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OUR PEOPLE

FOUNDING PARTNERS

JAMES DEBRESSER

As the firm’s resident expert in financial disputes that relate to matrimonial litigation, I specialize in disputes the relate to property division and income determination.  I honed my skills in this area of practice at a prominent boutique firm for over 22 years, and I’ve also dealt with my fair share other financial disputes along the way.  I support my colleagues at the firm who specialize in these other areas of practice with my knowledge and experience.
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I find sailboat racing and downhill skiing to be highly cathartic. Equally therapeutic, and easier on my knees, are sunny afternoons at classic ballparks, double-dates with my wife and our companions, Otis and Jenna, at off-leash dog parks, and RV road trips to music festivals. My favourite places outside of the office are 1) the start line at the Heineken Regatta 2) a long winding run down any green slope outside of Ontario 3) an outdoor major league ballpark on a sunny afternoon 4) any one of Toronto’s off-leash dog parks and 5) the Fair Grounds in New Orleans during the Jazz Festival.

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IAN WINTRIP

I am the tallest person at DeBresser Wintrip. In my second year at Wilfrid Laurier University, my roommate’s mother sent me an article about forensic accounting. It was a burgeoning profession, full of opportunity and excitement. I got hooked on the idea and quickly left my NBA dreams behind. I have practiced forensic accounting for over 20 years, specializing in the quantification of losses in commercial disputes and performing business valuations and financial due diligence across many industries.

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Walking the streets and parks of Toronto, I find myself drawn to the dog population. Dogs of all shapes and sizes, I can’t look away. That led me to a position as a volunteer member of the THS Board of Directors. I continue as a volunteer scrutineer for the THS annual general meeting. My own dog family has included Cleveland, Boston, Gruber and Kenzi. I am also a volunteer Board Member/Treasurer at Family Services Toronto. My favourite things to do involve watching sports of nearly any kind, the Leafs and Jays especially, and most importantly, biking with my wife Danielle on the Toronto Islands. If you can’t find us in the city, we are likely taking a break on a beach somewhere.

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ASSOCIATES

AMIN SHAMS

My name is Amin and I am a CA, CPA and a CFA charterholder with accounting and tax experience.  My professional employment history includes working with private and public clients in a regional and Big Four firm respectively.  In addition, I also have accounting experience at a major Canadian financial institution and working in capital markets.  I am currently enrolled in the CBV Program of Studies and working towards earning my CBV designation.

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In my spare time I like to exercise and to travel, whether it’s a simple all-inclusive or sightseeing overseas.  Leisure horseback riding is another one of my hobbies, and I go riding at a ranch regularly during the summer months.  I am a sports fanatic and try to catch as many Leafs and Raptors games as possible, and especially the World Juniors every year.  One of the items on my bucket list is to attend every Team Canada game in person at the tournament.       

TARA ROSS

My name is Tara, and I am an Associate at DeBresser Wintrip Inc. I hold a Bachelor of Commerce degree, with a specialization in accounting from George Brown College. I am currently registered as a student of the CICBV Institute. I have been providing financial forensic support related to matrimonial, commercial disputes and personal injury litigation. Before my degree, I spent several years maintaining books and recording financial transactions.

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My greatest joy is spending time with my son, and our friends and family, either camping, walking down to the water, going for ice cream, or skating and/or playing shinny on the many outdoor arenas Toronto has to offer. My goals for the future, are to one day take skating lessons to develop my hockey skills and join a hockey league, and I would love to learn to speak French and Yiddish, and play the guitar. I am also passionate about liberation work and ending oppression, and the health of the environment.

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JESSICA MALCOLM

My name is Jessica and I am currently a co-op student studying Business Administration with a concentration in accounting at Wilfrid Laurier University. Since taking my first accounting course in grade 11, it has been my aspiration to become a CPA. Upon completing my degree in 2021, I will be pursuing my CPA to further my education in the accounting field and accomplish this high school goal.

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I take pride in volunteering my free time whenever I can, from being an active member of a variety of school clubs to coaching recreational soccer teams, to my most recent endeavour of a social venture start-up that will reduce the environmental impacts of restaurant food waste. I look forward to family camping trips during the summer months, ski trips during the winter and most importantly hiking the great outdoors with friends and family year-round.

EXTERNAL CONSULTANTS

DOUG JUNG

Doug is our external consultant for all specialist matters related to income tax, both personal and corporate.  Doug is a seasoned accounting and financial professional who is in charge of his own boutique tax and financial consulting practice in Toronto.  In his early career, Doug held senior roles at the “Big Four” and medium-sized firms.  He has over 30 years of experience and maintains his CPA, CA, and CFP designations in good standing.

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Doug assists us in all areas where complicated income tax issues have an impact on our conclusions.  He also assists us with recommending setups, structures and ideas that facilitate settlement. When he is able to take the occasionally evening or weekend off, Doug enjoys a watching a good hockey game, and is also a reasonable beer-league centre.  He also works hard to keep his golf score at two digits.  If you have a concern that relates only to income tax matters, you can read more about Doug here.

ADMINISTRATION

SAMANTHA ALSTON

My name is Samantha, and I am the firm’s Administrative Assistant. I have graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto and will be pursuing my legal education at Osgoode Hall Law this upcoming semester. My aspiration is to become a criminal lawyer in order to strive for a more equitable Criminal Justice System across the many intersectionalities of gender, race, and socio-economic status.

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I’m personally interested in health and well-being. In my free time, I enjoy cooking meals with fresh, nutritious, and environmentally sustainable ingredients. I also enjoy outdoor physical activity at the cottage with my friends and family. And finally, I cannot forget one of my favourite activities; spending time with my four-legged friend Salem the Labrador Retriever. We enjoy our daily hikes through the Rouge National Urban Park.

BEN DEBRESSER

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