Meet Our Team

Peter Nicholson
Founder and President
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Peter Nicholson
Founder and President
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For decades, Peter Nicholson has been a recognized leader in Canadian tax assisted investments, with a specialized focus on philanthropic tax planning and tax reduction.

Through his work with countless donors, foundations, institutions and boards, he has helped generate in excess of $175 million for client donations. Nicholson is also a passionate philanthropist in his own right and a tireless supporter of community initiatives.

Over the years, Nicholson has served as a dedicated champion and board member for many foundations all across Canada. He is also a member of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP), Association of Fundraising Professionals of Canada (AFP), the Clinton Global Initiative, the Investment Funds Institute of Canada and Tiger 21. Since 1993, he has qualified for the Million Dollar Round Table (annual qualification is limited to the top 5% of finance professionals in the world).

In 2012, Peter purchased a majority share of villas at Grand Isle Resort & Spa, a luxurious resort and second-home community in Exuma, The Bahamas. He also has property and hospitality interests on Farmer’s Cay, part of an exclusive 365-island chain.

Allen Wong
Senior Associate
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Allen Wong
Senior Associate

Allen’s financial planning experience dates back to 1992. He specializes in life and disability insurance and estate planning. Allen has been affiliated with WCPD since 1999 and he has been a member of the Million Dollar Round Table since 2005. He works with Michelle Claude to provide insurance advice for WCPD clients.

Bita Cattelan, CIM®
VP Market Development & Philanthropy
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Bita Cattelan, CIM®
VP Market Development & Philanthropy
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Bita has been a fixture of the philanthropic world for decades, with extensive experience in fundraising, sponsorship and high-net-worth donor relations.

She is a former proud member of the Board of UNICEF Canada ( 2015-2021) as well as member of  UNICEF Canada’s “The 25th Team”, a National Women’s Giving Circle made up female leaders from across Canada who mobilize their resources and network while raising funds and awareness for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) issues.

Bita is a member of the Board of Directors of Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (OSM) as well as the  board of directors of Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM).

She  is also a Trustee of the McCord Museum Foundation as well as Co-Chair of the Foundation’s Annual Fund raising Committee for the past 7 years.

An avid health advocate, she is a member of the board of directors of the Jewish General Hospital Foundation as well as the JGH Foundation’s Strategic committee. She co-chaired the Peace of Mind Campaign raising awareness and funds to contribute to changing the face of mental health, benefiting the hospital’s Psychiatry Department.

For The Foundation (WCPD), she serves on the National Cultural Philanthropic Advisory Council, dedicated to promoting philanthropy for arts and culture across Canada, as well the National Elevate Women Advisory Council, an initiative to inspire and empower women locally and globally with the purpose to advance women’s leadership and economic empowerment.

Michel Tilsley
Director of Financial Services, Tax Planning & Philanthropy
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Michel Tilsley
Director of Financial Services, Tax Planning & Philanthropy

Michel joined WCPD in March 2014 after completing the Honours Bachelor of Commerce program from the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa.

Michel leads and oversees all day-to-day tax planning, investment and foundation activities.

Jeff Todd
Director of Communications
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Jeff Todd
Director of Communications
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Jeff manages marketing and communications for WCPD Inc. His duties include marketing, business development, media relations, event planning and brand building.

He is President-Elect and VP of Partnerships for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) in Ottawa, Chairman of the Board for the Canadian National Institute of the Blind (CNIB) in Eastern Ontario, an advisor to Beneath the Waves and Co-Founder of the Exuma Foundation of Canada.

Prior to joining the firm in 2013, Jeff was an international journalist with experience in Canada, The Bahamas and the United Arab Emirates. His work appeared in newspapers across North America, including the New York Times, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star.

He is also an award-winning author.

Christopher Richards
Financial Administrator
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Christopher Richards
Financial Administrator
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Christopher has his Bachelors of Commerce at the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management.
He helps Director Michel Tilsley with the administration of tax related investments, donations, accounting and marketing.
He assists in analyzing mining companies and also helps with the WCPD Foundation

Bianca Joubert
Financial Assistant
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Bianca Joubert
Financial Assistant

Bianca aids with the administration of tax related investments and day-to-day operations.
She also volunteers with the WCPD Foundation with the daily administration of Foundation accounts, donations and sponsorships.
Bianca has moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba where she continues to work with WCPD and the WCPD Foundation.

Michelle Claude
Manager, Insurance
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Michelle Claude
Manager, Insurance

Michelle joined WCPD in 1998. She has worked in the insurance industry since 1991. Michelle works with Allen to provide advice to our insurance clients.

Patrícia M.
Online, Social Media, Multimedia & Office Manager
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Patrícia M.
Online, Social Media, Multimedia & Office Manager
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Patricia has been in the online industry for over 12 years, specializing in social media, multimedia and Internet marketing strategies. She currently manages various websites and social media accounts, including services for The Foundation (WCPD).
Patricia is responsible for The Foundation’s multimedia database and general office administration. She is the company’s photographer and videographer as well.

 

Anabel Bane
Database Manager & Accounting
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Anabel Bane
Database Manager & Accounting

Anabel joined the WCPD team in 1995. She currently manages its extensive database and assists with accounting.

Additionally,  she represents WCPD and builds the  philanthropic brand with her involvement in the company’s many charity client events and sponsorships .

Adam Doswell
Financial Assistant
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Adam Doswell
Financial Assistant

Adam graduated with a Bachelors of Commerce with a major in finance from the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management. He assists the WCPD team in tax planning, investments, mining company analysis and Foundation administration.

Jaipreet Kaur
EA to Peter Nicholson & Project Manager
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Jaipreet Kaur
EA to Peter Nicholson & Project Manager
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Jaipreet joined WCPD in 2019 after graduating in Project Management from Algonquin College.
She works as an Executive Assistant to Peter Nicholson. Additionally, she manages day-to-day operations at the office and assists with research projects, sponsorships, and special events.