Business & Arts NL

Google AdWords Interactive Session with Sheldon Payne from Newfound Marketing

Date: May 8th, 2019

Time: 1-4pm

Location: Emera Innovation Exchange, MUN Signal Hill Campus Room B 1003
Description: More info coming soon!
Presenter: Sheldon Payne from Newfound Marketing
Registration: Click Here

Taxation and Contract Considerations for Artists:

Q&A with Matthew Peyton and Lindsey Wareham of Cox & Palmer

Date: April 10th, 2019

Time: 1-3pm

Location: Emera Innovation Exchange, MUN Signal Hill Campus, Room B 1003
Description: This session will cover the most common tax and contract questions artists ask when turning their art into a business. It will look at tax considerations for self-employed and salaried artists, such as reportable income, claimable expenses and charitable donations. It will also look at some standard contractual terms – including copyright, royalties and licence grants – that are critical for artists to consider at the outset of any deal. Join Matthew and Lindsey from Cox & Palmer for this interactive Q&A session on the business of art.
Presenter: Matthew Peyton and Lindsey Wareham
Registration: Click Here

(Completed) Workshop – CRA Information Session for Small Businesses

Date: March 20th, 2019

Time: 1-2PM

Location: Emera Innovation Exchange, MUN Signal Hill Campus Room B 1004
Description: Wouldn’t it be great to know that you are doing things right, before you file your taxes? Through the Liaison Office service, the CRA offers free in person support and guidance. Come get information on this service and book your one on one session with Christina. 
Presenter: Christina Power (CRA) 
Registration: Click Here

(Completed) Workshop: Social Media Marketing: Google AdWords, Facebook and Twitter

NEW Date: Friday, March 15th
Time: 1-3PM
Location: Emera Innovation Exchange, MUN Signal Hill Campus, B 1003
Price: Free for Business & Arts NL members, or $10 for non-members (includes a free 1-year Business & Arts NL membership)
Presenter: Sheldon Payne from Newfound Marketing
RegistrationClick here
Facilitator Bios: Sheldon Payne
Sheldon Payne (Newfound Marketing)

A Certified Google Adwords Professional, Sheldon has been providing Small, Medium and Fortune 100 companies forward thinking digital marketing campaigns for over 15 years.

Prior to starting Newfound Marketing, Sheldon was the Digital Marketing Director for M5 Communications and has spent time in Montreal and London where he planned and delivered sound Digital Marketing strategies to Fortune 100 clients Hewlett Packard and Chevrolet Europe as part of their overall search marketing strategy.

Workshop – Insurance for Artists: Covering your bases when you are self employed. 


Date: February 27th, 2019

Time: 1-3PM
Location: Emera Innovation Exchange, MUN Signal Hill Campus Room B 1003
Price: Free for Business & Arts NL members, or $10 for non-members (includes a free 1-year Business & Arts NL membership)
Description: Neil will be presenting on how to properly build a financial plan. This will include the importance of personal health, critical illness and disability insurance for artists and self employed individuals. He will also take a look at some retirement planning strategies including RRSP, TFSA and how to properly invest money inside these accounts.
Presenter: Neil Trahey (Sun Life Financial)
RegistrationClick here
Facilitator Bios:
Neil Trahey (Sun Life Financial)
Neil is an independent Financial Advisor with Sun Life Financial. He is a licensed life and sickness insurance advisor and is currently working on his certified health specialist designation. He is mutual fund licensed through the MFDA and is an active member of Advocis which is the largest voluntary professional membership association of financial advisors and planners in Canada.

