Meet our team

Professionals who listen to your needs.

We work together to achieve your goals

Our team of finance and customer service professionals is here to help you manage your wealth. They will help you choose the products best suited to your needs.

We are driven by our passion for helping individuals and businesses build and protect their wealth so that they can leave a lasting legacy.

Our team of experts

Senior Wealth Advisor
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As a Senior Wealth Advisor with National Bank Financial, Dean leads the Despas Advisory Group and oversees the development and management of client investment portfolios while working with the team to deliver valuable advice regarding retirement income and legacy planning. 

Dean strives to provide his clients with clarity, guidance and knowledge in all aspects of their wealth. He believes that the key to achieve long term goals is sound investment strategies supported by advice for clients to protect their wealth, business, and family.

Through Dean’s leadership, the Despas Advisory Group provides thoughtful advice, insight and a focus to achieve core goals and satisfy the unique needs of each our clients. Prior to becoming a Wealth Advisor, Dean was an Investment Banker and advised publicly traded Canadian companies on mergers and acquisitions, business valuation as well as equity and debt financings. The expertise he gained in fundamental analysis became the foundation of the knowledge that he uses for the benefit of clients of the Despas Advisory Group.

Dean Despas is a 3rd generation Albertan, is married,and is the proud father of two active boys. His family enjoys spending time together skiing, golfing and mountain biking in beautiful Alberta.     

Charlene Procyshen, B.Admin.

Senior Wealth Associate
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With over 20 years of experience in the investment industry, Charlene provides full administrative support, trading and marketing. She is also active in research, idea generation, financial planning and proactive client contact. What she loves most about her position is connecting with clients and providing solutions.

In her free time Charlene enjoys gardening, hiking and experimenting with new recipes in her kitchen. She is married with two daughters and one son, ages 15, 19 and 22.  

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Sakine Rahim

Senior Private Banker
National Bank Financial - Banking Center
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As a Senior Personal Banker, Sakine provides a full suite of banking and lending solutions tailor-made for clients of National Bank Financial Wealth Management (NBFWM). Working exclusively with Wealth Advisors and as a complement to the existing advice provided by NBFWM, Sakine assures continuity in the execution of their clients’ wealth management strategies. With over 10 years of experience at National Bank, both in Private Banking and in Personal Banking, Sakine is recognized for her thoroughness and dedication to clients.

Steven Melling, CFP, EPC

Estate Planning & Insurance Specialist
National Bank Insurance Firm
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Steve has 32 years of industry experience. His area of expertise is in Estate Planning and Personal Lines of Insurance coverage. He works primarily with Executives, Professionals, Business and Farm Owners, providing succession, conservation, and protection strategies.

Steve started his career with Great-WestLife as an agent in 1988, became a partner in a brokerage firm in 1992, and went on to establish his own company in 1995 specializing in the above. He has been working with National Firms for the past 22 years and is honored to extend his services to The Despas Advisory Group.

In addition to the above, Steve has served on a number of industry, non-profit, and community boards over the years. He speaks on a regular basis to various groups and organizations regarding the industry and opportunities for planning. He takes a holistic approach involvingall of the clients’ professional advisors to ensure comprehensive solutions. 

Cory Papineau, BA, CFP

Senior Advisor, Financial Planning & Advisory Services
National Bank Financial - Wealth Management
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Cory has worked in the financial services industry for over 20years, providing clients with accurate, timely and comprehensive financial planning solutions. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba and has obtained the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation.

Cory has worked with a wide range of clients, including business owners, professionals, retirees and families. He provides wealth management solutions and financial strategies in the areas of retirement planning, tax planning, cash management, estate and insurance planning.  Cory has continually developed his skills and knowledge through education, mentorship and hands-on experience.

Cory’s motto is  Plan Well. Live Better. He is an advocate for financial planning as a foundation for helping clients live the life they want to live.

Scott Bey

Director & Senior Private Banker
National Bank Private Banking 1859
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Private banking offers unparalled quality of service to affluent families and entrepreneurs. Scott seeks to find creative debt solutions to complex situations, this is then wrapped around with access to personlized banking solutions. Scott has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry and enjoys the opportunity to source unique solutions to meet unique needs. Scott is married with two teenage daughters and enjoys time with family outside of the office.

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