Governance

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).

Board Members

Emilie Laroche

President

Emilie LarocheEmilie is the Director of Tax Planning at Suncor Energy where she leads the development and execution of effective tax strategies for Suncor’s organizational projects, acquisitions and divestitures. Emilie is responsible for various stakeholder relationships, within Suncor and externally, wherein she represents Suncor in tax-related aspects of strategy, negotiations, communications and emerging government policy.

Les Der

Vice President

Les DerLes is a partner at KPMG in their Canadian Corporate tax practice with over twelve years of experience in providing tax services to a wide array of publicly-traded and private companies. Les provides advice on tax planning, mergers and acquisitions, tax provision and tax transformation matters.

Brian Milne

Past President

Brian is a partner 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.

Pete Korogonas

Publications and Technology Chair

Pete is President of Korogonas Transfer Pricing Advisory Services. He assists clients in transfer pricing compliance matters, such as preparing contemporaneous Canadian transfer pricing documentation. Further, Pete provides strategic business advisory services by providing advice on transfer pricing planning and audit defense matters.

Gail Lai

Communications & Website Chair

Gail is an income tax lawyer and CPA with a breadth and depth of technical and practical tax experience, including tax planning, transactional work and dispute resolution. Gail provides tax advice in respect of various business initiatives and projects in her role as a Senior Tax Advisor at Cenovus Energy Inc.

Aaron Chai

Conference Chair

Aaron ChaiAaron Chai is a partner with Deloitte LLP in the International Tax Services practice. Aaron specializes in providing international and domestic income tax advice to both Canadian and foreign based multinational companies and their shareholders. Aaron has over 15 years of professional experience in both domestic and international income tax matters. His experience includes working for the Canadian federal government drafting amendments to Canadian income tax legislation as well as advising clients on a variety of tax issues with a major national law firm.

Julie D'Avignon

Education Chair

Julie D’Avignon is a partner in the Stikeman Elliott Tax Group. Her practice focuses on providing tax advice in connection with mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, equity investments, flow-through share transactions and financings. Julie has extensive experience working with Canadian and international clients, public and private entities, resource sector clients and private equity firms. Julie has particular expertise in resource and energy taxation, including with respect to Canadian and international oil and gas, mining, and pipeline projects.

David Hebert

Golf Tournament Chair

David HebertDavid is the assistant tax manager at Schlumberger Canada Ltd. where his area of focus includes Canadian domestic taxation and compliance as well as cross border taxation issues and transfer pricing. Prior to joining Schlumberger, he was part of the tax group of Grant Thornton LLP where he received his Chartered Accountant designation in 2010.

Kim Wood

Luncheons Chair

Kim is an International Tax partner with PwC Calgary, focusing on international tax planning and compliance for resource and non-resource clients. Kim brings a strong industry lens to her clients, having spent nine years at Husky Energy in senior roles in tax planning, financial reporting and corporate strategy and planning.

Brian Kearl

Secretary

Brian KearlBrian is a tax partner at Dentons Canada LLP. He practises in all areas of tax law, including resource taxation, with a particular focus on public and private mergers and acquisitions, private equity fund formations and transactions, business reorganizations, cross-border financings and Indigenous business development.

Evan Capatos

Treasurer

Evan CapatosEvan is a CPA and the tax manager at Gibson Energy, where he has worked for 10 years. He is also co-chair of the CAPP Sales & Indirect Tax Committee.

David Pope

Assistant Communications & Website

David is a partner at EY in their Canadian tax practice with a focus on the Energy Sector.  David assists clients with planning, transactions, compliance, tax provisions and tax transformation projects.

Colena Der

Assistant Conference Chair

Colena is a partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. Colena’s practice focuses on advising Canadian and foreign-based clients on the taxation of mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations and employee and executive compensation matters, with an emphasis in the resource, emerging companies and technology sectors.  Her tax practice also includes assisting clients with tax disputes with the Canada Revenue Agency.

Corinne Grigoriu

Assistant Education Chair

Corinne Grigoriu is a partner of Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP. Her legal practice focuses on corporate and international tax planning, advising clients on a variety of domestic and international tax matters including inbound and outbound investment and financing, mergers and acquisitions, fund formation, restructurings and natural resource taxation. Her practice also includes the settlement of tax disputes and tax litigation, as well as advising on charitable and not-for-profit tax matters. Corinne regularly gives presentations and publishes articles on a variety of domestic and international income tax issues.

Chris Montes

Assistant Luncheons Chair

Christopher Montes is a partner at Felesky Flynn LLP in Calgary and focuses on international tax planning and dispute resolution.  He is a frequent speaker at Canadian Tax Foundation, Canadian Bar Association and Canadian Petroleum Tax Society conferences and events.  Christopher holds law degrees from the University of Cambridge in England, where he studied on a full scholarship from the Canadian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, and Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto.  He has also completed an executive education program in transfer pricing at Duke University.

Bhagwant Dhillon

Assistant Treasurer

Bhagwant began his career in 2002 with an international CA firm as an articling student shortly after graduating from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He obtained his Chartered Accountant designation in 2005 and completed the CICA In-depth Tax program in 2007. Throughout the last 17 years of his career, Bhagwant has been practicing income tax in various capacities both within public practice and industry tax shops. Bhagwant is currently with Parkland Corporation in the capacity of a Senior Corporate Tax Manager and is responsible for all corporate tax matters.

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