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THE ONTARIO COLLABORATIVE LAW FEDERATION 10TH CONFERENCE

in association with THE ONTARIO ASSOCIATION for FAMILY MEDIATION

Workshop Presenter Biographies,
Professionalism hours approved by the Law Society where noted &
Presenter Materials

 

Workshop # 1 -- SDRI – Separation and Divorce Readiness Indicator: A Comprehensive Self- Reported Screening Tool that Measures Negotiation Readiness.

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Sue Cook is a qualified dynamic coach, counsellor and trainer who possess the skills, knowledge, experience, and accreditation needed to effectively navigate people through  separation and divorce. Sue has been a family therapist working with children, youth, adults, couples, and families since 1985.  Sue  is owner of Family TLC which is “the trusted place Canadians go” for therapy and counselling services. Sue has four therapist working at Family TLC.
Credentials and experience:
Diploma in Child and Youth Care
Bachelor of First Nations Studies
Masters in Counselling
Registered Social Worker
Certified Canadian Counsellor
Interdisciplinary Collaborative Level I, Atlanta, 2005
Collaborative Level II, Toronto 2005
Family Divorce Mediation, Northwestern University, 2005
Board of Directors of Collaborative Practice Simcoe County,  2005 to present
Past President – Collaborative Practice Simcoe County
Co-Chair Ontario Collaborative Law Federation bi-annual conference
Member  of Collaborative Practice Canada committee

Workshop # 2 -- Interest Based Negotiation and the SSAG’s.

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Workshop # 3 -- Leadership - Calling all Leaders and Future Leaders.

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Workshop # 4 -- Build, Brand, Market, Close: Building Your Successful Peacemaking Practice.

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Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW is a social worker with more than 35 years experience working with children and families. In addition to his private practice in Dundas and Georgina Ontario, his work has included consultation and workshops to parent groups, educators, legal professionals and other social service workers. Gary is also a media personality. His show, "Newlywed/Nearly Dead" ran 5 years and 65 episodes on the Slice channel. He continues to write as the parenting/family life/relationship columnist for the Hamilton Spectator newspaper with more than 500 columns to his credit. Gary is also a sought after guess expert with numerous radio and television interviews. From his website (yoursocialworker.com) you can view or listen to more than 300 of those interviews regarding parenting, family life, relationships and social
policy. Courts in Ontario have long since determined him to be an expert in social work, marital and family therapy, child development, parent-child relationships as well as child custody and access recommendations between separated parents. Gary was the first mental health professional to sit on the provincial board for Collaborative Family Law (OCLF) and he continues to provide consultation and
training to lawyers and other mental health professionals who work with parents involved in the family law system. He provides workshops throughout Canada and the US on most matters of family life and more recently peacemaking and developing a successful peacemaking practice.

Workshop # 5 -- Overview of Recent Empirical Research looking at what Constitutes Ethical Behaviour in Family Law ADR.

Approved by the Law Society for 1.5 Professionalism hours

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Deanne M. Sowter is an Instructor at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Law, where she teaches Legal Ethics, Negotiation, Legislation and Entertainment Law. She is also a Research Fellow with the Winkler Institute for Dispute Resolution at Osgoode Hall Law School, where she is conducting research on ethics and professionalism in family law ADR. She was the 2015 / 16 OBA Foundation Chief Justice of Ontario Fellow in Legal Ethics and Professionalism Studies. Deanne has presented her research at international ethics conferences and her work has been published in the Journal of Arbitration and Mediation. She has a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School, a MFA from the American Film Institute, and a BFA from York University. She is also a collaborative lawyer.

Workshop # 6 -- Pushing the Boundaries: A Provocative Discussion about Dispute Resolution Approaches and Training.

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David Morneau has been a family lawyer in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario after graduating from the University of Windsor in 1997 and being called to the Bar in 1999.

Throughout his career, David has acted for parents; been fee service counsel for the Children’s Aid Society of the Regional Municipality of Waterloo; been an agent for the Family Responsibility Office and been a representative for children through the Office of the Children’s Lawyer. David’s practice is now focused on that of peacemaking and interest based solutions. David is a trained as an interdisciplinary legal professional within the collaborative practice and is in the process of becoming accredited as a family mediator. The only “litigation” that David still handles is through the Office of the Children’s Lawyer because he believes that he can have a positive impact in family conflict by sharing this voice.

