Co-Chairs

Allan Donovan, Founder, Donovan & Company, Vancouver, BC. Mr. Donovan has practised Aboriginal law and represented First Nations for over 24 years. He has worked extensively in all areas of Aboriginal law including Aboriginal rights and title, negotiations, litigation, specific claims, residential schools, taxation and business development, and Aboriginal governance. Mr. Donovan has represented First Nations and Aboriginal people at the Supreme Court of Canada, the British Columbia Court of Appeal, the British Columbia Supreme Court, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Federal Court of Canada, the Tax Court of Canada, the British Columbia Provincial Court, the Indian Claims Commission and the Specific Claims Tribunal. He is recognized by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading practitioner in the area of Aboriginal Law. In addition, he has been recognized as a leading lawyer in Canada in the area of Aboriginal Law in every edition of Best Lawyers in Canada.

 

Randy Munro, Partner, Deloitte LLP, Langley, BC. Mr. Munro has over 25 years of experience in providing professional tax advice with an emphasis on tax-effective structuring for First Nation businesses. Mr. Munro has advised First Nations on a variety of tax issues, including structuring of limited partnerships, establishment of settlement trusts and conversion of non-profit corporations to limited partnerships. Mr. Munro has also advised First Nations on the tax and own source revenue provisions of treaties. He has been extensively involved with tax training for the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, including participation in the CICA In-depth Tax Program, the Wealth Preservation Course and the Income Tax Practice Course. Mr. Munro has lectured and presented extensively.

Faculty

Jeff Ashton, Senior Manager, Deloitte LLP, Vancouver, BC. Jeff Ashton is a Senior Manager with Deloitte in Vancouver. Jeff joined Deloitte in September 2001, and is a key member of the firm’s Aboriginal Client Services team with specializations in First Nations governance and real estate advisory. Jeff has 25 years of experience in the BC real estate industry, and is a professional Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Real Estate Institute of British Columbia. Jeff also has experience with treaty and non-treaty First Nations in their own source revenue business structures, community consultation, governance processes, defining the relationship between business and government, and managing First Nations trusts.

 
 

Brenda Duncan, Councillor, Haisla Nation, Kitamaat Village, BC. Brenda Duncan was recently re-elected as a member of Haisla Nation Council. She sits on two of Haisla Nation Council’s standing committees: Own Source Revenue and Executive.

 

Tracy MacKinnon, Senior Manager, Deloitte LLP, Vancouver, BC. Ms. MacKinnon has been practising in the area of Canadian taxation for the past 16 years and has worked extensively with her clients to help them achieve their business and taxation goals. Tracy advises clients on a wide variety of tax situations, including tax planning, corporate reorganizations, succession planning, remuneration packages, and merger and acquisition assistance. With respect to First Nations, she has advised on Economic Benefit Agreements, advantageous business structures for tax purposes, tax-effective partnering with non-Aboriginal entities, and the proper structuring of settlement trusts. Ms. MacKinnon has made numerous presentations on tax topics, facilitated the CICA In-Depth Tax Course for the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, acted as a committee member for the BC Tax Conference and served on the Tax Forum of the BC Institute of Chartered Accountants for the past several years.

 

Bill S. Maclagan, Managing Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Vancouver, BC. Mr. Maclagan is involved in all aspects of income and commodity taxation, including goods and services tax and transfer pricing. He practises in both the taxation planning and tax litigation fields, with an emphasis on corporate taxation, in particular transactional advice, corporate reorganizations, structuring infrastructure projects and public-private partnerships. Mr. Maclagan has extensive involvement in drafting and providing tax and structuring advice in respect of shareholders agreements, partnership and limited partnership agreements, joint venture arrangements, and other complex commercial arrangements. Mr. Maclagan is the Chair of the Canadian Tax Foundation.

 

Tom McCarthy, Chief Administrative Officer, Tsawwassen First Nation, Tsawwassen, BC. Tom has been working for Tsawwassen First Nation since 2007. He initially managed TFN’s treaty pre-implementation workplan - a comprehensive suite of projects designed to prepare TFN for the Effective Date of the Tsawwassen Final Agreement. Since the Effective Date of the TFN Treaty in 2009, Tom has been Manager of Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs and Director of Public Services, and was appointed CAO in September 2013. Prior to his work at TFN, Tom worked for the Government of Canada in the Privy Council Office, Department of Finance, Treasury Board Secretariat, and Department of Transport. Tom is a graduate of Carleton University (Ottawa) and of Simon Fraser University’s Masters of Public Policy program. He has spoken at several conferences and published on the financing of aboriginal self-government.

 

Chris Roine, Lawyer, Donovan & Company, Vancouver, BC. Mr. Roine has been a member of Donovan & Company since 2007. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1993, and in British Columbia in 2000. Mr. Roine represents his First Nation clients on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters, including the establishment of corporations, partnerships and trusts, acquisition and sale of businesses, leasing and land development, and related matters. He also advises on governance issues, consultation and accommodation matters, specific claims, and treaty negotiations.

 
 

Merrill Shepard, Lawyer, Donovan & Company, Vancouver, BC. Mr. Shepard received his undergraduate degree from York University and his law degree from Queen’s University. He was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1975 and to the Northwest Territories Bar in 2001. From 1974 to 2001, Mr. Shepard was in private practice in Vancouver practising primarily in the field of taxation law. By 2005, when he joined Donovan & Company, all of his practice became devoted to Aboriginal communities with respect to tax, corporate, trust and other structuring issues related to Aboriginal community assets. Mr. Shepard is a frequent lecturer on Aboriginal and taxation related topics.