Hugh Cooper

Vice-President & Director, Investment Advisor


Hugh has been in the investment business for over 30 years. After graduating from the University of British Columbia in 1978, he joined Pitfield Mackay Ross where he became an Investment Advisor in 1980 and earned his FCSI designation in 1982. Hugh has been with RBC Dominion Securities since 1984 when the two firms merged. Always committed to assisting his clients in meeting their financial goals he has developed many long term business and personal relationships over the course of his career.
In addition to Hugh's commitment in the workplace, he has also been involved with several community sport organizations over the years, including baseball, soccer and hockey. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf and hockey

Scott C. Murray, MBA, CFA, CFP

Vice-President, Portfolio Manager & Wealth Advisor


Scott brings extensive capital markets and advisory expertise to his clientele as Portfolio Manager and Wealth Advisor. Since 1996, Scott has provided individuals, corporations and institutions with financial advice. Prior to joining RBC Dominion Securities in 2009, Scott spent 13 years as an investment banker. Scott has advised a wide range of leading corporations on over $60 billion in successful mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions. Scott has held senior positions in London, England, Toronto and Vancouver with RBC Capital Markets and other leading global firms.
A former naval officer, Scott received his BA (First Class Honours) from The Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) and MBA from The Ivey Business School at The University of Western Ontario. Scott is a CFA charterholder, a Certified Financial Planner, a Canadian Investment Manager and a Fellow of The Canadian Securities Institute. Scott holds securities, options, futures contracts and futures contract options, portfolio management, financial planning and insurance licenses. Scott is the 2013 Winner of the Donald J. Langill Memorial Award and President of the President's Club for RBC Dominion Securities.  Scott was Chair of the Dominion Securities Advisory Board (DSAB), is a member of Executive Council, and has been a member of Director's Council and President's Club.
Scott is committed to giving back to his community, is active politically, and has served on the Board of Directors of The Canadian Cancer Society, Turning Point Recovery Society and The Vancouver Maritime Museum. In addition, Scott has served on the fundraising committee of Operation Western Front and is a member of Canada Company.  Scott and his wife live with their three boys in West Vancouver and they are members of Hollyburn Country Club, The North Shore Winter Club and The Royal Vancouver Yacht Club.  He is an avid alpine and nordic skier who enjoys reading, sailing, squash, hockey, golf and travel.

Ben Elliott, CFA

Associate Advisor


Ben brings extensive wealth management and investment analysis skills to The Murray Group. Prior to joining RBC Dominion Securities in 2014, Ben had over 10 years of capital markets experience including several years of high net-worth client advisory within the securities division of a major global bank.
Ben graduated from The University of Western Ontario in 2003 and is also a CFA charterholder. He is committed to continuing education and has completed numerous industry courses covering investment advisory, portfolio management and security analysis. Ben holds securities and options licenses.
Ben was raised in West Vancouver and currently lives with his wife in North Vancouver. They are actively involved in the community and several charitable organizations. Ben enjoys reading, golf, skiing and exploring the world.

Heather Esposito, CIM



Heather joined RBC Dominion Securities in 1983 and has known many of our clients, and their families, for decades. Heather is an integral member of The Murray Goup and provides administrative support to our clients.
Heather has completed the Canadian Securities Course, and received the Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI) and Canadian Investment Manager (CIM) designations.  Heather holds securities and options licenses.
Heather and her husband have two adult sons. She enjoys gardening and walking her dogs.

Jacqueline Hayre



Jacqueline joined RBC Dominion Securities in 2015. Jacqueline is an integral member of The Murray Group and provides administrative support to our clients.
Prior to joining RBC Dominion Securities, Jacqueline spent 8 years as a Sales Assistant with another bank-owned investment dealer. Jacqueline attended the Financial Management Program at BCIT.  Jacqueline holds a securities license.
When not working, Jacqueline can usually be found playing in the park with her son and her husband.

Keith Pearman, CIM

Portfolio Risk Advisor, Private Investment Management
Keith independently reviews all discretionary managed private investment management accounts managed by Scott Murray and his team at RBC Dominion Securities.  Keith compares all actual portfolio asset allocations to the investment policy statement (IPS) for each discretionary client to ensure compliance.  Keith also compares each discretionary trade against the IPS.  In addition, Keith applies all other RBC DS investment management guidelines and risk policies to discretionary accounts in terms of risk limits, credit quality, concentration and other limits.  Keith's work on behalf of all discretionary accounts ensure that each private investment management client has proper risk controls.

