60-second interview with Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve, 5/11/2012

Tim Grieve TEP is a Partner in law firm Merovitz Potechin LLP in Ottawa, Canada. He is Secretary of STEP Canada and a former chair and secretary of STEP Ottawa.

Why did you join STEP?

As a solicitor, having practised for nine years at that time, I noted that opportunities to network with and learn from other trust and estate professionals were few and far between – often limited to continuing education events. When Michael Cadesky and Grace Chow visited Ottawa in 1999, extolling the benefits of STEP membership and to set up the Ottawa branch, I thought it was a great idea and joined as the first secretary of the branch.

What does being a member mean to you/your organisation?

It means I have ready access to a worldwide network of experts in my field and access to higher level, specialised continuing education.

How does being part of a branch enhance your membership experience?

It gives me the opportunity to network with and learn from my Ottawa colleagues.

Private client practitioners comprise a broad spectrum. What do you think links practitioners/STEP members around the world?

It’s the increasing move towards the team concept for providing private client services. Each of the professional groupings represented by STEP have become so highly specialised in their own field that the only way to bring those specialised services to the private client is to have each of the professionals involved. STEP’s strength is in bringing each of these professions together and being at the forefront of developing models for such professionals to work together in the delivery of the services to the private client.

What’s been the best STEP event you’ve attended and why?

There have been many, but the 15th anniversary gala of STEP in London in 2006 and the 10th anniversary gala of STEP Canada in Toronto in 2008 stand out – both great celebrations of STEP’s success.

What are the main challenges facing your organisation/practitioners at the moment?

The number of students graduating from law school without wills, trusts or estates training.

How will you deal with these challenges?

Luckily, STEP is helping fill this gap with the STEP Diploma programme.

Who has been your greatest mentor and why?

My clients. They are the entrepreneurs, the risk-takers and the creators. They are also the ill, the dying and the families of the deceased. Our profession permits us such a unique glimpse into the human condition.

What do you do in your spare time?

I like to play golf. I was fortunate to have played the Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland this year with the past-treasurer of STEP, Larry Frostiak. It was fantastic!

What’s the best book you have read this year?

George Simenon’s Inspector Maigret series – well written but not too taxing.

What’s your favourite quote?

‘Tempus fugit, memento mori.’ (Time flies, remember death.) Can there be any other for a trusts and estates practitioner?

Which social media channels do you use and why?

I am a bit of a dinosaur here. Email is my lifeblood and I am not often without my BlackBerry.

Tim Grieve TEP is a Partner in law firm Merovitz Potechin LLP in Ottawa, Canada. He is Secretary of STEP Canada and a former chair and secretary of STEP Ottawa.

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