Alain Gaucher, K.C.



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Education & Qualifications

  • LLM (Toronto, 1982)
  • Saskatchewan Bar (1980)
  • LLB (Saskatchewan, 1979)
  • BA cum laude (Saskatchewan, 1979)

Alain Gaucher is a leading lawyer with extensive experience in the areas of personal and business succession planning, high net worth estate planning, corporate tax and shareholder agreements.

Alain works with a broad client base of individuals, small- to medium-sized enterprises and large corporations to produce business structures and processes that are as tax efficient as possible. He has extensive experience with provincial, national and international tax issues, and also provides tax litigation advice in disputes with the Canada Revenue Agency.

Alain has more than 40 years of experience, including previously being Chair of the firm. Alain has encountered most corporate and shareholding succession planning issues that can arise and can bring them to bear on planning objectives the client wants to achieve. Once tasked with an assignment, Alain is able to move forward expeditiously to the assignment’s conclusion.

  • Former Chair, Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan (Saskatchewan, 2014-2018)
  • Former Chair, Saskatoon Community Foundation (Saskatchewan, 2006-2014)
  • Former Director, Saskatoon Community Foundation (Saskatchewan, 2006-2014)
  • Former Chair, St. Paul’s Hospital (Saskatchewan, 2007)
  • Board of Management, St. Paul’s Hospital (Saskatchewan, 2007)
  • Former Director, St. Paul’s Hospital (Saskatchewan, 2007)
  • Foundation Board, St. Paul’s Hospital (Saskatchewan, 2007)
  • Volunteer Chair, St. Paul’s Hospital (Saskatchewan, 2007)
  • Capital Campaign, St. Paul’s Hospital (Saskatchewan, 2007)
  • Founding Director, Canadian Association of Family Enterprise, Saskatoon
  • Former Chair, Campaign Cabinet, United Way of Saskatoon
  • Presenter, “Anatomy of a Trust,” presentation to business and tax advisers (2013)
  • Presenter, “The Uses of Trusts in Tax and Estate Planning,” presentation to business and tax advisers (2012)
  • Co-presenter, “Shareholders Agreements – Tips and Traps,” Prairie Provinces Tax Conference, Canadian Tax Foundation, 6:1-40 (2003)
  • Co-author ,“U.S./Canada Executive Transfers: Selected SERP [Supplementary Executive Retirement Plan] Issues,” 13 T. Executive Comp. and Retirement 102-110 (March 2002)
  • Co-author, “The New Civil Penalty Provisions Under the Income Tax Act (Canada) and the Excise Tax Act (Canada),” CBA Bar Notes (2001)
  • Co-presenter, “A Worker’s Status as Employee or Independent Contractor,” Report of Proceedings of the Fifty-First Tax Conference, Canadian Tax Foundation (2000)
  • Co-author, “Estate Planning for Farmers: Some Income Tax and GST Issues,” CBA Bar Notes (April 1992)
  • Guest Lecturer, “Taxation and Estate Planning,” College of Law, University of Saskatchewan (1984-1997)
  • Co-author, “Stock Purchase Agreements,” Carswell (1984)
  • Named Lawyer of the Year, Tax Law, Best Lawyers in Canada (Saskatoon, 2024)
  • Named Lawyer of the Year, Tax Law, Best Lawyers in Canada (Saskatoon, 2021)
  • Named Lawyer of the Year, Tax Law, Best Lawyers in Canada (Saskatoon, 2018)
  • Recognized as a Leading Canadian lawyer, Corporate/Commercial Law, Chambers Canada (2020-present)
  • Recognized as a Top Lawyer, Trusts and Estates, Best Lawyers in Canada (2008-present)
  • Named a Top Lawyer, General Business Law, Chambers Canada  (2019)
  • Name a Notable Practitioner, General Business Law, Chambers Canada, (Saskatchewan)
  • Named a Man of Influence, SaskBusiness Magazine (2013)
  • Named Leading Practitioner, Corporate Tax, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2003-present)
  • Named Leading Practitioner, Estate and Personal Tax Planning, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2003-present)
  • Recognized as a AV Peer Review Rated, Lexis-Nexis/Martindale-Hubbell