2020 Award Recipient

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Michael H. Lubetsky

Michael H. Lubetsky is the 2020 recipient of the Canadian Tax Foundation's Douglas J. Sherbaniuk Distinguished Writing Award. His article, "Income Tax Disputes Involving Loss Years: Pitfalls, Foibles, and Possible Reforms," was published in (2019) 67:3 Canadian Tax Journal 499-531. The article was selected by a committee of experienced tax professionals as the best writing published by the Foundation in 2019-20. The award, which is conferred annually, is named for the Foundation's late director emeritus.

Michael is a partner in the litigation and taxation groups at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP. His practice focuses on tax litigation, and he also acts regularly in complex commercial disputes and cases involving novel questions of constitutional and comparative law. He has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada; the federal, Ontario, and Quebec courts of appeal; and various trial-level courts and tribunals across Canada and beyond. Articles that he has authored or co-authored, on a wide range of legal topics, have been cited by the Supreme Court of Canada; the federal, Quebec, and BC courts of appeal; and trial-level courts. Michael earned an AB from Princeton University, and BCL, LLB, and MBA degrees from McGill University. Before becoming a lawyer, he worked as a researcher with an investment company in Japan and, later, as an officer in the Canadian Foreign Service, serving in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and China.

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