(COMPLETE) Workshop: Tax Tips for Artists: Filing your tax return as a sole proprietor is easier than you think

Date: Wednesday, January 23rd
Time: 1-3PM
Location: Emera Innovation Exchange, MUN Signal Hill Campus
Price: Free for Business & Arts NL members, or $10 for non-members (includes a free 1-year Business & Arts NL membership)
Description: Your tax return is the best indicator of your business’s overall health. Filing your tax return as a sole proprietor isn’t as tough as you think. In this seminar, you’ll learn how to prepare your T2125 Statement of Business Activities step-by-step. We’ll cover everything from income to instruments & vehicle expenses to home office calculations. Sign up now – space is limited!
Presenter: Jennifer Gorman (TurboTax Canada)
RegistrationClick here
Facilitator Bios:
Jennifer Gorman (TurboTax Canada)
Jennifer Gorman is the Social Experience Manager for TurboTax Canada. With over 30 years of personal tax prep experience, she’s helped hundreds of self-employed Canadians file their tax returns easily and accurately. She’s written tax tips for the Huffington Post and the TurboTax blog and hosted webinars for freelancers. When she’s not “talking tax”, she’s either cooking, playing cards, or just enjoying the view of the bay from her home in Bay Roberts.

(Complete) Workshop: Incorporation vs Sole Proprietorship – Pros and Cons

Date: Wednesday, November 14
Time: 2PM to 4PM
Location: Room 2007b, Emera Innovation Exchange, MUN Signal Hill Campus
Price: Free for Business & Arts NL members, or $10 for non-members (includes a free 1-year Business & Arts NL membership)
Description: Are you an artist working in Newfoundland & Labrador? Ever wonder if you should Incorporate or operate as a Sole Proprietorship? Need to know the legal and financial differences? Here’s an opportunity to find out! Experts will explain how each works and answer your questions. Sign up now – space is limited!
Presenters: Joe Cardoulis (Grant Thornton) and Felicia Tupper (Benson Buffett)
RegistrationClick here
Facilitator Bios:
Felicia Tupper (Benson Buffett)
Felicia graduated from the UNB Faculty of Law in 2016 and was called to the Newfoundland and Labrador Bar in 2017. Felicia has come to the practice of law with a strong experience base in business and, particularly, human resource management. Before studying law, she worked in human resources and labour relations in both unionized and non-unionized contexts. Felicia has been assisting Benson Buffet clients primarily in her preferred fields of employment law and corporate/commercial law. Felicia is also a member of the Board of Directors for Empower, a disability resource centre in St. John’s.
Joe Cardoulis (Grant Thornton)
Joe is a Tax Manager at Grant Thornton in St. John’s, NL and has 3 plus years of taxation experience. His main areas of focus are tax planning for small to mid-size private corporations, individual taxation and corporate compliance. Joe obtained his Certified General Accountant designation in 2013 and completed the CPA In-Depth Tax Course in July 2018. Before joining Grant Thornton, Joe spent the first five years of his career working for Fortis Properties Corporation as an Internal Auditor.

(Complete) Legal Clinic For Artists

Date: Wednesday, February 21
Time: 1:30PM to 5PM
Location: Neal Building, 50 Harbour Drive (Fourth Floor)
Price: Free

Description: Are you an artist with a legal question? Get pro bono (yes that means free!) one-on-one legal consultation with a lawyer. Artists, artisans and cultural workers of all disciplines are invited to participate!

Entertainment Law • Intellectual Property • Copyright Issues • Trademark Protection • Contract Negotiation + Drafting • Corporate Law + Organization (For-Profit + Nonprofit) • Administrative Law • Real Estate • Trusts • Wills • Estates • Employment Law • Injury (such as obligations/liability for injury) • Dispute Resolution • Privacy • Defamation

Registration: In order for us to match you with a lawyer, you will need to submit a Request for Consultation outlining your legal query. This will allow us to identify and connect you with a lawyer practicing in the appropriate area of law. If the lawyer believes your query is a good fit and agrees to offer consultation, this will also provide them with an opportunity to consider your question in advance of meeting with you.

If we are successful in finding a match we will book you for a half hour slot to meet one-on-one with a lawyer (1:30PM /2PM/2:30PM/3PM/3:30PM/4PM/4:30PM).

