Our Board of Trustees

2017/2018 Board of Trustees
Elected at the Annual General Meeting of Members April 2017 

ROBERT K. BICKLE, PRESIDENT (2017 - 2019)
Madorin Snyder LLP
55 King Street West, 6th Floor
Kitchener ON N2G 4G9
P: 519.744.4491
F:  519.741.8060
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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 voluntee 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.

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CYNTHIA DAVIS, VICE-PRESIDENT (2017-2019)
Giffen Lawyer LLP
500-50 Queen St. N.,
Kitchener, ON  N2H 6M3
Ph: 519.578.4150
F: 519.578.8740
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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.

 

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KELLY GRIFFIN, PAST PRESIDENT (2017-2019)
Sutherland Mark Flemming Snyder-Penner Professional Corporation
675 Queen Street South, Suite 100
Kitchener ON N2M 1A1
P: 519.725.2500
F: 519.725.2525
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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. 

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MATTHEW KELLY, TREASURER (2017-2019)
Woynarski Szymura Kelly LLP
420 Sheldon Drive, Suite 204
Cambridge, ON N1T 2H9
P: 519.620.1162
F: 519.620.1103

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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.

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JASON HYNES, SECRETARY (2017-2019)
Bereskin & Parr LLP
The Galleria
1004-101 Frederick St. 
Kitchener, ON N2H 6R2
P: 519.783.3214
F: 519.783.3211

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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.

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ALEXANDRA VICTOROS, TRUSTEE
Dietrich Law Office
141 Duke Street East
Kitchener ON N2H 1A6
P: 519.749.0770
F: 519.749.0288
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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.

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SHANNON DOWN, TRUSTEE
Waterloo Region Community Legal Services
405 Frederick Street, Unit 101
Kitchener N2H 2P5
P: 519.743.0254
F: 519.743.1588
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Shannon was elected to the Board of Trustees at the April 2011 Annual General Meeting of the Association.  She graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1997 and was called to the bar in 2001.  Prior to moving to Waterloo Region in 2009, Shannon practiced in a small town solicitor's practice in York Region.  Since joining Clarke L. Melville Law Firm in 2009, her legal practice is focused on employment law, commercial and estate litigation.  Shannon also has an interest in and is developing a practice in the area of Mental Health advocacy.  Shannon is a member of the Law Day Committee and Governance Committee and is the co-chair and Board Liaison for the EPOWR Practice Group.

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DAVID STEELE, TRUSTEE
Duncan Linton LLP
P.O. Box 457
45 Erb Street East
Waterloo ON N2J 4B5
P: 519.886.3340
F: 519.886.8651
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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.

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PATRICK KRAEMER, TRUSTEE
Duncan Linton LLP
P.O. Box 457
45 Erb Street East
Waterloo  ON  N2J 4B5
P: 519.886.3340
F: 519.886.8651
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Patrick was elected to the Board at the April 2014 Annual General Meeting of the association. He received his LL.B from Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Bar in 2006. Patrick has a Master's degree in Environmental Studies (Urban Planning) from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Political Science from the University of Guelph. As an Associate at Duncan Linton LLP, Patrick's practice focuses on Municipal Law. Patrick has volunteered his time on the board to assist with the association annual golf tournament and also sits on the newly formed Human Resources Committee.

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SEAN SAFA, TRUSTEE 
Safalaw Professional Corporation
133 Frederick Street, Suite 200
Kitchener ON N2H 2M1
P: 519.570.1010
F: 519.743.8634
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Sean graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts (hons) in Political Science in 1998 and obtained his Law Degree at the University of Manitoba. After articling and practicing Civil Law at Haney Haney & Kendall in Waterloo, Ontario, Sean established his own Law Firm (safalaw) and since 2002 has been exclusively practicing Criminal Defence Law. Sean is currently an active member of the Criminal Lawyers Association, the Waterloo Region Law Association, Canadian Bar Association and Justice Net. Sean is somewhat of a linguist and is fluent in English, Farsi, Turkish and basic French and Arabic and currently studying Spanish. When he is not advocating for his clients in a courtroom setting throughout Ontario, you can find him reading a novel or participating in family activities with his wife and their three children.

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STEPHANIE KRUG, TRUSTEE 

17 Irvin Street
Kitchener ON N2H 1K6
P: 519.743.1603
F: 519.742.6973
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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.

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BRUCE RITTER, TRUSTEE 
Bruce H Ritter Professional Corporation
17 Irvin Street
Kitchener, ON N2H 1K6
P: 519.744.1169
F: 519.742.6973
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Bruce was born and raised in the Kitchener area.  He graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1979 and obtained his LLB from Osgoode Law School (York University) in 1982.  He articled in Toronto with the firm of Hughes, Amys doing mainly insurance defence work.  He was called to the Bar in 1984. After his call, he returned to Kitchener and conducted a general practice as well as part time work  for the Crown's office until 1991.  Thereafter he has practiced exclusively in the field of Criminal Law both locally and throughout the Province.     When not in court or at the office, Bruce enjoys spending time with wife and their dog, and if the weather is good and the seas are fair, he prefers to be on his boat somewhere on Georgian Bay.

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STEPHEN GEHL, TRUSTEE 
Gehl & Gehl
F4 - 420 Weber Street North, 
Waterloo, ON N2L 4E7
T: 519.886.8120
F: 519.886.8223
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JUDY FOWLER BYRNE, TRUSTEE 
Miller Thomson LLP
300 - 295 Hagey Blvd., Accelerator Building
Waterloo, ON N2L 6R5
T: 519.593.2432
F: 519.743.2540
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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). 

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ERIC HOVIUS (2017-2019)
AB Law
T: 905.560.0070
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MILENA PROTICH, TRUSTEE (2017-2019)
Lee LLP
700 - 50 Queen Street North
P.O. Box 725,
Kitchener, ON N2G 4B6
P: 519.570.3500
F: 519.570.3501
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CHRISTOPHER ANDREE, TRUSTEE (2017-2019)
Gowling WLG
1020 - 50 Queen Street North
P.O. Box 2248, Stn. C.,
Kitchener, ON N2H 6M2
T: 519.575.7505
F: 519. 571.5005
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MATT MILCZARCZYK, TRUSTEE (2017-2019)
T: 519.579.2333
F:519.579.2355
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VALERIE HOAG (2017-2019)
Valerie Hoag Law
T: 519.635.3807