Brian R. Carr

Brian R. Carr

Thorsteinssons LLP

Recognized since 2006

Toronto, Ontario

Practice Areas

Tax Law

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Brian R. Carr, LLB is of Counsel in Thorsteinssons’ Toronto office. He holds a B.Sc. (1970) and an LL.B. (1973) from the University of Toronto.

Mr. Carr is a former Chair of the Canadian Tax Foundation, a Past-Chair of the National Taxation Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association and former Co-Chair and Member of the CBA/CICA Joint Committee on Taxation. He is a Past-Chair of the legislative subcommittee of the Taxation Section of the Ontario Bar Association. He is currently Co-Chair of the Canadian Bar Association programme “Tax Law For Lawyers”, an educational programme designed for tax lawyers in the first three years of practice. He is also currently Co-Editor-in-Chief of Federated Press’s Resource Sector Taxation Journal published by Thomson Reuters. He is a former editor of the Canadian Tax Journal. Mr. Carr has served as contributing editor to Ward’s Tax Law and Planning (1983-95) and as assistant editor of the Canadian Petroleum Tax Journal (1988-96). He is the author of “Taxation of Resource Industries” (Carswell, 1987), the co-author and a co-Editor-in-Chief (with Torran Jolly of KPMG LLP in Calgary) of Canadian Resource Taxation” (a loose-leaf service first published by Carswell in 1996) and co-author with C. Anne Calverley, formerly with Dentons LLP in Calgary, of Introduction to Resource Taxation in Canada (Carswell, 2014). Mr. Carr has written several articles published in the Canadian Tax Journal, the Corporate Management Tax Conference Reports, the Canadian Tax Foundation Conference Reports and the Canadian Petroleum Tax Journal. In 1996, he was co-winner of the Canadian Tax Foundation’s Douglas J. Sherbaniuk Distinguished Writing Award as co-author of “Today’s Butterfly,” published in the Foundation’s 1994 Conference Report. In 2012, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to the Canadian Tax Foundation. In 2016, he was awarded the inaugural Award of Excellence by the Tax Section of the Canadian Bar Association of Ontario and a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Canadian Tax Foundation.

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  • Bay Wellington Tower, Brookfield Place, 33rd Floor
    181 Bay Street
    P.O. Box 786
    Toronto, ON M5J 2T3

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2022 for work in:

  • Tax Law

Special Focus

  • Corporate
  • Litigation

"He is extremely knowledgeable and skilled at communicating tax law and its application or implications. He is easy to work with and responds within the planned time frames. He calls to ensure the service provided by junior lawyers assigned to the project is meeting expectations."

"He has in-depth experience in the resource tax area and excellent relations with government officials, other professionals, and corporate leaders. He has prompt turn-around and clear, concise opinions."

- Suzanne Pomakov (CVRD Inco Limited), Toronto, ON

"He is very experienced, easy to work with, and he responds quickly. He is a clear communicator, and he ranks as one of the top tax lawyers."

- Mark Harris (Five Continents Capital Limited), Toronto, ON

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