100 years of Tax Law in Canada

100 Years of Tax Law in Canada Half Day Symposium

2 October 2 2017, 14h-18h, OCDH 16

The year 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of Canada’s federal income tax. In commemoration of this milestone, the Stikeman Chair in Tax Law is organizing a half-day symposium in conjunction with the Spiegel Sohmer Colloquium.

The goal of the event is to explore the evolution of tax law and policy in Canada over the past century. Kicking off with a keynote by Kim Brooks, experts will then confer on some of the key themes of tax law and policy development in Canada in two roundtable discussions and a retrospective. The event will conclude with a cocktail reception to celebrate 100 years of federal income tax in Canada.

Symposium Schedule

14:00 Spiegel Sohmer Colloquium Keynote by Kim Brooks.

15:15 Roundtable 1: The Intertwined Evolution of Corporate Law and Corporate Tax in Canada

    Discussants: Kim Brooks, Marc Barbeau, Jakub Adamsky

16:00 Refreshment Break

16:15 Roundtable 2: 100 Years of Tax in Canada: Selected Features

    Discussants: Scott Wilkie, Colin Campbell, Lyne Latulippe

17:00 Making Tax Law in Canada: Retrospective by Robert Raizenne

17:30 Closing Remarks and Reception


Spiegel Sohmer Tax Policy Colloquium 2017
100 Years of Tax in Canada:

Colloquium poster2017 marks the centennial of Canada's federal income tax, so it is appropriate that this year’s tax policy colloquium at McGill Law will focus on the theme of 100 Years of Tax Law in Canada. The colloquium is made possible by a grant from Spiegel Sohmer. The land on which we gather is the traditional territory of the Kanien’keha:ka (Mohawk), a place which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst nations.

The distinguished speakers who will contribute to this year’s colloquium include:

  • October 2, 2017 (14h-17h30, OCDH 16): Kim Brooks, Professor of Law, Dalhousie University. Former Dean, Dalhousie Law, Prof. Brooks is an internationally recognized tax scholar. Professor Brooks will present a keynote and take part in a half-day symposium on the history of tax law in Canada.
  • October 23, 2017 (14h30-17h30, NCDH 203): Amir Pichhadze, Lecturer, Deakin University, Australia. Prof. Pichhadze is an emerging scholar who studied comparative tax law in the U.S. and U.K. and completed a Judicial Clerkship at the Tax Court of Canada. He will present work in progress on the development of value added taxes in Canada, the U.K., and the U.S.
  • November 6, 2017 (14h30-17h30, NCDH 203): Shirley Tillotson, Professor of History, Dalhousie University, is a recognized expert in Canadian tax law history who has written multiple articles and books on the subject. Professor Tillotson will discuss her new book, Give and Take: The Citizen-Taxpayer and the Rise of Canadian Democracy, and her upcoming research plans.
  • November 20, 2017 (14h30-17h30, NCDH 203): Ajay Mehrotra, Executive Director and Research Professor, American Bar Foundation, and Professor of Law, Northwestern University. Professor Mehrotra is a leading voice on tax history in North America who has studied various aspects of interrelationships and influences in Canadian and U.S. tax law history. Mr Mehrotra will present a work in progress on intersecting developments in Canadian and U.S. tax law history. 
  • December 4, 2017 (14h30-17h30, NCDH 203): Ashley Stacey, Associate, Olthuis Kleer Townshend. Ms. Stacey is a junior associate whose practice is focused on advising First Nations and First Nation-owned businesses on corporate and commercial transactions and who blogs at on tax and governance issues relevant to First Nations communities. Ms. Stacey will present her work in progress on historical and contemporary intersections of taxation, sovereignty, and autonomy of First Nations in Canada.