David sits on the executive of the Collaborative Family Law Association of Waterloo Region and serves on both the Outreach Committee and Advertising and Marketing Committee. He is a member of the Waterloo Law Association, the Collaborative Family Law Association of Waterloo Region, the Ontario Collaborative Law Federation (OCLF) and the Ontario Association for Family Mediation (OAFM). He also enjoys guest lecturing at Wilfred Laurier University in Phaedra Klodner’s ever popular “Intro to Law” course.

In addition, David has been a director with the Board of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and is currently the Chair of the Outreach Committee and serves on the Resource Development Committee.

Mary-Anne Popescu is the Executive Director of the Ontario Association for Family Mediation (OAFM).  As an OAFM Accredited Family and Elder Mediator in private practice, she works to bring peaceful resolutions that help families adapt to challenges and changes across the life cycle.  Mary-Anne is also a roster mediator for the Office of Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD), and the Ministry of Government and Consumer Affairs.  In recognition of her volunteer contributions to St. Joseph’s Maternal Health Support Program, Mary-Anne received the Ontario Award for Good Citizens, from the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. Mary-Anne supports diversity and acceptance as an ally and volunteer for Toronto PFLAG.   She served for eight years as a Panel Member on the City of Toronto’s Committee of Adjustment. Mary-Anne is also the past Chair of the ADR Institute of Ontario’s Family Section and past Board Member of the OAFM.

Jennifer Suzor has practiced family law in Ontario since graduating from the University of Windsor in 1986 and being called to the Bar in 1988. She was certified as a Specialist in Family Law by the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2004.

Jennifer is an Accredited Family Mediator of the Ontario Association for Family Mediation (OAFM), having taken her initial training at the Harvard Institute of Negotiation and the Centre for Dispute Resolution in Washington, D.C.  She has served as the President of the Ontario Association for Family Mediation since 2013.   She is also an Accredited Child Protection Mediator and Accredited Elder Mediator.

In addition to her legal work, Jennifer is Past President of the Autism Society Ontario (Windsor Chapter), Past    Chairperson    of    Restructuring:    Making    Services    Work    for    Children    and    Families, and a current Director on the Board of Windsor Life Centre. Jennifer has sat on the Boards of various other local committees and organizations including being Co-Chair of the Walsh Family Moot Negotiation Competition.

Jennifer is a member of the Essex Law Association, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, the Academy of Professional Family Mediators and the Ontario Association for Family Mediation.  She is also the President of Bridging Family Conflict, the local service provider for the Province of Ontario's mediation program.

In October 2016 Jennifer was awarded the President's Award from the Association for Family and
Conciliation Courts, Ontario Chapter.

Workshop # 7 -- Introduction to Designing and Delivering Engaging Workshops.

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Deborah Graham B.A. Hons, LL.B, AccFM(OAFM)
Deborah's family law practice has been entirely devoted to Collaborative Practice, Mediation and training for over 10 years and she has been practicing family law for 25 years. Deborah teaches introductory and advanced Collaborative Practice and Mediation and is part of the IACP Training Faculty. She has spoken or led workshops about Collaborative Practice, Mediation and Growing your Settlement Practice at the OBA, LSUC,IACP, AFCC,OCLF, and
OAFM. She is currently an Ontario Collaborative Lawyers Federation board member.

Workshop # 8 -- Have You Tried Turning it On and Off? Using Technology in Your Collaborative Practice.

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Greg Evans is the principal of Evans Family Law Corporation, a boutique family law firm in Winnipeg that emphasizes a respectful approach to separation and divorce.
Greg is a founding member of Collaborative Practice Manitoba, teaches the Clinical Family Law course in the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba and is a regular speaker on family law matters at the Manitoba Bar Association and the Law Society of Manitoba.
Greg has a keen interest in the use of technology to improve the delivery of service to clients.
In his off hours, Greg is a musician, uncle, and band member of Say Uncle!, whose second CD “Scattered Seeds” was released in January 2017 to virtually no critical acclaim. Well . . . his friends liked it.

