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Peter Merrick

Succession, Tax, Estate, and Retirement Planning Expert

Peter Merrick is a Trust and Estate Practitioner and runs a business exit planning firm in Toronto. He is also the author of the 2013 book: ASK- Advisor’s Seeking Knowledge.

Ontario, Canada


The $41 Trillion Opportunity in Succession Planning Across North America
This decade $41 trillion of American and Canadian privately held businesses will undergo a change with serious implications. Whether these businesses are sold, liquidated, wound down, passed on to heirs, or re-characterized in some way, there must be a proper exit plan in place to insure financial security. Owners of these companies and their trusted advisors will require leadership in taking these illiquid business assets and transforming them into secure liquid assets. The mandate of this presentation is to provide pertinent and relevant information to assist business owners and their trusted professionals during this transitional period.

Who will benefit? Trusted Advisors and Business Owners
Peter provides resources that reveal a proven step-by-step process of how to effectively preserve, protect and distribute this wealth transfer. His presentations are designed to be a resource for the innovative and proactive professional seeking to guide clients to smoothly transition into the last third of their lives, making it the best and most productive time of their lives. Peter’s presentations are of particular value for the business owner, the public accountant, the lawyer, the financial planner, the student, the business management consultant, the HR professional, the trust and estate practitioner, the investment advisor, the insurance agent and the investment banker.

For Financial Advisors – How Will You Profit in the Next 10–15 Years?
In the next decade 43% of our workforce will approach retirement. At the same time more than a trillion will pass through the hands of business owners who control most of the wealth in Canada. These people rely on their trusted advisors to preserve and distribute this wealth. Your success depends on your ability to achieve these goals. The Trusted Advisor’s Survival Kit presentation gives you the wisdom of 46 experts from all areas of tax, estate, legal, and financial consulting — with over 1,000 years of collective experience. Discover creative, beneficial strategies known to only a select few accountants, financial professionals, and tax lawyers in North America.

Summary Profile

Peter Merrick is considered one of the leading experts in North America in business succession planning, risk management, estate and trusts, cross-border planning, and executive benefits and pensions. Peter is sought out for keynote speaking and for his expertise in project management for business succession, legal expert witness testimonials and tax minimization planning solutions by some of North America’s largest public and privately held businesses, property owners, financial institutions, accounting and legal firms.

Peter is the author of three business text books on tax minimization, business succession and estate planning and executive benefits:  His latest book is called A.S.K. –  Advisors Seeking Knowledge – A Comprehensive Guild to Succession and Estate Planning (LexisNexis, 2013). These books have been referred to as “The Dr Spock references for succession planning experts, public accountants and wealth management communities.”

Merrick’s articles, writings and interviews have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones, Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail, and The National Post, among others. He’s a regular business and financial television commentator on CTV Network.

Peter has been awarded the prestigious Fellowship of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI), which is recognized as Canada’s highest honour in the financial services industry. As well he holds the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation with the Financial Planning Standards Council of Canada.

During the past two decades, Peter has presented over 700 seminars, workshops and classes to such organizations as the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA), the Institute of Canadian Bankers (ICB), the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA), The Canadian Securities Institute (CSI), Canada’s Credit Unions and The Financial Planning Standards Council of Canada (FPSC).

Peter’s current project is his fourth and upcoming book and speaking topic called “The King of Main Street.” The theme of this book is business succession planning through mentoring of our next generation of societal leaders.