Vern is a corporate and commercial lawyer with substantial tax expertise.
Vern attended the University of Manitoba for law school and was the recipient of numerous academic awards. Vern also holds a M.Tax from the University of Waterloo.
Vern started his legal career at a large law firm in downtown Toronto in tax law and more recently, Vern was a partner at a large accounting firm in Toronto. During his time in private practice, Vern represented many national and multi-national companies with various aspects of their tax planning.
Vern has authored many articles on tax law and has appeared before the Tax Court of Canada and drafted legal tax memorandums for submission to the Supreme Court of Canada. He also has substantial public company experience as an officer of three TSX-V companies.
Vern is responsible for all legal matters for Wealth Stewards and tax & estate planning for investors. Vern takes pride in providing business-practical legal advice to Wealth Stewards recognizing operational risks and rewards. In addition to traditional legal advice, Vern provides day-to-day operational, contractual drafting and review, dispute resolution, human resources advice, and the structuring of equity investments and loan transactions. This frequently includes everything from leveraging his network in the Canadian business community to consider opportunities for Wealth Stewards and its investors, to the drafting of legal contracts and working with outside counsel to maximize financial value to investors.
Having been born overseas and having lived in three continents before the age of 10, Vern has a keen interest in travelling and learning about other cultures. To date, Vern has travelled to over 100 countries and this number is sure to increase in the upcoming years.
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I donate to UNHCR Canada (UN Refugee Agency; https://www.unhcr.ca/). This charity provides assistance to millions of refugees around the world.