Brian Cookson, President and Managing Director
As President of RDP, Brian has been assisting a wide variety of companies obtain R&D tax credits for over 20 years worldwide. Brian initiated and grew RDP’s practice in Canada, United Kingdom and the United States. He has lectured and written extensively on R&D tax credits including SR&ED, and has presented seminars to industry groups and tax conferences. Brian’s role is to ensure RDP is providing value added service to its clients. Brian also consults with companies that have significant R&D tax credit issues and negotiates on behalf of clients with government representatives. Brian is a chartered accountant and worked with Ernst & Young in their high-tech services group from 1982 to 1987.
Andrea McPhail, Vice President, Operations
Andrea graduated with a B.Sc.Hons. in Astronomy & Astrophysics from the University of Toronto in 2004. At U of T she participated in research studies in the field of astronomy and physics. She also holds a minor in Biology. Prior to joining RDP, Andrea held a project management position in the growing field of online interactive. Her background with web-based interactive software development facilitates understanding of a variety of technologies resulting in technically comprehensive submissions. Specializing in the software development field, Andrea has successfully submitted and defended hundreds of SR&ED claims. In addition, she has prepared claims in the areas of manufacturing, hardware design, food, tool and die, agriculture, biomedical devices, electrical devices, and textiles.
Arne Luik, Vice President
As Vice President of RDP, Arne has focused his efforts on SR&ED tax credits exclusively since 1999. Arne is a chartered accountant and MBA and has extensive experience in the high-tech industry with IBM as a Systems Engineering Representative, and National Systems Testing Laboratories as a Technical Representative. Arne has written and edited several articles on SR&ED, government assistance and financing.
Arne has also assisted companies with respect to corporate finance, tax matters and strategic planning.
Nick Coulthard, Director of Operations
Nick is our Director of Operations in the UK and one of our Technical Managers in Canada. Prior to joining RDP, Nick held positions in clean tech, brewing, and waste management industries.
Nick assists RDP clients in both the UK and Canada with the preparation and review of R&D tax credit claims, including establishing project eligibility, preparing project descriptions, collecting financial data, and defending these claims to HMRC and CRA. Nick has prepared and filed hundreds of successful R&D claimsthat cover a range of technology in areas such as plastics, food, chemicals, automation, custom machinery, automotive, as well as software and telecommunications.
He graduated with a Master’s of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto having also completed the collaborative program in Environmental Engineering.
AK Hajee, Director of Technical Services and Business Development, U.K.
A.K. is our Director of Technical Services and Business Development in the UK. Prior to joining RDP, A.K. was a Director with a firm that focused on R&D tax relief and other specialized tax incentive programs.
A.K. has over eleven years of R&D Tax Relief experience specializing in establishing business partnerships with various chartered accounting firms as well as working with an array of industries which has allowed him to successfully maximize thousands of R&D tax relief claims. A.K. has prepared and been involved with R&D claims within the software, food, tool and die, tubing, electrical device, and textiles industries.
A.K. graduated with a BA in Business Administration from the University of Houston.
Greta Laks, Technical Associate, Grants
As grants specialist, Greta works closely with clients to identify applicable programs and prepare the necessary technical documentation for funding applications. Greta studied Physics and English at McMaster University, and graduated with a BSc in Physical Sciences in 2013.