I have just completed 4 years on the CRA's Technical Issues Working Group. Most people don't even know that it exists. The Technical Issues Working Group is fondly known as TIWG and pronounced like 'twig'. It is an opportunity twice a year for CRA, Finance, certain charities and professional advisors to discuss technical and other issues affecting the sector.
Here is some information from CRA on the Technical Issues Working Group from the CRA site:
Since 2004, the Technical Issues Working Group has played the important role of advising the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) on issues related to the regulation of registered charities.
The Technical Issues Working Group provides a forum to identify and resolve technical and policy issues related to registered charities, the Income Tax Act, and common law. The Working Group meets twice a year.
The Working Group has representatives from the CRA, the Department of Finance Canada, and the charities sector. Sector representatives include individuals from national umbrella organizations for charities, registered charities, professional associations, as well as accounting and legal experts.
Listed below are the names of the members for the 2018 to 2019 term and the names of related organizations:
List of 2018-2019 members
Name Related organization
Amy Avis, Ontario Lawyer, specializing in charity law
Mark Blumberg, Ontario Lawyer, specializing in charity law
Peter Broder, Alberta Imagine Canada
Marina Glogovac, Ontario Canada Helps
Linda Godel, Ontario Past Chair of the Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Section, Canadian Bar Association
Laird Hunter, Alberta Philanthropic Foundations Canada
Luke Johnson, British Columbia Lawyer, specializing in charity law
Craig Lillico, Ontario Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada
Susan Manwaring, Ontario Chair of the Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Section, Canadian Bar Association
Margaret Mason, British Columbia Lawyer, specializing in charity law
Bryan McLean, Ontario Former director in the CRA Charities Directorate
Deina Warren, Ontario Canadian Council of Christian Charities
Adam Parachin, Ontario Law professor, specializing in charity law
Pam Prior, British Columbia Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada
Do you require legal advice with respect to Canadian or Ontario non-profits or charities?
Mark Blumberg is a partner at the law firm of Blumberg Segal LLP in Toronto and works almost exclusively in the areas of non-profit and charity law.