Chair

Alexander Demner, Partner, Thorsteinssons LLP, Vancouver, BC. Alexander’s practice covers several areas of taxation, including owner-manager remuneration, estate planning, pre-sale and divestiture structuring, and taxpayer representation (both at the administrative appeal stage and in front of the Tax Court of Canada and beyond). Alexander has routinely advised on and implemented reorganizations for individuals, trusts, and private corporations in both the domestic and international context, and has overseen the successful resolution of several complex tax litigation matters. Alexander regularly speaks and presents, including at the Canadian Tax Foundation’s 2016 Annual Tax Conference and 2014 British Columbia and Ontario Regional Tax Conferences, and has written several papers and articles on a variety of tax-related matters. He is a former Chair of the Steering Committee of the Canadian Tax Foundation Young Practitioner’s Vancouver Chapter, is a Director on the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) BC & Yukon Division Board of Directors, has completed the CPA In-Depth Tax Course, and is a member of the Canadian Bar Association

   

Faculty

Terry Barnett, Partner, Thorsteinssons LLP, Toronto, ON and Vancouver, BC. Terry’s practice focuses on the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST), Goods and Services Tax (GST), Provincial Sales Tax, customs law, land transfer taxes, municipal taxation and all other Canadian commodity and indirect taxes. Terry has practised in the GST area since the inception of the tax in 1991 and writes extensively on GST/ HST and other indirect tax matters in Canadian and international publications. Areas of particular experience include real estate development, financial services, cross-border transactions, health care and medical practitioners, First Nations, and charities/non-profits. Terry’s practice also includes provincial sales tax and GST/ HST appeals and litigation. In 2008 Terry was awarded the Normand Guérin Award of the CICA, jointly with Jonathan Spencer, for “an outstanding contribution to the advancement of commodity tax studies”. He is the only lawyer in Western Canada attaining “Most Frequently Recommended” status for CommodityTax/Customs in the peer-ranked 2015 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.

   

Rebecca Cynader, Associate, Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP, Vancouver, BC. Rebecca is a lawyer in the Tax and Private Wealth Group at Farris. Her practice focuses on all aspects of taxation law including both tax planning and tax disputes. Rebecca has completed the CPA Canada In-Depth Tax Course. Rebecca joined Farris after completing a clerkship at the Tax Court of Canada in Ottawa. Prior to clerking, Rebecca articled at a full-service firm in Vancouver. Rebecca earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Victoria and her Bachelor of Arts (Honours, with distinction) from Queen’s University. Rebecca is a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation and the Canadian Bar Association.  

   

Ron Dueck, Partner, Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP, Vancouver, BC. Ron’s practice focuses on tax planning for private and public businesses and funds, particularly in the context of reorganizations, acquisitions and divestitures, and cross-border investment and growth. Ron also advises owner-managers regarding tax-efficient growth, transition, and estate strategies, and assists companies with navigating complex audits and CRA disputes. Ron regularly presents on business and corporate income tax topics, including at the BC Tax Conference in October of 2016 on the topic of tax-free inter-corporate dividends under the newly amended subsection 55(2) of the Income Tax Act, as well as at PBLI conferences in 2017 and 2018. Ron is a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation, Canadian Bar Association, and the Law Society of British Columbia.

   

Michelle Moriartey, Principal, Legacy Tax + Trust Lawyers, Vancouver, BC. Michelle’s practice involves all aspects of tax litigation and dispute resolution. She represents clients in disputes with the Canada Revenue Agency and provincial tax authorities at the audit and objection levels and in appeals of assessments to court. Michelle has appeared in cases before the Tax Court of Canada, the Federal Courts and the B.C. Courts. In addition, Michelle resolves tax problems through other means, including voluntary disclosures, taxpayer relief requests, rectification and rescission proceedings and remission applications. Michelle advises clients in respect of a wide range of Canadian tax issues.

   

Laura Peach, Associate, Legacy Tax + Trust Lawyers, Vancouver, BC. Laura assists clients with personal and corporate tax planning, including business succession, corporate reorganizations, estate planning and trust matters. Laura also assists taxpayers with resolving complex tax problems, including disputes with the Canada Revenue Agency and issues arising in estate administration and upon relationship breakdown. Prior to joining the firm in 2015, Laura articled and practised taxation and corporate law at a large regional law firm in Vancouver. Before articling, Laura served as a judicial law clerk at the British Columbia Court of Appeal.

   

Zheting Su, Associate, Thorsteinssons LLP, Vancouver, BC. Zheting’s practice focuses on all aspects of commodity tax, including the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST), Goods and Services Tax (GST), provincial sales taxes, and customs law. Prior to joining Thorsteinssons, Zheting practised in-house with a Crown corporation in Toronto.