Byron Scott Beswick


KPMG in Canada

Byron is a CPA, CA and a lawyer whose practice is focused on inbound and outbound cross-border taxation matters and domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, financings and reorganizations. Byron has 20 years of public practice experience as an accountant and a lawyer and is ranked by Lexpert and Best Lawyers in Canada as a leading Canadian corporate tax lawyer.

Byron is a frequent writer and speaker on taxation matters, including for the Canadian Tax Foundation and the Canadian Tax Journal, and is a professional development instructor for the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada.

Professional and Industry Experience: 

Byron has extensive domestic and cross-border tax planning and transaction experience with some of the largest Canadian-based multi-national enterprises in Western Canada, as well as major foreign public, private and state-owned enterprises investing in Canada. Byron’s clients have included entities primarily in the energy, energy services, commodities, manufacturing, engineering and real estate industries.

Recent Teaching Experience:

  • University of Calgary Faculty of Law, Sessional Instructor, International Tax, 2020, 2019, 2018
  • CPA Canada, Facilitator, In-Depth In-Residence III, 2020; In-Depth International Tax, 2019, 2018

Recent Publications and Presentations:

  • Canadian Tax Foundation, “Selected Topics in Transfer Pricing”, panelist for Transfer Pricing Conference, 2021
  • Canadian Tax Foundation, “Introductory Concepts for Inbound and Outbound Investments in Private Companies”, presentation for CTF Young Practitioners, 2020
  • Bulletin for International Tax, “Canada - Overview of Canadian Fiscal and Tax Administrative Measures in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic”, publication, 2020
  • Canadian Tax Foundation, “International Tax for Owner-Managers: An Introduction for Non-Specialists”, presentation and publication for CTF Owner-Manager Conference, 2020
  • Canadian Tax Journal, “Transfer Pricing and Transactions Between Foreign Entities”, publication, 2019
  • Canadian Tax Foundation, “Selected Tax Issues in Debt Reorganization Transactions”, presentation and publication for CTF Annual Conference, 2019
  • Tax Executives Institute, “Selected Aspects of US Tax Reform”, presentation for Calgary chapter, 2018
  • Canadian Tax Foundation, “Foreign Exchange Legislation in Canada: Current State and Future Policy”, presentation and publication for CTF Annual Conference, 2017
  • International Fiscal Association, moderator for Annual Conference CRA Roundtable, 2017
  • Tax Executives Institute, “Foreign Exchange Management and Recent Developments”, presentation for Calgary chapter, 2016
  • International Fiscal Association, “OECD Final BEPS Reports – The Readers Digest Version”, panelist, 2016
  • International Fiscal Association, “Primer on Inbound Taxation Matters”, presentation to Young IFA Network, 2016
  • JD, University of Toronto Faculty of Law

  • BMgt., University of Lethbridge

  • Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants

  • CICA In-Depth I; CICA In-Depth II; Corporate Reorganizations; International Taxation

  • Call to bar date: 2010 (AB); 2008 (ON)

  • CPA/CA

  • Law Society of Alberta

  • Treasurer for the Alberta Advisory Board for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind