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Sales Tax Harmonization Executive Forum

October 8, 2009

Hon. John Wilkinson, Minister of Revenue  to Keynote ITAC Forum
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Executive Forum on Sales Tax Harmonization

Date:                Thursday, October 8, 2009
Time:               8:00 - 2:00 pm
Location:        Hyatt Regency Toronto on King, 370 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario (formerly the Holiday Inn on King)

On July 1, 2010, the Retail Tax regime will be harmonized with the Goods and Services Tax.  This will signal the arrival of a new more progressive tax regime which will help to ensure a more competitive footing for Ontario business.   ITAC believes that the sooner our community understands the benefits and implications of harmonization, the better.  Therefore, we have signed this Executive Forum to give business leaders a business-holistic view of the considerations necessary to ensure a smooth transition to harmonization.

The Honourable John Wilkinson, Ontario Minister of Revenue will be our special guest and keynote speaker.  Other speakers will include Audrey Diamant, Indirect Tax Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Tom Turchet, ITAC Chair and VP Software General Business, IBM Canada as well as other subject matter experts from industry and government.


Download Audrey Diamant's presentation
Download Graeme McMillan's presentation
Download Claude Seguin's presentation


8:30 am



9:00 am


Bernard Courtois
President & CEO, ITAC

9:15 am

Preparing for July 1, 2010, An Interactive Tutorial on Accounting and Legal and Systems Implications of Harmonization

Audrey Diamant
Indirect Tax Partner, PWC
Brent Murray
Partner, Wilson and Partners

10:40 am

Break (10 minutes)


10:50 am

Harmonization Advantages and Challenges

Claude Seguin
Senior VP, Corporate Development and Strategic Investments, CGI

11:30 am

Tax Reform and the ICT Marketplace

Bernard Courtois
President and CEO, ITAC

12:00 pm

Luncheon Guest Speaker

Hon. John Wilkinson
Minister of Revenue

Bernard Courtois

Bernard Courtois
President & CEO
Information Technology Association of Canada

As the President and CEO of ITAC, the Information Technology Association of Canada, Bernard Courtois is an outspoken advocate for the deployment of information and communications technology tools to improve business productivity and to achieve our societal and public policy goals.

Mr. Courtois was named ITAC's leader in January 2004. He is a lawyer with over 30 years experience in the telecommunications sector. He served in a variety of executive roles with Bell Canada from 1991 to 2003, including those of Chief Regulatory Officer and Chief Strategy Officer. Prior to joining Bell Canada, Mr. Courtois practiced law in Montreal and Ottawa serving a wide range of clients in telecommunications and other regulated industries. He was an active participant in the many regulatory, public policy and judicial proceedings which have shaped Canada's competitive communications marketplace. He was Chief Strategy Officer when Bell Canada took its strong turn to the Internet, ahead of most of its peers around the world.

Mr. Courtois is also a dedicated and energetic builder of business communities. He has served on the ITAC Board of Directors since 1999. He has also served on the executive of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce; was President of the International Institute of Communications and now serves on its Board of Directors; is Director and Treasurer of the National Gallery of Canada Foundation; is a Director of the Rideau Club; serves on the Telecommunications Hall of Fame Foundation Board of Governors; Kids' Internet Safety Alliance's (KINSA) Board of Directors; and is a Director and Vice-Chair for North America of the World Information Technology and Services Alliance.

Audrey Diamant
Partner, Indirect Tax Services, Toronto

Audrey leads the Indirect Tax Practice in the North Toronto office of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.  Audrey specializes in, amongst other things, GST and cross-border issues, IT and telecommunications, GST and the not-for-profit sector, and provincial retail sales taxes.

She has practised in the commodity tax area for over 20 years and provided consulting services to the Canadian Department of Finance during the implementation stage of the Canadian Goods and Services Tax ("GST"), and to the Ontario Ministry of Finance on technology issues. She also provides in-depth analysis and legislative interpretation to clients on the provincial retail sales tax programs, with emphasis on the inter-provincial transfer of goods and services, end-use exemptions and special status purchasers. Audrey also consults to a number of large U.S.-based clients on the intricacies of carrying on business in Canada, and regularly advises and speaks at the CICA Commodity Tax Symposium, TEI and the CICA GST Update. Audrey has held the position of co-chair/presenter (2003-2006) and chair (2007-2009) of the CICA In-Depth GST course, is on the Tax & Finance committee of ITAC Ontario, and has published articles for the Canadian Tax Foundation and CCH/Carswell publications. Audrey is a recipient of the Normand Guerin award for a paper presented at the 1999 Commodity Tax Symposium.

Brent Murray, LLB.

Brent obtained his LL.B from the University of British Columbia in 1996 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1998. Brent is a partner in Wilson & Partners LLP – an independent tax law firm affiliated with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Since being called to the Bar, Brent’s practise has focused exclusively on commodity tax, customs and related matters including goods and services tax (GST), provincial sales tax (PST) and related cross border matters. Brent has extensive experience in the commodity tax area and regularly advises clients on the commodity tax implications associated with corporate reorganizations, partnership transactions, financial services and financing arrangements, information technology and outsourcing arrangements and cross-border matters.

Brent has authored numerous articles and papers on commodity tax matters including conference papers for the Canadian Tax Foundation, Canadian Bar Association and CICA Commodity Tax Symposium and is a regular contributor to the GST Monitor and GST & Commodity Tax. Brent has also presented various papers for the Ontario Bar Association, the Tax Executives Institute, the CICA Commodity Tax Symposium, the CICA’s 2008 In-Depth GST Course, PricewaterhouseCoopers “Understanding PST Course” and GST Courses, CICA Commodity Tax Mid-Year Update Conferences, CCH Webinars and the Acumen Conference on Financing Strategies.

Brent is a member of the CCH GST Reporter Editorial Board, the Canadian Bar Association’s Sales and Commodity Tax section, the Canadian Tax Foundation and the Southern Ontario Commodity Tax Group.

Claude Seguin

Claude Séguin
Senior Vice-President
Corporate Development and Strategic Investments

Born in Montreal, Quebec, Claude Séguin joined CGI in 2003 and is currently Senior Vice-President, Corporate Development and Strategic Investments. In his role, Mr. Séguin is responsible for strategic planning and all merger and acquisition activities.

Claude Séguin joined CGI from CDP Capital where he held the position of President of CDP Capital – Private Equity.  Prior to this position, he served as Teleglobe Inc.'s Executive Vice-President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer from 1992 to 2000.

Prior, Mr. Séguin was Assistant Deputy Minister for financial policies and government owned corporations at the Ministry of Finance of the province of Québec between 1983 and 1987 and then served as Deputy Finance Minister from 1987 to 1992.  In the later capacity, he oversaw all departmental activities relating to Quebec's budgetary, fiscal and economic policies and was also in charge of financing and treasury operations for the government.

His previous experience also includes having worked at the Quebec Treasury Board as Assistant Director of Social Programs and subsequently as Director of Planning, along with a brief stint as an economist at the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) in Montreal.

Mr. Séguin is a member of the boards of HEC-Montréal as well as Centraide of Greater Montreal.

Mr. Séguin graduated from HEC-Montreal and earned a Master's and a Ph.D. in public administration from the Syracuse University in New York State.

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