November 13, 2019 – William Robson, President and CEO of the C.D. Howe Institute, announces the appointment of Peter van Dijk as a Senior Fellow.
“Peter’s extensive experience in Canada and abroad put him in the forefront of Canada’s experts on taxation and business,” said Robson. “We are pleased to welcome him as a senior fellow and member of the Fiscal & Tax Competitiveness Council.”
“I am honoured to be appointed as a Senior Fellow by the C.D. Howe Institute,” said van Dijk “I am also very proud to be associated with the C.D. Howe Institute. The C.D. Howe Institute is a world-class Canadian think tank that produces leading-edge, objective and analytically rigorous public policy work. Canadians have benefited tremendously from the Institute’s work. I hope that all levels of government in Canada will take full advantage of the Institute’s outstanding public policy work.”
Peter is the National Tax Policy Leader of PwC in Canada. Prior to joining PwC, Peter was Senior Vice President, Tax, at TD Bank Group and led the tax function of TD Bank Group. Previous positions held by Peter include Senior Vice President, Tax, at Sun Life Financial and International Tax Partner at EY in Toronto.
After graduating from law school in the Netherlands, Peter worked as an international tax consultant – gradually progressing to the partner level – for over 15 years in the Netherlands, Luxembourg, the US and Canada for both law and accounting firms. His main technical area of expertise is international corporate tax planning, including cross border financing structures, leasing transactions, holding structures, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property structures and tax effective supply chain management. Following his career as an international tax consultant, Peter spent over 12 years leading large tax functions for two leading Canadian financial institutions, TD Bank Group and Sun Life Financial.
During his time in industry, Peter has developed deep expertise in building, leading, inspiring and managing corporate tax teams. He has also acquired extensive knowledge of and experience in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the tax reporting and compliance functions through process improvement and automation. Other key focus areas while leading the tax functions at TD Bank Group and Sun Life Financial were tax governance, risk management and partnering with the business.
Throughout his career, Peter has built strong relationships with tax policy and revenue authorities in many countries, including Canada, the US, the UK, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Singapore. In 2010, Peter received the HMRC’s External Engagement Award for Advancing Transparency in Tax. Also, Peter has developed strong relationships with the OECD through his active participation in the OECD’s BEPS initiative.
Peter has a Dutch and a Canadian Master of Laws degree (University of Leiden Law School and Osgoode Hall Law School, respectively) as well as a Canadian Master of Business Administration degree (Richard Ivey School of Business).
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