Susan M. Manwaring

Partner | Toronto

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Portrait of Susan M. Manwaring

Susan Manwaring is a recognized leading expert advising social enterprises, charities and non-profits in her practice. Susan provides both general counsel and specialized tax advice to her clients across Canada and internationally. Susan is the national lead of the Social Impact Group at Miller Thomson.

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Miller Thomson earns top rankings in Chambers Canada 2019

Miller Thomson earned a top “Band 1” ranking for two practice areas in the 2019 Chambers Canada Guide. Our Charities and Not-For-Profit group is regarded as being “leaders in the charitable sector,” and praised for their ability  to “help find solutions in complex situations.” Our Agribusiness group...

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Susan Manwaring to appear before special Senate committee on charitable sector

Social Impact group lead Susan Manwaring has been invited to appear before the special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector. The Committee is specifically looking into the funding of the charitable sector with a focus on new sources of funding...

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Miller Thomson lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019

In the just released 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada, 144 Miller Thomson lawyers from across the country have been recognized for their expertise in 47 areas of law. This includes 6 lawyers who were awarded “Lawyer of the Year” in...

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Miller Thomson recognized in 2018 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

In the recently released 2018 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, 90 Miller Thomson lawyers across 35 areas of law have been recognized for their industry-leading advisory expertise.  These rankings are the culmination of an extensive annual peer review process...

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Miller Thomson earns top rankings in Chambers Canada 2018

Miller Thomson earned a top Band 1 ranking for two practice areas in the 2018 Chambers Canada Guide. Our Charities and Not-For-Profit group is regarded for “its novel and innovative approach to complex matters arising within the charitable and non-profit market,”...

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Miller Thomson recognized in 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

In the recently released 2017 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, 79 Miller Thomson lawyers across 30 areas of law have been recognized for their industry-leading advisory expertise.  These latest rankings are the culmination of an extensive annual peer...

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Susan Manwaring on federal panel of charitable sector experts reporting to Minister of National Revenue

Susan Manwaring served on the five-member Consultation Panel on the Political Activities of Charities that presented its report to the Minister of National Revenue at the end of March 2017, following extensive consultations with the public and the charitable sector. The report...

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Miller Thomson partners on first federally-funded social impact bond

On October 28, 2016, Canada’s Minister of Health, the Honourable Jane Philpott MP, along with Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (“HSFC”) and MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, announced Canada’s first ever federally-funded social impact bond (“SIB”). A SIB is...

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Susan Manwaring named to federal panel examining political activities of charities

Susan Manwaring, lead of the national Social Impact group, has been named to the consultation panel that will make recommendations to Minister of National Revenue Diane Lebouthillier in order to clarify the rules governing the involvement of registered charities in political activities. The panel,...

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Miller Thomson lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017

126 Miller Thomson lawyers from across the country and in numerous areas of law have been recognized for their expertise in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada. This result is up from 122 lawyers ranked last year....

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Susan Manwaring speaks on donor issues at CAGP course

Susan Manwaring presents “Emerging Donor Issues” at the Advanced Canadian Gift Planning Course for the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP).

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Susan Manwaring speaks on alternative financing for charities

Her presentation is for the Canadian Council of Christian Charities 2016 conference.

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Susan Manwaring speaks on social impact bonds

Susan Manwaring co-presents with Grant Monck at the CAGP National Conference on “Social Impact Bonds: A Creative Tool for Advisors, Charities and Government”.

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Susan Manwaring and Martin Rochwerg speak on estate and tax planning

The 2016 Guide to Complex Issues in Estate and Tax Planning is presented by Osgoode Professional Development. Susan Manwaring speaks on “Charitable Donations: What You Need to Know”. Martin Rochwerg is Program Co-Chair.

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Susan Manwaring speaks on social enterprise

Susan Manwaring presents “Social Enterprise: Rethinking Your Organizational Structure” at the CPA Not-for-Profit Financial Executive Forum.

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Susan Manwaring lectures on risk management

Susan Manwaring is an instructor for Imagine Canada’s Standards Program Coach Certificate Course in collaboration with Carleton University.

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Susan Manwaring presents at executive breakfast series on women on boards

Susan Manwaring speaks as part of a panel on “Women on Boards: How to be one” at the Executive Breakfast Series hosted by Women in Film & Television.

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Susan Manwaring presents on social enterprise

Susan Manwaring presents “Social Enterprise – Rethinking Your Organization Structure”. This panel presentation at the CSAE National Conference includes Sophie Doukas, Dale Varney of Grant Thornton LLP and Robert Ramsay of Motorcycle and Moped Industry Council.

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Susan Manwaring presents update on testamentary trusts & charitable gifting

Susan Manwaring speaks at the Conference for Advanced Life Underwriting (CALU) with Patrick Uzan, Canada Life on “Update on New Rules for Testamentary Trusts/Charitable Gifting”.

