High Net Worth Planning
Grant Henri, CFP, PFP, F.Pl., TEP
Vice-President, High Net Worth Planning Services, RBC Wealth Management
Grant attended Concordia University in Montreal where he completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1992. He holds three financial planning designations, a Specialist designation from the Trust Institute, and is also a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. Grant has completed the in-depth tax program with the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (Levels I, II and III).
Grant has over 25 years of progressive experience in various roles within the financial services field. In addition to his work with RBC Wealth Management, he is currently teaching Tax and Estate Planning courses for the Institut Québecois de Planification Financière to support the continuing education requirements of financial planners in the province of Quebec. Grant has also provided support to the Financial Planners Standards Council of Canada as a subject matter expert and has taught financial planning courses at George Brown College in Toronto.
Rebecca has been working in a financial planning capacity since 1999 and brings to her role much care in helping clients meet their goals. She has a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree from Trent University and has maintained an ongoing commitment to continued learning in the areas of tax, estate and business owner planning.
Rebecca holds the Certified Financial Planner designation from the Financial Planning Standards Council of Canada and has completed the Professional Financial Planner and Canadian Securities Courses. She is registered as a Full Life Agent with the Financial Services Commission of Ontario and is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. Rebecca has also taught retirement planning at George Brown College in Toronto.
Rebecca works extensively with high net worth clients including business owners, executives and professionals and has considerable expertise with more advanced tax and estate planning strategies.
Ryan is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and has completed Part I & II of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada’s In-Depth Tax Course. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University (major in Accounting).
In his previous role as a tax manager at one of the global major accounting firms, Ryan specialized in providing tax planning services to high net worth individuals, private businesses, estates, trusts and partnerships. His work focused on tax minimization strategies and reorganizations.
Ryan’s role is to work with and support your advisor in preparing and presenting your Compass Financial Plan and to identify and assess any related financial planning concerns you may have.
Business Owner Specialist
As a Business Owner Specialist, High Net Worth Planning Services, Abby, together with your primary RBC advisor, helps you explore succession, tax, retirement and estate planning issues you face as a business owner.
Her guidance supports clients in their relationships with their external professional advisors, with whom she frequently interacts.
Prior to joining High Net Worth Planning Services, Abby provided tax, retirement, estate and financial planning advice to RBC advisors and their clients. She has written articles on various topics including charitable donations, executive compensation, tax planning and retirement planning.
Prior to joining RBC, Abby worked in a medium-sized accounting firm assisting business executives and high net worth clients with their tax planning and estate planning. She worked closely with owner-manager shareholders to assess and recommend the best tax planning strategies, the best corporate structure and the most suitable succession plan.
Abby is a Chartered Accountant and has a Bachelor in Economics and Commerce from the University of Toronto. She completed the In-Depth tax courses I and II and the Canadian Securities Course. She is also a Registered Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) with the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and has obtained the STEP Advanced Certificate in Family Business Advising. Abby is also a Certified Financial Planner (CFP).
Will and Estate Consulting
Alleen earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from York University and her law degree from the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law in 2008. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2009.
Prior to joining RBC, Alleen practiced in the areas of Estate Planning and Administration, Corporate/Commercial law and Real Estate law in a mid-sized law firm. Alleen advised her clients on a breadth of legal issues, including key considerations in setting up legal business structures, succession planning and estate planning.
Alleen fosters a multidisciplinary approach to each client’s unique needs, drawing on various advisors’ expertise and offering her own to identify issues for further consideration and review, together with information and guidance which are both sensible and practical.
Estate and Insurance Planning
You’re the biggest beneficiary.
Colin Ardill stays humble. Even so, he’s not shy about being a man on a mission: to overturn 150 years of misunderstanding about life insurance, one day at a time.
Most Canadians see only one dimension to life insurance: that it’s of no use to the living. But Colin sees it in three dimensions. There is the death benefit that everyone can see – but life insurance also provides tax-exempt growth, and it allows the holder to spend more money in retirement than they otherwise could. Says Colin: “The person buying the policy is going to be the biggest beneficiary.”
Colin has been in the estate planning business for over 15 years. His core purpose – the heart of everything he does – is to leave everyone he meets better off.
As a Regional Trust Advisor, Jessie Lamont serves clients throughout the GTA, and the Grey, Simcoe and Muskoka Regions. With a career focused on client-facing roles, Jessie is dedicated to her clients and provides a personalized service tailored to their specific needs. She works effectively with executors and beneficiaries providing peace of mind knowing there is stability and continuity to the long-term relationships.
A graduate of Queen’s University Faculty of Law with a Juris Doctorate, Jessie also holds Bachelor of Arts, Honours, in History and Gender Studies jointly conferred by Dalhousie University and the University of King’s College. She has continued to deepen her knowledge and expertise with key industry designations, such as the Wills and Estates Intensive Certificate from Osgoode Professional Development, and is currently working towards her TEP Designation with the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners (STEP). Jessie is a student member of STEP, and a member of the Canada Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association, and Young Women in Law (YWL), for which she serves as Vice President and Director of Membership on the Board of Directors.
Jessie works with individuals, families and businesses to provide customized estate, trust and incapacity solutions. Whether it is helping someone to settle an estate, establishing a trust to ensure the successful transfer of family assets, or arranging to assist with the administration and responsibilities for a power of attorney, Jessie can help.
With more than five years of legal experience and more than three of those focused exclusively on estate, trust, and disability planning, administration, and litigation—Jessie brings to each client the necessary skills set to provide both the technical expertise and the genuine understanding of the emotional complexities that underlie these issues. Jessie understands that no two clients are the same and together with her RBC partners, she can find the solution that’s right for you.
Chris Roberts brings over 11 years of experience in the financial services sector to his role as a Private Banker, where he provides customized wealth management advice and solutions to families in the Greater Toronto Area.
His previous experience includes advising small, medium and large size businesses on their banking and financing arrangements, as well as working with business owners on their personal financial needs and business succession planning. He drives value for his clients by working collaboratively with them to ensure he has an in-depth understanding of their unique situations and focusing on what is most important to them.
As a Private Banker, Chris works as part of a dedicated team, along with a Private Banking Associate and a Manager, Credit Structures, to bring the full range of RBC’s wealth management capabilities to his clients. Through this team approach, an attentive and professional value proposition is provided, customizable to the unique needs of wealthy clients. Chris’s focus is on building meaningful relationships and providing long-term integrated solutions to help clients achieve their goals. These solutions can include wealth management planning, estate planning, customized credit structures, and business owner planning.
Chris holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland. He has also completed the Canadian Securities Course, and the Investment Funds in Canada course. He is married and enjoys spending time with family, traveling, as well as playing and watching sports.
As a Premier Banking Advisor, Varsha Parray provides banking and credit solutions to select high net worth individuals and their families. Acting as a single point of contact, she partners with Investment Advisors and Counsellors across the Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Newmarket and Aurora regions, and provides personalized service and tailored advice to efficiently and effectively manage their day-to-day banking needs.
With 10 years of experience in financial services with RBC, Varsha is respected by her clients and industry peers, and has received top performer recognition.
Varsha is committed to giving back to her community, and volunteered and participated in the RBC Race for the Kids.
Born in Trinidad in the West Indies and raised in Toronto from the age of 7, Varsha holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Degree from York University and a Human Resource Management Certificate from Seneca College.
She currently resides in the Toronto area with her husband and two children and when she isn’t hard at work for her clients, you’ll find her spending time with her family and friends, reading and developing her green thumb.