Join us for our 45th AGM and National Conference on November 20-22, 2019 in beautiful Victoria, BC at the luxurious Fairmont Empress!

Our theme this year is Realizing ADR’s Full Value to bring attention to the importance of ADR to help organisations and government understand its potential, highlight its successes and make full use of its benefits as well as to provide ADR professionals an opportunity to grow and practice at their highest levels.

ADRIC is bringing together Canadians, organizations and goverment from across the country to provide attendees with inspiring, innovative and interactive plenary and poster presentations, keynotes, hands-on workshops, comprehensive panel discussions and great networking opportunities.

 

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ADRIC has spent the past year developing a new strategic plan.  With that plan came a refreshed mission statement which also serves to reflect our goal for ADRIC 2019 conference attendees:

  • Staying on the leading edge of ADR and best practices in Canada and the world
  • Supporting the development of the ADR profession and professionals through information sharing, professional development initiatives, business supports and networking
  • Being a Hub of information and resources to help people and organizations become aware of and learn about ADR and how it can help their families, business and organizations
  • Assisting people and organizations to access the ADR professionals they need
  • Collaborating with other organizations to influence the field of ADR and its effective use in both Canada and Internationally

 

Our Keynote Luncheon Speakers for this year:

Hon. David Eby, Q.C.

Attorney General for British Columbia

Thursday November 21st

Hon. Sheilah Martin

Supreme Court of Canada

Friday November 22nd

 

Who should attend?

The Conference will provide sessions to inspire and advance the work of:

  • Mediators
  • Arbitrators
  • Med-Arb Practitioners
  • Negotiators
  • Workplace Investigators
  • Labour Relations Managers
  • Conflict Coaches
  • Facilitators
  • Collaborative Lawyers
  • Parenting Coordinators
  • Ombudspersons
  • ADR Trainers
  • Restorative Justice Practitioners
  • In-House Counsel
  • Government Agencies
  • Organizations that use ADR services

Don’t miss this opportunity to advance your knowledge, skills and network:

  • Earn CPD accreditations from all Canadian law societies
  • Earn ADRIC CEE points
  • Special tours and events to include spouses and families

 

We welcome your ideas on topics you would most want to attend.

Do you have a topic you wish to present at our Conference? Submit it to us by completing a Speaker Proposal.

 

Schedule:

November 20, 2019

9:00am  – 17:00 – Pre-Conference A workshop

9:00am  – 12:30 – Pre-Conference B workshop
13:30 – 17:00 – Pre-Conference C workshop
19:00 – Legislative Assembly Wine and Cheese

November 21, 2019

8:00am – Registration and Full Hot Breakfast
8:30 – Annual General Meeting
9:15 – Conference Opening & Welcome
9:30 – Concurrent Sessions
10:30 – Networking Break
10:45 – Concurrent Sessions
12:00 – Luncheon, Awards and Keynote Speaker
14:00 – Concurrent Sessions
15:30- Networking Break
16:00 – Concurrent Sessions
17:15 – Cocktail and Networking Reception

November 22, 2019

8:00am – Registration and Full Hot Breakfast
8:45 – Concurrent Sessions
10:00 – Networking Break
10:30 – Concurrent Sessions
12:00 – Luncheon and Keynote Speaker
13:30 – Concurrent Sessions
14:45- Networking Break
15:00 – Concurrent Sessions
16:15 – 16:45 – Closing Plenary and Coffee

 

The schedule will be updated as details become available

 

November 20, 2019

Pre-Conference Workshop(s)

9:00 - Pre-Conference A: Aboriginal Consultation - a Workshop for Industry, Government, and Indigenous People | Full day workshop

  • Do you want a better understanding about how to do business with Aboriginal Organizations?
  • Do you want a clear and concise explanation of the Duty to Consult and to better understand the policies and guidelines that govern Aboriginal Consultation?
  • Are you an Aboriginal group who wants to better engage with Industry?

If you want to better consult with Aboriginal People/Industry or you are in a position that requires that you engage Aboriginal People/Industry (Stakeholder Relations, Consultation Department, Community Relations, Chief and Council, Surface Land, Aboriginal Relations) and have asked these questions, then this workshop is for you.

Using a combination of information transference and interactive dialogue, participants will be guided through the many complicated aspects of the fundamentals of why the Duty to Consult exists and how the three major players – Industry, Government, and Aboriginal people – can create relationships to enhance the chances of success.  It also provides valuable information on Impact and Benefit Agreements.

Learn how to have meaningful consultation and engagement with Aboriginal Groups.

Clayton Desjarlais, a First Nation Consultant who has been in business over 20 years and has worked specifically in the area of Aboriginal Consultation since 2010. He has been the owner of Mâwandônan Consulting since 1996.  Mâwandônan Consulting offers a wide range of workshops and services.

This program offers 12 ADRIC Continuing Education and Engagement (CEE) points.
CPD accreditation pending from all Canadian law societies. Learn more.

Schedule:
8:00am            Breakfast & Registration
9:00am            Program
10:30am          Refreshment Break
11:00am          Program
12:30pm          Buffet Lunch
1:30pm            Program
3:00pm            Refreshment Break
5:00pm            Program ends

Pre-Conference A includes breakfast, lunch and refreshments.

Note: The organizers reserve the right to cancel the event if less than the minimum required participants have registered. Liability is limited to the registration fee.

9:00 - Pre-Conference B: The Good, The Bad, & the Ugly of Parenting Coordination | Half day workshop

High conflict families often find themselves repeatedly in court, faced with a new judge, the task of recreating new and updated application materials and exploding legal fees. Is Parenting Coordination the answer?

