Adam was profiled as ‘Lawyer of the Week’ by the April 8, 2011 edition of the Lawyer’s Weekly Newspaper.
On February 9, 2012 Adam was an invited witness to the Parliamentary Committee on Finance as they investigated incentives for charitable giving..
I was intrigued with death from an early age. My childhood neighbour, the renowned Dr. Dorothy Ley (hospice movement pioneer) was a considerable influence when I was a young adult. Shortly thereafter, at the age of twenty-one (1985), I became a licensed funeral director.
Since then, I have worked for large and small funeral homes, also as an examination proctor for a funeral industry regulator, and have arranged hundreds of at need, as well as pre-need funerals. I've helped funeral homes build better relationships with financial advisors and lawyers. I have worked as a life insurance specialist and taught financial advisors across Canada about the funeral industry to help them be a greater resource to their aging clients.
Having more recently obtained the Certificate in Estate & Trust Administration with STEP Canada and having worked as a supervisor at one of the largest mortuaries in the country, I have grown increasingly compelled to share my insights. I have witnessed what most people have not and I have an important message.
Being open to our mortality and properly planning in advance for what we want to happen, is so beneficial. Yet, only about half the adult population of Canada and the U.S. have a current and valid will. I want to inspire a more positive approach which will help reduce the stress of aging, enhance relationships, save money and make it so much easier for survivors.
I've been following the death awareness movement for decades and have invested a considerable amount of time creating a book to help others be better prepared. I've even managed to add some humor. I think you'll be impressed. It's literally the 'nudge' many need.
'Do Not Ignore Your Mortality - Practical Advice From a Funeral & Financial Insider'
Scot Dalton is a 30 year veteran of the property casualty insurance industry. With senior executive level experience in both underwriting and distribution he has focused his efforts on creating and implementing relevant financial solutions for emerging personal and corporate risks, but where insurance has never been contemplated.These new products are marketed using non-traditional distribution models; logical channel partners, quiet integration with their core business processes, and implemented using technologies that compress the distribution effort and expense.ERAssure® is a fine example of a relevant response to significant emerging risk in the pending inter-generational transfer of wealth as baby boomers age.
Professional qualifications and memberships
Presentations and publications
Scot is a frequent speaker to members of the Canadian Bar Association across Canada. He has prepared papers and presented to members of the Law Society of Upper Canada and Law Libraries across Ontario, as well as chapters of the Estates Planning Council and Canadian Association of Farm Advisors.
His presentation material is focused on risk areas for executors and estate trustees during estate administration and the related risk environment for professional advisors to estate administrators.
A civil litigator and expert in dispute resolution, Harold advises clients on business disputes and financial issues, including allegations of breaches of contracts, negligence and other financial matters.
Harold has a unique perspective, in that he represents both advisors and their clients. On the one hand, he advises stockbrokers, mutual fund representatives, insurance agents and financial planners (and their respective corporate entities) on liability, compliance, regulatory, errors and omissions insurance and commercial issues. On the other hand, he sues stockbrokers, mutual fund representatives, insurance agents and financial planners to recoup client losses arising from advisor negligence or to recover life insurance, annuities and disability benefits when insurers fail to pay claims.
Harold is a well-known financial industry commentator, a continuing education provider for various insurers, investment and mutual fund dealers, and financial industry licensing organizations. He is a co-administrator of www.foradivsorsonly.com. He is a member of the Financial Planners Standards Council's committee reviewing FPSC's Standards and Ethics. He has been a consultant to the Advocis Best Practices Committee, is a member of the Best Practices Committee for Advocis's Ottawa Chapter and sits on the OSC Investor Advisory Panel.
Harold is also a member of Conference of Advanced Life Underwriting Associate Member and a member of the Financial Planning Standards Council. He is an elected council member of the Canadian Bar Association Ontario and the Regional Representative on the Ontario Bar Association's Class Action Section Executive Committee. He is a member numerous legal associations, including the County of Carleton Law Association.
Harold obtained his Bachelor of Arts from Queen's University, and his law degree from Dalhousie Law School. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1993.
Mark is president of the Canadian Institute of Certified Executor Advisors (and also of Strategic Edge Chartered Financial Consulting Inc, which provides integrated tax strategies for Canadians through their professional advisors). His career includes senior management positions with national wealth and insurance companies, where he developed innovative business strategies and provided training, marketing materials and case consultation to financial advisors across the country.
A graduate of Ashbury College in Ottawa and Western University in London, Mark is a Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Financial Consultant, registered Trust and Estates Practitioner and Certified Executor Advisor. He is licensed to conduct business in every province and territory in Canada.
In addition to CICEA, he is a member of Advocis (the Financial Advisors Association of Canada), the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP), the Conference for Advanced Life Underwriting (CALU) and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).
Mark has given hundreds of seminars across Canada, to the public, professional associations, study groups, Canadian businesses, industry symposia and aboard continuing education cruise ships around the world. He has been speaking about the important role of executors and on estate tax strategies for more than 25 years.
Margot practices in the area of civil litigation, focusing on commercial, construction and estate law related issues. Margot is a member of the firm's Construction Law and Financial Loss Recovery practice groups. Fluently bilingual, Margot represents both Francophone and Anglophone clients and argues matters before the courts in both official languages.
Margot attended the University of Ottawa, where she obtained her Bachelor's degree in Political Science in 2007 and graduated from the Faculty of Law in 2010. After articling for Doucet McBride LLP in 2010-2011, she joined the firm as an associate following her call to the Ontario Bar in June 2011.
Prior to 2010, Margot developed experience in various legal positions with the federal public service in areas of program delivery and policy, including with the Department of National Defence with the Office of the Judge Advocate General (JAG), the Office to the Secretary to the Governor General of Canada (OSGG), and Transport Canada (TC).
A proud member of the Ontario Bar Association and the County of Carleton Law Association, Margot also delights in supporting a variety of Eastern Ontario and capital area community groups and events.
Outside the office Margot enjoys golf, volleyball, yoga, entertaining family and friends, as well as spending quality time traveling with her husband.
For the past 50 years I have helped advise my clients through my law practice, initially as Speal, Viner and then growing over time to Viner, Kennedy, Frederick, Allan & Tobias, commonly known as Viner, Kennedy.
With my experience, and as a creative problem solver, I can assist in any of the following areas: