I was delighted to present as part of a panel at the Université de Montréal Charity Law Conference 2015 on May 8, 2015.  The panel was entitled The Modern Charities Regulator and my presentation was entitled “Overview of the Regulatory Environment in Canada for Registered Charities”.

Here is a description of the panel and the participants on the panel:

Panel 5: The Modern Charities Regulator

Given the importance of tax considerations, much of modern regulation of charities seems increasingly to be a function undertaken by taxing authorities.  At the same time, other courts and tribunals have interests in both traditional questions of charitable purpose and “newer” questions such as the extent to which charities must comply with various equality statutes.  This panel will explore the role of courts and administrative agencies in resolving questions about the status and operation of charities.

Presenters:

Mark Blumberg (Blumberg Segal LLP Toronto): Overview of the Regulatory Environment in Canada for Registered Charities

Dana Brakman Reiser (Brooklyn):  U.S. Charity Enforcement by State Attorneys General and Self-Regulation

Oonagh Breen (UCD): Redefining the Regulatory Space?: The First Forays of the Irish Charities Regulatory Authority.

Mark Sidel (Wisconsin): Expanding the Third Sector and Constricting Civil Society: Evolving Forms of Charity Regulation in China and India

Here is a program for the days activities.  The day was a wonderful opportunity to meet academics and charity law practitioners, share insights, ask questions about charity law in Canada and elsewhere. It was organized by Professor Matthew Harrington of the Faculty of Law at the Université de Montréal.