Murray Shapiro, BA, LL.B, TEP
Vice-President, High Net Worth Planning Services, RBC Wealth Management
Murray has been providing advice and technical support in relation to high-net-worth family wealth planning since 1994. Conversations include scenarios to be aware of in transitioning, including the costs of transitioning, your assets to your intended heirs. Additional areas of concern may include tax, asset preservation and philanthropic planning.
Murray’s expertise encompasses both domestic and international family circumstances, and in many cases is focused on the challenges of transitioning a family business. His guidance supports clients in their relationships with their external professional advisors, with whom he frequently interacts.
Before joining RBC’s Canadian Wealth Management Services team in 2008, Murray worked with RBC’s Global Private Banking group as the senior resource in their global trust business for over 13 years.
Prior to joining RBC, Murray practised law for six years in the areas of estate and tax planning, as well as various areas of business law.
Murray was a Director of STEP Canada (Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners) from its inception until 2009, and has been a member of the International Tax Planning Association and the Canadian Tax Foundation over the years. He has been a featured speaker at Estate Planning Councils, Law Society and STEP practitioner education conferences in Canada and abroad.
Prashant has assisted high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth families with tax, estate and retirement issues since 1992.
His guidance supports clients in their relationships with their external professional advisors, with whom he frequently interacts.
His expertise includes tax and estate planning for executives, business owners, retirees, sports professionals and individuals with U.S. issues. He also assists individuals facing significant financial events (sale of business, financial windfall, retirement, job loss, moving to Canada, leaving Canada, etc.)
Prior to joining RBC in 1999, Prashant honed his expertise by working as a Canadian and U.S. tax specialist for two of the big four accounting firms in downtown Toronto.
Prashant is a Certified Financial Planner, Associate of the Society of Actuaries and member of both the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and Canadian Tax Foundation.
Jim specializes in providing cross border tax planning. He joins RBC Wealth Management Services having recently retired from KPMG LLP after 33 years of services.
Most recently, he was a partner and the Practice Leader of KPMG’s International Executive Services (“IES”) practice in Canada, where he provided cross border tax and consulting services to employees, their employers, high net worth individuals and individuals with investments outside their home country. Jim was a member of the KPMG IES Global Steering Group which establishes strategies, policies and procedures for KPMG’s global IES practice.
Jim was also the practice leader for Global Wealth Services (“GWS”), which provides U.S. and Canadian income, trust and estate planning services to executives and high net worth individuals.
Prior to relocating to Toronto in June 1993, he worked in New York, Hong Kong and Miami where he served U.S. based clients expanding internationally and foreign-based clients from Canada, Europe, Asia and Latin America expanding into the U.S. He and his wife, Suzanne, moved to Colorado during 2014 where he continues to practice cross border tax planning.
As both a Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant and a U.S. Certified Public Accountant, Jim is uniquely prepared to provide international tax consulting services. Furthermore, having been an expatriate himself for over twenty-seven years, he is “intimately” aware of the cross border tax issues.
Mary obtained her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Ontario in 1983. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1985.
Following her call to the Bar, Mary was in private practice for 24 years, specializing in the areas of will and estate planning, estate administration, real estate and corporate law. Since 2011, she has worked exclusively in the areas of will and estate planning with a major trust company and a bank. Mary joined RBC Wealth Management in October 2016.
Mary is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Middlesex Law Association.
Albert attended the University of Waterloo where he completed an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Science and Business and a Masters of Accounting degree. He is a Chartered Accountant and spent eleven years with a large public accounting firm where he rose to the position of Senior Tax Manager. Prior to joining RBC, Albert was focused on providing professional services to an array of clients, from individuals and their owner-managed businesses to publicly owned entities.
Albert is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and has completed as well as tutored the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants’ In-Depth Tax Courses.
Albert believes that planning is critical to helping people meet their financial objectives. As a Financial Planning Specialist at RBC Wealth Management Services, Albert’s role is to work with and support your advisor in preparing and presenting comprehensive Compass Financial Plans for clients.
Steven completed his Bachelor of Business Administration at York University in 1989 and subsequently completed the CICA In-Depth Tax course. He has also achieved the advanced designations of Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP).
During his time as a tax and financial practitioner with several professional service firms, Steven specialized in Canadian, U.S. and cross-border personal income taxation, and provided planning and preparation services to clients. He also has professional experience with the RBC Tax Advisory Group and RBC Dexia, where he provided tax advice to various business units within RBC.
As an experienced practitioner in financial matters, Steven has written or contributed to many research articles, industry publications, training materials and client presentations.
Steven’s role as a Financial Planning Specialist is to work with, and support, your advisor in preparing and presenting comprehensive financial planning solutions.
Rick Squires, CLU, CH.F.C., TEP
Vice-President & Estate Planning Specialist, RBC Wealth Management Financial Services Inc.
The power of what we do.
“I wasn’t long in my career before I delivered a cheque from a policy I’d consulted on. My colleagues told me that once I did that, I would understand why I was in this business. They were right.”
Thirty-five years later, Rick does what he does because he has witnessed the power of properly structured estate planning solutions to ensure one’s legacy and change the lives of others.
Unsurprisingly, Rick has accumulated a great deal of estate planning knowledge. But the most important thing he brings is experience. That’s the difference he and Associate Estate Planning Specialist Lynn Prudom offer as a team: a deep ability to support advisors and their clients that can only come from more than 35 years of working with clients in almost every situation.
As a Senior Trust Advisor, Susan Macdonald serves clients throughout Western Ontario and is located in the Hamilton office. With a career focused on client relationships, she is dedicated to her clients and provides a personalized service tailored to their specific needs. She provides a wealth of knowledge relating to trusts and their administration. Susan has continued to deepen her knowledge and expertise with key industry designations such as Member, Trust Institute (MTI) and Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) designations. /p>
Susan 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, Susan can help.
With more than 20 years of industry experience, Susan brings to each client the necessary skill set to provide both the technical expertise as well as the genuine understanding of the emotional complexities that underlie these issues. Susan understands that no two clients are the same and so together with her RBC Royal Trust partners she can find the solution that’s right for you.