“The Objectives, Scope and Focus of Government Policy in ADR”
The Honourable David Eby, Attorney General of British Columbia.
David is an award-winning lawyer, noted for his work on constitutional and administrative law issues related to the protection and promotion of human rights and democratic freedoms.
A proud resident of Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood, in his professional career David was an adjunct professor of law at the University of British Columbia, president of the HIV/AIDS Legal Network, and served on the Vancouver Foundation’s Heath and Social Development Committee. From 2009 to 2013, David ran the B.C. Civil Liberties Association as executive director.
David has been recognized as one of British Columbia’s most effective advocates. His work at Pivot Legal Society to protect the human rights and dignity of homeless and under-housed residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside was recognized in 2011 by the UN Association in Canada and the B.C. Human Rights Coalition with their annual award. He is the author of several books and articles on legal rights. His handbook on arrest rights is now in its third printing, with more than 10,000 copies in circulation.
David loves to ride his bike, practice yoga, play music with his band, and catch local comedy and music shows in Vancouver.
Evelyn Zellerer, Ph.D, facilitator, trainer and speaker specializing in peace circles, restorative justice, and conscious governance.
Evelyn Zellerer, Ph.D., is the Founder/Director, Peace of the Circle – an international organization that works with justice agencies, government, businesses, non-profits, schools and communities (www.peaceofthecircle.com). Dr. Evelyn Zellerer is a facilitator, trainer and speaker specializing in peace circles, restorative justice, and conscious governance. She earned her Ph.D. in Criminology from SFU; after teaching at Florida State University and San Diego State University, she is now a professor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in BC, Canada. Over the past 25 years, she has taught and led projects in diverse cultural contexts, including the Arctic, Australia, Caribbean, Iran, Kazakhstan, South Africa, UK, and USA. Evelyn has presented at many national and international venues, including the United Nations.
Lawrence Alexander is an Associate at the law firm Gall Legge Grant Zwack. He is in his 26th year of practice. He works primarily in law reform and access to justice.
For close to ten years he advised deputy ministers to the Premier in the BC Government — on both sides of the political spectrum. He has worked for the national law firm Heenan Blaikie and the environmental advocate West Coast Environmental Law.
He has an active interest in access to justice and the future of the legal profession, serving for three years on an access to legal services advisory committee to the Law Society of BC, preparing and co-teaching a course at UBC law school on access to justice and the future of the legal profession, leading a “client-centred legal services” project at the A-G’s Legal Services Branch, and advising legal technology start-ups that aim to improve access to justice.
He has led law and policy reform projects on several topics including climate action.
He advises organizations that are using innovation and technology to tackle stubborn public policy problems.
The Hon. Marion Allan
The Honourable Marion J. Allan was called to the BC Bar in 1978. She practiced civil litigation for 10 years at Russell & DuMoulin (now Faskens). She was an adjunct professor of civil litigation from 1984-1988 prior to her appointment to the County Court of Vancouver in 1988 and elevation to the Supreme Court of BC in 1990. She retired from the Supreme Court in April 2012.
She has been Associate Counsel at Clark Wilson LLP since 2013. Her practice is limited to mediations and arbitrations.
She completed mediation and conflict resolution training at Pepperdine University, the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia (CLEBC) and the Justice Institute of BC (JIBC). She has a particular interest in helping clients resolve disputes in the areas of wills and estates, family law, insurance coverage, personal injury and employment, as well as in connection with strata property, real estate and construction matters.
She was admitted to the Civil Roster of Mediate BC in September 2014.
While on the Bench and since, Marion has participated in many educational programs for judges and lawyers for the National Judicial Institute, Canadian Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education, The Advocates Society and Trial Lawyers Association, on topics such as mediation, evidence, family law, civil procedure, fiduciary obligations, personal injuries and elder law.
Henri Alvarez, Q.C.
Henri Alvarez is a Canadian arbitrator who practices as an independent neutral at Vancouver Arbitration Chambers. With over 35 years of experience, Henri has acted as both an arbitrator and as counsel in international and domestic arbitrations involving investments, trade, franchising, licensing, distributorship, construction, oil and gas, energy, corporate and general commercial disputes. He has served as sole arbitrator, party-appointed arbitrator and chairman under the auspices of several international arbitral institutions and regularly conducts arbitrations in English, Spanish and French. Henri has served on several sports arbitration panels and as a member of the ad hoc Panel of Arbitrators at the Olympic Games in Vancouver in 2010
Henri was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2008 and was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1981.
Lisa Arora, B.Ed.
Lisa Arora, B.Ed., is a Comprehensive Family Mediator, Certified by Family Mediation Canada and a member of the Mediate BC Family Roster. She is also an expert graphic facilitator and management consultant who works internationally with executive teams. Lisa has worked with Fortune 500s, government agencies at all levels, First Nations, and non-profits. Her visual meeting strategies have helped organizations tackle deep-rooted and emerging issues that span all industries from healthcare to high-tech.
Experiencing mediation twice during her own divorce in 2013, Lisa noticed a complete absence of visual communication during these mediations (when from her point of view as a party it would have been helpful). After completing her Family Mediation Certificate Program at the Justice Institute of BC, Lisa set out to pioneer “visual mediation,” combining live interactive visual methods with mediation process. She now runs a private Visual Divorce Mediation practice in Victoria. Lisa also trains other mediators how to use visual communication in their mediations through her online course, Big Beginnings in Visual Mediation.
Laraine Ashpole is an Employers' Adviser with the Ministry of Labour. She is developing a labour and civil mediation practice in Nanaimo to serve the Central Vancouver Island area. She is a member of MediateBC and ADRBC. Laraine has a diverse background that includes working in public service, private business and non-profit organizations. She has a Masters in Leadership & Training from Royal Roads University. Laraine completed certification in Mediation and Negotiation at the Justice Institute of BC. Laraine has a passion for dispute resolution and looks forward to another informative and inspiring ADRBC Symposium.
Carolina Barboza Lima Barrocas
M. Sc. Carolina Barboza Lima Barrocas belongs to a family of great tradition in the area of Law in Brazil, among Brazilian Supreme Court Justices, public and private lawyers. She practices tax law and has a Masters Degree in Human Rights. For over ten years she has coordinated three major graduate programs and has been responsible for the development of all pedagogical material and content of the disciplines on Tax Law and Tax Planning of one of the largest universities in the world. Tax legal consultant of large institutions in Brazilian real estate market. Member of the Permanent Commission of Right to Education of the Brazilian Bar Association. Participated in the organizing committee of dozens of symposiums and congresses in Brazil.
She is a newcomer to Canada. In her law firm in Brazil, she practices preventive and contentious advocacy, with an emphasis on conflict resolution in a consensual way, in order to reduce tax impacts in several businesses.
Kathleen Bellamano BSW, RSW,
C. Arb, C. Med, FMC Cert. CFM
Kat has been a dispute resolution practitioner for 15 years. Most of her work is with families and she specializes in working with participants with multiple challenges including high conflict, trauma, health or mental health issues, substance use or addiction challenges, child protection involvement, a history of violence or anger issues, or intercultural issues.
Kat provides mediation, parenting coordination, arbitration, facilitation, individual coaching and child interviewing. She practices a collaborative and integrative approach by facilitating transparency among all the professionals and supports working with a family whenever appropriate. Kat uses a trauma informed approach and promotes learning and self-efficacy in all aspects of her practice.
She is a certified as a Comprehensive Family Mediator by Family Mediation Canada, is a Chartered Mediator and Arbitrator certified by ADR Canada, is an instructor for ADR Canada and ADRBC, coaches for The Justice Institute and Continuing Legal Education is on the family and civil rosters of Mediate BC, the Hear the Child and Parenting Coordinator rosters, is a Restorative Justice Facilitator and Mentor, and a Senior Mediator with the Mediate BC Family Mediation Program. She has a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Victoria and is currently completing a Master of Social Work with a Clinical Specialization and a Certificate in Adult Education. Kat received her Certificate in Conflict Analysis and Management and her Certificate in Family Mediation from The Institute of Conflict Analysis and Management and her Certificate in Arbitration from the BC Arbitration & Mediation Institute.
