100 Years of Tax Law in Canada


Chancellor Day Hall Stephen Scott Seminar Room (OCDH 16), 3644 rue Peel, Montreal, QC, H3A 1W9, CA

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.

A request for accreditation for 3.5 hours of CLE for jurists has been made to a recognized provider. We have 10 places for jurists interested in securing some CLE hours. Please write to coordinator mark.mejia [at] mail.mcgill.ca to confirm your spot (first come, first served basis).

Symposium Participants

Kim Brooks, professor, Faculty of Law, Dalhousie University, . Prof. Brooks is an internationally recognized tax scholar who has written multiple scholarly works on taxation in Canada and beyond.

Jakub Adamski, lecturer in business associations and contract law at McGill Faculty of Law. He runs a seminar on the history and development of corporate law with Marc Barbeau, with whom he is co-authoring a text on the subject.

Marc Barbeau, adjunct professor of corporate and securities law at McGill Faculty of Law and partner, Stikeman Elliott. Me. Barbeau practices in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, complex reorganizations and corporate governance. He runs a seminar on the history and development of corporate law with Jakub Adamski, with whom he is co-authoring a text on the subject.

Scott Wilkie, partner, Blake’s, and Distinguished Professor of Practice at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. Mr. Wilkie is recognized as a leading corporate tax lawyer in Canada and has extensive experience in national and international corporate tax practice.

Colin Campbell, associate professor, University of Western Ontario. Prof. Campbell was a senior partner in the Toronto office of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP until mid-2010 when he took up a position at UWO to teach and undertake research on Canadian tax history.

Lyne Latulippe, professeure agrégée, École de gestion, Université de Sherbrooke. Prof. Latulippe’s work on the institutional aspects of international taxation development and the conduct of professional tax advisors is widely recognized and influential.

Robert Raizenne, adjunct professor of tax law at McGill Faculty of Law and partner, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. Me. Raizenne has extensive experience in a wide variety of tax matters and is a sought-after speaker and writer on national and international tax topics.

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