Our Board of Trustees
2018/2019 Board of Trustees
Elected at the Annual General Meeting of Members April 2018
ROBERT K. BICKLE, PRESIDENT (2017 - 2019)
Madorin Snyder LLP
55 King St W, 6th Flr
Kitchener ON N2G 4G9
Rob was called to the Ontario Bar in 2004 after receiving his Law Degree from the University of Ottawa law School. Rob also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Queen's University where he graduated with First Class Distinction. Rob's legal practice includes litigation of all types, focusing on Labour and Employment Law and Family Law. He has been a lawyer at Madorin Snyder LLP in Kitchener since 2004. Rob was elected as a Trustee of the WRLA in 2014 and is curently a member of the Family court Bench and Bar and is the Board Liaison for the Family Lawyers of Waterloo Region (FLOWR) Practice Group. As the recently elected Vice-President of the association, Rob is now Chair of the HR Committee.
Rob has regularly acted as a volunteer in the community and for other "Not for Profit" organizations. Most recently, Rob served as a Director of "Our Place", an Ontario Early Years Centre in Kitchener, and as a former Director of the Guelph Gargoyles, an Australian Rules Football Team.
CYNTHIA DAVIS, VICE-PRESIDENT (2017-2019)
Giffen Lawyer LLP
500-50 Queen St N
Kitchener, ON N2H 6M3
Cynthia is an experienced courtroom advocate that strives to achieve effective and practical solutions to protect her client’s legal rights. Cynthia’s clients include individuals, small and large corporations as well as other associations, commercial landlords and tenants, and private and public lenders. She has been involved in various corporate and commercial disputes, commercial landlord and tenant matters, contractual disputes, franchise conflicts, professional negligence claims, land title defects, mortgage enforcement, and collection actions. Cynthia is also frequently retained by those within the construction industry including owners, contractors, sub-trades and material suppliers. In all cases, Cynthia is effective at examining her client’s interests, both legal and practical, and developing a strategy that best achieves results for her clients in the most cost-efficient and timely manner.
Cynthia also plays an important role mentoring future members of the legal community, including Giffen LLP lawyers and students as well as students at Conestoga College where Cynthia taught legal research and writing as well as employment law.
Cynthia has a long-standing belief in giving back to her community for which she was awarded the 2016 Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Woman of the Year Award in the professional category. Cynthia has contributed her time, skills and leadership serving in various capacities on a number of Boards, including as Chair of the Board of Trustees of KidsAbility School Authority, the Canadian Cancer Society and Focus for Ethnic Women. Cynthia has also been involved with the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, including the Women’s Caucus and as Vice-Chair of the Medical Malpractice Section. Most recently, Cynthia has been elected as Vice-President of the Waterloo Region Law Association Board of Trustees.
KELLY GRIFFIN, PAST PRESIDENT (2017-2019)
Sutherland Mark Flemming Snyder-Penner Professional Corporation
100-675 Queen St S
Kitchener ON N2M 1A1
Kelly obtained her psychology degree from Queen’s University in 2002 and her law degree from Western University in 2005. Following her call to the bar of Ontario in 2006, Kelly practiced Corporate Law in Toronto before moving to Guelph and practicing in-house at two of Canada’s largest insurance companies. In July 2015 Kelly joined Sutherland Mark Lawyers in Kitchener. Her current areas of practice include Corporate and Commercial Law, Real Estate and Wills and Estates. As the current President of the Waterloo Region Law Association, Kelly is the chair of the Library and Finance Committee, the Bench and Bar Committee, the Corporate Law Practitioners of Waterloo Region (CPOWR) and is a member of the Governance Committee.
MATTHEW KELLY, TREASURER (2017-2019)
Woynarski Szymura Kelly LLP
204-420 Sheldon Dr
Cambridge, ON N1T 2H9
Matthew joined the Trustees at the May 7th, 2013 Annual General Meeting of the Association. He attended the University of Kings College in Halifax where he obtained a combined Honours B.A. in Early Modern Studies and History. Matthew then went on to attend the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie where he obtained his LLB. In his final year of law school, Matthew completed a semester as a student at the Dalhousie Legal Aid Clinic, representing low income clients before a variety of courts and administrative tribunals. After completing his articles at Hamilton firm of Simpson Wigle LLP and practicing as an associate there, Matthew joined Sorbara, Schumacher, McCann LLP as an associate from August 2012 to October 2014.
