Chantal Moreau, D.D.N.
Director, Estate Planning
Chantal is a member of the BMO Wealth Management team as a Director, Estate Planning. Chantal assists high-net-worth clients in developing their customized estate plans. Chantal helps to ensure that the legal documents her clients put in place reflect their reality, their needs, and their objectives while maximizing their estate value and asset protection.
Chantal is a member of the Chambre des notaires du Québec. Prior to joining the BMO Private Wealth planning team, Chantal gained hands-on experience in the administration of estates, trusts, and protection regimes with BMO Trust Company. Previously, Chantal worked as a notary in a private practice where she also settled estates and worked on non-contentious legal proceedings. This experience gave her a practical perspective on estate planning and equipped her to anticipate possible issues and propose effective solutions.
Chantal holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree and a Graduate Diploma in Notarial Law (D.D.N.) from Université de Sherbrooke. She is currently completing a specialization program in order to earn the Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) designation.
Danny Guarnieri, CPA, CA
Director, Wealth Planning
Danny offers personalized wealth management advice to high-net-worth BMO clients. He identifies each client’s needs and objectives and determines their financial position in order to develop a comprehensive plan that simplifies complex matters such as financial, tax, estate and business succession planning. In addition, Danny draws on his extensive experience in a private practice to develop quality plans and educate clients on the risks and opportunities inherent in these plans.
Danny joined BMO Wealth Management in 2017. He began his career in 2006 with the international accounting firm Deloitte, where he gained significant experience auditing large public and private corporations. After completing a master’s degree in taxation in 2013, he joined Deloitte’s tax services where he specialized in tax planning and compliance for public and private corporations. In 2015, Danny joined the tax department of Richter LLP, where he developed his knowledge of tax planning and restructuring for private corporations and business owners.
Wealth Planning Analyst
Haithem’s passion for financial planning and helping others succeed is a constant source of motivation for him. When he isn’t working to optimize all aspects of life, he is reading or educating himself to improve his skills or learn new ones.
Haithem joined BMO in 2016 and has acquired many years of experience in various financial services roles since 2008. Prior to joining our team, Haithem worked as a financial planner in branch and most recently as a financial planning analyst serving high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth clients, developing personalized financial plans covering retirement, estate and tax planning, wealth enhancement, risk management, education funding, and business planning.
James Costis, F.Pl., CFP, CIM, FCSI
Director, Wealth Planning
James works with individuals, professionals, entrepreneurs, and families to provide comprehensive financial planning solutions and advice.
James is a financial planner and holds the F.Pl. designation that applies in the province of Quebec as well as the RFP designation for financial planning in the rest of Canada. James graduated from Concordia University in Montréal with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a specialization in Accounting. He has completed the CGA program and is also a Chartered Investment Manager with the Canadian Securities Institute. James worked in corporate accounting in the tax department of a major trust company and bank for 9 years and in the financial planning department of a major insurance company and he has been providing holistic advice on integrated financial planning for over 15 years.
For 7 years, James served on the board of the Chartered Administrators Order of Quebec, Financial Planning sector, in various capacities, including as V.P. of Education and V.P. of Communications. James has also taught credit courses for the Chambre de la Sécurité financière.
Senior Vice President, Financial Security Advisor
Jean-François provides Canadian investors with insurance solutions to enhance their wealth. He has been with BMO Financial Group since 2014 and has worked with national accounts for over 15 years, helping high-net-worth families increase their wealth, realize substantial tax savings, and develop their business succession plans.
Jean-François has completed rigorous training and acquired over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry.
Karine G. Précourt
Director, Wealth Planning and Tax
Karine advises high net worth families, professionals and entrepreneurs on complex issues involving taxation and wealth planning. She is part of an integrated team of specialists who work in financial, tax and estate planning. With her knowledge of taxation and legal matters acquired in financial institutions and private practice, she offers customers leading expertise and valuable advice to assist them with their personal and corporate planning. Karine excels in the art of suggesting appropriate solutions to issues involving wealth management, tax and estate planning, philanthropy, and new wealth.
