Alternative Dispute Resolution Symposium

Edmonton, Alberta
May 15 & 16, 2018
Pre & Post Training May 14 & 17

Symposium Speakers

Keynote Speakers


Opening Keynote 

May 15

Justice Joanne Goss

Nancy Mannix 

Nancy Mannix is the Chair and Patron of the Palix Foundation, a private foundation whose philanthropy aims to ultimately support improved health and wellness outcomes for all children and families. 

The Foundation, through the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative focuses on creating alignments between science, policy and practice in the areas of brain development and its implications on mental health and addictions ultimately generating changes at an individual, organizational and systems level.

The work Nancy has done with the Palix Foundation has garnered some prestigious awards such as the 2015 Canadian Medical Association Award for Excellence in Health Promotion; the 2014 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta’s Circle on Mental Health and Addiction True Leadership Award; the 2013 Certificate of Recognition by the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; 2010-2011 President’s Award, Canadian Mental Health Association and the 2006 Medal for Exceptional Contribution for Early Childhood Development by the Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development.

Nancy has served as a member of the Alberta Innovates-Health Solutions board and her long career and highly regarded work in the charitable sector has included a number of organizations, such as the Calgary Health Trust and the Canada West Foundation.  She has also served on numerous boards including the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research and the Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute.  Nancy has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of San Diego and a Juris Doctor Degree from Seattle University.

Session Speakers  &  Pre/Post-Symposium Trainers

Pre-Symposium & Session 1 

Collaborative Divorce - Insight approach to conflict and conflict intervention

Insight Mediation

May 14 & 15

Cheryl Picard

Dr. Cheryl Picard, professor emeritus Carleton University, is an educator, author, mediator, conflict specialist and coach. After retiring from Carleton in 2013, she returned to Prince Edward Island and now offers services through, Cheryl Picard & Associates. In addition to being a faculty member at Carleton, Dr. Picard taught courses at Teachers College Columbia University; the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University; the Law University of Lithuania in Vilnius; Royal Roads University, and the University of Winnipeg. Over her almost 40 year career, she helped to establish university, community, school, restorative justice, church, and workplace conflict resolution and mediation programs in Canada, Cuba, Bermuda, and Trinidad and Tobago. Cheryl is the author of four books, the most recent “Practicing Insight Mediation”, focuses on the skills of mediation and conflict resolution using the insight approach to conflict, which she co-founded in 2001. Dr. Picard was recognized by Family Mediation Canada with the FAMMA Award for exceptional contributions to the field, and the by Canadian Department of Peace Initiative for long-standing peace work.  


Cultural Competencies 

May 17

Deborah Howes

Deborah M. Howes is a Chartered Arbitrator and Chartered Mediator and an applicant for IMI Certified Mediator status.  She is the President of High Clouds Incorporated, a Canadian company providing seminars and dispute resolution services. In addition to her Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts degrees, Ms. Howes holds Certificates in Arbitration and Conflict Management from the ADR Institute of Alberta and a Certificate in Tribunal Administrative Justice™ from the Foundation of Administrative Justice.

Ms. Howes is an active facilitator, arbitrator, mediator, investigator and trainer, with over 30 years’ experience in all aspects of dispute resolution, labour relations, condominium and administrative law.    She practices in the areas of condominium, commercial, construction, consumer, municipal, workplace and labour relations.  In addition, she consults with and trains administrative tribunals on best practices and governance.  She speaks on a variety of topics at local, provincial, national and international events.

Session 5

ADR Spectrum - One Size Doesn't Fit All

May 16

Eva Malisius

Opening Plenary & Session 2

Opening Plenary 

ADR Environmental Scan

May 14

Gordon Sloan

Many of the cases Gordon mediates and facilitates are large, complex and multiparty in nature. Gordon’s interests in dispute resolution are panoramic, ranging from work with individuals to large corporations, governments and First Nations. He is fascinated by the role intense values and group identity play in conflict resolution. Gordon’s intervention practice includes workplace advice and assessment, multi-party cases in the public policy arena, facilitation of value-charged conflicts and a full array of litigation mediation.

One of Canada’s best known trainers and teachers of dispute resolution, Gord delivers negotiation and mediation courses to a wide array of audiences in every part of the country. He teaches in academic settings as well as the private sector and government at all levels. He provides training programs and seminars in dispute resolution to professional bodies, First Nations, government departments and agencies and NGOs. Gordon is passionate about his own adult learning and shares that interest with others in his course delivery.  His degrees are in Religion and Law.

