Our inaugural, sold-out Unconference exceeded our expectations.
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This unconventional gathering saw 100 diverse FDR professionals from across the province mingle and meet, speak and listen, discuss and share concepts and knowledge.
Keynote presenter Les Jacobs, Director of the Institute for Social Research at York University, set a thoughtful and intellectual theme, speaking about the demographics of the unrepresented persons in Ontario. Other great keynotes came from Hersh Perlis of Ryerson Legal Innovation Zone speaking about the advance of technology in the FDR field; Cinnie Noble of Cinergy Conflict Management speaking about the role conflict coaching plays in resolving family law disputes, and Jason Dykstra, speaking about social media, marketing and practice development.
But the keynote speakers were just the start. The participants had all voted, in advance, on the topics of their choice. We were treated to over 30 presentations about everything from tips for family arbitrators, online dispute resolution, using financial specialists, the intersection of criminal and family law, a client’s perspective on family mediation-arbitration, and best practices in screening for power imbalances in FDR. There was even some singing and dancing. The overwhelming response is that this event was overdue and professionals were pleased to exchange a free-flow of ideas in an informal and charming forum.
The day ended with a lively wine and cheese, with great food, great new friends and many exciting new collaborations.