She is also on the Board of Directors of Family Mediation Canada and the University of Victoria Alumni Association.
Thierry Bériault, President, ADR Institute of Canada (ADRIC)
Thierry Bériault is a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators, a Chartered Mediator of the ADR Institute of Canada and a lawyer. Since 2005, he has conducted more than 600 mediations to resolve disputes occurring in the private and public sectors. He is regularly mandated in complex business matters where there are important relational issues at stake, such as disputes in business partnerships and others between partners, shareholders or senior management.
Mr. Bériault is a specialist of the mediation process. He teaches in the Master's program in Conflict Prevention & Resolution at the Université de Sherbrooke (Canada), as well as at HELMo (Belgium) within the European Certification Program in Organizational Mediation. His expertise also brings him to the train mediators in Canada, Europe and Africa. He is President-Elect of the ADR Institute of Canada and co-chairs the Institut de médiation dans l'espace francophone (IMEF). For several years, he was the president of the Board of the Institut de médiation et d'arbitrage du Québec (IMAQ).
Claudia is a family and elder mediator. She studied Conflict Resolution at Carleton University, completed an internship with a law firm then certified with Family Mediation Canada (FMC) as a Family Relations and Elder Mediator. She began her mediation practice in Ottawa and now offers mediation and facilitation on Vancouver Island. Claudia is on the board of FMC and is the current chair of the FMC Elder Mediation Committee. She is enthusiastic to promote and develop elder mediation services in Canada because she recognises how these family conversations can change immediate situations and can improve generations of family relations. There are many reasons that now an important time to develop elder mediation, including the national demographics, stretched health care systems, the need for home support for independent living, insufficient residential care, and prevention of abuse and neglect.
Prior to mediation, Claudia trained and worked as a Public Health Nurse and received a Master’s Degree in Community Health in the UK. She has worked as a clinical nurse, a health project manager and in community development in many countries.
"I have been fortunate to have had many interesting work opportunities. My first experience working in a developing country was in a refugee camp in northern Somalia with Oxfam, providing maternal and child health care services and health worker training. In Uganda I worked with The Aids Support Organization for two years, developing community based support for people living with HIV in rural areas."
"I worked with the Department of Adolescent Health and Development at the World Health Organization based in Geneva for two years, collaborating with national and non-government organizations in over fifteen countries on programs for families and youth. In all this work I have learned to have a deep respect for people's ability to understand their situation and to find unique ways for managing change. When people are given the opportunity to talk together, they are able to find creative solutions to their own issues."
Tina Cicchetti is a leading arbitration practitioner based in Vancouver, Canada. As of 1 September 2017, Tina practices as an independent Resident Neutral at Vancouver Arbitration Chambers (VAC). She has served as sole arbitrator and tribunal chair in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations. Tina also has extensive experience as counsel in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations.
Tina is active in the arbitration community. She is the Vice Chair of the International Arbitration Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (ICC Canada), a board member of the Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society (WCCAS), a former President and a current Advisory Board member of the Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners (YCAP), a member of the ICDR Canadian Advisory Committee and a former member of the Regional Coordinating Committee of the North American Chapter of ICC’s Young Arbitrators’ Forum (YAF). In 2016, Tina was appointed by the Canadian government as a member of the NAFTA 2022 Committee and invited by the Attorney General for British Columbia to join an Arbitration Advisory Group on legislative reform and promotion of Vancouver as a seat for international arbitration. In 2018, she was appointed by Canada as a panel member for Chapter 19 disputes under the NAFTA. She is also a member of the ITA Board of Reporters (Canada).
Tina has been ranked by clients and peers in Chambers Global and Chambers Canada for Arbitration. Tina was named the Best Lawyers® 2018 Vancouver International Arbitration “Lawyer of the Year” and selected by her peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers® in Canada for her work in International Arbitration. She has also been recognized by Who’s Who Legal – Arbitration, Who’s Who Legal Arbitration – Future Leaders and Who’s Who Legal Canada – Arbitration. In 2017, Tina was also named as a
“Litigation Star” for Arbitration in British Columbia by Benchmark Canada. Since 2014, Tina has been consistently recognized by Lexpert®, including in the Lexpert® Guides Leading US-Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers for International Commercial Arbitration and the 2018 . Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada for Commercial Arbitration.
Tina is fluent in English and has reading knowledge of French, Spanish and Italian.
Joan is a mediator, arbitrator, parenting coordinator, and writes Views of/Hear the Child Reports.
Joan has worked with families for over 35 years in Ontario, the Northwest Territories (Nunavut) and British Columbia.
Joan has education in Child & Youth Care, Law, Women’s Studies, Social Work and Conflict Resolution. She is a Chartered Mediator and a member of ADRBC, Mediate BC’s Civil, Family & Child Protection Rosters, Family Mediation Canada, the BC Parent Coordinator Roster, the Hear the Child Society, and the BC Association of Social Workers.
Joan continues to work mostly with families but also practices employment, community and elder mediation.
Joan has served on the BC Employment Appeals Tribunal and continues to sit on the Property Assessment Review Panel.
Joan lives with her partner and animals in the country on Vancouver Island.
Kathleen Cunningham, B.Comm, LLB, MPS, TEP, Executive Director, BC Law Institute/Canadian Centre for Elder Law
Kathleen Cunningham is the Executive Director of the British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI), BC’s only independent, on-partisan law reform agency and home of the Canadian Centre for Elder Law. She earned a Bachelor of Commerce (1984) and LL.B. (1985) from the University of British Columbia and is a member of the Law Society of BC. She holds a Masters in Policy Studies from the University of New South Wales (2009) and a graduate diploma in Social Innovation from the University of Waterloo (2013).
Kathleen has provided education, legal support and risk management guidance to management and staff at a major Canadian trust company and assisted the Public Guardian and Trustee of BC with the implementation of personal planning and guardianship legislation and projects addressing the financial abuse of vulnerable adults. She was a member of two BCLI Committees –Modernization of the Trustee Act and Recommended Practices for Wills Practitioners Relating to Undue Influence. Kathleen is a past worldwide council member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) and is a current member of the steering committees for the STEP Mental Capacity and Digital Asset special interest groups.
Bob Davidson, MBA
Bob Davidson is a business specialist with expertise in First Nations and remote communities. He has more than 20 years business experience, concentrating on marketing and business development. He has energy expertise in alternative energy, integration with traditional energy systems, through to LNG. He holds a MBA from Royal Roads University.
Robert J. C. Deane
Robert Deane is National Leader of the Firm's International Trade and Arbitration
Group, and a member of the Partnership Board, the Firm's governing body. He also
serves as the Co-National Leader of the Privacy and Data Protection Group and as the
Vancouver Regional Leader of the Advertising, Marketing and Sponsorship Law Group.
Robert practises international and domestic commercial arbitration, commercial
litigation, privacy law, intellectual property litigation and advertising/competition law. He
is ranked nationally and internationally as a leading lawyer in these areas.
Robert has experience in all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada,
and in numerous significant international commercial arbitration proceedings in North
America, Asia and Europe under the LCIA Rules, the ICC Rules, the ICSID (Additional
Facility) Rules, the American Arbitration Association's International Arbitration Rules,
the Arbitration Rules of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of
Commerce, the Domestic and International Arbitration Rules of the British Columbia
International Commercial Arbitration Centre, and the National Arbitration Rules of the
ADR Institute of Canada, among others.
