Program 2015


2015 IFA International Tax Conference
Thursday May 28-Friday May 29, 2015
TELUS Convention Centre,
Calgary, Alberta

Lynn Moen, Walton International Group Inc.
Drew Morier, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
Jim Samuel, KPMG LLP

Agenda – Thursday, May 28, 2015
7:30   Registration/BreakfastSponsored by: DEL COL
8:30   Opening Remarks
8:40   IFA 2015 Congress Reports
    Subject 1: Tax Incentives on Research & Development
  Presenter: Paul Stepak, Blakes, Toronto
    Subject 2: The Practical Protection of Taxpayers’ Fundamental Rights
  Presenter: Salvatore Mirandola, BLG, Toronto
9:00   Foreign Affiliate and Canadian Inbound Update
  Moderator: Drew Morier, Osler, Toronto
  YIN Rapporteur: Colena Der, Osler, Calgary 
  Panellists: Mark Coleman, EY, Calgary
    Jason Durkin, PwC, Calgary
    Phil Halvorson, Deptartment of Finance
    Robert Nearing, McCarthy Tetrault, Calgary
10:15   Refreshment Break – Sponsored by: Felesky Flynn 2012
10:45   Recent M&A and Case Law Update
  Moderator: Ron Durand, Stikeman, Toronto
  YIN Rapporteur: Joanne Vandale, Osler, Calgary
  Panellists: Edward Rowe, Osler, Calgary
    Brian Bloom, Davies, Montreal
    Nancy Diep, Blakes, Calgary
12:00   Luncheon and Address
Special guest speaker: 
The Honourable D. Blair Nixon, the Court of Queen’s Bench, Calgary
Sponsored by: Bennett Jones190x52
1:30   Tax Considerations for the Next Frontier – LNG Projects on Canada’s West Coast
  Moderator: David Keane, BC LNG Alliance
  YIN Rapporteur: Sarah Chiu, Felesky Flynn, Calgary 
  Panellists: Mary Hemmingsen, KPMG, Toronto
    Chris Roberge, Deloitte, Hong Kong
2:30   Global Tax Developments
  Moderator: Jim Samuel, KPMG, Calgary
  YIN Rapporteur: Tim Fraser, KPMG Calgary 
  Panellists: Darice Henritze, KPMG, Denver
    Albert Baker, Deloitte, Toronto
    Marja de Best, Loyens & Loeff, Rotterdam
3:30   Refreshment Break – Sponsored by: Davies 186 Box1
4:00   Government Roundtables
  Moderators: Steve Suarez, BLG, Toronto
    Brian Mustard, SNC Lavalin, Montreal
  YIN Rapporteur: Marie Blanchard, SNC Lavalin, Montreal 
  Government Representatives & Panellists: Dave Beaulne, CRA
Olli laurikainen, CRA
Alex MacLean, Deptartment of Finance
Stephanie Smith, Deptartment of Finance
5:30   Close
6:00   Cocktail reception Fairmont Palliser
7:30   DinnerFairmont Palliser
    Sponsored by: Blakes 170x53 BLG Logo150x62 RGB  
      KPMG  stikeman  
9:00   YIN After Party – National on 10th – 341 10th Ave SW
    Sponsored by:Osler 150x72
Friday May 29, 2015
7:15   Registration & Breakfast Symposium – Sponsored by: thomson250x64
8:00   IFA Canada Annual General Meeting
8:15   Ethical and Reputational Risk Considerations in International Tax Planning: The Industry Perspective
  Moderators: Lynn Moen, Walton International Group, Calgary
  YIN Rapporteur: Ian Caines, Blakes, Toronto 
  Panellists: Brian Levitt, Chair, TD Bank Group
    Jack Mintz, University of Calgary
    Michael O’Connor, Tax, Sun Life Financial
9:15   US Developments and Implications for Canadian Tax Planning
  Moderator: Siobhan Goguen, Felesky, Calgary
  YIN Rapporteur: Christopher Montes, Felesky Flynn LLP, Calgary
  Panellists: David Forst, Fenwick & West, Mountain View, CA
    Adam Halpern, Fenwick & West, Mountain View, CA
10:15   Refreshment Break
10:45   Transfer Pricing Update
  Moderator: Stephen Bowman, Bennett Jones, Toronto
  YIN Rapporteur: Jeffrey Shafer, Blakes, Toronto 
  Panellists: Dale Hill, Gowlings, Ottawa
    Marc-André Séguin, Rio Tinto 
    Govindaray Nayak, Canada Revenue Agency
11:45   Buffet Lunch/Close