Andy is a dedicated professional helping people preserve and grow their wealth. With an expertise in Canadian income tax, Andy assists clients on business structures, succession and estate planning, owner- manager remuneration, corporate reorganizations, the appropriate use of trusts and holding companies, asset divestitures, business split-ups and a variety of other tax planning strategies.
Drawing on public practice experience, he offers a depth of practical insight, as well as the unique ability to translate complex tax concepts into efficient strategies clients can easily comprehend.
Andy joined BMO Wealth Management in 2014, after filling progressively senior management roles in the domestic tax practice of Grant Thornton LLP, where he developed and implemented tax planning strategies for business owners and high net worth individuals.
Elizabeth Creates, LL.B
Director, Estate Planning
Elizabeth provides estate planning guidance to high and ultra high net worth individuals, families and business owners in the context of their personal wealth and business succession planning. Her background as an estates lawyer and over 20 years of experience in the wealth management industry allow Elizabeth to facilitate wealth transfer decision-making for clients and assist them with action planning regarding their legacy goals (financial and non-financial). Her modern approach focuses on the well-being and personal empowerment of clients by bringing them peace of mind and encouraging the pursuit of personal fulfillment.
She works collaboratively with internal and external advisors in order to ensure that all aspects of a client’s wealth plan support their estate planning, succession and legacy goals. She has LL.B. and B.Comm. degrees from McGill University and is a member of both the Law Society of Ontario and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).
Kathy Melidy, TEP
Senior Trust Officer
Kathy is a Director of Trust Services with BMO Trust Company. Kathy specializes in the administration of complex Estates, Trusts, Power of Attorney’s for Property, Guardianships for Property, encircle and Continuity offerings for the clients of Private Wealth. She has over 29 years of experience in the Estate and Trust industry. She has her Personal Trust – Estate & Trust Management, Estate and Trust Administration accreditation from The Institute of Canadian Bankers. She has her 3 year program Business Administration diploma from Humber College. Currently working towards obtaining her TEP designation through STEP.
Karen Sparks, MBA, CFP®, TEP
Director, Philanthropic Advisory Services
Karen advises high net worth families and business owners on comprehensive wealth planning solutions, as part of an integrated team of Wealth Consultants and in-house technical specialists. Drawing on extensive financial product expertise and planning acumen, Karen helps clients articulate and understand their unique objectives for accumulated wealth. A skilled listener, she acts as a value-add resource for Investment Advisors and their clients, ultimately providing a blueprint from which to execute a customized – and optimized – wealth plan.
Karen joined BMO Wealth Management in 2011, following progressively senior roles in the financial services industry, specializing in wealth planning, marketing and communications, and business development. In her previous role, she worked as a Vice President for a private investment counsel firm where she provided high net worth clients with comprehensive wealth planning and investment counselling services.
John Kimpton, CFP, TEP
Vice President, Estate & Insurance Advisor
John provides estate and insurance advice to high net worth clients though sophisticated, forward-thinking wealth management planning. John offers clients informed insight across the broad spectrum of wealth and estate planning issues, leveraging advanced market experience – more than 20 years of specialized estate, tax and insurance expertise – and a unique understanding of the financial and emotional complexities of family wealth.
He works 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 goals, at all stages of life, through meaningful conversations and professional recommendations.
John M. Paniccia, CPA, CA, CBV, FEA
Vice President, National Director of Business Advisory & Succession Planning
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 wealth planning 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.
Vice President & Managing Director, Philanthropic Advisory Services
Marvi provides affluent Canadians with strategic guidance to help give meaningful expression to their wealth, as part of an integrated wealth planning team. Drawing on her credibility and longevity in the charitable sector, her clients benefit from a depth of insight, and an acute understanding of family dynamics and conflict resolution. Using strategies uniquely tailored to the families she works with, Marvi helps clients choose effective projects to build a successful and lasting philanthropic legacy.
Marvi joined BMO Wealth Management in 2002, following 12 years as Executive Director of The Richard Ivey Foundation, where she oversaw the strategic direction of the charitable organization and helped establish its national presence. Previously, she was Director of the Public and Community Relations Department at the University of Toronto, and a chemistry instructor.