Will & Estate
A lawyer specializing in estate law for more than fifteen years, Bonnie Kaplan has worked with thousands of clients over the years to help develop effective estate plans from a tax, personal and legal perspective. Bonnie left private practice with a Montreal law firm in 2003 to join RBC Wealth Management in its early stages. As a senior member of the Wealth Management team, Bonnie meets with high net worth clients – entrepreneurs, philanthropists, retirees, singles and couples – to discuss tax and estate strategies tailored for the particular client situation.
Along with her LL.B. conferred by the Université de Montréal, Bonnie holds an M.A. (education) from the Université de Montréal and a B.A. from McGill. She was called to the Barreau du Quebec in 1996. Bonnie has, also, completed Parts I and II of the CICA (now CPA) In-Depth tax courses.
Bonnie is an active member of The Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (Quebec chapter), the Canadian Bar Association (Quebec) and the Association de Planification Fiscale et Financière.
Daniel C. Duchesne, CLU, MBA, F.Pl.
Vice-President & Financial Security Advisor, RBC Wealth Management Financial Services Inc.
As an Estate Planning Specialist, Daniel Duchesne gives advisors and their clients something they weren’t expecting. A different discussion about life insurance – one in which they are completely comfortable.
As Daniel puts it, “So many clients say: ‘Why has no one had this discussion with me before?’ The image they had of life insurance is transformed. They say, ‘Wow – I didn’t know insurance could do that.’”
Daniel has an innate ability to put those around him at ease – by simplifying complex matters. His goal is to have two happy clients, the advisor and their client.
Everything he and his team do is for one single reason – to help clients preserve and enhance personal and corporate wealth. They are always asking themselves: “If the client was our parent, would we recommend the same thing?”
Paule Gauthier, CPA, CA, LL.M, TEP
Vice-President, High Net Worth Planning Services, RBC Wealth Management
Paule specializes in tax and estate planning for ultra-high-net-worth families.
Her guidance supports clients in their relationships with their external professional advisors, with whom she frequently interacts.
Paule has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from l’École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) and a Master’s degree in Tax Law from the Montreal University. She has completed the Securities Dealers Course from the Canadian Securities Institute.
As a Chartered Professional Accountant, Paule has more than 20 years of experience in tax and estate planning consulting, in CA firms as well as in life insurance and securities dealer companies. Paule is a frequent lecturer at annual conferences and technical seminars of l’Association de planification fiscale et financière and other professional associations and an active writer of reference papers on tax and estate planning topics.
Paule is a member of the executive committee of STEP Montreal and is regularly involved in various committees of the Association de planification fiscale et successorale. Paule is a member of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec, the l’Association de planification fiscale et successorale, the Canadian Tax Foundation, the International Fiscal Association and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.
Richard Cléroux, MBA, LL.B, F.Pl., FCSI, CIM, CFP, JD
Financial Planner, RBC Wealth Management Financial Services Inc.
Richard has a Master in Business Administration (MBA) and a bachelor degree in Civil Law (LL.B.) from University of Sherbrooke as well as a bachelor degree in Common Law (Juris Doctor) from Queen’s University in Kingston. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI), a Canadian Investment Manager (CIM), a Certified Financial Planner Professional (CFP) from the Financial Planner Standard Council and a Financial Planner from the “Institut Québécois de Planification Financière” (F.Pl.).
Before joining RBC Wealth Management Services in 2015, Richard worked in the securities industry with Canadian and American brokerage firms and with the Montreal Exchange, where he worked as a Trader, Banker, Financial Advisor, Private Advisor and Financial Planner. He also spent three years in a Montreal based law firm specialized in business law.
Richard’s role is to work with and support your advisor in preparing and presenting comprehensive Compass Financial Plans for clients.