Conflict Resolution Conference 2018

Course Date: November 19, 2018

Total: 6h 4min

Day 1

Welcome and Introduction

Mark Meredith KPMG Law, LLP, Vancouver
C.D. Saint Victoria
Sharon Sutherland True North Dispute Management, Delta

1.  A Broad(er) View of Conflict Resolution Options

Jenifer Crawford Crawford Law Office, Kamloops
Jonathan M. Lazar Watson Goepel LLP, Vancouver
Roger A. Moss, Esq Bainbridge Island, WA

2.  Negotiating with Government (Available Online)

Fazal Bhimji  Instructor, Canadian Construction Institute, Vancouver
Tina L. Dion, QC  Barrister & Solicitor, Tsawwassen
Mark Meredith KPMG Law LLP, Vancouver

3.  Coaching Approach to Pre-mediation

Carolyn Stenberg Conflict Management Specialist, Performance Coaching & Conflict Management, Government of BC, Victoria


1.  Addressing the Unintended Impacts of Litigation and Mediation on Parties (Available Online)

Lynda Hydamaka Registered Therapeutic Counsellor & Educator, Vancouver
Vandana Sood  Rise Women's Legal Centre, Vancouver
Kellie L. Tennant 2 Worlds Consulting, Counselling & Mediation, Maple Ridge

2.  Dealing with Conflict in the Workplace

  • the tools for dealing with workplace conflict: informal through formal processes
  • goals in dealig with workplace conflict: justice versus peacekeeping approaches
  • barriers to resolving conflict and how to overcome them

Richard D. Hart, C.Arb  Director and Conflict Management Specialist, ProActive ReSolutions Inc., Vancouver
Kyra L. Hudson OOPS Inc., Kelowna
Rowland (Roy) Johnson The Neutral Zone Consulting Services Inc., Vancouver


1.  Children's Experiences of Separation: Assisting, Protecting, and Hearing Children (Available Online)

  • the impact of separation on children and children’s responses to separation
  • children’s participation in parenting disputes
  • evaluative and non-evaluative views of the child reports
  • other options for helping and hearing from children

John-Paul E. Boyd John-Paul Boyd Arbitration Chambers, Calgary
Alyson Jones Alyson Jones & Associates, West Vancouver

2.  Addressing Harassment

Kathleen Bellamano Ambitus Consulting, Victoria
Lori Charvat Sandbox Consulting, Vancouver

3.  Science for Conflict Resolution

Dr. Jessica Hebert


1.  New Issues and Trends in Family Law

Join a group of experienced family mediators as they participate in a lively, moderated “fireside chat” about current trends and issues in family mediation including the Law Society of BC’s Alternate Service Providers consultation paper, indigenous practices in mediation, the reality of FLA s. 8 assessments, human-centred design, the truth about power imbalances, and more! Audience participation will be welcome so bring your questions and challenges.

Moderator: Kari D. Boyle Consultant and Coordinator, BC Family Justice Innovation Lab, North Vancouver
Elizabeth Araujo Training Manager, Family Justice Services Division, Justice Institute of BC, New Westminster
John-Paul E. Boyd John-Paul Boyd Arbitration Chambers, Calgary
Jereme Brooks RONIN Consulting and Mediation Services, Langley
Wayne N. Plenert Peacebuilder Mediation, Dawson Creek

2.  Trends in Workplace Mediation (Available Online)

Moderator: Kent Highnam Program Director, School of Health & Community Justice, Justice Institute of BC, New Westminster
Terry S. Neiman, MS, PhD, Cert ConRes Quodlibet Consulting Inc., Vancouver
Sue Wazny Vice President and Consultant, The Neutral Zone Coaching & Consulting Services Inc., Vancouver

Closing Comments and Questions

Mark Meredith KPMG Law, LLP, Vancouver
C.D. Saint Victoria
Sharon Sutherland True North Dispute Management, Delta

5:00 – 7:00 Social (Core Mingle)

Day 2

1.  Growth and Succession Planning for Family Business

Moderator: Krista Thompson Partner, Advisory , KPMG Canada, Toronto

2.  The Role of Nature-Based Writing Practices in Conflict Engagement

Through exploration of the intersection of the natural world and therapeutic self-reflection, you will learn how to:

  • engage high conflict individuals with imagery and writing practices to de-escalate conflict, making joint sessions possible
  • enhance mediator self-care
  • utilize nature-based tools for reflective group practice

Dr. Jennifer Wilhoit TEALarbor stories,Bainbridge Island, WA


1.  Transformative Practice Workshop

This workshop is designed to explore the theory and practice of Transformative Mediation, and how it can be applied in both family and workplace conflict. Through this workshop, participants will be invited to examine how working through conflict can be transformativefor the parties and for the systems in which they live and work. Wayne Plenert will share his experience in using transformative mediation in the family and parenting context, while Lori Charvat will offer her experience in using the transformative approach in the workplace. This session promises to be thought-provoking and practical for mediators, new and seasoned.

Lori Charvat Sandbox Consulting, Vancouver
Wayne N. Plenert Peacebuilder Mediation, Dawson Creek

2.  Lack of Diversity in Commercial Dispute Resolution

Join us as we explore:

  • the ways in which unconscious bias affects mediator and arbitrator selection
  • parallels between dispute resolution rosters and workplace diversity initiatives
  • avenues to change the patterns, including opportunities for allyship

Carrie Gallant Gallant Solutions Inc., Vancouver
Ann Lee Manager, Roster Program, Mediate BC Society, Vancouver
Robin Phillips Lidstone & Company, Vacnouver

Sharon Sutherland True North Dispute Management, Delta
Susanna Tam Director of Inclusion, McCarthy tetrault, Vancouver