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Joanne Vandale

Joanne Vandale

Partner, Taxation

Contact Information

tel: 403.260.7091



Bar Admission

Alberta (2005)

  • University of Alberta, LL.B.
  • University of Calgary, B.A. English

Joanne specializes in tax litigation and dispute resolution. She routinely represents clients before various courts including the Tax Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal in respect of disputes with the Canadian tax authorities. Joanne has experience in tax issues including the GAAR and tax avoidance, resource taxation, scientific research & experimental development credits, transfer pricing, employee compensation matters, and a range of administrative and procedural matters specific to the tax context.

Joanne also specializes in advisory work and planning on the income tax aspects of transactions entered into by corporations, partnerships and trusts, including internal reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions, inbound and outbound investment and financing, and natural resource taxation.

Joanne has served   on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Petroleum Tax Society, on the Canadian Tax Foundation - Young Practitioners' Steering Committee (Calgary) and is Past-Chair of the Executive Committee of the Canadian Bar Association’s Taxation Specialists (South).

    • Devon Canada Corporation v. The Queen, 2018 TCC 170 – Appeal respecting the tax treatment of stock option surrender payments made on an acquisition of control.
    • Superior Plus Corp. v. The Queen, 2016 TCC 217 – Motion to compel the Crown to answer follow-up questions on discovery.
    • Superior Plus Corp. v. The Queen, 2015 TCC 132, & 2015 FCA 241 – Motion to compel the Crown to answer questions/produce documents on discovery and defending motion by the Crown to compel production of opinions protected by solicitor-client privilege in the context of a SIFT conversion case.
    • Glencore Xstrata plc, in connection with the sale of certain assets of Viterra Inc. to Agrium Inc. and to Richardson International Limited following the closing of Glencore's $6.1 billion acquisition of Viterra Inc.
    • Glencore International plc, in connection with the sale of Viterra Inc.'s 34% stake in Canadian Fertilizers Limited to CF Industries following the closing of Glencoe’s $6.1 billion acquisition of Viterra Inc.
    • Glencore International plc, in connection with its acquisition of all the outstanding shares of Viterra for approximately $6.1 billion.
    • Pengrowth Energy Trust, in connection with its approximately $1.1 billion acquisition of Canadian oil and gas properties and undeveloped lands through the acquisition of the shares of four subsidiaries of ConocoPhillips Canada.
    • Niska Gas Storage, in connection with a US$1.1 billion term loan financing led by Bank of America (North America).
    • Carlyle/Riverstone Global Energy and Power Fund, in connection with the fund's US$1.2 billion acquisition of EnCana Corporation’s gas storage business, now known as Niska Gas Storage.
    • Statoil ASA, in connection with its $2.2 billion acquisition of North American Oil Sands Corporation by way of take-over bid.
    • Korea National Oil Corporation, the state-owned oil and gas company of South Korea, in connection with its acquisition of Harvest Energy Trust for approximately $4.1 billion.
    • Pengrowth Energy Trust and Pengrowth Corporation, in connection with a series of dispositions of non-core and gas assets for approximately $400 million.


  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2018: Leading Lawyers to Watch in the area of Litigation - Corporate Tax.

International Tax Review

  • International Tax Review: Tax Controversy, 2017-2019: recognized as a Highly Regarded lawyer.
  • International Tax Review: Women in Tax, 2017-2019: recognized as a Highly Regarded lawyer.

  • Canadian Tax Foundation
  • Canadian Petroleum Tax Society
  • International Fiscal Association
  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Calgary Bar Association  


  • Recent Cases on Debt and Interest and Other Notable Cases, April 25, 2015, Canadian Bar Association – Taxation Specialist (with Colena Der).
  • Speculation on the Application of AES to Common-Law Rectification, Vol. 4, No. 1. (2014) Canadian Tax Focus.
  • RRSP Anti-Avoidance Rules, September 26, 2011, Canadian Bar Association – Taxation Specialists.
  • Tax Implications of Alberta Corporate Law Changes, Resource Sector Taxation, Vol. III, No. 4, (2005) (with Alan Ross).
  • Income Tax Considerations Arising from Amendments to the Business Corporations Act (Alberta), Vol. 18, No. 1, Canadian Petroleum Tax Journal (2005) (with Alan Ross). 

Previous Speaking Engagements

  • Current Cases and Audit Issues, June 7, 2018, Canadian Petroleum Tax Society, 2018 Annual Conference (with Edward Rowe).
  • Commercial Vehicles – Select Issues in Defining Legal Relationships, November 28, 2016, Canadian Tax Foundation 68th Annual Conference (with Heather DiGregorio).
  • Recent Tax Cases of Interest, October 22, 2015, Canadian Petroleum Tax Society, 2015 Fall Lecture Series (with Colena Der).
  • Qualifying Environmental Trusts, June 4, 2014, Canadian Petroleum Tax Society, 2014 Annual Conference (with Edward Rowe).
  • Update on the Bump Rules – Recent Developments, November 12, 2013, Canadian Petroleum Tax Society, 2013 Fall Lecture Series (with Alan Rautenberg).
  • Recent Transactions, October 26, 2011, Canadian Petroleum Tax Society, 2011 Fall Lecture Series (with Greg Johnson).
  • Income and Royalty Trust Conversions, November 3, 2009, Canadian Petroleum Tax Society, 2009 Fall Lecture Series (with Greg Johnson).
  • Sifting Through the Wreckage: The Rise and Demise of Canadian Income Trusts, May 29, 2007, Prairie Provinces Tax Conference 2007 (with Scott Bodie).