Leanne Kaufman

President and CEO of Royal Trust

Leanne Kaufman

President and CEO of Royal Trust

As President and CEO of RBC Royal Trust, Leanne Kaufman is responsible for the strategy and overall management of the business which provides wealth protection and transfer solutions across generations to high net wealth Canadian families.

Kaufman is currently a director on the Royal Trust Board and a member of the Wealth Management Canada Operating Committee. She is a lawyer by profession and brings over 15 years of experience, knowledge and a client-centric focus to the business.

Kaufman first joined Royal Trust in 1999 as a trust officer prior to which she was a lawyer practicing commercial litigation. Since her role as trust officer, she has continued to provide in-depth solutions for clients and their families as vice president for the Professional Practice Group, a team of professionals responsible for technical expertise, analysis and policy development, along with the education of the Royal Trust staff at all levels.

She was also Vice President and head of Indigenous Wealth, a team dedicated exclusively to establishing long-term planning and legacy solutions for Indigenous communities across Canada.

Kaufman earned her Bachelor of Laws degree from Queen’s University and her Masters in Law from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University where she is a former adjunct professor. She was also the author of The Executor’s Handbook; 4th Edition, published by CCH, and a contributor to the Financial Post.

Leanne Kaufman's content

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Estate planning

No asset in your estate can be as emotionally charged as the family cottage

As a cottage owner, open dialogue with the next generation is critical for avoiding potential conflict for those you leave behind.

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Business owners

Here’s what women entrepreneurs need to know about succession planning

You should have a successor in mind for both the short- and long-term and consider the needs for the company's future.

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Wealth transfer

Wealth transfer: Are your heirs ready?

When it comes to wealth, many families spend a lot of time and energy building it, but far less focus on how it will be passed to the next generation.

4 minute read