A quick word about us:
Nicole Kleemaier-Raaijen, LL.M., R.C.I.C., received her master’s degree in Dutch notarial law in 1993 from Leiden University in the Netherlands. Having spent her final year on an Erasmus Mundus scholarship at Heidelberg University in Germany, Nicole accepted a position in the Netherlands as Junior Prospective Civil-Law Notary near Enschede. In 1996, she was accepted to a mid-sized notarial law firm near Waalwijk, working her way up in the firm to become a Senior Prospective Civil-Law Notary and Interim Deputy. During her 9-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.
Robert Kleemaier, B.A., B.Tr., C.T., (STIBC certified), received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Victoria in Canada before accepting the Rotary Foundation ambassadorial scholarship to Heidelberg to study German history and politics. It was after his year in Germany that he first began to consider applied linguistics as a career option and received a bachelor of translation degree in 2000 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. Over the next couple of years, he was sworn in at the District Court of Breda as a certified translator and worked in various translation positions throughout the Netherlands, including at The Hague.
In 2002, Nicole and Robert took the step of moving their young family from the Netherlands to Canada where they began their own translation agency in the beautiful Okanagan Valley in the southern interior of British Columbia, focusing on a wide variety of legal texts. Nicole spent most of the next 11 years in the role of Senior Editor of their first business, De Notaris Vertalingen • DNV Translations, while at the same time placing high priority on raising their young children.
In the fall of 2012 Nicole took up a new challenge in her professional life, enrolling in a post-graduate program to become a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant. She passed this course in May 2013 as well as the Full Skills Exam the following August. Nicole was then granted membership in the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council in September 2013 (membership no. R509726).
Today, Nicole and Robert form the backbone of Red Moose. Nicole works as a Certified Immigration Consultant, while Robert provides administrative support and handles all translation requests.