Message from the Executive Director

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October 2019

Hello to all CTF members—

Fall is traditionally “busy season” at the Foundation—the time of year when many of our major conferences are held, regional programming in Quebec intensifies, and our Young Practitioner (YP) events across Canada relaunch after the summer hiatus. Attendance at all of our events has been very strong, with many sessions at full capacity, and with great advance registration numbers for the conferences to be held later this year. Many thanks to our fantastic volunteers. Whether they serve on planning committees, moderate panel discussions, or share their expertise as speakers and authors, our volunteers play a critical role.

I enjoy spending time in various parts of Canada meeting our members at our events, and I always learn a great deal. Much of what I learn, of course, is tax-related, derived from the excellent technical content at the core of our conferences. However, I also learn many other kinds of things from interacting more casually with the attendees at our events and from the feedback—formal and informal—shared with our team.

These views, which I take very seriously, are summarized and shared with the Board of Governors and incorporated into our future planning. We give them considerable weight when we come to select speakers and topics. Feedback on all aspects of the conference experience—responses both from in-person attendees and from those who participate virtually—is reviewed very carefully and taken into account in our planning of events. This year, for example, on the basis of your comments, we have decided that the remarks of our keynote luncheon speaker will be included as part of the live webcast of the Ontario Tax Conference. Please keep the feedback coming, so we can address your suggestions!

In the critically important area of publications, too, your insights and preferences help guide our decisions. Many of you have probably noticed that we have been loading chapters of the much-anticipated 5th edition of Taxation of Private Corporations and their Shareholders onto TaxFind as they are finalized. The full book will be available for purchase as a stand-alone publication in Spring 2020, but in the meantime we want to provide you with content on this important and complex area of taxation as soon as possible.

2020 is definitely shaping up to be a busy year on the publications front. We will  begin production of a comprehensive treatise on GAAR, and we will be launching an exciting new newsletter that will focus on tax policy, providing a critical forum for discussion and debate. (More to come on this front very soon.)

I will conclude this message by thanking you for your support of the Foundation. Please continue to share your thoughts and suggestions with us, so that we can support you as professionals. Our engagement with the tax community is robust, as is shown by the attendance at our events. The vibrant YP program, which continues to expand, is particularly exciting; it communicates the enthusiasm of the next generation of practitioners. Overall membership in the Foundation continues to climb across all regions of Canada. The Foundation’s future looks strong.

See you next month.

Heather L. Evans,
Executive Director and CEO