66 Wellington St W, Suite 5300, TD Bank Twr, Toronto, ON
Year called to bar: 2001 (ON)
Partner in the firm’s Tax group in Toronto. Her practice includes all aspects of commodity taxes, from providing advice on commercial transactions to representing clients in disputes. Advises clients on the commodity tax implications of new business ventures, domestic and cross-border transactions and corporate reorganizations. Has assisted clients with audits and verifications, and by making representations to tax authorities. She has litigated commodity tax issues before the Tax Court of Canada, Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal, Canadian International Trade Tribunal, and Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Frequently addresses professional and business conferences and has written for various tax publications including Tax Litigation, Tax Notes International, the CTF Conference Report, and GST and Commodity Tax News, and the Sales Tax, Customs & Trade Journal. Wendy is chair of the National Commodity Tax, Customs and Trade Section of the Canadian Bar Association and a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2001.
On January 10, 2019, a consortium consisting of Air Canada, Toronto-Dominion Bank (“TD”), Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (“CIBC”) and Visa Canada Corp. (“Visa”) announced the successful closing of its purchase of Aimia Canada Inc., owner and operator of the Aeroplan Loyalty Business, from Aimia Inc.
As part of the continuing transformation of its business since its spin-off from Element Financial, Steve Hudson’s ECN Capital Corp. [TSX: ECN] completed the acquisition of Triad Financial Services in December 2017 and sold its Canadian commercial and vendor finance business to Canadian Western Bank in January 2018.
On December 3, 2015, Bruce Power L.P. (Bruce Power) and the Independent Electricity System Operator (the IESO) entered into the Amended and Restated Bruce Power Refurbishment Implementation Agreement (the ARBPRIA) to extend the operating life of the Bruce Power facility to 2064.
City Centre Terminal Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Porter Aviation Holdings Inc. (PAHI), completed the sale of substantially all of its assets, including the passenger terminal at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (BBTCA), to Nieuport Aviation Infrastructure Partners GP (Nieuport), a consortium of Canadian and international infrastructure equity investors.
Element Financial Corporation (TSX: EFN) completed its largest acquisition to date with the $570-million purchase of the assets comprising GE Canada's fleet leasing business. GE Canada's fleet vehicle portfolio consists of 650 regionally diversified customers and integrated fleet management services for vehicle and light and medium truck financings. As part of the acquisition, Element also entered into a strategic alliance agreement with GE Capital Fleet Services in the US pursuant to which the companies will collaborate primarily on the pursuit of Canadian/US cross-border fleet management opportunities.