British Private Banking Leader Hired to Head Up Vancouver Island Office of BMO Harris Private Banking

    Nigel Hawkins joins a team of highly qualified wealth management and
    banking professionals servicing affluent clients

    VICTORIA, BC, Sept. 18 /CNW/ - BMO Harris Private Banking announces the
recent hiring of Nigel Hawkins as Vice President and Market Manager for
Vancouver Island. Hawkins is an accomplished leader with over 20 years
experience in wealth management and private banking; most recently with Coutts
& Co, a premier private bank within the Royal Bank of Scotland group, serving
high net worth clients in the Thames Valley region of England.
    While Hawkins's career has seen him develop new business lines and grow
global sales and distribution of asset management funds for a financial
institution with offices in the Middle East, Europe, Africa and the Americas,
it is Canada that he has chosen with his wife and daughters for their
permanent home.
    In announcing Nigel Hawkins's appointment, Diana Reid, Vice-President and
Managing Director for BC, said, "We at BMO are thrilled to have Nigel lead our
Vancouver Island team of skilled and highly qualified professionals who are
capable of delivering the kind of dedicated and specialized services that are
required by this unique customer segment. He brings a global perspective on a
broad range of financial and wealth management matters that will be of great
value to our clients."
    BMO Harris Private Banking, with five offices in BC, including Victoria,
addresses the increasingly more complex financial requirements of clients by
offering products, services and advice in a wide variety of disciplines such
as banking, investment management, estate and trust services, as well as other
specialty services, such as philanthropic advisory, and succession planning.
    One such specialty service, that has been well received in British
Columbia since its launch in 2005, is enCircle, a unique wealth management
service designed specifically for affluent Canadians in their senior years and
their adult children, who as their main caregivers are often busy with their
own careers and families.
    "We believe that the enCircle service, delivered through dedicated
enCircle Advisors, has set the standard for providing independent and
fulfilled lives for our seniors and peace of mind for their families," said
Diana Reid. "This financial and lifestyle service assists with time-consuming
tasks, such as the payment of bills, investment management, estate planning,
the co-ordination of filing of tax returns, applying for travel insurance,
travel banking and home and health care education."
    In addition to numerous financial qualifications, Nigel Hawkins is a
mechanical engineer. He is eager to become involved in the Greater Victoria
community, matching his interests in philanthropy with the appropriate

    BMO Harris Private Banking, a member of BMO Financial Group, serves the
needs of affluent clients and their families; helping them with a wide range
of complex financial issues. Modeled on the highly-regarded private banking
business of Harris Bank, BMO's Chicago-based U.S. subsidiary, which has been
managing money for clients for more than 100 years, the opening of the office
signals a confidence in market opportunities to serve the needs of the
region's affluent citizens.

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