Genn Family Board Member Dennis Nerland has worked in the legal profession for 35 years, most recently cofounding Shea Nerland Calnan LLP in 1990.
A premier business law firm, they are a leader in structuring, financing and negotiating transactions in the industrial oil and gas markets, high and bio-technical industries and the real estate and entertainment sectors. Within that practice, Dennis has focused exclusively on tax and estate planning.
Dennis received his Bachelor of Science Degree with Honours in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Calgary, his Master of Arts Degree in Economics from Carleton University in Ottawa and finally his Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Calgary in 1979. Dennis 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. He has also completed the Rotman Financial Literacy Program and is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Planners (“STEP”). In 2014, Dennis was appointed a Queen’s Counsel (“QC”) of Alberta.
His emphasis of practice includes taxation, trusts, wills, estate planning, wealth enhancement, wealth preservation, business succession, and family succession. He is a member of the Law Society of Alberta, Canadian Tax Foundation, the Calgary Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, and the Institute of Corporate Directors, Institute-certified Director, ICD.D.
Dennis is presently a trustee of a number of private wealth preservation and enhancement trusts and has provided legal services to a wide range of high net-worth clients. In addition to this, he is currently a director of numerous private businesses, holding and investment companies.