Prior to joining BLG, Robert was a law clerk to the Honourable Madam Justice Beverley
McLachlin, Supreme Court of Canada (now the Rt. Honourable Beverley McLachlin,
PC, Chief Justice of Canada).
Richard Fyfe, QC
Deputy Attorney General and Deputy Minister, Justice
Richard Fyfe is the Deputy Attorney General for British Columbia. He is responsible for leading the Ministry of Attorney General with an annual budget of $583 million. Including responsible crown agencies, he is also responsible for 14,672 staff.
Key aspects of this role include:
• contributing to a major effort to modernize the Justice Sector in British Columbia, increase access to justice and bring about lasting changes that will help everyone deal more effectively with conflict and disputes;
• ensuring strong, respectful relationships with the judiciary and the bar in British Columbia and providing the resources necessary to support an effective legal and court system;
• providing legal advice to government in a manner that supports government in the conduct of public affairs in accordance with the law and public interest; and
• supporting law enforcement through a capable and respected prosecution service.
With a recent reorganization, Richard’s responsibilities now also include: the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch; Liquor Distribution Branch; Liquor Control and Licensing Branch; and the Insurance Corporation of BC.
Outside his career, Richard has found ways to remain in touch with his community, including at different times as a member of the Greater Victoria Library Board, the Esquimalt Parks and Recreation Committee, the Canadian College of Performing Arts, the Canadian Council for Public Private Partnerships, Literacy Victoria, Victoria Bar Association, and Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch – BarTalk editorial board.
Appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2009, Richard is a recipient of the Premier’s Award for Leadership (2005/06) and the University of Victoria, Gustavson School of Business Distinguished Alumnus Award (2016).
He has been involved in both the National and BC Access to Justice Committees, and has been an Adjunct Professor at Royal Roads, Faculty of Business and the University of Victoria, Faculty of Law.
Melany Franklin mediates litigated claims and workplace disputes. She received her mediation training at the Public Conversations Project in Boston, Massachusetts, the Program of Instruction for Lawyers at Harvard Law School and at Stitt Feld Handy Group in Toronto. Melany is currently adjunct faculty to Osgoode’s Certificate in Human Rights Theory and Practice and taught Labour and Employment Law at the University of Toronto for many years. Prior to becoming a mediator, Melany was a partner in a national law firm where she practiced labour, employment and human rights law.
Rochelle Grayson, Founder of BoldCoin, is a digital media executive with 25+ years of business, technology, and education experience. She has led and launched several digital initiatives, working with a combination of both small and large companies. Rochelle is equally comfortable discussing digital business models, social media trends, online community building, and internet / mobile technologies.
Rochelle is the Industry Chair & Program Advisor for UBC Sauder's Digital Strategy Certificate Program and Social Media Program. She has been nominated as one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network, been named “The New Executive Cool Hunter” by Canadian Business Magazine, been included as one of Vancouver’s Top Forty Under 40 by Business in Vancouver, and listed as one of Vancouver's Top 10 Technology Women.
Rochelle holds an MBA in Finance and Business Policy from the University of Chicago, and Six Sigma (Black Belt) Master Certifications in Business Facilitation and Product Development Management.
Susan Green, J.D., LL.M., LL.M.
Susan is a Vancouver lawyer with postgraduate degrees in law, and an accredited mediator and arbitrator. She has practised and taught law both within Canada and abroad, most recently in Cambodia. Susan conducts workshops and lectures on conflict management and legal issues. As a business owner and in-house corporate counsel, she has developed strong, effective skills in resolution of contract disputes, human rights issues and civil litigation.
Brin Hamilton, B Comm, MA, CPHR, Vice-President and Secretary at ADRBC
Brin is an ADR professional with a B.Comm specializing in human resources and marketing, an MA in conflict management and analysis, and a CPHR designation. She has completed formalized training in negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. Brin is the Principal Consultant at Ahimsa Mediation and Consulting, a private company focusing on ADR, facilitation, and human resources management. Additionally, Brin is associate faculty at Royal Roads University in the School of Humanitarian Studies and is actively conducting research in the fields of conflict management, leadership, and workplace health and safety. Brin currently serves as Vice-President and Secretary at the ADRBC Board of Directors.
Dr. Rob Hershorn, PhD
Dr. Rob Hershorn, PhD, is workplace culture facilitator and coach providing authentic leadership
and teambuilding skills to organizations and individuals alike. He transforms interpersonal
dynamics from conflict to resolution through soft skill and awareness techniques. This work
includes active listening, difficult conversations and appreciative inquiry. Private and public
organizations have commended him for considerably improving their working relationships.
He also specializes in diversity and inclusion, providing advanced communication practices
designed to help participants to assist one another to work through their cultural
misunderstandings and inequitable relationships. He is a regular speaker at a number of
professional conferences attended by project managers, business analysts and top executives and
has facilitated successful public consultations. Rob has written numerous articles and been
interviewed extensively on the benefits of self-awareness to enhance workplace culture. He was
a Post-Doctoral Fellow in conflict resolution at the Truman Institute, has extensive training in
non-violent communication and has taught communication and conflict resolution for the last
fifteen years at universities in Canada and overseas.
Heather is a lawyer, workplace investigator and mediator with extensive hands-on human resources management and labour relations experience. Heather is also an entrepreneur and small business owner and founder of Integritas Workplace Law.
Heather’s practice focuses on all aspects of employment and labour law arising in unionized as well as non-union, provincial and federal workplaces. She has extensive expertise in conducting workplace investigations, resolving workplace conflicts, preventing and addressing bullying and harassment WorkSafeBC compliance, accommodation and human rights, workplace restructuring and developing human resources policies.
Heather coaches and trains all levels of employees and conducts workshops on a wide range of workplace related matters. She also provides employers with general HR support.
Heather is currently an executive member of the CBA National Constitutional and Human Rights Section. She also serves on the CBABC Equality and Diversity Committee and the CBABC Law Week Committee. She is also Co-Chair of the CPHR BC & Yukon Richmond/Delta Roundtable.
Heather blogs regularly on workplace matters and is a frequent speaker and presenter at workshops, seminars and webinars. Heather’s workplace law practice is strengthened by her practical experiences as a Human Resources
Manager at the University of British Columbia and Labour Relations Advisor to Vancouver Community College. In addition to an LLB (Hons) degree, Heather holds a MSc in Training and Human Resources Management and a CPHR designation.
Heather volunteers her time as a mentor to junior lawyers, HR professionals and business and law students through the Women Lawyers Mentoring Program, the CPHR BC & Yukon Mentoring Program, the Beedie Mentors in Business program and the CBA Student Mentorship Program.
Carol W. Hickman, Q.C., B.A., LL.B., LL.M.
Carol obtained her law degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1987 and has practiced family law in the Greater Vancouver area for over 25 years. Carol has experience at all levels of court, including the British Columbia Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. She has extensive experience in complex family law matters, including property division, maintenance, and custody and access disputes.
Carol was a Bencher of the Law Society of BC from 2004 – 2011, when she completed her final term and became a Life Bencher. Carol sat on several Committees and Task Forces at the Law Society, including Chair of the Family Law Task Force at the Law Society. This Task Force was responsible for developing the Regulations for Family Law Mediators, Arbitrators and Parenting Coordinators, which was approved by the Benchers. Carol continues to sit on Law Society Discipline Hearing panels. Carol was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2010.
For over 15 years, Carol has been helping couples resolve their disputes outside of the courtroom, as a family law Mediator and a Collaborative family lawyer. Carol is also an accredited family law Arbitrator. She is one of the pioneering members of the Collaborative Family Law Group serving the Lower Mainland and became a member of the Vancouver Collaborative Divorce Group in 2001. Carol has been an instructor and coach for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) on several occasions, including the Family Law Conference in 2001, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011. In addition, Carol has assisted CLE develop the Family Law Arbitration course in BC and is an Instructor of the Family Violence Screening course. Carol also recently assisted in updating the Family Mediation Training course for CLE.
