Meet our team

Professionals who listen to your needs

We work together to achieve your goals

When you put your trust in Leib Zeisler, you are working with a professional who cares.

Leib and his team have achieved top-ranking results, award recognition, and offer best-in-class service.

Additionally you have access to the resources and expertise of National Bank Financial – Wealth Management collaborators. This includes a full selection of investments, plus top-ranked research and strategy, and a team of wealth management specialists focused on providing high-level expertise in financial planning, will and estate reviews, tax strategy, and insurance solutions.

Our team of experts

Wealth Advisor
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Leib Zeisler has been building wealth for clients since 1982. Leib enjoys developing long-term collaborative relationships with clients, and seeing his strategies and recommendations come to fruition. Prior to joining National Bank Financial in 2018, Leib was a Wealth Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities for over thirty years. He was named to the Executive Council of RBC DS for twenty-five consecutive years. Prior to entering the financial services industry, Leib was an outreach worker with the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa. Leib earned his undergraduate degree (B. Arts, Psychology and Law) from Carlton University.

Amrita Basu

Senior Wealth Associate
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Amrita has been in the financial industry for over 11 years working at major brokerage firms as a Wealth Associate. She has been a part of the NBF team since October 2017 and with Leib Zeisler's team since January 2019. With her extensive experience and knowledge, Amrita is well equipped to assist in all administrative matters that arise for our clients. She enjoys speaking with clients regarding any questions or inquiries they may have and provides reliable and efficient services. She has successfully completed her Canadian Securities Course, Conduct and Practices Handbook course as well as her Wealth Management Essentials Course. She lives in Calgary with her husband and twin boys and loves travelling.

Rebecca Gillies

Senior Wealth Associate
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After beginning her career in broadcast journalism, Rebecca moved into the investment industry in 2006 and has been a part of Leib Zeisler's team since August 2016. Her primary role has been delivering impeccable client service and support and building relationships with Wealth Management in mind – a responsibility she discharges with tact and sensitivity. She is a specialist in the areas of client relations, cash management, trading, and administration and her dedication to delivering truly personalized client service has been key to her success. Rebecca has completed her Canadian Securities Course as well as the Conduct and Practices Handbook Course and plans to pursue the Wealth Management Essentials Course. Away from the office, Rebecca and her husband Marc are kept busy chasing their two toddlers Adalyn and Olivia and their pup Hank. She also enjoys watersports, snowboarding, finding solace in a good yoga class and has completed eight half-marathons.

Our collaborators

Njideka Harris-Eze, CFP, CFDS, FMA, CIM, FCSI, B.Sc.

Senior Advisor, Financial Planning & Advisory Services
National Bank Financial – Wealth Management Solutions Group

Njideka is a Financial Planner with a passion for people and a realistic view on planning, which serves to make her a highly effective financial planning professional and educator. During Njideka’s career she has held positions in banking and financial planning in several world class institutions after successfully transitioning from the IT world. Most recently, she is joining us from T.E. Wealth.

Today, as a Senior Advisor, Financial Planning with National Bank Financial, she relishes the opportunity to provide expert financial planning advice with the desired outcome of making a difference to the clients of National Bank Financials’ Wealth Advisors. Through comprehensive financial planning, Njideka addresses simple to complex issues with actionable, realistic, and effective solutions.

Njideka holds the Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Chartered Financial Divorce Specialist (CFDS), Financial Management Advisor (FMA), Chartered Investment Manager (CIM) designations as well as a B.Sc. in Computer Science. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI).

As an avid community leader, Njideka’s volunteerism ranges from serving as President, Vice President, and Treasurer of the Nigerian Canadian Association of Calgary, to teaching youth financial literacy skills through various programs. She works diligently to promote financial empowerment and advocates passionately for marginalized communities.

Cori Timmons, BA, CFP, CLU, CHFC

Estate and Insurance Advisor
National Bank Insurance Firm

Cori works closely with our high net worth and corporate clients to provide unique and customized solutions.

Through her qualifications and 25+ years of experience, she specializes in Retirement Income Planning, Business & Estate Succession, Farm Estate Planning, Severance Package management, Executive Benefits, Charitable Gifting, Group Pensions and Benefits, Insurance and Risk Management. 

In addition, she continues membership with the Estate Planning Council of Calgary, Advocis, Financial Planning Standards Council, STEP Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and FPA Canada and US.

Connie Hykaway, B. Comm, LL.B., TEP

Senior Advisor and Estate Planning
National Bank Financial - Wealth Management

Connie is a Senior Advisor and Trust Officer who assists clients of with the review of their estate plans and advises on the use trust services. With her significant experience in providing estate planning assistance to affluent clients, she provides detailed information to help clients clarify their wishes and understand the options they should consider when preparing their wills, powers of attorney, and personal directives. Her goal is to help clients achieve a peace of mind by knowing that their affairs are in order.

Connie holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Accounting as well as a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Alberta. She is a member of the Law Society of Alberta and the Canadian Bar Association and she has her Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) designation from the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

Garrett Blakely

Senior Private Banker
National Bank Financial Banking Center

As a Senior Private Banker, Garrett Blakely provides tailored wealth management solutions to a select group of clients. Mr. Blakely works with clients, their families and their advisors to deliver sophisticated banking, personalized short- and long-term lending solutions and flexible credit packages. As needed, he will draw on an extensive team of wealth management specialists who can provide specific tax, estate and business owner planning, among other services.
Because he works with a relatively small number of clients, Mr. Blakely is able to ensure discrete, responsive service and the level of attention his clients require at all stages of their financial lives. 
Mr. Blakely’s financial services career spans nearly two decades, and has included roles in private banking and financial planning, where he worked with diversified businesses, including agriculture, manufacturing, energy services, medical professionals and other specialized client groups, to provide both lending and financial planning advice and counsel.
Mr. Blakely holds his Personal Financial Planner designation, and holds a Bachelor of Management  degree from the University of Lethbridge,  a Master of Business Administration from Vancouver Island University and a Masters of Science from the University of Hertfordshire. 
Originally from Medicine Hat, Mr. Blakely now calls Calgary home. Away from the office he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter travelling, at their family cabin and getting in as many rounds of golf as he can.

Sakine Rahim

Senior Personal Banker
National Bank Financial - Wealth Management

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 with Kevin Filan Group Tailored Wealth Solutions 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, both in Private Banking and in Personal Banking, Sakine is recognized for her thoroughness and dedication to clients.

  1. Financial Planners are authorized to act in the field of Financial Planning. They exercise their duties for National Bank Financial Inc., a financial planning firm.

  2. We work closely with the Taxation, Retirement and Estate Planning Team from National Bank Trust, made up of multidisciplinary experts who provide knowledge and advice that complement our service offering. These experts assist us in providing the best solutions for your personal finances related to taxation, retirement and estate planning.

  3. Insurance products and services are provided by National Bank Insurance Firm (NBIF) or by NBF Financial Services (NBFFS), as applicable. NBIF and NBFFS are not members of Canadian Investor Protection Fund (CIPF). Insurance products are not protected by CIPF.

  4. Financing solutions are subject to credit approval by National bank.

  5. For details and conditions of the offer, please contact your advisor.

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