Monday, June 12, 2017
Deloitte LLP | 22 Adelaide Street W

Fee: $85

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The Toronto Young Practitioners are excited to invite you to a half-day tax conference in downtown Toronto.  The conference features a varied program for professional development and great networking opportunities.

Program | Monday, June 12, 2017   
1:00 pm 

1:30 pm
Opening Remarks

1:40 pm -
2:25 pm
Budget 2017 – Private Company Tax Planning Strategy Review and Potential Changes/Implications

A review of potential changes to tax planning strategies using private corporations.  The government has specifically targeted income sprinkling, holding passive investments in a corporation, and converting a corporation’s regular income to capital gains.  The panel will discuss the strategies, why the government has targeted these strategies, potential changes that may result from the government’s review, and how any potential changes would affect tax planning.

John Buote, BRS Tax Lawyers LLP
Rachel Gervais, BDO Canada LLP
Manu Kakkar, Manu Kakkar CPA Inc.

Jesse Brodlieb, Dentons Canada LLP

2:30 pm -
3:15 pm
Recent Developments in the Taxation of Private Corporations

This session will highlight the recent tax and legislative changes that affect the taxation of private corporations and their shareholders.  Specifically, this session will provide a refresher on the recent changes to the rules on the small business deduction limit and discuss various tax planning alternatives to modify the existing corporate structure, including partnership structures, to mitigate the effect of the new rules.  In addition, this session will review the recent proposed changes to the de facto control rules announced in the 2017 Federal Budget and discuss the potential impact of such changes. 

Alex Ghani
, CPA Solutions LLP
Jin Wen, Grant Thornton LLP

Kris Rossignoli, Deloitte LLP

3:15 pm -
3:40 pm
Refreshment Break
3:40 pm -
4:25 pm
FX Fundamentals

A case study of selected foreign exchange issues, including basic computational rules and principles, foreign currency debt, hedging, and outbound considerations.

Chris Sheridan, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
Marianne Thompson, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Clara Pham, Restaurant Brands International Inc.

4:30 pm -
5:15 pm
How Technology is Changing the Role of Tax Practitioner

Technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace, disrupting business practices around the world.  Tax practitioners have every opportunity to benefit – everything from cloud hosting, artificial intelligence, and the blockchain are changing how we manage information and deliver results.  What impact does this have on the role of a ‘traditional’ tax practitioner?  Is your job safe, or is it time to enhance your skill set?  This panel of leading experts in the field of tax technology will share their perspectives on preparing for the tax role of the future.

Benjamin Alarie
, Blue J Legal
Peter Aprile, Counter Tax Lawyers
Gino Piazza, KPMG LLP

Jay Goodis, Tax Templates Inc.

5:15 pm - 
6:00 pm 
Refreshment Break
6:00 pm - 
7:30 pm
Recent GAAR Developments: Where Are We Now?

This diverse panel will bring a number of perspectives on the current state of the GAAR and the impact of recent judicial decisions.

The Honourable Marshall Rothstein, Q.C., Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
Al Meghji, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
Shawn Porter, Deloitte LLP
Alan M. Schwartz, Q.C., Fasken Martineau LLP

Andrew Boyd, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
Philip Ward, Bennett Jones LLP

7:30 pm - 
9:00 pm 
Cocktail Reception
Program is subject to change. Please check back frequently for the most up-to-date version.
Please note that lunch will not be served at this event.


There is a flat rate of $85 for all registrations to this conference.

Online registration is now closed. Please contact with any inquiries.

Materials: The PowerPoints for this event will be made available to attendees electronically prior to the conference. Hardcopy materials will not be available.


Written notice of cancellation will be accepted until 12 noon ET on Monday, June 5, 2017. Substitutions will be accepted at the door. 

About Young Practitioner Events  

These events are aimed at all those who have been practicing tax for less than ten years. All Young Practitioners are welcome; you do not have to be a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation to attend these events.

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This program is eligible for up to 4.5 Substantive Hours.

According to the Law Society of Upper Canada, substantive hours may address substantive or procedural law topics and/or law related subjects that are relevant to the lawyer's or paralegal's practice and professional development.

Please email to request an attendance letter for this event.

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