Don specializes in small and medium-sized Canadian businesses and Canadian subsidiaries of foreign corporations; income tax; taxation of subsidiaries of foreign corporations; non-resident tax; taxation of non-resident investment in real estate; taxation for immigrants and emigrants; and taxation of foreign expatriates working in Canada.

About Don

Don was born in Whitehorse, Yukon and grew up in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. Excelling in sports and academics, he graduated from Nanaimo District Secondary School in 1972.  

Before joining Manning Elliott, Don was a Partner in a small accounting firm in Vancouver for 24 years. Don’s wide-ranging experience includes the following industry sectors: airlines; biotech (animal health); building products; education; food products; game app development; gaming supplies (playing cards); import and export; LNG exploration and transportation; mining exploration; professionals (doctors, lawyers, realtors, engineers); real estate development, holding, management and renovations; ship inspection; software development; and tourism (hotel, tour company, travel agent, homestay).

A member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC, Don also belongs to

Kiyukai (Kiyukai Vancouver Japanese Business Association), Konwakai (Japanese Business Association of Vancouver); Canada-Japan Society; Japan Canada Chamber of Commerce; and Mokuyokai (society for people with a professional/personal interest in Japan).

For recreation, Don played ice hockey until 2018 and one of his teams has raised more than $480,000 for charity in the past 23 years. He also likes camping, fishing (mainly fly fishing), golf, skiing, bike riding 


Don obtained his Chartered Accountant designation in 1981, after completing his Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Management Information Systems at the University of British Columbia in 1978.

He studied, lived and worked in Japan from 1981 to 1985, where he learned to speak Japanese as a second language, working for a large international accounting firm.

In 1987 Don completed the Canadian Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants’ “In-depth Tax Course” while working at a “Big 4” accounting firm.


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