Our Team

Bringing Together Experts in Market Value Opinion.

A company committed to excellence.

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    Matt Van Huizen, B.A., AACI, P.App.

    Managing Partner | matt@ellens.ca | 905-577-0403 x104

    Matt Van Huizen became Managing Partner at Ellens & Associates in 2012. He completed his undergraduate education at Redeemer University, and directly followed with the Post-Graduate Certificate in Real Property Valuation (PGCV) program through the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia, leading to his AACI designation. His experience includes valuation of industrial, commercial & investment property types, as well as other special use or purpose built properties.

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    Brian Harskamp, MBA

    Partner | brian@ellens.ca | 905-387-0100

    Brian Harskamp is a Partner at Ellens & Associates. He has an MBA from McMaster University and is a Candidate Member with the Appraisal Institute of Canada. Prior to joining, Brian served in various executive and board roles in the non-profit sector. He is enrolled in the Sauder School of Business Post-Graduate Certificate in Real Property Valuation (PGCV) program.

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    Jacob Ellens

    Founder | jake@ellens.ca

    Mr. Ellens began his career in real estate as a salesman in Niagara Falls. He continued to diversify his experience during his employment with the P. J. Harvey Realties in Brantford, where he began his career as an appraiser. In 1989 he started his own firm, which bears his last name to this day. Mr. Ellens specialized in the valuation of commercial, industrial, and investment properties in the Greater Hamilton, Brantford, and Niagara areas. Mr. Ellens has extensive experience as an expert witness before various courts and tribunals and has experience in expropriation, property tax appeals, and in various areas of real estate consultation. Mr. Ellens is a Past President of the Hamilton Chapter of the Appraisal Institute of Canada, Past Director of the Ontario Association of the Appraisal Institute of Canada, and has been involved in various committees at the provincial and national level for the Appraisal Institute of Canada.

    In 2012, Mr. Ellens handed the day to day operations of the company to Mr. Van Huizen. He retired in 2021 from providing appraisal services but remains active with the company.

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    Stan Jugovic, AACI, P.App., PLE

    Appraiser | stan@ellens.ca

    Mr. Jugovic has been a presence in the Hamilton Real Estate market since the 1980's. His work experience includes the listing, selling, leasing, managing, developing, and negotiating of all types of real estate for buyers and sellers in the Hamilton and surrounding area. Since 1993, Mr. Jugovic has been providing clients with proficient real estate appraisal services in the residential, commercial, industrial and investment real estate marketplace. Mr. Jugovic has over twenty years of experience in real estate with extensive local expertise.

    Mr. Jugovic is currently on the National Investigation Committee of the Appraisal Institute of Canada which is responsible for the investigation of complaints initiated by the public and by recipients of appraisal services across Canada. He also volunteers on various committees of the Hamilton, Burlington and District Real Estate Board and the local AIC chapter.

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    Jonathan Baarda, B.E.S., AACI P. App.

    Appraiser | jonathan@ellens.ca

    Jonathan Baarda joined Ellens & Associates in 2013 as a research assistant and was accepted into the designation program shortly thereafter. Jonathan earned an Honours B.E.S. in Urban Planning from the University of Waterloo and has previously worked in a number of GIS-related roles, including a position at the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation.

    Jonathan completed all his educational requirements and in November 2016 was accepted as a full member of the Appraisal Institute of Canada with the AACI P. App designation. He provides valuation and consultation services and has worked on a variety of projects including appraisals of retail, commercial, multi-unit residential, industrial, agricultural, and land property types.

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    Aaron Snoek, BA., AACI P.App.

    Appraiser | aaron@ellens.ca

    Aaron Snoek joined Ellens & Associates in 2016 as a research assistant. He has completed all educational and experience requirements set by the Appraisal Institute of Canada and was awarded his AACI designation in early 2021. Aaron graduated from Redeemer University, earning his B.A. in 2012. Aaron provides market value opinions in the Hamilton and Brantford areas. Prior to joining Ellens, Aaron was a financial analyst and brings this additional expertise to his work.

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    Melissa J. Lewis, B.Comm.

    Candidate Appraiser | melissa@ellens.ca

    Melissa J. Lewis joined Ellens & Associates as a Junior Appraiser in 2021. In 2016, she graduated from the University of Guelph, Lang School of Business with an Honours B.Comm in Real Estate & Housing. Melissa completed the Post-Graduate Certificate in Real Property Valuation (PGCV) program through the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia in 2018. Melissa is a Candidate Member with the Appraisal Institute of Canada, and is working towards the AACI designation.