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This page is to share in-person events that may be of interest to the ADR community.

Upcoming Events

    • Wednesday, October 11, 2017
    • Friday, December 08, 2017

    The Law Society of Alberta Launches Public Engagement:

    How do you find or get legal help? Or do you? Legal problems are something many Albertans face in their lifetime, yet many people can’t find or get the help they need. 

    The Law Society of Alberta would like to understand if Albertans face barriers when finding or getting legal help. We launched a public engagement campaign that will run through December 8, 2017. We want to hear from as many Albertans as possible about their experiences finding and using lawyers and other service providers. We are also talking to Alberta lawyers to get their perspectives on the future of legal service delivery. 

    “We are committed to providing the public with opportunities to have discussions, ask questions and share their thoughts about getting legal advice or working with lawyers,” says Don Thompson, QC, Executive Director, Law Society of Alberta. 

    The Law Society invites Albertans to visit to join the conversation. They can share stories, complete a short survey and participate in an online discussion forum. There are also opportunities to join the conversation in person. The sessions below will all take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    • Calgary Tuesday, October 17 Kerby Centre
    • Red Deer Wednesday, October 18 Baymont Inn & Suites
    • Fort McMurray Thursday, October 26 Radisson Hotel & Suites
    • Medicine Hat Wednesday, November 8 Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre
    • Calgary Thursday, November 9 The Kahanoff Centre
    • Grande Prairie Tuesday, November 14 Holiday Inn & Suites
    • Lethbridge Tuesday, November 21 Sandman Hotel
    • Edmonton Wednesday, November 29 The Westin

    For more details about these opportunities, visit 

    The Law Society of Alberta regulates the legal profession in the public interest by promoting and enforcing a high standard of professional and ethical conduct by Alberta lawyers. 

    For further information: Colleen Brown Law Society of Alberta, Manager, Communications 403.229.4744

    • Friday, October 13, 2017
    • Tuesday, November 28, 2017
    Presented by the Law Society of Alberta

    The Law Society is concerned about access to legal services for all Albertans and is working on several strategies to give us more flexibility in how we regulate and allow lawyers to deliver legal services. We have been in discussions with the Government of Alberta about modernizing the Legal Profession Act.

    We need an Act that allows us to modernize the structure and work of the Law Society, giving us the ability to enable other legal service delivery models, to strengthen our governance and adjudicative processes and to improve the diversity of our Board. The amendments we are seeking will not bind us to specific models but will allow the future Board tables to develop rules over time and after engagement with the profession.

    We are committed to holding discussions with both the public and the profession about what the future may look like. We have scheduled the following Open Houses to provide Alberta lawyers an opportunity to learn more and share their feedback about the proposed amendments. We want to hear from you, so please join the conversation at any of our following Open Houses:

    • October 13 - Red Deer
    • October 26-27 - Fort McMurray
    • November 2 - Calgary
    • November 7-8 - Medicine Hat
    • November 10 - Calgary
    • November 13-14 - Grande Prairie
    • November 20 - Lethbridge
    • November 28-29 - Edmonton

    For more information on the Open Houses, click here. If you have any questions, please email us.

    • Tuesday, October 17, 2017
    • Thursday, October 19, 2017
    • Berlin

    The World Mediation Organization invites you to join and to actively participate in the WMO Symposium - Berlin 2017, the 12th edition of its kind, dealing with: Integrated Mediation and Conflict Studies of International Interest.

    For full event details on the World Mediation Organization website

    • Wednesday, October 18, 2017
    • Friday, October 20, 2017
    • St. John's, Newfoundland


    Canada’s largest, most prestigious and most important ADR event™.

    The ADR Institute of Canada’s AGM & Annual National Conference is Canada’s largest, most prestigious and most important ADR event; every major firm and company with an interest in reaching those in the field will want to be associated.

    Visit their website.

