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The 2020 Annual General Meeting, and your 2020/21 Board of Director Candidates

Monday, April 27, 2020 4:25 PM | Kristy Rhyason (Administrator)

You are invited to attend our online
Annual General Meeting:

June 11, 2020 at 6pm 
Online via Zoom

With an opening keynote address from the Honourable Mary Moreau, Chief Justice of Alberta’s Court of Queen’s Bench.

Register for the AGM

Mark you calendar for 6pm Thursday, June 11th.  While ADRIA normally gathers for Wine & Cheese in Calgary & Edmonton for a connected AGM, it should come as no surprise that this year’s AGM will be entirely online. 

ADRIA’s formal AGM proceedings are usually concluded efficiently in just an hour, and this is your very best opportunity to meet the 2020/21 Board of Directors, learn how the society fared in 2019, and get an update on the changes underway for 2020 in the face of this unprecedented disruption. 

We suggest you bring your own wine & cheese this year, and the meeting will kick off at 6pm with an opening keynote address from the Chief Justice, followed by the formal AGM and an extended Q& A with the Board & staff – all using Zoom technology. 

Please plan to be there, and to continue supporting your hardworking Directors and dedicated staff.  We remain strong together. 

We look forward to an excellent at-home AGM, 2020-style!

Presenting … the 2020 Slate of Recommended New and Second-Term Directors (2020-2023)

After a careful consideration of the Board’s continuing composition and needs, the Board’s 2020 Nominating Committee, comprised of Kevin Kelly, Michelle Bonnici, Anna Rose and Paul Conway, are pleased to commend the four candidates presented herein for the membership’s consideration and approval. 

There has been one vacancy on the ADRIA Board of Directors since January.  A second Board member is stepping down early in June for personal reasons, and two more Board members will complete their first three-year term in June, and have expressed a willingness to return. 

The four candidates presented below, together with the other six returning Board members, bring balanced perspectives from Alberta’s many ADR interests, practices and sectors, as well as offering a balance of genders, geographical locations and underlying professions to the Board’s deliberations.  The Nominating Committee believes that collectively, they offer the right combination of skills and experience to not only guide ADRIA through the current economic and pandemic downturn, but to ensure we flourish in 2021 and beyond.  Directors are elected for a three-year term, or for a maximum of six years if re-elected.  The ADRIA Board of Directors operates as a strategic and policy Board, and oversees ADRIA operations only from that perspective. 

While the nominated slate of candidates is highly recommended to the membership for approval, there is still a nomination window of 14 days in which additional candidates can be nominated.  Additional candidates would participate along with those nominated below in an online voting process, with the results announced at the June 11th Annual General Meeting (AGM).  Additional nominations must be communicated to the ADRIA Board of Directors Nominating Committee at before midnight, Monday May 11th.  

New Board Member Nominees

Samuel H. Sele

Samuel H. Sele's interest in conflict resolution began early in life as a child growing up in the Liberian village of Fangonda. There, in the absence of a formal legal system, he learned firsthand the importance of interest-based negotiations. The elders of his village were often referred to as mediators and in situations of conflict they would call involved parties together and help them explore all relevant perspectives. The goal of the elders-come-mediators was to help each side develop a common understanding and to encourage parties to generate solutions amenable to all interests. Building off these childhood experiences, Sam aims to practice his belief in the importance of interest-based negotiations through his everyday interactions with people and their values.

Sam currently works as a Socio-Economic and ADR Specialist with the Canada Energy Regulator (CER) formally the National Energy Board (NEB). His role primarily involves working with CER’s regulated companies, landowners, Indigenous communities, stakeholders, and other land users to reach resolution on complex and often very controversial energy and pipeline development issues. Sam also provides professional advice to the CER’s leadership, Commissioners, and staff on socio-economic and conflict resolution matters relating to the energy industry.

