The speakers for the 2022 ADRBC Symposium are currently being finalized. Please check back regularly for new additions!
Ry Moran is Canada’s inaugural Associate University Librarian – Reconciliation at the University of Victoria.
Mohamed M Keshavjee
Mohamed M Keshavjee is a lawyer, author and international cross-cultural specialist on mediation is a graduate of Queens University where he did his LLB, and London University where he attained his LLM and PhD.
Alexandra Mitretodis is a litigation and dispute resolution Partner in Fasken’s Vancouver office with a practice in international and domestic commercial arbitration, commercial litigation and class actions.
Andrea has worked in sport for over 20 years both in Canada and Internationally, including three Olympic Games.
Anil who has since 1995 practised PeaceBuilding (with Conflict Avoidance, Dispute Resolution, Restorative Justice and Online Dispute Resolution) is an accredited Mediator, Arbitrator ((and trained in Investment State Mediation & Arbitration), Restorative Justice and an Emotional Intelligence (EQ) coach.
CAB BC is just one of many regional and national country specific Boards that fall under the global umbrella of ICAB or The Aga Khan International Conciliation and Arbitration Board.
Barrie Marshall, is a retired lawyer and was, until June, 2019, a partner in the Calgary office of Gowling WLG LLP (Canada).
Barry Penner, QC is the Managing Director of the Vancouver International Arbitration Centre (VanIAC), a not-for-profit dispute resolution organization based […]
Bob Finlay has been a mediator for the last 25 years mediating Family Law files, Child Protection files and workplace disputes. He has a Master’s Degree in Psychology, is a Registered Family Therapist, a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a Parenting Co-ordinator.
As the Founder and Principal at Discussions by Design Training & Coaching Services, Brenda supports leaders and their teams by strengthening their communication and conflict management skills so that they enrich their work experience, heighten employee engagement, and become more accountable and committed personally and professionally to their individual and organizational goals.
I am a conflict resolution generalist and trainer, working in large institutions for 19 years. ADRBC has been a big part of my professional development.
Brin Hamilton, Q.Arb, Q.Med
Brin is an ADR professional with a B.Comm specializing in human resources and marketing, an MA in Conflict Analysis and Management, and a CPHR designation. She has completed formalized training in negotiation, mediation, and arbitration.
Colm Brannigan has been a full-time ADR practitioner for over 20 years. He holds an LL.M. in ADR, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and a Chartered Mediator and Chartered Arbitrator through the ADR Institute of Canada (ADRIC).
Damian is a legal tech entrepreneur and ADR practitioner with a focus on the technology sector. Co-founder of ODRPlat a carbon neutral online dispute resolution platform.
Daniel Brantes, Ph.D., FCIArb
Daniel Brantes Ferreira earned his Ph.D. in Constitutional Law at the Pontifical University of Rio de Janeiro in 2011 and was a visiting scholar at UB Law School (2009) researching Legal Realism under the guidance of UB Distinguished Professor John Henry Schlegel.
Desmond MacMillan, Q. Arb
Desmond’s practice is in the areas of commercial, construction, insurance, estates and general litigation.
Douglas Spoors is an attorney, mediator, trainer, founder of the Institute for Mixed Method Mediation, and author of the book Mixed Method Mediation: A Hybrid Approach to Conflict Resolution.
Dr Róisín O’ Shea, Dip., BA (Hns) Law, PhD, Mediator BL
Róisín is a Partner in ARC Mediation, Waterford City Ireland, is a founder and Chair of the Irish Professional Mediators’ Organisation CLG www.theipmo.ie She is also a mediation and conflict resolution trainer, legal academic, qualified barrister and IMI Certified Mediator.
Firoz Verjee, BCom MSc DSc (Q.Med.)
Dr. Firoz Verjee is a Qualified Mediator, and an active member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institutes of British Columbia, as well as the Association of Engineers & Geoscientists of British Columbia.
Fisnik Kumnova, Q.Arb
Fisnik Kumnova is a PM, Mediator and Arbitrator with over a decade of experience in working with stakeholders in various areas of Alternative Dispute Resolution.
G.C. (Scottie) Scott
Scottie graduated from UBC Law at the tender age of 38 in1988 and was called to the bar in 1989. Prior to attending law school he worked in the construction industry and held a Journeyperson’s trade qualification.
Gurtej Sandhu, LL.B., B.E.
Gurtej Sandhu is an internationally trained lawyer from Chandigarh, India, with experience in various practice areas, including consumer protection, real estate, banking, and corporate insolvency.
Jacqueline Beltgens is a lawyer, mediator, adjudicator and workplace investigator with Beltgens Law.
Jair Gevaerd, Ph.D., FCIArb
Attorney and founding partner at Gevaerd & Associates. Domestic and international arbitrator and mediator. Lecturer of law. Pepperdine Caruso School of Law/ Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.
Jane, as the former Child and Youth Officer for British Columbia, grappled with the challenge of creating an organization within government that was a catalyst for transformative change for children and youth in BC.
Jo-Anne (Jodie) Stark, B.Comm, J.D., CLC
Jo-Anne is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, with degrees in Commerce and Law; she is a member in good standing of both the Law Society of Saskatchewan (practicing/active) and Law Society of BC (non-practicing) and has been a lawyer for 30 years.
Joan Cotie has worked with families, youth and children in many capacities since 1976.