    • Wednesday, October 18, 2017
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Buffet Royale, 3318 Gateway Blvd, Edmonton, AB T6J 6V1
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    An ADRIA Event in partnership with FOAJ

    Why We Jump to Conclusions
    & How to Avoid It

    On October 18th, being the day before International Conflict Resolution Day, ADRIA and the FOAJ invite you to reach out and bring someone important to lunch.  Learn why we jump to conclusions so readily, how this adversely affects our communications with others, and gain useful tips on how to change this tendency.  You might recognize this trait in yourself or have someone you know who would love to share in this learning. Reach out, connect, and invite them to lunch. The ADR community is always welcoming to guests and newcomers, and on-site staff will be capturing Conflict Resolution Day selfies.  We've moved this luncheon to a larger location south of the downtown core - easily accessible and with lots of free parking.  Guests pay member rates ($25), so register early and plan to attend.  Everyone bringing a guest will be entered for a generous door prize, so share this learning opportunity and celebrate the important contribution that YOU make in Alberta's conflict resolution community.    


    SOUTH SIDE - Buffet Royale, 
    3318 Gateway Boulevard
    Edmonton, AB, T6J 6V1

    Please register in advance.  Payment at the door.  Cash only, please.

    • Thursday, October 19, 2017
    • Alberta

    Conflict Resolution Day is an international celebration held on the third Thursday in October every year. In Alberta, a committee of representatives from both provincial government and community dispute resolution programs work together to support and promote events across the province.

    • Monday, October 23, 2017
    • Wednesday, October 25, 2017
    • Bethlehem, PA, USA

    Presented by the International Institute for Restorative Practices

    Today’s world is more connected and interdependent than at any other time in human history. Global communications, migration and technology are bringing an ever-greater diversity of people into direct contact. How we learn and teach must adapt to this changing landscape to positively shape the civil society of the future. This conference will bring a special focus on emerging ideas, leaders and visions for the future of learning.

    Whether you are familiar with restorative practices or new to the field, you will find sessions to interest you, along with knowledgeable and enthusiastic colleagues to connect with. Choose from nearly 70 breakout sessions on topics related to restorative practices and learning, as well as restorative practices in justice, community and organizational settings.

    October 23-25, 2017

    • Oct 23 & 24 – 8:00am to 5:00pm with special events afterwards.
    • Oct 25 – 8:00am to 2:00pm


    Historic Hotel Bethlehem (437 Main St., Bethlehem, PA 18018, USA) and the IIRP Campus (544 Main St., Bethlehem, PA 18018, USA)

     More Information


    • Early registration discount ends September 12, 2017. 
    • No deadline for regular registration.
    • The full conference rate is $450 USD ($500 USD after September 12)
    • Monday, Oct 23 only: $175 USD
    • Tuesday, Oct 24 only: $175 USD
    • Wednesday, Oct 25 only: $150 USD


    • Wednesday, November 08, 2017
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Buffet Royale, 3318 Gateway Boulevard Edmonton, AB T6J 6V1
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    An ADRIA Event in partnership with FOAJ

    Understanding the complexities of Conflict and Crisis that accompanies a diagnosis of PTSD.  Self-mediation can change the effects in a real and positive manner.  An update on a 40-month study that focuses on Interpersonal Conflict Resolution, Equine Therapy and Meaning Centred Therapy.

    About the Speaker


    Steve Critchley is a practicing mediator with international experience. He has taught mediation programs overseas in the UK, Italy, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, and Dubai.

    Steve spent 28 years as a member of the Canadian Armed Forces.  He was a Basic Training Instructor as well as an Advanced Leadership Instructor.  He was deployed to Egypt, Cyrus and Bosnia.  During the Bosnian war, Steve witnessed human conflict at its worst. His experiences included negotiating with armed belligerents and establishing small local areas of trust and cooperation. Steve developed a belief that people can work together to achieve realistic and positive results.

    Steve was also included in a select group from the Canadian Military to undergo Mediation training as part of a pilot program co-coordinated by the Executive Director for Conflict Management responsible to the Department of National Defence and the Federal Government. After completing the assignment of authoring a paper on Mediation, Steve achieved the third phase of the Mediator Qualification Program in July 2000.

     Steve has been involved in mediations in Alberta Civil Court, private mediations between land owners and multi national energy companies, a $500m law suite, workplace harassment, abuse of authority, at Federal, Provincial and municipal governments.

