Rita Benefield, CIM, FMA, FCSI

Vice President & Portfolio Manager

613-721-4117 | Email me

Rita is dedicated to assisting her clients by providing them with quality products, superior performance and exceptional levels of customer service. She credits her continuing success to being able to build trust and create an environment of mutual respect between her and her clients. Into her second decade as an Investment Advisor at RBC Dominion Securities, she achieved the Canadian Investment Manager (CIM) and Financial Management Advisor (FMA) designations. Rita is also a licensed Portfolio Manager, who can provide discretionary services to clients who wish to delegate the day-to-day investment management to a qualified professional.

Christos Koutsavakis

Associate Advisor

613-721-4501 | Email me

Christos joined RBC Dominion Securities in 2000 after completing a Master’s degree in economics from Queen’s University. He specialized in Financial and International Economics. Christos has since become a Canadian Investment Manager and is licensed to provide investment advice. He oversees our team’s many transactions and monitors the daily activity of our investment portfolios, with an emphasis on discretionary Private Investment Management (PIM) accounts. He is key in ensuring that all discretionary accounts are invested and maintained according to the individualized plans laid out by Rita. In addition to his years of experience in operating PIM accounts, Christos is well-versed in all investment-related issues and is an excellent resource.

Corinne Farndale, BA


613-721-8928 | Email me

Corinne joined RBC Dominion Securities in 1998 and has been working with Rita since 2001. She is licensed for securities and uses her skills and training to help clients attain professional investment management. Corinne’s high level of industry education and commitment to client service distinguishes her in a competitive and growing industry. In addition to managing all administrative responsibilities, Corinne generates portfolio reviews, newsletters and invitations to special events. Corinne is a graduate of Queen’s University and Fanshawe College, with a degree in political science and 10 years’ experience as a newscaster and reporter.


Extended Team Members
Joseph Power B.A., LL.B. | Will & Estate Consultant

Joseph can help you address your various estate planning concerns and recommend the steps to take to achieve your goals whether its updating your Will, creating a trust or setting up a charitable foundation. Joseph graduated from Carleton University in 1988 and from the University of Western Ontario Law Schoolin 1991, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1993. He is an associate Member of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. Joseph was an instructor for the Ontario Bar Admission Course in Estate Planning and has been an instructor at the University of Ottawa Law School since 2003 teaching the Law of Succession.

Tom Bryan, CFP, CLU | Estate Planning Specialist

An experienced insurance and estate planning professional, Tom is a valuable member of our team. His passion is helping clients build, protect and transfer personal and corporate wealth using a planning based approach. Tom has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. He has a Bachelor of Economics from Carleton University and has obtained his Certified Financial Planner and Chartered Life Underwriter designations. He is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Ottawa and is a board member and Chair of the Finance Committee for St. Patrick’s Home of Ottawa.