JASON HYNES, SECRETARY (2017-2019)
Bereskin & Parr LLP
1004-101 Frederick St
Kitchener, ON N2H 6R2
CHRISTOPHER ANDREE, TRUSTEE (2017-2019)
1020 - 50 Queen St N
PO Box 2248, STN C
Kitchener, ON N2H 6M2
F: 519. 571.5005
JUDY FOWLER BYRNE, TRUSTEE (2018-2020)
Miller Thomson LLP
300 - 295 Hagey Blvd
Waterloo, ON N2L 6R5
Judy Byrne is a litigation partner in the offices of Miller Thomson. With over twenty years of experience, she specializes primarily in estate litigation, family law, and commercial litigation matters. Prior to joining Miller Thomson, Judy practiced in small firms in Toronto and southwest Ontario. Judy has successfully argued matters before the Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Ontario Court of Justice, the Federal Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal. As a Trustee, Judy is a member of the Continuing Professional Development Committee, the Bench and Bar Committee for the Superior Court and is the liaison to the Family Law Lawyers of Waterloo Region (FLOWR).
STEPHEN GEHL, TRUSTEE (2018-2020)
Gehl & Gehl
F4 - 420 Weber St N
Waterloo, ON N2L 4E7
WHITNEY HALL, TRUSTEE (2017-2019)
182 Victoria St S
Kitchener, ON N2G 2B9
GORD HARRIS, TRUSTEE (2018-2019)
Harris Law, Personal Injury Lawyers
701-30 Duke St W
Kitchener, ON N2H 3W5
VALERIE HOAG, TRUSTEE (2017-2019)
Valerie Hoag Law
ERIC HOVIUS, TRUSTEE (2017-2019)
STEPHANIE KRUG, TRUSTEE (2018-2020)
17 Irvin St
Kitchener ON N2H 1K6
Stephanie has been a trustee since 2014. A lifelong resident of Kitchener - Waterloo, Stephanie obtained her B.A. in Geography and Political Science in 1987 from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. After a 2 year break for travelling and waiting tables, she attended law school at University of Ottawa. Since her call to the bar in 1994, Stephanie has been a sole practitioner practicing exclusively in criminal defense work. In past years, she has served on the board of directors of R.O.O.F and K-W Counselling and currently serves on the board of Waterloo Regional Boxing Academy. Stephanie is a member of the OCJ bench and bar, the Golf Tournament and the Law Day committees.
MATT MILCZARCZYK, TRUSTEE (2017-2019)
GREG MURDOCH, TRUSTEE (2018-2020)
Sorbara Schumacher McCann LLP
31 Union St E
Waterloo, ON N2J 1B8
MILENA PROTICH, TRUSTEE (2017-2019)
700 - 50 Queen St N
PO Box 725
Kitchener, ON N2G 4B6
ANGELA SALVATORE, TRUSTEE (2018-2020)
501-305 King St W
Kitchener, ON N2G 1B9
Angela Salvatore graduated from Brock University with her B.A., with Distinction. She continued her studies at Osgoode Hall Law School, earning a J.D. Post-articles, she practiced in the areas of domestic family law and child protection in the Niagara Region for five years, including as a sole private practice practitioner in Niagara Falls. Upon leaving her position as in-house legal counsel at the Children’s Aid Society of the Niagara Region, she completed a full-time Master of Law (Taxation) program at Osgoode Hall Law School. She has continued her advanced legal degree education at Osgoode Hall for a second Master of Law (General) degree, on a part-time basis.
She works on all aspects of dispute resolution as it relates to taxation matters. Such resolution includes being involved in the representation of individual and corporate clients at the audit, objection, and appeals’ stages at the Tax Court of Canada. Angela deals with matters under the Income Tax Act, Excise Tax Act, Employment Insurance Act, and Canada Pension Plan.
DAVID STEELE, TRUSTEE (2018-2020)
Duncan Linton LLP
P.O. Box 457
45 Erb St E
Waterloo ON N2J 4B5
Newly elected at the April 24, 2012 Annual General Meeting of the association, David is a graduate of McGill University and was called to the Bar in 1991. A long-time resident of Kitchener and Waterloo, he is a KW Chamber Environment Committee member with an interest in supporting our vibrant local bar stay in tune with the Region's needs for legal services. David's law practice focuses upon such issues as professional negligence, breach of contract, employment law and debtor-creditor disputes. As a new trustee, David will serve on the Website Use and Guidelines Committee, Promoting Waterloo Region Committee and the Law Day Committee.
ALEXANDRA VICTOROS, TRUSTEE (2017-2019)
Dietrich Law Office
141 Duke St E
Kitchener ON N2H 1A6
Elected to the Board in April 2011, Alexandra graduated from McGill University in 1995 with a B.A. in Political Science. She completed her LL.B. and her LL.M at the University of Kent in Canterbury and her solicitorship training at the London College of Law. After 8 years of living in the UK, Ali returned to Ontario and was called to the Bar in 2002. Ali is an associate at Dietrich Law Office and her practice focuses on disability law. Ali is a member of the Hellenic Canadian Lawyers' Association and a member of the Nominating Committee for Womens' Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF). Ali is a member of the Law Day Committee and is also sits on the Bench & Bar Committee.
RAYMOND WRUBEL, TRUSTEE (2018-2020)
104 Scott St
Kitchener, ON N2H 2R5
P: 519- 568-8090