Welcome Kurt Wintermute to this week’s SAHRP events in Regina & Saskatoon!

Employee Compensation – Attracting Talent not CRA

CHRP Hours: 1.0

HR Competency: Labour and Employment Relations, Total Rewards and Professional Practice

Session Description:

Attracting and retaining talent in today’s economy is a critical component of any company’s success.  In order to attract and retain talent, a company needs to be creative in how they remunerate their employees, which may include certain taxable and non-taxable fringe benefits.  In addition to fringe benefits, corporations need to determine their key success factors and then provide incentives to employees to achieve these successes such that everyone is working towards a common goal.  A company that has successfully structured their compensation model to make their employees feel engaged and with the opportunity for advancement will be more successful in retaining top talent.  This session will discuss some key compensation arrangements including:

  • Employee Benefits
  • Stock Options
  • Equity Ownership and the use of BuyCo’s
  • Bonuses and Deferred Share Units

This session will be in a lecture style format with Q & A.


Kurt Wintermute, B.Comm, LL.B.

Kurt is a partner with MacPherson, Leslie & Tyerman LLP.  His primary practice area is tax dispute resolution and tax litigation. He advises clients and litigates matters involving corporate and personal income tax, goods and services tax, voluntary disclosures, tax evasion, employment insurance, Canada Pension Plan and Customs issues, provincial sales tax, provincial royalties, and commodities tax. He has successfully challenged a number of Canada Revenue Agency and provincial tax reassessments, most recently involving Canadian residency issues and the Canada-U.S. treaty tie breaker rules, the GAAR and the kiddie tax, Saskatchewan mineral royalties, transfer pricing penalties, employee benefits and the deductibility of resource surcharges.

Kurt has significant experience dealing with GAAR reassessments, rectifications orders and Scientific Research and Experimental Development Credits. He has conducted numerous presentations and published papers on topics such as the status of a worker as an employee or independent contractor, personal services businesses, director liability, limitation periods, solicitor-client privilege, voluntary disclosures, and gross negligence penalties. Kurt has represented clients before the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench, Saskatchewan Court of Appeal, Tax Court of Canada and Federal Court of Appeal.

Kurt is an active community leader who has been involved with the United Way of Saskatoon and Area for seven years, serving as Chair of the Community Campaign in 2011, a year in which the Community raised a then record $6.4 million. He also served as Chair of the Leadership Division for six years. Kurt is currently a member of the Business Leaders’ Planning Committee to End Homelessness in Saskatoon.

Kurt has a B.Comm Degree in Finance (great distinction) and LLB (distinction) from the University of Saskatchewan.  He presents often on this topic for business professionals in Saskatchewan and Alberta.

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