Carol completed her Masters of Law in Alternate Dispute Resolution at Osgoode Hall Law School in 2014. Carol’s thesis for her LLM program included a training manual in the area of Med-Arb, which is one of the first of its kind in North America. Carol has taught this course in BC on several occasions and also in Ontario. Carol was instrumental in encouraging Mediate BC and BCAMI to develop Standards of Conduct for Med-Arbitrators, which were approved in February 2017. Carol was the original member of the Mediate BC Med-Arb Roster.
Carol continues her litigation practice at Quay Law Centre, the largest group of family lawyers in BC. In addition, in 2012 Carol established West Coast ADR Law Group, which is focused on ADR options including: mediation, arbitration, med-arb and collaborative law.
Yeda had been a practising lawyer in Hong Kong and a Consultant with Messrs. Mayer Brown JSM before her family was relocated to Vancouver in summer 2015. She has extensive experience in handling property transactions, land acquisition and court proceedings relating to land compulsory sale applications in Hong Kong. She acted for major developers in the region and the land value of projects involved ranged from hundreds to thousands million US dollars. Yeda is passionate about helping her clients to resolve disputes through mediation and she has assisted clients in numerous property related mediation as mediation advocate. In recent years, Yeda also gave guest lectures to law students with the Law Faculty of the University of Hong Kong and seminars to different parties including members of the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors on land related court applications and mediation. Yeda was admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong and England & Wales in 2002 and 2003 respectively. She speaks fluent English and Cantonese.
Douglas Horne is Chairman and CEO of Golden Leaf Capital Group (GLCG). GLCG is a boutique investment and project management firm focusing on four sectors – Real Estate, Education, Clean Technologies and Biotech. He also leads the GLCG’s investment in Evanesce Packaging Solutions a truly biodegradable and compostable packaging material about to commence production. Douglas is a corporate development specialist. He has over 25 years of experience building successful teams and businesses in many industries. He has taken many companies public, raised millions of dollars in financings, and is well versed in regulatory and public affairs.
Douglas is formally the British Columbia MLA for the electoral district of Coquitlam-Burke Mountain. He was first elected in 2009 and re-elected in 2013. He was Deputy Speaker from 2013-15, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier from 2011-13. He has also served on the Provincial Treasury Board and the Legislative Review Committee, and was Chair of the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services, Deputy Chair of the Select Standing Committee for Public Accounts and a member of the Select Standing Committee for Children and Youth. In addition, Douglas was previously Deputy Chair of the Committee of the Whole, Chair of the Committee of Supply, a member of the B.C. Local Government Elections Task Force, a member of the Special Committee to Review the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and a member of the Special Committee to Appoint a Merit Commissioner. He also spent considerable time in intergovernmental affairs while elected and served as BC’s lead representative to PNWER (http://www.pnwer.org) as well as BC’s representation and Co-Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee for the Council for State Governments’ West (http://www.csg.org)
Douglas has been active in federal, provincial and civic politics for many years. While working in Ottawa in the 1980s, he served as a Special Assistant to a former federal Minister and as a Special Assistant to the former Speaker of the House of Commons, The Honourable John Fraser.
Immediately before entering politics, Douglas was Managing Director and CEO of Maple Leaf Studios Ltd., a leading international design and production studio that created innovative and engaging experiences for international themed attractions, world fairs and expos, visitor centres and destination resorts. Douglas was instrumental in the success of British Columbia – Canada Place (the log house) during the 2006 Winter Games in Torino, Italy. In addition, Douglas worked with Russian business leaders and the City of Sochi on their successful bid to host the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. As well as the design of one of the central theme pavilions and the General Motors Pavilion for the Shanghai 2010 Expo, and several themed retail projects in the Middle East.
Before Douglas co-founded Maple Leaf Studios, he worked in corporate finance and developing capital market strategies since 1990. First under the guidance of Dr. Steven Funk as a senior officer with the Canadian Maple Leaf Financial Group and later he co-founded his own firm, Advanced Strategies Inc., which had offices in Vancouver, Toronto and Melbourne, Australia.
Douglas studied business administration at Simon Fraser University.
Certified as both a Separation Mediator and Family Enterprise Advisor, Darrin has mediated, facilitated, coached or consulted on over 800 family and civil disputes. He is a Sr. Associate for David Bentall at Next Step Advisors working with family enterprises, and is also on faculty as an Instructor and Coach at the Justice Institute of BC. He teaches and coaches ADR in a variety of settings and was previously a Manager at Mediate BC.
Darrin holds a certificate in Family Mediation (Justice Institute of BC) and Family Enterprise (Institute of Family Enterprise Advisors) as well as a BA in Psychology/Sociology (Concordia College) and a Master of Divinity (Regent College).
Darrin is married with two children and resides on the North Shore.
Brian is a Mediator and ADR professional who recently moved to Vancouver from Toronto. He has studied at various institutions such as Wilfred Laurier University, York University, and Conrad Grebel College. He has worked in Non-for profit organizations abroad and locally over the years, teaching in Highschools on ADR, and handled various claims/settlements, amongst other projects. He is very excited and passionate about the growth within the field of ADR.
Azool Jaffer-Jeraj received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Victoria. He is a partner in the Vancouver firm of Dohm, Jaffer & Jeraj where he practices in the areas of Plaintiff's Personal Injury Law, Family Law and Wills and Estates. Azool has seventeen years of combined professional experience and training and has successfully argued at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Azool is an extremely active member of the legal profession, having served on the executive of a number of legal associations, as well as volunteering extensively within the community and with Access Pro Bono. Azool served as the President for the Trial Lawyers Association of BC, and is currently a member of their Board of Governors.
He is regularly asked to speak at Continuing Legal Education and Trial Lawyers Association Seminars, as well as within the community at large. When not in trial, he makes use of mediation as a way to resolve his clients' legal disputes. Azool is an accredited mediator both with the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution in the United Kingdom and the Law Society of British Columbia. As a member of the Ismaili Conciliation and Arbitration Board for British Columbia he regularly mediates commercial, matrimonial and estate matters locally and internationally. As a mediation trainer for the International Conciliation and Arbitration Board, he has trained mediators in Canada, the United States, Australia, France, Madagascar and Tanzania. Azool speaks four languages, including Kaachi, Spanish and French.
Helmut Johannsen, P.Eng., C.Arb., FCIArb. Director, ADRBC Board of Directors
Helmut Johannsen is Associate Counsel in the Vancouver office of Singleton Urquhart LLP and is a lawyer, professional engineer and chartered arbitrator.
Helmut has acted and continues to act as an Arbitrator (including chair of 3 person tribunals), Dispute Review Board Member and Project Adjudicator on various projects in Canada.
Helmut is a member and director of ADRBC, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and a Professional Member of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation. He is also a Fellow and Past President of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, a Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers, a Fellow of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers, and a vice-chair of the International Construction Projects Committee of the International Bar Association. His practice includes all aspects of law related to construction, engineering and procurement, including transactional work and dispute resolution. He is recognized and listed in Who’s Who Legal (under both Construction and Public Procurement), as well as in Lexpert, Best Lawyers in Canada, Chambers Global, Martindale-Hubbell and the Euromoney Expert Guides to World’s Leading Lawyers.
Roy Johnson, MA, C.Med, Q.Arb
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. Roy is a mediator, trainer and psychotherapist who works with communities, families and public- and private-sector organizations. He is a national conference speaker on topics including communication, organizational change, leadership, teamwork and conflict resolution. For 20 years, Roy has mediated and resolved dozens of disputes annually, ranging from interpersonal complaints to complex multi-issue conflicts.