Chau Tran is an associate at Evans Family Law Corporation, a boutique family law firm in Winnipeg that emphasizes a respectful approach to separation and divorce.
Chau is the Co-Chair of the Collaborative Practice Manitoba Technology Committee and sits on its Steering Committee.
Chau is committed to helping parents resolve conflict through collaborative practices that protect the integrity of the lifelong co-parenting relationship. Her practice extends to adoptions and assisting intended parents wishing to start or grow their family through third-party assisted reproductive technology as well as providing legal advice to surrogates and donors.
Involvement with organizations serving those who have challenges accessing justice is a priority for Chau. She has volunteered at A Woman’s Place Legal Help Centre, Legal Aid Manitoba, Pro Bono Students Canada, and at Siloam Mission.

Workshop # 9 -- Collaborative Practice for Modest Income Families.

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Brian Galbraith is a family law lawyer and mediator. He is a founding owner of the Mediation Centre of Simcoe County and has mediated hundreds of cases. As a lawyer, he has assisted hundreds of families resolving all types of issues including those related to property  division, support and parenting issues through  court, Collaborative Practice and negotiations. Brian is the owner of Galbraith Family Law Professional Corporation, an eleven lawyer law firm with offices in three  cities.

Credentials and experience:
Bachelor of Arts degree and Law degree - Queen’s University
Master in Laws – York University
Practicing family law since 1990
Past member of the Board of Directors of Ontario Association of Family Mediation
Past member of the Board of Directors of Family Mediation Canada
Founding President of Simcoe County Collaborative Law Association
Founding President of Collaborative Practice Simcoe County
President of the Family Law Lawyers’ Association of Simcoe County
Past Member  IACP Public Relations Committee
Past Member  IACP Professional Development Committee
Past Member  IACP Practice Group Development Committee
Member  of IACP Research Committee
President – Collaborative Practice Simcoe County
Co-Chair Ontario Collaborative Law Federation bi-annual conference
Graduate of the IACP Leadership Academy
Awarded  the Founder’s Medallion for his efforts to bring Collaborative Practice to Ontario, Canada

Sue Cook is a qualified dynamic coach, counsellor and trainer who possess the skills, knowledge, experience, and accreditation needed to effectively navigate people through  separation and divorce. Sue has been a family therapist working with children, youth, adults, couples, and families since 1985.  Sue  is owner of Family TLC which is “the trusted place Canadians go” for therapy and counselling services. Sue has four therapist working at Family TLC.
Credentials and experience:
Diploma in Child and Youth Care
Bachelor of First Nations Studies
Masters in Counselling
Registered Social Worker
Certified Canadian Counsellor
Interdisciplinary Collaborative Level I, Atlanta, 2005
Collaborative Level II, Toronto 2005
Family Divorce Mediation, Northwestern University, 2005
Board of Directors of Collaborative Practice Simcoe County,  2005 to present
Past President – Collaborative Practice Simcoe County
Co-Chair Ontario Collaborative Law Federation bi-annual conference
Member  of Collaborative Practice Canada committee

Workshop # 10 -- Mindfulness: Finding Clarity and Calm amidst the Chaos.

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Approved by the Law Society for 1.0 Professionalism hours

Nicolle Kopping-Pavars practices, Collaborative Family Law, Fertility Law and is an agent for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer. Nicolle is a lawyer in good standing on two continents (Canada and South Africa)

Nicolle has volunteered her time providing legal information sessions and workshops to professionals and was instrumental in introducing collaborative law to South Africa as well as being one of the first trainers in Southern Africa.

Nicolle is dedicated to using inspiration and motivation in her every day practice while successfully guiding families through difficult transitions. Nicolle describes herself as a Peacemaker and has dedicated herself to introducing Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence to the legal profession.

Workshop # 11 -- Determining income pursuant to the Federal Child Support Guidelines.

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Pier Sperti is a Chartered Professional Accountant, CA (2003) and Chartered Business Valuator (2007).  Pier received his Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from the Schulich School of Business at York University (2000).  He commenced his association with Marmer Penner Inc. in 2005 and was admitted as a partner in the firm in 2010.   Previously, Pier was an audit manager at an international accounting firm.

