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Donovan Waters, Q.C., F.R.S.C.

Donovan Waters, Q.C., F.R.S.C. - Associate Counsel


Dr. Waters is a leading international expert in trust law and the author of several texts including Law of Trusts in Canada. He has had a distinguished academic career which has included positions at the Universities of Oxford, London, Chicago, Saskatchewan, Montreal and Victoria.

In addition, Dr. Waters has acted as legal counsel in relation to the establishment, operation and regulation of a variety of domestic and offshore trust structures created for private and commercial purposes.

His diverse experience includes advising in respect of mutual fund and other pooled investment trusts, land and mortgage syndication trusts, land reclamation trusts, First Nations trusts, trusts created for active business and business succession purposes, charitable trusts, pension plans and all manner of estate planning related structures. Dr. Waters is also called upon regularly to provide legal counsel in the context of litigation involving all manner of fiduciary relationships and equitable remedies.

Dr. Donovan Waters Q.C. recently received the prestigious ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ granted by the STEP organization.

The award was presented in London, England on September 8, 2016.

STEP is a worldwide professional association for those advising families across generations.  They help families plan for their futures; from drafting a will or advising family businesses, to helping international families and protecting vulnerable family members.  STEP has approximately 20,000 members across 95 countries.  The awards are highly regarded as a celebration of excellence across the private client world.

Presiding Judges said: “Dr. Donovan Waters QC is a leading international expert in trust law,” and “He has worked tirelessly in Canada to modernize trust law.”

To see the award ceremony and interview with Dr. Waters, please click here:https://youtu.be/s328KMFQ0oQ