Roy is a certified debriefer, change management specialist and human resources professional. He holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Alberta and an MA from Simon Fraser University. He also holds a post-graduate diploma in Adult Education from the University of BC along with a Certificate of Conflict Resolution from the Justice Institute of BC, and is ProSci certified.
In keynotes he presents insights gleaned from years of work in the trenches, and balances this with humour and a passion for healing broken relationships. Roy has been a member of the Police Complaints Resolution Roster, a Governor of the Justice Institute of BC, a Panel Chair of the BC Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal, and a Director of the Board of ADRBC.
Alyson Jones, MA RCC
Alyson Jones is the Clinical Director at Alyson Jones & Associates where she leads a team of therapists that specialize in separation and divorce issues. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, Child and Family Therapist, Parenting Coordinator, Divorce Coach, Author and Educator. She developed and oversees the innovative Family Forward Reunification Program which assists families in navigating through highly complex family issues. Alyson is also an Adjunct Faculty Member at the Adler University and has been featured in the media sharing her extensive knowledge in regards to divorce and separation issues.
Drawing on her extensive experience in Parent Education, developmental psychology, family systems, high conflict, Collaborative Law, Parenting Coordination, Reunification Therapy and Co-parenting Counselling Alyson has assisted many families in reducing conflict, staying focused on the best interests of the children and working towards a healthier resolution for the entire family.
Cathy has a background stemming from almost 30 years in the aviation industry with over 15 of these years spent in Human Resources where she was the sole Canadian HR professional working for the world’s largest airline. In this role Cathy wore many hats and acquired a wealth of experience building a diverse portfolio including Labour Relations, Employee Relations, Conflict Resolution, Investigations, Disability Management, Compensation & Benefits, Performance & Development, Occupational Health & Safety, and more. A significant portion of her experience was gained through working through the challenging dynamics arising from Chapter 11, restructuring, and mergers. Cathy’s experience includes unionized and non-union settings in both Canada and the U.S, and the federal sector.
Cathy launched her own private practice, “Cathy Knapp, ADR Services Inc.” in January 2017, a practice dedicated to workplace mediation, investigation, arbitration, and training. As a neutral, she provides non-biased services to assist employers, employees, and unions alike in resolving conflict. She also specializes in conducting Workplace Investigations providing external expertise to organizations in providing objective fact-findings needed to determine appropriate outcomes.
Cathy serves on the Board of ADRIBC as a Director and is a member of its Education Committee. She was the Panel Chair at the 2017 ADRIBC Symposium on the topic of “Using ADR to Resolve Workplace Bullying & Harassment”.
Doreen Liberto, AICP, MDR, ACR
Doreen Liberto, AICP, MDR, ACR, hails from California although she spends considerable time in British Columbia. She has her graduate degree in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University School of Law and her undergraduate degree from the University of California. Doreen is the owner of Earth Design International (EDI), which specializes in mediation and facilitation of land use and environmental issues. In particular, EDI has been mediating medical cannabis issues faced by businesses and governments in an evolving environment of laws and regulations.
Michael Lomax is a mediator and conflict resolution trainer who has assisted many individuals and organizations in dealing with workplace conflict. Michael practised law for 22 years focused on mediation and has conducted hundreds of mediations including workplace, family, community and court related matters. He Michael has designed and delivered many conflict resolution workshops for government, corporations, military and law enforcement agencies, human resources and union organizations and regularly delivers training on dealing with high conflict personalities across Canada and the United States.
From 2001-2002 Michael was the Director of the Pacific Region Dispute Resolution Centre with the Department of National Defence’s Conflict Management Program, where he was responsible for rollout of a workplace conflict resolution system for all DND personnel in British Columbia. Michael joined the BC Public Service Agency in 2015 as the Conflict Management Lead where he is leading the design and implementation of an interest-based conflict management framework and coordination of service delivery to support constructive management of workplace conflict and early resolution of disputes for the BC Public Service. These services include processes such as conflict coaching, mediation, team interventions and conflict resolution training. Michael also served on the Board of Directors for Mediate BC from 2013-2015 and is currently a non-practising member of the Law Society of BC.
Deborah Louvier is an innovative and intuitive human capital strategist, committed to building and strengthening people, processes and cultures in a diverse range of corporate arenas. Deborah takes a hands-on, results-oriented approach to guiding business owners facing internal and external challenges from evolving business strategies, leadership issues, family business succession and performance expectations, to achieving capacity and capability goals and operational results.
Backed by more than 25+ years of diverse executive-level experience within North America and Internationally, her ability to develop successful team environments in line with business agendas has earned her a reputation as a trusted advisor to business owners in a wide range of industry sectors.
Deborah's bold, courageous and straightforward approach consistently enhances the full potential of businesses by honing in on the bigger picture, identifying potential stumbling blocks and creating and implementing pragmatic solutions.
I am a recent graduate from the Master of Arts in Conflict Analysis program with Royal Roads University with a goal of working in conflict management initiatives in British Columbia. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in History and French Language from the University of British Columbia in 2010, I worked abroad for a number of years first in England then in France. I am currently work in the financial aid office at UBC where I manage the Indigenous student financial advising team.
Originally from Vancouver Island, my partner and I now live in Vancouver where we take full advantage of the outdoors by skiing, cycling and rock climbing.
Aaron Lyons is an experienced and passionate restorative justice facilitator, trainer and thinker who supports communities in having quality conversations about justice. Over the past decade he has designed and delivered widespread restorative justice training and consultation for organizations throughout Canada and Internationally. Aaron is spearheading collaborative efforts at developing and piloting recommended restorative justice standards in BC, and assists other Provincial and Territorial governments in the effective implementation of restorative justice initiatives. He is a Co-Founder and Principal with Just Outcomes (www.justoutcomesconsulting.com) and serves as a facilitator with Fraser Region Community Justice Initiatives’ pioneering victim-offender dialogue program for serious and violent crimes in Canada’s federal correctional system (http://www.cjibc.org/victim_mediation). He holds a Masters Degree in Conflict Transformation from the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Virginia.
Dr. Eva Malisius, PhD, Board Director at ADRBC
Dr. Eva Malisius is a conflict engaged specialist based in Victoria, BC. Previously based in Berlin (Germany) and Brussels (Belgium) Dr. Malisius has over 15 years of professional experience working as an educator, researcher, speaker, and consultant. In the past she has worked for and with International Organizations and government agencies, co-founded an NGO implementing mediation processes in divided communities in post-conflict societies, as well as training peace professionals and teaching at universities in Europe and North America. She is part of Royal Roads University’s core faculty since 2012, where she has redesigned the MA in Conflict Analysis and Management and teaches conflict related courses in several programs. Dr. Malisius is passionate about bringing people together and focuses on increasing conflict competence by working with individuals, teams, and communities with an innovative approach that provides transformative learning spaces for constructive conflict engagement.
Jim McCartney, LLB, C. Med, C. Arb., Vice-President, ADR Institute of Canada (ADRIC)
Jim McCartney has mediated or arbitrated more than 1000 disputes involving commercial, industrial, public sector and residential construction, architectural services, franchise agreements, fatalities, vehicle accidents, employment, corporate dissolution, debt, shareholder agreements, trusts, tenancy, disability, insurance, industrial land sales, government contracts, fires, pipelines, petroleum versus coal exploration & development rights, environmental monitoring agreements and other matters.
He is a Chartered Mediator and Chartered Arbitrator, Past President of the Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society, and a Director of the ADR Institute of Canada. He is on the mediation rosters of the Provincial and Queen’s Bench courts, the General Insurance OmbudService, the Alberta Land Surveyors Association, and the Energy Resources Conservation Board. He is on the arbitration rosters of the Canadian Transportation Agency, the Better Business Bureau and the Alberta New Home Warranty Program, and Chair of three NEB Pipeline Arbitration Committees.
