Chapter PD: US Federal Corporate Tax/ Business Ethics

November 28, 2015

United States Of America Tax Form 1040 With Calculator, Dollars

Session 1:  Introduction to US Federal Corporate Taxation
As many Canadian businesses have expanded their operations into the US, it is important for practitioners to have a general understanding of U.S. federal corporate tax issues.  This course will provide participants with a general overview of the US federal tax system.

Topics include:

  • Taxation of residents and non-residents
  • Basic computation of taxable income/common book-tax differences
  • Overview of depreciation and amortization
  • Filing deadlines, administration and information reporting

Session 2: Making Your Scenario the Best Case: An Active Approach to Business Ethics
10:15am – 12:15pm

There is an old wise saying that goes like this, “What is permissible may not be beneficial.” We can also use the same philosophy, apply it to the world of business ethics and formulate a statement that goes like this, “What is legal may not be ethical.”

What is the difference between lawful and ethical? One does not need to look very hard for examples that tell us there are differences: some say any coffee that is not fair trade is unethical, some vegans would say eating animal meat is unethical, other groups say medically assisted dying is unethical, the list goes on.

So what is the difference? Why can something be legal and not be ethical? If the institution of laws are initiated by a consensual reaction towards an action that is perceived as unethical, how did they arrive to a conclusion that the action is unethical? What’s their ethical ‘compass?’

In this seminar we will explore the origin of ethics and how ethics are developed within a person, dissect and critically engage with our own existing ethical compass, how to understand your client’s (corporate or individual) ethical compass and why it is important to understand and communicate clearly the ethical environments that we find ourselves in so that we can pro actively create scenarios that will consistently be the best case within our own business operations, professional environments and client relationships.


Date: Saturday, November 28, 2015
Time: 7:00 am Registration and Breakfast;10:00 am Refreshment;Session 1: 8:00 am to 10:00 am & Session 2 :10:15 am to 12:15 pm
Location: Executive Hotel and Conference Centre, 4201 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby, BC ; This event is near the Gilmore Skytrain/Brentwood MallLocation
Who: CPABC Members and Students
Early Bird Registration for both sessions: $75.00 + GST (deadline for early bird is November 21, 2015)
Registration for both sessions: 85.00 + GST (after November 21, 2015)
Registration for one session only: $45.00 + GST
CPD: Both events qualify for 4 hours verifiable CPD & one event qualifies for 2 hours verifiable CPD each
To register: Register here

Please note Chapter events are not eligible for the CPABC Passport. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  1. Parking at the facility is free but please check with the hotel registration desk to confirm whether they require your license plate number.
  2. Please also note that we do not accept walk-in at the registration desk.  All registrations must be completed by using ePly.
  3. Please contact Jessica Liu at if you have any further inquires.

Speaker’s Biography:

Irene Lau, MST

Irene is a Senior Manager at Deloitte LLP in Vancouver.  She has over twelve years of experience in U.S. corporate tax consulting and compliance services. Her experience includes consulting on federal, state, and international tax matters for a diverse client base, as well as advising clients on a wide variety of tax issues, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, international tax planning and reporting, and state and local tax planning. She has served as a lead tax senior manager on engagements with large public and private companies, and Canadian corporations with U.S. operations. Irene holds a Master of Science in US Taxation.

Jonathan Chan, B.A. (Econ), GDBA, ThM

Jonathan Chan has a degree in economics and a graduate degree in business from Simon Fraser University. He also has a masters degree in theology from Regent College. He has 15 years of experience in the retail industry holding a wide array of management capacities throughout the supply chain. His in depth knowledge in business coupled with the ability to facilitate and engage critical discourse has helped him create stimulating and provoking dialogues on various issues in the business realm and the social realm. He currently serves as the executive director and CEO of a charity he founded called Company of Disciples with the sole purpose of connecting communities through critical dialogue and engagement on current issues relevant to Canadians.



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