David Walsh

Dave Walsh

Partner, Tax Service Line Leader

CPA, CA (Ontario); CPA (Illinois)

BDO Ottawa

416-369-3126

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Executive Summary

Dave is the Tax Service Line Leader for BDO Canada, leading the Firm’s Tax Services team across the country. He is a member of the Canadian Executive Leadership Team, as well as the Global Tax Advisory Committee, comprised of tax leaders from BDO markets globally.

Dave has over 20 years of experience in public practice advising clients across a diverse range of industries in Canada and around the world. He joined BDO in 2016 and splits his time between the Ottawa and Toronto offices. He was previously a partner with Ernst & Young. Dave has significant experience working with multinational corporations, small and medium-sized enterprises and start-ups, and has led teams in complex tax assignments including international expansion, initial public offerings (IPO), equity and debt financing transactions, transfer pricing, expatriate tax, mergers and acquisitions.

Additionally, Dave has extensive expertise in taxation matters impacting the technology industry, having served many high-tech companies in the fields of software, telecommunications, hardware and defence. He serves as a leadership team member for BDO’s Global Technology, Media and Telecommunications industry group and the Canadian Technology and Life Sciences industry team. He has advised clients in numerous other industries including real estate, construction, finance, airline, medical, dental, and legal.

Dave is on the Innovation Leadership Council for the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) and is a recipient of Ottawa’s Forty Under 40 award presented by the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and Ottawa Business Journal.

He has contributed to numerous national media publications speaking to all matters of taxation such as the annual federal budget, as well as participated as a judge at the prestigious Queen’s University Inter-Collegiate Business Competition.

Professional Affiliations

Board Member, Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA)
CPA Specialized Tax Course – Advanced International Tax
CPA Specialized Tax Course – Advanced Corporate Reorganizations
CPA In-Depth Tax Course Parts I, II, III
Member, Canadian Tax Foundation
Chartered Professional Accountant, Ontario
Certified Public Accountant, Illinois

Professional Designations & Education

Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), Queen’s University
 

insights

October 19, 2017

Tax Alert - Proposals on Converting Income to Capital Gains Abandoned
On October 19 the government released further changes to their controversial July 18 proposals on private company tax planning, the third such release during Small Business Week.

October 16, 2017

Tax Alert - The Government responds with significant changes from Private Company Consultation
Canadians spoke and the government listened. Following three months of scrutiny and criticism from small business owners, farmers, doctors, other professionals and the overall Canadian tax community, the government has revisited the private company proposals originally released...

September 26, 2017

Nova Scotia Budget Report: September 2017
On September 26, 2017, the Honourable Karen Casey presented her first budget as Nova Scotia's Finance and Treasury Board Minister. This budget is a re-introduction of the budget that was shelved by the Liberal government when Premier Stephen McNeil called an election.