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John Oakey


As Vice-President of Taxation, John leads CPA Canada’s Tax group, which influences the development of an equitable, effective and efficient tax system in Canada, as well as delivers practical information and fresh perspectives on tax to members and the broader tax community.

A strong proponent of tax education, John also aims to increase CPA Canada’s reputation as the preeminent provider of core tax education in Canada.

John serves as a spokesperson for CPA Canada, both domestically and internationally, and acts in the public interest, providing tax-related information and perspective. He leads committees and working groups, consulting with the federal government regarding the development and administration of federal tax policies, while also providing thought leadership and education to CPA members.

Previously, John was Baker Tilly Canada's National Tax director, driving key tax advisory initiatives to support practitioners across its network. An accomplished leader and trusted advisor, John also provided tax training to other professionals through various organizations, including the Canadian Tax Foundation, CPA Nova Scotia and CPA Canada.

John has written and presented numerous articles and papers over his career and has presented at many national conferences, including several Atlantic Tax Conferences. During the pandemic, John wrote many tax‑related articles pertaining to government relief measures and legislation.