Chair

Cheyenne Reese, Principal, Legacy Tax + Trust Lawyers, Vancouver, BC. Cheyenne assists clients with tax, estate and trust planning. Cheyenne received her J.D. from the University of Victoria in 2005 and her Masters of Law Degree in International Taxation from New York University in 2006. As a result, a major part of her practice is related to cross border U.S. – Canada transactions and estate planning, including estate, gift, and generation skipping tax issues. In addition, Cheyenne advises U.S. citizens and green card holders regarding U.S. tax compliance and the U.S. expatriation tax rules. Cheyenne was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2007 and has been at Legacy Tax + Trust Lawyers since that time, becoming a Principal in 2013. Cheyenne has completed Parts I and II of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants’ In-Depth Tax Course. She presents often on cross-border tax and estate planning issues.

   

Faculty

Litza N. Anderson, BA, LLB, TEP, Estate & Trust Consultant, Scotia Wealth Management, Vancouver, BC. Litza provides guidance on estate planning strategies and related documents. Clients benefit from customized tax-considered strategies that align their investment, retirement, philanthropic and estate plans to help safeguard financial well-being into the next generation. A Vancouver native, Litza clerked at the Tax Court of Canada in Ottawa and practised for several years at a large law firm in Toronto specializing in estate planning. Prior to returning to Vancouver, she worked in the Cayman Islands at one of the world’s largest offshore law firms specializing in succession planning for international high net worth clients. Litza was called to the Ontario Bar in 2002 and the BC Bar in 2009. Litza is currently the Chair of the Vancouver Branch of STEP.

   

Tim Barrett, Partner, Thorsteinssons LLP, Toronto, ON. Tim’s practice focuses on corporate and international tax planning and also encompasses taxpayer representation. Tim obtained his juris doctor (honours) from the University of Toronto and clerked at the Federal Court of Appeal for the Honourable Justice David Stratas.

   

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.

   

Peter J. Glowacki, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Vancouver, BC. Peter is Regional Leader (Planning and Administration) of BLG’s Vancouver Private Client Group and practises primarily in the areas of wills, trusts and estates law, including 30 years of experience in all aspects of trust and estate planning, administration and litigation. This includes the planning, preparation and ongoing advice to settlors, will-makers, executors, trustees and beneficiaries pertaining to all aspects of inter-vivos, Indigenous, off-shore and testamentary trusts, as well as advice to financial institutions relating to risk management and compliance in these matters. Peter has a TEP designation from the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). He is a member of the CBABC Wills and Trusts Section, the CBA Charity and Not-for-Profit Law Section executive and a Member of Estate Planning Council of Vancouver. Peter has participated in the planning and presentation of numerous educational sessions to various professional and public groups relative to wills, trusts and estates. He has been selected by peers for inclusion in the 2021 (and since 2014) editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada (Trusts and Estates), was recognized in the 2020 edition of Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Charities/Not-For-Profit Law) and since 2019 (Estates and Personal Tax Planning and Charities/Not-For-Profit Law) and has a Martindale-Hubbell BV Distinguished Peer Review Rating. Peter is the current Chair of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.

   

Michelle L. Isaak, Partner, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP, Vancouver, BC. Ms. Isaak practises in the areas of wills, estates and trusts, advising clients on all aspects of estate, trust and incapacity planning. A significant portion of her practice is devoted to advising executors, trustees and beneficiaries on estate and trust administration issues, such as obtaining representation grants; administering assets and trusts; resolving disputes; and passing accounts, both informally and through the court. Michelle has particular expertise in complex trust and estate administration issues such as multijurisdictional estates, insolvent estates, estates administered under the Indian Act, and estates where an heir may be responsible for the death of the deceased.

   

Ryan McCracken, Associate, Farris LLP, Vancouver, BC. Ryan is a corporate and commercial solicitor with a focus on real property transactions and secured financings. His practice covers a wide variety of areas, including assisting clients with debt and equity financings, real estate and business purchases and sales, and commercial negotiations.

   

Ian Worland, Legacy Tax + Trust Lawyers, Vancouver, BC. Ian advises clients in personal and corporate tax planning, corporate reorganizations, estate planning, charitable gift planning and international tax and trust planning. This work also includes advising clients on tax issues arising in connection with the acquisition or sale of a business, divorce, separation, variations of trusts and wills, and flow-through share financings. Ian also represents clients in disputes with the Canada Revenue Agency and the Ministry of Provincial Revenue (BC) and has appeared on behalf of clients in courts of all levels. Ian has been a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) since 2002 and was a member of the board of directors of STEP Canada from 2007 to 2017, serving as Chair of STEP Canada from 2013 to 2015.