Congratulations to the recipients of the “Best Newsletter Article by a Young Practitioner Award”


H. Michael Dolson

A partner at Felesky Flynn LLP’s Edmonton office, Michael’s practice focuses on cross-border matters, corporate tax planning and GST. Michael is also a sessional lecturer at the University of Alberta School of Law, where he teaches corporate tax. With an emphasis on corporate and international tax planning, Mike advises public corporations, owner-managers, First Nations and public sector bodies on income tax and GST matters.
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Anjali Navkar

Anjali Navkar is a Senior Manager at PwC LLP in Toronto. She specializes in taxation, working exclusively in the area of tax planning for high net worth individuals and Canadian private companies.  In her practice, Anjali regularly advises clients on estate and post-mortem planning, strategic use of trusts and corporations, and international tax issues.
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Thanusan Raveendran

Thanusan is a tax partner at LRK Tax LLP in Kitchener, Ontario. He works with owner-managed businesses by leveraging cloud accounting technology to provide tax and business advice. Thanusan enjoys working with his team to create tax content and templates to share with the business community at
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Kyle Ross

Kyle is a partner in Felesky Flynn LLP’s Calgary office. Kyle’s practice covers a wide range of taxation law matters with a focus on corporate and personal tax planning, mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, estate planning and dispute resolution with taxation authorities. Kyle has been a sessional instructor in tax law at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law and is a regular presenter on tax topics in other forums.
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Henry Shew

Henry Shew specializes in domestic and international tax, with a focus on planning for high-net worth individuals, immigration/emigration, and estate planning. Henry has written numerous papers for the Canadian Tax Foundation. Henry has been involved with STEP Canada (Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners) and is currently serving as a member of the Student Liaison Committee. Henry is a tutorial leader for the CPA In-depth Tax Course and is part of the Canadian Tax Foundation's Toronto Young Practitioners Steering Committee.
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About the Award

For a sixth year, the Canadian Tax Foundation has presented the Best Newsletter Article by a Young Practitioner Award. The winners were announced in November 2020. Newsletter articles, in addition to be a valuable service to the profession in their own right, are often a stepping stone to lengthier pieces of writing, such as contributions to Canadian Tax Foundation conferences and articles in the Canadian Tax Journal. Early success in writing newsletter articles as a young practitioner (YP) may lead to a career in tax in which writing is a regular and ongoing part of one’s contribution to the profession.

The Foundation defines a YP as an individual who has 10 years or less of experience working in the taxation field after becoming fully qualified (for example, receiving their professional designation). The award is given for the best newsletter article that (1) was written solely by one or more authors who was a YP at the time of publication, and (2) appeared in any of the three newsletters published by the Foundation in 2019: Canadian Tax Focus, Canadian Tax Highlights, or Tax for the Owner-Manager. Most of these articles appeared in Canadian Tax Focus, which generally publishes only articles for which the author (or one of the co-authors) is a YP. In all, 72 newsletter articles were eligible for the award. A total of 12 of the articles eligible for the award were reviewed by a three-member committee consisting, among others, of recently graduated ex-YPs who have been extensively involved in publishing with the Foundation. The criteria applied by the committee were essentially the same as those used for the Foundation’s Douglas J. Sherbaniuk Distinguished Writing Award.

The members of the committee were:

  • Mark Dumalski, Deloitte LLP, Ottawa
  • Olivier Fournier, Deloitte Legal LLP, Montreal
  • Michelle Moriartey, Legacy Tax + Trust Lawyers, Vancouver

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Young practitioners (and anyone else) interested in writing for the Foundation’s newsletters are invited to contact the newsletter editors: Alan Macnaughton for Canadian Tax Focus, Thomas McDonnell for Tax for the Owner-Manager and Jeffrey Trossman for the Perspectives on Tax Law & Policy.

In Quebec, they are invited to also contact Lucie Bélanger of the Quebec office or Alan Macnaughton. Individuals interested in participating in any of the events and activities of the Foundation’s Young Practitioners chapters across Canada are invited to contact the chair of the steering committee of the local chapter or Robyn Corrigan of the national office.