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.
High Net Worth Financial 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.
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.
Ritu Narayan brings 19 years of experience with RBC’s Canadian and international wealth management business to her role as Private Banker. She is responsible for providing comprehensive wealth management and financing strategies to high-net-worth business owners, executives, professionals and their families in Oakville, Burlington and the Greater Toronto Area.
Prior to joining RBC Wealth Management, Private Banking, Ms. Narayan served in two previous roles as a Private Banker for ultra-high-net-worth individuals, families and family offices in the United States, Europe and the Middle East, and as Director Immigrant Investor Program, in which she established and managed relationships with a select group of international ultra-high-net-worth families immigrating to Canada.
Now in her role as Private Banker, she works to deliver seamless, unparalleled banking and financial solutions for clients with often-complex banking and credit needs. As needed, she partners with specialists from across RBC and externally to provide a complete range of complementary services, from investment management to estate and philanthropic strategies, domestic and international trust services.
Ms. Narayan has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Leicester and earned her Personal Financial Planner (PFP) designation. She has two adult daughters, and when not in the office can be found practicing yoga, reading or travelling. Passionate about community involvement, she received an Ontario Volunteer Service Award in 2010 for her years of continuous commitment and dedicated service.
Shannon Cleary brings over 20 years of experience in financial services to her role as a Private Banker in Halton South and the surrounding region. She provides business owners, executives and high-net-worth families with proactive, tailored advice and customized wealth management solutions.
Shannon and her team aim to build long-term relationships with their clients based on integrity, trust, communication and confidentiality. They further look to differentiate themselves through exceptional service and dedication to helping clients reach their wealth management goals. Clients value Shannon’s extensive experience in commercial banking and credit strategies, and her ability to simplify their often complex financial affairs.
Each of her clients will receive a tailored suite of services, including sophisticated day-to-day banking, cash management and flexible credit solutions. She will also draw upon a global team of specialists to provide clients with an unparalleled range of products and services, such as wealth, tax and estate planning.
Currently pursuing an MBA from Dalhousie University, Shannon also holds a diploma in design from the Ontario College of Art and Design. Respected by her peers and management, she received awards as a top-performer at RBC in both 2015 and 2016.
Shannon is an active volunteer with her daughter’s school and past volunteer with the Halton Learning Foundation. Outside of work, she enjoys cycling with her family, travel and gardening.
As a Premier Banking Advisor for Oakville and Burlington, Scott Saunders 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, he provides personalized service and tailored advice to help clients save time and effectively manage their day to day banking needs.
With over four years of experience in financial services with RBC, Scott has quickly become a respected member of the banking community in which he works. Through a dedicated approach to client service and as acting digital enablement champion, he also dedicated time to act as a mentor to other Advisors.
Scott is committed to giving back to his community and volunteers with “Outside Looking In”, an Indigenous youth program to give Canadians an opportunity to learn about indigenous culture through the arts and dance. He also volunteered with Ronald McDonald House Toronto helping to put together packages of food to help families who have a child that is seriously ill at a nearby hospital.
Born and raised in Mississauga, Ontario, Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Brock University. He also studied culinary arts before entering the financial industry.
Scott currently resides in the Oakville area and spends his spare time playing hockey, golf, snowboarding and traveling to as many new places as possible.
Wills & Power of Attorney
After completing a Master of Arts degree in English at the University of Waterloo, Alessandra obtained a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law in 2000. She was called to the Ontario bar in February of 2002, and commenced her career as a tax lawyer with the Toronto office of a prominent national law firm, completing Levels I and II of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants’ In-Depth Tax Course.
Over her years in private practice, Alessandra served a variety of business clients and their owners ranging from technology start-ups to established manufacturing, property development and retail businesses, advising on tax and estate-planning, including wills and trusts.
Alessandra is now pleased to offer her years of advisory experience to provide Will and Estate Planning services to RBC’s valued clients.
Trusts & Executor Services
As a Senior Trust Advisor, Susan Macdonald serves clients throughout Western Ontario and is located in the Hamilton office. With a career focus 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.
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 Estate & Trust Services partners she can find the solution that’s right for you.
Estate & Insurance Planning
Suzanne Schultz, CPA, CA, CFP
Vice-President & Estate Planning Specialist, RBC Wealth Management Financial Services Inc.
Suzanne’s focus is to protect and enhance family, business and multi-generational wealth. She is a trusted professional known for expert wealth management advice utilizing advanced, insurance-based tax and estate planning solutions.
Prior to her role at RBC, Suzanne built her career at a major accounting firm and a boutique tax and estate planning firm. She holds CPA, CA and CFP designations and has completed the CICA’s In-Depth Tax Course. She was featured as an expert on BNN and HGTV’s House Poor, and has contributed to the Globe and Mail, National Post and other publications. She is also co-author of 78 Tax Tips for Canadians for Dummies.
Suzanne uses her in-depth technical knowledge to carefully understand what can complicate your financial and family situations and collaborates with your other professionals to uncover where you might be exposed to excessive taxes and risk. This planning is essential for business owners, professionals, executives and those with charitable goals.
Thomas Seah, CLU, BA (Econ)
Vice-President & Estate Planning Specialist, RBC Wealth Management Financial Services Inc.
As Vice-President & Estate Planning Specialist, Thomas specializes in the preservation and enhancement of wealth. He employs a comprehensive process to assess your wealth management needs and recommend creative, tax-exempt insurance solutions to address them.
Thomas will create a tailored plan using insurance solutions to increase and secure your wealth, reduce the impact of future taxation and structure your estate so your wealth is transferred to your heirs in accordance with your wishes. Thomas evaluates various insurance offerings including life insurance, annuity and living benefits.
Thomas joined the insurance industry in 1984 after completing a university degree in economics. In 1995, he joined RBC Wealth Management and is one of the agency’s longest serving employees. Highlighting his commitment to the industry, Thomas also holds the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designation.