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Giesbrecht, Griffin, Funk & Irvine LLP

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Building and maintaining a relationship of trust
with our clients is paramount.

Theodore G. Giesbrecht

B.A., J.D.



Ted GiesbrechtProfessional Focus

Ted is the founding partner of the firm and has been practising law for over thirty years in Kitchener-Waterloo. He assists families and businesses with estate planning, including Wills, Powers of Attorney and Trusts. He also enjoys working in the areas of residential real estate, adoption and elder law.

Ted has served as the legal advisor to the Waterloo Region Elder Abuse Team for over twenty-five years.




Community Involvement 

Ted has served and continues to serve on many Boards of Directors generally dealing with social justice and affordable housing issues. He is presently serving as a Governor on the Board of Conrad Grebel University College, and as a Director on the Boards of Fairview Mennonite Home and Parkwood Mennonite Home. 

Ted was the recipient of the Ontario Adoption Award presented by the Adoption Council of Ontario and the Outstanding Volunteer Award by the Province of Ontario.



More About Ted 

Ted has contributed the chapter on adoptions in the 2004 textbook Canadian Child Welfare Law. 

During 2009 Ted travelled to Ethiopia twice and volunteered to stabilize a children’s transition home. He assisted in completing adoption and permanent resident Visa applications for forty-seven children stranded in Addis Ababa. This has opened a challenging and satisfying sub-specialty wherein Ted provides assistance in emergency international adoption crisis situations. Following the devastating 2010 Haitian earthquake. Ted has been assisting a number of Haitian children whose adoptions were disrupted. 

Ted enjoys mountain trekking and is a certified wine judge. Ted, his wife and his two children are residents of Waterloo.