Chris Sprysak, BCOM (Alberta), CA, LLB, LLM (New York)

Associate Professor, Faculty of Law


Associate Professor, Faculty of Law
(780) 492-5028
473 Law Centre
8820 - 111 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5



Professor Chris Sprysak holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta and a Master of Laws (International Taxation) from New York University, where he studied as a Fulbright Scholar. During his studies, he has received numerous academic awards and scholarships including: a Fulbright Scholarship, the Governor General’s Silver Medal, the Horace Harvey Gold Medal in Law, and the Dr. Hu Harries Gold Medal in Business. He also obtained his Chartered Accountants’ designation in 1995 and was called to Alberta Bar in 1999. Prior to joining the Faculty of Law, Professor Sprysak practiced as an accountant with Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) and as a taxation lawyer with Felesky Flynn LLP.

Professor Sprysak’s teaching and research interests are primarily in taxation law and policy and he teaches (or has taught) the following courses for the Faculty in this area: Taxation Law, Estate Planning, Corporate Taxation and Specialized Tax Topics. He is also interested in and teaches (or has taught) Professional Responsibility and Corporate Law. He was the Faculty’s 2010 recipient of the Tevie Miller Teaching Excellence Award. He has published articles on taxation law in academic and practitioner journals.

  • Taxation Law & Policy
  • Estate Planning


LAW 504 - Taxation

The scope and purpose of taxation. The taxing power; tax appeal procedures; constitutional problem. Personal jurisdiction. Property jurisdiction. Income from a business; capital gains and losses; statutory interpretation, deductions, expenses. Gift tax.

Fall Term 2020 Winter Term 2021
LAW 599 - Seminars on Specialized Legal Topics

These seminars will cover specialized topics of emerging importance in the law at a senior level. The particular topic covered would vary dependent on the availability of Faculty with necessary teaching competence, student interest, and the needs of the legal profession. Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students.

Fall Term 2020
LAW 660 - Estate Planning

A review of the objectives of estate planning; study of various estate planning techniques with the use of hypothetical problems; an examination of provisions found in the Income Tax Act which affect estate planning, estate tax, and gift tax. Prerequisite: LAW 504.

Winter Term 2021

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