Our Partners

Mike Hope

Trading Desk Manager, Private Client Group (PCG), Raymond James Ltd.

Mike Hope began his trading career in 1993, originally with Mcdermid St. Lawrence Chisholm Ltd., now Raymond James Ltd., as a junior trader. He quickly moved into the Senior Desk and Proprietary Trading roll until he advanced to Head Trader in 2011. As Head Trader, Mike oversees and manages all aspects of equities and options trading for the Private Client Group (PCG) at Raymond James Ltd.

As part of our team of strategic professionals, Mike works with our financial advisors and portfolio managers to help source liquidity as well as provide alternative trading solutions and strategic guidance on a broad range of financial securities both domestic and International. Mike has also sat on various industry planning committees, regulatory panels and exchange working groups.

Born and raised in Vancouver, Mike finished his International Trade studies at BCIT. His appreciation for travel and other cultures took him to Japan where he spent two memorable years working (instructing and event planning) on the ski hills of Japan.

Mike, through his strong commitment to community, volunteering, youth sports, family and his health conscience approach to life, has lived his entire life surrounded by competitive sport and athletics as both player and coach, commitments he feels are key motivators to always do better.

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Debbie Wong, CPA, CA, CRPC®

Vice President, Tax Consulting, Private Client Group, Raymond James Ltd.

Debbie joined the investment services business after deciding to focus her time on helping people with their tax concerns through value-added services rather than through a fee-for service model utilized in public practice.

As part of our team of private wealth professionals, Debbie works with our financial advisors to guide their high net worth clients towards practical solutions to their tax issues. She has expertise in Canadian and U.S. personal tax, specific issues affecting U.S. citizens or Green Card holders, and cross-border tax (immigration and emigration). Debbie joined Raymond James in 2004 as the Tax Manager in Operations and then transferred to Private Client Solutions in 2013.

Prior to joining Raymond James, Debbie gained ten years of experience working in public practice as an expatriate tax manager at a major international accounting firm and articled at an accounting firm handling financial reporting and tax compliance for small business families. Debbie obtained her chartered accountancy designation (CA, CPA) in 1998. She also earned the U.S. Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor designation (CRPC®) in 2018 to expand her perspective on the unique planning needs of our cross-border clients.

Jacqueline Knoblauch

Jacqueline Knoblauch, CFP®

Estate Planning Advisor

Jacqueline is dedicated to providing clients with sound financial management advice - she takes an in-depth look at your business, personal life, assets, finances, risks and influences to build and implement an actionable plan that should ultimately result in higher net worth, lower risk, smaller tax liabilities and clarity along the way.

She specializes in tax planning for small business owners, finding creative ways to keep as much of their hard earned money with them and their family. She also works with high net worth families who want to create and maintain financial legacies for their children, grandchildren and beyond.

Born and raised in the lower mainland, Jacqueline graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2009 and has worked in the financial services industry ever since. Her experience includes brokering high risk loans and mortgages, mutual fund and insurance sales as an independent advisor, being a senior planner for a bank owned firm and most notably as the national insurance specialist for Raymond James. Her role as Estate Planning Advisor at Raymond James draws on all that experience and allows Her to think about the financial situation of clients and their business as more than just numbers on a balance sheet, given her experience with both personal and corporate finances through different advisory positions.

Jacqueline and her husband Jason have been together for over 10 years and live in the neighbourhood she grew up in. Their four year old twins, Audrey and William, have made her a better listener and strategic thinker, and she credits them for developing her ability to easily and with enjoyment, engage clients in conversation to really understand their family and business planning needs.

Diana Mao

Senior Advisor, Charitable Giving Program, Raymond James Trust (Canada)

Diana Mao is the Senior Advisor, Charitable Giving Program at Raymond James Trust (Canada). She works directly with Raymond James advisors and their clients to provide planned giving expertise with a focus on strategic charitable giving. Diana is also responsible for leading Raymond James’ client philanthropy program, a donor advised fund program in partnership with Raymond James Canada Foundation.

Diana has close to a decade of experience in the wealth management industry, including four years running the donor advised fund program at CIBC Private Wealth Management. She has worked with Investment Advisors and Counsellors and their high net worth clients, both individuals and families, across Canada on facilitating their charitable gifts and advancing their philanthropic goals.

With a strong background in charitable gift planning, Diana helps clients develop their charitable intentions while incorporating tax effective donation strategies as part of an overall wealth plan.

Diana received her B.Sc. from the University of Waterloo, is an active member of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP), and holds the Personal Financial Planner (PFP) and Master Financial Advisor in Philanthropy (MFA-P) designations.