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Upcoming Events

    • Tuesday, June 12, 2018
    • Friday, September 07, 2018
    • Kahanoff Centre, Calgary, AB

    Presented by AfMS:

    A Training in the Arbitration of Comprehensive Family Matters/Parenting Coordination on Separation, Divorce and Related Situations
    A five (5) day intensive contextual skills-based training program in the process, practice and role of the arbitrator, experts, others in arbitration

    June 12, 13, 14 and September 6 & 7, 2018

    Space is limited to 30. Register early to reserve your spot. 

    PRE-REQUISITE: A 40 hour comprehensive Separation & Divorce Family Mediation Training or equivalency. 


    On the continuum of dispute resolution systems, arbitration is a less formal process for the resolution of comprehensive family matters in separation and divorce than is court-based litigation with its more formal structure and rules. Arbitration offers flexibility for parties in the process, especially because of the opportunity for mediation within arbitration, to resolve such subject topics as:

    • parenting/custody/contact/access
    • child/spousal support
    • property.

    Family matters arbitration (“FMArb”) is linked to private Parenting Coordination as a topic-specific arbitration and court-ordered post-proceedings/order/s Parenting Coordination with a decision-making function (“PCArb”).  
    This training will clarify the role of arbitration in the primary dispute resolution system; party choice; jurisdiction; developing context, structure, implementation, procedure and rules for arbitration; pros, cons and pitfalls of arbitration; the role and responsibility of the arbitrator in arbitration and in relation to the arbitrator’s ordinary practice; the role of the court, lawyers, experts, child specialists, parties, and others involved in the arbitration; the involvement of child/ren; ethics in arbitration and in relation to the arbitrator’s ordinary professional role; and who should arbitrate in content-specific disputes.
    The core content for the FMArb/PCArb Training will include a thorough review of Alberta’s Arbitration Act (AAAct), its process provisions and related case-law and other legislative and case contexts, and the role of the Arbitrator within the AAAct. This will incorporate, within the process for arbitration and role of the arbitrator, the aspects of: role of the court; roles of the arbitrator as arbitrator and mediator, parties, lawyers, arbitrator's expert, other appointed experts, child consultants/specialists, and other involved persons; the inclusion of child/ren; overall ethics, ethical considerations, and ethical conduct in arbitration process and role; arbitration preliminary steps to the arbitration hearing, such as initial contact, retainer, drafting the arbitration agreement including informed consents to arbitration, intake, screening for domestic violence/IPV, signing the Arbitration Agreement with its informed consent, and thorough pre-arbitration preliminaries such as timing, setting the arbitration hearing dates and other-like related matters; through to the arbitration hearing including: managing content, evidentiary matters and rulings, and other related matters; to the conclusion of the arbitration hearing; the drafting of and releasing  the Final Award; the conclusion of the arbitrator’s role; the foundation for appeals; and the application and re-casting of arbitration process and role of the PCArb within PCArb with preliminaries such as contact with lawyers, drafting a PCArb Court Order PCArb Agreement other related contexts.


