Adam Aptowitzer practices in the areas of charity and tax law. He is a member of both the bars of Alberta and Ontario and has been writing and speaking on the topic of charity law for several years. He is a regular contributor to the Canadian Taxpayer, Canadian Fundraising & Philanthropy and the Not-for-Profit News, and has been cited as an expert in several national media publications. Among other publications he is the author of a widely circulated paper on the regulation of charities in Canada and a second paper on the operation of businesses by charities both published by the C.D. Howe Institute.
Adam is also a noted speaker and has presented to, amongst others, the C.D. Howe Institute, York University Continuing Legal Education Program. the Legal Education Society of Alberta, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Canadian Association of Gift Planners, and the Canadian Bar Association. Adam has given expert opinion testimony on Parliament Hill and proposed the original idea which became bill C-458. He has also appeared before the Tax Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal and will be representing the Appellant in Guindon v. HMQ at the Supreme Court in the winter of 2014.
In 2012 Adam was named the Heather McArthur Memorial Young Lawyer Award winner by the Ontario Bar Association recognizing his contributions to legal education and law reform. He was also named to the Top 40 Under 40 by the Ottawa Business Journal and Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and is an executive member of the Canadian Bar Association’s Charity and Not-for-Profit Law section as well as the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners.
Adam was profiled as ‘Lawyer of the Week’ by the April 8, 2011 edition of the Lawyer’s Weekly Newspaper. Click here to read the article.
On February 9, 2012 Adam was an invited witness to the Parliamentary Committee on Finance as they investigated incentives for charitable giving. To hear Adam’s opening remarks click here.
B.A. (Economics) – University of Calgary, 1998
B.A. (Political Science) – University of Calgary, 1998
LL.B. – University of Ottawa, 2001
Life License Qualification Program (Insurance Licensing Exam) – 2007
Canadian Securities Course – 2008
Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners
Canadian Bar Association – Charity and Not for Profit Law Section (Executive Member)
Ontario Bar Association – Charity and Not for Profit Law Section (Executive Member)
Canadian Tax Foundation
Call to the Bar
Call to the Bar of Ontario – 2002
Call to the Bar of Alberta – 2010
Adam can be reached at: email@example.com.
He can also be reached at any of the following numbers at extension 12: