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Seniors are the fastest growing age group in Canada. By the end of the decade, close to one in four Canadians will be categorized as seniors. As this number increases along with life expectancy, so do the complexities associated with aging, including health-related issues.

As president and CEO of the Royal Trust Corporation of Canada and The Royal Trust Company, Leanne Kaufman is responsible for the strategy and overall management of the business. RBC Royal Trust provides wealth protection and transfer solutions across generations to high-net-worth families in Canada.

Leanne serves as a director on the Royal Trust Board and as a member of the RBC Wealth Management Canada Operating Committee. A lawyer by profession, she brings more than 20 years of experience, knowledge and client-centric focus to the business.

Leanne joined RBC Royal Trust in 1999 as a trust officer, prior to which she practiced commercial litigation. Since her initial role, she continues to provide in-depth solutions for clients and their families.

As vice president of the Professional Practice Group, Leanne led a team responsible for technical expertise, analysis and policy development, along with the education of the RBC Royal Trust staff at all levels. As vice president and head of Indigenous Wealth, Leanne and team worked exclusively to establish long-term planning and legacy solutions for Indigenous communities across Canada.

She earned her Bachelor of Laws from Queen’s University and a Master of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, where she is a former adjunct professor.

The author of the fourth edition of The Executor’s Handbook, published by CCH, Leanne is a contributor to the Financial Post. She's also a sought-after contributor to numerous industry publications on the subject of estates and trusts.

Leanne serves as a member of STEP Worldwide Council and received the STEP Founder’s Awards for Outstanding Achievement in 2019. She’s also a member of the National Institute on Ageing Advisory Board and Queen’s University’s Gift Planning Advisory Committee. In addition, Leanne serves on several sports and education boards and committees in her community.