Sonia Dhaliwal | Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics

Sonia Dhaliwal

Sonia B. Dhaliwal
Assistant Professor, Taxation & Accounting
Department of Management
Macdonald Hall (MAC), Room 214

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Sonia Dhaliwal is an assistant professor of Taxation & Accounting at the Lang School of Business, University of Guelph. After receiving her undergrad degree, Sonia started her career at the Auditor General of Ontario’s office where she worked on financial and value-for-money audits for various Ministry programs such as the Ontario Ministry of Finance, Financial Responsibility Office, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, etc. Sonia articled at the big four firms to obtain her Chartered Accountant (CA) designation where she continued working for over a decade in various tax roles.

Sonia specializes in the feild of corporate taxation and has a Masters of Taxation degree from the University of Waterloo. While in public practice, Sonia's role included advising corporate clients on income tax and sales tax related matters. With a wealth of experience spanning financial & value-for-money audits for major Ministries to advising corporate clients on tax matters, Sonia Dhaliwal brings real-world insights to the classroom.

Sonia Dhaliwal is the recipient of the 2020 Paul MacPherson Teaching Award of Excellence.

Sonia Dhaliwal's research interest span in three broad categories. Firstly, her research aims to produce knowledge that is directly pertinent to issues faced by industry, policy setters and regulators.  Sonia focuses on research areas that are of interest and relevance to accounting and tax practitioners with a goal to mobilize the knowledge beyond the academic world. Finally, Sonia's research interest extend to the scholarship of teaching and learning with a vision to lead and assist students develop the skills needed to excel in the field of taxation and accounting.

Sonia also works on Independent Research Projects (IRPs) with undergraduate students where she collaborates and advises them on common research interest. 


2008     Master of Taxation, University of Waterloo

1999     Bachelor of Commerce, Ryerson University


2012     Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA)

2003     Chartered Accountant (CA)

Scholarly Journal Publications (peer reviewed)


Dhaliwal, S.; Azam, Sehar; Hafer, Bryn; Hafer, Keeley; Sohail, Dua, Digitalization of Tax Administration: A review of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) guidelinesAccounting & Taxation, Volume 17, Issue 1 (United States, 2023)

Dhaliwal, Sonia ; Jagoda, Kalinga; Osakwe, Carlton, Use of Government Assisted Financing by SMEs: An Empirical Examination of Canadian SMEs Using the Financial Growth CycleInternational Journal of Accounting and Business Finance, Volume 9, Issue 1, 167-187 (2023)

Dhaliwal, Sonia; Alcorn, Mike; Foti, Lianne; Lyons, Eric; Warwick, Lance, Bridging the Gap: Universities as Catalysts for Sustainable Decision-Making in the Turfgrass IndustrySustainability, Volume 15, Issue 14 (MDPI, 2023) Open Access,

Dhaliwal, Sonia; Farrar, Jonathan; Hausserman, Cass, Rewards and Fear of Being Labelled as Racist: A Tax Fraud Whistleblowing InvestigationAccounting Perspectives (Wiley, Canada, May 2022)  Open Access

Dhaliwal, S.; Currie, E.; Lianne, Fotti, The future for Ontario cider production and consumption: Assessment of Ontario’s excise tax regimeWorld Food Policy, Volume 8, Issue 1, 38-61 (Wiley, February 2022)  Open Access,

Dhaliwal, Sonia, ; Farrar, Jonathan, ; Donnelley, Maurine  Procedural Aspects of Tax Fairness: A Content Analysis of Canadian Tax JurisprudenceJournal of Legal Tax Research, Volume Volume 11, Issue 2, 21-37 (The ATA Journal of Legal Tax Research, United States, 2013)  Open Access


Introduction to Financial Acconting - ACCT 1220

Management Accounting – ACCT 2230

Financial Management - MGMT 3320

Intermediate Accounting - ACCT 3330

Taxation – ACCT 3350

Advance Taxation – ACCT 4350

Tax Elective, Graduate Diploma in Accounting – ACCT 6300