Wealth Management Team Members

Helping you manage your investments is just one way we can help you manage your overall financial concerns. In addition to investing and money management, we offer assistance with financial planning, Will and estate consulting, tax consulting and risk management and insurance strategies. The fees for these services are included in the portfolio management fee or commission.

Financial Planning

Depending on your needs, our team can provide a financial plan designed to help you build your financial future or, if you have more complex needs, an in-depth financial plan that leaves no stone unturned.

Tahir Amlani, CPA, CA

Financial Planning Specialist

Yat-Sze Lo, CPA, CA

Financial Planning Specialist

Anna-Marie Lyons, MBA, CFP, FCSI, FDS

Financial Planner

Will and Estate Consultation

Professional Will & Estate Consultants work on our team to provide you with information on structuring your estate in an efficient and tax-effective manner. Following your consultation, you will receive a report outlining various estate-planning opportunities for you to explore in further detail with your own lawyer or accountant.

Melissa Nagelbach, LL.B

Will & Estate Consultant

Dana George, LL.B

Will & Estate Consultant

Estate and Trust Services

A highly skilled Estate and Trust Advisor works on our team and can discuss estate settlement and administration services, trustee services, trust structures, and other specialized services offered through RBC Estate & Trust Services throughout Canada.  We work with individuals, families and businesses who wish to protect their assets and transfer their wealth for generations.

Catharine Turner

Senior Trust Advisor, Royal Trust Corporation of Canada

Insurance, Trust & Estate Planning Services

A highly qualified Estate Planning Specialist works on our team to help you create and preserve your wealth. We follow a comprehensive process to assess your needs and, if appropriate, recommend tax-exempt insurance products that will help you achieve your wealth management objectives.

Matthew J. Leggett, CFP, CLU, CHS

Estate Planning Specialist
RBC Wealth Management Financial Services Inc. 

Specialist RBC Professional Team Members & Extended Professional Network

We also offer access to our Specialist RBC Professional Team Members and our extended network of professionals such as lawyers and accountants to help ensure that the various issues related to the management of your wealth are properly addressed. If you have existing relationships with professionals in these areas, we would be pleased to work together with them to coordinate our efforts.

Dan Coholan

Vice Chair, RBC Wealth Management

Susan Baxter

Vice Chair, RBC Wealth Management

Murray A. Shapiro, BA, LL.B, TEP

Vice President, High Net Worth Planning Services

Darren Bank, CPA, CA

Senior Manager, High Net Worth Planning Services

Zora Booker, CPA, CGA, MBA

Senior Manager, High Net Worth Planning Services

Jim Yager, BA, MBA, M.Tax

U.S. Tax Specialist

Jim A. McLean

Director, International Solutions, Royal Bank of Canada

Dan Carter

Director, Global Equity-Linked Products, RBC Capital Markets

Global Investment Advisory Team

Hugh Cooper and Scott Murray take a team approach to deliver the full resources of RBC Dominion Securities, RBC Capital Markets, RBC Asset Management and RBC Royal Bank to his clients.

In addition to the individuals on their team, an extensive behind-the-scenes team works for their clients needs, including:​

  • Investment Strategists who make quarterly recommendations for portfolio structure based on a well-considered outlook for the future direction of global markets and economies;
  • Portfolio Advisors who assist in constructing, monitoring and rebalancing the portfolios of our clients; Research Analysts who provide fundamental, quantitative and technical research on individual companies and sectors. RBC Capital Markets provides research on Canadian companies, while several leading U.S. investment firms provide research on U.S. companies. Research on discretionary investment managers is provided by several of the worlds foremost investment consultants;
  • Equity Specialists who provide access to Canadian equity issues and Fixed Income Specialists who provide access to Canadas largest inventory of fixed-income investments, including bonds and money market instruments; and
  • An extensive professional network both without and within RBC (RBC Dominion Securities, RBC Capital Markets, RBC Asset Management and RBC Royal Bank) to help meet all your wealth management needs.

To learn more about how we may assist you or to schedule your complimentary consultation, please contact Hugh or Scott by phone or email.