Alternative Dispute Resolution Symposium
The Opening Plenary will focus on celebrating what we have achieved in the ADR community and recognizing how far we have come.
Our first keynote speaker will address the historical development of “Access to Justice” through various government initiatives, institutional resistance to change, and how private ADR fits into the concept of access to justice.
Our second keynote speaker, Nancy Mannix, Chair and Patron of the Palix Foundation will speak to the brain science that policymakers need to take into account when making changes at an individual, organizational, and systems level, and the long-term strategy Palix used to successfully influence policymakers in many government departments and social agencies to base their decisions on the brain science. Palix, through the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative, partnered with the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta and the provincial government to improve the Parenting after Separation PAS public education program, and is currently funding research into the efficacy of the New Ways for Families NWFF court-diversion pilot program that ran in the Judicial Centres of Medicine Hat and Calgary. PAS and NWFF are directed at helping parents resolve their custody disputes outside of court litigation. These are only two of the many philanthropic projects in which Palix is involved.
Session #1: Who Are We?