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Allan Gelkopf

Awards & Recognition

Allan is recognized as a leading tax lawyer in the following publications:

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2020 (“Allan Gelkopf is well known for his specialisation in commodity taxation, covering issues from GST and HST to tariff classification and import/export restrictions”.)

  • International Tax Review’s World Tax - 2019-2020 Highly Regarded (Indirect Tax)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada - 2016-2020

  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada - 2015-2020 (Commodity Tax/Customs)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2019 ("Allan Gelkopf is described as 'extremely knowledgeable' by market sources. One client highlighted his 'level of expertise in HST issues - I had nothing but confidence in him"'.)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory - 2018-2019 (Commodity Tax/Customs)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2018 ("Allan Gelkopf is recognized as a notable expert in matters relating to GST, HST and PST.")

  • International Tax Review's Indirect Tax Leaders 2017-2018

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2017 ("Allan Gelkopf is recognized by the market as a noteworthy GST, HST and PST expert. Clients describe him as "a specialist in local provincial tax and value added tax. His advice is very sensible - he has given us very constructive drafting advice.")

  • The 2017 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Commodity Tax/Customs)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2016 (Tax) ("Sources describe Allan Gelkopf as 'a leader in the commodity tax space and a very fine lawyer.' He is especially well versed in matters concerning goods and services tax.")

Professional Activities

Allan has served as a consultant to the Department of Finance in connection with the GST/PST harmonization project and has assisted in the preparation of the GST Guide for Consumers of Legal Services and for Lawyers. He has written for the GST & Commodity Tax Newsletter, the Canadian International Lawyer, the Lex Mundi World Reports and the Sales Tax, Customs & Trade Journal. He has also lectured at the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) Commodity Tax Symposium and at CPA's in-depth commodity tax course.

Allan is a member of the GST Leaders Forum, the Canadian Tax Foundation, the Canadian Financing & Leasing Association Tax Committee, the Canadian Bar Association/Canada Border Services Agency Customs Committee and is past chair of the Canadian Bar Association Commodity Tax, Customs and Trade Section. He was appointed a member of the Department of Finance HST Focus Group to review proposed HST legislation involving financial institutions. Allan has also served as a member of the Advisory Committee of the CPA Commodity Tax Symposium.

Allan is the editor of the CBA National Commodity Tax, Customs and Trade Section Newsletter and a member of the editorial board for the Sales Tax, Customs & Trade Journal (Thomson Reuters Canada).

Professional Appearances
  • Speaker: Voluntary Disclosures
    GST Leaders Forum 2017, Boston, Massachusetts, April 30 - May 2, 2017.

Admitted to the Ontario Bar - 1986
LL.B., M.B.A. (Gold Medal), University of Windsor - 1984
B.Comm., University of Windsor - 1982
B.Sc., University of Toronto - 1980

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