Chair

Emma A. McArthur, Lawyer, Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP, Victoria, BC. Emma focuses her practice on estate planning, estate administration, incapacity planning and special purpose trusts. Emma develops and implements estate and tax planning strategies for individuals through the use of wills, powers of attorney, representation agreements for health care, co-ownership agreements and inter vivos trust documents. Emma also acts as counsel to trust companies and other financial institutions on related matters. Emma is Past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association Wills and Trusts – Vancouver section. She has taught estate planning to lawyers in training at the Professional Legal Training Course and presents regularly at continuing education conferences for lawyers, accountants and financial planning professionals. She was recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada and has a BV Distinguished peer-review rating from LexisNexis – Martindale-Hubbell.

   

Faculty

Tyler Berg, Associate, Thorsteinssons LLP, Vancouver, BC. Tyler’s practice focuses on taxpayer representation and litigation. He has appeared before the Tax Court of Canada and the Federal Court. Tyler also assists in implementing tax planning structures and reorganizations for corporations, trusts, and individuals. Tyler graduated from the Juris Doctor program at the University of British Columbia, where he completed the Business Law Concentration and participated in the Bowman National Tax Moot.

   

Alexander Demner, Partner, Thorsteinssons LLP, Vancouver, B.C. 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 at numerous conferences, seminars, and other speaking engagements, including at the Canadian Tax Foundation’s 2016 Annual Tax Conference and multiple Regional Conferences, and has written several papers and articles on a variety of tax-related matters. Alexander 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 BC & Yukon Division Board of Directors, and was recently named a CLEBC Rising Star Contributor.

   

Emma Ferguson, Associate Counsel, Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP, Vancouver, BC. Emma has a broad wills, estates and trusts practice. She advises clients on all aspects of estate and incapacity planning, including wills, alter ego, joint partner and family trusts, powers of attorney and healthcare representation agreements. Emma also advises clients on the administration of estates, including applications for grants of probate and letters of administration. Emma regularly presents on topics related to wills, estates and trusts and family law, and has a particular interest in the intersection of these two areas of law. She is a member of the Canadian Bar Association (Wills, Estates and Trusts, and Family Law subsections); Vancouver Bar Association; Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners; and Estate Planning Council of Vancouver.

   

David Hunter, Partner, Hamilton Duncan Armstrong + Stewart Law Corporation, Surrey, BC. David has a civil litigation practice with a primary focus on estate and trust litigation and represents individuals in all levels of court in British Columbia. David joined Hamilton Duncan in 2011 after practising with a national law firm in Vancouver. He has experience in a variety of estate and trust-related disputes, including contentious estate and trust administration matters, wills variation claims, resulting trust and unjust enrichment claims, and actions involving issues of capacity and undue influence. He also has experience with elder law litigation, including committeeships and cases concerning elder financial abuse and fraud. David is also a Past President of the Fraser Valley Estate Planning Council, and was recently recognized in the 2020 Best Lawyers guide for his works in Trusts and Estates.

   

Mark Slay, Partner, North Shore Law LLP, North Vancouver, BC. Mark graduated from the University of Victoria law school and was called to the Bar in British Columbia in 1984. His practice is primarily in the areas of family and estate litigation. Mark has appeared at all levels of court in the province. He has been a frequent presenter at various Continuing Professional Development courses and has been active in both the CBA and local bar association organizations. Outside of the law Mark has performed in various Battle of the Bar Bands, The Lawyer Show and classic rock bands. He is also a closet Elvis impersonator.

   

Genevieve Taylor, Principal, Legacy Tax + Trust Lawyers, Vancouver, BC. Genevieve practises in the areas of wills, estates, trusts, and adult guardianship. Genevieve works in all aspects of trust and estate planning and administration. Her services to clients include crafting estate plans, preparing applications for probate or administration and advising executors, trustees and beneficiaries in contentious and non-contentious matters. Genevieve has authored numerous papers in the area of wills, estates, trusts and adult guardianship and is a frequent speaker on these topics. She has been recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada (Trusts and Estates) and Lexpert and is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. She is a former chair of the Vancouver Wills and Trusts section of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch and a former adjunct professor of Succession at the Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia.