Lawyers

John Sikkema

  • T: (613) 221-5895
  • F: (343) 888-2619
  • E: john@acaciagroup.ca

Professional Affiliations:

  • County of Carleton Law Association
  • Christian Legal Fellowship
  • Advocates for the Rule of Law

About

John Sikkema is a founding member of the Acacia Group practicing in both our litigation and solicitor departments.

John works with churches, charities, and other faith-based organizations to assist them with all their legal needs including litigation, policy development, and corporate or charitable matters.

Prior to joining Acacia Lawyers, John served as Legal Counsel to the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada and as a member of ARPA’s Law and Policy team. In that role, John provided legal research for ARPA’s board and staff, conducted federal and provincial legal policy analysis, and worked on their court interventions and cases. Prior to his work with ARPA, John served as Associate Legal Counsel for Christian Legal Fellowship.

John earned his JD from Queen’s University in 2014 and his LLM from Emory University in 2019, where he was awarded the Gertie and John Witte Prize in Law and Religion “for outstanding work in law and Christianity”.

John was counsel in a precedent-setting Charter case which struck portions of the Ontario Freedom of Information and Privacy Protection Act. In that case, John successfully argued that the Charter of Rights and Freedoms’ guarantee to freedom of expression required the government to provide access to public information.

John’s writing has appeared in the National Post, Policy Options, Comment, the Christian Legal Journal, Law Matters, and the Supreme Court Law Review. John also serves as an Executive Committee Member of Advocates for the Rule of Law, a Canadian legal think tank.

Expertise

Details

Practice Areas:

Constitutional and Human Rights Law
Civil Litigation
Appellate Advocacy and Supreme Court Agency
Ecclesiastical Law
Education Law
Employment and Labour Law for Employers
Charity and Not-for-profit Law
Complex Legal Research and Opinions
Strategic Litigation and Test Cases

Bar Admissions:

Called to the bar: 2015

Education:

Brock University (2011) BA (Hon) in Political Science and Business
Queen’s University (2014) JD
Emory University (2019) LLM

Expertise

Practice Areas:

Constitutional and Human Rights Law
Civil Litigation
Appellate Advocacy and Supreme Court Agency
Ecclesiastical Law
Education Law
Employment and Labour Law for Employers
Charity and Not-for-profit Law
Complex Legal Research and Opinions
Strategic Litigation and Test Cases

Bar Admissions:

Called to the bar: 2015

Education:

Brock University (2011) BA (Hon) in Political Science and Business
Queen’s University (2014) JD
Emory University (2019) LLM