Topics explored in this workshop include:

  • What is parenting coordination?
  • Choosing a parenting coordinator
  • Managing costs of the process
  • Which families are best suited to parenting coordination
  • Success stories, and more.
Joan Cotie, C.Med, C.Arb, C.Fam. Arb., RSW, is committed to working with clients to create dynamic, healthy relationships for families and organizations. Joan’s work is multi-disciplinary. She is a registered social worker, mediator and arbitrator with more than 35 years of experience. Joan is able to apply her skills and knowledge from these professions to build agreements that are unique and meet the needs of all clients. Joan’s experience with the not-for-profit sector, union and labour sector, and with children, youth and families gives her a multi-faceted perspective and knowledge.
Kathleen Bellamano, C.Arb, C.Med, RSW, has been a dispute resolution practitioner for over 12 years. Most of her work is with families and non-profit organizations and she specializes in high conflict and intercultural situations. She is certified as a Comprehensive Family Mediator by Family Mediation Canada, is on the family and civil rosters of Mediate BC, the Hear the Child and Parenting Coordinator rosters and is a mentor with the Mediate BC Family Mediation Program. Kat received her Certificate in Conflict Analysis and Management and her Certificate in Family Mediation from The Institute of Conflict Analysis and Management with an emphasis on Conflict in Organizations and Group Facilitation Skills. She received her Certificate in Arbitration from the BC Arbitration & Mediation Institute and completed her mediation practicum training with the Provincial Court Registry Court Mediation Practicum Program in Vancouver and Nanaimo.
Craig Neville is Associate Counsel in the Family Law Group at Watson Goepel LLP, and is widely recognized in British Columbia as a leading certified Parenting Coordinator and Family Law Mediator. For over 35 years, Craig has advocated for families in all areas of family law. He has a deep appreciation for the long term co-parenting responsibilities and challenges faced by separating families. His focus on alternate dispute resolution arises from years of experience with the court system, and his resulting view that litigation ought to be an option of last resort for families striving to solve their challenges.

This program offers 6 ADRIC Continuing Education and Engagement (CEE) points.
CPD accreditation pending from all Canadian law societies. Learn more.

Schedule:
8:00am            Breakfast & Registration
9:00am            Program
10:30am          Refreshment Break
11:00am          Program
12:30pm          Program ends

Pre-Conference B includes breakfast and refreshments.

Note: The organizers reserve the right to cancel the event if less than the minimum required participants have registered. Liability is limited to the registration fee.

13:30 - Pre-Conference C: Med-Arb: Innovative, Effective and Fair | Half day workshop

Med-arb is becoming an increasingly popular way to resolve disputes. It can be designed to efficiently, effectively and fairly resolve disputes most typically encountered in everyday personal and commercial matters including disputes involving both lower and higher monetary amounts and disputes where relationships are of lesser or greater importance. It can be used in family, commercial, partnership, landlord and tenant, condominium, and many other disputes.

If designed and conducted appropriately, med-arb can be highly client-centric, fair, effective and satisfying. On the other hand, if it is inappropriately designed or conducted, it can lead to confusion, frustration and on-going dissatisfaction.

This workshop, delivered by two highly experienced dispute resolution professionals, is an in-depth look at the knowledge and competencies required to run a fair, effective and efficient med-arbitration process.

Colm Brannigan, C.Arb, C.Med has over 20 years of full-time experience in conflict management and alternative dispute resolution and is recognized as one of Ontario’s leading mediators and arbitrators in condominium related disputes. He also focuses on the resolution of construction (including green energy), commercial, insurance and real property disputes using mediation, med-arbitration and arbitration processes. He is an associate at the Canadian Centre for Conflict Management (CCCM).
Richard Moore, LL.B., C.Arb, C.Med, CFM, Cert. Med. IMI has over 30 years’ experience in conflict management. Mediating since 1990 after retiring from law practice, he has conducted over twenty-five hundred mediations including mediations in complex multi-party situations, and in various contexts including: employment and workplace, policing, hospitals and health care, human rights, indigenous people’s issues, public policy, estates, real estate, professional responsibility, personal injury, insurance, construction, family and property disputes. He is an associate at the Canadian Centre for Conflict Management (CCCM).

This program offers 6 ADRIC Continuing Education and Engagement (CEE) points.
CPD accreditation pending from all Canadian law societies. Learn more.

Schedule:
12:30pm          Buffet Lunch
1:30pm            Program
3:00pm            Refreshment Break
5:00pm            Program ends

Pre-Conference C includes lunch and refreshments.

Note: The organizers reserve the right to cancel the event if less than the minimum required participants have registered. Liability is limited to the registration fee.

Over 30 sessions in special streams: Arbitration, Mediation and other ADR processes, Family & Community, Workplace/HR/Labour and Special Interest including Indigenous ADR!

Confirmed Sessions and speakers:

Thursday November 21, 2019

9:30-10:30 | 2A - Confidentiality! Privacy! Conflict of Interest!

We ADR practitioners have myriad ethical obligations to those we serve. Confidentiality and freedom from conflicts of interest, already essential, are now complicated by additional responsibilities about collecting, using and disclosing personal information. Understanding these concepts and implementing protections for clients and ourselves is necessary in our current fast-paced milieu.

  Diane E. Tucker, Q.Arb is a commercial arbitrator and a privacy professional, addressing both US and Canadian domestic and cross-border questions.  A member of the Board of Directors of ADRBC until June 2019, she serves on ADRIC’s National Introductory Arbitration Course Committee and recently ended her tenure as a member of the CIPP/C Exam Development Board. A member of the State Bar of California, Ms. Tucker was in-house counsel in international electronic entertainment software companies in the US and Canada.  She also taught law in the San Francisco Bay Area and in greater Vancouver.

9:30-10:30 | 3A - The Growing Practice of Elder Mediation

Seniors make up more of our population, we are living longer, adult children are the sandwich generation. The need for mediation for elders and the people who support them is growing. Join us to learn about how elder mediation can support clients to have durable outcomes that support relationships and will provide information how what types of issues are best suited.

