August 2016 Newsletter
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  1. Register for FDRIO Conference
  2. Pre-Conference Networking Event
  3. Toronto FDRweek Events
  4. FDRP Certifications ~ September 1st
  5. FDRIO Webinar Series
  6. Sponsor our Conference & FDRweek

Join us at Toronto’s stunning Ismaili Centre (next door to the Aga Khan Museum) for a day of learning, collaboration and networking. Our 2015 conference SOLD OUT! 

Highlights include: 

Brad Heckman, CEO of the New York Peace Institute, speaking on “Embedding mediation skills into the NYPD, NASA, the former Soviet Bloc and more”

Panel with Justices George Czutrin, June Maresca and Debra Paulseth and with Chris Bentley from the Ryerson LIZ, moderated by FDR professional Alf Mamo

“How Culture Affects Everything We Do”, with the Punjabi Community Health Services

“FDR & Emotional Intelligence” with Karen B.K. Chan

Panel on “Courts, community, paralegals, mediators, lawyers and technology: As the walls come down, who is providing what services in the future and where”

Click here for full conference brochure.  

Register now!


Sunday, November, 20th 
Toronto Don Valley Hotel & Suites
Don’t miss an exciting opportunity to network and mingle with many of the speakers, participants, and volunteers.

FDRweek 2016 is looking for you!

Our inaugural FDRweek was proclaimed by mayors across the province and supported by the Premier.

Networking and educational events for FDR professionals took place in Toronto, Durham, Barrie and Newmarket.

Events open to the public took place in libraries, city halls and civic centres. 

This year we hope to have events promoting out-of-court dispute resolution in your community too.

Visit our website for more information on how you can get involved!  

Register now for our Toronto FDRweek events!

Tuesday, November 22nd
The Law Society of Upper Canada
* if you are an ADRIO member login to member portal
* FDRIO members click here to register
Thursday, November 24th
The Law Society of Upper Canada

Thursday, November 24th
The Law Society of Upper Canada

Friday, November 25th
The Law Society of Upper Canada
Sponsor our Conference & FDRweek

Join our Platinum Sponsor Lexis Nexis, along with Duff & Phelps, Torkin Manes, Gene Colman Family Law, Crowe Soberman, Hull and Hull, Mediation Benefits, Conrad Grebel University College and GML Actuaries and Richard W. Shields; and our Supporters TAG and the Law Society of Upper Canada, and be an FDRweek/conference sponsor.

Click here for the Sponsorship options available. 

We Partner with FDR Organizations

We are pleased to announce our partnership with ADRIO on November 22, 2016, in jointly offering an exciting program about the complexities and challenges of Mediating in a Pluralistic Society. Join speakers and participants from a range of faith and cultural communities as we discuss the meaning of “cultural fluency’” in FDR. 

We also want you to consider attending this excellent ADRIO program on Practical Ethics for Working Mediators, September 10 at ADRIO. Click here for more information.

FDRIO is also proud to be collaborating with Bill Eddy of High Conflict Institute in sponsoring his New Ways for Families training in Ottawa, on Oct. 21-22.  Click here for more information

Lexis Practice Advisor Canada

Need a break? It’s on us!

Lexis Practice Advisor Canada keeps you current, saves you time, and helps you confidently dive into new or unfamiliar topics. The Family Law Module for Ontario practice was developed in collaboration with leading practitioners and LexisNexis legal experts. It’s like having senior counsel at your fingertips with access to fresh perspectives, proven checklists and flowcharts, overviews and more.

Receive a $15 Starbucks eGift Card after completing a tour of the Family Law module!  Sign up today!

Launching FDR Certifications ~ September 1st

Starting September 1st FDR professionals can apply for their FDRP designations:
  • Certified Specialist in Family Mediation
  • Certified Specialist in Family Arbitration
  • Certified Specialist in Parenting Coordination

Follow our newsletter and website for updates.

FDRIO Webinar Series

Our webinars are, for now, open to the public and are free to the first 25 registrants.

All FDRIO members are welcome to propose and present webinars and we will promote them for you!

To register, or to propose a presentation, contact email:

  • Oct. 11, 2016 @ 12:00pm-1:00pm:  Lorne Wolfson: Effective Use of Mediation-Arbitration
  • Dec. 8, 2016: Academic & Policy Section:
    "Co-Mediation & Collaboration: What's the Difference?" TBD-Speakers

Not already a FDRIO member?

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, contribute to a growing bank of knowledge, attend fun, educational and innovative events, and promote the services that you offer to the family law 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 its members with a powerful and united voice for progressive and accessible reform of the family law justice system.

Read more about the full benefits of joining our membership by clicking here
Ready to join FDRIO?  Please visit our website to complete a membership application To submit your application form and credit card payment, please email:

Upcoming FDR events

OAFM Conference and AGM
Bias, Diversity & Cultural Competency: Cultivating Awareness
September 29, 30, Venue: Westin Hotel, Ottawa

AFCC-O's AGM & Eighth Annual Conference
October 20, Venue: Children's Aid Society of Toronto

FDR News and Blogs

We recently posted and shared some great blogs about written by various professionals and some of our own members.....

Promoting Ontario's Subsidized Family Information and Mediation Services

Divorce and Separation: Where to Start

Family Law ADR requires a higher ethical standard, Part II
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