Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency

May 20, 2016 13:00 ET

Minister of National Revenue Announces Blue Ribbon Membership of the Offshore Compliance Advisory Committee

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 20, 2016) - Canada Revenue Agency

Minister of National Revenue Diane Lebouthillier today announced the full membership of the Offshore Compliance Advisory Committee (OCAC). This follows on the Minister's April 11th announcement that the Government of Canada will invest $444.4 million over five years to strengthen tax compliance and fight against tax avoidance and evasion, including offshore tax schemes.

The OCAC, composed of third-party experts with significant legal and tax experience, will advise the Minister and the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) on current and future administrative strategies to deal with non-compliance. The inaugural meeting of the committee will be held in early June.

As previously announced, the OCAC will be chaired by Dr. Colin Campbell, Associate Professor of Law at Western University. The Committee's Vice-Chair is Kimberley Brooks, Associate Professor and former Dean of the Schulich school of Law at Dalhousie University.

The remaining members of the committee announced today are:

  • Marie-Pierre Allard, Professor, Faculty of Administration, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Catherine Brown, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Calgary
  • Allan Lanthier, FCPA, FCA, Retired Senior Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
  • Larry Chapman, FCPA, FCA, Executive Director and CEO, Canadian Tax Foundation
  • Dr. Daniel Thornton, FCPA, FCA, Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, Professorship in Financial Accounting, Smith School of Business at Queens University

Quote

"I am pleased to announce this eminent group of leading experts as members of the OCAC. Their valued contribution will help the CRA deliver on this government's commitment to detect and audit aggressive tax planning, as well as prosecute tax evasion by helping refine and make more transparent the CRA's policies and practices. Canadians must have confidence that the tax system is fair for everyone and that everyone pays their fair share of taxes."

- The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, P.C., M.P., Minister of National Revenue

Additional Information

The full biographies of all of the members are annexed to this release.

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Annex

Offshore Compliance Advisory Committee - Biographies of Members

Dr. Colin Campbell (Chair), Associate Professor of Law at Western University

  • Formerly a senior tax partner at the Toronto office of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP
  • Formerly an assistant professor of political science at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick
  • Received his B.A. in 1966 from the University of Toronto, his M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1967, his Ph.D. in 1975 from the University of Toronto, his LL.B. from the University of Western Ontario in 1980 and called to the Ontario bar in 1982
  • Dr. Campbell's practice included international tax, trusts, mergers and acquisitions, public securities offerings and restructurings and acting for private family enterprises in domestic and international trust matters
  • Appeared before trial and appellate courts on income tax matters and frequently represents taxpayers with federal and provincial tax authorities
  • Author of numerous publications, including most recently Administration of Income Tax 2015 (Carswell, 2015)

Kimberley Brooks (Vice-Chair), Associate Professor, Schulich school of Law, Dalhousie University

  • Former Dean, Schulich School of Law, (2010 to 2015)
  • Former H. Heward Stikeman Chair in Tax Law at McGill University Faculty of Law
  • B.A. (University of Toronto); LL.B (University of BC); Master of Law (Taxation) at Osgoode Hall Law School (York University)
  • Member of the Canadian Tax Foundation Board of Governors and member of the International Fiscal Association
  • Previously taught in the faculties of law at McGill, UBC and Queen's
  • Prior to moving to academia, practiced tax law with the national law firm Stikeman Elliot LLP in their Toronto and London (UK) offices
  • Main research interests are in the area of corporate and international tax law and policy and tax administration

Marie-Pierre Allard, Professor, Faculty of Administration, Université de Sherbrooke

  • Professor at the Université de Sherbrooke's Faculty of Administration since 2001, and a full professor there since 2012
  • Director of the Université de Sherbrooke's Masters in Taxation program from 2007 to 2009 and from 2012 to 2015
  • Received her bachelor's degree in law from the Université de Sherbrooke in 1994 and was admitted to the Barreau du Québec in 1996
  • Received her Masters in Taxation degree from the Université de Sherbrooke in 2001
  • Currently studying to obtain her doctorate in law at Université Laval, and the tentative title of her thesis is Fighting Tax Avoidance: Ethical and Legal Perspectives
  • Published several articles in peer-reviewed journals, including the Canadian Tax Journal and the Revue de planification fiscale et successorale
  • Author of the book La recherche en fiscalité canadienne, which is published by Carswell and now in its fourth edition
  • Member of the Canadian Tax Foundation and the Association de planification fiscale et financière

