Trusted and experienced legal counsel to private corporations and high net worth individuals. Brian has over 20 years experience advising family businesses on structuring their affairs, navigating complex issues including taxation, succession, governance, wealth preservation and other critical legal considerations.

Brian’s practice focuses on taxation law, with emphasis on advising owner-manager businesses on tax and related matters, including corporate tax planning and restructuring, succession planning, tax-effective structuring of share/asset sales and acquisitions, personal estate planning, trusts and tax dispute resolution with the Canada Revenue Agency and other taxation authorities.  Brian also has significant experience with advising First Nations and their members on tax structuring, including settlement trusts and aboriginal business.

Brian is listed in the peer rated The Best Lawyers™ in Canada for Tax Law and Trusts & Estates and received the Best Lawyers 2014 Tax Law “Lawyer of the Year” award in Winnipeg.

Brian is a former Governor of the Canadian Tax Foundation.

Brian attended the 2016 Senior Estate & Trust Practitioners’ Forum at Langdon Hall, in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada – a gathering of 44 of Canada’s leading estate and trusts practitioners.

Partner

  • Admitted to the Bar, 1993, Manitoba.

Education

  • University of Manitoba (B.Sc., 1989, LL.B., 1992).
  • Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (In-Depth Tax Course, Parts I, II and III).
 

Member

  • Canadian Bar Association.
  • Manitoba Bar Association.
  • Canadian Tax Foundation.
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

Positions

  • Canadian Tax Foundation, Former Governor and Conferences Committee, Co-chair.
  • Canada Revenue Agency, Professionals Consultation Group (Manitoba), Former Member.
  • Manitoba Bar Association, Tax Section, Former Co-chair.
  • Canadian Tax Foundation Prairie Provinces Tax: Conference Organizing Committees, Member (2001, 2004, 2007-2010m, 2012 and 2016), Conference Co-chair, (2008, 2009, 2012).
  • Canadian Tax Foundation Annual Conference and Prairie Provinces Tax Conference, Chair of numerous sessions.

Lecturer

  • Law Society of Manitoba Bar Admission Course.
  • University of Manitoba Faculty of Law.
  • Law Society of Manitoba.
  • Manitoba Bar Association.
  • Canadian Tax Foundation’s Prairie Provinces Tax Conferences.
  • Canadian Bar Association.
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).
  • Certified General Accountants of Manitoba.
  • Certified Management Accountants of Manitoba.
  • Canadian Association of Financial Planners.

Publications

  • Canadian Bar Association Skilled Lawyer Series Webinars: “Acting for a Start-Up Business” (2011).  Co-author and co-presenter commenting on applicable tax, trust and estate planning issues.
  • Manitoba Bar Association Mid-Winter Meeting: “Limited Partnerships as Investment Vehicles” (2008).  Co-author and co-presenter.
  • Law Society of Manitoba Continuing Education: “Purchase and Sale of a Business – Update on Selected Tax Planning Opportunities and Pitfalls” (2004).  Author and c0-presenter.
  • Law Society of Manitoba Continuing Education: “Advisor Beware – New Civil Penalties under the Income Tax Act” (2001).  Co-author and co-presenter.
  • Canadian Tax Foundation, Prairie Provinces Tax Conference: “Proposed Amendments to Trust Taxation” (1999).  Author and presenter.
  • Canadian Tax Foundation, Prairie Provinces Tax Conference: “Opportunities and Pitfalls in Inbound and Outbound Business Structures” (1998).  Co-author.
  • Law Society of Manitoba Continuing Education: “Purchase and Sale of a Business – Update on Selected Tax Planning Opportunities and Pitfalls” (1998).  Author and co-presenter.
  • Law Society of Manitoba Continuing Education:“Family Trusts” (1997).  Author and co-presenter.
  • Author of a number of additional articles and publications on a variety of tax and estate planning topics.