Joan Cotie, C.Med, C.Arb, C.Fam. Arb., RSW, is committed to working with clients to create dynamic, healthy relationships for families and organizations. Joan’s work is multi-disciplinary. She is a registered social worker, mediator and arbitrator with more than 35 years of experience. Joan is able to apply her skills and knowledge from these professions to build agreements that are unique and meet the needs of all clients. Joan’s experience with the not-for-profit sector, union and labour sector, and with children, youth and families gives her a multi-faceted perspective and knowledge.
Kathleen Bellamano BSW, RSW, FMC Cert. CFM 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.

9:30-10:30 | 4A - Understanding how Film Contributes to the Pedagogy of Dispute Resolution

The purpose of this workshop is to address how film contributes to the pedagogy of dispute resolution. Considering the growing appetite for social media and technology, most students fall into a visual/spatial and divergent learner category. With film in the classroom as a springboard for the pedagogy of dispute resolution concepts, historic influences, the power of love, the impact of culture, and the multi-layered impact of politics provide an opportunity to understand dispute resolution concepts in a unique way.

Helen Lightstone, C.Med, received her Master of Laws in Dispute Resolution from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in June 2017. She is a roster mediator with the Ontario Mandatory Mediation Program in Ottawa, Toronto and Windsor, and received her paralegal licence in 2008. Helen Lightstone is a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario and Canada, the Law Society of Ontario, and the Whitby Chamber of Commerce.  She is a past board member of Community Justice Alternatives -Durham Region. She is a graduate of Seneca College, Court and Tribunal Agent Diploma Program. Helen was the program coordinator of the Mediation – Alternative Dispute Resolution Post Graduate Diploma Program at Durham College from 2014-2017.

10:45 - 12:00 | 1B - The Role, if any, of Prehearing Questioning in Arbitration, both International and Non-international

The panelists will provide insights on:

  • Why and how to oppose the inclusion of prehearing questioning in arbitration;
  • If prehearing questioning is to occur, how should that be done?;
  • Is there a difference between international versus non-international arbitral proceedings?
Bryan Duguid, QC, FCIArb, has extensive experience as an advocate and advisor, including as arbitration counsel, trial lawyer and appellate counsel on high stakes and high profile matters before all levels of the courts of Alberta, arbitral panels, sole arbitrators, the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC), and the Federal Court of Canada and has acted on both sides of applications for leave to the Supreme Court of Canada, including an early 2015 decision that he obtained on behalf of Shell Canada Limited, dismissing an application for leave to appeal. As of January 1, 2009, Bryan joined Jensen Shawa Solomon Duguid Hawkes LLP, was its Managing Partner for 2013 and 2014, and since then has been the Firm Chairperson.
Robert Deane, LL.B, is Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s National Leader of the Firm’s International Trade and Arbitration Group, and a member of the Partnership Board, the Firm’s governing body. 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 courts in British Columbia, the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Federal Court, the Northwest Territories Supreme Court, the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench, and the Courts of Appeal for Ontario, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, and the Northwest Territories, in a broad range of cases.

Stephen Drymer, B.C.L., LL.B., Woods LLP is a partner and head of the firm’s International Arbitration practice. A litigator and advocate by background and experience, he now practices almost exclusively in the area of domestic and international arbitration and dispute resolution.

Stephen acts as counsel, and serves as arbitrator and mediator, in domestic and international commercial and investment treaty disputes, and he advises parties on a broad range of issues associated with the design, negotiation, drafting and implementation of dispute resolution agreements and strategies.

Erin Greenan, Legal Counsel, CNOOC International

10:45 - 12:00 | 2B - Building Conflict Capacity Through Insight

This interactive session provides practical concepts and tools for participants to reorient our practice from “conflict resolution” to “building conflict capacity”. Applying a cognitive model of decision-making that includes knowing, valuing and deciding, the session offers strategies for analyzing ethical dilemmas, managing difficult people, interacting respectfully and balancing work/life priorities.

Dr. Marnie Jull is an associate professor and program head for the Master of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Management program. She is an academic, practitioner, author and teacher who specializes in resolving interpersonal, workplace and organizational conflict. She has lived and worked in Thailand, Australia, and the United States. Jull is one of a group of scholar-practitioners developing an innovative insight approach to conflict mediation.

10:45 - 12:00 | 3B - Dispute Prevention and Resolution for Family Business

Conflict is a natural part of running a business. When business colleagues and employees are also family members, the conflict can be particularly complex because there are three spheres of interests at play: family issues, business issues and ownership issues. Many, if not most, family firms lack formal processes and strategies to resolve disputes. This session outlines the most common forms of family business conflict and the methodologies and best practices to assist business families to resolve it.

Nicole Garton B.A., LL.B., C.Med, TEP, has many years of legal, fiduciary, trust and governance experience. As the principal of Heritage Law, Nicole is a lawyer and mediator practising in the areas of wills and estates and family law. As President of Heritage Trust, Nicole offers fiduciary, escrow and multi-family office services to assist individuals, families and business owners navigate the complexities and opportunities that come with wealth.
Nicole is the Immediate Past-Chair of the Canadian Bar Association Wills and Trusts Subsection (Vancouver). Nicole is a member the Society of Estate and Trust Practitioners (STEP), the Estate Planning Council of BC, the BC Collaborative Roster Society, the Civil and Family Rosters of Mediate BC and the BC Parenting Coordinator Roster Society. Nicole is a Chartered Mediator and certified by Family Mediation Canada as a Comprehensive Family Mediator. Nicole is a certified Family Enterprise Advisor.
Nicole received a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia and was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 2001. She is finalizing her Masters of Laws at Osgoode Hall with a focus on dispute resolution for family businesses.
Alyson Jones MA RCC, 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, Mediator, Divorce Coach, Author and Educator.  She developed and oversees the 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.