Pier has spoken at The Ontario Bar Association on matters of income tax as they pertain to family law and at The Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario on business valuation and income determination matters as they pertain to family law. Pier has also lectured to several law firms and written articles in publications such as Money & Family Law on business valuation and income determination topics.

From 2010 to 2016, Pier was a test writer for The Canadian Institute of Chartered
Business Valuators’ course examinations.

Workshop # 12 -- 10 Big Ideas to Grow your Practice using Social Media.

Warren Weeks sold his first newspaper to his grandmother at the age of five, worked as Wayne
Gretzky’s PR handler for a day in 1998 and, in 2010, got 72,000 people to join a social media campaign
to get former NHL coach Pat Burns into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Over the past two decades, he’s helped hundreds of companies improve the quality of their media relations and social media initiatives – companies like RBC, Manulife, KPMG, McDonald’s, SickKids, the Canadian Cancer Society, Shopify and many more.

Workshop # 13 -- Meeting with Clients to Choose Their Process: An 8 Step Structured Process.

 

Workshop # 14 -- Engage, Assist and Empower.

CANCELLED

Workshop # 15 -- Managing the Negotiation Within - Part II.

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David A. Hoffman is a mediator, Collaborative Practice attorney, arbitrator, and founder of Boston Law Collaborative, LLC, where he handles cases involving family, business, employment, and other disputes.  David is also the John H. Watson Jr. Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, where he teaches three courses: Mediation; Legal Profession: Collaborative Law, and Diversity and Dispute Resolution.  He also trains mediators in the five- day Advanced Mediation program offered by the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, and has trained mediators for the American Bar Association and the American Arbitration Association. David is past-chair of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution and a Distinguished Fellow in the International Academy of Mediators.  He has published three books (including “Bringing Peace into the Room,” with co-editor Daniel Bowling) and numerous articles on law and dispute resolution.  Prior to founding Boston Law Collaborative, David was a litigation partner at the Boston firm Hill & Barlow, where he practiced for 17 years.  He is a graduate of Princeton University (A.B. 1970, summa cum laude), Cornell University (M.A. 1974, American Studies), and Harvard Law School (J.D. 1984, magna cum laude), where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.
 His TEDx talk about lawyers as peacemakers can be found here: tinyurl.com/Hoffman-TEDx;

Workshop # 16 -- General Financial Round Table.

Workshop # 17 -- Making Sense of Dissonance - The Music of Conflict.

Approved by the Law Society for 1.5 Professionalism hours

Dr. Linda Ippolito is a classical pianist, litigation lawyer, dispute resolution practitioner, teacher, and scholar.

She studied at the Juilliard School of Music in New York and the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. Throughout the 1980’s Linda distinguished herself at national and international competitions, participating, most notably, in the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow, the Sydney International Piano Competition in Australia, and the Montreal International Piano Competition in Canada. She has performed throughout North American and Europe as a recitalist, with orchestra (including the Toronto and Montreal Symphony Orchestras), as a vocal collaborator, and duo pianist. A much sought-after collaborative pianist, Linda has partnered with such vocal luminaries as the late Victor Braun, Adrianne Pieczonka, Barbara Hannigan and Aprile Millo, among others.

Linda holds LL.B., LL.M. (ADR), and a Ph.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. She is a founding and senior partner at the Toronto-based law firm, Sheridan, Ippolito & Associates. Linda has argued cases before every level of Court in Ontario and before various administrative tribunals. A certified collaborative family practitioner and mediator, Linda teaches advocacy, negotiation, and dispute resolution at Queens Law School and Osgoode Hall Law School/Osgoode Professional Development.

Dr. Ippolito’s passion lies in the intersection between music and conflict. Her Masters’ thesis explored collaborative vocal music-making as an innovative approach to conflict resolution and peacebuilding. Her Doctoral dissertation (nominated for the Faculty of Graduate Studies Thesis & Dissertation Prize) examined shifting dominant culture disputing metaphors and mindsets from war and games to the musical ensemble, and building creative capacities through the use of music-based teaching and learning modalities.

Workshop # 18 -- The 6 Minute Settlement Practitioner.

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Workshop # 19 -- Build and Break.

