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Tax Court gets two new judges

Friday, June 08, 2018 @ 3:33 PM | By Carolyn Gruske


K.A. Siobhan Monaghan and Susan Wong have been named as judges of the Tax Court of Canada.

Justice Monaghan is a partner at KPMG Law LLP in Toronto. She has worked in Alberta, practising tax law as an associate with Bennett Jones LLP as well as in Ontario, where she spent over 25 years at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP (first as an associate and then a partner), before joining KPMG.

She served as a member of the Canadian Bar Association-Chartered Professional Accountants Canada (CBA-CPA) joint committee on taxation for nearly 10 years, including spending two years as its co-chair and as a member of the income tax education committee of CPA Canada.

Justice Monaghan is an adjunct member of the faculty of Osgoode Hall Law School’s professional master of laws program. She is also a governor of the Canadian Tax Foundation and is part of the committee that selects the recipient of the Douglas J. Sherbaniuk distinguished writing award, an award she herself received in 1996.

As a writer, Justice Monaghan is a co-author of Taxation of Corporate Reorganizations and as a contributing editor to Tax Policy in Canada.

She replaces Justice Judith M. Woods, who was appointed to the Federal Court of Appeal on June 16, 2016.

Justice Wong is a regional director and general counsel at the Department of Justice Canada in Vancouver.  

She began her legal career in Alberta, articling in Edmonton at Corbett & Company and went on to practise civil litigation and corporate/commercial law in the private sector in Edmonton and Vancouver before joining the Department of Justice at the end of 1996. At the Department of Justice, Justice Wong practised exclusively in the area of tax litigation from 1996 to 2008, when she became regional manager of the tax law services section in the B.C. regional office.

In 2015, she was appointed general counsel and regional director of the business and regulatory law section, a group of more than 70 counsel, paralegals and support staff responsible for general civil litigation on behalf of the government of Canada in British Columbia.

Justice Wong also served on several national departmental committees in the areas of good practices, judicial review and employment insurance. She has appeared before the Tax Court of Canada, the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal.

She replaces Justice Valerie A. Miller who resigned effective June 1, 2017.