Peer-to-Peer Facilitated Conversations:

14:00 - 15:00 | 2C - Addressing the Causes Rather than the Symptoms: Conflict Consulting in Organizations

This presentation engages experienced mediators in a conversation about the practice of expanding their role in order to transform the systems and structures that give rise to destructive conflict in organizations. Such a role, which offers services in addition to mediation, can be called ‘Conflict Consulting’.

Gordon C. White works with leaders to develop conflict competent teams and organizations. Additionally, Gordon has had a general mediation practice for 20 plus years. He teaches a graduate course in conflict management at Royal Roads University, and trains for the Justice Institute at both the Centre for Leadership and Centre for Conflict Resolution. He blogged for several years at the conflictjourney.com where he provides both depth perspectives and practical advice on effective conflict engagement. In 2018 Gordon and his colleague Julia Menard launched the On Conflict Podcast which addresses the larger challenges to mankind in the area of conflict and dispute resolution.
For the last 20 years, Julia Menard, M.Ed., has explored the nexus between conflict and leadership in organizational settings through coaching, mediating and training. She got her start in the field as a volunteer community mediator and through that experience started to see where conflict engagement works and where it doesn’t. Since then, she co-led a victim-offender mediation program for a few years, published a book on restorative justice, created materials on conflict for government departments and trained mediators.
Jane Morley, QC practiced as a civil litigator in Victoria for over 20 years in the areas of labour and employment, personal injury and family law. She converted her practice to mediation and arbitration in the 1990s, but continues to have a strong sense of justice and an analytical, problem-solving approach to her work. She acts as a bridge to develop trust between people and assist them to engage constructively in their conflict to achieve their goals. In 2008 and 2009 she was a Commissioner on Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and worked on the development of a national restorative justice process to address Canada’s legacy of broken relationships resulting from the Indian Residential School experience. By calling, she is a leader of organizational and social change, especially in the areas justice reform and reconciliation with Aboriginal peoples.

14:00 - 15:00 | 3C - Parent Coordination: Path to a lasting peace or an expensive road to war?

Parent Coordination has been used in BC since 2010 and has been part of the Family Law Act since 2016. Hear seasoned PC panelists provide answers to common questions like “Who needs a PC?, How do we measure success? Isn’t it very expensive? How do I help my clients limit costs if they get a PC? Why not just go to court and get it over with? “How do children participate?”  “Is this mediation or arbitration or a hybrid?” and any others you want to bring. Audience members will be encouraged to ask their own questions and address these issues from their own perspectives. This session will be of interest to family lawyers, policy makers and family mediators and arbitrators.

Patricia Lane JD, C.Med, C.Arb,  has a Certified Family Arbitrator, Parenting Coordinator and a member of several mediation professional organizations. Has more than twenty years’ experience in applying and teaching alternate dispute resolution including mediation in many fields including family business, partnership break-ups, aboriginal issues, tax policy, construction, pensions, shareholder disputes, estates, sexual orientation, and many others. She has almost 20 years’ experience working with families trying to avoid using the court system to work through their parenting and property division disputes on separation and divorce and practices child-centered mediation which means decisions must work from the children’s perspective.
Kat Bellamano BSW, RSW, FMC Cert. CFM 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.
Joan Cotie, C.Med, C.Arb, C.Fam. Arb., RSW, is committed to working with clients to create dynamic, healthy relationships for families and organizations. Joan’s work is multi-disciplinary. She is a registered social worker, mediator and arbitrator with more than 35 years of experience. Joan is able to apply her skills and knowledge from these professions to build agreements that are unique and meet the needs of all clients. Joan’s experience with the not-for-profit sector, union and labour sector, and with children, youth and families gives her a multi-faceted perspective and knowledge.
Jennifer Cooper, Q.C. is an Accredited Family Law Mediator, Arbitrator and Parenting Coordinator. She has had over 30 years of experience helping couples resolve their family law issues through negotiation, litigation, mediation, arbitration, coordination and collaboration.  She has also served her profession in many roles: for 8 years as an elected Law Society Bencher, for 6 years as an elected Bar Association Executive Member (including President), for 8 years as an elected CBA National Family Law Section Board Member (including Chairperson), and for 6 years as an elected CBIA/Lawyers Financial Board Member (including Executive).  A law firm partner for many years in Winnipeg, she moved to Victoria 5 years ago and started her own independent ADR practice: Cooper Family Law.

14:00 - 15:00 - 4C - Under 40: Barriers and Opportunities

Join an interactive session primarily focused on issues faced by ADR practitioners under 40 years of age. This session will include a frank discussion about barriers, challenges and opportunities faced by this age cohort, with perspectives from across the country. Audience questions and topics for discussion are highly encouraged.

Michelle Maniago is a partner in Borden Ladner Gervais’ Corporate Commercial Litigation Department in their  Vancouver office. Michelle practices in the area of civil litigation, class actions, and arbitration, with an emphasis on commercial and corporate disputes. She also routinely provides strategic and statutory compliance advice to individuals and corporations. Michelle has extensive experience with class action proceedings in Canada, particularly in the areas of consumer protection claims, competition claims and banking-related claims. She also has specialized experience with complex commercial litigation, corporate governance, advertising / competition law, plans of arrangement, privacy law (including access to information requests), and inter-jurisdictional evidentiary matters (including obtaining and enforcing Letters Rogatory or Letters of Request).
Dominique Panko, Q.Med is a mediator at Panko Collaborative Law and Mediation (Saskatoon) and paralegal driven by the clients she serves and how best to fit their needs. She brings fresh eyes to the legal world and hopes to do divorce differently. Dominique specializes in mediation for young couples, roommates, sports organizations and housing organizations.

Dominique has implemented a mentorship program for young mediators in Saskatchewan and is a member of the under 40 initiative with the Saskatchewan Branch of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada.