A graduate of Victoria University of Wellington and Harvard Law Schools, Joel is a partner with CMP-Cambridge (USA) and a principal mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre.
John conducts mediation advocacy training for law students and legal practitioners, and conducts ADR training for business executives.
Jonathan Eades has two decades of arbitration experience as counsel overseas and in Canada. Jonathan is senior legal counsel with […]
Judge Shehni Dossa
Shehni was sworn in as a Judge of the Provincial Court of British Columbia on March 31st 2000. She presides over cases in the criminal, family and civil divisions.
Kathy Porter, MDes., Chartered Mediator
My mediation practice is focused on multi-party decision processes to transform conflicted relations arising out of complex problems.
Kent Highnam, Cert. ConRes., BA, MA
Kent is an international educator and speaker with a background in international and public relations with the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
I take pleasure in sharing my knowledge, experience and skills that I use daily in negotiations and management whereas effectively helping to enhance business opportunities and strengths.
Leanne Harder has worked as a family dispute resolution professional since 2002.
Nevens holds a BA from McGill University and a JD from UBC. Prior to being called to the bar, they were a clerk for the Nunavut Court of Justice, intern at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and policy analyst for Legal Services Society BC.
Liddia is the Resource Centre Manager at the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC) and has worked there since October 2020.
Marcus is the founder of Crossroads Law and Coach My Case. He is a former social worker, certified collaborative divorce lawyer and an accredited family law mediator practicing in Alberta and British Columbia.
Mark Cooper – CEO, Saskatchewan Construction Association (SKCA)
Mark is a certified mediator, a Project Management Professional, and has his yellow belt in Lean.
Michael Butterfield is a collaborative lawyer. He is an accredited family law Mediator, Arbitrator, and Parenting Coordinator.
Professor Michelle LeBaron is a conflict transformation scholar/practitioner at UBC’s Allard School of Law whose work features creativity, culture and interdisciplinarity.
Nancy Cameron is a lawyer, writer, and educator. She is a family law practitioner, whose practice is in the areas of collaborative law, mediation (Law Society Certified) and Hear the Child Reports (roster member since inception).
Nancy Carter, QC is currently the Executive Director, Family Policy, Legislation and Transformation, Justice Services Branch, Ministry of Attorney General.
Nazlin A. Lakhani
Nazlin completed her BA in Political Science and Economics at the University of Calgary, and went on to study law at the University of Victoria.
Nicole was called to the bar in 2014 and has both a civil litigation and solicitors practice. She has gained exposure to a variety of legal matters including Aboriginal and Indigenous law, human rights, civil liberties, personal injury, corporate/commercial, employment, and family law.
Olga has been running her law office since February 2003, handling cases of all fields of law (Civil-Criminal- Administrative-Intellectual Property-Personal Data).
Robert Bales, P.Eng., LL.B.
Robert Bales, P.Eng., LL.B. is a construction adjudicator, engineer, arbitrator and lawyer (no longer in active practice) doing adjudication claims under the Ontario Ministry of Transportation – Ontario Road Builders Referee Process, and the Ontario ODACC process.
Ron Kraybill pioneered the first restorative justice mediation cases in the United States in Elkhart, Indiana, 1977 and served for ten years as founding director of the Mennonite Conciliation Service, 1979-1988.
Roy is co-author of the top-selling “Turning Conflict into Profit” and a founder and Principal of The Neutral Zone Coaching and Consulting Services Inc.
Serge Pisapia, LL.B., LL.M., C.Med., C.Arb.
Serge Pisapia is a lawyer with a 40-year experience in the construction industry, the first half of which within a construction company and the second half as an independent neutral in the avoidance, management and resolution of contractual disputes on large construction projects such as the 5B$ construction of new Champlain bridge in Montreal.
Sharon H. Venne
Sharon has worked at the United Nations prior to the establishment of the Working Group on Indigenous Peoples in 1982.
Sharon has been active as a mediator since 1996. Her qualifications include a Certificate in Conflict Resolution from the Justice Institute, Bachelors degree from Simon Fraser University and a Master of Arts Degree (MA) in Conflict Analysis and Management from Royal Roads University.
Shelley Larson is a communication professor, mediator, trainer, and conflict coach. She is part of a mediation team that was recognized by the Michigan Supreme Court for swiftly and successfully transitioning to mediation in the online format.
Sheriden earned a distinguished Master of Laws (LLM) degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, in Alternative Dispute Resolution, focusing on the duty to consult and accommodate, and the meaningful resolution of Indigenous land and resource disputes recognizing the colonial framework that suppresses indigenous history, laws, languages, resulting in fundamental power imbalances in legal and negotiation processes.
Stacey R. Rose, C.Med, C.Arb, CRM, CIP
Stacey is a seasoned claims management and dispute resolution professional, having specialized in the fields of insurance and civil litigation. She has been assisting individuals and organizations in managing conflict for over thirty years.
Professor Val Napoleon [Indigenous Peoples’ Counsel, LLB, PhD] is the Acting Dean of the Faculty of Law, UVIC, and the Law Foundation Chair of Indigenous Justice and Governance.
Yeda is committed to promote the use of mediation as an alternative dispute resolution in the community and regularly speaks in mediation seminars.
Zuhal Uluturk, CPHR
Zuhal spearheads ADRBC’s front-line member services, ensuring our proactive response to all inquiries and requests, and supporting meaningful member engagement.