Regional Lionel J. McGowan Award:
The ADR Institute of Canada (ADRIC) announces that two outstanding individuals have been chosen to receive this year’s Regional Lionel J. McGowan Award. This award is given annually to an individual who has contributed significantly to the promotion and development of ADR within a region or made an outstanding contribution to the development and success of an ADRIC Regional Affiliate.
Wendy M. Scott is our 2021 Regional McGowan award recipient for her contributions as a builder in both Atlantic Canada and across Canada. A mediator in private practice for much of her career, Wendy’s diverse volunteer contributions to ADR began some 25 years ago. They include senior leadership roles at the Atlantic affiliate level, including President; and a decades-long commitment to membership development, mediation standards and designations, and training. She has been an active and sincere committee member on many regional and national committees aimed at advancing the goals “on the ground” of our national mediation community. Wendy also recently completed two years on the national Board of Directors, during which she contributed to the Presidents’ Roundtable, and development of the refreshed MOU among our federation partners. Wendy Scott is a grassroots founder and sustainer of our organization, with an impact across the country. Congratulations, Wendy.
Me. Dominique Lettre is being recognized as a 2021 Regional McGowan award winner as a thought leader and outstanding practitioner-educator from Quebec. Her expertise in alternative dispute resolution for the mediation field has made her one of the most sought-after mediators and teachers in the field of family and civil disputes. While leading an ongoing active professional ADR practice, Me Lettre has always remained very involved with IMAQ, especially with its IMAQ’s Network (Les Réseaux de l’IMAQ), in the promotion, networking, training and development of ADR practitioners. She also served as a member and Vice-President of IMAQ’s Board of Directors between 2014 and 2020. Me Lettre is a well-known leader and an active ambassador in the field of mediation and ADR both in the province of Quebec and Canada. The ADR Institute of Canada is proud to count Dominique as one of its members and ambassadors in all her engagements.
National Lionel J. McGowan Award:
The ADR Institute of Canada (ADRIC) announces that Janet McKay has been chosen as this year’s recipient of the National Lionel J. McGowan Award. This Award recognizes those who have made an outstanding contribution to the development and success of ADR and/or ADRIC on a national level, and have contributed significantly to the promotion and development of alternative dispute resolution across Canada.
Andrew Butt, Past President of ADRIC and Chair of the Awards Committee, stated: Janet McKay has been a long time advocate and tireless worker on behalf of ADRIC. During her almost 13 years as an ADRIC employee, she has impacted every part of our operation and vision for ADRIC. Her efforts, work ethic and leadership are obvious in the successes of our core mandates – increasing services to members, increasing services to affiliates, expanding and enhancing professional designations, providing successful National Conferences, improving print and on-line communications with members and groups interested in ADR processes, improving and setting standards for ODR processes, providing quality on-line learning, and nurturing provincial/Affiliate partnerships – and too many other items to mention. We present our 2021 National McGowan award to Janet as a symbol of our appreciation and respect.
ADRIC formally presented these awards after its virtual annual general meeting on Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 11:00 AM Eastern Time.
For further information, access to the awards ceremony or for an interview with Andrew Butt please contact:
Brenda Lesperance, Administrative Manager
ADR Institute of Canada (ADRIC)
416-487-4733 x 106
With over 2400 member practitioners drawn from every corner of the country, ADRIC is Canada’s leading professional organization for alternative dispute resolution promoting conflict resolution through arbitration, mediation and other forms of ADR. ADRIC sets a national standard for best practices and quality assurance for industry-leading arbitration and mediation rules, codes of ethics and conduct, and discipline and complaint procedures.
ADRIC is the steward of the ADR Institute Federation, which includes ADRBC (BC), ADRIA (AB), ADRSK (SK), ADRIM (MB), ADRIO (ON), IMAQ (QC) and ADRAI (Atlantic Provinces).