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Claire M.C. Kennedy


Corporate Tax and Transfer Pricing Lawyer at Bennett Jones Toronto

T: 416.777.6150

Claire Kennedy provides corporate tax and transfer pricing advice and represents large taxpayers during tax and transfer pricing audits and disputes with the Canada Revenue Agency. Claire is also a seasoned board director and a professional engineer.

Recognized as one of Canada's leading lawyers in tax and in transfer pricing, Claire is a frequent speaker on tax and transfer pricing topics. Claire serves on the Executive of the International Fiscal Association's Canadian branch and she is an officer of the International Bar Association's Taxes Committee. She led the IBA's responses to the OECD's BEPS project and she has taught corporate tax at the Faculty of Law at Queen's University.

Claire was law clerk to the late Honourable Mr. Justice Charles D. Gonthier of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Claire is a director of the Bank of Canada, the nation's central bank, and she serves on the Audit & Finance and HR committees, and is Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee. Claire is also a director of Alamos Gold Inc., which is listed on the TMX and NYSE. From 2010-2012, Claire was a director of Neo Material Technologies Inc., a publicly-listed producer of rare earths and magnetic powders. Claire received her ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and she has completed the Making Corporate Boards More Effective program at Harvard Business School. Claire is currently enrolled in the Advanced Management Program at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business.

Claire has served on the University of Toronto's Governing Council since 2012 and was appointed Chair on July 1, 2017. She previously chaired the Business Board, and the Pension Committee. She is also a member of the Dean's Advisory Committee at Rotman. Claire has been extensively involved at UofT's Faculty of Engineering as a member of the Dean's Strategic Development Council and Campaign Cabinet Executive, past Chair of the Advisory Board Department of Chemical Engineering, past President of the Engineering Alumni Association and founder and Chair of its Biz Skule™ committee.

In 2015, Claire received the Citizenship Award from the Professional Engineers of Ontario. In January 2016, Claire participated in the True Patriot Love expedition to climb Vinson Massif, the highest peak in Antarctica, with a combined soldier and civilian team and raised record funds.

Select Experience

  • SunEdison Canada in its CCAA proceedings, which together with the bankruptcy proceedings of its US parent, SunEdison Inc., represents one of the largest restructurings in the solar energy industry.
  • Crocodile Gold Corp. (TSX) in connection with its combination with Newmarket Gold Inc. (TSXV) pursuant to a court approved plan of arrangement for approximately $185 million. Read more
  • The Special Committee of Silver Bullion Trust (SBT) in connection with SBT's conversion to an Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) in partnership with Purpose Investments Inc.

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Recent Recognitions

  • 2017, Chambers Canada

    Claire M.C. Kennedy, ranked, Tax

    "a very analytical person. She's a professional engineer as well as a tax lawyer, and combining those strengths, she's a person that gets right down to business. She gets to the heart of the matter without taking too much time, which of course drives efficiency for us."
  • 2017, Chambers Global

    Claire M.C. Kennedy, ranked, Canada, Tax
  • 2016, Best Lawyers in Canada

    Claire M.C. Kennedy, recognized as one of Canada's leading tax lawyers

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