OEA: Federal Budget 2017 Panel with Canadian Fiscal and Tax Policy Experts

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Thursday 23 February 2017, 11:45 - 14:00


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Federal Budget 2017 Panel with
Canadian Fiscal and Tax Policy Experts



Michael Horgan

Senior Advisor

Financial Sector and Economic Advisor;

Bennett Jones


Peter van Dijk

National Tax Policy Leader;

PwC Canada


Sahir Khan

Executive Vice President;

Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy



Brian Kingston
Vice President;

Business Council of Canada


Budget 2017 promises to be one of the most important budgets in recent years. Against the backdrop of heightened global economic uncertainty the Trudeau government will outline its highly anticipated innovation agenda.  The budget will also reveal the results of the government’s sweeping tax expenditure review.  Join the Ottawa Economics Association for a thoughtful and lively panel discussion on Budget 2017 with Michael Horgan, Peter van Dijk and Sahir Khan.



WHEN:          Thursday, February 23, 2017

                        11:45 a.m. – Registration and networking

                        12:10 p.m. – Lunch followed by presentation      


WHERE:        Chateau Laurier Hotel, Drawing Room

1 Rideau Street, Ottawa


COST:            OEA Members - $50 prepaid on-line; $80 at the door.  

                        Non-members - $75 prepaid on-line; $100 at the door.

                        OEA Student members - $25 prepaid on-line; $30 at the door.


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Michael Horgan

Senior Advisor

Bennett Jones                               

With over 36 years of experience in the public sector, Michael Horgan provides clients with strategic advice on the financial sector and on the Canadian and international economies. In addition, he has expertise on Aboriginal, energy and environmental issues.

Prior to joining Bennett Jones, Michael held several high-level positions, including Deputy Minister of Finance, Government of Canada; Executive Director for the Canadian, Irish and Caribbean Constituency, International Monetary Fund; Deputy Minister of the Environment and Deputy Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Government of Canada.

In the 2007, Michael was awarded the Prime Minister's Outstanding Achievement Award for Public Service. In 2013, he received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal.


Peter van Dijk

PwC National Tax Policy Leader

Peter is the National Tax Policy Leader of PwC in Canada.  Throughout his career, Peter has built strong relationships with tax policy and revenue authorities in many countries, including Canada, the US, the UK, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Singapore.  In 2010, Peter received the HMRC’s External Engagement Award for Advancing Transparency in Tax.  Peter has also developed strong relationships with the OECD through his active participation in the OECD’s BEPS initiative.   

After graduating from law school in the Netherlands, Peter worked as an international tax consultant in the Netherlands, Luxembourg, the US and Canada for both law and accounting firms.  His main technical area of expertise is international corporate tax planning, including cross border financing structures, leasing transactions, holding structures, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property structures and tax effective supply chain management.  Following his career as an international tax consultant, Peter spent over 12 years leading large tax functions for two leading Canadian financial institutions.

During his time in industry, Peter developed deep expertise in building, leading, inspiring and managing corporate tax teams.  He has also acquired extensive knowledge of and experience in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the tax reporting and compliance functions through process improvement and automation. 

Peter has a Dutch and a Canadian Master of Laws degree (University of Leiden Law School and Osgoode Hall Law School, respectively) as well as a Canadian Master of Business Administration degree (Richard Ivey School of Business).


Sahir Khan

Executive Vice President

Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy @uOttawa

Sahir has been a public finance executive, teacher, advisor and speaker for the last 12 years.  The focus of his work has been on budgetary and financial analysis, reporting and organizational performance.

Prior to co-founding the University of Ottawa affiliated IFSD, Sahir was a Senior Visiting Fellow at uOttawa. He has been a budget official for both the executive and legislative branches of government, having served over five years as the Assistant Parliamentary Budget Officer and three years at the Privy Council Office where he provided the Prime Minister with analysis and advice on budget, economic, tax and expenditure management issues. Sahir got his start in the public sector as Director of Oversight and Expenditure Management at the Treasury Board Secretariat.

Professionally, Sahir is a turnaround and restructuring specialist having joined the public sector in 2004 from New York-based RKG Osnos Partners LLC (c.k.a. Deloitte LLP), where he was a Managing Director. He has also worked with Deloitte Consulting’s New York office and has led turnarounds in manufacturing, technology, real estate and consumer products.

Sahir holds a B.Comm. (Hon.) from Queen’s University and an MBA (finance) from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.