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

Guido Biemold, Senior Manager, EY, Vancouver, BC. Guido has been practising Canadian tax since January 2007 and has assisted many Canadian and foreign corporations & individuals with Canadian tax planning. Guido has assisted various Vancouver based corporations and individuals with the review of their Canadian tax structure, foreign corporate structures and the Canadian tax implications of changes of residence, dividend distributions, cross-border loans, liquidation of foreign corporations, etc. His areas of experience include general Canadian in/out-bound tax planning, global structuring, cross-border tax planning, group-financing optimizations, intellectual property planning, and the planning/implementation involved with setting-up international holding, financing and licensing entities abroad. Guido has gained an extensive international tax experience while working as a tax adviser abroad. He was seconded to EY’s foreign tax desk in New York in 2013, where he was assisting US based multinationals and individuals with Canadian inbound tax planning. Prior to moving to Canada in 2007, Guido worked as a tax lawyer with a big four firm in the Netherlands and has also lived and worked as a trainee in Mexico City and Luxembourg. Guido has a Masters of Laws in International & EU Tax Law as well as a Masters of Laws in Corporate and Trade Law with the Mastricht University in the Netherlands. Guido has also participated in an exchange program with the Law Faculty of the University of British Columbia.

   

Kimberley Cook, Partner, Thorsteinssons LLP, Vancouver, BC and Toronto, ON. Kim’s practice focuses on tax litigation and representation. She has appeared on numerous occasions before the Tax Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court of Canada, the British Columbia Supreme Court, the British Columbia Court of Appeal, the Provincial Court of British Columbia, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, and the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, on a wide range of income tax, provincial sales tax, GST and customs matters. Kim has represented a wide array of private and public sector clients.

   

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 the 2017 PBLI Conference on the topic of the taxation of partnerships under the Income Tax Act. Ron is a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation, Canadian Bar Association, and the Law Society of British Columbia.

   

Kay E. Gray, Tax Partner, Grant Thornton LLP, Vancouver, BC. Ms. Gray’s practice is focused on tax planning, succession and estate planning solutions for privately-held businesses and their shareholders. Ms. Gray leads Grant Thornton’s succession and estate tax practice in Vancouver, and participates in the National Succession and Estate Planning team which brings together the expertise of professionals across the firm to ensure clients receive cutting-edge, effective, yet practical solutions. Ms. Gray has authored several papers, presented at various conferences, and facilitated a webinar on succession planning strategies.

   

Jason Moon, Senior Manager, Grant Thornton LLP, Vancouver, BC. Jason has over 10 years of experience in accounting and tax, primarily focusing on tax planning and tax minimization strategies for individuals and corporations. He has served clients in a wide range of industries including real estate, retail, construction and incorporated professionals, providing tax related advice and services such as: corporate reorganizations and tax planning; tax compliance matters; business advisory; trust and estate planning; and personal tax planning. Jason has completed all three parts of CICA’s In-Depth Tax Course.

   

Kabir Sarda, Senior Manager, Tax Services, EY, Vancouver, BC. Kabir has over eleven years of Canadian income tax experience providing tax services in a variety of industries, including six years in the transaction tax practice. He is experienced in providing income tax advice to multinational companies, Canadian based owner-managed businesses and private equity firms. Kabir received his Bachelor of Commerce (with distinction) from the University of Ottawa, and is a member of Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, Alberta, and British Columbia, as well as the Canadian Tax Foundation and the International Fiscal Association.

   

David Thompson, Partner, Thorsteinssons LLP, STEP, Vancouver, BC. David has practised exclusively in taxation matters since 1985. David was a governor of the Canadian Tax Foundation. David is noted as a leading Canadian tax lawyer based on peer-review ratings in Lexpert and in Martindale-Hubbell and as a leading Canadian tax lawyer and a leading Canadian trust and estate lawyer based on peer-review ratings in The Best Lawyers in Canada.