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).
Brian Milne

Brian Milne

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.
Daniel Jankovic

Daniel Jankovic

Vice President
Dan is a Partner at Blakes LLP. He practises corporate income tax law and advises on domestic and international tax planning matters, with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, resource taxation and investments by private equity and pension funds. Dan frequently represents domestic and international clients in tax disputes with Canadian revenue authorities.
Byron Beswick

Byron Beswick

Past President
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.
Richard Eisenbraun

Richard Eisenbraun

Publications Chair
Richard is a partner in the Calgary BLG office. Richard’s practice has a particular emphasis on corporate tax and business / transaction structuring and implementation.
Les Der

Les Der

Communications & Website Chair
Les 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.
Emilie Laroche

Emilie Laroche

Conference Chair
Emilie 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.
Pete Korogonas

Pete Korogonas

Education 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.
Jonathan Szeto

Jonathan Szeto

Golf Tournament Chair
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.
Brian Kearl

Brian Kearl

Luncheons Chair
Brian 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.
Jennifer Hanna

Jennifer Hanna

Secretary
Jennifer is Senior Counsel in the tax group at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. She has a focus on international transactional and structuring work.
David Hebert

David Hebert

Treasurer
David 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.
Gail Lai

Gail Lai

Assistant Communications & Website
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

Aaron Chai

Assistant Conference Chair
Aaron 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

Julie D'Avignon

Assistant 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.
Kim Wood

Kim Wood

Assistant 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.
Evan Capatos

Evan Capatos

Assistant Treasurer
Evan is a CPA and the tax manager at Gibson Energy, where he has worked for 9 years. He is also co-chair of the CAPP Sales & Indirect Tax Committee.

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