Chair

David 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

Asif 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.

 

Michael Coburn, Partner, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver, BC. Michael Coburn’s practice focuses on a broad range of corporate and personal tax matters. He regularly advises clients on the most tax-efficient means of completing a transaction, and he has extensive experience with respect to the tax implications and structuring of mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, financings, and other business transactions. Mike also regularly assists clients in disputes with the Canada Revenue Agency and other taxing authorities. Mike was included in the Canadian “Best Lawyers” list for the past three years, and he has previously presented at professional development courses provided by CLE BC and CPA Canada.

   

Stephanie J. Daniels, Partner, Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP, Vancouver, BC. Stephanie is a tax and estate-planning lawyer in the Tax and Private Wealth Group at Farris. Since her call to the bar in 2004, Stephanie has practised in the areas of taxation, wealth management, and trust and estate planning. Stephanie creates tax-effective estate plans (including wills, estate freezes and all types of trusts) and corporate structures for families and high-net-worth individuals. Stephanie frequently works in collaboration with family law lawyers, accountants, and financial advisors and has experience in cross-border estate planning. She is a frequent presenter and author, a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation, the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners, and the Canadian Bar Association’s Tax, Wills & Trusts (Executive member) and Charities & Not-For-Profits Sections, and a past director of the Association of Women in Finance. She has completed Parts I and II of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants In-depth Tax Course and the Minerva Foundation of British Columbia’s Women Leading the Way course. In 2016 Stephanie was voted by her peers one of the Best Lawyers in Canada in the area of Trusts & Estates.

 

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, most recently 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. Ron is a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation, Canadian Bar Association, and the Law Society of British Columbia.