Pre-Symposium & Session 4 

Collaborative Divorce - Insight approach to conflict and conflict intervention

The Art of Asking Curious Questions in Collaborative Practice

May 14 & 16

Jacinta Gallant

Jacinta is a collaborative lawyer, mediator and trainer living in Prince Edward island, Canada. “Never cut what can be untied” is the inspiration for Jacinta’s work, and “untangling knots” has been the focus of Jacinta’s highly successful collaborative and mediation practice. Jacinta is an engaging and energetic trainer in the national and international Collaborative Practice community. She loves the challenge of working with experienced professionals who want to deepen their skills to be more natural and authentic in practice. With a great sense of humour and a highly interactive presentation, Jacinta offers collaborative training that will help you transform your practice.

Session 1

Working With Identity

May 15

John Radford

Closing Plenary

Developing A Collective Impact Strategy 

May 16

Liz Weaver

Liz Weaver is the Co-CEO of Tamarack Institute where she is leading the Tamarack Learning Centre. The Tamarack Learning Centre has a focus on advancing community change efforts and does this by focusing on five strategic areas including collective impact, collaborative leadership, community engagement, community innovation and evaluating community impact. Liz is well-known for her thought leadership on collective impact and is the author of several popular and academic papers on the topic. She is a co-catalyst partner with the Collective Impact Forum and leads a collective impact capacity building strategy with the Ontario Trillium Foundation. 

Liz is passionate about the power and potential of communities getting to impact on complex issues. Prior to her current role at Tamarack, Liz led the Vibrant Communities Canada team and assisted place-based collaborative tables develop their frameworks of change, and supported and guided their projects from idea to impact. 

From 2006 – 2009, Liz was the Director for the Hamilton Roundtable on Poverty Reduction, which was recognized with the Canadian Urban Institute's David Crombie Leadership Award. In her career, Liz has held leadership positions with YWCA Hamilton, Volunteer Hamilton and Volunteer Canada. In 2002, Liz completed a Masters of Management, McGill University. Liz has been awarded Queen's Jubilee Medals in 2002 and 2012 for her contributions to volunteerism in Canada and in 2004 was awarded the Women in the Workplace award from the City of Hamilton.

Session 1

Journey to Empathy

May 15

Martin Golder 

Member of the British Columbia Mediator Roster Society (Civil) in Canada. Martin Golder is a retired architect living primarily in Victoria BC. In 1996 he started a practice of conflict management.  In addition to his private practice, Martin has been a mentor to new mediators in the Provincial Court Mediation Program.

 Martin has worked in the field of Social Justice and Environment for several large organizations and has been Chair of the Board for several.  Martin has also worked with many First Nations across Canada including the Innu people in Davis Inlet, Labrador, the Inuit in Nunavut and the Cowichan Tribes on Vancouver Island.

 As a conflict management specialist Martin has mediated both privately and in the Court system with a focus on commercial disputes. He has studied extensively and has eloped a technique based on the ancient traditions of Metta (Loving Kindness) which he teaches under the name of ‘Journey to Empathy’. Most recently presented at the World Mediation Summit in Madrid in 2017.

Session 5

Conflict Management Systems Design

May 16

Maureen Maloney

Maureen Maloney joined the School of Public Policy as a professor in 2010. Professor Maloney was previously the Chair in Law and Public Policy and Director of the Institute for Dispute Resolution at the University of Victoria between 2000-2010. She returned to the University of Victoria following a term as Deputy Minister to the Attorney General (1993 to 2000) and Deputy Attorney General (1997 to 2000) of the Province of British Columbia. Before assuming these positions, Prof. Maloney was the first woman Dean of Law in British Columbia. She has published and lectured extensively. Her current teaching and research interests relate to justice systems, international human rights, and conflict management/resolution.

Professor Maloney is and has been actively involved in international governance, dispute resolution and human rights projects in South-East Asia, Iraq, China, Brazil, Guatemala and South Africa. She is a board member of the International Commission of Jurists (Canadian Section) and a member of the Education and Training Committee of the Foundation for International Commercial Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution (The Hague). She is a recent board member of the Canadian Human Rights Foundation and of the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy. She has also served as a member of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal based in Ottawa.

