Chris Ireland, CA, TEP, Senior Vice-President, Planning Services, PPI Advisory, Vancouver, BC. Mr. Ireland has over 30 years of tax experience including several years as a tax partner in the Vancouver office of KPMG where he was in charge of the firm’s national estates and trusts practice and the Vancouver office’s personal tax services group. Mr. Ireland has been the coordinator and lecturer for the CICA advanced tax course, “Advanced Tax Issues for the Owner-Managed Business”. Mr. Ireland is currently on the board of STEP Canada as well as being Deputy Chair. He is a past Chair of the Vancouver branch of STEP and a past president of the Vancouver Estate Planning Council. Mr. Ireland is a frequent lecturer and author in the area of tax planning and wealth preservation.



Paul Attia, LL.B., FEA, Your Family Enterprise, Toronto, ON. Paul is a lawyer, family business advisor and an executive in his own family’s enterprise. Working as a litigator for nearly 15 years provided Paul ringside seats to the results of poor decision making. Now, as an advisor to family businesses and enterprises, Paul works with each member of the family enterprise system, to help them identify, grasp, and distill the issues at play, and works with them to guide them to their desired outcomes in both the family and in the business. Paul understands this nuance well: after practising law as a Bay Street Litigator in Toronto and then a Criminal Prosecutor in Ottawa, Paul left law in order to run his own family’s business when it needed his assistance. Through a deliberate and dedicated process, Paul and his family worked to grow the business’ revenue, efficiency, and more importantly, plans for a successful succession. Paul has worked with families from across Canada as they wrestle with decisions around succession, family dynamics, and wealth planning, and he has been a keynote speaker at events across Canada and the U.S. Paul’s experience both professionally and personally places him at the critical nexus of overlapping spheres: the professional experience to identify and understand family enterprise issues and the personal experience to skillfully and sensitively help family members navigate them.


David R. Baxter, B.Comm. (Honours), LL.B., Partner, Thorsteinssons LLP, Vancouver, BC. Mr. Baxter’s practice focuses on tax planning for individuals, trusts and corporations in both domestic and international matters, including divisive reorganizations, estate planning, business structuring and sales, life insurance matters, foreign affiliates and cross-border structures. His clients include private enterprises, owner-managers and public corporations. Mr. Baxter is a frequent lecturer on tax planning matters. He has written numerous papers and articles and is the author of business succession courses for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC and Ontario. Mr. Baxter has also lectured on tax matters at UBC law school.


Scott L. Booth, Partner, Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP, Vancouver, BC. Mr. Booth focuses on problem solving and helping his clients obtain solutions to challenging problems, including complex property disputes, spousal support claims, disputes involving children (including mobility), and both drafting and resolving disputes over domestic agreements. He is an active member of the Vancouver Family Bar and is the past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s Vancouver Family Law Section. Mr. Booth is also a member of the Editorial Board for the Family Law Sourcebook for British Columbia and has written for and presented at the Canadian Federation of Law Societies’ National Family Law Conference and the National Judicial Institutes’ Family Law Conference. He is a regular contributor to family law publications and a guest speaker at family law courses. Mr. Booth has appeared before all levels of BC courts and is a certified family law mediator.


Ian Humphries, Partner, Thorsteinssons LLP, Vancouver, BC. Ian’s practice focuses primarily on advising private Canadian corporations and their shareholders on income tax matters, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, succession planning, estate planning and tax planning with trusts. Additionally, Ian represents taxpayers in certain tax controversy matters, primarily at the audit and administrative appeals level. Ian is a former co-author of the taxation chapter of the CLE Annual Review of Law and Practice and has authored a number of papers on various income tax matters.


Eleni Kassaris, Partner, Dentons Canada LLP, Vancouver, BC. Eleni is the practice group leader in the Employment and Labour group of Dentons’ Vancouver office, and has extensive experience advising employers in all aspects of employment and labour law. As part of her practice, Eleni acts in both an advisory capacity and as litigation counsel on matters relating to workplace disputes. Eleni has appeared before the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the Court of Appeal for British Columbia and the Federal Court of Canada, and regularly represents clients on matters before various administrative bodies and tribunals, including the Human Rights Tribunal and the British Columbia Labour Relations Board. Eleni is recognized for her expertise by Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, The Best Lawyers in Canada and Benchmark Litigation Canada. Eleni is a frequent speaker and author on labour and employment law topics for a variety of audiences.


Benita Loughlin, CPA, CA, KPMG LLP, Vancouver, BC. Ms. Loughlin is a Tax Partner at KPMG LLP and leads the Global Mobility Services tax practice in the Vancouver office. She practises in the area of tax planning and compliance for individuals, estates and trusts in a U.S. and cross-border context. She advises individuals on tax matters related to their compensation, investments, retirement plans, estates, trusts, gifts and expatriation. Ms. Loughlin is a frequent speaker on cross-border tax planning topics and has authored and co-authored numerous articles for various publications.


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.


Matthew Weaver, Associate, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Vancouver, BC. Matthew practises in both the tax planning and tax litigation fields. His practice is primarily focused on domestic and international corporate taxation matters, with an emphasis on transactional advice, mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations and debt and equity financings. Prior to and throughout law school, Matthew co-founded and managed several businesses.