FDRIO Member Bulletin with Upcoming Training and Events.
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Why consider FDRIO membership?

FDRIO offers a discounted membership for all FDR professionals. By joining FDRIO, you have the benefit of networking with like-minded FDR professionals from all areas of practice. You can belong to as many sections as you wish for no added fee. By joining a section, you have the opportunity to shape the evolving standards of practice in your field. FDRIO will enable you to become certified as a FDR professional by a single organization in all areas in which you work. FDRIO provides it's members with a powerful and united voice for progressive and accessible reform of the family law justice system.

Our membership sections currently represent the following FDR areas of practice:

  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Finance
  • Parenting Coordination
  • Estates and Elder
  • Collaborative Practice
  • Therapists & Assessors
  • Divorce Consultants & Coaches 
  • Children & Youth Services
  • Academic & Policy 

Over the past 12 months FDRIO has achieved the following:
  1. We gained over 100 members in our first year.
  2. We have a strong Board of Directors that represents all of the FDR disciplines.
  3. We established ten sections which represent the entire spectrum of FDR disciplines.
  4. We hosted the first-ever FDR week, securing "FDR Week" declarations from mayors across the province including Toronto Ottawa, Barrie, Orillia, Durham, Pickering, Oshawa, Newmarket, Oakville and Brampton; and the support of the Premier.
  5. We organized FDR Week programs in each of the jurisdictions noted above.
  6. We have engaged in dialogue with all the major FDR organizations, including OAFM, ADRIO, FMC and OCLF with the goal of harmonizing our work to the greatest degree possible. 
  7. We secured over $40,000 in sponsorships for the conference and FDR Week which will provide us with financial security and support for 2016.
  8. We secured the support of the Law Society of Upper Canada and The Action Group on Access to Justice for our access to justice initiatives.
  9. We provided our services to help establish the inaugural Walsh Family Law Negotiation Competition. 
  10. We provided advocacy for FDR at the Attorney General's Roundtable on Family Justice, Ryerson University's Family Reform Community Collaboration Project, and elsewhere. 
  11. Our sold-out conference featured presentations from Attorney General Madeleine Meilleur, LSUC Treasurer Janet Minor and former Attorney General and family law reform advocate Chris Bentley. 
  12. We built a powerful network of community and FDR volunteers to support the growth of our FDR Week initiatives.  
We have an ambitious plan for 2016 and we invite you to participate:
  • By joining FDRIO either as a founder or member;
  • By joining one or more of our ten sections;
  • By joining one or more of our standing committees;
  • By sponsoring future programs and events;
  • By informing us as to other education, programs and law reform efforts, etc., which we can share with our entire membership as well as the entire FDR community. 
  • By volunteering to help plan and organize our innovative 2016 conferences and workshops
  • By sharing with us your knowledge and expertise, which we in turn will share with the entire FDR community.
Announcing our 2016 Executive and Standing Committees

2016-17 Officers & Executive Committee
Lorne Wolfson, Lawyer, Mediator, Arbitrator – Chair
Hilary Linton, Lawyer, Mediator, Arbitrator, Court Mediation Service Provider, Trainer – Vice Chair
Dr. Richard Shields, Lawyer, Mediator, Arbitrator, Trainer – Vice Chair
Dr. Brett Degoldi, Lawyer, Trainer – Secretary
Akbar Ebrahim, Mediator, Financial Specialist (Fraud Investigations), Trainer – Treasurer
Dr. Barbara Landau, Lawyer, Mediator, Arbitrator, Psychologist, Trainer – Past President

2016-17 Board Members
Laura Tarcea, Mental Health Professional, Mediator
Neil Maisel, Chartered Business Valuator
Christopher Arnold, Collaborative Lawyer
Marty Klein, Lawyer, Mediator, Arbitrator, DRO
Judith Huddart, Collaborative Lawyer
Natalie Derbyshire, Collaborative Lawyer
Sina Hariri, Lawyer

FDRIO Standing Committee Chairs
Along with the Board, FDRIO's operations are managed by seven Standing Committees. Please contact the Chair of each to join a Committee.

Administration:  Hilary Linton
Communications: Dr. Brett Degoldi, 
Conference & FDR Week: Laura Tarcea & Marty Klein
Finance: Akbar Ebrahim
Governance: Lorne Wolfson
Professional Development: Dr. Rick Shields
Public Education and Advocacy: Dr. Barbara Landau

FDRIO Section Chairs

As a FDRIO member you may join as many sections as you wish. Please contact the Section Chairs shown below to become involved in a Section.
Margot Hallman –
Dr. Rick Shields –


Lorne Wolfson --
Dr. Rick Shields –

Neil Maisel –
Jean-Claude Desnoyers –

Parenting Coordination
Lourdes Geraldo –
Michelle Hayes –

Estates and Elder 
Ian Hull –
Mike Adams –
Ellen Anderson --

Collaborative Practice
Christopher Arnold –

Dr. Irwin Butkowsky –
Karen Bridgman-Acker –

Dr. Brett Degoldi –
Nathalie Picard –

Dr. Linda Ennis –

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