16:00 – 17:15 | 1D - Arbitrator Conflicts

Arbitrators are often sought out as neutrals based on a particular legal or industry expertise.  Arbitrators, or their firms, may well have acted for one or more parties to an arbitration at some previous time.  Procedures should be in place to catch potential conflicts at the outset, rather than at some later point in the arbitration.  Once caught, arbitrators must make full disclosure of the conflict.  Our panel can talk about conflicts at the time of file intake, and what to do if a conflict is discovered at a later stage.

Rajit Mittal, JD is an associate in Dentons’ Litigation and Dispute Resolution group in Vancouver, where he represents national and regional clients in complex corporate and commercial litigation. He has particular expertise in reputation and crisis management, and advises individuals and corporations in a variety of sectors including healthcare, education, and entertainment.

16:00 – 17:15 | 2D - Mediating High Conflict Disputes: Using a Proposal Focused Process

“High-conflict” disputes usually involve individuals who lack self-management skills, who are temporarily overwhelmed or have a high-conflict personality pattern. Mediators can be effective by using a structured process, while maintaining a relationship with the parties, and assisting them to take responsibility for the outcome.

William A. (“Bill”) Eddy, LCSW, Esq, is a lawyer, therapist and mediator. He is the co-founder and Training Director of the High Conflict Institute based in San Diego, California. Bill provides training on the subject of high-conflict personalities to lawyers, mediators, judges, mental health professionals and others. He has presented in over 30 states and ten countries. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with 12 years’ experience counseling children, adults, couples and families in psychiatric hospitals and outpatient clinics. For the past 26 years, he has also been a lawyer, representing clients in family court (as a Certified Family Law Specialist) and providing divorce mediation services.
Michael Lomax, JD is a mediator and conflict resolution trainer who has assisted many individuals and organizations in dealing with high conflict personalities. Michael practised family law for 22 years and has conducted hundreds of mediations including workplace, family and court related matters. He has designed and delivered many high conflict trainings for lawyers, mediators, government, corporations, military and law enforcement agencies, human resources and union organizations across Canada and the United States. Michael joined the BC Public Service Agency in 2015 as the Conflict Management Lead where he is leading the design and delivery of conflict management services, including coaching, mediation and training to resolve workplace disputes. 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. Michael has been an Associate Speaker/Trainer with the High Conflict Institute for 7 years.

16:00 – 17:15 | 3D - Restoring Public Trust Through ADR ̶ Resolving Complaints Against Police

Erosion of trust in our police services is highly publicized. Adversarial and investigative processes are not designed to build meaningful resolutions. Using ADR basic principles, we have built an inclusive process to resolve highly emotional public complaints, by restoring trust, achieving resolutions and closure.

Mike Lamothe, LL.M (ADR) currently seconded to the Ottawa Police Association as a Labour Relations Officer from the Ottawa Police Service. He has been at the OPA for the last 6.5 years and represents 2000 members. Prior to this he was 15 years with the OPS and held the rank of sergeant.

 

16:00 – 17:15 | 4D - Embracing Forgiveness & Restoration in ADR Processes

This experiential, introductory workshop orients practitioners/ facilitators to a multi-module approach to embracing forgiveness and restoration. It covers:

  • Understanding emotional responses to conflict; breaking the cycle of violence;
  • Restoring strength;
  • Discovering new narratives for healing;
  • and moving forward in a positive direction.
Lorna Lemay achieved her Bachelor of Arts (Criminology/Law), two years of law school, and is certified by the International Association of Public Participation, International Association of Facilitators, Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution (CICR), and Community Mediation Ottawa.  She is passionate about helping people and offers her skills as a mediator, facilitator, trainer, business strategist, and partnership builder in service to the community.  At present, she acts as an expert advisor to the CICR Board and Director of Community Mediation Ottawa.  Her work history includes the Federal Court of Canada, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, and senior public affairs executive with a national, not-for-profit organization.  Lorna is the President of LL Concord Consultation & Mediation Services Inc., co-founder/CEO of a registered children’s charity, “Chance Foundation” and Board member of ForGiving, ForRestoring Canada.

Friday November 22, 2019

8:45 ̶ 10:00 | 2E - Mediating From a Distance - Tools From the Front Line - a presentation from the CBA

Hear lessons and best practices from ADR professionals experienced with the use of online, phone, and other remote mediation approaches. What are the challenges and opportunities of distance mediation? Is it for you? Can it expand your practice?

As the owner and principal of Katalyst Resolutions, Paul Godin has expertise in mediation, negotiation, investigations, conflict management systems design, workplace restoration and workplace/conflict coaching. Paul is a highly experienced professional negotiation and dispute resolution trainer and ADR practitioner, based in Victoria, but operating globally. He has designed and led more than 450 courses on negotiation, mediation skills, conflict resolution, dealing with challenging people and situations, dispute resolution, and conflict management system design worldwide. Paul has been selected as a roster mediator with the Ontario Mandatory Mediation Program–Toronto, the Civil Roster of Mediate BC, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Lausanne), the Ontario Energy Board, the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada, A.A.N.D.C. (Aboriginal Issues), ICOM/WIPO, the Trinidad & Tobago Mediation Board, the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement DR Board, and the NWT Family Law Mediation Program, and is designated a Chartered Mediator. He serves as the chair of the Professional Development Committee for the national CBA ADR Section.

8:45 ̶ 10:00 | 3E - Workplace Restoration ̶ The Role and Function of a “Transformative” Mediator Post-Investigation

The demand for workplace investigators has increased significantly since 2010, when a number of provinces mandated, through various Occupational Health and Safety legislation, that allegations of workplace harassment, discrimination and violence must be investigated. The Federal Labour Code now also includes this mandate.

Not all investigations result in any findings of what has been alleged, however, this does not mean that the “root cause” that gave rise to the complaint is resolved. This session will demonstrate how effective a “transformative” mediator’s approach is for resolving conflict in today’s workplace environments.

