Taxation Law: International Perspectives for your Canadian Practice

Date: Thursday, May 4, 2023 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Location: 200-20 Toronto Street, Toronto ON 

International and cross-border considerations frequently arise for Ontario lawyers while advising their clients today, often in unexpected places. Clients may have assets, vendors, suppliers, customers, data or business partners located outside of Canada’s borders. The legal implications and risks associated with this reality can be significant and widespread. Get up to speed on the key topics you need to know with this valuable conference. Whether you are a solicitor or litigator, our expert faculty will share practical and timely insights to ensure you are ready to confidently advise your clients on how to navigate the challenges, opportunities and actualities of a global world.

Plus meet and gather best practices and helpful insights from lawyers around the globe in our unique series of roundtable sessions. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind event. If you practice in a large or small firm, as a sole practitioner or corporate counsel, this conference is for you! Register now!

Thursday, May 4, 2023

  • Enhancing Client Experience
  • Civility
  • Crypto Winter – The Fall of Crypto Currency?
  • Sanctions
  • Climate Change


Martha Harrison, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Liane Langstaff, Gowlings WLG
John Le Blanc, Chief Legal Officer, Figment Inc.
Judith McKay, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
K. Scott McLean, Mann Lawyers LLP

  • Immigration Considerations / Requirements
  • Individual Perspective
  • Payroll implications, misconceptions
  • Remote workers and Business travellers
  • Outbound considerations


Christine Herrington, Grant Thornton LLP
Daniel Lee, Fasken
Kathryn Manning, DMG Advocates LLP (Moderator)
Bhuvana Rai, Mors & Tribute Professional Corporation
Kevin Yip, Fasken

In recent years there has been an increase in real estate transactions involving non-residents. These transactions have additional responsibilities and considerations. Join our expert panel as they delve into some of these considerations, including:

  • Ontario’s Land Transfer Tax and Non-Resident Speculation Tax
  • Underused Housing Taxy
  • GST/HST and Non-Residents of Canada
  • The US Perspective: Tax considerations related to cross border real estate transactions and ownership


Andrew G. Besch, Hodgson Russ LLP
Simon Douville, McCarthy Tetrault
Bruce Goudy, BDO
Jesse Waslowski, McCarthy Tétrault LLP (Moderator)

In 2022, in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a New York state law prohibiting the public carry of firearms without a license an applicant could only get by showing a specific, elevated need for self-protection. The Court decided that the statute contravened the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This opinion, and subsequent interpretations of it by lower federal courts, demonstrate an increasing tendency by federal courts to constitutionalize non-constitutional questions, whether these are more usually addressed by elected branches of government or by courts adjudicating questions beyond the purview of the constitution. The types of reasoning to which the current U.S. Supreme Court resorts in deciding these non-constitutional questions easily becomes arbitrary, sometimes quite overtly so. This dynamic - the constitutionalization of non-constitutional questions and concomitant degradation of judicial reasoning - is not necessarily peculiar to the United States and may be evident in the Canada.

Dr Heidi Li Feldman, Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center

Panelists will discuss which digital economy businesses and platform operators are required to register, collect and remit GST/HST as well as their associated obligations and timelines.

Speakers and Moderator

Elena Balkos, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Bruce Goudy, BDO
Rebecca Loo, Thorsteinssons LLP
Jesse Waslowski, McCarthy Tetrault LLP (Moderator)

  • Introduction to U.S. Tax Regime
  • Use of Trusts in planning
  • s. 94 Considerations
  • Acquiring US Property

Speakers and Moderator

Andrew G. Besch, Hodson Russ LLP
Matthew Getzler, Minden Gross LLP
Rahul Sharma, Fasken
Nicole Woodward, Miller Thomson LLP (Moderator)

  • 4-Day Work Week
  • Regulatory Sandboxes for Legal Innovation
  • The Billable Hour
  • Multi-Disciplinary Practice
  • Post Pandemic Transition / Law Firm Cultural Transformation


Quinn Ross, The Ross Firm
Deborah Enix-Ross, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP; President of American Bar Association
Anthony Quevillon, Director of Legal Services, Hub6
James Teufel, Georgetown University and Law Society of Ontario
Brent Turner, Thomson Reuters

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