Pamela L. Cross



Pamela is a tax partner who focuses her practice on taxation, estate and trust planning, tax dispute resolution and voluntary disclosures of unpaid taxes.

She regularly advises tax-exempt organizations (including charities, not-for-profit organizations and municipal corporations) on the tax implications of their transactions and activities.

She also provides tax advice on employee compensation matters and has a subspecialty in the taxation of pensions and tax exempt registered plans (RRSPs,/RRIFs TFSAs, RESPs and RDSPs).

Pamela has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, providing expert testimony on tax matters.



  • SterlingCapitalBrokers Ltd. acquired all of the issued and outstanding shares of Riverview Insurance Solutions Inc.
  • Advised large Canadian pension master trust with respect to equity investments in the United States and the European Union.
  • Structured several unique stock based and employee compensation plans for Canadian and international clients.
  • Negotiated a tax settlement with the Canada Revenue Agency with respect to offshore assets, including assets located in former Eastern European country repatriated in 1990.

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Professional Involvement

  • Chair, STEP Canada, 2019-present
  • Co-chair, STEP Canada Public Policy Committee, 2016-present
  • Academician, The International Academy of Estate and Trust Law
  • Associate Member, Conference for Advanced Life Underwriting (CALU)
  • Member, Society of Trust and Estate Planners (STEP)
  • Member, Registered Products Working Group, Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC)
  • Member, Tax Policy Committee, Canada's Venture Capital & Private Equity Association
  • Member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, Canadian Bar Association, and Canadian Tax Foundation

Awards & Recognitions

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2022 (and since 2014) edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Tax Law, Trusts and Estates).
  • Recognized in the 2021 edition of Who's Who Legal as a Thought Leader - Private Client. 
  • Recognized in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada- Lawyer of the Year (Trusts and Estates).
  • Recognized in the 2021 (and since 2019) edition of Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Charities/Not-For-Profit Law). Also recognized in the 2021 edition (and since 2013) (Estate & Personal Tax Planning) and 2018 edition (and since 2015) (Corporate Tax).
  • Recognized as the 2018, 2016 and 2014 Ottawa Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year by The Best Lawyers in Canada®.
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ 4.8 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.
  • Recipient of the Michael Cadesky Volunteer of the Year Award, 2014.
  • Recipient of the Ottawa Business Journal's "Forty under 40" Award, 2006.

Education & Bar Admission

  • Ontario, 1996
  • In-Depth Tax Course, Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, 2001
  • In-Depth Tax Course, Canadian Bar Association, 2000
  • LLB (magna cum laude), University of Ottawa, 1994
  • B.Sc. in Physiotherapy, Queen's University, 1989