Graham Purse


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Office: Regina

Main: (306) 347-8443

Fax: (306) 352-5250

Education & Qualifications

  • PGDip with distinction, Financial Strategy (Oxford University, 2018)
  • CPA In-Depth Tax Course, Parts I, II and III (2016)
  • Saskatchewan Bar (2012)
  • LLB (University of Alberta, 2011)
  • BA with distinction (University of Regina, 2008)
  • Diploma of Music (Humber College, 2001)

Graham Purse is a tax lawyer who focuses on corporate restructuring, estate planning for high net-worth individuals, and tax controversy.

  • Lead counsel on the corporate restructuring of a large regional retailer.
  • Member of the counsel team on sale of large heavy equipment dealership in Saskatchewan.
  • Member of the counsel team on the restructuring of large transformer manufacturer in Saskatchewan.
  • Member of the counsel team on the spin-off of assets from a large private pipe laying corporate group.
  • Member of the counsel team on several inter-jurisdictional amalgamations and restructurings.
  • Member of the counsel team for the restructuring of a large charity group.
  • Member of the counsel team for the purchase of industrial lands for development of a major transportation hub in Saskatchewan.
  • Member of the tax counsel team for in-bound piping company.
  • Tax-planned corporate restructurings, reorganizations, inter-generational transfers of numerous farming and commercial enterprises.

Graham E. Purse spent more than five years with a national law firm before joining MLT Aikins LLP. Graham’s articles have been cited four times in the annotated Income Tax Act. He has co-authored a paper on expropriation with Russell Brown, now a Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. His works have been published by the Canadian Tax Foundation, American Bar Association, Sweet & Maxwell, Thomson Reuters and the Canadian Constitution Foundation. He graduated with distinction from Oxford University’s business school and received the Saïd Prize for his research project relating to the application of the Modigliani–Miller theorem to thin capitalization.

Graham is a former a member of the Taxpayers’ Ombudsman’s consultative committee. He has appeared as a guest lecturer in Tax II at the University of Saskatchewan’s Faculty of Law (relating to the utilization of express trusts in private corporation tax planning) and as a guest lecturer in political science at the University of Regina (relating to the constitutional foundations of Canadian income tax and tax evasion).

He was the chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s South Saskatchewan Tax Branch from 2012-2017. He acted three times as a guest moot judge in preparing students at the University of Saskatchewan for the national Bowman Tax Moot. Graham has successfully appeared and/or successfully resolved disputes at the Saskatchewan Queen’s Bench, Tax Court of Canada and Federal Court of Canada.

Graham also works with a number of registered charities and non-profits, and has helped several charities with the process of obtaining charitable registration, including environmental and religious charities.

Outside of the law, Graham is a jazz musician and avid photographer. He has worked as a musician aboard the RMS Queen Elizabeth II and RMS Queen Mary II. He is presently a member of the board of directors of the Regina Symphony Orchestra, and maintains a position on its governance committee.

  • Board of Directors, Regina Symphony Orchestra
  • Graham is a musician who is actively involved in performing with various jazz, funk and R&B groups in the community.
  • Co-presenter with Holli Kuski, “Joint Tenancy & Real Property: Issues in Estate Planning and Litigation,” Law Society of Saskatchewan (November 2018)
  • Presenter, “Taxation and the Charter,” University of Regina (November 2018)
  • Co-presenter with Jeff Lee and Paul Olfert, “Ten Practical Steps to Identify & Manage Risk,” Chartered Professional Accountants of Saskatchewan seminar (Regina, November 2018)
  • Co-presenter with Jeff Hansen, CPA, CA, “A Review of the Specified Corporate Income and Specified Partnership Income Rules and their Application,” Prairie Provinces Tax Conference (2018)
  • Co-presenter with Jeff Hansen, CPA, CA, “Changes to the Taxation of Private Corporations,” Regina Estate Planning Council (January 2018)
  • Co-presenter with Tamara Larre, LLM, “Changes to the Taxation of Private Corporations,” Saskatchewan Economics Association (November 2017)
  • “The Taxation of Marijuana in Canada,” Canadian Cannabis Business Week (September 2016)
  • Co-presenter with Asma Gehlen, CPA, CGA, “Changes to 55(2),” Regina Estate Planning Council (March 2016)
  • Co-author with Crystal Taylor, TEP, “The Decision to Incorporate, Taxes & Wealth Management,” Thomson Reuters (November 2015)
  • “Charity Law Update,” Canadian Association of Gift Planners (November 2015)
  • “The Decision to Incorporate,” Law Society of Saskatchewan (November 2015)
  • “Recent CRA Technical Interpretations,” 2015 Recent Tax Updates Seminar (September 2015)
  • “How to Sue the CRA,” Canadian Bar Association, Saskatchewan Tax Section (April 2015)
  • Guest Lecturer, Tax II, University of Saskatchewan Faculty of Law (March 2015)
  • Co-Chair, Federated Press 3rd Aboriginal Taxation Conference (March 2015)
  • “Tax on Corporate Transactions in Canada,” Chapter in Tax on Transactions Multi-Jurisdictional Guide, Practical Law, Thomson Reuters (2015)
  • “Current Issues in Family Trusts,” Regina Estate Planning Council (2015)
  • “PST in a Nutshell,” Saskatchewan Bar Association’s tax section (2013)
  • “Litigation Can Be Taxing: Tax—Efficient Litigation,” Saskatchewan Bar Association’s tax section (2012)
  • “Subsection 160(1) of the Income Tax Act,” Saskatchewan Bar Association’s tax section (2012)
  • “The use of Testamentary Trusts,” Saskatchewan Certified General Accountants’ Annual General Meeting (2011)
  • Co-author with Russell Brown, “Regulation of Property Use and Regulatory Takings in Alberta,” Canadian Constitution Foundation (2011)
  • The Saïd Prize (University of Oxford, 2018)
  • Alberta Law Foundation Scholarship (University of Alberta, 2008)
  • The Reverend John J. LePine S.J. History Scholarship (University of Regina, 2007)
  • Academic Silver Scholarship (University of Regina, 2005 and 2006)