Log in

Learn About Alternative dispute resolution

What is ADR?

ADR can stand for Alternative, Appropriate, or Adaptive Dispute Resolution. These definitions are used interchangeably throughout the ADR community to describe the different interpretations and expectations placed on dispute resolution processes.

Alternative has the longest history, and is used to suggest ADR as an alternative to the courts and litigation, embracing a variety of practices including: mediation, negotiation, facilitation, arbitration, consensus decision making, and restorative practices.

Appropriate is used to highlight the ADR community’s aim of being collaborative, respectful, and considerate of everyone’s view. It speaks to selecting the dispute resolution option that is most appropriate for the parties and their individual circumstances.

Adaptive is used when emphasizing the creative elements of ADR; the ability to come up with solutions not traditionally available through more formal processes like investigation or litigation. 

You will find that Alternative is the term used most commonly by the ADR Institute of Alberta and its members.

Why Choose ADR?

There are many reasons people choose Appropriate Dispute Resolution (ADR):

  • Usually faster, less expensive, and less stressful than going to court
  • Offers options to meet the needs of the situation
  • Can be private and confidential
  • Gives participants more control in choosing the process and/or outcome
  • Provides the opportunity to be heard and to hear from the other people involved
  • Preserves relationships
  • Helps participants learn better ways to prevent or solve problems in the future

Your source for ADR information and expertise.
Alberta's association of mediators and arbitrators. 

Our main office is located in Edmonton:

#225, Tower 1
3697 Mill Woods Road NW 
Edmonton, AB T6K 3L6

Contact Us:

Toll Free: 1-800-232-7214
Edmonton area: (780) 433-4881
Fax: (780) 433-9024

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software