Message from the

Executive Director

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December 2018

Hello to all CTF members—

As 2018 draws to a close, I would like to take the opportunity to thank our members for their support over the past year. We had excellent attendance at our conferences, and strong support for all of our other programming, including the thriving Young Practitioner events and Women in Tax events that we held across Canada. Readership of our publications—including the full suite of newsletters and our flagship Canadian Tax Journal—is also robust.

The Foundation’s team, very talented but small, would not be able to deliver these events and publications without the tremendous efforts of many volunteers. So I would like to extend a special thank-you to all of those individuals who donated their time on program committees, as authors, and as presenters. Your contributions are much appreciated.

Looking ahead to 2019, I note that our team is already working on several great events that will be held in addition to the Foundation’s core annual conferences. I would like to highlight one such event. On February 27-28, in Toronto, we will be holding the Corporate Management Tax Conference and Live Webcast, our first major event of the year. The theme is “Tax and Technology.” An interesting array of topics will be covered at this conference, all concerned with the impact that a rapidly digitizing economy and new technologies are having on established business models and tax frameworks. Tax authorities, taxpayers, and advisers are all profoundly affected by these developments, and there is much uncertainty to be resolved.

With this event, we intend to make a substantive contribution to the collective understanding of areas such as big data and tax enforcement, best practices for exchange of tax information in light of cybersecurity risks, direct and indirect taxation of e-commerce, artificial intelligence, automation and the tax practice, and the various competing proposals for reforming the global tax system in order to address the digital economy. The event will also include an interesting session exploring whether professional ethics and codes of conduct have kept pace with these technological advances. I encourage you to take a look at the detailed program posted on our website, and I hope to see you there.

Finally, I would like to wish everyone the very best of the season. I hope that you are able to take some time to rest and recharge over the holidays.

See you next month.

Heather L. Evans,
Executive Director and CEO

1/18/2019 10:48:31 PM