Our Team

The Lawyer

Diane van de Valk, B.Sc.(Hons.)(Trent), M.E.S.(York), LL.B., graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2001 (with an A in tax law), and was called to the Bar in 2002. She has represented clients on more than 1,000 different matters before the Federal Court of Canada, the Superior Court of Ontario, the Parole Board of Canada Appeal Division and the Parole Board of Canada.

The Accountant

Victoria Vandevalk, B.Sc. (Hons.) graduated from the University of Toronto in 2006 and began her accounting career in 2007. She participates in related continuing professional development through Ryerson University, AJAG and CPA Canada courses. Her areas of expertise include T1 personal tax returns, T1 terminal returns, T3 trust / estate returns, and T2 Corporate tax returns (with accompanying financial statements). She particularly enjoys the intricacies of trusts and estates and looks forward to completing her STEP (Society for Trust and Estate Practitioners) professional designation.

 

Testimonials

“I wanted to…express my appreciation for the quality of your advocacy over the years. I found you to be thorough, effective, and fearless. I particularly appreciated the way you would put in the time, and dig deep into a file to collect and correct information. You always helped to provide the Board with the tools to make the best decision possible.”

Doug Hummell, Lawyer
Parole Board of Canada Member
2011 – 2017


“Diane’s oral submissions were excellent: logical and easy to understand…(she) could also think on her feet and present good, responsive arguments in response to concerns from tribunal members at administrative hearings…(her) written submissions were extremely thorough, structured and clearly written. She was able to compile and use large amounts of medical evidence, and demonstrated initiative and responsibility by ensuring that she understood this often complicated evidence…(Diane) has a great sense of humour and was fun to work with.”

Cynthia Pay, Lawyer
Parkdale Community Legal Services
1997 – 2016


“…you were always impeccably prepared; you made relevant points focusing on the legislation or our policy. Beyond that you did research on certain topics and brought that to the Board’s attention for us to consider. You were calm and rationale, gave the Board a lot to consider, but always in relation to the legislation or policy…your submissions were thoughtful and deserved our closest attention.”

Michael Crowley
Parole Board of Canada Member
1996 – 2017


Take the taxing out of tax

Hassle-free tax law services: no in-office meetings, no retainer, no uncertainty about the services to be delivered, no uncertainty about the cost of the services, no hourly billings, and no disbursement billings.