Appointments have included three terms on the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta discipline and appeal tribunals and sanction agreement panels and to the Bid Protest Panel pursuant to the Alberta Agreement on Internal Trade.
He is a frequent presenter to lawyers, students, and others on arbitration, mediation, and negotiation.
Stephen McPhee. Q.C
Stephen McPhee. Q.C is a LSBC accredited Family Mediator and Arbitrator and experienced family law and civil litigation counsel with Ramsay Lampman Rhodes in Nanaimo, BC. He is a sought after Mediator and Arbitrator, who has also assisted parties as counsel through a number of successful Mediation-Arbitrations, and is continually searching for better dispute resolution options for his litigation clients as well as his mediation and arbitration clients.
Stephen is the CBA Nanaimo-ADR Section Chair and has been involved in the coordination of joint meetings and CPD sessions between lawyer and non-lawyer ADR professionals on Vancouver Island for over 15 years.
Julia Menard, M.Ed., P.C.C., Cert. Con.Res.
Julia Menard is a mediator, trainer, certified coach, on Mediate BC’s civil roster and a Faculty member at the Justice Institute of BC for the last 20 years. Her mediation experience spans 25 years, starting as a community mediator, then as co-director of a victim-offender mediation program that produced a book on Restorative Justice. Since the late 1990s, Julia’s practice has focused exclusively on conflict within public organizations, in particular health care, government and the Academy. She is co-author of “Hold On To Yourself – How to Stay Cool in Hot Conversations” and the sole Canadian distributor and trainer for Mediator in a Box – an innovative and tactile way to engage difficult conversations. Julia is the co-founder of the Victoria Mediators’ Lounge, a member of the Human Resource Advisory Committee for Camosun College and has been published extensively, including for Law Now, Focus Magazine and Readers’ Digest. Julia is a principal of Restorative Solutions – www.restorativesolutions.ca and blogs about health, the environment and negotiation at www.juliamenard.com.
Dr. Richard McGuigan
Dr. Richard McGuigan is a developmental psychologist and scholar practitioner in the conflict resolution and leadership development fields. He is past chair of President of Diamond Management Consulting Inc. where he has consulted in the private and public sectors for over 30 years. He worked in higher education for over 20 years, as department chair, Professor, researcher and writer. As a scholar, Richard has conducted conflict resolution research for the past twenty years.
In his dual roles as scholar and practitioner, Richard has designed and taught courses related to his fields of interest since 1982. He is an expert in multi-party consensus building with 25 years’ experience in leading complex problem solving processes in a variety of public and organizational contexts. His current areas of academic interest and writing focus on applied integral theory, evolving consciousness, leadership development and complex problem solving. His most recent book, written with his Antioch colleague, Dr. Nancy Popp, Integral Conflict: The New Science of Conflict was published by SUNY Press in 2016.
In his personal discretionary time, he is an avid reader in these areas of interest and a passionate gardener. He was British Columbia’s (Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands) horticulturist of the year in 1990. He is a proud grandfather to Ella, William, Mathew, Andrew and Lucas.
Richard received his Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution from Antioch University McGregor (now Midwest) and completed a Ph.D. at the Union Institute and University where he specialized in adult developmental psychology & conflict resolution.
Sebastian Merz, M.A.
Sebastian is a dialogue practitioner with a successful track record of bringing diverse voices together to create shared understanding and solutions for today’s complex policy challenges. As a Project Manager at Simon Fraser University’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Sebastian is helping citizens and stakeholders move towards collaborative decision-making on energy policy, transportation, government services and other issues. Sebastian’s approach leverages his background and training in political science, peace research, mediation and negotiation, to harnesses group wisdom, improve group dynamics and create the conditions for inclusive and meaningful dialogue.
Jane Morley, Q.C.
Jane Morley, Q.C. is a lawyer by profession and now works as a conflict consultant, mediator and public policy advisor. She is a principal of Restorative Solutions, a group that offers a constructive approach to conflict both within and among organizations. She is currently the Strategic Coordinator of Access to Justice BC and a core team member of the BC Family Justice Innovation Lab. She practised family law, labour law and general civil litigation in Victoria for over 20 years before becoming a mediator and arbitrator with a particular focus on family mediation. She has served in many professional and public positions, including: Governor and Chair of the BC Law Foundation; Official Trustee of the BC Legal Services Society; BC Child and Youth Officer; and Commissioner of the first Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Brenda Morrison is the Director of the Centre for Restorative Justice and an Associate Professor in the School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University. She is a social psychologist with teaching, research and field experience in outdoor education, governance and justice.
Internationally, she has presented papers at the House of Lords and UNESCO.
Nationally, she is a research partner with PREVNet (Promoting Relationships Eliminating Violence Network) and serves on the Board of Smart Justice Canada. She has also served on justice reform committees for the Federal Ministry of Justice.
In British Columbia, she has served on the Ministry of Justice Performance Review Committee, and the working group for a Justice System for the 21st Century.
In her home community, she is an active board member for the North Shore Restorative Justice Society.
Craig Neville, Director, ADRBC Board of Directors
Craig Neville completed his law degree in his home province of Saskatchewan where he was called to the Bar in 1981. He was called to the B.C. Bar in 1986 and has been a partner at Watson Goepel LLP since 1997. Craig has practiced exclusively in the area of family law for 30 years. He is a mediator, collaborative practitioner, arbitrator and parenting coordinator. A frequent author and presenter for continuing legal education programs, Craig has written on family issues for many years. Most recently he has written "Family Law Arbitration under the Family Law Act", "Distance Arbitration", and has had published with the Canadian Arbitration and Mediation Journal, the article: "Med/Arb in the Parenting Coordination Process: the Challenge of Arbitration in Continuing Relationships". Craig is a member of AFCC, the Law Society of BC, Family Mediation Canada, Collaborative Divorce Vancouver, ADRIC, ADRBC, and is a member and past president of the BC Parenting Coordinators Roster Society. Craig is also a Certified Family Law Arbitrator with the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of British Columbia.
Laura North is a certified corporate and professional life coach. She received her coaching training through The Coaches Training Institute of San Rafael, California—one of the two major coaching training organizations in North America. Laura has completed advanced training in Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching. Laura was attracted to the profession by its guiding principle of seeing each person as naturally “creative, resourceful and whole”.
Laura's strength is helping others to clarify what they want and to uncover the important things that they have neglected. She can hear what is not being said and respond with powerful questions and challenges. Laura can be both gentle and firm. She is gifted in strategizing in a way that is creative and fun. Above all, Laura is committed to nothing but the best for her clients.
Laura is an excellent communicator with a positive attitude. She is enthusiastic, dependable, efficient, motivated, and well-organized. Her pleasing personal style and no-nonsense approach has aided many in conquering personal and professional challenges.
"Everything I've done in life has led me to coaching," says Laura. Being a cancer survivor (Hodgkin's Disease) at the age of 19 put life in an unusual perspective that forever changed how she views the world. Like most of us, Laura's most profound learning has been taught by life itself.
Richard Olson, author of A Commercial Tenancy Handbook (Carswell 2004), was called to the Bar in 1982 and is associate counsel at McKechnie & Company. Mr. Olson advises on commercial, real estate and commercial tenancy disputes and sits as an arbitrator on commercial and real estate disputes.
Conflict Management Office, BC Public Service Agency
Alison Paine is a Mediator and Conflict Management Specialist with the Conflict Management Office in the B.C. Government. As the former Assistant Deputy Minister of Talent Management for the Government of British Columbia Alison was able to create an all-new way of dealing with conflict for the public service workplace.
She opened the Conflict Management Office as an alternative to the rights based approach to conflict that had been in use for many years in the public service. In so doing, the goal is to shift the culture of the organization from a directive orientation to one that is “conflict competent”.
