Co-Chairs

Asif N. Abdulla, Associate, Thorsteinssons LLP, Vancouver, BC. Asif practises in the area of domestic and international tax planning for individuals, trusts, corporations, and other private enterprises. Asif’s practice is focused on advising individuals and businesses in respect of succession and estate planning, tax-driven corporate reorganizations, immigration/emigration tax planning, business structuring, and cross-border tax planning. Asif acts for a number of clients who are in dispute with the Canada Revenue Agency and provides advice in respect of applying under the Voluntary Disclosure Program. Asif is an instructor and co-author for the CPA course entitled “Tax Planning for Private Enterprises on Business Succession”. He is also a contributor to Canadian Tax Foundation publications and has completed all three years of the In-Depth Tax Course offered by CPA Canada.

   

David J. Christian, Partner, Thorsteinssons LLP, Vancouver, BC. Mr. Christian’s practice covers all taxation matters, with a particular focus on corporate reorganizations and taxation of owner-managed businesses. He is a former adjunct professor of taxation law at the University of British Columbia, and has served as a member of the Joint Committee on Taxation of the Canadian Bar Association and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. Mr. Christian has lectured on tax matters at conferences for the Canadian Tax Foundation and for various professional organizations including the Certified General Accountants Association of British Columbia, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia, the British Columbia Medical Association and the Canadian Bar Association.

   

Faculty

Catherine (Cathie) Brayley, Partner, Miller Thomson LLP, Vancouver, BC. Cathie has worked with clients through all types of tax complexities, including Canada Revenue Agency audits and appeals, buying and selling businesses, structuring international and domestic investments, as well as personal tax and estate planning. Her aptitude for creative and strategic thinking, combined with her practical approach are complimented by her significant experience in commercial transactions. For Cathie, service is a priority: she is responsive and committed to providing pragmatic solutions to serve her clients’ needs. Cathie is well-integrated in the business and wider communities and she puts the strength of her network and experience to work for her clients. She is a passionate contributor to the tax community and regularly speaks at seminars and events to educate practitioners and clients in the evolving areas of tax law. She is a member of the CPA Canada-Canadian Bar Association Joint Committee and a former governor of the Canadian Tax Foundation.

   

Chris Ireland, CA, TEP, Senior Vice-President, Planning Services, PPI Advisory, Vancouver, BC. Mr. Ireland has over 30 years of tax experience including several years as a tax partner in the Vancouver office of KPMG where he was in charge of the firm’s national estates and trusts practice and the Vancouver office’s personal tax services group. Mr. Ireland has been the coordinator and lecturer for the CICA advanced tax course, “Advanced Tax Issues for the Owner-Managed Business”. Mr. Ireland is currently on the board of STEP Canada as well as being Deputy Chair. He is a past Chair of the Vancouver branch of STEP and a past president of the Vancouver Estate Planning Council. Mr. Ireland is a frequent lecturer and author in the area of tax planning and wealth preservation.

   

Kirsten Kjellander, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Vancouver, BC. Ms. Kjellander is a Partner in the Tax Group in BLG’s Vancouver office. Her practice focuses on international and domestic corporate taxation, including mergers and acquisitions and other transactional work with both public and private companies that are structuring inbound and outbound investments.

   

Nick Smith, Principal, Legacy Tax + Trust Lawyers, Vancouver, BC. Nick Smith is a founding principal with Legacy Tax + Trust Lawyers in Vancouver. For over 25 years Nick’s practice has focused on Federal, Provincial and international tax and estate planning, with an emphasis on owner-manager corporate reorganizations, tax structuring of purchases and sales of businesses, business succession and working with trusts, estates and tax-planned wills. He is a frequent author and lecturer for a variety of professional organizations. Nick was an Adjunct Professor at Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia for 3 years until his retirement from teaching in 2017. He has been qualified as an expert in Canadian taxation by the British Columbia Supreme Court as well as the United States Tax Court. He has been selected by peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in Canada (Tax Law) and Lexpert.