2021 AAMS ADR & CR Day Online Conference

Join us for the 2021 AAMS ADR & CR Day Conference
October 20 and 21, 2021

Last Chance to Registar!

The AAMS 2021 National ADR Conference and CR Day event is catered to all comers who work, take interest in, or would like information about Alternative Dispute Resolution across Canada.
For ADR practitioners and the public alike, we are glad to welcome you to the Conference.

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About the Online Event

Getting back together again!

This year’s event will have a dual focus, with the first day being focused towards practitioners who will gain valuable insight into differing provincial ADR practices, rules & regulations while still receiving the CE credits from your designatory bodies. With ADRIC and its provincial affiliates fully recognizing these sessions.

The second day’s focus will be on delivering free quality training, to anyone interested, from the Conflict Resolution Day Committee and valuable insight on how to access ADR services no matter what province you reside in. This initiative has provided in depth training for Albertans for over a decade. We look forward to sharing some of the past trainings, as well the 2021 training to all wish to take part.

Event Schedule for Day 1 - Professional Development Day

Wednesday October 20th Conference

Time (MST)Live Presentation Choices
Choose which presentation you wish to watch live, as the other recorded version will be forwarded to you at a later date
08:30 AM - 09:00 AM

Welcome to the AAMS ADR Conference and CR Day Event

Welcome Address

Main Room


Don Schapira
CR Day Presenter, Conflict Resolution Day - Co-Chair
Donna Gee
AAMS President, AAMS


The AAMS 2021 National ADR Conference and Conflict Resolution Day (CR Day) event is catered to all comers who work, take interest in, or would like information about Alternative Dispute Resolution across Canada. This year’s event will have a dual focus, with the first being towards practitioners who will gain valuable insight into differing provincial ADR practices, rules & regulations while still receiving the CE credits from your designatory bodies. With ADRIC and its provincial affiliates fully recognizing these sessions. The second focus will be on delivering free quality training, to anyone interested, from the Conflict Resolution Day Committee and valuable insight ...

09:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Should the Practice of Mediation be Regulated?

Panel Discussion

Conference Room A


Honorable Andrea Moen
Panel Speaker
Lawrence Herman
Panel Speaker, Chartered Mediator, Former ADRIO Board Member,
Megan McKay
Peace Builder, Megan McKay
Paul Conway
Executive Director, ADR Institute of Alberta


Should the Practice of Mediation be Regulated? That is the is the question. This panel will be offering differing perspectives from across Canada, and insights into the Irish Mediation Act (2017)Moderated by The Honourable Andrea Moen, with panelists Lawrence Herman, Megan McKay and Paul Conway

09:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Critical communication mistakes you are making with your divorcing clients, and how to correct them.

Speaker Presentation

Conference Room B


Liz Becker
Speaker, National Association of Divorce Professionals


So, you think your expertise is what matters most when communicating with your divorcing clients? Think again! One of the biggest challenges for professionals providing a service to divorcing clients is having to assist an individual who is in a very vulnerable and unstable position, both mentally and logistically. Now, more than ever, your ability to connect and communicate with your clients is tremendously impaired by social distancing regulations and the added emotional and/or financial stress your client may be experiencing. Join Liz Becker, Communication Skills Coach & Trainer and President and Co-founder of the National Association of Divorce Professionals, ...

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Talking AAMS Networking

Main Room


Don Schapira
CR Day Presenter, Conflict Resolution Day - Co-Chair

11:30 AM - 01:00 PM

Intergenerational Trauma & Intergenerational Healing

Keynote Address

Main Room


Ry Moran
Keynote Speaker, Keynote Speaker


Ry Moran is Canada’s inaugural Associate University Librarian – Reconciliation at the University of Victoria. Ry’s role within UVic Libraries’ focuses on building and sustaining relationships to introduce Indigenous approaches and knowledge into the daily work of the Libraries and more broadly across the campus community. In so doing, Ry plays an active role in advancing UVic’s strategic goal of being a globally recognized leader in areas of reconciliation. Ry came to this position from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) hosted by the University of Manitoba. As the founding director, Ry guided the creation of the NCTR from ...

01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Construction Adjudication: What is it & Where are we at?

Panel Discussion

Main Room


Barrie Marshall
Panel Speaker, J. Barrie Marshall Consulting Inc
Matt Ainley
Panel Speaker, General Contractors Alliance of Canada
Robert Bales, P.Eng., L.L.B
Panel Speaker, Adjudicate.ca


Construction Adjudication became effective in Ontario on October 1, 2019, applicable to payment related matters in all construction contracts, with other Provinces and the Federal Government expected to follow soon. Adjudication may be imposed by legislation, included as a term of the contract, or agreed by the parties, provided the contract terms or party agreement is compliant with applicable legislation. The scope of the claim is determined by the legislation, the contract or by agreement of the parties. In Ontario, claims are limited to specific construction matters related to nonpayment of the contractor or sub-contractor and other related claims per ...

