Robin MacKnight

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Dissertation Title

Analog to Digital: Retooling the Taxation of Private Canadian Corporations

Dissertation Topic

The fundamental rules governing the taxation of Canadian private corporations were designed and implemented over 100 years ago. Over the past century Canada’s economy, society, demographics and forms of business have changed dramatically, but those fundamental rules have not. How can we modernize those rules to improve and simplify our tax system, and to reconcile tax policy objectives and government responses to citizen demands for services in future?


1994: LLM - Osgoode Hall Law School

1976: LLB - Queen's University

1973: BA - Queen's University

Teaching Experience

TA Legal Process - Osgoode 2021 to current

Instructor, Part-time LLM Osgoode 1998 -2018

Adjunct Instructor, M Tax, Waterloo 1998 -2008

Instructor, Estate Planning, Queen's, 2004

Founder and instructor, Tax Law for Lawyers , Canadian Bar Association for 25 years till 2020

Bar Admission Course lecturer and instructor in Alberta and Ontario for about 20 years

Professional Experience

Over 40 years practice experience in tax and business law, including planning, implementation and dispute resolution

  • Harry Arthurs Fellowship 2021-22
  • Many presentations to Canadian Tax Foundation, Canadian, US and International Bar Associations, International Fiscal Association, and various industry organizations from 1978 on