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HST Panel - General Overview of Indirect Taxation; “Hot Button” HST Issues; HST Rulings and the Voluntary Disclosure Program; Question & Answer Session

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50 minutes
Karen Cooper
Russell Gibson
Francine Prévost
Chad Saikaley
County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA)
50 minutes
$89.00 plus tax
Includes Handouts

Russell Gibson, Francine Prévost, Chad Saikaley, and Karen Cooper discuss:

  • General Overview of Indirect Taxation
  • “Hot Button” HST Issues
  • HST Rulings and the Voluntary Disclosure Program
  • Question & Answer Session


Karen Cooper

Karen Cooper practices charity and not-for-profit law with an emphasis on corporate and tax issues. After two years clerking at the Federal Court of Canada, Ms. Cooper was called to the Ontario Bar in 1995 and became counsel for the Department of Justice in tax litigation. She then went to Lang Michener to practice tax planning and litigation, commercial litigation, and general business law, before moving on to become a Senior Rulings Officer with the Income Tax Rulings Directorate of the Canada Revenue Agency. Ms. Cooper has been recognized as a leading expert in charity and not-for-profit law by Lexpert and The Best Lawyers in Canada. In addition to her considerable legal experience, Ms. Cooper also has extensive speaking and teaching experience, including presenting workshops for the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, as a sessional lecturer at Carleton University School of Business teaching Business Law, and a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Common Law teaching basic taxation and an advanced seminar (Introduction to the Law of Charities and Non-Profit Organizations). Ms. Cooper has also worked as a consultant providing advice to the Department of Justice, Environment Canada, and the former Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women with respect to tax policy issues and is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Land Trust Alliance and the Kemptville District Hospital, as well as a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation, Canadian Association of Gift Planners, Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, and on the Executive of the Charity and Not-for-Profit Law Sections of the Ontario Bar Association and the Canadian Bar Association. Ms. Cooper is a frequent author and speaker, as well as a contributing author to The Management of Charitable and Not-for-Profit Organizations in Canada (LexisNexis Butterworths).

Russell Gibson

Russell is co-owner of the Law Firm Gibsons LLP and a lawyer since 1998. He practices primarily as a solicitor, providing planning, transactional and regulatory compliance advice in corporate-commercial, real estate, tax and not for profit/charity matters. Russ has also prepared and presented private legislation before the legislatures in several provinces and appeared before various legislative committees. Russ serves as a director on a number of community and for profit boards of directors and has completed the Directors’ Education Program at the Telfer Business School. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Russ was a journalist and member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery and has published legal, business and news articles. Russ is also a member of the Canon Law Society of Canada.

Francine Prévost

Francine provides advice on a range of indirect tax issues as well as assists clients with sales tax disputes encountered with the CRA and Revenu Quebec. Prior to joining BDO, Francine worked as an Indirect Tax Manager with EY for 1.5 years. She also worked as a Rulings Officer in the GST/HST Directorate at the CRA for 6 years where she gained in-depth technical knowledge of various provisions found under the Excise Tax Act (ETA) as well as a thorough understanding of how the CRA interprets and applies its policy statements and the provisions found under the ETA. Francine has been a member of the Law Society of Ontario since 2010 and graduated from the French Common Law program at the University of Ottawa in 2009. She can provide services in both English and French.

Chad Saikaley

Chad is a Chartered Professional Accountant who began his career with one of the “Big Four” international accounting firms. He joined the Ottawa accounting firm, Ginsberg Gluzman Fage & Levitz (GGFL) in 2013, and was named Partner in 2015. Chad holds his role as Head of the Tax Group at GGFL, and specializes in tax, estate planning, and corporate reorganizations. He works with a diverse client base and provides a wide variety of services to businesses and business-owners in countless industries. Chad enjoys getting to know his clients and their business well so that he truly understands their needs and challenges. This ultimately enables him and his team to provide tailored service, and sound strategic advice.

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