Category Archives: The Ride Podcast

37. Estate Planning for Families With Special Needs Children With Fred Ryall



Having a special needs family member carries unique, emotional, and financial concerns.

That’s why it’s important to work with a professional who understands exactly what you are facing.

In this episode, Kris Dureau welcomes Fred Ryall, an estate practitioner with more than 40 years of experience. For the last 15 years, Fred has worked with special needs children and adults to help them with their unique planning needs. In fact, he received the Queen Elizabeth the Second Diamond Jubilee Award from the Governor-General of Canada for his efforts.

Fred joins the show to share his insight about estate planning for families with special needs members. He explains the areas of the planning process that need to be considered and reveals why documenting details about a disabled child is so important.

Fred discusses:

  • The unique challenges families with special needs children face
  • What a Henson trust is and how it benefits those with special needs 
  • Easy ways to document and organize your child’s details 
  • Five key areas of the planning process he covers with the families he works with
  • And more!

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About our Guest:

For over 35 years, Fred has been providing financial and estate planning advice for self-employed business owners, designated professionals, executives, and families to ensure social and family legacies.

Some of his recent professional accomplishments include receiving the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award from the Governor-General of Canada for his planning with families who have special needs children. In 2007, he also received the Julia Award from Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

Fred has had the privilege to speak to several other special needs organizations including, Cystic Fibrosis Canada, Canadian Down Syndrome Society, ALS Canada, Autism Ontario, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, 18th Chromosome Deficiency, Alzheimer Society Canada, and the Peel Public School Board’s Special Needs Programs.


34. Parents As Roommates? 5 Things To Consider Before They Move In With You



Are you thinking about inviting your aging parents to move in, but you’re not sure if it’s the right decision?

In this episode, Kris Dureau shares five things to consider before your parents become your roommates. He points out factors that, all too often, adult children aren’t aware of before making this big decision. The best part is that this advice applies to a variety of health situations and family types.

Kris discusses:

  • The first thing to consider before inviting your parents to move in
  • Why and how to incorporate health and money into the planning process 
  • Pros and cons of having parents live with you (and other options)
  • The benefits of having a family meeting before making this decision
  • And more!

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28. 8 Ways You Can Earn Your Financial Self-Defence Black Belt



Kris Dureau has practiced martial arts since he was 12 years old.

This hobby taught him that self-defence is all about situational awareness, so that he can identify and avoid bad situations.

In this episode, Kris Dureau highlights how martial arts principles can apply to eight key areas of your financial life. By practicing these principles, you, too, can learn to protect yourself and gain situational awareness around your money.

Kris discusses:

  • Why you should review your insurance policies regularly 
  • How knowing your household cash flow can protect your finances 
  • The idea of paying yourself first
  • Benefits of debt inventory and planning 
  • The importance of portfolio protection for soon-to-be retirees 
  • Reasons to get power of attorney documents ASAP
  • And more

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Episode 25 – Your 10-Step Pre-Retirement Checklist



One of the reasons why retirement is such a major life decision is timing. If you retire too early, you might have financial trouble. If you retire too late, you might not have the energy to enjoy it to the fullest. 

So, when is it the right time to retire? 

To help you decide, Kris Dureau walks you through his 10-step pre-retirement checklist. This list will help shed light on the different financial, health, and planning considerations you need to be aware of as you approach your next stage of life. 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Why you need to choose the type of retirement you want to live 
  • How a cash flow plan, emergency funds, and health insurance can help you improve your retirement needs 
  • How retirees and pre-retirees can approach debt 
  • Benefits of changing your accumulation portfolio to a retirement income portfolio
  • And more!

Tune in today and discover how you can better navigate the path of retirement planning!

Resources:  Episode 6 – Why Everybody Needs a Will | Episode 15 – How to Retire Well (Part 1)Episode 16 – How to Retire Well (Part 2)  | Three Hats Financial  | Kris Dureau | Retirement Shift Worksheet | Cashflow Spreadsheet


Episode 23 – Spring Clean Your Finances With These 6 Steps



With spring upon us, now is the perfect time to do some financial closet-cleaning.

Are you ready to get started?

