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:
Estates and Elder
Therapists & Assessors
Divorce Consultants & Coaches
Children & Youth Services
Academic & Policy
Over the past 12 months FDRIO has achieved the following:
We gained over 100 members in our first year.
We have a strong Board of Directors that represents all of the FDR disciplines.
We established ten sections which represent the entire spectrum of FDR disciplines.
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.
We organized FDR Week programs in each of the jurisdictions noted above.
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.
We secured over $40,000 in sponsorships for the conference and FDR Week which will provide us with financial security and support for 2016.
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.
We provided our services to help establish the inaugural Walsh Family Law Negotiation Competition.
We provided advocacy for FDR at the Attorney General's Roundtable on Family Justice, Ryerson University's Family Reform Community Collaboration Project, and elsewhere.
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.
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 – PastPresident
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Rick Shields – email@example.com
Lorne Wolfson -- firstname.lastname@example.org Dr. Rick Shields – email@example.com
Neil Maisel – Neil.Maisel@CroweSoberman.com
Jean-Claude Desnoyers – firstname.lastname@example.org
Lourdes Geraldo – email@example.com
Michelle Hayes – firstname.lastname@example.org
Estates and Elder
Ian Hull – IHull@hullandhull.com
Mike Adams – email@example.com
Ellen Anderson -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Christopher Arnold – email@example.com
Dr. Irwin Butkowsky – firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Bridgman-Acker – email@example.com
Dr. Brett Degoldi – FamilyLawPathways@gmail.com Nathalie Picard – firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Linda Ennis – email@example.com