Viki Scott, RC (c); BSc; RRP; CHRM; MBA; ADR(c), has an extensive history with both the public and private sectors, primarily in unionized environments. She has lead significant change management initiatives for major public, non for profit and private sector organizations. Recently, she has successfully negotiated a number of Collective Bargaining Agreements without the inclusion of an “interest Arbitrator”.

She is the President and Principal Consultant & Chief Lobbyist of Scott & Associates Inc. which provides solutions to Canadian based companies in Labour Management Relations, Conflict Risk Management, Occupational Health and Safety compliance, Human Rights, Disability Program Management, Organizational Development and Effectiveness, Board Governance and Workplace Investigation Services. Her firm also provides lobbying and advocacy services to their not for profit and broader public service clients.

8:45 ̶ 10:00 | 4E - Intercultural Competency on the Road to Reconciliation

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Calls to Action #27 and #28 inspired the topic of this panel. Panelists will discuss their perspectives on intercultural competency and exchange ideas about different culturally appropriate approaches to negotiation and mediation within and among indigenous groups and larger society. Obstacles experienced in DR processes and possible ways forward will be discussed. Participants will be invited to recognize, reflect on, and respect different perspectives that inform our understandings and actions as DR practitioners.

Chair: Emilia Pech, Legal Counsel, Department of Justice Canada, PT Professor, UOttawa Faculty of Law and Saint Paul University Conflict Studies Program, is an experienced lawyer, mediator and trainer with diverse experience.  Track record of providing strategic and legal advice to senior officials on complex and sensitive issues.  An effective communicator able to synthesize different perspectives.  Experience leading teams, working internationally, and developing and implementing new initiatives.  Excel at mentoring and developing team member talent.  Committed to quality and building constructive peer, client and stakeholder relationships.
Jereme Brooks, Child Protection Mediator from the Okanagan, focusing on youth and indigenous issues; is a Mediator, Arbitrator and Parenting Coordinator who works in the areas of both Family Law and Child Protection. The primary focus of his practice is helping families in high conflict situations, and particularly those families dealing with Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Family Violence issues. Mr. Brooks is a member of the Okanagan First Nation, from Vernon, BC, and brings that perspective into his Dispute Resolution processes. He has presented workshops on Working with Hard to Serve & High-Risk Populations, Engaging with Indigenous Communities and Diversity in Dispute Resolution for CLEBC, CoRe Clinic, and the UBC Learning Circle.
Sheridan Barnett, a mediator for the Nunavut Human Rights Commission and in the private sector;
Céline Henry, Department of Justice counsel and co-chair of the Advisory Committee on Indigenous Peoples.

10:30 ̶ 12:00 | 1F - Clause Drafting and Jurisdictional Issues

A review of the limits of the jurisdiction of an arbitral tribunal, whether contractual or statutory (in the case of oppression, winding up, etc.), with a review of key cases and issues regarding the assumption and declining of jurisdiction by arbitral tribunals and challenges to jurisdiction in the courts and before arbitral panels.

  Matti Lemmens, LL.B, is a partner in Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s Commercial Litigation Group, and the Environmental Group Leader in our Calgary office. Matti practices in all areas of commercial litigation. In particular, she has experience representing Canadian and international clients in litigation and alternative dispute resolution, including both domestic and international arbitrations.
Norm Emblem, LL.B, is a member of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution group of Dentons’ Toronto office. Although his practice focuses on securities related class action litigation, Norm has a very broad-ranging commercial litigation and advocacy practice which includes class action defense, securities, auditor’s negligence, CCAA, banking and insolvency litigation, professional negligence, high-end disability income claims, insurance defence, shareholders’ disputes, Coroners’ inquests and human rights litigation.

10:30 ̶ 12:00 | 2F - Med-Arb Best Practices

The launch of the ADRIC Med-Arb Rules provides ADR practitioners with a rare opportunity to offer this clearly defined innovative process to our clients from a well thought out best practices perspective. This will be a practical, focused interactive discussion about increasing the use of med-arb in our practices.

Elton Simoes, C.Med, Q.Arb 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.

He currently serves as President and Chair of the Board of Directors at the BCAMI – British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute; and as Senior Business Advisors at Osborne Business Advisors.

Colm Brannigan, C.Arb, C.Med has over 20 years of full-time experience in conflict management and alternative dispute resolution and is recognized as one of Ontario’s leading mediators and arbitrators in condominium related disputes. He also focuses on the resolution of construction (including green energy), commercial, insurance and real property disputes using mediation, med-arb and arbitration processes. Colm also participated in the ADRIC Med-Arb Rules Working Group to develop Rules and Designation criteria. He is an associate at the Canadian Centre for Conflict Management (CCCM).
Arlene H. Henry, QC is committed to helping individuals, families, communities, and organizations work through conflict and transition to find solutions best suited to their situation. Throughout her more than 30 years of legal and conflict resolution experience, Arlene has built her practice on understanding how best to design effective bridges of communication for her clients. She has a facilitative yet directive style and her primary aim is to assist participants in identifying and achieving their custom solutions within an informal, yet pragmatic environment.
Allan P. Seckel, QC, CEO, Doctors of BC; was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Doctors of BC in October 2011. He began his career as a lawyer at Russell & DuMoulin, and was a partner of the merged firm of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin. In 2003, he started working for the provincial government as Deputy Attorney General, and later became the Deputy Minister to Premier Gordon Campbell and Head of the BC Public Service. In addition to a commerce and economics degree from SFU, Allan holds a Bachelor of Law from UVIC and a Master of Laws from Cambridge University. Allan serves on a number of boards, including Covenant House Vancouver and the TELUS Vancouver Community Board.

10:30 ̶ 12:00 | 3F - Yukon Territory Respectful Workplace Office (RWO)

This presentation engages experienced mediators in a conversation about the practice of expanding their role in order to transform the systems and structures that give rise to destructive conflict in organizations. Such a role, which offers services in addition to mediation, can be called ‘Conflict Consulting’.

