Technical Issues Working Group

Since 2004, the Technical Issues Working Group has played the important role of advising the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) on issues related to the regulation of registered charities and other qualified donees.     

Mandate

The Technical Issues Working Group provides a forum to discuss trends and technical issues in the charitable sector, in order to explore workable solutions, and expand the Directorate’s understanding of this sector. The Working Group meets twice a year.

Composition 

The Technical Issues Working Group consists of officials from the CRA and the Department of Finance Canada, and members with experience in the charitable sector. This includes representatives from registered charities and national umbrella organizations, academics with a research interest in the charitable sector, and accounting and legal experts. Members serve for two-year terms.

Listed below are the names of the members for the 2020 to 2021 term and the names of related organizations:

List of 2020-2021 members
Name Affiliation (as applicable)
Theresa Man, Ontario Chair of the Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Section,
Canadian Bar Association
Florence Carey, Manitoba Vice-Chair of the Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Section,
Canadian Bar Association
Susan Manwaring, Ontario Past Chair of the Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Section,
Canadian Bar Association
Betty Thompson, Alberta Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada
Brenda Lee-Kennedy, Ontario Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada
Peter Broder, Alberta Imagine Canada
Cathy Taylor, Ontario Ontario Nonprofit Network
Karen Ball, Alberta Interim President and CEO, Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
Vivian Smith, British Columbia Association of Fundraising Professionals
Deina Warren, Ontario Canadian Council of Christian Charities
Edward Short, Prince Edward Island Former Senior Chief, Department of Finance Canada
Susan Phillips, Ontario Professor, specializing in public policy and philanthropy
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