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BARBARA HICKS

B.S.W. (Hons), LL.B.,LL.M. (Cambridge)
Originally from Hanover, Barbara moved to Toronto after high school to attend university. She obtained an Honours Bachelors Degree in Social Work in 1991. After working for a number of years as a social worker in Toronto, Barbara later returned to school to study law, obtaining her LL.B from the University of Windsor in 2002. She summered and articled at the Toronto office of Miller Thomson LLP and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2003. Interested in pursuing her studies in corporate law, in the fall of 2003 she undertook a Masters of Law at the University of Cambridge, England specializing in Corporate Law. While there, she was a member of the Darwin College rowing team.
Barbara returned to Hanover as a partner at Hicks & Hicks in 2004. She represents a variety of clients in the areas of real estate, corporate law and estate planning. Barbara is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association (Ontario) as well as the Grey and Bruce County Law Associations.
In November, 2016, Barbara was cross-appointed by the Attorney General of Ontario to sit as an adjudicator on three Safety, Licensing Appeals and Standards Tribunals Ontario (SLASTO) tribunals: the License Appeal Tribunal, the Fire Safety Commission and the Animal Care Review Board. These tribunals deal with a variety of matters under a number of statutes including fire inspection orders, animal welfare orders, Tarion warranty appeals, certain Highway Traffic Act matters, Liquor Licence Act matters and more.   As an adjudicator, Barbara conducts case conferences and hearings on matters coming before her.
Barbara also currently sits on the Law Society of Upper Canada planning committee for the upcoming annual Solo & Small Firm Conference to be held in June 2017.

Recent Speaking Engagements:
February 16, 2017 Ontario Hospital Association, webcast, “Executive Compensation:
November 9, 2016 Hanover PROBUS Club – Presentation on Estate Planning
October 6 , 2016, Ontario Hospital Association, webcast,

Community Involvement:
Immediate Past Chair, Hanover & District Hospital Board of Governors
Director, Hanover Chamber of Commerce Executive
Trustee, Hanover Public Library Board (2005-2010)
In recognition of her extensive volunteer commitment, Barbara was recognized by the Hanover Chamber of Commerce as the 2015 Citizen of the Year!

Personal:
In her spare time, Barbara enjoys taking photographs, painting with acrylics, travelling and spending time with her family. She loves good coffee, red wine, art and shoes!
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SELWYN J. HICKS

LL.B, M.B.A.
Graduating from the University of Windsor with both a degree in Law and a Masters in Business Administration, Selwyn was called to the Ontario Bar in 2003. Selwyn brought his legal expertise to Hicks & Hicks in the fall of 2003. Prior to this, Selwyn worked in the legal department at the Children’s Aid Society in Windsor and at a boutique Toronto law firm specializing in international business law and intellectual property.
A partner at Hicks & Hicks, Selwyn practices primarily in the areas of real estate and wills/estate planning. In recent years, Selwyn has developed expertise defending clients who have been charged with Smoke Free Ontario Act violations. Helping to shape the law in this area, Selwyn has a number of reported decisions. Selwyn is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association (Ontario) as well as the Grey and Bruce County Law Associations.
Selwyn has served on numerous boards and committees over the years. He currently serves as President Elect of the Bruce Grey Child & Family Services Board.
Selwyn also serves on the Town of Hanover Council. He was elected as Councilor in 2006 and again in 2010. In 2014 he was elected as Deputy Mayor. In this capacity, Selwyn sits on Grey County Council and is appointed to several committees including the Corporate Services and Social Services Committees.
In his spare time, Selwyn enjoys spending time with his children, attending community events, travelling and coaching gymnastics.
Reported Decisions:
Grey (County) v. Munro, 2005 CanLII 1080 (Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court)
R. v. Lawrence, 2006 ONCJ 21 (CanLII)
R. v. Pourlotfali, 2016 ONCA 490 (CanLII) (Ontario Court of Appeal)
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PETER CRUICKSHANK

B.A. (Hons.), M.A., J.D.
Peter grew up in Hanover, attending Dawnview Public School, James A. Magee Community School and John Diefenbaker Secondary School. He left Hanover to further his education at Queen’s University in Kingston where he studied languages and literature, majoring in Classical Studies. He continued these studies at McMaster University in Hamilton where he completed his Master’s degree. Finally, Peter began his legal studies at the University of Western Ontario in London where he earned his law degree in 2011.
While studying law at the University of Western Ontario, Peter was a member of various student organizations aimed at providing legal assistance to the community. As a member of Pro Bono Students Canada, Peter provided legal research for non-profit organizations. As a member of the first-ever Western Intellectual Property Clinic, Peter performed research and drafted advice on topics touching copyright, patents and trademarks. Finally, as a member of the Family Law Clinic, Peter drafted pleadings for low-income parties in family law proceedings.
After completing law school, Peter returned to Hanover to complete his articling requirements at Hicks & Hicks and was called to the Ontario Bar in the fall of 2012. Peter is now practicing as a lawyer at Hicks & Hicks, focusing in the areas of Family Law and Criminal Law.
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JON HUREAU