Dr. Kerry Bowman (PhD) has a Ph.D. in Bioethics, a fellowship in Cultural Psychiatry and a Masters degree in Social Work. Kerry is an Assistant Professor in Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto and a bioethicist at the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics. He is also the Clinical Ethicist at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. Kerry has lectured and published widely on ethics in health care, mediation, end-of life care, consent and capacity, cultural diversity, and a range of other topics in health care and the helping professions. Kerry will present on the fascinating ethical considerations in building a family using third party reproductive technology assistance, and the impact that fertility issues may have on a couple’s relationship.

Shirley Eve Levitan, BSc, LLB, has been practicing family law in Toronto since 1991. She is collaboratively trained and received her mediation certificate under the auspices
of the Law Society of Upper Canada. She is the current Vice-Chair of Collaborative
Practice Toronto and on the Professional Development Committee of the Ontario Collaborative Law Federation. Her family law practice has included a fertility law component since 1996. Shirley has litigated, mediated and negotiated all manner of family law issues, including those having a fertility-related context. Family law as it relates to fertility issues has morphed considerably over the years. There have been numerous changes to the Children’s Law Reform Act (Ontario) and various other statutes in Ontario as a result of the All Families are Equal Act, which became law as of January 2, 2017.  The related case law and the fact scenarios coming to our offices indicate that these types of cases are on the rise! Shirley will provide the interesting legal history as well as the current legal scheme of the intersection of family and fertility law. As in many of our family law cases, you really ‘cannot make this stuff up’!

Ilana Tamari has been in full time private practice since 2002. She has over 25 years of experience in separation and divorce matters. She  is an Accredited Family Mediator (with OAFM) who provides Section 30 assessments, Parenting Coordination, Divorce Mediation, Mediation/Arbitration, Closed and  Open Mediation, Reunification Therapy, Individual Family Therapy and The Voice of the Child Reports coupled with specializing in Collaborate Law. In addition, Ms. Tamari lectures on domestic violence and power imbalances.

Ilana holds a graduate degree in Child and Family Psychology from the University of Toronto and completed an Extern Program in Family Therapy through the George Hull Centre. She is a member of the OAFM, AFCC and AFCC- Ontario Chapter and FDRIO (Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario).

Ilana is an active member of the International Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) as well as the Ontario Chapter. She participates in a monthly peer consultation group with Dr. Barbara Fidler around Parenting Coordination matters, Section 30 Custody and Access Assessments and high conflict families. Ilana also initiated and participates in a Family Dispute Resolution Peer group with Dr. Michael Saini around Law Reform and Social Science Research.

Workshop # 20 -- Med-Arb Process

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Charmaine Panko enjoys challenging other practitioners to step outside of their comfort zone and consider alternative and innovative approaches to assisting their clients in problem solving disputes for common sense solutions.

She has over a decade experience as settlement counsel and neutral professional in all substantive areas of law including, though not limited to, insurance matters, estate disputes, separation and divorce, and physical injury claims, both as a private practitioner and as a contract service provider with the Government of Saskatchewan.

Charmaine has served as arbitrator and case manager in disputes arising out of not- for-profit and family matters and is currently on the national roster for the Sports Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada as a mediator and arbitrator. She is a facilitator and trainer in negotiation, conflict resolution, collaborative law process, and mediation skills and a sessional lecturer at the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan.

Workshop # 21 -- Financial Round Table

Workshop # 22 -- Adapting Interest Based Negotiations for High Conflict Personalities

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Patricia Bidgood is a Registered Social Worker and accredited  Family  Mediator  (OAFM)  with  more  than  25 years of experience. She is a member of the Collaborative Family Law Association of Waterloo Region. Patricia is committed to helping families move through the divorce process with dignity and to support couples in the reconstruction of new definitions of family and home. She provides a wide range of separation and divorce services to enhance effective co-parenting relationships and the emotional wellness of family members. Patricia lives in Waterloo  Region  with  her  husband  and  has  a  blended family of six adult children.

Diane McInnis was raised in Halifax, obtaining degrees in Science (1985), Education (1986) and Law (1990) from Dalhousie University and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1992. Diane has a passion for family law and helping clients through difficult  family  transitions.  She  is  trained  in  both Collaborative  Family  Law  and  Family  Mediation  and  as such, encourages clients to resolve their family law issues without resorting to court. Diane lives in Kitchener with her husband and their 3 children.

