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Herman Turkstra is a Hamilton Ontario lawyer and businessman. He is a founding member of the law firm of Turkstra Mazza Associates with offices in Hamilton, London and Toronto. As a lawyer, Herman has most recently focused on planning and environmental law and in particular the relationship of government to communities. He has represented Boards, municipalities, citizen groups and entrepreneurs and represented clients at all levels of the judicial system including the Supreme Court of Canada.

Herman has held a number of community and elected positions including elected member of the City of Hamilton's Board of Control, President of the Hamilton Law Association, Chairman of The Ontario Legal Education Council, Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Guelph, Vice President, Hamilton Philharmonic Orhcestra,Committeeman for Canada of the American Trial Lawyers Association, Member of Council, the Canadian Bar Association and as a director on two public companies and advisor to senior management of a number of successful Ontario corporations. His essays on city life have appeared in a number of Ontario newspapers and magazines.

Herman founded the local community portal developer 701.COM and 701 Media Group which were purchased by the Toronto Star. is now on the web across Canada while the printed directory is now delivered to over 2,500,000 households in 24 Ontario communities. He continues to have an interest in the development of local internet business communities as the founder of ZIYP Inc. with a local directory in the province of Quebec.

Herman lives in Hamilton and sails on Hamilton Harbour.


sailing, law, writing, complexity economic theory, municipal politics, technology and in particular kevin kelly's theories of technology as a contagious virus.