Session 3

Mediating in the Face of Major Upheavals

May 15

Mohamed M Keshavjee

Mohamed M Keshavjee, lawyer author and international cross- cultural specialist on mediation is a graduate of Queens University Canada where he did his LLB and London University where he attained his LLM and PhD. He was called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn London and Osgoode Hall Canada. He has practised law in Kenya, Britain and Ontario Canada.

Keshavjee is a former member of the Steering Committee of the World Mediation Forum, a member of the Advisory panel to the Secretary General of the International Social Service of Switzerland and a consultant to The Hague Conference on Private International Law on the role of Mediation in addressing those cases of cross border child abduction where The Hague Convention of 1980 is inapplicable. He was the first Canadian to receive the Gandhi King Ikeda Peace award conferred on for his work in peace and human rights education.

From 2000 to 2010 he was Director of International Training Programs at the Secretariat of HH the Aga Khanin France where he was responsible for training mediators in the CAB system having conducted programmes in some 25 countries of Asia Africa Europe and North America.

He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Darwin International Institute for the Study of Compassion in the UK and presently lectures on ADR at universities in London and countries of the Commonwealth.
photo credit: Parvaiz Machiwala 

Session 1 &

Cultural Competencies

May 15 & 17

Narmin Ismail-Teja

Narmin is a Director with Western Management Consultants, and principal in impact@work inc. Consulting, training and facilitating since 1992, she brings a solid package of commitment, motivation and skills in creating highly effective training and consulting with a depth of experience working across the three sectors. Her creative style and commitment to working in learner-centered facilitation creates an inclusive, challenging learning environment where participants engage in discussions that utilize the whole brain and lead to transformative learning.

Narmin’s work is shaped by her own personal experience, her extensive experience working with clients across sectors and by ongoing research. She brings a “head, heart, hands” approach to learning environments, whether the topic is unconscious bias, strategy, valuing difference, creating efficiency or building trust in work groups and in mentoring relationships.  This approach ensures participants take their knowledge and commitment to transform their work practice with practical strategies.

Session 3

Trauma Informed Practice for ADR

May 15

Nicole Sherran

Dr. Ncole Sherren is the Scientific Director and Senior Program Officer with the Palix Foundation. She has a PhD in Neuroscience from Carleton University and moved to Alberta in 2003 to hold an Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research/Neuroscience Canada research fellowship at the University of Lethbridge. Her research focus includes experience-based brain development, neuro-developmental disorders, and brain plasticity. Nicole joined the Palix Foundation in 2007 to focus on mobilizing scientific knowledge into policy and professional practice. She both designs and delivers professional development opportunities across the health, education, human services and justice sectors, providing numerous in-person workshops and presentations each year, and lends her expertise to a number of committees, community-based projects, research studies, and non-profits across Alberta. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for Calgary Alpha House Society.

Pre-Symposium & Session 3 

The Fundamentals of Boss Whispering

Working with the Perpetrators of Workplace Harassment and Bullying: Criminal, Crazy, Contentious, or Clueless? 

May 14 & 15

Sylvie Matteau

For over 24 years Sylvie has been working with individuals and groups in addressing conflict constructively. An attorney with a Masters degree in international Law (McGill University), her work has taken her to international destinations over the years.

Sylvie’s interest in the field of conflict resolution ignited when she was invited to join the Canadian Institute for International Peace and Security in 1984. A few years later, she established one of the first professional mediation services in Montreal where she mediated and facilitated a variety of disputes; civil, family, workplace, business and public related.

Sylvie enjoys observing the enthusiasm of clients and workshop participants when experimenting with new tools and acquiring skills that will enhance their abilities and empower them to productively manage conflict in their environment and workplace. She lectured at a business post-graduate program at the University of Sherbrooke and presented at numerous conferences and venues including McGill University, Interaction conferences, the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, the Cambodia Labour Council and recently the International Ombudsman Association.

In 2003 Sylvie was appointed Vice-Chairperson of the Public Service Labour Relations Board where she also acted as adjudicator and mediator. Since 2006, she has been assisting organizations at the federal level with the review of the policy on the prevention harassment in the workplace and the development of Standards of Practice for federal conflict management systems. She also assisted the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Health Canada in enhancing their Informal Conflict Management program.

Sylvie has now transferred this experience to her renewed coaching, consulting, arbitration, investigation, facilitation and mediation practice, continuing her long-standing partnership with ADR Education.

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