01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

The Untapped Advantage of Organizational Health

Speaker Presentation

Conference Room B


Tara-Lee Goerlitz
Speaker, https://nexlevelteams.com/


The past 18 months has offered its share of change & uncertainty. Despite the newfound challenges of a distributed workforce, a study by Quartz and Qualtrics found that for some, their organizational culture improved! How could this be? It’s quite simple really - these businesses recognize the value of investing in the health of their organization. In this session, Tara-Lee will build the overwhelming case that organizational health will surpass all other disciplines in business as the greatest opportunity for improvement and competitive advantage. While too many leaders are still limiting their search for advantage to conventional areas like marketing, strategy ...

01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Parenting with Eyes Wide Open

Conference Room A


Dwayne Peace
Speaker, Life Synergy 4 Youth


This session provides the same information to parents that their children received in an abbreviated format and from a different angle. This session will cause parents to think about their parenting style and the bad habits that they have carried over from when they were raised. Dwayne will then share what the youth are telling him in the Part 2 small group sessions such as: they are tired of the fighting, screaming and hollering going on in the house they are tired of being compared to their siblings they wish they were closer to their parents they miss spending time ...

02:30 PM - 04:00 PM

Reforming our Family Justice System (RFJS)

Speaker Presentation

Conference Room A


Diana Lowe
Speaker, Re-imagining Justice
Dr. Nicole Sherren
Speaker, R2P Solutions


The Reforming the Family Justice System (RFJS) initiative began in November 2013, and represents Alberta’s response to the recommendations in the reports of the national Action Committee on Access to Justice, and their call for a paradigm shift in the family justice system. The RFJS has been convened by the Court of Queen's Bench, the Ministry of Justice and the Law Society of Alberta. More recently, Convenors from the Native Counselling Services of Alberta and the Family & Community Services in the County of Strathcona, have joined the Convening team. The Convening is designed to create a space for a ...

02:30 PM - 04:00 PM

Words Matter: Jew Hate and Holocaust Education in 2021

Panel Discussion

Conference Room B


Dahlia Libin
Panel Speaker, Holocaust and Human Rights Education - Calgary Jewish Federation
Marnie Bondar
Panel Speaker, Holocaust and Human Rights Education - Calgary Jewish Federation
Rabbi Ilana Krygier Lapides
Panel Speaker, RockyMountainRabbi.com


Why isn’t a joke always just a joke? Why isn’t it ok to wear yellow stars to express displeasure with Covid restrictions? Why can’t antisemitism and anti zionism exist on two different planes of existence? Why, over 80 years later, do Jews insist on bringing up the Holocaust? Jews comprise just 0.2% of the population on planet earth and yet, the cultural, social, political, and racial conversation around Jewish people and Judaism is constantly under scrutiny and discussion. Despite their small population, Jews worldwide are the target of hate and the resulting violence continues to escalate. Often Jews are referred ...

Event Schedule for Day 2
Thursday, October 21

11:30 AM - 01:00 PM

Conflict Resolution Day Presentation

Kindness in Communication

Main Room


Don Schapira
CR Day Presenter, Conflict Resolution Day - Co-Chair
Yasifina Somji
Moderator, Alberta Securities Commission


Each year, we celebrate Conflict Resolution day by hosting a complimentary workshop (virtual).This year's theme: Kindness and Communication Our world has changed in so many ways. This means our manner of communication has also changed. With covered faces and virtual meetings, we must rely more on the intention of the words that are being used to relay messages. This workshop will show us how to bring kindness into communication by exploring the differences in and value of both empathy and sympathy, create empathic statements and demonstrate how empathic responses can diffuse conflict and improve relationships. We will look at the importance of ...

Event Day 2 - Conflict Resolution Day

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Speakers, Panelists and Event Leaders

Donna Gee

AAMS President

Ry Moran

Keynote Speaker

Don Schapira

CR Day Presenter

Lawrence Herman

Panel Speaker

Barrie Marshal

Panel Speaker

Dahlia Libin

Panel Speaker

Marnie Bondar

Panel Speaker

Matt Ainley

Panel Speaker

Robert Bales

Panel Speaker

Megan McKay

Panel Speaker

Paul Conway

Panel Speaker

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Alberta Family Mediation Society

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Date: October 20, 2021 – October 21, 2021

Time: 08:30 AM – 05:00 PM

Location: Online

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Whether you choose a Vendor, Partner or one of our Premier Sponsorship packages we wanted to say thank you! You are helping AAMS, a charitable ADR organization, advocate on behalf of the entire ADR community.

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Website promotion, and on all marketing materials and social media for the appropriate tier of your sponsorship, as well as virtual vendor rooms and networking events recognizing each of you.