02 Oct 2014
Thursday, October 2, 2014

Toronto Board of Trade
Toronto, Canada

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Reputational, Regulatory and Political Risk in Tax Evasion and Tax Avoidance

Governments and regulators worldwide are taking a hard stance against tax evasion. Media reports about companies or individuals sheltering assets abroad help fuel this fire. But there is more to this issue than meets the eye. Companies operate in a global marketplace where competitive forces add pressure to minimize their tax burden. Of course, doing so requires careful consideration of legal, reputational, political and financial risks. These are tough waters to navigate.
Dr. Jack Mintz and The School of Public Policy are assembling some of North America’s most prominent tax experts for a roundtable devoted to tax evasion and avoidance. Sessions will focus on defining these complex terms, and understanding the various tax regimes worldwide and how companies’ international operations are affected by them.  Lunch will include a keynote presentation by Mr. David Bradbury, head of the Tax Policy and Statistics Division at the Centre for Tax Policy Administration at the OECD.

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08 Oct 2014
Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Hotel Arts

119 12th Avenue SW

Calgary, Alberta


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Is Social License a License to Stall?

A part of the TransCanada Corp. Regulatory Frameworks Program.

Canada's regulators act in the public interest to review energy and infrastructure project applications. Regulators are guided by procedural fairness and follow a transparent application, review and hearing process with data filings and sworn testimony.

But that’s changing.

“Social license” is a relatively new term which some interests are using to create a different standard for the approval of projects – especially energy projects. According to social license advocates, projects must meet often ill-defined requirements set up by NGOs, local residents or other interests – a new hurdle for project approval, but without the rigour and rule of law of a regulator.

Is social license a meaningful addition to the regulatory process, or is it being used as a constantly moving goal-post designed to slow down regulatory processes, delay project implementation, frustrate energy infrastructure expansion and even enrich those advocates who promote it as new model?

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