Co-Chairs

Asif Abdulla, Partner, 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 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 author for the CPA course entitled “Advanced Tax Planning for 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.

   

David J. 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

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.

   

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.

   

Bill S. Maclagan, Q.C., Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Vancouver, BC. Bill is involved in all aspects of income and commodity taxation, including goods and services tax and transfer pricing. He practises in both the taxation planning and tax litigation fields, with an emphasis on corporate taxation, in particular transactional advice, corporate reorganizations, structuring infrastructure projects and public-private partnerships. Bill has extensive involvement in drafting and providing tax and structuring advice in respect of shareholders agreements, partnership and limited partnership agreements, joint venture arrangements, and other complex commercial arrangements. Bill is recognized as a leading lawyer by The Best Lawyers in Canada, Lexpert, International Tax Review and Who’s Who Legal Canada, and is past Chair of the Canadian Tax Foundation.

   

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.