Sara M. Johnson, ESQ, Ph.D., TEP, CFP, LL.M. (US Law), JD, CFA affiliate
Vice President, High Net Worth Planning Services International Estate, Art and Digital Legacy Planning, RBC Wealth Management Services
Sara specializes in international estate planning, art collection and digital legacy planning for UHNW families in developing their wealth and legacy plans. Her guidance supports clients in their relationships with their external professional advisors, with whom she frequently interacts.
Education and Experience
Sara has two decades of professional experience in complex estate and trust administration and planning; business succession; cross-border tax planning (STEP Advanced Certificate in Cross-Border Estates); family governance (STEP Advanced Certificate on family enterprise advising); philanthropy; art and collections planning (“Art as Global Business” certificate, the Sotheby’s Institute of Art and European Institute of Sustainability, “Art Disruption,” NFTs and tokenization of Art, legal and tax planning); and behavioural economic research (Digital Assets estate management). She is a graduate Masters in US Law at George Mason University, VA, USA, and has been called to the California State Bar in 2021. Sara achieved her Ph.D. in International Management (Behavioural Finance and Law) at the International School of Management, Paris, France, and completed the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, National Committee on Accreditation at UBC Peter A. Allard School of Law.
Professional and Industry
Sara is an active member of the Institute of Art and Law in London, UK; affiliate member of CFA Society and CFA Okanagan Chapter; Canadian and American Bar Association; Member – Vancouver and Okanagan Chapter of STEP Canada and Co-Deputy Chair – STEP Global, Specialty Interest Group on Digital Assets; and member of KEPS and UBCO Gift Planning Society. Sara is an honorary global advisory board member of the American Academy of Financial Management and member of the board of directors of the International Academy of Management and Business. She is on the board to the Global Community of Complex Systems Network, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, as a strategic consultant; and Board member of Third Space Life Charity in the Okanagan. She lectures the fall/winter seminars on International Business Law, Business Succession, Trust, International Arbitration and M&A at ISEG, MBA course, Paris, France, and is a visiting lecturer in Blockchain and NFTs at UCLA Law school, Los Angeles, California; Sara is also a Senior Research Fellow at the École des Ponts, Paris, France. She is fluent in Italian and English and has working knowledge of French and Spanish.
Wealth Planning Consultation
Sara works closely with your RBC advisor to identify strategies and solutions on structuring your affairs in a manner that addresses your overall wealth planning needs, which you would then discuss and implement with your accountant or lawyer.
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.
Nicole received her Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Dean’s List) in 1991 and her Bachelor of Law degree in 1999 from the University of British Columbia.
She clerked at the British Columbia Supreme Court from 1999 to 2000 and was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2000. Nicole has also completed the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants In-depth Tax Course.
Prior to joining RBC, Nicole practised law for ten years in downtown Vancouver, first at a national law firm and then at a boutique tax and trust law firm. Nicole’s practice focused on the implementation of tax and estate plans, Wills, domestic and offshore trusts, charities and business succession. Nicole is a member of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the Canadian Bar Association Wills and Trusts Section and Charities Section. Nicole’s significant practical experience in estate planning allows her to offer valuable guidance in the development of your estate plan.
Jon is a Chartered Accountant (CPA, CA) and has completed the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada’s In-Depth Tax Course. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Simon Fraser University.
Prior to joining RBC, Jon was providing professional services to individuals, private corporations, estates, trusts and partnerships at one of the leading international public accounting firms. His experience includes tax planning for individuals and corporations.
Jon’s role is to work with and support your advisor in preparing and presenting your Compass Financial Plan and to identify and assess any related financial planning concerns you may have
Specialized Financial Planning
At RBC, we recognize that with greater financial resources, comes greater financial complexity. To help you properly coordinate your financial matters and optimize the unique opportunities available to you, we are pleased to offer you our highest level of financial planning. Personally prepared by Jon, a Financial Planning Specialist, your comprehensive Financial Plan will provide recommendations specific to your situation. Your plan will consider strategies to maximize your cash flow, reduce taxes, ensure your retirement lifestyle, protect your financial security, transfer wealth to your next generation tax-efficiently and make the most of your philanthropic legacy. In appreciation of your business, your advisor is pleased to offer this service to you on a complimentary basis.
To schedule a meeting with Jon Wong, please contact your advisor.
Arne Perrin, B.Comm. (Hons), CFP®
Vice-President & Estate Planning Specialist, RBC Wealth Management Financial Services Inc.
Wealth on your terms.
Arne's eldest daughter has a poster on her wall. It says, "Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken." That's how Arne lives life. He hopes others feel the freedom to do so as well. That's why his core purpose is to help clients enjoy and distribute wealth on their own terms.
To help those clients make informed choices, Arne and his team make it their mission to listen, interpret, educate and coach - that insurance is an asset, not an expense, for example. Careful planning then surfaces the right solution.
Loyalty and trust are paramount. By doing the right thing, Arne and his team want to be advisors' and clients' first choice. It helps that they're renowned as highly responsive, superbly meticulous, very honest - and always trying to be better.
As a Premier Banking Advisor for the Kelowna market, Jessica Taillon 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 6 years of experience in the financial services at RBC, Jessica is respected by her clients, her peers and the industry and has received top performer recognition. She has sought to develop her skills to offer best in class client experience and advice which sets her apart.
Born and raised in Victoria, Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, major in Canadian Studies and International Relations from the University of British Columbia. She is committed to giving back to her community through volunteering with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Breast Foundation, Kelowna General Hospital Foundation, YMCA, Boys and Girls Club and Elementary Schools in School District 23.
Jessica currently resides in Kelowna with her family but has lived in various places across B.C. When she is not hard at work for her clients, Jessica loves to read, cook and walk her dog, Winston. She also likes to travel with her family.