Estate expert offers keynote speech on will preparation April 27 at North Island College

Dr. Tom Deans delivers his entertaining and educational Willing Wisdom keynote speech on Wednesday, April 27 at the Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College. Photo supplied

Join Dr. Tom Deans, a New York Times’ top-10 author, as he delivers his entertaining and educational Willing Wisdom keynote speech on Wednesday, April 27 from 10:30 a.m.-noon at the Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College.

Deans’ entertaining presentation style offers attendees practical ideas to help demystify estate planning with the view of building purposeful and intentional legacies. He believes that when families talk openly and honestly about their estate plans, they can bring clarity to their own late-in-life care and help prepare the next generation to form healthy attitudes towards wealth.

The workshop is free to attend, but registration is required. Limited seating will be available, and all health protocols will be followed. Please register by visiting: or by calling 250-338-8444 or 250-331-5957.

This event is jointly presented by the Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation and the Comox Valley Community Foundation and hosted by North Island College Foundation. It is generously sponsored by Lara Austin, senior portfolio manager and wealth advisor with RBC Dominion Securities.

Dr. Deans’ message is especially relevant given that every day $205 million is inherited by Canadians. We are witnessing the greatest inter-generational wealth transfer, yet Canadians are writing fewer and fewer wills and for those who do have wills, an increasing number are outdated.

Deans seeks to reverse this trend by sharing 7 Questions that Successful Families Ask. Prepare to unlearn everything you thought you knew about estate planning as this award-winning speaker challenges and inspires his audience to begin some of the most fascinating and important family conversations of a lifetime.

Dr. Thomas William Deans is the author of the abest-selling family business book, Every Family’s Business: 12 Common Sense Questions to Protect Your Wealth. He now speaks on the international lecture circuit full time. Having delivered more than 1,000 speeches in 25 countries, he has built a reputation as a thought leader on the subject of intergenerational wealth transfer.

Willing Wisdom represents a return to the subject of his doctoral research, conducted in the U.S., Canada and the UK and first published in Charities and Government by Manchester University Press. Tom lives in a forest in the beautiful Hockley Valley in Ontario,with his wife and three dogs.

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