    Steve along with Jim Marland cofounded Can Praxis in 2011 and continues their work with Veterans and First Responders along with their families overcoming PTSD and OSI.   After working with over 200 couples dealing with PTSD Steve has in-depth experience working with the Crisis and Conflict the injury brings to their everyday life.


    SOUTH SIDE - Buffet Royale, 3318 Gateway Boulevard
    Edmonton, AB
    T6J 6V1

    Please register in advance.  Payment at the door.  Cash only, please.

    • Wednesday, November 08, 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Ralph King Athletic Centre, Concordia University of Edmonton campus, Corner of 73rd Street and 112 Avenue, Edmonton
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    An ADRIA Event

    While not all mediations deal with emotions or relationships, many mediators will encounter difficult mediations in their practice.  How do you, as the mediator, manage your own emotions while acknowledging as well as diffusing strong emotions of the parties?


    Ralph King Athletic Centre
    Concordia University of Edmonton campus
    Corner of 73rd Street and 112 Avenue
    Edmonton AB T5B 4E4


    Online by request (contact Jocelyn for details)

    Please register so we can know the number of those attending. 

    • Sunday, November 19, 2017
    • Tuesday, November 21, 2017
    • Ottawa

    • Thursday, November 23, 2017
    • Saturday, November 25, 2017
    • Clarion Hotel and Conference Centre 2120 16th Ave NE Calgary, AB

    Presented by Alberta Restorative Justice Association

    Save the Date: November 23-25, 2017

    Call for Presenters
    We are seeking proposals for sessions that reflect the theme ‘Reconciling Relationships.'

    Sessions can be in one of three formats. Find out more by clicking on the workshop proposal form below.


    Deadline for Submissions EXTENDED to Midnight, June 15th, 2017

    Please send completed applications  electronically  to:

    Barb Barclay, Chair, Alberta Restorative Justice Association (ARJA) at:

    Clarion Hotel and Conference Centre
    2120 16th Ave NE
    Calgary, AB


    for more information and to sign up for conference email alerts, visit us at


    email us!

    • Wednesday, December 06, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • University of Alberta Aurora Room, Lister Conference Centre, University of Alberta, 87 Avenue and 116 Street, Edmonton, AB T6G 2T2

    Presented by the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion

    It all starts with terminology, learn the difference between sex and gender. The different terms that are associated with gender “training” in workplaces will also be discussed including gender sensitivity, gender equality, gender equity and gender intelligence, as well as genders other than male or female.

    This informative session will address the myths and the research that runs contrary and the fundamental operation of gender in work decisions and processes.

    About the Speaker

    Zakeana Reid, CHRP is the Director, Western Canada for CCDI. During her career, Zakeana has had the opportunity to influence and design programs within Recruitment and Training to promote and encourage diversity within the companies as well as manage the Employment Equity Programs and Plans. Zakeana brings over 7 years of work experience in the areas of Equity and Diversity, from performing annual LEEP audits to analyzing data and finally creating programs for companies embracing diversity and inclusion. In 2011, she proudly received Morrison Hershfield’s honourable mention award for Best Workplace for Diversity, presented by Alberta Venture’s Alberta’s Best Workplaces.

    Event details


    December 6, 2017


    8:00 am – 10:30 am MT

    Venue: University of Alberta
    Aurora Room, Lister Conference Centre,
    University of Alberta,
    87 Avenue and 116 Street,
    Edmonton, AB T6G 2T2

    More Information & Registration 

    • Wednesday, December 06, 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Ralph King Athletic Centre, Concordia University of Edmonton campus, Corner of 73rd Street and 112 Avenue, Edmonton
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    An ADRIA Event

    We've all had professional highs and lows.  This topic is meant to share techniques and questions that have worked well for you, and those that have been less than helpful.  Is there a question you have asked or heard in a mediation that has turned the tide or created a shift?  Is there a technique you have tried or have been thinking of trying?  What about the reverse?


