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Tax time, dreaded by many, has proved unusually sweet this year for the Faculty of Law with the creation of the H. Heward Stikeman Chair in the Law of Taxation. The chair is the first of its kind in Canada and will be used to attract a leading teacher and scholar who will help to shape the course of tax law at all levels of government.
The promotion of fairer, simpler tax rules is a primary goal of the chair. It was those aspirations that informed the career of Heward Stikeman who practiced tax law for over 50 years. During that time, Stikeman drafted Canada's wartime tax legislation, co-founded the law firm of Stikeman Elliott and authored a series of books and annotations that are still used today.
"It is particularly fitting that the many contributions of Heward Stikeman to the modern field of income tax law and policy are now celebrated through a chair in his memory at McGill's Faculty of Law," said Richard Pound, Chancellor of McGill and a partner at Stikeman Elliot.
Stikeman was a two-time graduate of McGill, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in 1935 and a Bachelor of Civil Law in 1938. He would go on to become one of the university's most celebrated graduates.
The H. Heward Stikeman Chair endowment has already attracted more than $1.6 million in donations, which have poured in from friends and colleagues, and from the Heward Stikeman Fiscal Institution, an organization created by Stikeman prior to his death in 1999.