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Meet Your Team

Nicky Trasias, CFP®

Investment Advisor*, Essential Wealth Group | Insurance Advisor*, iA Private Wealth Insurance

Essential Wealth Group is a trade name of Nikoletta Trasias, Certified Financial Planner®

Nicky’s primary focus is discovering what’s important to you. She spends most of her day conducting meetings and working alongside our clients to develop and implement financial plans and other solutions.

Nicky holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® designation and has spent the last 20 years in the financial services industry. Prior to establishing her own wealth management practice, she spent nearly 10 years under the mentorship of Greg Bencina, a now retired but previously very well respected senior advisor in our office.

Nicky is a mother of two adult boys and a daughter currently in University. She has also been upgraded to the role of grandmother (or “Yiayia” in Greek) with two little rascals and a third on the way! Now that she is an empty-nester, Nicky devotes much of her free time to exercise and wellness – after all, you can’t have wealth without health!

Samantha Trasias, CFP®

Licensed Assistant

Essential Wealth Group is a trade name of Nikoletta Trasias, Certified Financial Planner®

Samantha is Nicky’s right-hand whose primary role is to assist with the development of client solutions, financial plans, model portfolio construction and review.

Samantha started with our team in 2013 and during that time graduated with honours from the Financial Planning program at Conestoga College where she received all of her industry licenses and credentials. Like Nicky, she also holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® designation which she obtained in 2019.

When not in the office Samantha and her handyman husband always have a home improvement project on the go, interior design being a big passion of hers. The couple have a little girl named Quinn, and are excited to add a baby boy to the family come April 2024.

Alexandra Dedes

Branch Administrator

Essential Wealth Group is a trade name of Nikoletta Trasias, Certified Financial Planner®

Alex joined our team in November 2019. As branch administrator her primary role is to maintain the efficiencies of our day-to-day operations at the office. Alex is also the first warm smile you will be greeted with at the reception desk when you enter the office.

While Alex does not come from a financial background, she does bring with her many years of client service and managerial experience from her previous career.

Like Nicky, Alex is very involved in the Greek community and volunteers for the Ladies Philoptohos at St’s Peter & Paul Greek Orthodox Church. Spending time with her family is very important, gathering to cook and eat meals together any chance they get. Alex and her husband also love to spend time together antiquing, gardening, baking and staying active outdoors.

Alexia Dimitrievski

Brand Coordinator & Content Strategist

Essential Wealth Group is a trade name of Nikoletta Trasias, Certified Financial Planner®

Alexia is a part-time cop-op student who assists with the coordination of client events, marketing endeavors and social media content creation.

When not focused on her studies, Alexia enjoys being in the kitchen, cooking and baking for friends and family.

Our Partnered Professionals**

We don’t do this alone. We rely on the expertise of our trusted specialists to ensure all aspects of your financial and personal affairs are looked after. Think of them as your extended team.

Estate Law**

Dan Clarke, Lawyer

Wills & Estates, Business & Real Estate Law

Lowes, Salmon, Gadbois & Clarke

Dan services our clients by providing his expertise in Wills and Estates, Business and Real Estate Law.

A lifelong resident of KW, Dan is not your typical lawyer; he prides himself on skipping the jargon and speaking like a regular person. He takes a down-to-earth approach to estate planning and doesn’t believe in overcomplicating things. When you are able to keep things simple, it extends the longevity of your will and keeps legal costs down in the long run.

Hilary Leitch, Lawyer

Business Law, and Wills and Estates Groups

Lerners LLP

Hilary’s practice focuses on estate planning and administration, including business succession planning, and family trusts.

Hilary has recently completed the Family Enterprise Advisor Program and become a designated Family Enterprise Advisor. This intensive, year-long program has strengthened her ability to work with family businesses, giving her a deep understanding of the unique dynamics of a family business and the challenges and opportunities of preparing for and undertaking a transition to future generations.

Hilary is actively involved in her community. Currently, she is a Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of London & Area and in 2021, served as Chair of its annual Big Bash gala.

Jim Kibble

Independent, Fee-Only Estate Planner

Ontario Estate Consulting Solutions Inc.

Jim is an independent fee-only estate planner and founder of Ontario Estate Consulting Solutions Inc. He walks clients through the necessary conversations and considerations that go into creating a sound estate plan. His many years of experience and specialized knowledge are used to ensure that, upon your passing, your assets are dispersed in accordance with your wishes and in the most tax-efficient manner possible. Think of him as the first step before sitting down with a lawyer.

He holds credentials as a Chartered Accountant (CA), Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) and Certified Executor Advisor (CEA). Jim is also the resident estate planner at the Henry Walser Funeral Home Ltd. in Kitchener.


Jennifer Jacobs, CFP®, CLU, CHS, EPC

Long-term Care & Living Benefits Specialist

iA Private Wealth Insurance

Jennifer is an experienced professional in long term care and living benefit planning. She has been a leader in Living Benefit solutions, education and promotion since 2003. Jennifer is able to offer clients a true understanding of the current long term protection options and the tremendous financial impact of serious health issues, accidents and natural aging.

Lorraine Graham, PFP, CHS, CCS

Insurance Consultant

Asage Financial

Lorraine has been in the financial industry for over 20 years in both advisor and management roles that have helped her prepare for what she considers the best role in the business; working directly with clients on their insurance needs.

She understands the nuances of the Family and Business markets, and has the skills necessary to provide solutions for any insurance need. Thorough in her approach, she will guide you step by step on how best to protect yourself, your family, or your business against critical illness, disability or death.

Even if you have been previously rated or declined for life insurance, Lorraine takes pride in providing solutions for those who are difficult to insure.

Taxes & Accounting**

iA Private Wealth Insurance and iA Private Wealth companies do not provide income tax preparation services nor do they supervise or review other persons who may provide such services.

Zebroski and Associates

Chartered Professional Accountants

Zebroski and Associates

Zebroski and Associates is located only minutes from our office. We often include their accountants in our meetings and overall financial planning process, so that they can lend their knowledge and expertise in specialized accounting, consulting and tax solutions to suit each client’s unique situation. The team at Zebroski and Associates also completes annual tax returns for our clients, a service which is conveniently facilitated through our office.

Mortgage & Real Estate**

Mortgages provided by referral.

Julia Bernier

Mortgage Agent

Invis Inc.

Julia is an independent Mortgage Agent whose focus is to help clients find the best mortgage for their financial circumstances and future goals. Her independence gives her access to over 50 lenders, allowing for a personalized experience.

Julia puts a lot of effort into educating clients about the mortgage process and what can be expected at every step along the way. She wants you to feel confident and informed about this large commitment and is always available to answer questions from the first to the last day of your mortgage journey.

Retirement Living

Nicole Kitunen

Retirement Living Consultant

Chartwell Clair Hills Retirement Residence

Nicole is a dynamic professional who goes above and beyond to create meaningful connections with prospective residents and their families. She showcases genuine empathy and understanding, tailoring personalized solutions that perfectly suit each individuals’ unique requirements. Her extensive knowledge and warm demeanour put potential residents at ease allowing them to make informed decisions about retirement living options and transition smoothly to their new home.

Nicole has a bachelor’s degree in Gerontology and Health Studies from McMaster University. She is a continuous learner focused on leadership and personal development with two-decades of experience in non-profit, health care and corporate giving organizations.