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Susan Manwaring discusses “What’s New in the World of Charity Regulation” at CEGN conference

2015 Conference: Economic Opportunities and Environmental Imperatives: Building Canada’s New Economy June 9- 11, 2015 – The Old Mill, Toronto, Ontario Jobs or the environment? It has always been an unnecessary choice. Yet much of the debate regarding Canada’s environment and...

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Recent Developments for Charities and Not-for-Profits

Miller Thomson’s Social Impact Group invites you to a complimentary seminar on recent developments and legal updates in the voluntary sector where we will discuss: Federal Update – What’s New? Rules for Directors of Societies and Co-operatives BC Budget –...

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Charity Advocacy and the Canada Revenue Agency. Where Are We Now?

Miller Thomson’s Social Impact Group invites you to its next breakfast seminar at our Montréal office. Topic discussed: The Canada Revenue Agency invited a group experts to make recommendations on changes that could be implemented to the rules that apply to activities...

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New Corporate Structures for Achieving Social Impact

Susan Manwaring speaks on “New Corporate Structures for Achieving Social Impact” at the 2013 Social Enterprise World Forum in Calgary.

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Charities Law Update

Miller Thomson hosts a breakfast seminar covering: Canada’s new anti-spam legislation New CRA rules on political activities for registered charities Update on CRA’s Non-Profit Organization Risk Identification Project BC’s Community Contribution Company legislation – in force July 29, 2013 Location...

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17th Annual National CAGP-ACPDP Conference

Miller Thomson lawyers speak and present at the 17th Annual National CAGP-ACPDP Conference: Marty Rochwerg and Gail Black present on “Gift Planning and Tax Issues within an Estate.” For more information, please click here. Rachel Blumenfeld and Kate Lazier present in a panel...

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Miller Thomson hosts a Charities & Not For Profit Update seminar.

Topics discussed at this complimentary seminar are: Underwater Endowments: How to structure endowment gifts in the current economic environment Update: Estate Litigation Issues for Charities Update: Gifts of Property The New Wills, Estate and Succession Act: Highlights and Implications for...

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What’s Happening?

The Social Impact Group is pleased to sponsor Imagine Canada’s 2018 Sector Champion Roundtable in Halifax from August 22-24, 2018 where Susan Manwaring will be in attendance.

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Canada without Poverty Decision Appealed and Federal Government announces changes to the Political Activities Rules in the Income Tax Act

Readers will recall seeing our summary of the recent decision of Justice Morgan in Canada Without Poverty v. AG Canada  –  a Charter decision in which Canada Without Poverty (“CWP”) argued that the provisions of the Income Tax Act (Canada)(“ITA”)...

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Susan Manwaring comments on Ontario court ruling regarding political activities of charities

The Narwhal, "The unmuzzling of Canadian charities"

The article discusses the Canadian Revenue Agency’s longstanding rule that limits the amount a Canadian charity can devote to political activities to 10% of its resources. An Ontario judge recently ruled this was infringement on the constitutional right to free...

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What’s Happening

Karima Kanani and Meg Spevak will be presenting on “Are You Ready? New Amendments to Non-Profit Governance in Ontario” to members of the Association of Family Health Teams of Ontario in Toronto, ON on May 11, 2018. Susan Manwaring will be speaking...

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Recent Developments for Charities & Not-For-Profits

Miller Thomson Social Impact seminar

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Senate of Canada to Study Charitable Sector

On January 30th, 2018, the Senate of Canada passed a motion to appoint a Special Committee of the Senate to review issues related to the charitable sector in Canada (the “Committee”).  The Senate confirmed that the Committee’s general mandate will...

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What’s Happening?

Susan Manwaring will be speaking at the ONN Connector Salon at the Foundation House as part of a panel on “Emerging Trends & Surprising Disruptions” on the topic “Our Changing Legal/Regulatory Systems” in Toronto, ON on March 22, 2018. Susan...

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What’s Happening?

Susan Manwaring spoke on the topic:  “Protecting Your Private Club’s Tax Exempt Status” at The Canadian Society of Club Managers’ BMI General Manager/COO Course at Ryerson University in Toronto, ON on January 27, 2018. Karima Kanani and Meg Spevak presented a webcast...

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Charities Can Now Help Businesses in the Aftermath of Disasters

In August 2017, the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) updated its Guidance CG-014 on community economic development (“CED”) activities and charitable registration.  There were a number of updates to the Guidance, but the most significant was the inclusion of the statement...

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What’s Happening?

Nicole D’Aoust and Natasha Smith presented at the AFP Congress 2017 on the topic:  “You Can Donate That?! Non-traditional Gifts that can Make a Big Difference” in Toronto, ON on November 21, 2017. Kathryn Frelick and Karima Kanani presented a webcast...

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Health minister announces groundbreaking federally-funded social impact bond

Counsel to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada

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