leads the firm's tax dispute resolution practice. Bob also provides opinions
and advice with respect to various taxation matters, including cross-border
financings, merger and acquisitions transactions, and Scientific Research
& Experimental Development (SR&ED) related issues.
regularly before Canada's fiscal courts and handles all aspects of the dispute
resolution process prior to judicial proceedings, including negotiation with
the Canada Revenue Agency and Department of Justice, and in appropriate cases,
assisting in efforts to persuade the Department of Finance to change the
In late 2010 and early 2011, Bob played a key role in the creation
of Canada's first publicly-traded cross-border mutual fund trust to come to
market after Canada's tax laws were changed in 2006 to discourage
Canadian-based income trusts.
From 2007 through 2010, Bob acted as
counsel to and on SR&ED committees convened by the Canadian Electricity
Association, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and the Canadian
Advanced Technology Association. In that regard, Bob drafted submissions with
regard to legislative and policy reform directed toward Canada's Department of
Finance and the Canada Revenue Agency, and met numerous times with senior
members of both agencies in Ottawa and Calgary with regard to these matters.
Bob is acknowledged as the leading Canadian legal expert with regard to the
history of the SR&ED definition in Canada's Income Tax Act, and
in particular, its application to the energy and technology sectors.
regularly writes and speaks on taxation matters. He has acted in an executive
capacity for numerous community and business related services organizations,
and as a member of various boards of private and public companies in the oil
and gas, forestry and high tech industries. He has coached community league
youth basketball for almost 20 consecutive years.
Bob is a member of the
International Fiscal Association, the Canadian Tax Foundation, the Canadian
Bar Association, the Canadian Petroleum Tax Society and the Calgary Bar
- Feedlot Health Management Services Ltd. in its successful appeal to the Tax Court of Canada in a case involving the interpretation of fundamental aspects of Canada's scientific research and experimental development taxation regime. Read more
- Statoil Canada Ltd. in connection with acquisition by PTTEP Canada Limited of the remaining 60% ownership interest in the Thornbury, Hangingstone and South Leismer oil sands areas in exchange for Statoil's 40% stake in the Leismer and Corner projects and approximately US$200 million in cash. Read more
- Argent Energy Trust in connection with its $126.5 million public offering of trust units to finance an acquisition of oil and gas assets – counsel to Argent (October 2012) Read more
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