Please email your Request for Consultation to bryhanna(at) Space is limited.

If accessibility is an issue please let us know in advance as we will need to arrange for an alternate meeting space within the building.


Olga McWilliam Benson, Benson Buffett
A graduate of Dalhousie Law School, Olga McWilliam Benson practices with Benson Buffett PLC, with a major focus on personal injury litigation. Prior to joining the firm, she carried on a general practice in a small firm environment where she gained significant experience in employment law, general corporate matters, real estate and Estate matters. Olga regularly appears in the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, both Trial Division and the Court of Appeal. She has also appeared in the Federal Court of Canada, Federal Court of Appeal, and the Tax Court of Canada.

Outside of her law practice, Olga served for many years as Vice-President of the Provincial Board of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and was President of the NL SPCA Foundation, the major fundraising arm. She remains passionate about animal welfare. Olga also volunteered with Easter Seals on its Mermaids in the City campaign and was chairperson of the gala finale. Currently, Olga sits on the organizing committee for the first St. John’s International Circus Festival presented by Wonderbolt Circus.

Kirsten Morry, Benson Buffett
Kirsten Morry is an associate lawyer with Benson Buffett. Kirsten enjoys the intellectual challenge of solving legal problems and keeping clients up-to-date in a changing legal landscape. She is particularly interested in the law of real property, trusts, wills and estates, and administrative law.

A graduate of McGill University’s Faculty of Law, she holds a dual degree in common law and civil law. At McGill, she was awarded the Barreau du Québec Prix de la justice participative for the highest mark in a course on alternative dispute resolution. In 2015, she won the national prize, along with the prize designated for a Newfoundland and Labrador student, in an essay contest marking the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. Kirsten holds a B.A. (Hons.) in History from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Kirsten speaks French and sings in the Philharmonic Choir of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. She is a Commissioner of the St. John’s Transportation Commission.

Katie Paterno, McInnes Cooper
Katie is an associate with McInnes Cooper in St. John’s, NL, with a practice focused primarily on entertainment law, intellectual property, dispute resolution, and privacy and defamation. Katie’s own passion for the arts inspired her to develop a practice focused on providing creative, flexible legal solutions to address the unique needs of artists.

Katie obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of New Brunswick, where she was involved with various groups within the faculty, including Student Council, Social Committee, Curriculum Committee, and the Diversity & Inclusion Committee. She participated in the UNB Mock NHL Salary Arbitration in 2015, and as an arbitrator in 2016. She was also an active volunteer with the UNB Student Accessibility Centre.

Prior to moving back to her hometown, St. John’s, Katie practiced law in Fredericton, New Brunswick. She continues to be involved in the artistic community in New Brunswick and sits on the Board of Directors for the Organization for the Development of Artists (Connexion). Katie is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Law Society of Newfoundland & Labrador, the Law Society of New Brunswick, and l’Association des Juristes d’Expression Française du Nouveau-Brunswick.

Lindsey Wareham, Cox & Palmer
Lindsey Wareham is a lawyer practicing with Cox & Palmer in St. John’s. She has a wide-ranging practice with a particular focus on working with both new and established for-profit and not-for-profit corporations as well as social enterprises. Lindsey is also interested in creating a practice that responds to the needs of local artists and arts organizations in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Whether it is contract negotiation and drafting, corporate organization, copyright issues or trademark protection, Lindsey offers practical information and guidance. Prior to practicing law, Lindsey was practicing piano and received a bachelor of music (honours) from Memorial University, specializing in classical piano performance.

Business and Arts NL would like to acknowledge the Law Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, Olga McWilliam Benson, Kirsten Morry, Katie Paterno and Lindsey Wareham for their generous support, without which this session would be not be possible. 

A big thank you to our business community, individuals, and community partners for contributing time and services in support of local arts. 

Business and Arts NL would like to acknowledge the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Government of Newfoundland & Labrador, and the Law Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador. Thank you for your support!

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