    The Honourable Nancy A. Flatters QC, LL.M. (specialisation: ADR), Retired Judge (Provincial Court of Alberta Bench: sitting in Calgary Family and Youth Court ("Court") and with some 35 years of hands-on-experience as a Mediator/ADR Practitioner and Judicial Dispute Resolution (JDR)/Judicial Settlement Conferencing ("JSC") Judge (the latter starting in 1998 when she piloted the Court’s JDR/JSC Project in Family and Child Welfare Matters and continued to her retirement within this as a Program of the Court). In 1985 she began her teaching and training practice, delivering programs locally, provincially, nationally and internationally, in diverse areas of Mediation, ADR, Court Reform, Access to Justice, Judicial Settlement Skills, Mentoring, Domestic Violence, Child Advocacy, amongst others, all of which continued during her judicial years.
    On retirement, she has a practice as a brief, directive, impartial, evaluative mediator and arbitrator particularly for low, medium, high conflict parents/parties and continues with her international teaching and training practice not only in the areas set out above, and continuing in Policing, Human Rights, Youth Dispute Resolution, Restorative Justice Practices, Collaborative Practices and adding in other areas such as Family Arbitration, Early Brain and Biological Development in Children 0-5 years, Recovery from Addictions, amongst others. She continues to add to her already long years of local, provincial, national and international volunteer work, including service on Boards, related to areas of Mediation, ADR, Judicial/Court Reform/Human Trafficking, and Children. More specifically just now to Calgary, she is the lead volunteer mediator/arbitrator for the Child in Mind Pilot Project, an avid Calgary Wee Reads volunteer, Mentor, and member of the Family Justice Reform Project.   
    Dr. Larry Fong, R.Psych, Mediator and Arbitrator for Family inclusive as well as non-family matters and with some 40 years of hands-on-experience as a mediator. Since 1992, as an Arbitrator conducting hearings in family matters, including parenting, support and property issues and as a CAMVAP Arbitrator where he arbitrates in car manufacturing disputes.
    As a registered psychologist, he conducts forensic assessments for courts, mainly in the parenting area and since 1982, has been a court appointed expert witness in three different Canadian Provinces. He is also an international trainer, including in some 15 countries, with training mediation and other training programs in family, business, custody assessment and evaluation, and amongst other areas. He has lectured to the judiciary from the Provincial Court to Supreme Court of Canada.
    He writes and publishes about mediation. His earlier career as a teacher and Child Welfare Supervisor/Mediator enhance his already extensive experience in mediation.  He currently is on the Executive Committee of AFCC in the United States.

    This skilled team bring their considerable and combined years of experience to this AFMS training. 

    More Information & Registration

    • Saturday, July 21, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • 32 Cedarwood Place SW, Calgary


    The Community Mediation Calgary Society invites you to attend their Annual Summer BBQ.

    Along with our AGM and New Year`s Brunch, the summer BBQ is a welcome opportunity for members to socialize and catch up on the Society`s activities.

    Open to all members and their guests.

    Partners and family are welcome!

    This event is being hosted by Catherine Van der Poel-Wilson. 

        For additional information, contact

    • Monday, October 01, 2018
    • Tuesday, October 02, 2018
    • ATB Arts Barn, 10330 – 84 Avenue, Edmonton, AB

    Presented by People for People

    The People for People Conference brings you another year of top tier speakers! Get up close and personal with renowned thought leaders and professionals including: Brain Smith, Founder of UGG Boots; Aaron Lyons, Master’s Degree in Conflict Transformation and a specialization in Victim-Offender Dialogue; Sarah Chan, Social Advocate and Wife of Mayor Iveson, and MANY more! Go now to to see testimonials from past participants. Check out the full line-up of speakers, and their presentation topics.

    October 1 – 9:00am to 6:00pm
    October 2 – 9:00am to 3:30pm
    ATB Financial Arts Barns – 10330-84 Avenue, Edmonton, AB


      $499 + GST

      Save $200 on your registration using promo code ADRIA! 

      DEADLINE for promo code is July 15, 2018. 

      Your conference package includes breakfasts, lunches, wine and cheese, and welcome gift bag. 

      Every year, people who attend this conference say that is unlike any other that you will attend… authentic networking, deep dive discussions, and practical takeaways. 

      Charities of Choice for 2018 are Little Warriors and The World Food Programme. 

      Register NOW!! 

      780.237.3123 (Kara Deringer)

      For more information about  People for People, please see the website.

      • Wednesday, October 03, 2018
      • Saturday, October 06, 2018
      • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

      Presented by The Association for Conflict Resolution 

      The Association for Conflict Resolution’s (ACR) 2018 Annual Conference will be held October 3-6 at the DoubleTree Hilton Green Tree, Pittsburgh, PA. If you are a conflict resolution/management practitioner or someone who is interested in creating a more peaceful community, this is the conference to attend.

