President and CEO, RBC Royal Trust
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, which provides wealth protection and transfer solutions across generations to high-net-worth Canadian families.
Leanne serves as a director on the Royal Trust Board, and as a member of the RBC Wealth Management Canada Operating Committee. She is a lawyer by profession and 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 was a lawyer practicing commercial litigation. Since her initial role, she has continued to provide in-depth solutions for clients and their families, and held various leadership roles within the company before being appointed as President in 2015.
Leanne 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. She has been an author and is a sought-after contributor to numerous industry publications on the subject of estates and trusts. Her publications include the fourth edition of The Executor’s Handbook published by CCH, and contributions to the Financial Post.
Leanne is the host of RBC Wealth Management Canada’s Matters Beyond Wealth, a podcast that offers estate planning, healthy aging and wealth insights to help Canadians plan for today and their future. She is also a member of the STEP Worldwide Council, of the National Institute on Ageing Advisory Board, and of Queen’s University’s Gift Planning Advisory Committee, along with other community involvement.
Caregiving is a significant component that can have major personal finance consequences at the individual level. Planning is powerful and so are conversations with your family about those plans.
Now, when some of us find ourselves with some extra time on our hands, we have the opportunity to start important conversations about estate planning.
RBC Wealth Management