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Maurice Chiasson, K.C.


Queen’s Marque
600-1741 Lower Water Street
Halifax, N.S.
B3J 0J2




Language(s) spoken: English, French

Bar Admission(s): Nova Scotia, 1989

Legal Assistant(s): Wendy L. MacIsaac

Providing legal services through a professional corporation.

An expert practicing in commodity tax and commodity tax litigation, Maurice maintains a robust practice supporting clients in lending institutions, government agencies, large service firms and large manufacturers. With more than 30 years of experience he counsels clients through the complex components related to commodity taxation, including goods and services tax, customs and provincial taxation.

Maurice is adept at advising clients who are often involved in complex, time-sensitive financing transactions. As a result, he is able to help his clients achieve their goals, while at the same time making a positive contributions to his clients and their businesses.

Education & Career


Dalhousie University (BA, 1984)
Dalhousie University (LLB, MBA, 1988)


Member, Canadian Bar Association
Member, Canadian Tax Foundation
Associate Member, Canadian Progress Club
Member, Sales and Commodity Tax Subsection, Canadian Bar Association
Member, Insolvency Institute of Canada
Chair, Finance Committee, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society
Participant, GST-HST Leaders’ Forum, 2007 – present
Director, Halifax Comedy Festival Society, 2009 – present
Member, Canadian Insolvency Foundation, 2010 – present
Member, Steering Committee, Amendments to the Nova Scotia Companies Act, 2002 – 2008


Best Lawyers 2023, Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Halifax
Best Lawyers 2021, Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Halifax
Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2021, 2023 (Banking)
King’s Counsel, 2008
Recipient, Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers, 2016
Best Lawyers: Banking and Finance Law, 2008 – 2010, 2013 – 2024
Best Lawyers: Insolvency and Financial Restructuring, 2012 – 2024
Best Lawyers: Tax Law, 2011-2024
Lexpert/American Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, 2008 & 2009
Lexpert rating: Asset Equipment Finance/ Leasing, 2012, 2014 – 2024
Lexpert rating: Banking & Financial Institutions, 2011, 2013 – 2024
Lexpert rating: Commodity Tax/Customs,  2013 – 2024
Lexpert rating: Corporate Commercial Law, 2012 – 2024
Lexpert rating: Insolvency & Financial Restructuring,  2015 – 2024
Lexpert rating: Corporate Mid-Market, 2008 – 2010, 2013 – 2024
Martindale-Hubbell rating: BV Distinguished®


Presenter, CRA Rules on Assignment of Real Estate Agreements, GST Leaders’ Forum

October 28, 2022

Presenter, Application of GST/HST to Cross-Border Transactions – Do the Rules Work?, GST Leaders’ Forum

December 01, 2020

Presenter, Inside or Outside – Review of Place of Supply Rules and Selected Export Issues, CPA Canada Virtual Seminar

November 25, 2020

Presenter, Deemed Trusts and The GST – Lessons for Secured Creditors, Annual Review of Insolvency Law

February 07, 2020

Presenter, Building Blocks, GST/HST (Stewart McKelvey Tax School)

November 05, 2019

Presenter, GST-HST Hot Topics, 2018 Atlantic Provinces Tax Conference

Presenter, Deemed Trusts and the HST – Lessons for Registrants and Secured Creditors, CPA Commodity Tax Symposium

October 16, 2018

Presenter, Dealing with CRA – Remedies and Enforcement: “So You Owe CRA Money…”, GST Leaders’ Forum 2015

April 28, 2015

Presenter, Fair Market Value under the Excise Tax Act “What’s Fairness Got to Do with Anything?”, 2011 CICA Commodity Tax Symposium

September 27, 2011

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