Commodity tax symposium 2020

This year marks 40 years of CTS. Stay on top of critical policy issues, legislation updates and other technical trends at Canada’s largest and longest-running indirect tax event.

Event Details

Location and date:
Ottawa October 19-20, 2020

Connect with the best and brightest in indirect tax next fall as the Commodity Tax Symposium celebrates 40 years.

Join us in the nation’s capital, where you’ll be able to study the latest changes and trends in indirect tax policy, legislation and compliance. Find out what could impact your practice in 2020 and beyond through comprehensive technical sessions, engaging keynotes and a variety of practical, hands-on opportunities to deepen your skills.

There will also be great opportunities to network between talks and an annual update on commodity tax from CRA.

2020 call for submissions

Join the ranks of Canada’s top indirect tax talent and share your expertise to help guide others. We invite you to send in your suggestions for session and/or technical paper topics for the 40th edition of CTS.

Submissions from industry leaders, tax practitioners and government professionals are welcome, and will be presented to the advisory committee. Preference is given to technical papers. The deadline is February 27, 2020.

For detailed requirements, terms and conditions, and to submit your paper, please contact Reshma Oza.


2019 Normand Guérin Award

Congratulations to Braek Urquhart and Beverly Gilbert the winners of the 2019 Normand Guérin award. The award is presented by Deloitte LLP for an outstanding contribution to the advancement of commodity tax studies for their paper “There is a New Dealer in Town - An Introduction to the Canadian Cannabis Indirect Tax and Excise Duty Framework”.

View last year’s agenda here

Additional options and pricing may be available. See pricing and registration for more details.


12  CPD hour(s)
Pricing & registration

You will learn about:

  • critical issues in commodity tax
  • GST, HST, PST and QST
  • tax updates from the CRA
  • the latest case law updates
  • industry-specific challenges
  • and much more

Who should attend?

  • accounting professionals
  • lawyers
  • consultants
  • academics
  • senior executives
  • professionals who lead internal commodity tax groups for industry or not-for-profit organizations
  • representatives from the CRA, the Department of Finance, and provincial ministries of finance charged with policy and compliance initiatives regarding sales taxes and other indirect taxes

More Details:

Venue[s] and Accommodation[s]


The Westin Ottawa Hotel
11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON K1N 9H4


The Westin Ottawa Hotel
11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON K1N 9H4
t.: 613-560-7000

Hotel reservations are the responsibility of the participant.

CPA Canada has arranged for special conference rates at the Westin Ottawa.

Traditional Room (single/double) $269/night

Deluxe Room (single/double) $329/night

Suites (single/double) $419/night

**Additional Person $40/night**

Rates available until September 21, 2020 (5pm EST), or until the room block is full.

Book your hotel room here.

Frequently asked questions:

Networking events

Welcome reception – Sunday, October 18, 2020

Start the symposium on a high note and taking time to connect with fellow attendees. The welcome reception takes place in the Confederation Foyer (4th floor) of The Westin Ottawa from 4.30 to 7:30 p.m.

Networking Reception – Monday, October 19, 2019

Following the day’s sessions, join attendees, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors for the 40th Anniversary CTS networking reception (22nd floor) of The Westin Ottawa. Enjoy a beverage or two while visiting conference exhibitors and meeting fellow attendees.

What equipment do i need to join the virtual conference?

For a smooth virtual conference experience, ensure that you have:

  • the most current operating system and browser on the device you will use to connect to the virtual conference platform
  • access to high speed/broadband Internet (or 4G/LTE services for mobile/tablet devices); if you are not on high-speed Internet, your video may become patchy at times
  • speakers/headphones to hear the conference speakers


Please contact:

Member Development and Support
Tel: 1-800-268-3793