Gary Adams, is the Director of Labour Relations, Public Service Commission in the Government of Yukon is an accomplished, strategic and goal-oriented professional with extensive experience encompassing the areas of human resources, labour relations, conflict management. He has a comprehensive background in unionized environments; expertise in federal and provincial workplace statutes, with a strong knowledge of various bargaining agents and agreements in both the public and private sectors.
Patrick Gardiner, Conflict Management Practitioner, Government of Yukon
Steve Geick has been a union activist for many years, first as a Teamster. He began driving truck at age 16 and he soon took on the role of Shop Steward.  A Community Health Nurse by profession, Steve served 6 years as a Shop Steward with the Ontario Nurses Association before making the north his home.  He served as a YEU Shop Steward, Local Y017 Officer and as both Director and VP Communities before first being elected president in 2011. This is Steve’s third term as President of the Yukon Employees’ Union.

13:30 - 14:45 | 1G - Judicial Deference to Arbitration

An important reason to choose binding arbitration, rather than resolving disputes in the courts, is to avoid lengthy appeals. In 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada held in Sattva Capital Corp v Creston Moly Corp 2014 SCC 53 that commercial arbitral awards should be afforded deference.  The panel will review the deference afforded to arbitral awards by tracing how Sattva has been interpreted and applied in subsequent decisions in Canada, and discuss what this means for parties to arbitration.

David Wotherspoon, MA, LL.B, Dentons Canada LLP is a partner in and lead of Dentons’ Litigation and Dispute Resolution group in Vancouver. With a focus on corporate and commercial disputes, David’s practice encompasses all areas of litigation and dispute resolution. He has extensive experience in matters that relate to injunctions and Anton Piller orders, defamation and free speech, intellectual property and software disputes, crisis management, professional liability, shareholder disputes and fraud investigations.

13:30 - 14:45 | 2G - Court-annexed Mediation: Deconstructing Justice

This session is intended to situate mediation in the current access to justice crisis in Canada. Court annexed mediation now has institutional standing in many jurisdictions. The session will review the manner in which mediation is conducted in the court system and raise the question whether court annexed mediation sufficiently satisfies justice criteria. It posits that this new form of justice is not only what is required but is becoming the norm of dispute resolution.

Leslie Dizgun, C.Med, D. Jur., LL.M., conducts a sophisticated commercial litigation and employment law practice. In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Dizgun is a well-respected mediator and arbitrator of commercial and employment disputes. He is a member of the ADR Chambers expert panels. The ADR Chambers is the largest alternative dispute resolution service provider in the world. Mr. Dizgun has been very successful in resolving difficult and complex proceedings.

Mr. Dizgun has a Master of Laws degree in Alternative Dispute Resolution from  Osgoode Hall Law School, where he is also an adjunct professor. He has taught Civil Procedure, the Senior Colloquium in Dispute Resolution and the Administration of Justice, and continues to teach Dispute Settlement in the Civil Justice System.

13:30 - 14:45 | 3G - Transference / Compassion Fatigue

As mediators we hear and resolve issues arising from, at times, highly charged, conflict. How do we as mediators manage issues arising from transference? What are the signs and symptoms etc.

Viki Scott, RC (c); BSc; RRP; CHRM; MBA; ADR(c), has an extensive history with both the public and private sectors, primarily in unionized environments. She has lead significant change management initiatives for major public, non for profit and private sector organizations. Recently, she has successfully negotiated a number of Collective Bargaining Agreements without the inclusion of an “interest Arbitrator”.

She is the President and Principal Consultant & Chief Lobbyist of Scott & Associates Inc. which provides solutions to Canadian based companies in Labour Management Relations, Conflict Risk Management, Occupational Health and Safety compliance, Human Rights, Disability Program Management, Organizational Development and Effectiveness, Board Governance and Workplace Investigation Services. Her firm also provides lobbying and advocacy services to their not for profit and broader public service clients.

15:00 - 16:15 | 3H - Towards Collaborative Return-to-Work/Disability Management Programs and Practices

Within the context that more than 60% of all Human Rights complaints across Canada have a mental/physical health impairment component, that about 50% of all poverty cases across Canada (currently well in excess of 1.2 M) have a disability relationship (either the individual themselves or a member of their family) and that about 80% of impairments occur during someone’s working life, then effective policy and program standards in this area have the greatest potential for positive socio-economic impact for the individual, workplace and society. Mediators will learn how to assist workplaces in developing policies and standards.

Wolfgang Zimmermann, OBC, is the President of the Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences (PCU-WHS) and the Executive Director of the National Institute of Disability Management and Research (NIDMAR). Having a degree in civil and forest engineering, following an industrial accident in 1977, he was retrained and continued to work for his pre-disability employer until his retirement from that organization in 2010. He became involved in the disability management field in the late 1980’s and has held a wide range of private and public sector appointments in disability management advocacy such as Chair of the Premier’s Council for Persons with Disabilities, the British Columbia Workers Compensation Board, Minister’s Council for Employment for Persons with Disabilities, National Advisory Board for Veterans Affairs, and has appeared before Parliamentary and Senate Committees as expert witness. He has received many awards and commendations for his work on disability prevention and rehabilitation including the Order of British Columbia, the Governor General’s Appreciation Award, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, the Lieutenant Governor’s BC Community Achievement Award, to name just a few.

Parenting Coordination in BC and across Canada

An introduction to Parenting Coordination in BC and across Canada.

Patricia Lane JD, C.Med, C.Arb,  has a Certified Family Arbitrator, Parenting Coordinator and a member of several mediation professional organizations. Has more than twenty years’ experience in applying and teaching alternate dispute resolution including mediation in many fields including family business, partnership break-ups, aboriginal issues, tax policy, construction, pensions, shareholder disputes, estates, sexual orientation, and many others. She has almost 20 years’ experience working with families trying to avoid using the court system to work through their parenting and property division disputes on separation and divorce and practices child-centered mediation which means decisions must work from the children’s perspective.
Kathleen Bellamano BSW, RSW, FMC Cert. CFM 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.

