Co-Chairs

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 2021 Best Lawyers guide for his works in Trusts and Estates.

   

Emma McArthur, Partner, Johns Southward Glazier Walton & Margetts 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 has been recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada each year since 2015 and has a BV Distinguished peer-review rating from LexisNexis – Martindale-Hubbell.

   

Faculty

Scott Boucher, Senior Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, Vancouver, BC. Scott practises general commercial litigation with an emphasis on insolvency and restructuring and estates litigation. He assists clients and senior lawyers on a wide variety of matters, including contract and property disputes, insolvency files including receivership, CCAA, bankruptcy and foreclosure proceedings, wills variation claims, and trusts litigation. He has appeared before the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the British Columbia Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

   

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 Practitioners’ Vancouver Chapter, is a Director on the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) BC & Yukon Division Board of Directors, and was recently named a CLEBC Rising Star Contributor.

   

Arlene H. Henry, Q.C., Arlene H. Henry Law Corporation, Vancouver, BC. Arlene is a lawyer, mediator, arbitrator, instructor, and coach who has been practising law since 1986, mediating since 1998 and proudly received her Queen’s Counsel designation in 2005. She has focused her dispute resolution practice on the restructuring of families resulting from separation and divorce, wills and estate challenges, elder care and management and unwinding of closely-held businesses. Arlene is a multi-accredited civil and family law mediator and is highly skilled in the use of various collaborative interventions, including mediation, facilitated negotiations and med-arbitration. She sits on several boards and numerous committees within the dispute resolution community and is actively involved in the development of new resolution disciplines in family law within BC, including non-evaluative child interviews, med-arbitration, arbitration, parenting coordination and family violence screening.

   

Chris Marta, Associate, Thorsteinssons LLP, Vancouver, BC. Chris Marta’s practice focuses on domestic and international tax planning for individuals, trusts and corporations. He also represents taxpayers in their disputes with the Canada Revenue Agency. Prior to joining Thorsteinssons, Chris completed a judicial clerkship at the Tax Court of Canada and practised in the tax group at a large national law firm. Chris is licensed to practice law in both British Columbia and Ontario. He is also a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Professional Accountant.

   

Ingrid Tsui, Partner, Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP, Vancouver, BC. Ingrid leads the Wills, Estates + Trusts practice group at Alexander Holburn. She advises individuals regarding estate planning and estate administration, including wills, trusts, incapacity planning and other tools to achieve effective estate planning results. Ingrid regularly updates a chapter of the CLE Probate Practice Manual and the annotated Power of Attorney Act. She holds a TEP designation, is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Vancouver, and has written and lectured on a wide variety of estate planning topics for both legal and non-legal audiences. She has been selected by her peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in Canada in the area of Trusts and Estates.