Alison began her career as a broadcast journalist with CBC Radio and TV. She was a news reporter and an on air interviewer for 15 years, and in 1997, acted as the CBC radio host for the Commonwealth Games in B.C. In 2005, she was recognized with a Woman of Distinction Award by the YM/YWCA.
Prior to her ADR work, Alison was the Chief Executive responsible for Communications and Public Engagement with the Interior Health Authority, an executive with Government Communications, and an executive director of accounts and business consulting with the Public Service Agency, government of BC.
Alison earned a Mediation certificate through the Justice Institute of B.C., and is on the Mediator Roster for British Columbia. She has a Master’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario, has an undergraduate degree from the University of Victoria, and is a certified Fierce Conversations facilitator and Lumina Leader practitioner for the B.C. government.
Barry Penner Q.C.
Mr. Penner is the Managing Director of the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre (BCICAC), a not-for-profit dispute resolution organization based in Vancouver, Canada.
During his 16 years as an elected member of the Legislature in British Columbia, Canada (1996-2012), Mr. Penner represented the public in a variety of roles. His responsibilities included serving as Attorney General for British Columbia, Minister of Environment and Minister of Aboriginal Relations & Reconciliation.
Mr. Penner’s private sector experience includes working in Southeast Asia as Senior Counsel with Myanmar Legal Services Limited, assisting with inbound investment particularly in telecommunications and energy. He was also Senior Counsel for DLA Piper (Canada) LLP in their Vancouver office, from 2012 to 2014.
Mr. Penner is the immediate past Chair of the Board of Directors for the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia. Since 2015, he has been an arbiter under the New West Partnership Trade Agreement between British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. Mr. Penner is also a past-President of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region, based in Seattle, Washington.
Mr. Penner’s skill set includes environmental regulatory issues, First Nations requirements, government strategy and communications/media advice. In addition to his role with BCICAC, Mr. Penner operates an independent legal and public affairs advisory practice (Penner Pacific Advisory Services).
John Radford Ph.D. Psychology
For the past three decades John has been helping organizations and leaders across the globe to embrace diversity and uncertainty while leveraging conflict for business and community change.
As co-founder of Transpectives Consulting Inc. a major focus of his work has been on setting up family business transitions and corporate mergers and acquisitions for success, by proactively building relational and conflict capacity.
John is a recognized expert in the area of conflict reconciliation and rebuilding trust. His conflict expertise has roots back to the final decade of the Apartheid era, when he worked in the South African violence-torn townships to build capacity for conflict as a foundation for the hoped for peaceful societal transition. His work ultimately helped lay the foundation for Land Reform and the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission under Nelson Mandela’s leadership.
John is a member of Mediate BC. He has also received international education in deep-rooted conflict facilitation from The Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution: George Mason University and Johns Hopkins Institute for Peace: New York. He is a founding associate faculty member of the Royal Roads University Master’s program in Conflict Analysis and Management, and past Chair (Full Professor) in the School of Management Studies at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
John’s loves are his wife, their daughter and messing about the Canadian west coast in his classic cruising boat.
Anna is a registered clinical counsellor and mediator with The Neutral Zone in downtown Vancouver. She specializes in helping individuals, couples and organizations navigate emotionally charged conversations necessary for resolving conflict both in the personal and professional spheres. Anna is also a coach and instructor at the Justice Institute of British Columbia in the Centre for Conflict Resolution.
C.D. Saint studied mediation and conflict resolution at the European University Centre for Peace studies in Austria and works as a mediator and restorative justice facilitator. As a coordinator with Mediate BC, he promotes healthy conflict resolution options for the public and facilitates new conversations and connections within the conflict resolution community. He is a board member of CoRe Conflict Resolution Society and co-host and producer of the Overthinking Conflict podcast.
C.D. is a passionate choral musician, soloist, and member of the juno-nominated musica intima and the Canadian Chamber Choir. Additionally, he performs with several opera companies. He studied music and voice pedagogy at the University of Alberta and the Kodály Institute in Hungary.
Kathryn Sainty, QC MCIArb
Kathryn was called to the B.C. Bar in 1986 and practised in a number of areas including family law, real estate, wills and estates, securities and corporate/commercial until 1997 when she become Legal Counsel to the Chief Justice and Associate Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. In 2001, Kathryn was appointed a district registrar of the BC Supreme Court and in 2010 she was elevated to the position of Registrar of the Court.
Kathryn has a long-standing interest in consensual dispute resolution. She got her mediation training at Harvard Law School (Program on Negotiation) in 2012 and through the American Arbitration Association University in 2013. She is also a graduate of the American Bar Association Arbitration Training Institute.
Kathryn retired from the Supreme Court in June 2014 and now works full time as a mediator and arbitrator in a number of areas including family law matters, wills & estates litigation, personal injury and insurance claims. Kathryn offers co-mediation services in complex legal cases (particularly estates and family matters) with several other experience mediators. She also provides litigation consulting services to lawyers in areas in which she has a particular expertise, including Legal Profession Act reviews, costs and estate matters.
Kathryn was appointed a QC in December 2015. In addition to her practice, she and her husband enjoy travelling, golf and wine tasting (not necessarily in that order). They have one cat – Sadie – whom they rescued from the SPCA.
Amanda is a civil mediator, facilitator and conflict management consultant in New Westminster, BC. She works with start-ups, entrepreneurs and tech companies to pre-wire them to thrive through conflict and change. Amanda co-hosts the Overthinking Conflict Podcast and is an active member of PignPotato Games. Amanda has a background in emergency services and communications, BA(Economics) from UBC and ConRes Cert(Mediation) from the Justice Institute of BC. Find her @mindfulconres or at Mindful Resolution.
Elton Simoes, Q.Arb., President, Board Chairman at ADRBC
Elton Simoes is an accomplished, Arbitrator, Mediator, Negotiator, Consultant, Non-executive Director, and Business Executive. He practices arbitration, mediation and Med-Arb in complex, confidential, time sensitive, commercial disputes involving shareholders, consumers, intellectual property, technology, media, entertainment and sports.
Mr. Simoes lived, worked and studied in Canada, U.S., Latin America, and Europe, where he held senior leadership positions, such as Vice President at Disney TV International (U.S.); Board Director at HBO Latin America (U.S.); Managing Director Sports/PPV, at Globosat (BR); CEO and Chair of the Board at Playboy do Brazil (BR); International Business Development at Nethold B.V. (NL). He currently serves as President and Chair of the Board of Directors at the ADRBC (former BCAMI); Board Director at ADRIC; and as Senior Business Advisors at Osborne Business Advisors. Elton Simoes possesses strong academic background in Business, Law, Corporate Governance, and Dispute Resolution, in Canada and abroad. He is a graduated from INSEAD (MBA, IDP-C); University of Victoria BC (MDR); NYU (IBP); FGV (BA); and PUC (Law).
Following her certification in Conflict Resolution from the Justice Institute (Vancouver) in 1993, Donna Soules founded Soules Consulting Ltd. to bring the benefits of mediation to both organizations and families. She has a Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution from Antioch University (Ohio) and has been a member of the BC Attorney General’s Mediation Roster since 1998. Donna is a senior instructor for the Justice Institute of BC in mediation and conflict resolution and developed the program in Conflict Resolution in the Workplace at Vancouver Island University. First Nations groups have requested her support for training and mediating workplace issues; she has facilitated workshops for students of residential schools and she also works with aboriginal families to resolve child protection disputes.
Tom Spraggs is the owner and operator of Spraggs & Co. Law Corporation, an injury litigation boutique. He holds a Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws, and Masters of Business Administration. His law firm has experienced significant growth over the last several years, and his lifelong passions for technology and learning have helped him develop unique approaches to collaborative work processes and practice management. Recently, the firm was acknowledged by the Canadian Bar Association with the 2016 Innovative Workplace Award.
