Category description This award recognizes the commitment and extraordinary contributions made by our volunteers to the tax community and the Canadian tax system. The award is given to a volunteer who has demonstrated dedicated volunteer service and whose contributions have made a significant impact on improving the Canadian tax system. The winner will be announced at the CPA Canada Volunteer Awards Gala in Toronto on Wednesday, October 26, 2016. Nominees Hugh Neilson, FCPA, FCA Kingston Ross Pasnak LLP Committee(s): Small and Medium Practitioner Tax Committee Hugh is an independent contractor to Kingston Ross Pasnak LLP, where he’s a director in Taxation Services. He’s also an independent contractor to Video Tax News Inc., where he’s a member of the editorial board. He has over 25 years of public practice experience, focusing on income tax services for individuals and owner-managed private corporations. He was awarded the Alberta gold medal and National silver medal when he wrote the Uniform Final Examination in 1990, and he has practiced in the tax area since that year. Hugh provides tax consultation in many diverse areas, including business structuring and restructuring, negotiations with CRA auditors and appeals officers, tax-effective compensation strategies and strategies for tax-effective personal, family and estate tax planning. He has taught taxation courses for CPA Canada in Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, and has presented at the National Conference on Income Taxes, Banff Small Practitioners Forum, CA Forum North, the Canadian Tax Foundation’s Prairie Provinces Tax Conference and at CPA Canada’s 2015 The ONE Conference. Hugh has published articles in Law Now and Lawyers’ Weekly, and appears regularly in Video Tax News. He is a member of CPA Alberta’s Members in Tax Working Group and CPA Canada’s Income Tax Education Committee and Small and Medium Practitioner Tax Committee. Since 2013, he has served as a director and treasurer of the Centre for Public Legal Education of Alberta. Penelope Woolford, FCPA, FCA KPMG LLP Committee(s): Joint Committee on Taxation of the Canadian Bar Association and CPA Canada, Tax Policy Committee Penny has over 28 years of tax experience specializing in corporate tax, with an emphasis on international tax, corporate reorganizations, financing, and mergers and acquisitions. Her clients include Canadian-based multinational corporations that operate in various countries in many different industries, and foreign multinationals structuring their investments into Canada. For questions, please email us.