Premier Banking Advisors
As a Premier Banking Advisor for Vancouver, Wendy Mah works as a single point of contact, providing banking and credit solutions for select clients of Wealth Management Canada and their families. Partnering with Investment Advisors and Counsellors across the region, she provides personalized service and tailored advice to help clients save time and effectively manage their day-to-day banking needs.
With 12 years of experience in financial services with RBC, Wendy is respected by her clients, her peers and the industry, and has received top performer recognition.
Wendy is committed to giving back to her community and acts as a coach for Little Mountain Baseball, as a volunteer member for Ascend Pan Asian Leaders Vancouver. She also participates in various fundraising campaigns for the United Way and Champion for Children’s Hospital.
Born in Vietnam and raised in Hong Kong and Vancouver, Wendy holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree, major in Sociology and Communication from Simon Fraser University.
She currently resides in the Vancouver area with her husband and two children and when she isn’t hard at work for her clients, you’ll find her spending time outside, hiking, running and working on her golf and tennis games. She also enjoys traveling and learning about other cultures. Wendy speaks fluent English and Vietnamese.
Estate Planning Specialists
Matthew J. Leggett, CLU, CHS, CFP
Estate Planning Specialist, RBC Wealth Management Financial Services Inc.
Matthew is a valuable member of your advisors’ planning team, working to help you create, preserve and transfer wealth by incorporating insurance solutions into a comprehensive financial plan. Matthew’s relationships with top-ranked Canadian insurance companies are a tremendous asset when working to secure and protect your wealth.
Specializing in estate planning, Matthew provides customized solutions to address concerns related to excess taxation, estate preservation and business succession commonly faced by our firm’s clientele.
Matthew holds a degree in Political Science and is an accredited Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Certified Health Insurance Specialist (CHS) and Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU). Additionally, he maintains memberships with the Financial Advisors Association of Canada (Advocis), the Financial Planning Standard’s Council (FPSC) and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).
Having begun his career in the financial services industry in 2003, Denny has a range of experience working in both sales and management positions. He prides himself on fostering high-trust relationships and matching client goals with ideal solutions. Specializing in working with families, professionals and business owner clients, including extensive work with physicians, Denny offers unique and customized life and living benefits insurance-based solutions to meet your needs.
Denny is an active member of ADVOCIS, The Financial Advisors Association of Canada, which is the oldest and largest voluntary professional membership association of financial advisors and planners in Canada. He previously held a five-year board member position for ADVOCIS at the Edmonton Chapter.
Will & Estate Consultants
Melissa obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Simon Fraser University in 1999 and earned her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Victoria in 2007. She was called to the Bar in British Columbia in 2008.
Prior to joining RBC Wealth Management, Melissa practiced law in Vancouver and specialized in estate planning and estate administration as well as small business corporate and commercial matters. Melissa assisted clients with a range of estate planning matters including drafting Wills, Powers of Attorney and Representation Agreements as well as matters related to the administration of an estate, including applications for Letters Probate and Letters of Administration. Melissa also assisted clients with matters relating to a variety of corporate transactions including incorporations, corporate reorganizations, corporate financing, share and asset purchase and sale transactions as well as the drafting of various corporate commercial documents including shareholder agreements and partnership agreements.
Melissa is a member of the Canadian Bar Association Wills and Trusts Section (Vancouver).
Melissa’s role with RBC Wealth Management is to work with you and your advisor to review and/or structure your Will, estate and trust matters to ensure that your plan is organized in an effective and tax-efficient manner.
Simi obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia in 2006 and earned her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Calgary in 2009. She was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 2010. Simi completed the three-year CPA Canada In-Depth Tax Course in 2015.
Following her call to the BC Bar, Simi practiced corporate law, estate and trust planning, and real estate law with a small Vancouver law firm before joining the tax group of a medium-sized firm in 2011, where she specialized in personal and corporate taxation matters, estate and trust planning and tax dispute resolution. She continued her practice of tax law and estate planning at the Vancouver office of a large international law firm before joining RBC. Her experience includes working in all areas of individual and corporate tax planning, business succession and reorganization, estate freezes, and trust planning.
Simi is a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation and the Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch) Wills & Trusts and Taxation Sections. She is also an executive member of the BC Women Lawyers Forum and was a member of the organizing committee for the 2015 and 2016 Ovarian Cancer Canada “LOVE HER” gala. Simi is fluent in Punjabi.
Simi would be pleased to assist you in developing strategies to structure your estate plan in an efficient and tax-effective manner.