      Here are some of the features of this important conference:

      • Over 70 workshops over 3.5 days
      • Continuing education credits available
      • Virtual Trak for those who cannot attend in person
      • 400 practitioners from the conflict resolution spectrum in attendance
      • Dr. Joshua N. Weiss, co-founder, with William Ury, of the Global Negotiation Initiative at Harvard University is keynote speaker on Thursday, October 4th
      • Youth Day on October 5
      • A Raffle on Thursday, October 4. How lucky are you?
      • An onsite bookstore
      • Numerous networking opportunities including a dinner cruise Friday, October 5th

      These are a few of the features of this year’s conference.

      Registration is available on ACR’s new website at We will continue to build out conference resources, and are excited to share new conference and website features in the coming weeks. This is our first event leveraging our new platform, so please share feedback with us through our Contact Us form on the website.

      If you have any questions, or would like support registering, please contact Cheryl Jamison at or 202-780-5999. If calling, please include your name, phone number, email address and how we can assist you.

      Call for Proposals Now Open

      • Thursday, November 01, 2018
      • Tuesday, November 06, 2018
      • 2 sessions
      • Edmonton
      • 20

      This program combines a three day workplace restoration offering with a two day Workplace Fairness Analyst Certification process.

      Enroll and better equip yourself to practice workplace conflict management in all its varieties.

      November 1-3 - Part 1  (Thurs-Sat)
      November 5-6 - Part 2  (Mon Tues)
      Attendance for all 5 days is mandatory
      Total Credit Hours: 40

      Millbourne Market Mall
      #225, Tower 1, 3697 Millwoods Road NW 
      Edmonton, AB T6K 3L6

      Blaine Donais & Marjorie Munroe

      Blaine Donais is a lawyer, mediator, arbitrator, investigator and leading expert in workplace conflict management. He is author of Workplaces That Work (2006); Engaging Unionized Employees (2010); and The Art and Science of Workplace Mediation (2014) all published by Carswell. He is president and founder of the Workplace Fairness Institute. He is an instructor of workplace conflict management at York University and University of Toronto (Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources) and acts as Visiting Lecturer at universities around the world. He is also Academic Coordinator for the York University SCS Advanced Mediation Certificate Program. He is co- chair of the ADR Institute of Ontario Chartered Mediators Regional Assessment Committee.

      Marjorie Munroe is a Chartered Mediator, Ombudsman and Workplace Fairness Analyst specializing in workplace conflict resolution and assessment. Marjorie is an instructor and Mediation Assessor with the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Alberta ( and with Mount Royal University Continuing Studies (

      Class Times: 8:30am - 4:30pm daily

      Prerequisites: Mediation training is recommended.


      • Wednesday, November 21, 2018
      • Friday, November 23, 2018
      • Montreal, Quebec

      Presented by ADR Canada

      The dates for the ADRIC 2018 AGM and Annual National Conference have been set!

      Saves the dates November 21-23 and plan to attend in Montreal!

      Conference Flyer

      Conference Sponsorship Opportunities - first come first served!

