Don Scott

FCPA, FCA
Director of Tax Services, Tax Partner
Ottawa

“As the leader of our tax group, working at Welch allows me to work with and provide proactive tax advice to our clients and to mentor the other tax professionals in the firm – a very rewarding experience on both fronts”

Don is nationally recognized for his extensive knowledge in the area of Personal and Corporate Tax Planning. He regularly contributes to Welch’s quarterly newsletter as well as blogs and white papers to keep our clients up to date on the latest tax issues.

Don authors the annual Income Tax Update course, which is taught nationally through the CPA professional development program and teaches various specialized tax courses for the CPA Canada and CPA Ontario. He is also a mentor to students within the firm that are working towards their CPA designation.

Don obtained his BBA degree in 1979 at Acadia University and his CA degree in 1981, while working in Halifax. Don joined Welch LLP in 1988 and has been a partner since 1989. In 2008, Don received the CPA Canada Award for Excellence in Income Tax Practice and Education and a year later, was awarded his FCA. He currently serves as the firm’s Director of Tax Services.

Don often contributes articles on financial matters to local newspapers and has appeared as a guest on shows such as Canada A.M., and the CTV News Federal Budget specials.

Quick Facts

Joined Welch in

1988

Education

Bachelor of Business Administration, Acadia University, CPA Canada In-Depth Tax Course

Associations

CPA Ontario, CPA Canada, Income Tax Education Committee (ITEC) – part of the CPA Canada

Specialties

Personal and corporate tax planning, income tax specializing in tax planning arrangements and corporate reorganizations; owner-managed businesses, estate planning, international tax, cross-border tax issues

Quote

Albert Einstein – “The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax”

Hobbies/ talents

Hockey, softball, wine appreciation

Favorite music

The Blues – BB King, Allman Brothers Band, The Rolling Stones, The Who

Personal accomplishment/ most proud of?

With my wife, Sue, raising a son and a daughter who have turned out pretty darn well