Workshop # 23 -- Your Clients have made the Paradigm Shift, have you? Viewing the collaborative client as a consumer.

Bev LeMay M.S.W., R.S.W., R.E.B.T.
Bev presently co-ordinates a successful Private Practice entitled "The Centre for Constructive Thinking" working with adults, adolescents
and children to help them re-construct their thoughts and learn to think positively about their life. Bev was trained in Rational Emotive
Behavioural Therapy (REBT) by Dr. Albert Ellis at The Albert Ellis Institute in Manhattan NY, and uses this form of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in her practice.

Bev has worked in the Family Law arena for over 30 years as a Section 30
Assessor, Mediator and Parent Coordinator. Bev has an expertise in domestic violence and conducted the DV training for the Durham Police and has presented several workshops in the area of DV and high conflict fanilies. She has extensive experience in high conflict separation and divorce and in
2008 completed her training as a Collaborative Family Professional. Bev made this shift to Collaborative Family Law because it offered a more
peaceful, non-adversarial and transformative way to help people navigate through their separation. She is a member of the Board of Directors for "Collaborative Practice Durham Region" and the Ontario Collaborative Law Federation and has completed over 150 team collaborative law cases.

Stephanie Ostreicher, B.A., LL.B. Since graduating from law school, I have practised exclusively family law, and have a real passion for this subject matter. I enjoy working with my clients and their families to
achieve the best possible solutions that are unique to their individual situations. Family law
is a term that can be daunting for people, so it may be helpful to break down the kinds of
services that I provide.
Prior to a couple getting married or deciding to live together, I can provide services in
negotiating and drafting a Pre-nuptial Agreement, or a Cohabitation Agreement. This helps
couples to determine what would happen to their property if they were to separate. Many
couples wish to do this, particularly if it is a second relationship, or if they are
marrying/cohabiting later in life when they have assets that they wish to protect. It
certainly minimizes conflict and legal fees in the event that the relationship breaks down.
The bulk of my practice involves assisting couples who are separating and/or ultimately
divorcing. I provide advice and legal services regarding issues of parenting, custody and
access, division of property, disposition of the matrimonial home, child support, and
spousal support. I often help clients with many other issues that may or may not fall under
these headings. In addition to representing clients in Court, I am trained to represent
clients in Alternative Dispute Resolution options such as mediation, mediation/arbitration,
and Collaborative Family Law. The latter is a process whereby each party retains a
specially trained lawyer, and the matter is resolved using a team approach via a series of
settlement meetings. Once I meet with a client, I am best able to provide them with some
advice regarding the best way to approach their matter.
Outside of my usual client practice, I am also the Vice Chair of the York Collaborative
Practice Group. I also serve on the panels for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer, Family
Court Duty Counsel, and the Family Law Information Centre at the Newmarket Courthouse.

Workshop # 24 -- Elder Mediation: A Vision for Handling Disputes involving the Elderly through Consensual Dispute Resolution.

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Elizabeth Sterritt, M.Ed., GDCR., Acc.FM (OAFM), Acc. EM (OAFM), OCT, is a bilingual accredited Family Mediator and an accredited Elder Mediator in private practice in Ottawa, Ontario. Her practice specializes in elder and family mediation, as well as personal coaching. She is a
certified coach, a master neuro-linguistic practitioner, and a collaborative family mediator,
focusing on the importance of enhancing family communications, with the Collaborative
Practice Ottawa group.
Ms. Sterritt is a member of the board of directors of the Ontario Association for Family Mediation. As the lead trainer in Elder Mediation for OAFM, Ms. Sterritt is creating an exciting and enriched approach for stimulating the growth in capacity of Elder Mediators in the province of Ontario. A certified train-the-trainer in Elder Mediation, Ms. Sterritt has been training Elder Mediators since 2011. Of special note is her work within the health care field, where she has been a consultant training mediators at the Champlain Community Care and Access Centre, in Ottawa. The highly specialized field of Elder Mediation offers families a unique way to navigate the multifaceted issues of aging and preserve the family identity.

Workshop # 25 -- Family Round Table