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Rhonda M. Johnson, MBA, TEP



Rhonda Johnson is a partner practising in our estate solutions group. She focuses on trusts, estate planning, and estate administration solutions for clients, including those with assets in BC and Alberta. She is based in Edmonton but travels to BC regularly to meet with her clients, and maintains her Alberta and BC Calls.

Rhonda articled and practiced at a large law firm in Edmonton from 1990 until 2001 before moving to Vancouver Island to help start and run an award winning outdoor tourism business with a focus on fully guided sea kayak tours. She then went back to her roots and practiced law on Vancouver Island, first as a solo practitioner and then with a midsized firm, until coming to Duncan Craig LLP in 2015. She joined the partnership in January 2018 and was called to the Alberta Bar in 1991 and BC in 2010.

Rhonda has been a Sessional Instructor of the Wills course for the Law Faculty, University of Alberta, and an instructor and presenter for the Legal Education Society of Alberta, CBA Wills Sections, STEP, and Cambridge Forums. She has also been a Sessional Instructor in Economics for North Island College.

Rhonda received the Volunteer of the Year Award 2018 in recognition of her extraordinary contributions, from the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Edmonton Branch.

Active in her community, Rhonda is a former board member and former Vice Chair of the Alberni Valley Hospice Society and a former board member of North Island College, North Island College Foundation and Harry Ainlay Music Parents' Association. She was the Founding Chair of Friends of the Log Train Trail Society and board member and secretary of the Alberni Valley Arts Council. She is a past board member of the Port Alberni Port Authority. She is a member of the executive of the Edmonton Chapter of the Society for Trusts and Estates Practitioners, (STEP) as well as on the STEP National Conference Program Planning Committee and the STEP National Technical Committee.

In her spare time, she loves to be outdoors - hiking, sea kayaking and cycling - or walking with her beloved dog.

Rhonda's recent presentations include:

  2016 LESA Estate Planning Essentials for Lawyers. Rhonda chaired the one day seminar in Edmonton and Calgary, and presented a paper on Trusts as a Planning Tool.
  2016 STEP Calgary Presentation: Different Jurisdictions, Different Laws: How Conflicts of Laws can Impact an Albertan's Estate Planning and Administration.
  2016 CBA Edmonton Wills Section Presentation: Good Bye or Good Riddance? Removal and Discharge of Trustees.
  2016 Cambridge Forums Panel Co-Facilitator: Gypsies, Jane Austen and Bondage: Mobility within Canada and our Property and Inheritance Laws.
  2016 Cambridge Forums Panel Co-Facilitator: The Duty to Account at the Hotel California: The Parameters of a trustee's duty to account.
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