Our People

Philip J. Renaud, QC

Philip J. Renaud is a partner of Duncan Craig LLP and a member of our Estate Solutions practice group. He practices exclusively in the area of estates and trusts, which includes wills, trusts, estate administration, estate planning, farm and business succession planning, and mediation of estate disputes.

Phil has acted as a mediator and as counsel in estate meditations since the 1990's having completed Levels I and II of mediation training with the Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society (now the ADR Institute of Alberta). In June 2015, Phil updated and enhanced his mediation training by completing the Mediating Disputes course at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School Executive Education. Phil is also a trained collaborative lawyer and member of the Collaborative Estate and Trust Lawyers Society of Alberta (CETL).

Phil's forte is developing unique estate planning solutions for families and high net worth individuals. He has served as National Chair of the Wills, Estates and Trusts Section of the Canadian Bar Association from 2003 to 2005. He currently serves on the Technical Committee (Estates and Trusts) for STEP Canada (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners). He is a Fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and served as a member of the Surrogate Rules Advisory Committee for Alberta Justice from 1996 to 2013.

Phil is committed to the reform of estates and trust law having made many submissions to the federal and provincial governments both as a representative of professional associations and as a private citizen. Phil was a member of the working group for the Uniform Law Conference of Canada on the development of the Uniform Trustee Act, 2009 - 2012. The final report was approved by the ULCC in August 2012. He also served on the Project Advisory Committee to the Alberta Law Reform Institute (ALRI), which led to the publication of its Report for Discussion 28, "A New Trustee Act for Alberta", and eventually to its Final Report 109 in January 2017. Phil continues to work towards the implementation of the legislation in Alberta.

Phil taught Wills at the University of Alberta Law School for seven years. He is a mentor on Wills and Estates for the Law Society of Alberta, and has lectured and published papers on many estate planning issues for various organizations including:

  Canadian Bar Association
  Legal Education Society of Alberta
  Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners
  Estates, Trusts and Pensions Journal
  Agriculture Tax Update for Professionals for Alberta Agriculture
  Alberta Business Family Institute

Phil's recent presentations include:
  Mediation of Estate Disputes and Mediation vs. Litigation by Case Study (STEP Edmonton)
  Chair, Tax Panel, Lake Louise Wills & Estates Refresher (Legal Education Society of Alberta)
  New Estate Administration Issues arising out of the Wills and Succession Act (Legal Education Society of Alberta)
  The Uniform Trustee Act (CBA and STEP)

Phil is a lifer with Duncan Craig LLP having worked at the firm since his graduation from the University of Alberta Law School in 1980. Phil will probably die at the firm; but that's okay, he has a will. Do you?

Justine Mackinnon

Assistant to Philip J. Renaud, QC


Untitled Document