The 2022 IFA Canada Tax Conference will be a hybrid event taking place in-person in downtown Toronto (health & safety permitting) as well as being webcasted.

The focus of the program will be international tax issues that are impacted by international cross-border transactions.

 

May 16-17, 2022

Metro Toronto Convention Centre & Webcast

Conference Co-Chairs
John O’Connor, Stikeman Elliott LLP, Toronto
Elie Roth, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, Toronto

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2022 IFA Canada Tax Conference Program

DAY 1  |  MONDAY, MAY 16, 2022

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

BREAKFAST

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM

YIN Welcome and Presentation

Foreign affiliate dumping rules

This session will address:

1. Overview of the rules
2. Technical interpretations and rulings
3. Common practical issues

Moderator: Shaira Nanji, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Calgary

Speakers:
Stephanie Dewey, McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Toronto
Sam Li, EY LLP, Toronto

Questions from the audience will be addressed at the end of the presentation.

10:15 AM –

10:30 AM

BREAK & CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

10:30 AM – 10:40 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:40 AM – 11:55 AM

Recent Transactions

The panelists will present an overview of recent Canadian cross-border M&A transactions.

Moderator: Alex Pankratz, Baker McKenzie, Toronto

Speakers:
Mathieu Champagne, Deloitte LLP, Montreal
Derek Chiasson, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, Montreal
Ken Saddington, Goodmans LLP, Toronto
Gwen Watson, Torys LLP, Toronto

YIN Rapporteur: Kathryn Walker, McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Toronto

 

Questions from the audience will be addressed at the end of the presentation.

11:55 AM –

1:25 PM

LUNCHEON

Keynote Speaker

Jack Mintz, President’s Fellow, School of Public Policy, University of Calgary

Why Canada Needs Big Bang Corporate Tax Reform

The corporate income tax has been found to be the most economically damaging tax a country can have. It is complicated to administer and for taxpayers to comply with — even more so with the adoption of global minimum corporate income tax. Should it be abolished or reformed? Jack Mintz will discuss the necessity for big-bang corporate tax reform after surveying the ills with the current system.

 

1:25 PM –

2:40 PM

Cross-Border Topics of Interest

This panel will discuss relevant issues in the Canadian cross-border M&A context including the impact of the FAD rules in M&A agreements, the taxation of break fees in the cross-border context and other relevant trends and considerations relating to investments in, and exit from, Canada including 111(4)(e) planning.

Moderator: Laura Gheorghiu, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP, Montréal

Speakers:
Carrie Aiken, Blake, Cassels and Graydon LLP, Calgary
Christopher Anderson, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, Toronto
Nik Diksic, EY Law LLP, Montréal
Francesco Gucciardo, Aird Berlis LLP, Toronto

YIN Rapporteur: Samantha D’Andrea, EY Law LLP, Montreal

Questions from the audience will be addressed at the end of the presentation.

2:40 PM –

3:40 PM

Tax Directors Roundtable

In-house tax professionals will discuss the issues that are foremost for their enterprises such as current challenges in building a tax group, matters related to proposed legislation and how they are responding to the changing international environment.

Moderator: Lynn Moen, Enbridge Inc., Calgary

Speakers: 
Alexander Chan, Investment Management Corporation of Ontario, Toronto
Larry Greer, Telesat Canada, Ottawa
Andrea Shreeram, Bank of Nova Scotia, Toronto

YIN Rapporteur: Vanessa Zuchetto, Felesky Flynn LLP, Calgary

 

Questions from the audience will be addressed at the end of the presentation.

3:40 PM – 3:55 PM

BREAK

3:55 PM –

5:10 PM

Current Cases

The panelists will discuss the implications of recently decided tax cases including the Supreme Court of Canada decisions in Alta Energy and Loblaws.

Moderator: Margaret Nixon, Stikeman Elliott LLP, Toronto

Speakers:
Al Meghji, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Toronto
John Sorensen, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP, Toronto
Matt Williams, Thorsteinssons LLP, Toronto

YIN Rapporteur: Darren Joblonkay, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, Toronto

Questions from the audience will be addressed at the end of the presentation.

5:10 PM 

ADJOURNMENT

5:30 PM 

COCKTAIL RECEPTION

Intercontinental Toronto Centre

225 Front Street West, Toronto

Lower Level | Ontario-Niagara Foyer

6:30 PM 

CONFERENCE DINNER

Intercontinental Toronto Centre

225 Front Street West, Toronto

Lower Level | Ontario Room

9:00 PM 

YIN AFTERPARTY

The Pint Public House

Up The Stairs! 277 Front St W, Toronto
(Located inside the Metro Toronto Convention Centre)

DAY 2  |  TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2022

8:30 AM – 9:45 AM

BREAKFAST

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM

IFA Canada Annual General Meeting

10:00 AM –

11:30 AM

Interest Deductibility and Hybrid Mismatch Rules

This session will provide an in-depth review of the mechanics and implications of Canada’s proposed interest deductibility limits (EIFEL rules). The speakers will also address Canada’s previously announced hybrid mismatch rules, to the extent that legislation is released beforehand.

Moderator: Marie-Emmanuelle Vaillancourt, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, Montréal

Speakers: 
Byron Beswick, KPMG LLP, Calgary
Ken Buttenham, PwC LLP, Toronto
John Lorito, Stikeman Elliott LLP, Toronto
Sabrina Wong, KPMG LLP, Toronto

YIN Rapporteur: Bryan Madorsky, KPMG LLP, Toronto

Questions from the audience will be addressed at the end of the presentation.

11:30 AM –

11:45 AM

BREAK

11:45 AM –

1:15 PM

Recent Canadian and International Developments

This session will cover recent Canadian and international tax developments (including in the US and the EU). This session will discuss the reactions of Canada and other countries to global tax reform (e.g., Pillar 1 and the Canadian DST, and Pillar 2 global minimum tax).

Moderator: Christopher Montes, Felesky Flynn LLP, Calgary

Speakers: 
Mark Kaplan, EY LLP, Toronto
Patrick Marley, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Toronto
Stefanie Morand, McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Toronto
Andrew Spiro, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Toronto

YIN Rapporteur: Taylor Cao, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Toronto

Questions from the audience will be addressed at the end of the presentation.

1:15 PM –

2:15 PM

LUNCH

2:15 PM –

3:30 PM

CRA Roundtable

A representative from the Canada Revenue Agency will answer questions regarding the CRA’s stance on various issues.

Moderators:
Kim Brown, McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Vancouver
Michael Kandev, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, Montreal

Speaker:
Yves Moreno, Canada Revenue Agency, Ottawa

3:30 PM –

4:30 PM

Finance Roundtable

Representatives from the Department of Finance will answer questions regarding their stance on various issues.

 

Moderators:
Phil Halvorson
, EY LLP, Toronto
Kim Maguire
, Bennett Jones LLP, Vancouver

Speakers:
Trevor McGowan, Department of Finance, Ottawa
Peter Repetto, Department of Finance, Ottawa

4:30 PM 

ADJOURNMENT | END OF CONFERENCE

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