Karine has more than 13 years of experience in law and taxation. In the course of her career she has held various positions of increasing responsibility in tax and estate planning. Working for legal firms and an accounting firm, she has handled tax issues for entrepreneurs, businesses and wealthy families. She has also worked with investment firms, supporting financial services advisors, their clients, and the professionals who work with them. She has intervened in several tax planning cases involving individuals, estates, and companies.
She has published numerous articles on taxation and participated in several media initiatives. Karine is involved with several charitable institutions and the Fondation HEC Montréal with the goal of engaging graduates in the institution’s projects. She sits on committees of the APFF, an organization dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge and the improvement of its members’ taxation skills.
Vice President, Business Advisory & Succession Planning
Building relationships with clients is paramount to becoming a trusted advisor. Mathieu’s goal is to develop rapport with clients through open communication, trust and exceptional service. Leaning on his diverse background and experience, Mathieu provides guidance to private business owners and families 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.
Prior to joining BMO Wealth Management in 2018, Mathieu has over 10 years of experience with national and Big 4 accounting firms. Working within the M&A Transaction services Group, he advised private company owners across multiple industries, with business enterprise values ranging from $3 million to +$100 million on all aspects of the M&A transaction process, from the initial analysis of financial and operational performance to the closing of the transaction (i.e. divestitures, acquisitions, due diligence, projections/financial modeling, and business valuations). Other areas of experience include corporate restructuring and insolvency, financings, and corporate audits.
Director, Tax Planning
Mireille is a curious person who is always eager to learn. Thanks to this natural curiosity, she has acquired knowledge in areas related to her financial planning work that make her an accomplished advisor. As a marathon runner, she loves meeting challenges. With her results-oriented approach, she sees each of her clients as unique and strives to present them with a clear picture of their situation and how they can achieve their goals.
Mireille has worked in a variety of fields. She began her career in property and casualty insurance while pursuing academic studies in financial services. Before going into banking, she was an exchange trader, thus gaining an understanding of how the stock market works. After five years working as a financial planner, Mireille left the sector for the construction industry (administration, negotiations, accounting, appraisal), which gave her insight into the realities of entrepreneurs. She has returned to wealth management and now feels much better equipped to advise her clients.
Director, Tax Planning
Olivier is part of the specialized planning team within BMO Wealth Management where he acts as a tax and estate planner. His main focus is to assist high net worth clients and their families in reaching their objectives by making complex tax issues understandable, managing risks and identifying opportunities.
Olivier was called to the Quebec Bar in 2012. After completing his master’s degree in taxation, he worked for a well-known law firm based in Montreal where he advised business owners and professionals on a multitude of corporate, personal, and trust taxation issues. He also provided tax planning assistance on many corporate reorganizations, and business transfers.
Olivier joined BMO Wealth Management in 2016. He works in collaboration with professionals at BMO Private Wealth.
As a BMO Private Banker, Pamela Lambourne comes to the aid of our Private Wealth professionals. She offers comprehensive and personalized private banking
services to help customers optimize their finances.
Pamela has been with BMO since 2006, holding positions in financing, relationship management, direct banking and financial services. Backed by strong financial planning and financing knowledge and a wide range of products and programs, she designs personalized banking solutions based on customer needs, including financing services and small business solutions.
She is adept at developing proactive solutions that save time, identify inefficient financing, and maximize after tax returns.
Director, Wealth Planning
Raphaelle offers BMO’s high-net-worth clients personalized wealth planning advice. After identifying each client’s needs and goals and analyzing their personal and financial situation, she develops an appropriate plan that highlights the implications of financial, tax and estate planning and of business succession. Raphaelle draws on the skills she has acquired in a financial institution and an accounting firm to design quality wealth plans that raise her clients’ awareness of potential risks and opportunities.
Raphaelle joined the BMO Wealth Management Team in August 2018. She began her career in 2010 as a personal financial advisor with another financial institution. This experience provided her with in-depth knowledge of the financial products offered by financial institutions and enabled her to develop her financial advisory skills with a diverse clientele.
After completing her master’s degree in taxation in 2013, Raphaelle joined the tax team of Deloitte Montréal, the internationally renowned professional services firm. Over the course of her career at Deloitte, Raphaelle gained a wide range of experience in tax planning, corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, and tax compliance for individuals and businesses.
