Meet the Team

We are a growing team of professionals exclusively
committed to solving tax well.

Areas of Expertise

  • Corporate Tax Planning
  • Personal Tax Planning
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Reorganizations
  • Succession Planning
  • Trust & Estate Planning
  • Mergers & Acquisitions / Divestitures

Gary BiasiniMBA, LLM, TEP
Counsel Moodys Tax

Gary still remembers the moment he inquired about playing for the men’s ice hockey team at Cambridge University in the UK. When the organizers found out he was a goalie who travelled from Canada with his own equipment, they immediately latched on to him and wouldn’t let him leave until he committed to play that academic year. That feeling of being a valued team member is one of the main reasons he signed on as Counsel in 2021. Gary knows that being an impact player comes with much responsibility, especially when preparing retirement and succession plans for his clients. He brings more than three decades worth of experience to the Moodys Private Client Tax team and has a solid reputation in the areas of Income Tax Planning, and Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures and is the initial point of contact for many clients in most areas of law. Gary also possesses a savviness with computers, making him a valuable (but unofficial) IT guy for our team. It’s no wonder that during his downtime, Gary enjoys building computers for himself and for his family and friends. He is also an avid short-wave radio collector and restorer and hopes this once popular pastime will someday make a comeback.

Qualifications
  • Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, In-Depth Tax Course, 1991
  • University of Cambridge (UK), LL.M., Honours, 1987
  • University of Alberta, LL.B., Distinction, 1986
  • University of Alberta, M.B.A, 1985
  • University of Alberta, B.Comm., Distinction, 1982
  • College St. Jean, Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies, 1979
Professional Affiliations
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association (1987 to current)
  • Member, Canadian Tax Foundation (1987 to current)
  • Member, Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners (1998 to current)
  • Lecturer, Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta (1996 to current)
  • Past Lecturer, Certified General Accountants Association of Alberta
  • Past Lecturer, Certified Management Accountants Association of Alberta
  • Member and past Chairman, Taxation Section (North Alberta)
  • Past Chairman, Business Law Section (North Alberta)
  • Past Chairman, Taxation Specialist’s Section (North Alberta)
  • Member and Past Chairman, Edmonton Tax Lawyers and Accountants Discussion Group
  • Past Director, Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners, (2005 - 2008)
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners
  • Chair, CBA committee to comment on proposed changes to the Business Corporations Act of Alberta
Recognition
  • Recipient of the Judge’s Bronze Medal for academic achievement in the Faculty of Law, University of Alberta
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada: Tax Law
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Estate and Tax Planning Law
  • Martindale-Hubbell: Distinguished BV Peer Review Rating

Speaking Engagements and Presentations
  • Author and Presenter, LESA 45th Annual Banff Refresher Course – Tax Implications of Commercial Transactions, Non-Residency and Trusts, 2012
  • Charitable Giving: A Detailed Review of Tax Issues and Planning Strategies, 2012
  • Seminar on "Tax Aspects of Buying and Selling a Business, March, 2009
  • Seminar on Taxation of Shareholder Benefits – Loans and Other Indebtedness, October, 2007
  • Seminar on Recent Changes to Business Corporations Act of Alberta, March 2006
  • "Recent Amendments to Business Corporations Act of Alberta", 2005
  • "Taxation of Shareholder Benefits – Loans and Other Indebtedness", 2004
  • "Trusts, An Update", 2004
  • Taxation Law Specialist’s Section, "Employees Profit Sharing Plans", 2004
  • Seminar on Employees Profit Sharing Plans, – September, 2003
  • "Retirement Compensation Arrangements and Employees Profit Sharing Plans, A Primer", 2002
  • Lecturer, University of Alberta, Faculty of Law, Law 460 - Introduction to Income Taxation, 2000 – 2002
  • Executive Compensation - Current Areas of Interest, 2001
  • Lecturer, Corporate Law for Legal Assistants, 2001
  • Budget Update, 2000
  • Taxation Law Non-Specialist’s Section, "The Taxation of Trusts, the New Rules", 2000
  • Barbados Works '99 - Seminar on the uses of Offshore Trusts, 1999
  • Tax Update Seminars, 1997, 1998, 1999
  • Seminar on Taxation of Shareholder Benefits, November, 1998
  • "Update on the Taxation of Trusts", 1997
  • Taxation Law Specialist’s Section, "The Uses of Family Trusts", 1997
  • Lecturer, University of Alberta, Faculty of Business, Legal Relations 301 – Introduction to the Canadian Legal System, September 1996 to April 1997
  • Seminar on the uses of Offshore Trusts and Tax Havens, 1997
  • Taxation Law Specialist’s Section, "The proposed new stop loss rules contained in subsection 112(3) of the Income Tax Act (Canada)", 1996
  • Business Law Section, "Proposed amendments to the Business Corporations Act of Alberta", 1995
  • Mid-Winter Meeting, "The new rules respecting debt forgiveness - Amendments to sections 79 and 80 of the Income Tax Act (Canada)", 1995
  • Business Law Section, "Issues respecting Section 42 of the Business Corporations Act of Alberta", 1994
  • Co-presenter and Author, “Agriculture Tax Update for Professionals”, Alberta, 1994
  • Taxation Law Section, "The many uses of holding corporations in tax and estate planning", 1993
  • Saturday Morning at the Law School “The Alberta Court System” (University of Alberta Law School), 1990
  • Law for the Layperson Program (Investment and Tax Law), 1989
Teaching Engagements
    Publications
    • “The Trust is Dead, Long Live the Trust”
    • Update Author, Estate Planning – Tips & Traps, 2012 – 2020
    • Update Author, RIP: Estate Planning to Minimize Tax Leakage, 2012 – 2018
    • Update Author, RIP: Tax Compliance Matters Relating to Terminal Returns, 2012 -2018
    • Update Author, RIP: Estate and Testamentary Trust Filings, 2016 – 2018
    • Co-editor, Chapter 15 “Passage of Shares of a Private Corporation on Death”, Taxation of Private Corporations and Their Shareholders, Fourth Edition, 2010
    • "Recent Amendments to Alberta’s Business Corporations Act", Canadian Tax Journal, 54 CTJ 316 – 344, 2006
    • Co-author, "Executive Compensation – Current Areas of Interest", Course materials for Institute of Chartered Accountant of Alberta, 2001
    • "Role of Domestic Trusts in Wealth Preservation", Infonex Conference, Taxation of Wealth Transfers - Tax Strategies for High Net Worth Clients, 1997
    • Co-author, Prairie Provinces Tax Conference, "Discretionary Family Trusts from A to Z (A Case Study)", 1994
    • Update Author, RIP: Tax Compliance Matters related to Terminal Filing Preparation, 2012 – 2018
    • Editor, “Tax Planning with Offshore Tax Havens/Trusts”, 1997, 1998
    • Taxation of Wealth Transfers, “Role of Domestic Trusts in Wealth Preservation”, Tax Strategies for High Net Worth Clients