    Ralph King Athletic Centre
    Concordia University of Edmonton campus
    Corner of 73rd Street and 112 Avenue
    Edmonton AB T5B 4E4


    Online by request (contact Jocelyn for details)

    Please register so we can know the number of those attending. 

    • Monday, April 30, 2018
    • Tuesday, May 01, 2018
    • Toronto, Ontario

    Presented by the International Institute for Restorative Practices

    The 2018 IIRP Canada Conference will focus on fostering restorative communities, organizations and systems. The call for presenters will open in early September.


    More Information

    • Tuesday, May 15, 2018
    • Wednesday, May 16, 2018
    • Edmonton, AB

    Alternative Dispute Resolution Symposium 2018

    Edmonton, Alberta

    May 15 & 16, 2018

     ADR has been a huge success in Alberta.  Over 35 years it has left its mark on the courts, regulators, municipal government, families, and civic society.   In 2018, we will celebrate this success and help ADR grow to be the best possible tool to serve Albertans.

    Join us at the 2018 Alberta ADR Symposium to learn about advances in ADR practices and programs.  Delegates will be invited to harness their collective wisdom to shape the future of ADR in Alberta.  Our goal is to see ADR widely recognized as the preferred option for resolving disputes. 

    Session will include keynote speakers, panel discussions and workshops.  Key themes are:

    ·        Innovations in dispute resolution
    ·        Visioning the future of ADR in Alberta
    ·        Opportunities for networking with the ADR community
    ·        Strategies to raise the profile of ADR.

    The Symposium will also celebrate key milestones in Alberta’s ADR community. Our successes speak to the tenacity of the ADR community and its dedicated practitioners.  

    More Information and Registration

    The Symposium is brought to you by the Government of Alberta Dispute Resolution Network and Alberta’s not-for-profit ADR community.   

