Trent J. Blanchette


Calgary, Alberta

Trent’s practice focuses primarily on tax litigation and tax dispute resolution.

Prior to joining Felesky Flynn, he clerked for the judges of the Tax Court of Canada in Ottawa and articled at a national law firm in Vancouver.

Trent holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Calgary, a Master of Public Administration from Queen’s University, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History from the University of Guelph.

In law school, Trent won both the Chief Justice William McGillivray Mooting Shield and the Blackstone Debating Medal. He served as an editor of the Alberta Law Review, founded the Calgary chapter of the Runnymede Society, and volunteered with the Tax Court Assistance Project.

Trent has coached the University of Calgary Faculty of Law’s Donald G.H. Bowman National Tax Moot team since 2019.


  • Called to the Alberta Bar, 2019
  • Clerked at the Tax Court of Canada, 2018-2019
  • Called to the British Columbia Bar, 2018
  • Juris Doctor (J.D.), University of Calgary, 2017
  • Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.), Queen’s University, 2012
  • Bachelor of Arts, Honours (B.A.), University of Guelph, 2011
  • In-Depth Tax Program, CPA Canada, 2022

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, Law Society of British Columbia
  • Member, Canadian Tax Foundation
  • Member, Canadian Petroleum Tax Society
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Calgary Bar Association
  • Member, The Advocates’ Society
  • Member, International Fiscal Association
  • Executive Committee, Taxation Law (South) Section, Canadian Bar Association (Alberta)
Publications and News
  • “Mandatory Disclosure Rules”, CPTS Fall Lecture Series, October 4, 2023
  • “Issues with the ‘Excluded Entity’ Exception to the EIFEL Rules,” Tax for the Owner-Manager, Vol. 23, No. 4, Canadian Tax Foundation, October 2023
  • Rapporteur, “Current Cases”, International Fiscal Association (Canada) International Tax Conference, May 2023
  • “Taxpayer Estopped From Making Arguments Inconsistent With a Filing Position”, Tax Litigation, Vol. XXV, No. 3, January 26, 2023
  • “GAAR Amendment Targets Tax Attributes Before They Are Used”, Tax for the Owner-Manager, Vol. 22, No. 3, Canadian Tax Foundation, July 2022
  • “Recent GAAR Cases”, Canadian Bar Association (Alberta), Taxation Law Presentation, April 7, 2022
  • “2021 Canadian Federal Budget Updates”, Canadian Bar Association (Alberta), Tax Specialist & Non-Specialists (South) Presentation, May 6, 2021
  • “New Trust Reporting Rules”, Tax Workshop: Estate Planning Before Death, Calgary Golf & Country Club, February 12, 2020
  • “Tax Issues in Shareholder Agreements”, Canadian Bar Association (Alberta), Taxation Non-Specialists Group Presentation, September 5, 2019
  • “Budget 2017: The Elimination of the Section 34 Election for Work in Progress and Its Impact on Death”, Personal Tax and Estate Planning, Vol. VI, No. 1, January 1, 2017

Work with our experts

We're here to discover your tax law advantage.