Our team

Rob Panes
Director, Wealth Management; Portfolio Manager

Rob has been in the investment industry since 1979, when he joined a major Canadian firm after completing a degree in Economics at the University of Western Ontario. He remained at that firm until November of 2005, when he joined Richardson GMP’s predecessor firm. In 2008, Rob became a board member of the Richardson GMP Board of Directors. He served on the board for three years, ending his service in 2011.

Rob has completed all of the necessary courses required by the Canadian Securities Institute for full licensing. He is also licensed as a Portfolio Manager, which allows him to manage client portfolios on a discretionary basis. Rob is also licensed by the Financial Services Commission of Ontario to sell Insurance products.

Married to his wife Dana for 25 years, Rob resides in Etobicoke where they are raising their two daughters, Kelly and Jennifer. He enjoys playing golf, and cottaging in North Bay, Ontario.

Tessy Karolia
Investment Advisor

A graduate of the University of Toronto with a degree in Commerce, Tessy has worked in the financial services industry for 12 years. She joined Richardson GMP Limited with Rob Panes in November 2005 and prior to that she was at CIBC Wood Gundy. As an Investment Advisor, she manages client relationships and is responsible for trading and portfolio execution. Tessy also helps Rob in the construction and maintenance of client portfolios.

She is a licensed Registered Representative and is also insurance licensed.

Mitzi Verzola
Assistant

Mitzi has over 10 years’ experience in the financial services industry. She has been part of the Panes Wealth Management team since 2014 and is instrumental in providing superior client service and administrative management for clients. Mitzi ensures that client requests are looked after in a timely manner and that all clients receive the same level of respect and consideration.

Jason Wong CIMĀ®
Associate Investment Advisor

The toughest challenge I have faced professionally was the transition from the National Sales management team to my VIP work family. To be sure, the benefits of the move far outweighed the discomfort of adjustment, as I am now able to offer our clients insights into a variety of unique wealth management solutions. Drawing on the experience and knowledge gained in my previous role enables me to excel at my current job focus: providing you with the best experience possible. And, as I believe in the value of hard work, follow through and self-improvement, that "best” gets better each day

Darlene Lanigan
Business Development Assistant

Beginning as an intern in 2014, I am proud to have achieved a full-time position as Business Development Assistant for VIP Wealth Solutions. After having completed the advanced diploma program in Business Administration at George Brown College, with a focus on Marketing, I am always eager to embrace new experiences and opportunities in my quest toward continuous learning and development. My responsibility to extend the highest level of service to our clients is best demonstrated through my interpersonal, communication and teamwork skills.  I pride myself on growing our network of clients, subscribed readers and social media followers by utilizing my growing knowledge of online marketing, business development, and internal administrative operations.