James Kopp, B.Comm. (Hons)
Vice-President & Estate Planning Specialist, RBC Wealth Management Financial Services Inc.
Never stand still.
For James Kopp, there is one feeling worse than all others: that of standing still in life.
“I want to feel like I’m moving forward all the time. This includes regularly reviewing your estate plan to take advantage of any new opportunity, and adapting it to any changes in your circumstances.”
Put simply, James intimately understands the needs of high-net-worth individuals and works in synergy with a client’s team of advisors to come up with the best solution.
James Kopp expands his horizons every day and has more than 20 years of experience educating clients on the strategic use of insurance. He loves meetings with clients unsure about insurance, because he can see the light bulb go on.
Doreen has been in the financial services industry since 1988, both as an advisor and as a wealth planning analyst, where she assisted advisors with providing high-quality financial planning services to their high-net-worth clients.
Prior to joining RBC, Doreen provided comprehensive financial planning guidance and advice to executives, business owners, professionals and high net worth families. Doreen assists clients in addressing all areas of their wealth by using a holistic approach to Financial Planning.
Doreen believes that planning is critical to helping people meet their financial objectives. Doreen’s role is to work with and support your advisor in preparing and presenting comprehensive Compass Financial Plans for clients.
Donald Bell, BA, CFP, R.F.P., TEP, JD
Vice-President & Will & Estate Consultant, RBC Wealth Management
A graduate of the University of Winnipeg, Donald Bell received his Juris Doctor from the University of Manitoba, and was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1984.
Donald is a practicing member of the Law Society of Manitoba and has also earned the Registered Financial Planner (R.F.P.), Chartered Financial Planner, Certified Financial Planner (CFP), and Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) designations.
Donald Bell is a lawyer who has held senior positions with several investment and life insurance companies. He has extensive experience from both the head office and field perspective in the areas of wills, estates, taxation, insurance, financial and retirement planning. Donald provides analysis and development of advanced estate, tax, insurance and wealth planning strategies for high net worth clients, working in conjunction with their advisors.
Donald is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the Institute of Advanced Financial Planners and the Financial Planners Standards Council (FPSC). He has spoken at numerous industry gatherings and public seminars on investment, estate, financial planning, and insurance matters.
Donald is also very active in his community where he is involved with a number of charitable organizations.
Coady Cormier, BBA (Fin), LL.B, TEP
Vice-President, High Net Worth Planning Services, RBC Wealth Management
Coady has assisted high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth families with tax and estate planning since 1992.
His guidance supports clients in their relationship with their external professional advisors, with whom he frequently interacts.
His expertise includes tax and estate planning for executives, business owners, professionals, retirees and those individuals with U.S. issues.
Coady’s background includes the CICA In-Depth Tax Course (Parts I, II and III), a law degree from Dalhousie Law School and a finance degree from Bishop’s University. Called to the Ontario Bar in 1992 and the Alberta Bar in 1998, Coady honed his expertise as a tax, legal and estate professional in private practice, in government and while with a trust company.
Coady is a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation, the Canadian Bar Association (Southern Alberta Branch, Tax Specialist and Wills Sections) and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (Canadian Chapter, Calgary Branch). He holds a Full Life Insurance Licence in Alberta.
As a Premier Banking Advisor for the Greater Winnipeg region, Wanda Lavallée works as a single point of contact, providing banking and credit solutions for select high net worth individuals and their families. Acting as a single point of contact, she partners with Investment Advisors and Counsellors across the region and provides personalized service, and tailored advice to efficiently manage their day-to-day banking needs.
Wanda has worked in the financial industry for over 30 years and brings over 25 years’ experience in credit and lending at RBC to her Premier Banking role. Prior to her current position she worked as an Associate, Credit Structures in Private Banking, with a focus on relationship management and implementing credit and lending solutions for high-net-worth clients.
Committed to giving back to her community, Wanda volunteers with the Manitoba Paddling Association and the Canadian Cancer Society. She has also worked with several other charities, including the RBC Blue Water project.
Wanda was born in Manitoba, raised in Saskatchewan, and now lives in Winnipeg. She is married with two young adults now in University. She enjoys cycling, hiking and loves getting outdoors through all four seasons in her hometown and province.