HazloLaw – Business Lawyers proud to announce establishment of an annual fund in memory of Robert McMechan at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law

OTTAWA, Ontario – October 6th, 2017 – HazloLaw – Business Lawyers is proud to announce that they have established a new annual fund in memory of their late colleague, Dr. Robert McMechan at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law. Described as a “tax litigation expert” by the Ontario courts, Robert McMechan served as Senior Tax Counsel at HazloLaw – Business Lawyers. He passed away on August 7th, 2016.

“We are pleased to establish this fund to honour my dear late friend, Robert McMechan. He was an exceptional individual whom we all miss and we are deeply touched and moved by his legacy. We believe that this fund will be utilized well by the Faculty in carrying on his name and in developing exceptional talent like Robert,” said Hugues Boisvert, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of HazloLaw – Business Lawyers.

In the spirit of honouring Robert McMechan’s legacy and contribution to the tax community, the HazloLaw – Business Lawyers in Memory of Robert McMechan Tax Mooting Fund will go toward training the next generation of tax lawyers by providing financial support to the students in the University of Ottawa’s Common Law program who participate in the annual Donald G. H. Bowman National Tax Moot. In addition, HazloLaw – Business Lawyers will be assisting in providing coaching to the University’s team.

Mr. François Larocque, Interim Dean of Common Law at University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law added, “The Faculty wishes to thank HazloLaw – Business Lawyers for its generosity in establishing this fund for the benefit of our community. This fund will strengthen our Faculty and will provide much needed support to students interested in tax law. We will strive to keep Dr. McMechan’s memory alive.”

Robert McMechan had over thirty years of experience in tax law, holding various positions in the private and the public sector. He was one of only a few who obtained a Doctorate in Tax Law from Osgoode Hall Law School. He also wrote several publications for Carswell, a major legal publisher, and of particular note was the co-author of Tax Court Practice, the leading procedural reference work for practitioners before the Tax Court of Canada.

A reception will be held on October 25th, 2017 at the University of Ottawa’s Fauteux Hall located at 57 Louis-Pasteur Private from 5pm to 7pm to celebrate the launch of the fund. All those interested are welcome to attend.

About HazloLaw – Business Lawyers

Headquartered in Canada’s National Capital, HazloLaw – Business Lawyers is a leading Canadian business law firm specializing in business, tax litigation, and international law. HazloLaw provides entrepreneurs and entrepreneurially-minded institutions with strategic, effective and tailored solutions for their legal and business needs. HazloLaw lawyers are recognized for providing superior counsel and guidance in a wide range of industries – locally, nationally and internationally.

HazloLaw – Business Lawyers at SHAPE North America Summit 2017

On July 13, 2017, Hugues Boisvert (second from the right), Founder & CEO of HazloLaw – Business Lawyers, spoke on the panel at SHAPE North America to discuss NAFTA after 25 years. The panel included Ailish Campbell, Chief Trade Commissioner of Canada and Raul Rodriguez, Chairman, US-Mexico Foundation.

Shape North America is a 5-day summit that brings together World Economic Forum Global Shapers from around the world.

SHAPE NA aims to connect delegates with the tangible networks, capital, and resources necessary to magnify their impact in the four policy priorities for the Summit: NAFTA, Women in Business, Innovation and Artificial Intelligence, and Clean Growth.

Click here to read more about the summit.

Click here to visit Hugues’ profile.

Professional Development Workshop: Managing the Legal and Financial Risks of Exporting

Are you currently exporting, thinking of exporting or want to upgrade your knowledge about exporting?

In a presentation from HazloLaw – Business Lawyers & Export Development Canada:

-Learn about letters of credit, bonds and guarantees.
-What are the types of risk that make your banker uneasy?
-Learn how EDC can mitigate the financial risks of exporting.
-Learn about clauses that should be found in your internationals contracts to mitigate your legal risks.
-What are Incoterms and how to use them to your advantage?

Date: May 11, 2017

Time: 9:30 AM11:30 AM EDT

In the news – Martin Aquilina comments on the latest Bombardier bribery investigation in Sweden

In light of the recent bribery investigation in Sweden, Martin Aquilina, an international business lawyer at HazloLaw – Business Lawyers, was interviewed by the National Post to comment on the matter.

The following is an excerpt from the National Post article:

Read the full article here

Martin Aquilina, an international business attorney and chief operating officer of HazloLaw Business Lawyers, said companies doing business in countries with rampant corruption like Azerbaijan need to be ready to walk away from deals where officials expect bribes. In the age of smartphones, digital records and increased enforcement, companies are more likely to get caught than ever, he said.

“You really have to have a zero-tolerance stance for that sort of thing,” Aquilina said. “You really have to have that all-or-nothing approach.”



Martin Aquilina is a seasoned international business lawyer with over twenty years of experience in a wide range of domestic and cross-border disputes and commercial transactions.

Holding a Master of International and European Law from Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Netherlands, Martin regularly advises Canadians doing business overseas and foreign clients doing business in Canada. Given his broad knowledge of foreign legal systems, he is called upon to assist in sorting out a wide panoply of situations with an extra-territorial element and combines strong technical skills with first-hand leadership experience to deliver value to his clients.

For assistance on matters concerning corruption of foreign officials, contact Martin directly at [email protected] or at +1-613-747-2459 x 308

Read Martin’s full bio