5000 6th Ave SW, Suite 150, Suncor Energy Ctr, Calgary, AB
Year called to bar: 1982 (AB)
Brent focuses his practice on business and personal tax planning, leading projects for restructuring, split-ups, acquisitions, asset divestitures and financings. He represents clients in tax disputes, representing clients before the Canada Revenue Agency, Department of Justice and Department of Finance. Brent has worked with a variety of government, industry and volunteer organizations to improve tax laws. For the past 30 years, Brent has shaped strategic solutions for public and private corporations. He has been instrumental to Felesky Flynn, progressing from partner in 1989 to joint managing partner in 2002. Brent was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2000. He has authored papers and taught seminars for numerous groups, including the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta, the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Canadian Tax Foundation, the Canadian Bar Association and many more. Brent has served as a Governor for the Canadian Tax Foundation (2005 to 2008, 2014 to 2020), Chair of the CTF Executive Committee in 2016 and Chair of the CTF Board of Governors in 2017, and in 2021, he received the Lifetime Achievement Contribution Award from the Canadian Tax Foundation. He has also taught accounting as a sessional lecturer at the University of Alberta.
AKITA Drilling Ltd. (“AKITA”) acquired all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Xtreme Drilling Corp. (“Xtreme”) by way of a Plan of Arrangement. Xtreme shareholders were able to elect to receive 0.3732394 of a Class A non-voting share of AKITA or $2.65 in cash for each Xtreme common share held, or a combination thereof, in each case subject to proration as determined by a cash maximum and a share maximum.