    Past events

    Wednesday, June 27, 2018 What Every Condo *Board Member* Needs to Know
    Tuesday, June 26, 2018 What Every Condo *Owner* Needs to Know
    Thursday, June 21, 2018 Community Mediation Calgary Society AGM
    Friday, June 15, 2018 Call For Presenters: Alberta Restorative Justice Annual Conference
    Thursday, June 14, 2018 2018 Mediation & Restorative Justice Centre Annual General Meeting and Call For Directors
    Tuesday, June 12, 2018 Calgary Luncheon: Comparing Family Law Dispute Resolution Processes: The Bar Prefers to Collaborate!
    Monday, June 11, 2018 The ADRBC 2018 Symposium: Passion, Purpose and Impact in Challenging Times
    Wednesday, June 06, 2018 June Learner Session: When Not to Mediate (Online ONLY)
    Monday, May 14, 2018 ADRIA 2018 Annual General Meeting - online
    Monday, May 14, 2018 ADRIA 2018 Annual General Meeting - Edmonton
    Monday, May 14, 2018 ADRIA 2018 Annual General Meeting - Calgary
    Wednesday, May 02, 2018 May Learner Session: Ethics as a Guide in our Work
    Monday, April 30, 2018 IIRP Canada Conference - Leading and Sustaining Change
    Tuesday, April 24, 2018 Workplace Wellness and Mental Health: Emerging Issues, Effective Management
    Thursday, April 19, 2018 AFMS Spring Conference 2018
    Tuesday, April 10, 2018 Calgary Luncheon: Introduction to the Aga Khan Conciliation and Arbitration Board
    Wednesday, April 04, 2018 April Learner Session: Active Listening Skills Mini-Bootcamp
    Wednesday, April 04, 2018 Reforming the Family Justice System Workshop
    Thursday, March 15, 2018 The 2018 AFCC Alberta Chapter Spring Conference
    Wednesday, March 14, 2018 Edmonton Luncheon: Court-Connected ADR Programs and Initiatives in Alberta
    Tuesday, March 13, 2018 Calgary Luncheon: Court-Connected ADR programs and initiatives in Alberta
    Tuesday, March 13, 2018 Cannabis At Work Conference & Master Class - Edmonton
    Wednesday, February 21, 2018 Edmonton Luncheon: Assertive Communications for Conflict Resolution
    Tuesday, February 20, 2018 11th Annual Western Indigenous Consultation and Engagement: Consultation in action for the changing legal and social landscape
    Tuesday, February 13, 2018 CANCELLED: February Calgary Luncheon
    Wednesday, February 07, 2018 February Learner Session: Hearing the Other Side of the Story
    Friday, February 02, 2018 Alberta Restorative Justice: Request for Proposals
    Thursday, February 01, 2018 ACR 2018 Conference Call for Proposals
    Monday, January 29, 2018 Family Restructuring Therapy
    Wednesday, January 24, 2018 Meeting with Children: Skills for Family Law Professionals
    Monday, January 22, 2018 When Dysregulation Dominates the Process in Collaborative Divorce, Family Mediation and Parenting Coordination
    Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Edmonton Luncheon: PTSD – Conflict and Crisis become part of daily life. Mediation can make a difference.
    Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Conflict Dynamics & Mediation Conference
    Tuesday, January 16, 2018 Edmonton Supper Club January Meeting
    Tuesday, January 09, 2018 Calgary Luncheon: How Early Experiences Shape Brain Development, Learning, and Life-long Health
    Thursday, December 14, 2017 Edmonton Luncheon: COLOUR ME . . . . just in time for Christmas gift giving!
    Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Calgary Luncheon: COLOUR ME . . . . just in time for Christmas gift giving!
    Wednesday, December 06, 2017 December Learner Session: Sharing Your Techniques
    Wednesday, December 06, 2017 Gender in the workplace – Edmonton
    Wednesday, November 29, 2017 Lobbying the Notley Government? What you need to know.
    Thursday, November 23, 2017 Alberta Restorative Justice 11th Annual Conference - Restorative Justice: Reconciling Relationships
    Tuesday, November 21, 2017 Parenting Coordination and Mediation/Arbitration Process Design for Legal and Mental Health Professionals working in Family Law
    Tuesday, November 21, 2017 Edmonton Supper Club November Meeting
    Sunday, November 19, 2017 National Restorative Justice Symposium
    Tuesday, November 14, 2017 Calgary Luncheon: Why We Jump to Conclusions & How to Avoid It
    Wednesday, November 08, 2017 November Learner Session: Managing Emotions
    Wednesday, November 08, 2017 Edmonton Luncheon: PTSD – Conflict and Crisis become part of daily life. Mediation can make a difference.
    Monday, October 23, 2017 Learning in the 21st Century: A Restorative Vision
    Thursday, October 19, 2017 Conflict Resolution Day
    Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Edmonton Luncheon: Why We Jump to Conclusions & How to Avoid It
    Wednesday, October 18, 2017 ADRIC 2017: ADR & Access to Justice National Conference
    Tuesday, October 17, 2017 World Mediation Organization Symposium
    Friday, October 13, 2017 Law Society Open Houses in Your Community - For Lawyers
    Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Law Society Public Engagement Sessions
    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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