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 Practitioners 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 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 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 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.

   

Sam Liang, Principal, Liang Tax Lawyers, Vancouver, BC. Sam is a lawyer specializing in tax, trust and estate planning. His practice involves personal and corporate tax planning, estate planning and drafting wills and trust. He has extensive experience in corporate reorganizations and corporate transactions. He was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2011. He has completed all three parts of the Canadian Institute of Charted Accountants In-Depth Tax Course.

   

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 Court and BC 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.

   

Maggie Puhacz, Partner, Smythe LLP, Vancouver, BC. Maggie obtained her CA designation in 2009 and since then has been a tax advisor providing tax compliance and tax planning services to private and public companies in a variety of industries. Her focus is on personal and corporate tax planning for owner-managed businesses, as well as mergers and acquisition transactions. Recent projects include personal tax planning, marital breakdown, estate and succession planning involving alter ego trusts, spousal trusts, family trusts and private foundations, real estate transactions, donation planning, and business reorganizations. Maggie is a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation and Smythe’s Real Estate Industry group.

   

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.

   

Sindy Wong, Partner, Smythe LLP, Vancouver, BC. Sindy has over 15 years of experience in tax. She spent five years practising at a national firm and three years as a senior tax manager at CHC Helicopters. Sindy joined Smythe in 2009 where she found her passion advising owner-managed businesses. Sindy specializes in tax planning including corporate reorganizations, estate & succession planning, in-bound investments & structuring, personal tax planning and voluntary disclosures.  Sindy is a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation.