Consultative committee

The consultative committee is made up of a tax professionals and representatives of various communities and organizations. The committee has a wealth of experience and offers a valuable perspective on the service and fairness issues that can arise between taxpayers and the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). It provides ongoing and timely advice to the Taxpayers’ Ombudsman regarding trends in the relationship between the taxpayer and the CRA. The committee meets quarterly to:

  • share observations from their interactions with the CRA and the issues their clients face;
  • offer strategic advice on potential systemic issues;
  • assist in identifying stakeholder-specific outreach opportunities; and
  • provide feedback on operational and communication strategies.

The current members of the committee are as follows:

Barb Carle-Thiesson (Nanaimo, BC)

Barb is a partner and business advisor for the accounting firm MNPLLP. She brings more than 30 years of experience in providing accounting, tax and consulting services for owner-managed businesses and professionals, including extensive experience working with health care professionals. Previously, Barb previously served as president of the Chartered Accountants of BC and as a board member and treasurer on numerous boards and councils, such as the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada.  Barb received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal in 2012 in recognition of service to her profession.

Tony Dolan (Charlottetown, PE)

Tony is the past national chairperson of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities. He is a member of the Canadian Council of Rehab and Work and the Canadian Mental Health Association Board. In addition, he is the co-founder and the past chairperson of the Prince Edward Island division of the Canadian Paraplegic Association and the past president for its national board. Previously, Tony served as the national manager for training and development at Veterans Affairs Canada.

Maxime Faille (Vancouver, BC)

Named Benchmark Canada’s Aboriginal Lawyer of the Year for 2016, Max is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Vancouver office, practising in Aboriginal law, public law and general litigation.

He is also the national leader of the Aboriginal Law Group and co-leader of the firm’s Aboriginal Tax Service. His clients consist of Indigenous governments and businesses, as well as private sector interests seeking to do business with Indigenous communities. In addition to legal representation in the courts and in negotiations, he regularly provides advice on matters of Aboriginal and treaty rights, First Nation taxation, self-government, Aboriginal consultation and accommodation, Impact and Benefit Agreements, and Aboriginal economic development. In addition, he is a member of the board of directors for the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.

George Lessard (Yellowknife, NT)

George is the owner and founder of The Media Mentor where he is the communications and media specialist. He has helped others all over the world learn how to use both traditional and new media, notably in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories (Canada), Orissa (India), Urals (Russia), Rwanda, Beijing (China), and the Bahamas. After experiencing poverty first hand and learning that there are many ways to survive and succeed he became a member of the Canada Without Poverty board of directors for the NWT.

Gillian Mason (Toronto, ON)

Gillian is the recent past president of ABC Life Literacy Canada. Previously, she served as the senior vice-president of Strategic Initiatives and Community Partnerships for United Way Toronto and as the vice-president of the Canadian Urban Institute. In addition, Gillian has been involved in other organization such as the co- founder and CEO of the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management, an international membership association of senior public officials.

Corinne Pohlmann (Ottawa, ON)

Corinne Pohlmann is Senior Vice President, National Affairs and Partnerships for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), a not-for-profit organization representing more than 109,000 small and medium-sized business members across Canada. Corinne is based in Ottawa and is responsible for managing CFIB’s strategic direction on national affairs, and sensitizing governments to the needs of Canada’s independent businesses. In addition to her federal legislative responsibilities, Corinne also oversees CFIB’s Economics function, Products and Partnerships division, including Strategic Relationships, CFIB’s Atlantic Canada legislative team and a number of major marketing initiatives.

Graham Purse (Regina, SK)

Graham is a tax lawyer in the Regina office of the law firm Miller Thomson. His work includes corporate reorganizations, estate freezes, tax compliance, the voluntary sector, estate planning and taxation of farms and farming, international tax, trusts, and representing clients in their interactions with the Canada Revenue Agency. In addition, he is the chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s South Saskatchewan Tax Branch and has appeared as a guest lecture at the University of Saskatchewan’s Faculty of Law.

Daniel Woodin (Halifax, NS)

Daniel is a retired executive from the Canada Revenue Agency. During his 33 years of service, he worked in the Ontario and Atlantic regions and occupied various positions which included director of the Summerside Tax Centre in Prince Edward Island (PEI) and director of the Belleville/Kingston Tax Service Office in Ontario. In addition, he is the former vice-chair of the PEI Federal Council as well as the former president of the Certified General Accountants of PEI. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Dalhousie University, and accounting designations as a Chartered Professional Accounting and a Certified General Accountant.

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