Peter HarrisPrincipal, Toronto
Peter Harris Q.C. has a varied legal background in tax matters and general corporate advice. His tax practice places some emphasis on tax litigation, cross border and international transactions and he has provided tax and business counsel to some of Canada's major industrial and financial institutions.
Mr. Harris' litigation experience has covered a variety of issues under the Income Tax Act and he has appeared at all court levels, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He has been a special advisor to the Canada Revenue Agency and the Department of Finance and has acted as an advisor to the Ontario Government with respect to various financial matters.
He is currently chairperson of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Taxation and Economics Committees, a past member of the Minister of National Revenue's Canada Customs and Revenue Agency Advisory Committee and past member of the Minister of National Revenue's task force on small business.
Peter was awarded the Queen's Jubilee Gold Medal in 2003 for contribution to business in Canada.
Mr. Harris is an active speaker and writer at both domestic and international taxation conferences. A former lecturer at Canadian Bar Association Tax Courses, the Bar Admission Income Tax Course and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants in-depth income tax course, he has lectured to a variety of professional associations and institutes. Mr. Harris received his B.Comm. from the Ivey School of Business in 1967. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1969.
Apart from his income tax practice Mr. Harris is a former director of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Chair of the Board of Directors of Ontario Sports Centre, Director of Toronto General & Western Foundation, director and chair of the finance committee of Headwaters Hospital and a director of several other Canadian companies and organizations.
Mr. Harris has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Ivey School of Business and is a graduate of the University of Toronto Law School.