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A Special FDRIO Thank You
to our Conference Sponsors.

Our conference is so amazing because of you!

Our membership is growing

The Member Portal awaits you!

Thanks to all our new members for coming aboard! Don't forget to create your profile. It's a great way to engage and connect with your fellow practitioners!

The FDRIO Member's Portal is now open! Create your profile, update your information, and engage with the many others in our diverse community of FDR practitioners! You can register for certifications through the profile page as well.

Sign in today with your email address and upload the information that prospective clients and colleagues will want to know. Our portal will go live to the public soon and we want YOU in there! Contact us at if you need help! 

Special thanks and a warm FDRIO welcome to our newest Founding Member Archana Medhekar.

“I am very pleased to be part of this wonderful organization that is bringing change.”
– Archana Medhekar
Thanks Archana! We are so pleased you are a proud part of the FDRevolution!

Welcome to FDRIO's new Director Barbara Anderson!

Barbara AndersonBarbara has been honoured to work with adults, couples, adolescents, and children in a number of different capacities for over 20 years in various clinical roles. As a Clinical Social Worker (M.S.W., R.S.W., Acc FM), my experience includes individual, couple and family therapy for issues such as infidelity, lost connection, separation and divorce, depression, anxiety, chronic illness, parenting, trauma, life transitions and behaviour difficulties.

Barbara teaches both Family Mediation and Collaborative Law Training Courses to other professionals and co-teaches a Family Mediation course at York University. She has been a Clinical Agent of the Office of the Children’s Lawyer and a roster mediator on both the Peel and Hamilton Mediation Rosters for many years. She is a therapist, mediator, assessor, facilitator, trainer, instructor, and mentor to couples, families, trainees, students and interns.

A few spots left…

Join the FDRevolution at FDRWeek

The FDR Week Conference schedule is online! For a list of times and incredible speakers, please click here.

Congratulations to Chris Bentley

On Receiving FDRIO's First Award of Excellence

FDRIO is delighted to announce our 1st Award of Excellence to a most deserving recipient – Chris Bentley, the Chair of the Law Practice Program (LPP) and Legal Innovation Zone (LIZ) at Ryerson University. And of course he is Ontario’s former Attorney General.

All FDR professionals and most importantly, all separating couples over the past several years are beholden to Chris for his visionary and determined commitment to making separations more cooperative, affordable and faster. He has championed assisting families with early education and referral to Alternative Dispute Resolution processes out of court where feasible, and safe.

As AG he moved “ADR” to “PDR” – Preferred Dispute Resolution – both for those in court and in particular those who can benefit from an out of court resolution.

We look forward to an excellent turnout of FDR professionals at our FDRIO Conference to celebrate this most deserving recipient. Chris will be in a dialogue with family Justices, George Czutrin and Debra Paulseth on the topic “Public and Private FDR Processes”  moderated by Alf Mamo – all  are leaders in improving access to justice for families!

Chris will present his vision for the future of FDR as our keynote luncheon speaker. Please join us at the beautiful Aga Khan Centre on Nov. 21st to honour Chris - and then for the many wonderful events during FDR Week!!

What's On?

Mediation in a Pluralistic Society

Tuesday, November 22nd   The Law Society of Upper Canada

Hear from a large and diverse panel, only $75 group rate! Click here to find out more and here to register!

*FREE* Best Interests of the Child:
In Whose Interest?

Thursday, November 24th   The Law Society of Upper Canada

An engaging and informative discussion on what “best interests” means! Click here to read about the highly regarded speakers and here to register!


Thursday, November 24th   The Law Society of Upper Canada

Check out our annual FREE interactive panel, which sold out last year. Click here to find out more and here to register!

Interdisciplinary Trainers Forum

Friday, November 25th   The Law Society of Upper Canada

Learn about the technology you can use to improve your training! Only $50! Click here to find out more, and here to register!

What's Upcoming?


Contact us at for registration details.
Family Mediation Canada:
Mediating Child Support Webinar Series

Understanding Your Clients’ Financial Picture

Monday, November 28th, 2016
12:00 p.m. EST

Helping Clients with the Tasks of Financial Separation

Thursday, December 1st, 2016
12:00 p.m. EST

Child Support
Monday, December 5th, 2016
12:00 p.m.  EST

Special and/or Extraordinary
and Extra Expenses

Thursday, December 8th, 2016
12:00 p.m. EST

Special Circumstances
in Child Support

Monday, December 12th, 2016
12:00 p.m.  EST

Income Tax and Support
Thursday, December 15th, 2016
12:00 p.m.  EST

Lorne Wolfson:
Effective Use of

Mediation/arbitration has become the go-to method of resolving difficult family law cases. Topics include:

  • What cases are or aren’t suitable for med-arb;
  • The med-arb agreement
  • Choosing the mediator/arbitrator
  • How does mediation differ in med/arb?
  • When & how to move from med to arb
  • The pre-arb meeting
  • Conduct of the arbitration
  • How to deal with motions, disclosure problems, difficult parties & counsel, parties who refuse to pay or adhere to awards, etc.


If you have ideas on topics you would like to see, or if you would like to present a webinar, please email us!

Check Out FDRIO in the Media

FDRIO Board Members Lorne Wolfson and Hilary Linton have an article entitled Dispute Institute Launched in this edition of The Lawyers Article. 


FDRweek is the top story on, read by up-and-coming B2C lawyers, many of whom are family law lawyers. Check it out here.

FDRIO on the Radio

Popular Toronto radio personality Barb DiGiulio spoke with FDRIO Board Member Hilary Linton about the benefits of mediation rather than going to court when ending a marriage. Listen to the fun interview here on NEWSTALK1010.

Mediation Station
Special thanks Gregg Fenten for promoting everything FDRIO does in his "Mediation Station" radio show! Gregg FEnten is the Writer/Producer/Host of the Mediation Station radio program which airs Sundays 8–9 p.m. EST. Listen to the program through any of the following:

Certifications are HERE!

Be among the first to obtain the new FDRP designations.

Only FDRIO offers you all three designations — family mediation, arbitration, and parenting coordination — for one membership fee. Check out our infographic to learn what you need to qualify and see the Q&A on our Certifications page.

Already Certified?

If you have a mediation or arbitration designation from any of FMC, ADRIO or OAFM, we will waive the admin fee for your FDRIO certification! For a limited time only. Check out our Certifications page.

Volunteers are needed for FDRWeek!

Our 2016 FDRWeek plans are well under way.  Volunteers are needed for FDRweek! We are planning the public and professional events for this annual week of celebration of all forms of FDR.

We need members to:

  • promote the exciting events in FDR Week to their networks
  • organize public events promoting FDR in and out of Toronto
  • organize FDRIO meet and greets in their communities
  • contribute content to our FDR Toolkit on our website
  • volunteer to help or speak at events
  • contribute to access to justice events in their communities.
  • follow us on twitter and LinkedIn and Facebook and re-post our posts
  • join FDRIO committees and sections

Please contact Michelle Walton, Laura Tarcea, or Marty Klein, if you can help. We would love to have you on board in one or more of our many volunteering areas!

There is much more to FDRIO. We hope you will get involved
in our committees, as a volunteer for FDRweek and that we
will see you at our conference and AGM November 21.

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