Samir Zehlawi, F.Pl., BBA
Director, Wealth Planning
Samir has over 14 years of professional experience in financial planning and services as well as over 13 years in marketing and sales and has consistently provided high-quality advice and solutions to help clients achieve their goals.
Before joining BMO Financial Group, Samir worked for a major financial services institution as a manager in investments and specialty products. Prior to that he was a financial planning manager, a position in which he focused on providing financial planning support to over 20 branches in the Montréal area.
Samir graduated from the École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, prior to which he obtained another bachelor’s degree in marketing and international business. After university, he earned his Financial Planner designation from the Institut québécois de planification financière, completed the Canadian Securities Course, and completed several courses in the advanced graduate diploma (D.E.S.S.) taxation program.
Working with BMO for the past 15 years, Sébastien’s role is to act as a finance contact for our high-net-worth clients. BMO offers a wide range of products and programs through which it provides custom solutions to meet its clients’ immediate banking needs while developing plans to optimize their finances.
Suzanne Desy, D.D.N., TEP, LL.B
Director, Tax Planning
After completing in-depth taxation courses with the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, Suzanne worked for a chartered accounting firm with business owners and professionals on complex corporate, personal, and fiduciary issues. She has also been involved in corporate restructuring and business transfers. Suzanne also worked for a major insurance company, where she was interested in tax planning and wealth management and developed custom solutions for wealthy business owners and families.
She advises high-net-worth clients and their families achieve their goals by explaining complex tax concepts and helping them manage risks and identify opportunities.
Sylvie has been with BMO Bank of Montreal for more than 20 years, spending several years working in the branch network as Financial Services Manager and Branch Manager. In March 2015, Sylvie joined the BMO Private Banking team and, since January 2016, she has been a Private Banking Manager dedicated to providing services exclusively to BMO Private Wealth clients. Sylvie's vast banking experience and training in financial planning allows her to understand her clients' complex needs and respond with customized strategies.
Known for her level of commitment, she has earned her clients' trust over the years. According to Sylvie, an exemplary service is based on mostly intangible qualities, such as sincerity, solid relationships and respect. Her dedication and integrity are reflected in her desire to provide high quality private management solutions that are worthy of our distinguished clients' trust.
Director, Wealth Planning and Tax
As a Tax lawyer and financial planner, Zeina advises high net worth families, professionals and entrepreneurs on specialized wealth planning solutions. Whether it’s thought leadership on estate planning, new family wealth, tax planning, or philanthropy, Zeina is dedicated to simplifying complex issues and providing practical and informed strategies. Zeina joined BMO in 2011 after several years as a tax lawyer in private practice. She was called to the Quebec Bar in 2001.
Jean Richard, TEP
Sr Manager HNW Consulting, Enterprise Wealth Planning
Jean advises high- and ultra-high-net-worth individuals, business owners and professionals on how to efficiently structure their worldwide, U.S. and Canadian assets, providing specialized insight on tax solutions as part of an integrated wealth planning team.
Relying on over 35 years of professional experience, Jean brings in-depth technical knowledge to his clients both in general planning discussions and when dealing with a wide range of international tax situations, U.S. income and estate taxation, and Canadian income tax.
Jean joined BMO Wealth Management in 2001 after acquiring solid expertise in advising individual clients and business owners with a leading Canadian insurer, a leading accounting firm, and a law firm.
Linda Leung, CPA, TEP
Director, U.S. Tax Planning
Linda advises high net worth business owners and professionals on how to efficiently structure their U.S. and Canadian assets, providing specialized tax solutions as part of an integrated wealth planning team. Drawing on 25 years of leadership within the cross-border field, Linda’s clients benefit from in-depth technical expertise, facilitating high-level planning discussions, while addressing a wide range of situations across U.S. income and estate tax, and Canadian income tax considerations.
Linda joined BMO Wealth Management in 2010, following 10 years of leading a global tax team at a large consulting firm, where she specialized in individual tax considerations with regards to employees relocating permanently or temporarily from/to U.S. and Canada. Previously, she was a Tax Manager in the Small Business and International Assignment Services groups at PricewaterhouseCoopers, a large international accounting firm.