Trust Governance: Empowering Families

Cindy Radu, Chief Learning Officer for Canada, Tamarind Learning helps families understand and navigate the complexities and opportunities that come with wealth drawing on over 30 years of legal, fiduciary, trust, and governance experience.  She provides an objective perspective of how complex family, business, and ownership structures impact family dynamics and family wealth continuity.

Cindy believes that education is crucial to successful cross-generational family wealth stewardship with specific emphasis on the unique challenges and opportunities inherent in family trusts.    

After obtaining her Chartered Accountant designation in 1986, Cindy was the Controller at a pre-eminent Canadian law firm.  In this environment, Cindy discovered an interest in law and went on to obtain her LL.B and LL.M degrees and practiced tax and trusts law with national and boutique law firms as well as national financial institutions, including a multi-family office.  She also was the CEO of a private trust company. 

Throughout her career, Cindy has been a very active speaker, author, committee, and board member for a variety of professional organizations, including TEC Canada / Vistage International, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta, and the Canadian Tax Foundation. She currently serves as Chair of the STEP Worldwide Business Families Global Steering Committee. In 2018 Cindy was awarded the prestigious global STEP Private Client Awards – People’s Choice Trusted Advisor of the Year.  Cindy completed the Family Enterprise Advisor designation in 2016, is a Leaders Council Member in the UHNW Institute, and is an active member of the Purposeful Planning Institute.

Cindy’s charitable causes are focused on individual and community mental health. She is a former board member for both the Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary and Alberta. Cindy is also proud to be an alumnus of Outward Bound Canada summiting Kilimanjaro in 2012 in support of OBC’s Women of Courage program.        

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