Catherine Brown, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Calgary

  • Visiting professor across the globe, including the University of Toronto, the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore, and Stanford University, where she was also a Fulbright Fellow
  • Currently a Senior Fellow and honorary adjunct professor with the Taxation Law and Policy Research Institute at Monash University in Australia
  • Currently a Director of the Legal Education Society of Alberta
  • Member of both the Alberta and Ontario Bars
  • Past Governor of the Canadian Tax Foundation
  • Was appointed to the Indicative List for Canada to the Dispute Resolution Body of the World Trade Organization in 1999
  • Received the Law Society of Alberta and Canadian Bar Association Award for Distinguished Service in Legal Scholarship in 2011
  • Is the author of Taxation and Estate Planning, as well as numerous publications for the Canadian Tax Foundation and the Estates, Trusts and Pensions Journal
  • Has a particular interest in taxation and international estate planning

Larry Chapman, FCPA, FCA, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Tax Foundation

  • Current Chair of the Board of Directors of St. Joseph's Health Centre Foundation
  • National Managing Partner of Tax Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP from 1998 to 2008 and Leader of the Financial Services Tax practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP from 1998 to 2001
  • Vice President, Tax Planning and Strategy, Bacardi Limited (1997-1998)
  • Managing Tax Partner for the Metro Toronto Region and Member of the Toronto Region Management Committee, Price Waterhouse from 1994 to 1997 and Tax partner at Price Waterhouse from 1986 to 1994
  • B. Comm. (University of Toronto) 1975; Chartered Accountant, Ontario, 1977; Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, 2003
  • Was a member of the Executive Committee, Board of Regents, Chair of the Audit Committee, Victoria University, 2011-2014
  • Was the Governor, Member of the Executive Committee and Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Canadian Tax Foundation (2006-2008)
  • Authored and co-authored many publications on taxation
  • Frequent speaker at conferences

Allan Lanthier, FCPA, FCA, Retired Senior Partner, Ernst & Young LLP

  • Formerly, a senior tax partner of Ernst & Young LLP, and National Leader of its international tax practice
  • Was a member of the Technical Committee on Business Taxation, appointed by the federal Minister of Finance in 1996 to review and recommend changes to Canada's business tax system
  • Served as a governor of the Canadian Tax Foundation, as a member of its Executive Committee and, in 2005-2006, as its chair
  • Was chair of the Taxation Committee of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (now CPA Canada), and co-chair of the Joint Committee on Taxation of the Canadian Bar Association and CPA Canada, 1992 to 1994
  • Former member of the Canada Revenue Agency's International Tax Advisory Committee
  • B. Comm. (McGill University) 1969; Chartered Accountant, Québec, 1973; Fellow of the Order of Chartered Accountants of Québec, 1993
  • Frequent speaker and author on taxation and fiscal policy matters, including numerous papers published by the Canadian Tax Foundation and by the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation

Dr. Daniel B. Thornton, FCPA, FCA, Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario Professorship in Financial Accounting, Smith School of Business at Queens University

  • Currently a voting member of the Accounting Standards Oversight Council, which oversees the Canadian Accounting Standards Board and the Public Sector Accounting Board
  • Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of both Ontario and Alberta
  • Served as a full-time Professional Accounting Fellow at the United States Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Served as an associate editor of The Accounting Review and Contemporary Accounting Research
  • Was a voting member of the Canadian Accounting Standards Board
  • Has received both the Distinguished Contribution to Accounting Thought Award and the Outstanding Educator Award from the Canadian Academic Accounting Association
  • Has provided extensive expert accounting testimony to various courts and to the Senate of Canada and is frequently quoted in the financial press

Contact Information

  • Chloe Luciani-Girouard
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of National Revenue
    613-995-2960

    Jelica Zdero
    Media Relations
    Canada Revenue Agency
    613-952-9184