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Don’t miss out! Alternative Dispute Resolution is a must-attend program

Enforcement of the mandatory ADR rules is in effect.

Join Brad Mustard and our panel of senior mediators at this must-attend program. Examine the new rules, and address best practices within these mandatory dispute resolution processes so you can achieve positive negotiated results. Explore how to prepare yourself as counsel, manage your clients’ expectations, and be effective in interest based and competitive ADR processes. Discuss techniques for diagnosing conflict and overcoming impasses. Counsel will also explore strategies to paper, and enforce, mediated agreements.

Register today! February 19 (Calgary) or February 25 (Edmonton)


meet the CHAIR

Brad Mustard | Moe Hannah LLP

Brad practices as a family law mediator and lawyer. He understands that separation and divorce is not just a legal change, but also one that involves a personal transition that affects family, friends and children. Brad uses his extensive training and experience to advise clients on how to solve problems. He is well-known in the family law community for negotiating out-of-court settlements, mediation, collaborative law, and arbitration. Read more

meet the FACULTY

Rhoda Dobler QC | Widdowson Kachur Ostwald Menzies LLP

A teacher and leader in the Alberta legal community, Rhoda’s practice spans two and half decades, and includes mediation, arbitration, collaborative law, and litigation. Her positive attitude, compassion and creativity guide her conflict resolution approach, making her a valued mediator and arbitrator. Rhoda’s skill in the legal community has been repeatedly recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada since the initial edition (2006) in Family Law, and has expanded to include recognition in the areas of Family Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Read more

Robert McBean QC | Parlee McLaws LLP

Bob has practiced civil litigation since 1978. Since the early 2000’s, he has focused his practice on the arbitration and mediation of commercial and insurance disputes. He has extensive practical experience in mediation having mediated in excess of 300 Queen’s Bench matters. Bob’s mediation experience includes the resolution of personal injury, insurance, commercial, construction, employment, and professional liability disputes. Read more

Sid Kobewka | Kobewka Stark Lawyers and Mediators

Sid has practiced law for over 30 years assisting clients with a variety of legal matters. He has a general practice of law and has extensive experience with litigation, family law, personal injury, real estate and corporate and commercial law. He has a particular interest in helping clients reach agreements and settlements that best meet their needs and that promote healthy relationships with their family members and business partners. Read more

Jim McCartney | McCartney ADR

A Calgary lawyer since 1973, Jim McCartney developed a senior litigation practice including major refinery fire, building, and products liability claims. Jim has mediated or arbitrated more than 2,000 disputes involving commercial, industrial, public and residential construction, professional negligence, and more. He is a Chartered Mediator and Chartered Arbitrator, Past President of the Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society (now ADR Institute of Alberta), and Past Director of the ADR Institute of Canada. Read more



Case Law Review | Engage in a review of recent legislation, discuss mandatory and non-mandatory ADR, and consider other case law issues such as enforcing mediation, agreements reached in mediation, and more.

Mediation: A Lawyer’s Perspective | Explore mediation theory including, interest-based negotiations, and consider the differences between competitive vs. cooperative mediation.

Mediation: A Mediator’s & Arbitrator’s Perspective | Discuss models of mediation as well as processes for ADR, mediation, and JDR, including strategies for success in these processes.

Strategies for Getting Out of Sticky Situations | Review attribution theory, trust rebuilding, boundary theory, and strategies for conflict diagnosis and resolution.


Register for February 19, 2020 (Calgary)

NOTE: New Venue!

The Glenmore Inn & Convention Centre

1000 Glenmore Court SE

9:00 AM-4:30 PM


Register for February 25, 2020 (Edmonton)

NOTE: New Venue!

Aspen Conference Centre, 4th Floor, Bell Tower

10104 – 103 Avenue

9:00 AM-4:30 PM