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Celebrate the 2021 Chinese New Year and Gain Practical Knowledge for Your 2020 Tax Return from Welch LLP

11 Feb 2021
10:30am - 11:45am EST

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Celebrate the 2021 Chinese New Year and Gain Practical Knowledge for Your 2020 Tax Return 

Please join HKETO, HKCBA Ottawa Board of Directors to ring in the Year of the Ox and gain practical knowledge for your 2020 tax return  

February 11, 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM EST

Recently the CRA released detailed guidance on the home office expenses deduction that employees may claim on their 2020 personal income tax return (T1) due to COVID-19. The COVID-19 specific guidance has made the home office expenses deduction available to more Canadians and simplified the way eligible employees can claim these expenses.

On February 11th,  Welch LLP Senior Manager, Jessica Zhang-Chapman will cover the details you need to know to be ready to deal with the relevant sections on your 2020 T1.

Topics will include:

  • Eligibility: who can claim
  • Two available methods and how they work:
    • Temporary flat rate method;
    • Detailed method
  • How to claim home office expenses on your personal tax return
  • Employer-provided benefits and allowances in the Covid-19 context (home office equipment, commuting costs including parking, etc.)

After the presentation, you will have the opportunity to ask questions during a live Q&A Session with Jessica.

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2020

Time: 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM EST

Admission: Complimentary



10:30 Welcome and Introduction

  • Amy Willis, President of HKCBA Ottawa 

10:35 Chinese New Year Greeting and celebrations from Hong Kong

  • Emily Mo, Director of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto)

10:40  CRA Guidance on Employee Home Office Expenses Deduction due to COVID-19

  • Jessica Zhang-Chapman, Senior Manager of Welch LLP

11:15  Q & A Session

11:30  Live: 2021 Chinese New Year Wishes

  • Board of Directors of HKCBA Ottawa

11:45 Closing

Event Sponsor





Emily Mo

Director, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto)



 Ms. Mo joined the HKSARG in 2001 as a member of the Administrative Officer Grade. She had worked in different offices, including the Home Affairs Department, the then Environment, Transport and Works Bureau, the Security Bureau, the University Grants Committee Secretariat and the Tourism Commission of the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau.

Before taking up the Director post in HKETO, Ms Mo served as the Deputy Head of the Human Resources Planning and Poverty Co-ordination Unit under the Chief Secretary for Administration’s Private Office.  She was responsible for providing secretariat support to the Human Resources Planning Commission and Commission on Poverty under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary for Administration, as well as monitoring the implementation progress of the initiatives and the delivery of policy objectives agreed by the two commissions. 

Jessica Zhang-Chapman, CPA, CGA, CIA

Senior Manager, Welch LLP

Director, Hong Kong Canada Business Association (Ottawa)

Jessica first joined Welch LLP in 2007. She has had 10 years of experience in providing accounting and assurance services to clients primarily in the not-for-profit sector.

She also has extensive experience with federal government departments and agencies auditing various Contribution Agreements in the role as Project Manager.  Currently, Jessica is a member on the Welch LLP Tax Group, providing indirect tax and payroll tax advice to clients in various industries. She completed the CPA Canada In-Depth GST/HST course in 2019. 

Jessica leads the Diversity and Inclusion Program at Welch LLP. She’s also a mentor and a speaker at various CPA Ontario events for Internationally Educated Professionals.


Amy Willis, MBA, CPA, CMA

President, Hong Kong Canada Business Association (Ottawa)

Director, Pinnacle Global

Amy is the President of Hong Kong Canada Business Association - Ottawa and a Director with Pinnacle Global. 

Amy has over 10 years’ experience in strategic planning and execution, finance and operations, and investment and partnership development in Canada and Asia. Having spent half of her life in China and the other half in Canada, she has first-hand knowledge of doing business in both China and Canada, including founding and scaling up a start-up to over 160 personnel in four years with the opening of a branch office in China. Her innovative entrepreneurial leadership and unbridled passion for making a real difference have earned her a proven record of success, which has been featured on CBC, CTV, Rogers TV, and in the Ottawa Citizen. 

Amy is fluent in English and Mandarin. She received her MBA from Queen’s University and Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from the University of Ottawa. She is also a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Management Accountant (CPA, CMA). Amy also serves on several other boards.


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11 Feb 2021
10:30am - 11:45am EST

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