OEA: U.S. Tax Reform and Canadian Competitiveness

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Thursday 18 May 2017, 11:45 - 14:00


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U.S. Tax Reform and Canadian Competitiveness


Dr. Jack Mintz

President's Fellow, School of Public Policy, University of Calgary

National Policy Advisor EY Canada


Comprehensive U.S. tax reform has the potential to make our neighbours to the south one of the most tax-competitive economies in the world. While the Trump Administration is fixated on tax- and regulatory-reform initiatives, Canada appears to be moving in the opposite direction.  This comes at a time when private sector investment in Canada continues to disappoint - private investment fell 12 per cent in 2016 with investment intentions falling by 1.8 per cent in 2017. 

How should the federal government respond to U.S. tax reform to ensure Canada remains an attractive investment destination? What needs to be done to boost private investment in Canada in the growing services sector? Join the Ottawa Economics Association for a presentation by renowned tax expert, Dr. Jack Mintz, on his views on U.S. tax reform, Canadian competitiveness and what needs to be done to improve private investment in Canada.

WHEN:          Thursday, May 18, 2017

                        11:45 a.m. – Registration and networking

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

WHERE:        Chateau Laurier Hotel, Laurier 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.


Payment at the door subject to availability given space limitations and is via cash or cheque only. Tables of 8 must be purchased online in advance.

Online prices do not include HST.

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Dr. Jack M. Mintz is the President’s Fellow of the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary as of July 1, 2015 after serving as the Palmer Chair and Director since 2008.

He also serves on the boards of Imperial Oil Limited, Morneau Shepell and is chair and Vice-President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.  As of September 1, 2015, he has been appointed as the National Policy Advisor for the accounting firm EY.

He serves as an Associate Editor of International Tax and Public Finance and the Canadian Tax Journal, and is a research fellow of CESifo, Munich, Germany, and the Centre for Business Taxation Institute, Oxford University.

Dr. Mintz held the position of Professor of Business Economics at the Rotman School of Business from 1989-2007 and Department of Economics at Queen’s University, Kingston, 1978-89. He was a Scholar-in-Residence at Columbia Law School 2016; Visiting Professor, New York University Law School, 2007; President and CEO of the C. D. Howe Institute from 1999-2006; Clifford Clark Visiting Economist at the Department of Finance, Ottawa; and Associate Dean (Academic) of the Faculty of Management, University of  Toronto, 1993-1995. He was founding Editor-in-Chief of International Tax and Public Finance, published by Kluwer Academic Publishers from 1994-2001.

He chaired the federal government’s Technical Committee on Business Taxation in 1996 and 1997 that led to corporate tax reform in Canada since 2000. He also has served as chair of the Alberta Financial and Investment Policy Advisory Commission in 2007 that reviewed saving policy of the Alberta government.  In addition, in 2009, he served as the Research Director of the FPT Research Working Group on Retirement Income and he was also the author of the Summary Report on Retirement Income Adequacy.  He served on the federal Panel on Healthcare Innovation in 2013-14 as well as the Minister of Finance’s Economic Advisory Council from December 2008-June 2015.

Dr. Mintz has consulted widely with the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, federal and provincial governments in Canada, and various businesses and non-profit organizations.

Dr. Mintz became a member of the Order of Canada in 2015 as well as receiving the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for service to the Canadian tax policy community. Widely published in the field of public economics, he was touted in a 2004 UK magazine publication as one of the world’s most influential tax experts. Alberta Venture magazine has recognized him as one of the fifty most influential Albertans in 2008, 2010 and 2013. The Financial Post named him one of the five most influential Canadians in regulation in 2012.