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Regular Rate
Two-Day  Conference

November 21 & 22

ADRIC and Affiliate Members includes continental breakfasts, lunches,  refreshments and Thursday Cocktail Reception  $ 585.00  $ 650.00
Non Members**  $ 675.00  $ 750.00
Student Rate

Full-time studies only – must provide proof of enrollment  from an accredited facility

 $ 445.00  $ 495.00
Thursday only

November 21

ADRIC and Affiliate Members includes  continental breakfast,  lunch,  refreshments and  Cocktail Reception  $ 335.00  $ 375.00
Non Members**  $ 405.00  $ 450.00
Student Rate

Full-time studies only – must provide proof of enrollment  from an accredited facility

 $ 250.00  $ 280.00
Friday  only

November 22

ADRIC and Affiliate Members includes  continental breakfast,  lunch and  refreshments $ 315.00  $ 350.00
Non Members **  $ 380.00  $ 425.00
Student Rate

Full-time studies only – must provide proof of enrollment  from an accredited facility

 $ 230.00  $ 260.00
Pre-Conference A only

Wednesday
November 20

ADRIC and Affiliate Members includes continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments  $ 500.00  $ 550.00
Non Members** (student rate not available)  $ 600.00  $ 650.00
Pre-Conference A Rate

if purchased with any other conference registration

ADRIC and Affiliate Members includes continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments  $ 450.00  $ 500.00
Non Members** (student rate not available)  $ 550.00  $ 600.00
 Pre-Conference B or C only

Wednesday November 20

ADRIC and Affiliate Members includes continental breakfast and refreshments  $ 319.00  $ 349.00
Non Members** (student rate not available)  $ 350.00  $ 400.00
Pre-Conference B or C Rate

if purchased with any other conference registration

ADRIC and Affiliate Members includes continental breakfast and refreshments  $ 269.00  $ 299.00
Non Members**(student rate not available)   $ 319.00 $ 350.00
Cocktail Reception attendance only (November 21, 5:30pm). If you are registering for the full conference or for Thursday only, this is included.  $ 75.00
Thursday November 21 Luncheon attendance only. If you are registering for the full conference or for Thursday only, this is included. $ 50.00
Friday November 22 Luncheon attendance only. If you are registering for the full conference or for Friday only, this is included.  $ 50.00

 

Please note: All sessions, speakers and timing subject to change.

Important information

*EARLY BIRD Price only if registration received by Monday October 14, 11:59pm.

**Become a member within 14 business days of registration, and receive a refund for the difference in the registration fees for members and non-members – contact your regional Affiliate.

No exceptions

Registration closes Monday November 18, 11:59pm

 

** CANCELLATION POLICY **

If you are unable to attend, your registration is fully transferable to another person in your organization. If you must cancel, notice must be received in writing. All refund requests received on or prior to October 31st, 2019 will receive a refund less a 20% administrative fee; those received on or after November 1st will receive a refund less 50%. No refunds after November 11, 2019.

Please note: ADRIC does not provide letters of invitation for visas.

This year’s Conference will be held at the superb Fairmont Empress Victoria located on Vancouver Island.

Fairmont Empress

Special ADRIC group rate: $199/night (ends October 21st, 2019 or when block is used up – book early.)

To book your accommodation for the ADRIC Conference 2019, click here!

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  • 10% off all fares* for travel on WestJet-operated flights into and out of Victoria;
  • 2% off Econo*, 5% off EconoFlex and 10% off Premium base fares for travel on their Delta codeshare partners.

To take advantage of this offer, please visit www.westjet.com/conventions to make a booking online and use the discount code listed below:

Coupon code: S59VJ16

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Travel from: November 13 – 29, 2019

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You can change or cancel reservations within 24 hours of booking at no charge. Further changes or cancellations can be made up to 2 hours prior to the flight; please note additional fees or charges may apply for each guest depending on fare class booked and differences in fare. Check out our service fees page for more information.

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Benefits include:

  • Valuable exposure to the “right” audience: your logo and/or name displayed in flyers, brochures, promotional email blasts and all other conference materials prior to the conference
  • Electronic signage (rotating in numerous rooms and plenary) at the conference
  • Speaking opportunities (silver, gold, platinum and diamond levels)
  • Complimentary registration for you and/or your clients or colleagues
  • Advance access to Registration List (of those who agree to be published)
  • Exhibitor opportunities or placement of promotional materials

Top-tier sponsorships are time-sensitive and are determined on a first-come first-served basis. Contact us early for the best opportunities!

ADR Institute of Canada – Continuing Education & Engagement (CEE) points:
Pre-Conference A is approved for 12 ADRIC CEE points.
Pre-Conferences B and C are each approved for 6 ADRIC CEE points.
The two-day Conference is approved for 24 ADRIC CEE points.

 

Continuing Professional Development accreditations pending from all Law Societies across Canada. Approvals will be added below as they are received.  The Pre-Conferences are applied for separately from the Conference.
 
Note: The Barreau du Québec no longer accredits CPD courses; it is up to members to self-declare any activities in their online training statement according to Barreau criteria.

 

Law Society of Saskatchewan
Pre-Conference A is approved for 6 hours, and qualifies for Ethics.
Pre-Conferences B & C are each approved for 3 hours.

 

Mediate BC
Pre-Conference A is approved for 6 hours.
Pre-Conferences B & C are each approved for 3 hours.

Our past conferences were very well received by the attendees. Have a look at some testimonials and a video from the 2016 Conference.

 

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Meet the Conference Committee:

David McCutcheon  

C.Arb

Chair -director

Kathleen Bellamano  

C.Arb, C.Med, RSW

Angus Gunn

Q.C.

Michelle Maniago

Jim McCartney

C.Arb, C.Med

Thomas Stubbs

Q.Med, RPP