, retirement and estate planning issues, to help them make informed financial decisions and meet their goals.
 
Katelyn has over 10 years of tax and financial planning experience. Prior to joining BMO in 2017, she was a tax manager at a national accounting firm, where she advised business owners, farmers and other professionals on complex tax, corporate restructuring, succession and estate planning matters. Katelyn is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA), a Certified Financial Planner professional and has completed the CPA Canada In-Depth Tax Course. She graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Mathematics (BMath) in chartered accountancy and finance and a Master of Accounting (MAcc).

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Leigh Vyn, CPA, CA, CFP, FEA

Director, Tax Planning

Leigh is a Director of Tax Planning at BMO Private Wealth. With over twenty years of experience, Leigh understands the broad issues that wealthy families face. By taking the time to understand 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, and family governance.

Leigh can skillfully take complex tax and estate issues, and speak to clients about these in a way that they can easily understand.  In addition to her accounting background, she has extensive experience in the investment industry, including working at a multi-family office where she led a diverse team. For four years, Leigh co-authored the book “Tax Tips for Canadians for Dummies”.

When not at work, Leigh and husband, Dave manage a busy house with two teenagers. She enjoys running and hiking the many trails Ancaster offers.

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Karen Sparks

Director, Philanthropic Advsiory Services, BMO Private Wealth

Karen joined BMO Private Wealth in 2011 as a High Net Worth Planner, following progressively senior roles in the financial services industry that specialized in wealth planning, marketing and communications, and business development. In these roles, Karen engaged clients in meaningful conversations about their family’s needs and desires, providing strategies to meet their goals in the most tax-efficient manner possible, all within the framework of a comprehensive and holistic approach to wealth planning.

Together, we provide a multi-dimensional perspective that offers a valuable complement to our clients’ other professional counsel. Our goal is to empower clients with comprehensive and customized solutions; resolving complex situations through coordinated and proactive wealth plans.

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Stuart Clark, M.Tax, TEP

Estate & Insurance Advisor

Stuart is a specialist at insurance-based wealth and estate planning strategies with a focus to service the high net worth and ultra-high net worth clientele of BMO Private Banking and BMO Nesbitt Burns. His objective is to help families and businesses transfer wealth in an efficient and tax advantaged manner. As a member of the BMO Wealth Management team, he integrates wealth planning strategies that minimize the impact of taxation to you now and to your estate in the future.

Prior to joining BMO Estate Insurance Advisory Services, Stuart worked with BMO Private Banking as a Specialized Planner – Tax to integrate comprehensive tax and wealth plans to enrich the financial success of BMO Private Banking clientele. He also acted as a consultant and instructor to financial advisors with one of Canada’s largest life insurance companies, and provided specialized taxation service with two of Canada’s large accounting firms and the Canada Revenue Agency.

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Sandy Bell, MTI

Director, Trust Services

Sandy works very closely with senior clients to ensure they are well supported through times of transition. She administers a diverse portfolio of Estate, Trusts, encircle and Continuity accounts. On the personal side, Sandy enjoys spending time with her husband, watching their two young children play hockey. She also loves to travel and spend long days at the beach. Sandy is a member of the Waterloo Wellington Estate Planning Council and also the Treasurer of her local public school parent council.

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Bruce Farnell, BA, LL.B

Trust & Estate Consultant

Bruce is a member of the High-Net-Worth Specialized Planning Team who supports BMO Nesbitt Burns by providing comprehensive wealth and estate planning to successful Canadian families. Bruce is a lawyer who developed his expertise in estate planning over 30 years in private practice and with BMO.

Bruce earned an undergraduate degree from Western University and a law degree from University of Ottawa. He is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, several local County Law Associations and the Estate Planner’s Council of London.

Bruce and his wife Sharon live in Aylmer and have two adult children. When not at work Bruce enjoys outdoor activities with his family.Bruce is a Past President of the Kinsmen Club of Aylmer and the East Elgin Branch of the Canadian Cancer Society.

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Jessica Williams, JD

Director, Estate Planning

Jessica is an estate and trust planning specialist who collaborates with wealth and tax planners at BMO Private Wealth to create holistic estate plans for high net worth clients at all stages of their lives. Prior to joining BMO, Jessica practiced at a law firm in London in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, guardianships, and charities law.
 
Jessica holds a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the University of Windsor’s Faculty of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts degree (Honors Specialization in Media, Information and Technoculture), from Western University, where she received the Gold Medal for obtaining the highest average.
 
In her spare time, Jessica enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children.