Laraine Ashpole

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.

Marco Francesco Lilliu

Marco Francesco is a lawyer and partner at Francesco Grayer LLP in Vancouver. As a licensed mediator and arbitrator, he is frequently called upon to resolve domestic and international corporate, commercial, and family disputes. Prior to private practice, he worked at the Federal Department of Justice Canada.

Susan L. Green J.D., LL.M., LL.M.

Susan is an experienced lawyer and mediator in Vancouver. She has practised and taught law both within Canada and abroad, most recently in Cambodia. With postgraduate degrees in law, 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 has relevant experience in corporate policy development, as well as in online marketing and social media platforms. Brin currently serves as Vice-President and Secretary at the ADRBC Board of Directors.

Yeda Hong

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.

Brian Hutchinson

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

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.

Joanna Ludlow

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.

Dr. Eva Malisius, 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.

C.D. Saint

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.

Amanda Semenoff

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).

Thomas Spraggs

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 Spraggs is the owner and operator of Spraggs & Co. Law Corporation, an injury litigation boutique. He holds Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws, and Masters of Business Administration degrees. His law firm has enjoyed significant growth over the last several years, and his lifelong passions for technology and learning have driven him to 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.

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