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March Learner Session: (PANEL) The Path to Success as a Mediator

  • Wednesday, March 06, 2019
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Milbourne Market Mall #225, Tower 1 3697 Mill Woods Road NW Edmonton, AB T6K 3L6 or ONLINE



An ADRIA Event

Many mediation students ask us, “how do I break into this field”, “how do I get on rosters?”, and “how can I find work as a mediator?”.  At the same time, many ADR administrators ask us, “why can’t we find the right candidate for this position?”.  This challenge demonstrates a disconnect between those looking for work in the field and organizational needs.  Our special March Learner Session will address some of these and related issues. 

ADRIA will moderate a panel of ADR practitioners and program administrators where panelists will share their experiences, insight, and advice.  This unique opportunity will provide our students with guidance on qualities organizations look for when hiring and will discuss steps you can take to succeed in this field.

The panelists will represent government, organizations and private practitioners.

N.B. This is a two-hour presentation/discussion and there will not be time for role-play practice.

Participants may join online by Zoom. See below for details on how to connect online.


Krista Bolton – Regional Family Mediation Coordinator, Resolution and Court Administration Services, Alberta Justice and Solicitor General

Ali Ansell - ADR , Indigenous and Stakeholder Engagement, Alberta Energy Regulator

Joanne Munro – private practitioner, Silver Lining Mediation and Consulting

Michael Scheidl - Manager, Intermunicipal Relations, Government of Alberta

Please check back as we confirm more panel members

Please register even if you plan to join us online so we can gauge the number of those attending. 

Read further for panelist bios, location and zoom details

Panelist Bios

Krista Bolton:  

Krista is a Dispute Resolution Program Officer with Dispute Resolution Services a branch of Justice and Solicitor General.  Her primary area of focus is on family dispute resolution, including the Family Mediation Program, Child Support Resolution Officer Program and Dispute Resolution Officer Program.  She works closely with a dedicated team of dispute resolution practitioners, staff and roster members.

Her education includes a bachelor of science in linguistics from the University of Victoria as well as a certificate in Conflict Management from the ADR Institute of Alberta with over 270 hours of conflict resolution training.   She has also completed courses on Administrative Justice with Foundations of Administrative Justice.  She has been with Alberta Justice and Solicitor General since 2010.  She has completed over 500 family mediations, served on the Civil mediation roster from 2008-2010 and has conducted multi-party mediations with the Children’s Services mediation program.  In addition she has co-facilitated introduction to family mediation courses offered through Alberta Justice.

Joanne Munro:

Joanne Munro is a nationally chartered mediator, a restorative justice facilitator and an instructor in the fields of mediation, restorative justice, restorative practices, peacemaking circles, conflict resolution, and negotiation. She mediates for Alberta Justice's family mediation and civil claims programs, Catholic Social Services' parent-teen mediation program, and is a member of the newly formed provincial police complaints mediation roster. Joanne also volunteers as a mediator and restorative justice facilitator with local community mediation programs. In private practice Joanne specializes in workplace, faith group, non-profit and separation and divorce mediation. Joanne has extensive experience in organizational/workplace assessment and mediation, and a rich background in facilitating meetings, public involvement processes (for government) and helping organizations restore their workplacesJoanne Munro:

Michael Scheidl:

Michael is the Manager of Intermunicipal Relations with Alberta Municipal Affairs and manages the Municipal Dispute Resolution Initiative which has been recognized as one of the most comprehensive municipal dispute resolution programs in North America and provides a spectrum of services from mediation, collaboration and education to help municipalities work better together and resolve conflict.  Michael was an instructor with Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Alberta and has extensive experience in organizational development with non-profit groups through his work with Alberta Community Development.  Michael also has a certificate in Conflict Management and is a Chartered Mediator.

Ali Ansell:

Ali Ansell a nationally Qualified Mediator working at the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) as an ADR Specialist. In this role she mediates disputes with oil and gas companies, landowners, and Indigenous communities. Ali’s role also includes facilitating multi-party conversations and projects, instructing communication courses, and participating on various conflict resolution committees.

Ali started her ADR career volunteering in co-mediation and facilitation roles with organizations like the Mediation and Restorative Justice Centre and Catholic Social Services’ Parent-Teen Mediation Program. From there she built a private practice, which she still maintains, mediating family and community disputes and facilitates sharing circles with youth.


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


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