Ruth M. Spetz



Ruth practises in the areas of tax, trusts, estates, family enterprise planning, charities and not-for-profits.

She advises private clients, trusts, family offices, closely held corporations and foundations and serves as a director and trustee of private client interests.

Ruth also holds the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners’ TEP, the Family Enterprise Advisor (FEA), the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and the Institute of Corporate Directors’ ICD.D designations.

She currently serves as a Director at Large of STEP Canada and a director of Fiera Capital Foundation. 

Ruth provides legal services through a Law Corporation.

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Professional Involvement

  • Director, STEP Canada, Deputy Chair, Member Services Committee and Calgary Branch Past Chair
  • Member, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
  • Member, Family Enterprise Canada
  • Member, Alberta Family Business Institute
  • Member, Institute of Corporate Directors
  • Member, Estate Planning Council of Calgary
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Canadian Tax Foundation

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2022 (and 2017-2020) editions of Chambers High Net Worth (Private Wealth Law).
  • Recognized in the 2022 edition (and since 2006) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Tax Law and Trusts and Estates).
  • Recognized in the 2022 edition (and since 2013) of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Estate & Personal Tax Planning) and since 2020 (Charities/Not-For-Profit Law).
  • Recognized in the 2021 edition of the Who's Who Legal in Private Client.
  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in Canada® as the 2020, 2018 and 2015 “Calgary Trusts & Estates Lawyer of the Year.”
  • Appointed Queen's Counsel, 2020

Bar Admission & Education

  • Alberta, 1991
  • Ontario, 1990
  • Saskatchewan, 1986
  • Family Enterprise Advisor, Family Enterprise Canada, 2018
  • Directors Education Program, Institut des administrateurs de sociétés, 2010
  • Certified Financial Planner, FP Canada, 2003
  • In-Depth Tax Course, Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, 1994
  • In-Depth Tax Course, Canadian Bar Association, 1993
  • LLB, Université de la Saskatchewan, 1985