Governance

CPTS Board

The CPTS Board of Directors is elected annually by the members of the society. The board is represented equally by accounting firms, industry and law firms, and five new directors are appointed each year. Directors generally serve for a term of 3 years, with the exception of president who serves for a fourth year (as past president).
Wesley Novotny

Wesley Novotny

President
Wes is a partner in the tax group at Bennett Jones LLP. Wes assists clients with disputes with the Canada Revenue Agency -- aiding clients in dealing with CRA audits, as well as CRA Appeals and with appeals before the Tax Court of Canada.
Polly Savage

Polly Savage

Vice President
Polly Savage is a Senior Tax Analyst at Husky Energy Inc. Polly is currently in Research & Planning and Audit Defense. She also worked in the Canadian Compliance group when she first joined Husky.
Hetal Kotecha

Hetal Kotecha

Past President
Hetal Kotecha joined BDO in November 2012 and is the Calgary Leader, International Tax Services in the firm’s Taxation Group.
Joey Vuong

Joey Vuong

Communications & Website Chair
Joey is a CPA practicing tax for over 20 years. He currently leads the tax planning team at Shell Canada.
Trevor Traxler

Trevor Traxler

Golf Tournament Chair
Trevor is a Partner at KPMG in their Canadian Corporate tax practice with over ten years of experience in providing tax services to a wide array of publicly traded and private companies. Trevor provides advice on tax planning, mergers and acquisitions, tax due diligence, income tax compliance and tax provision matters.
Ian Knox

Ian Knox

Publications Chair
Ian is a Tax Planning Specialist at Enbridge Inc. Prior to joining Enbridge, he worked with the Edmonton PricewaterhouseCoopers office. He is a Chartered Accountant and has completed CPA Canada’s In-Depth Program and the Advanced International Tax Course.
Ryan Coupland

Ryan Coupland

Secretary
Ryan is a tax partner and the leader of Ernst & Young LLP’s Energy Segment U.S. Corporate Tax practice. Ryan has extensive experience with cross-border mergers and acquisitions, tax efficient cross-border financing, U.S. outbound taxation and U.S. inbound taxation for U.S. and Canadian multinationals in the oil and gas, private equity, manufacturing, high tech, retail, pharmaceutical and services industries.
Genevieve Groulx

Genevieve Groulx

Conference Chair
Genevieve Groulx is a Partner in PwC’s Calgary Corporate Tax Practice focusing her efforts on Tax Reporting and Strategy. Her clients cross many industries including Energy, Mining, Insurance, Retail and Hospitality.
Carolyn Engel

Carolyn Engel

Luncheons Chair
Carolyn is a partner in the Corporate Tax group at Deloitte, Calgary. Her areas of focus are tax accounting, compliance, domestic and inbound cross border planning, and tax management consulting, including tax process optimization, tax function organizational design, and tax risk governance.
Byron Beswick

Byron Beswick

Education Chair
Byron is a partner in Felesky Flynn LLP’s Calgary office. Byron’s practice is focused on inbound and outbound cross-border taxation matters and the structuring of public and private mergers, acquisitions, financings and reorganizations.
Jonathan Szeto

Jonathan Szeto

Treasurer
Jonathan has been working in the professional accounting and taxation field since 2005. He obtained his Chartered Accountant designation while at Grant Thornton LLP, and since then has worked for both privately held and publicly traded North American companies in corporate taxation roles.
Jennifer Hanna

Jennifer Hanna

Assistant Communications & Website Chair
Jennifer is a partner with MNP LLP’s International Tax Services group, based in Calgary and Edmonton. Jennifer is a frequent writer and speaker on Canadian international tax matters, including the annual conferences of the Canadian Tax Foundation and the Canadian Petroleum Tax Society.
Brian Milne

Brian Milne

Assistant Conference Chair
Brian is a Senior Associate with Norton Rose Fulbright. Brian practises in the area of Canadian tax law, and is experienced in tax matters related to mergers and acquisitions of public and private corporations.
Richard Eisenbraun

Richard Eisenbraun

Assistant Conference Chair
Richard Eisenbraun is a partner in the Calgary BLG office. Richard’s practice has a particular emphasis on corporate tax and business/transaction structuring and implementation.
Daniel Jankovic

Daniel Jankovic

Assistant Luncheons Chair
Dan is a Partner at Blakes LLP. Dan practises corporate income tax law and advises on domestic and international tax planning matters, with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, investments by private equity and pension funds, divestitures, and debt restructurings.

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