Sam earned a Masters of Science in Sustainable Energy Development from the University of Calgary in 2010 and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Marketing in from the University of Minnesota. Sam has also completed certificate training in Conflict Resolution, Public Participation, Crisis and Risk Communication, and Sustainability. He is currently a member of the ADR Institute of Alberta (ADRIA), and the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2).

Sam currently lives in Calgary, Alberta with his wife and three children. When not working, Sam enjoys spending time with family, volunteering, and coaching his community youth soccer team.

Sharon Roberts

Sharon is a Partner at Field LLP in Edmonton, where she practices in dispute resolution oriented litigation and as a Qualified Arbitrator. She assists parties primarily in occupational health and safety, commercial, contract, real estate, construction, municipal, indigenous, employment and environmental matters. As an arbitrator and member of the ADR Institutes of Alberta and Canada, Sharon enjoys working with parties to ensure fair, transparent processes and procedures yielding a final result that will enable them to bring closure to conflict. Sharon is also a Certified Psychological Health and Safety Advisor and an occupational health and safety legal practice, in which she advises and represents clients in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories.

Sharon volunteers as the Board Chair of the Alberta Lawyers’ Assistance Society (Assist) and limps along as Board Secretary to her young sons’ community hockey league. She is a heart-led mentor, passionate animal rescuer, disability and mental health champion, runner and writer. Sharon is schooled in humility, is fiercely compassionate and suffers from periodic misanthropy. She tries her best, eats nut butters by the spoonful and loves her kids to bits.

Returning Board Member Nominees

Dora Dang
C.Med, C.Arb. 

Dora Dang is a Chartered Arbitrator (C. Arb.), Chartered Mediator (C. Med.), Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA), Registered Family Mediator of Alberta (RFM) and Commissioner for Oaths in and for Alberta. Dora currently sits on the Board of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Alberta (ADRIA) as the Treasurer.

Dora is the co- founder and co-owner of Leap! Divorce Solutions Ltd. helping clients reduce the anxiety and stress often experienced during the divorce and separation process. Dora’s mission at Leap! Divorce Solutions Ltd. is to empower couples going through divorce to make decisions and form agreements outside the courtroom through arbitration and or mediation.

Dora has twenty-five years of experience working with the public, corporations, professional associations, not-for-profit, and government (police agencies, correctional agencies, educators and medical health professions).

Dora is a proud Calgarian and in her leisure time, you might find Dora chilling with family and friends or nurturing her inner “foodie” at a Calgary restaurant.

Amin Poonja 

Amin Poonja is a professional biologist and has worked in the fields of pest management and public health for over 35 years. He completed his undergraduate degree in Biology (BSc. Biology) from the University of Ottawa and a postgraduate (Dip MPM) in Pest Management from Simon Fraser University.
Over the last 25 years or so, he has been actively involved in volunteering on various institutional bodies within the Ismaili Muslim and the greater community, including being Chairman of the Aga Khan Education board, Vice Chair of the Aga Khan Social Welfare board, Member for the Ismaili Tariqah and Religious Education Boards for Edmonton and the Aga Khan Economic Planning Board of Canada.
He has also served as President of the Pest Management Association of Alberta, Member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Pest Management Association, member on the Telus - Yellow Pages Advisory Board and on board of directors of the MRJC (Mediation and Restorative Justice Centre).
He has a strong interest in conflict resolution and is currently the Chairman of the Aga Khan Conciliation and Arbitration Board for Edmonton ( He believes that mediation has an important role to play in conflict resolution. He also believes that faith communities can play a huge role within their communities applying ADR principles to resolve disputes in an ethical, time sensitive and cost effective manner with a high degree of success.
His interests are travelling and learning through meeting and engaging with people.

Currently he is President of Ecopest Inc. – a company headquartered in Edmonton dealing in Pest control and Hygiene services throughout Alberta. He is married with 2 children (young adults) and a proud grandfather to 2 grandchildren.

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