Conflict Resolution Conference 2022: Reimagining Space(s)

Course Date: October 27, 2022

Full Course Materials
Total: 6h 12min
Total Ethics: 15min

Opening speaker event
Wednesday, October 26, 2022
(via live webinar)
To join this free, public pre-conference event, please register in advance
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Mediate BC Reception and Mingle (5:30 – 7:00)

Presentation of Susanna Jani Award

Julie DaumMediator, Carrier Sekani Family Services, Fraser Lake and Robin PhillipsJFK Law LLP, Victoria

Opening Keynote (7:00 – 8:00)

Creativity and Connection: Perspectives and Possibilities

Mark Busse
Kari Marken

Thursday, October 27, 2022
(via live webinar)

Welcome and Land Acknowledgement (9:00 – 9:10)

Mary KingstonCourse Designer, CLEBC, Vancouver
Sharon Sutherland
Mediate BC, Vancouver
Darsey MeredithCoRe Conflict Resolution Society, Vancouver

Keynote Presentation: Reimagining Property and Local Government within and Beyond Condominium (9:10 – 9:55)

Condominium produces a form of land ownership and a structure of private local government. Introduced in BC and in many other jurisdictions around the world in the second half of the 20th century, the condominium has come to dominate many urban real estate markets. Indeed, ownership within condominium is rapidly becoming the norm for those who own land within cities. This presentation reveals how condominium is changing what it means to be an owner and suggests that the impact of its structure of private local government extends beyond those who live within.

Professor Douglas HarrisPeter A. Allard School of Law, UBC, Vancouver

What's the Deal with Deal-making Mediation? (9:55 – 10:45)

Moderator: Emily H. MartinLabour Relations Adjudicator/Mediator, Seattle
Jeffrey G. BenzJAMS, Los Angeles
Mark MeredithClark Wilson LLP, Vancouver
Conna WeinerMediator/Arbitrator, Boston

BREAK (10:45 – 11:00)

Nuts and Bolts of OHS and Accommodation in Creating a "Safe" Space (11:00 – 11:30)

Kirsten Hume ScrimshawAlly Workplace Law, North Vancouver

Creating Space Through Curiosity: How to Leverage the Insight Approach to Engage Conflict in the Moment (11:30 – 12:00)

In this session, we will introduce how the Insight approach views conflict as arising out of a perceived threat to something we care about. This contrasts with traditional models that view conflict as resulting from incompatible goals. Through the steps of noticing, verifying, and asking curious questions the Insight approach shows us how to get to the root of difficult interactions by leveraging curiosity to create space in our own minds and the minds of others, space that opens lines of connection and dialogue. This space generates new ways of knowing and possibilities for deciding that help us re-imagine our conflicts and open opportunities for connection in places of contention.

Dr. Megan PriceDirector, Centre for Applied Insight Conflict Resolution, Washington, DC
Sabina Smith, MAInsight Conflict Resolution Practitioner/Senior Bylaw Enforcement Officer in Whistler, Squamish

LUNCH (12:00 – 1:00)

(1:00 – 1:45)

Making Space in the Body Through Breath

Amanda Semenoff Mediator, Mindful Resolution, New Westminster

Structuring Space for Constructive Conflict

Sandra L. CaseVancouver

The Art of the Ask

Wendy LakustaMediator, White Rock

To Zoom or Not to Zoom

Stephen G. McPhee, KCRLR Lawyers, Nanaimo

Expanding the Collaborative Ecosystem

Tina ParbhakarStrategic Coordinator, Access to Justice BC, Vancouver

Emerging Spaces for Conflict Resolution Practice (1:45 – 3:00)

Moderator: Sharon SutherlandMediate BC, Vancouver
Sam TedcastleCentre for Good Relations, Culcheth, Warrington, UK
Mike WaiteCentre for Good Relations, Culcheth, Warrington, UK
Sierra Wells
 — Mediate BC, Vancouver
Laura Zielinski
Holland & Knight, Mexico City - Reforma

BREAK (3:00 – 3:15)

Your Words Suffocate the Space (3:15 – 3:45)

A commonly held belief in the field of mediation: expertise on a topic makes you a good fit for mediating the case. In theory, this can work if you walk the tightrope just right. The reality for many mediators is that expertise gets in the way and has them take up more space in the conversation than necessary. In this session, we will look at why your expertise gets in the way, your personal habits that contribute to your words suffocating the space, and new approaches you can take.

Tamir Hasan, PCCCoach, Mediator, Own Your Own Solution LLC, Seattle

Achieving Peaceful Legal Resolutions Requires Cultivating an Energy of Peace (3:45 – 4:15)

L. June Bird Abbotsford

The Impact of Space on Conflict Resolution (4:15 – 4:45)

Vivian A. KerenyiLawyer & Mediator, Burnaby
Wendy LakustaMediator, White Rock

Closing Remarks (4:45 – 5:00)

Sharon SutherlandMediate BC, Vancouver
Darsey MeredithCoRe Conflict Resolution Society, Vancouver

Post-conference CoRe speakers series workshop
Friday, October 28, 2022
(9:00 – 12:00) (via live webinar)

Mediation at protests and demonstrations: learning and dilemmas with Centre for Good Relations

Abdul Rahim Centre for Good Relations, Culcheth, Warrington, UK
Sam Tedcastle
Centre for Good Relations, Culcheth, Warrington, UK
Mike Waite
Centre for Good Relations, Culcheth, Warrington, UK

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