Law, tax, and giving back: Regan O'Neil, Ian Anderson Committee Chair of the Year Award recipient

Posted by: Alycia Lowdon on May 26, 2017

Last week we recognized one of our amazing volunteers and this week we want to feature another member of our community who continues to contribute to the Chamber and business in Calgary. 

Regan O’Neil is the recipient of the 2016 Calgary Chamber Ian Anderson Committee Chair of the Year Award. We caught up with Regan to talk about what this award means and the why it is so important to him. 

About Regan O'Neil

Regan O’Neil is a partner at Miller Thomson LLP. Regan's law practice focuses primarily on mid-market private company tax and corporate matters. Regan does a lot of work in the areas of commercial transactions, tax-focused reorganizations, and mergers and acquisitions. Regan’s diverse clients span many industries, and include both startups and established businesses. Regan is a trusted advisor to his clients, overseeing their various legal needs.

Regan is a regular presenter and speaker on tax, corporate, and commercial matters with respect to private corporations.

Regan is the Chair of the Tax and Economic Affairs Committee, Calgary Chamber of Commerce and also sits on the Executive Committee of the Canadian Bar Association, Tax Non-Specialists (South).

When and why did you get involved with the Chamber?

I have been involved with the Chamber and its tax and economic affairs committee since 2009. I became aware of the Chamber through the coverage it gets in the media. I wanted to get some exposure to other professionals interested in tax and policy and be part of the Chamber’s tax policy initiatives.

What is your favourite part about the Chamber?

My favourite part of the Chamber is the opportunity the Chamber provides for learning and the sharing of different perspectives. A good way to better yourself is to surround yourself with people you admire. There are many admirable people that are involved with the Chamber in some capacity. And just by joining the Chamber or one of its committees you can meet many very accomplished individuals.

What are your visions for the future of the Chamber? What would you like to see the Chamber accomplish?

The future of the Chamber is bright. I would like to see the Chamber enhance its already great reputation as being a source of informed commentary on policy matters. Like many organizations, I understand that the Chamber is determining how to use technology in an efficient manner so as to better leverage the expertise of its volunteers. I have every confidence that this evolution will be well carried out and result in greater profile for the Chamber and be of much benefit to its members.

What is your vision for the city of Calgary?

Calgary is a great place to live. I would like to see Calgary continue to make steps towards improving the downtown. Some good progress has been made in this regard but I think there are some other opportunities that should be seized.

What does winning this award mean to you?

Winning the Ian Anderson Committee Chair of the Year Award is a wonderful honour and it is a reflection of the outstanding members of the tax and economic affairs committee and the talented Chamber staff.

What is your favourite thing to do in your spare time?

My favourite thing to do is spend time with my young son and wife. ​

About the Ian Anderson Committee Chair of the Year Award

Ian Anderson himself was a steadfast Chamber volunteer and committee chair, who left us far to soon.  The Ian Anderson Committee Chair of the Year Award recognizes an exemplary leader who demonstrates an ongoing commitment to the chamber by taking an active leadership role in policy committees, and advancing the advocacy of the Chamber, one of our most important roles.  The Ian Anderson Committee Chair of the Year is chosen for the qualities of intelligence, dependability, creativity, and leadership.