Joyce Burnett graduated from the University of Prince Edward Island with a B.Sc. and from Dalhousie Law School with her Bachelor of Laws. She was called to the Alberta Bar in 1986.
Prior to joining RBC, Joyce practiced law exclusively in the areas of wills, estate planning, estate administration, trusts, and charities law for ten years. She has taught professional continuing education seminars for the Legal Education Society of Alberta and the Canadian Bar Association.
Joyce is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the Canadian Bar Association Wills and Estates, and Elder Law Subsections. She has spoken at many public and private seminars on the importance of estate planning, including planning for incapacity and succession. She is a regular speaker during Edmonton Wills Week, sponsored by the Edmonton Community Foundation.
Joyce is also very active in her community where she has been involved with a number of charitable and non-profit organizations.
Will & Estate Advisors
As the Will and Estate Advisor for the Vancouver and Okanagan regions, Rick brings an approach to estate planning that centers on understanding and addressing the unique needs of each client, working collaboratively with both the client and their trusted advisors to help craft a comprehensive, effective estate plan that meets their particular needs.
A graduate of Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a law degree from the University of Victoria. He is currently a member of the Law Society of British Columbia, the Wills and Estates Subsection of the Canadian Bar Association (BC), and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).
Rick joined RBC Estate & Trust Services from private practice and brings over 15 years of experience as a full time estate planning lawyer with a downtown Vancouver law firm. He has extensive experience dealing with all facets of personal estate planning, including wealth preservation, asset protection, income splitting and tax minimization issues. During that time, Rick also dealt with court appointed committees for incapacitated individuals, and matters arising from the administration and wind up of estates.
Whether clients hope to protect a disabled heir, incorporate succession planning for their business, address the unique concerns arising from second spouses and blended families, minimize family conflicts, or deal with beneficiaries or assets that are situated outside of Canada, Rick can help craft a tailored estate plan that meets their individual needs.
The combination of his professional expertise and his commitment to provide practical solutions makes Rick an invaluable resource for both clients and their financial advisors.
High Net Worth Planners
Darren specializes in tax and estate planning for high net worth families.
Prior to joining RBC, Darren was a tax partner with a national accounting and advisory firm where he focused on providing tax planning services to high net worth families and shareholders of privately held businesses. Darren guided clients through many of the complex personal and corporate issues faced by high net worth families by developing strategies for wealth preservation and tax minimization, the transfer of wealth to the next generation, and estate and succession planning. Darren advised executives of public and private companies on executive compensation solutions.
Darren is a Chartered Accountant and has completed the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants In-Depth Tax Course, as well as the Corporate Reorganization Course and the Tax Planning for the Owner Manager Course. Darren is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and is a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation.
Zora specializes in tax and estate planning for business owners and high net worth families.
Prior to joining RBC, Zora spent over a decade with a leading Canadian accounting and business advisory firm where she focused on advising business owners on personal and corporate tax planning. Acting as a trusted advisor, Zora was responsible for the development and implementation of effective strategies for wealth preservation and accumulation in the context of tax, estate and succession planning.
Zora is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified General Accountant and has a Bachelor degree in Science from the Simon Fraser University and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of British Columbia. Zora has completed all levels of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants In-Depth Tax Course, as well as the Advanced Tax Issues for the Owner-Managed Business Course.
Aileen obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia in 2000 and graduated from Dalhousie Law School in 2003. She was called to the Bar in British Columbia and Ontario in 2004. She has completed all three levels of the CPA in-depth tax course.
In 2009, Aileen joined RBC, assisting clients with their overall tax and estate planning, and in 2014, assumed her present position, specializing in assisting high-net-worth clients with their succession, tax, retirement and estate planning. Prior to joining RBC Dominion Securities, Aileen practiced law in Vancouver and Toronto, specializing in estate and trust planning, and tax litigation.
Aileen is the Chair of the Vancouver Branch Executive of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). She is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Tax Foundation, and a Trustee of the YMCA of Greater Vancouver Endowment Fund.
Financial Planning Specialists
Prior to joining RBC, Eugene was a Tax Manager at one of the world’s leading accounting firms where he spent many years providing tax compliance and tax planning services to high net worth individuals, private companies and First Nations.
Eugene is a Chartered Accountant (CPA, CA) and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Simon Fraser University. He has completed and tutored the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants’ In-Depth Tax Course and completed the Advanced Tax Issues for Owner-Managed Business Course.
Eugene believes that planning is critical to helping people meet their financial goals. Eugene’s role is to work with and support your advisor in preparing and presenting comprehensive Compass Financial Plans.