     For more information contact the symposium co-chairs

    ·        Gilbert VanNes              

    ·        Gordon Andreiuk            

Past events

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Professionalize your Passion: ACR 2017 Annual Conference
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 Calgary Luncheon: Use Your Mind to Change Your Brain
Wednesday, October 04, 2017 October Learner Session: Self Awareness
Tuesday, October 03, 2017 Building your Divorce Mediation Practice: Bringing Theory into Reality
Monday, October 02, 2017 Cannabis At Work Conference & Master Class - Calgary
Thursday, September 28, 2017 Building your Divorce Mediation Practice: Bringing Theory into Reality
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 People for People Conference Highlights Communication & Conflict Resolution Strategies
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Newcomer inclusion – Calgary
Thursday, September 14, 2017 Edmonton Luncheon: Privacy Matters
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 Calgary Luncheon: PTSD – Conflict and Crisis become part of daily life. Mediation can make a difference.
Wednesday, September 06, 2017 Acting Chief Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench, The Honourable J.D. Rooke - Queen’s Bench of Alberta - Getting to know us
Friday, September 01, 2017 Lionel J. McGowan Awards of Excellence in Dispute Resolution: Call for Nominations 2017
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 Summer Issue – “PUBLIC DISCOURSE” – Call for Articles
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 Memorandum of Co-operation and Understanding between CAB and ADRIA
Friday, July 07, 2017 11th Annual Rocky Mountain Retreat
Thursday, June 29, 2017 Mediation & Restorative Justice Centre Annual General Meeting
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 Edmonton Supper Club June Meeting
Thursday, June 15, 2017 Edmonton Luncheon: Just because it is legal, doesn’t mean it is fair
Thursday, June 15, 2017 Strengthening Our Resolve: The 16th Annual ACR-GNY Conference
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Calgary Luncheon: Panel Presentation on Global Citizenship
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 World Mediation Summit
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 2017 BCAMI Symposium: Trends and Opportunities in ADR
Friday, June 09, 2017 Working with Indigenous Communities: A Cultural Safety Approach
Thursday, June 01, 2017 ADRIA Learning Event: Mental Health Works for Arbitrators & Mediators - Edmonton
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 Cultural Competencies: A national priority for a changing world
Thursday, May 25, 2017 ADRIA 2017 Annual General Meeting - Online
Thursday, May 25, 2017 ADRIA 2017 Annual General Meeting - Edmonton
Thursday, May 25, 2017 ADRIA 2017 Annual General Meeting - Calgary
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 Edmonton Luncheon: Canadian Military Advances ADR Initiatives
Tuesday, May 09, 2017 Calgary Luncheon: Canadian Military Advances ADR Initiatives
Monday, May 08, 2017 PMAST 3rd Annual FUNdraiser Comedy Event 2017 - STAND UP FOR MOM
Friday, April 28, 2017 ADRSK 2017 AGM & Workshop: "The Modern Method of Interpretation"
Saturday, April 22, 2017 Alberta Law Day - Mock Arbitration and Mediation
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 Edmonton Luncheon: Decision Making ….. it's easy right?
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 Calgary Luncheon: A First Nation Perspective on ADR
Friday, April 07, 2017 Working with Immigrant Youth Who Are Experiencing Trauma or Crisis
Tuesday, April 04, 2017 Conversations about Restorative Justice: Moving Toward a New Paradigm
Friday, March 31, 2017 Heart Math Workshop: Finding Balance and Reducing Stress
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 Calgary Luncheon: Students as Teachers: What I've Learned In My First Year As a Mediator-Trainer in High Schools
Friday, March 10, 2017 Bridging Cultural Diversity for Competitive Advantage
Thursday, March 09, 2017 Bridging Cultural Diversity for Competitive Advantage
Wednesday, March 08, 2017 Edmonton Luncheon: 10 Steps to Create a New Belief
Monday, February 27, 2017 Bridging Cultural Diversity for Competitive Advantage
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Calgary Luncheon: The Sweet Smell of Cannabis: The Challenges of Managing Marijuana in the Workplace
Wednesday, February 08, 2017 Edmonton Luncheon: Fight Like a Pack of Wild Dogs with Dr. Marvin Washington
Friday, February 03, 2017 Consultation for Restorative Justice in the Criminal Justice Sector
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Meeting with Children: Building Skills for Child Specialists, Family Mediators/FDRPs, and Child Consultants
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Edmonton Luncheon: The Challenges of Managing Cannabis in the Workplace
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 Calgary Luncheon: Mediators asking Questions of a Difference that can Make a Difference
Tuesday, December 06, 2016 Calgary Luncheon: The National Energy Board's evolving approach to ADR
Tuesday, December 06, 2016 Creating a Culture of Respect for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People
Friday, December 02, 2016 Bridging Cultural Diversity for Competitive Advantage
Tuesday, November 08, 2016 Calgary Luncheon: Jewish Conflict Resolution
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 October Calgary ADR Networking Event
Thursday, October 20, 2016 Conflict Resolution Day
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 October Edmonton ADR Networking Event
Thursday, September 22, 2016 Edmonton Whitepaper Session
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Calgary Whitepaper Session
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Luncheon: Groupworks with Ken Cameron
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 Dispute Resolution Network (DRN) Conference & Workshop
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 Luncheon: How Arbitration Clauses Pre-empt Litigation (For Good and Bad)
Thursday, June 02, 2016 ADRIA 2016 Annual General Meeting - Calgary
Thursday, June 02, 2016 ADRIA 2016 Annual General Meeting - Edmonton
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 ADR Networking Mixer
Wednesday, May 04, 2016 ADR Networking Mixer
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 Luncheon: Vulnerability in Conflict
Tuesday, March 08, 2016 Luncheon: Mediation and the Law of Attraction
Tuesday, February 09, 2016 Luncheon: Where Does Mediation Fit in Cases of Workplace Bullying?
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 Luncheon: Conflict and Protecting Workers in Alberta
Tuesday, December 08, 2015 Luncheon: Managing Conflict in Multicultural Organizations
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 ADR Networking Mixer
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 Luncheon: Conflict Resolution Past, Present, and Future
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 ADR Networking Mixer
Tuesday, September 08, 2015 Luncheon: Mediation for Alberta Employment Standards
Friday, June 05, 2015 ADRIA Annual General Meeting - Calgary

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