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Dennis L. Nerland, QC

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Outside of work, I enjoy travelling abroad and spending time with my wife, children and grandchildren.

I am one of the three founding partners of Shea Nerland LLP, and lead our tax & estate planning practice.

I received a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honours in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Calgary in 1975.  Further pursuing my education, I received a Master of Arts Degree in Economics from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario in 1976 and finally, a Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Calgary in 1979.  

I have completed the Rotman / Haskayne Directors Education Program and achieved the designation of Institute-Certified Director (ICD.D) from the Institute of Corporate Directors in 2011. I have also successfully completed the Rotman Financial Literacy Program and am a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Planners (“STEP”) and have achieved the Trust and Estate Practitioner (“TEP”) designation.  

I work closely with our cross border specialists and corporate lawyers in providing innovative and effective succession solutions for Canadians with property abroad, and for foreign residents holding Canadian property.

In 2014, I was appointed a Queen’s Counsel (“QC”) of Alberta.


  • Rotman/Haskayne Directors Education Program, 2011, Rotman School of Management
  • University of Calgary, 1979, Juris Doctor
  • Carleton University, 1976, Master of Arts in Economics
  • University of Calgary, 1975, Bachelor of Science with Honours in Mathematics and Economics

Call to the Bar

  • 1980, Law Society of Alberta

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, Canadian Tax Foundation
  • Member, Calgary Bar Association
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners
  • Institute-Certified Director (ICD.D)

Recent Media

Proper planning best way to address complex blended family estates - October 19, 2017 (AdvocateDaily.com)

The limited partnership protective shield - October 16, 2017 (AdvocateDaily.com)

Insights into general partnerships - September 28, 2017 (AdvocateDaily.com)

Goals, objectives, tax considerations paramount when choosing a trust - September 26, 2017 (AdvocateDaily.com)

Dividend tax insights - August 18, 2017 (AdvocateDaily.com)

Choice of trustee vital to trust's financial, relational goals - August 10, 2017 (AdvocateDaily.com)

Proposed tax changes a 'renewed attack' on job creators - August 3, 2017 (AdvocateDaily.com)

Feds unveil plan to stop 'unfair' business tax advantages - July 19, 2017 (AdvocateDaily.com)

Corporation can be effective wealth preservation tool - June 22, 2017 (AdvocateDaily.com)

Vital to consider human side of trustee-beneficiary relationship - April 24, 2017 (AdvocateDaily.com)

Trusts - Best Practices in the New Estate Planning Paradigm - April 10, 2017 (CaregivingMatters.ca)

Questions an effective decision-making tool - March 30, 2017 (AdvocateDaily.com)

Risk profile key in assessing best tax, estate planning strategy - March 20, 2017 (AdvocateDaily.com)

The blueprint for a border-adjustment tax - January 31, 2017 (AdvocateDaily.com)

Team approach key to family wealth protection, management - December 1, 2016 (AdvocateDaily.com)

Profit shifting concerns 'overstated' given corporate objectives - October 11, 2016 (AdvocateDaily.com)

Performance-based law firm culture a valuable asset - October 3, 2016 (AdvocateDaily.com)

Trustee duties extend to relational, financial issues - July 27, 2016 (AdvocateDaily.com)

Dennis Nerland Tackles Complex Tax Issues with Unique Skill Set - May 31, 2016 (AdvocateDaily.com)

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Outside of work, I enjoy travelling abroad and spending time with my wife, children and grandchildren.


  • Family Limited Partnerships
  • The Limited Partnership Protective Shield
  • General Partnerships
  • The Prescribed Rate Loan Strategy
  • Irrevocable Inter Vivos Trusts
  • Revocable Inter Vivos Trusts
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