Claire Kennedy helps clients solve some of their most complex tax and business problems. She is recognized as one of Canada's leading lawyers in tax and transfer pricing and represents large taxpayers during audits and disputes with the Canada Revenue Agency. She is also a seasoned board director and a professional engineer.
As Senior Advisor, Clients and Industries, Claire has a national management role overseeing key aspects of the firm’s strategic growth—with a particular focus on client perspectives and experience—across sectors, industries and borders.
"Clients value Claire Kennedy's 'exceptional understanding of domestic and international tax laws.' She is also praised for her 'excellent knowledge of current transfer pricing policies.'"
Claire is a frequent commentator on tax and transfer pricing topics and led the IBA's responses to the OECD's BEPS project. She obtained her ICD.D designation and has completed the Advanced Management Program at the University of Chicago. Claire was also law clerk to the late Honourable Mr. Justice Charles D. Gonthier of the Supreme Court of Canada.
As lead director of the Bank of Canada and chair of the Audit & Finance Committee, Claire brings her governance and industry expertise to the board of the nation's central bank. She is also a director of Alamos Gold Inc. and Neo Performance Materials Inc., and is chair of Neo's Audit Committee.
Claire has served on the University of Toronto's Governing Council since 2012 and has been chair since July 1, 2017. She is a member of the Dean's Advisory Committee at Rotman and has been extensively involved at UofT's Faculty of Engineering. She is 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 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.