Peter Broder, Executive Director

Peter Broder serves as Executive Director of The Pemsel Case Foundation, and is General Counsel & Policy Analyst of The Muttart Foundation.  He is Past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association Charities and Not-for-Profit Section.  Peter is a columnist for Law Now magazine, and serves on the editorial board of The Philanthropist.  He is a member of CRA’s Charities Directorate Technical Issues Working Group.  From 2001 to 2007, Peter was Legal Counsel and Policy Analyst for the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy, and its successor organization, Imagine Canada. From May 2007-April 2008, he was seconded to the Charities Directorate of the Canada Revenue Agency to assist with drafting of CRA’s fundraising guidance.  He currently sits on the Imagine Canada’s Standards Program Council.

Lindsay Driscoll, Director 

Lindsay Driscoll is now a consultant with Bates Wells and Braithwaite and lectures as Cass Business School. Until 2008, she was a Legal Commissioner at the Charity Commission. She has had considerable experience in the field of charity law; as Head of Legal and Governance as NVCO, as a partner with Sinclair Taylor & Martin, and as a consultant both in the United Kingdom and internationally.

Gordon Floyd, Secretary

Gordon Floyd became President & CEO of Children’s Mental Health Ontario in January 2004, after 10 years at the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy as Vice-president of Public Affairs. His career spans the public, private and voluntary sectors: as former Chief of Staff to three Leaders of the Opposition in Ontario; as head of a public affairs consulting firm serving Canada, the US and the Caribbean; as co-founder and senior V-P of a large fundraising consulting firm. In 2002, Gordon was honoured with the Arthur Kroeger College Award in Policy Leadership by Ottawa’s Carleton University.

W. Laird Hunter Q.C., President

A partner at Richards Hunter and based in Edmonton where for more than 30 years he has carried out a significant national practice in charity and non-profit law.  Laird acts as general counsel, providing tax and corporate advice on a variety of charity and non-profit issues.  He advises on establishing charities and non-profit organizations and works with them to address their organizational and governance concerns. He is regularly called on to advise charities and non-profit organizations on compliance and taxation matters under the Income Tax Act (Canada), as well as other relevant provincial tax regulations. He assists clients with charitable registration matters and with regulations relating to receipting of charitable foundations and expenditures of charitable funds.  Well known for his work in the field, Laird has twice acted as intervenor counsel before the Supreme Court, on Vancouver Immigrant Women and later in the AYSA case.  Amongst other reform initiatives, Laird was a member of the Working Together task force, and an advisor to the Regulatory table as part of Voluntary Sector Initiative.  Laird is Treasurer of the Muttart Foundation.

Carl Juneau, Director

Now retired, but formerly with the Quebec Bar as well as an executive in the Canada Revenue Agency, Carl Juneau has more than 28 years’ experience in the regulation of charities through the Canadian Income Tax Act.  This includes experience both in the Agency’s Charities Directorate and in the Tax Policy Branch of the Department of Finance, in the areas of policy development, registration and revocation of charities, legislative amendments, and appeals to the courts.

Susan Manwaring, Treasurer

Susan Manwaring is the National Chair of Miller Thomson’s Charities and Not-for-Profit Group.  Susan works with clients from the voluntary sector.  Susan provides both specialized tax and general counsel advice to charities and not-for-profit organizations across Canada and Internationally.  Susan advises on establishing charities and non-profit organizations and works with them to address their operational and governance concerns.  She is knowledgeable in the law relating to charitable expenditures and day to day questions of charities, including charities working outside of Canada. She also assists clients faced with tax audits and/or other regulatory issues.

Susan is regularly called upon to advise charities and non-profit organizations on compliance and taxation matters under the Income Tax Act (Canada), as well as other relevant provincial tax regulations.  She assists clients with charitable giving issues and with regulations relating to receipting of charitable foundations and expenditures of charitable funds.  Susan writes and speaks frequently on non profit and charities related issues.

Myles McGregor-Lowndes, Director

Professor Myles McGregor-Lowndes OAM is the Director of The Australian Centre of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (CPNS).  He has written extensively about nonprofit tax and regulation, nonprofit legal entities, government grants and standard charts of accounts as a means of reducing the compliance burden. He is a founding member of the ATO Charities Consultative Committee and the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission Advisory Board.  In June 2003, Myles was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) “For service to the community by providing education and support in legal, financial and administrative matters to nonprofit organisations.”

Bryan McLean, Director

Bryan McLean spent 32 years with the Canada Revenue Agency, retiring as Director of Policy, Planning and Legislation Division, Charities Directorate in May 2015. Over the course of his career, Bryan held executive positions across the Charities Directorate, including Director of the Regulatory Reform Implementation Secretariat. He chaired the Directorate’s Technical Issues Working Group, consulting on regulatory issues with a broad range of key stakeholders.  Bryan was also an executive with CRA’s Corporate Affairs Branch, focussing on performance measurement.

Marc Owens, Director

Marc Owens is a member of the U.S. law firm Loeb & Loeb LLP, where he specializes in federal tax issues relating to tax-exempt organizations, including charities and issue advocacy groups.  Prior to entering private practice, he spent 25 years with the US Internal Revenue Service, including serving as Director of the Exempt Organizations Division from 1990 until 2000.  As Director of the Exempt Organizations Division, he was responsible for the design and implementation of federal tax ruling and enforcement programs for charities and other tax-exempt organizations.  He is a member of the District of Columbia and Florida Bars.  He is also co-chair of the Subcommittee on Audits and Appeals of the Exempt Organizations Committee of the American Bar Association Tax Section.  Chambers USA ranked him as a “Top Lawyer” in 2009, 2010, and 2011; he is also named to “Best Lawyers of America” for Nonprofit/Charities Law and Tax Law for 2008-2012.

Adam Parachin, Director

Adam Parachin is an Associate Professor for Law at the Faculty of Law at Western University. He teaches and researches in the areas of charities, trusts and estates.

David Stevens, Director

David Stevens is partner in the business law department in Gowlings’ Toronto office. David’s practice focuses exclusively on taxation concentrating on corporate tax, personal tax planning and charities.  David’s corporate tax practice involves advising clients on corporate finance, reorganizations and mergers and international tax planning. His personal tax and charities practice focuses on succession planning, family trusts, offshore planning, private foundations and charities compliance.  David is a member of the editorial board of The Philanthropist, and was a law professor at the Faculty of Law, McGill University from 1983 to 1999.

Bob Wyatt, Vice President

Bob Wyatt joined The Muttart Foundation as executive director in 1989, following a career in journalism and public relations in both the government and private sector. Much of his career in the voluntary sector has involved working with capacity-building organizations in an attempt to build a higher profile of the voluntary sector and encourage its greater engagement in public-policy issues. As part of the Canadian government’s Voluntary Sector Initiative, he co-chaired the Joint Regulatory Table. Bob has served on the boards of a variety of organizations. In 2005, he received the Alberta Centennial Medal for outstanding contributions to the voluntary sector. In 2006, Bob took a staff fellowship leave to undertake research on the role of a peak organization in the Canadian charitable sector. During this one year leave, Bob served as the executive in residence at the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, Queensland University of Technology.