Tom joined the British Columbia Law Institute board of directors in 2012 as an appointment of the Attorney General. He has served on the Strategic Planning Committee and the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee (as Chair). He is currently serving as a member at large.
Tom is committed to being involved in his community. He serves as the Vice Chair of Douglas College where he has also served on a number of committees since joining the board of directors six years ago. Tom is an active member of the CBA-BC and co-chairs the Civil Litigation Tri-Cities/New Westminster section. Tom is a panelist for the 9th Annual Justice Summit and a Global Civic Engagement patron.
Tom’s work has been primarily in civil litigation, but he also has a strong interest in administrative law and governance. He has been a frequent participant in the CLEBC Solo and Small Firm Conference, sitting as 2017 Course Chair. Tom is a member of the Law Societies of British Columbia, Yukon, and Alberta.
Tom is a qualified arbitrator with ADRBC and is in the process of launching Solvere Inc., a digital platform aimed at increasing access to justice.
Robert W. Springer, Treasurer at ADRBC
Having spent the last 30 years as a Professional Agrologist, helping agricultural producers find solutions to their management, environmental and production challenges, I’ve recently found a new passion: helping people find creative solutions to their conflicts by building understanding through constructive communication, mediation, relationship building, conflict & communication coaching, group facilitation and multi-stakeholder consultation.
Part-time, between 2011 & 2013, I competed a Certificate in Conflict Resolution – Mediation at the Justice Institute of BC.
From 2012 to 2013, I received mentorship in mediation with Grasslands Mediation in Swift Current, SK. Areas of mediation mentorship experience included, victim-offender, workplace conflict, farm debt, family disputes/separation and commercial disputes.
My focus is on workplace and land/resource use conflict resolution throughout Western Canada. I joined ADRBC as a member in 2013 because it was the only democratically run organization that served ADR professionals with both a Provincial and National voice and provided a Nationally recognized credential based on ADR training and experience. I joined the Board of Directors in 2015 with an interest to help the organization build its presence in BC and develop services for members and the public. I feel this organization and our National organization, ADR Institute of Canada, have an important role to play in creating industry standards to serve the public, promoting ADR and supporting ADR professionals.
Matt Thorpe, Senior Director & Conflict Resolution Specialist
I am an Aboriginal person, educated by the school of hard knocks who is driven by commitment, integrity and authenticity to ensure the success of all my work that I facilitate. With over twenty-five years of experience in the world of training, entrepreneurship, mediation, workplace learning/facilitation and coaching. My dynamic approach, skills, experience and ability successfully shifts individuals quickly into the space of authentic resolution and profound self-awareness.
I am a strong front-line leader with a win-win attitude. My rigorous commitment, discipline and reliability, combined with my dynamic and inclusive style of communication, have allowed me to work very successfully with diverse groups, their communities and organizations across Canada and the US.
My best and most powerful learning’s come from the non-traditional teachings I have acquired over the years. In addition, my life experiences, acute intuition and ability to deeply connect with people from different walks of life have served my clients well in getting to the root-causes in all the facilitations and mediations that I have conducted.
I am consistently in touch with who I am, why I do what I do and why it matters. As one of my mentors once said to me: “if you are in the job of service you want to make sure you are doing your own work” – something I have been committed to for over 29 years.
I am the Founder and Senior Director of M. Thorpe & Associates Inc., a company committed to Conflict Resolution, Learning Circles and Coaching Services. I am acutely aware of the need for cultural sensitivity whenever disputes occur between members of different communities and organizations. In mediations/facilitations, I place true value on humanness, which allows all participants not only to be heard, but also to gain a deeper awareness of fairness, honesty and interpersonal responsibility.
My work has involved working with victims and offenders, unions and management, human rights complainants, federal and provincial courts, hospital staff and management, teachers and students, family and Aboriginal community members; each case posing specific, and in some ways, unique challenges.
I am frequently invited as a special advisor and keynote speaker at various forum and national conferences. Some of the topics include Positive Lifestyle Choices, Embracing and Celebrating Diversity, Power and Freedom Through Story and Stress Management. One of my most exciting keynotes was the very first World Summit of Indigenous Entrepreneurs and the World Mediation Summit in Madrid, Spain.
Lia Versaevel entered the field of mediation and circle justice in 1980, after commencing a career with the Attorney General in BC in 1977. As a Family Justice Counsellor, she helped people navigate the complex legal systems in place at that time to reorganize families after separation and divorce. Long before Child Support tables or systems to calculate spousal support, Lia helped shape programs and policies to address the needs of children and parents. Lia then established her own private enterprise, Accord, Incorporated, in 1992, with the objective of doing mediation, supervised visitation and helping people work through the daily struggles of sticking to a parenting plan. She returned to school in 2002 to complete a Master's in Conflict Analysis and Management through Royal Roads University and then went to work in the Court systems in Nevada, again doing mediation and child custody investigations, until she returned to BC in 2014 to take up the work initiated through Accord, under new BC legislation. She continues to be active in Family Mediation Canada, and last year served as the National President. She is now pursuing Certification as an Elder Mediator and is instrumental in creating the Elder Mediation Collaborative with other Elder Mediators on Vancouver Island.
Michael F. Welsh, Q.C.
Mr. Welsh is a well-known member of the Okanagan bar, practising with Mott Welsh & Associates in Penticton. He is a Bencher of the Law Society of BC, Immediate Past President of both the CBABC and ADRIBC, and is appointed by the BC government as a Tribunal Member on the Civil Resolution Tribunal. He received a BA cum laude in philosophy from Cornell University in NY State in 1975, and LL.B. from UBC in 1980. He clerked for the Supreme Court of BC and articled with Russell & DuMoulin (now Faskin Martineau) before being called to the BC bar in 1981. He has practised in Vancouver, the Sunshine Coast, and since 1997, in the Okanagan, where he also planted and until 2007 operated a commercial vineyard, in addition to his joining his present law firm. He served two terms as president of the BC Grape Growers Association and has been president of two Rotary Clubs. Appointed Q.C. in 2017, he has been counsel on many hundreds of trials and appeals at all levels of our court system, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He has been a mediator and arbitrator holding the designations of FCIArb, C. Med., C.Fam.Arb. and Q.Arb. His current practice is a mix of ADR and litigation. He writes for the Advocate, both legal articles and as its wine columnist for the past 14 years, and has also published numerous articles in BarTalk and the Canadian Arbitration & Mediation Journal. He is regularly asked to speak on ADR, legal and wine-related topics for various legal groups and at continuing legal education programs.
Gordon White has maintained a general mediation practice for 20 years that has encompassed business disputes, bullying, divorce, restorative justice, multigenerational family dynamics, and natural resource utilization in relation to indigenous communities. In the past decade Gordon has expanded the context of his work to include team and organizational development initiatives. He has instructed at the Justice Institute of BC for 15 years and has been teaching a course on Conflict Analysis and Management at Royal Roads University for nine years. Gordon blogs at theconflictjourney.com where he provides insightful perspectives and practical advice on topics relevant to conflict engagement.
Pat Williams is a partner at Clark Wilson LLP, a well-respected and diverse law firm in Vancouver. Pat received his business and law degrees at UBC and was called to the B.C. Bar in 1975. He is an experienced arbitrator and mediator; he is the president of the Board of Directors of the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre. Pat has acted as legal counsel to strata corporations since 1979; he is the chair of the British Columbia Law Institute Strata Property Law Project – Phase Two. Pat is a member of the Civil Resolution Tribunal – an on line dispute resolving tool for strata issues and small claims. Pat is a member of the Attorney General’s Arbitration Advisory Group, Legislation Sub-Committee. Pat also is a guest lecturer at the University of Capilano. When he is not teaching, presenting, chairing, adjudicating and working, Pat is with his wife walking their dog, playing golf (badly), travelling and cooking.