B.A. (Hons.), J.D., M.I.R.
Jon Hureau was born and raised in Burlington, Ontario. He left his hometown to complete an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Huron University College at Western University from which he graduated with distinction. Jon went on to obtain his Juris Doctor degree and a Master of Industrial Relations degree from Queen’s University.  Jon was a student caseworker for Queen’s Legal Aid Clinic and the Queen’s Correctional Law Project during his time at law school. In the latter capacity, he represented inmates in federal penitentiaries in disciplinary court and before the Parole Board of Canada.
Jon completed his articling term at a full-service law firm in Kitchener, Ontario and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2011. He went on to practice at law firms in Barrie and Hamilton, Ontario prior to joining Hicks & Hicks in September of 2016. Jon has volunteered as a literacy tutor with multiple organizations and has pursued his interest in public speaking through Toastmasters International. Jon follows and plays a variety of sports in his spare time including golf, hockey, baseball and skiing. Operating primarily out of the Walkerton office of Hicks & Hicks, Jon thoroughly enjoys the lifestyle that comes with living in a small town and rural community. He is enthusiastic about serving the firm’s clients in his practice areas of corporate law, real estate and estate planning.

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SUSANNE ZIPPEL

CORPORATE LAW CLERK
Susanne has been working in law offices since 1976. Although Susanne may be the most senior member of the team, she is energetic and dedicated to her work. Susanne’s specialty is corporate-commercial but she has, over the years, handled files in many other areas of law. Susanne works in the Walkerton office and has resided all her life in the Walkerton area. She has three children and three adorable grandchildren.  In her spare time, she enjoys curling, playing slow pitch, knitting, reading, walking and socializing with family and friends.
szippel@hickslaw.ca
519.881.2441 ext.21
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CARA OBERLE

WILLS/ESTATE LAW CLERK
Cara graduated from the law clerk program at Seneca College and joined Hicks & Hicks in 2012.  She works in the Walkerton office, handling reception duties and Wills & Powers of Attorneys. Cara lives in Hanover with her husband and 2 cats named Emily & Tori.  In her spare time, Cara enjoys home renovations and cross-stitching. Cara is now on maternity leave with her newborn son, Theo.
coberle@hickslaw.ca
519.881.2441
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RUTH JOHNSON

REAL ESTATE LAW CLERK
Ruth joined the firm in 2014 after completing her undergraduate degree in political science at York University. Ruth enjoys travelling, fishing, taking walks with her German Short Haired Pointer named Mary Puppins and spending time with her daughter. Ruth is now attending the University of Windsor law school and plans to be back at Hicks & Hicks next summer.
rjohnson@hickslaw.ca
519.364.4720
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ELLEN PENTON

REAL ESTATE LAW
Ellen and her dog Kiwi are quite inseparable. Kiwi, a 12 year old toy poodle has been Ellen’s companion, while she attended Ryerson University, earning a BComm from the Ted Rogers School of Business Management. Ellen started working at Hicks & Hicks as a summer student in 2015 and again in 2016. She joined the team full time after graduation. This big city girl currently calls Hanover home. Ellen handles reception duties at the Hanover office and works on Smoke Free Ontario Act files. She has a passion for animals and in her spare time enjoys horseback riding.
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SUSAN VAN DIEPEN

REAL ESTATE LAW
Susan graduated from a law clerk program in 1986 and started her first job the following week.  She has been working in a law office ever since!  During her career, Susan has worked in many areas of law but real estate is her favourite. She finds it very rewarding to hand the keys over to a new property owner and watch their face light up with excitement.  When not at work, Susan can be found on the farm gathering eggs or playing with the calves, playing darts or cards, crocheting, watching tv or attending a sporting event with her husband.
svandiepen@hickslaw.ca
519.364.4720
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LAURA MACDUFF

REAL ESTATE LAW
Laura attended Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technologies for print and broadcast journalism and graduated in 2008. She worked at The Post  in Hanover covering local news for six years before pursuing a career as a law clerk in 2014. She joined the Hicks and Hicks team in September of 2016 as a family and criminal law clerk. Laura enjoys working in the community of Hanover and providing clients with the assistance they need. In her personal time, Laura enjoys reading, her aquariums, good times with friends and trying new recipes.
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VIVIAN KENNEDY

LAW CLERK
Vivian graduated from the Law Clerk program at Fanshawe College in 2007 and joined the Hicks & Hicks team a short time later. She married the love of her life and they have two children and a dog named Hemi. Vivian usually works in our Walkerton office on Wills, Estates, real estate, corporate files and a range of other types of client matters.
vkennedy@hickslaw.ca
519.881.2441
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DAVID ELLIS

ESTATES LAW
Dave joined our team after working for many years for the Ministry of the Attorney General. Dave works part-time in our Walkerton office, handling estate matters. Dave enjoys spending time with family and friends.  Dave spoils us with his home-made sweets!  After hours, he can often be found in his garden or refinishing furniture.
dellis@hickslaw.ca
519.881.2441 ext. 25
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SANDY MARSHALL

FAMILY LAW CLERK/OFFICE MANAGER
Sandy is a graduate of the law clerk program at Fanshawe College and has worked at Hicks & Hicks for most of her career.  She works on Family Law files and provincial offence matters where the client has been charged under the Smoke Free Ontario Act. In addition to her role as a law clerk, Sandy is the Office Manager.
smarshall@hickslaw.ca
519.364.4720