Join Kris Dureau in this episode as he guides you through your financial spring cleaning with six simple steps that will help you get your finances organized and ready for the coming seasons.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • The benefits of a financial filing system 
  • Why you should always review your investments and rebalance your portfolio
  • Which insurance policies you should be checking on
  • How to verify your credit score 
  • And more!

Listen in and start sprucing up your financial picture today!  

Resources:  Three Hats Financial  | Kris Dureau | Resources: Cashflow Spreadsheet | Equifax | TransUnion


Episode 20 – Everything You Need To Know About Critical Illness Coverage



Critical illness coverage is a long-term insurance policy that covers serious illnesses such as cancer, heart attacks, coronary artery bypass surgery, and more. 

In this episode, Kris Dureau discusses everything you need to know about this type of coverage and explains how its financial component can help you alleviate the toll of a health condition.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How critical illness coverage works 
  • About the claiming process 
  • How previous family health conditions can impact your coverage premium 
  • The conditions you need to meet to get your coverage premium back 
  • And more!

Tune in now and discover how critical illness coverage can help you protect your finances and health! 

Resources:   Three Hats Financial  | Resources | Kris Dureau | (888) 442-4218


Episode 18 – How Baby Boomers can Prepare their Business for Sale – With Ryan Parkinson



As a business owner, you have put creativity, sweat, worries, and energy into creating and growing your business. 

When the time comes to reap the rewards of your hard work and to sell your business, what should you think about before putting up that “for sale” sign?

To find out, Kris Dureau welcomes Ryan Parkinson for today’s episode. Together, they discuss different areas of exit planning you need to be aware of when selling your business and the steps you should take to prepare for the big sale.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How far in advance you should start preparing to sell your business
  • Why financial statements are helpful when buying and selling a business 
  • How to get a proper business valuation 
  • Dealing with customers and staff during the selling process 
  • And more!

Listen now to discover the financial and psychological factors you need to consider when selling your business!

Resources:  Three Hats Financial  | Kris Dureau | Grant Thornton | Ryan Parkinson 


Episode 17 – Is Now the Time to Refinance or Buy a Second Property? – With Derek Gold



COVID-19 is just one of the many reasons why interest rates are at historically low rates.  

With rates so low, should you be considering refinancing your home or purchasing a second property?

In this episode, Kris Dureau welcomes Mortgage Scout’s Derek Gold to discuss this and more. Together, they explore the current interest rate environment and answer questions you might have about refinancing and buying a second property. 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • The difference between a variable and a fixed mortgage rate 
  • Pros and cons of shorter and longer amortization periods
  • Getting a mortgage when you’re self-employed or retired 
  • How a good credit score affects your mortgage 
  • And more!

Tune in today to learn everything you need to know before refinancing your home or purchasing that second home!   

Resources: Three Hats Financial  | Kris Dureau | Mortgage Scout | Derek Gold 


Episode 15 – How to Retire Well – Part 1



When you retire, what will you retire to? How do you envision your retirement? 

To help you create a smooth transition into life’s next chapter, join Kris Dureau for this new two-part mini-series on what it takes to retire well. In part one, Kris examines the mental side of retirement and breaks down five unique qualitative exercises that are designed to help retirees understand what retirement means to them.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How the retirement landscape is changing
  • Three Hats Financial’s five stages of retirement coaching 
  • How clients have benefited from Three Hats’ retirement planning techniques 
  • How the My Retirement Worksheet can help you adjust to retirement 
  • And more!

Tune in now to discover key ways you can transition into your retirement so that you can live, and retire, well!

Resources:   Three Hats Financial | Epic Retirement Clip 


Episode 14 – What to Know Before Making a Midlife Career Change — With Lisa Taylor



Do you want to pursue a new career but are unsure whether you should truly go for it? 

In this episode, Kris Dureau sits down with the Challenge Factory’s Lisa Taylor. Lisa is an in-demand speaker with expert insight into today’s changing workforce. Now, Lisa details how transitioning to a new career path can be life-changing and what you can do to achieve it! 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How to conquer the fear of making a career change
  • The 4 domains of changing career paths: needs, talents, passions, and impact
  • Where to receive career counselling and guidance 
  • Ageism in the workforce
  • And more!

Tune in and discover how Kris and Lisa can help you on your new career journey! 

Resources: Three Hats Financial | Kris Dureau on LinkedInChallenge Factory