It is with sadness that we share the news that the Honourable Donald G.H. Bowman passed away on June 8, 2022. Mr. Bowman was a strong supporter and the namesake of the Bowman National Tax Moot since its inception in 2011. He thoroughly enjoyed meeting participants of the Moot over the years and sharing stories from his time as a practitioner and as a Judge of the Tax Court of Canada. He will be deeply missed by the Bowman Moot Committee and everyone who has participated in the Moot, whether as a student, coach, judge or volunteer, over the years. We thank Mr. Bowman for his contributions to the Moot and to the tax and legal communities.

About The Moot

The Donald G.H. Bowman National Tax Moot is Canada’s first competitive moot on taxation and is administered by a committee of judges and practitioners. The Moot is named after the Honourable Donald G.H. Bowman, former Chief Justice of the Tax Court of Canada.

Students compete over two days in two preliminary rounds, semi-finals and the final moot before a panel of three judges. Winners are announced at a dinner on the last day of the Moot.

In 2017, we became a bilingual competition by allowing students to plead and prepare their written arguments in the official language of their choice. Interpreters are provided for bilingual moot(s).

Featured above clockwise from top left: Jillian Klassen, University of Manitoba; The Honourable Judith M. Woods, Federal Court of Appeal; and Johanna Thiessen, University of Manitoba.

The 2022 Donald G.H. Bowman National Tax Moot took place online on March 4 and 5, 2022. 

Congratulations to all participating teams and to our award winners: 

  • Best Team: University of Manitoba
  • Best Factum – Appellant: Western University
  • Best Factum – Respondent: Queen’s University
  • Best Advocate: Shazad Omarali, Osgoode Hall Law School

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