DNV brings to the table the linguistic precision of a seasoned, certified translator with the legal expertise of a former prospective civil-law notary to support Dutch civil-law notaries in communicating effectively with their English-speaking clients.
Robert Kleemaier, B.A., B.Tr., C.T.
Born and raised in Kelowna, BC, Canada, Robert received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1991 from the University of Victoria. During his final year he was also awarded a Rotary Foundation ambassadorial scholarship to study German history and politics at Heidelberg University, where he later met Nicole. A career in applied linguistics began to beckon, and within a few years Robert earned a Bachelor of Translation degree from the Department of Translation and Interpreting of the Faculty of International Business and Communication at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences in Maastricht, the Netherlands.
Robert proceeded to cut his teeth in the translation industry and be sworn in as a certified translator at the District Court of Breda. More than 10 years after leaving Canada, he and his then young family relocated to his hometown to start DNV. A member in good standing of both the Society of Translators and Interpreters of British Columbia (STIBC) and the Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario (ATIO), Robert has been certified since 2010 for Dutch-English translations and works as Senior Translator at DNV.
Nicole Kleemaier-Raaijen, LL.M., R.C.I.C.
Nicole received her Master’s degree in Dutch Notarial Law in 1993 from Leiden University in the Netherlands. After spending her final year on an Erasmus Mundus scholarship at Heidelberg University in Germany, where she met Robert, Nicole accepted a position in the Netherlands as Junior Prospective Civil-Law Notary near Enschede. In 1996, she joined a mid-sized notarial law firm near Waalwijk, working her way up to become a Senior Prospective Civil-Law Notary and Interim Deputy. During her nine-year career in the Netherlands, she completed several courses in post-graduate training, including Legal English for Dutch Notaries, New Dutch Law of Inheritance, Dutch Rent Law, Dutch Tax Law and Dutch Alimony Law.
After the relocation in 2002, Nicole spent the next decade splitting her time editing Robert’s work and raising their young children. Satisfied they were independent enough, she then spent a year retraining to become a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant and in 2013 launched Red Moose Immigration Services Inc. Whereas Nicole now devotes most of her time to helping others to work in, study in, relocate to or visit Canada, she is still retained by DNV as Senior Legal Editor and Dutch Notarial Law consultant when required.