John solves tax problems with his notably broad experience covering transactional work, planning and counsel roles, and tax controversy/transfer pricing for many of Canada’s largest businesses and financial institutions. Multinational and Canadian organizations in the private and public sectors have worked closely with John across a broad mix of tax matters, including tax structuring, international transactions, transfer pricing, tax controversy, corporate finance, derivatives, securitization and mergers and acquisitions.
John has represented international and domestic businesses, banks, financial institutions, mutual funds and government agencies in a wide range of matters. From domestic and cross-border transactions, infrastructure, energy (including wind, solar and hydro) and public private partnerships, to financial products, lending and securitizations, income funds, managed assets and leasing, John’s multidimensional experience benefits clients across industries. John has also worked extensively in the areas of federal and provincial income tax, international tax, sales and use tax, goods and services tax and harmonized sales tax.
Clients enthuse: ‘He is practical and a pleasure to deal with.’
—Chambers Global, 2021
Recognition and Awards
Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in tax
Chambers Global—Leading lawyer in tax
Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in equipment finance law and structured finance law
Lexpert/American Lawyer's Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in corporate tax
The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in corporate tax, asset equipment finance/leasing, derivative investments and asset securitization
Lexpert/Thomson Reuters' Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada—Most frequently recommended lawyer in tax
Best Lawyers in Canada—Equipment Finance Law Lawyer of the Year in Toronto
Lexpert’s Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40—One of Canada’s leading lawyers under 40
John is a current governor of the Canadian Tax Foundation and a current director of the International Fiscal Association (Canada Branch). He is the current Chair of the Board of the Michael Garron Hospital (formerly Toronto East General Hospital), as well as the former Chair of its Construction Redevelopment Committee, currently building a $500 million addition (2017-2020).
John is a Tax Committee Member of both the Canadian Finance and Leasing Association and the Investment Funds Institute of Canada. He is also a director of Rethink Breast Cancer (and former Chair).
In addition, John served in the Adjunct Faculty of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School (2012-2015) (teaching International Tax Seminar), as the President of the Osgoode Hall Law School Alumni Association 2009 to 2012 and as an Executive Member of the Ontario Bar Association Tax Section from 2000-2014 (Vice Chair 2014).
Further, John is a member of the Canadian Finance and Leasing Association, the Investment Funds Institute of Canada, the Canadian Tax Foundation and the International Fiscal Association. He is also a member of Canada Company, which is a liaison group between Canadian business leaders and the Canadian Forces.