TORONTO (December 10, 2012) Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes) is proud to announce that Ed Kroft, Q.C. and Scott Wilkie have been awarded Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals in recognition for their significant contributions to the Canadian Tax Foundation (CTF).
Their medals were presented in Calgary on November 25, 2012, at the commencement of the Annual Canadian Tax Foundation Conference.
Mr. Kroft is a former governor and a current member of the editorial board of the CTF. For 30 years, Mr. Kroft has actively supported the activities of the CTF by, among other things, writing scholarly papers and articles and making frequent presentations at various CTF conferences throughout Canada. He is internationally ranked as one of the leading tax lawyers in Canada and globally. Mr. Kroft regularly appears before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Tax Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of British Columbia, where he represents clients in tax disputes involving Canada Revenue Agency and other tax authorities. He also negotiates major transfer pricing disputes and continues to be involved in a number of tax cases for major Canadian and foreign corporations. He was a member of the Rules Committee of the Tax Court of Canada for 20 years and has been a long standing adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia Law School. Since 2008, he has been the course director of Tax Administration and Litigation for the Osgoode Hall Law School LL.M. program.
Mr. Wilkie is a recent past chair of the CTF and is internationally ranked as one of the leading tax lawyers in Canada and globally. An author and co-author of many papers and books on taxation, Mr. Wilkie continues his long standing commitment to legal education, presently teaching international tax as an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law and at Osgoode Hall Law School in the Professional LLM Specializing in Tax Law program of which he is also a Co-Director. Mr. Wilkie is also an Executive Fellow at the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary. In addition to his extensive involvement in the CTF, Mr. Wilkie is a member of the International Advisory Council of the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation. He previously served as chair of the Tax Section of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) and joint chair of the Joint Committee on Taxation of the CBA and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, chair of the Tax Committee of the American Bar Association Section of International Law, and president of the Canadian branch of the International Fiscal Association.
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