Recent Developments

Mediation, Facilitation, Conflict Analysis & Assessment 2015

Work with UBC at its Point Grey and Okanagan campuses began in earnest in 2009, through an invitation to teach UBC’s new faculty Department Heads and Associate Deans, a key group of academic leaders. So began Conflict Resolution and Negotiation, which I have continued to deliver each year since. It has a new name, “Conflict Engagement”*, and has expanded from a ½ day course to 2 days, including well-subscribed private troubleshooting sessions with faculty leadership.

This has led to my working with well over 40 different faculties and departments at UBC.

Some examples of my work include:

Respectful Environment Initiative (2010-2013) Under the auspices of the Respectful Environment Advisory Group, I have provided conflict assessment and analysis to Deans, Associate Deans & Department Heads.

As well, my work includes:

Facilitation of leadership teams and strategic planning sessions for a number of different faculties engaged in building a culture of collaboration.

Mediation with lab research groups, work units, faculty-faculty disputes, and faculty-student disputes.

Assessment & analysis of intractable conflicts, reporting to leadership and joint strategizing of ways forward.

Coaching leadership & faculty on “conflict fluency” in approaching difficult or entrenched conflicts.

Training faculty, administrative management and staff in customized courses on various aspects of workplace conflict.

Although 2 contracts under the RE Initiative are now concluded, my work in these areas continues.

Other examples of University work include:

Student Services Annual Conference - keynote speaker, 2011

Human Resources Advisors – capacity-building for high conflict situations

Coaching at UBC – working with David Diamond –“Conflict Theatre & Conflict Engagement” for the Coaching at UBC program. (October, 2012)

Association of Administrative & Professional Staff – Professional Development training for this group, “Making Respectful Environment a Reality” (November, 2012)

Community Services – Training for Community Service Managers (Bookstore, Security, Mail & Parking) (May, 2013)

Managing at UBC – Starting in 2010 and continuing each year – training to various cohorts of Managers at UBCO and UBC, “Managing Conflict in the Workplace”.

Other work:

Together with Ardith A.(Walpetko We’dalx)Walkem and Louise Mandell,QC, I organized a conference called “Indigenous Legal Orders and the Common Law”, sponsored by Continuing Legal Education BC (CLEBC) November, 2012, with speakers Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin, Supreme Court, Canada; Mr. Justice Lance Finch (then Chief Justice, BC Court of Appeal); the Honorable Steven Point, (former Lt.Gov. of BC); and Professor John Burrows, among others. This conference was webcast as far away as the Canadian Embassy in Cairo, and it received the International Association of Continuing Legal Education Societies’ Award for Best CLE Program in 2013.


I mediate in a wide variety of settings, with primary focus on workplace (academia and government), estate and family mediation.

In 2013, I was honoured to receive Mediate BC’s Award of Excellence in Mediation together with Carole McKnight.


Together with Judge Donna Senniw and Christine Hart, I continue to teach Canada’s new Provincial Court Judges (each November at Niagara-on-the–Lake) “Settlement Conference Skills”.

For CLEBC, I teach an Advanced Mediation course on Mediator Presence, on Hornby Island, in the early fall, “Deepening the Mediator Mindset”. (see CLEBC calendar for details)

(See links under Activism)

* This name and concept came from colleague Bernard Mayer, Staying with Conflict: A Strategic Approach to Ongoing Disputes, New York: Jossey-Bass, 2009.