FDRP Certifications Update
Help us put YOU on the map!
New Member Benefit
In Memoriam: Betty Ife
3rd Annual Conference Information
What's Happening
CLEO Steps to Justice
Practice Makes Perfect!
Meet Our "Member Of The Month"
Contact Us

FDRP Certifications Update

To all applicants for FDRP designations: thank you!

We will be reviewing your applications this month. You should expect to hear from the Certification Committee before the end of April. Contact us at if you have any questions about the status of your application.

We have received many requests to extend the fee waiver for one more month, so...

If you:

  • have a prior certification from another organization or
  • are applying on the basis of your experience and seniority as an FDR professional

FDRIO will waive your application fees until May 30, 2017.

To apply for your FDRP, login to your member portal and complete the application form.

One of the benefits of FDRIO membership is being listed in our membership portal. With our strong social media presence (did you know we have almost 700 Twitter followers?), FDRIO is increasingly the place to look for an FDR professional. 

Currently your identity is hidden, but that is about to change.

When our portal goes public, you will want to be found!

Login to your member page today and :

  • update your profile and contact information
  • upload a photo
  • apply for FDRP certification
  • apply for our cost effective professional liability insurance

…..and make sure that you will be on the map!

If you need any help contact us at

New Member Benefit

Our comprehensive liability insurance program offers members outstanding coverage for every service you provide as an FDR professional. Premiums and deductibles are low and service is excellent.

Contact us for more information:

In Memoriam: Betty Ife

Dr. Barbara LandauThe family mediation community has lost one of its greatest leaders and advocates. 

Betty, who lived and practiced in Vancouver, will be remembered by family mediators across the country as a remarkably kind and selfless professional. Betty gave herself to all she did, as a mediator, trainer, Family Mediation Canada director, mentor and friend. A transformational leader, Betty had many gifts— including innovative thinking, a mischievous wit and shockingly accurate hand-writing analysis. Her insights into human nature were striking.

Betty left us all with a deep appreciation for what we have and an enduring gratitude for what she gave us. Thank you Betty, we will miss you.

3rd Annual Conference Information

Don't miss keynote speaker Dr. Michael Saini presentation on, “How I Lost My Neutrality”. 

Stay tuned for more details!


Share your passion and expertise with the FDR community!  FDRIO is booking presenters for this year’s conference. Send your presentation ideas to:


Benefit from sharing your business with countless FDR professionals and be a conference sponsor. For more information on this year’s sponsorship opportunities please email: 

 JOIN FDRweek November 20-24.

The #FDRevolution is coming to your community. Free public events and great professional workshops will be at venues across Ontario. Our teams in Durham, Toronto, Collingwood, Hamilton, and Newmarket are already hard at work. Get involved!

Contact us at for more information.

What's Happening


CLEO Steps to Justice

Community Legal Education Ontario is launching Steps to Justice.

Steps to Justice is a website providing reliable, step-by-step information on common legal problems in family, housing, employment and other areas of law. This is a fantastic resource for FDR professionals and their clients.

 The site:

  • equips people to work through their legal problems through easy-to-understand steps
  • includes practical tools, such as checklists, fillable forms, and self-help guides
  • gives referral information for legal and social services across Ontario
  • has live chat and email-based support for users with additional questions
  • allows organizations to share or embed its content on their own websites for free

For more information visit Your guide to law in Ontario.

Webinar – April 18, 2017, (5:30 pm to 7 pm)

Rita and Samy Czarny: Mediating Grandparent Access

As of last December, grandparents are now acknowledged in the Ontario family law. Rita and Samy Czarny played an integral role in passing Bill 34. Join them for a free webinar on understanding the complex issues surrounding grandparent access, alienation and Bill 34.

Register today by emailing your name to

Practice Makes Perfect!

With the support of ADRIO, the Jade Mediation Group has created a supportive and educational environment to practice mediation in. There are four upcoming sessions in Toronto providing opportunities to mediate elder, family, workplace and community disputes. There will be an experienced mediator available available to provide feedback.

For more information or to attend, please email Ashely Amaro at of visit their FB page here.



FDRIO, ADR Institute of Ontario & Osgoode Professional Development are hosting a one day Med-Arb Conference, October 12th, 2017.

Want to learn more about Med-Arb?  Join us for a day of learning, networking, and professional development in the realm of Mediation and Arbitration as a professional practice.

With four informative panel topics, and two keynote sessions.  This is a conference you do not want to miss!  Stay tuned for more information regarding the topics and speakers.  Registration information will be available soon!

Mediation Station

Tune in to Mediation Station with Gregg Fenton (8-9 pm EST)

May 14, FDRIO Director Lorne Wolfson will be discussing why Mediation-Arbitration Process in Family Law Matters

Listen to the program through any of the following:

In the news...

Christie Blatchford’s recent article questioning the efficiency of the Ontario family law system recognized FDRIO Conference presenter Omar Ha-Redeye. Check out the full article here.

What do you think about the efficiency of the Ontario family law system? 

Send you us your thoughts to:

We will publish some of your responses next month. 

Ari Kaplan, FDRIO Member of the Month

Mediation Station

FDRIO Founding Member, Pension Lawyer, Canada’s first dedicated pensions and benefits mediator, Ari Kaplan is April’s member of the month. Born and raised in Toronto, Ari wrote Canada’s first book on pension law which has been cited by the Supreme Court of Canada. He appreciates how pension law intersects with employment and family law and, provides advice on pension issues for family lawyers. Ari recently became a sole practitioner in Toronto to focus on mediation in three areas: pension disputes, workplace disputes and family disputes. He uses his skills to apply to the human level of this discipline.

Recently engaged Ari, his fiancée and their blended family of teenagers enjoy spending downtime together. Ari is also preparing to launch a weekly one-hour radio show/podcast exploring dispute resolution issues. A favourite book is Barney’s Version, which he recently re-read, and movie is Lost in Translation and he loves the Arcade Fire especially their message of transformation.

Ari believes the FDR industry needs to create better access to justice for all individuals and to consider the emotional cost as well as the financial cost of family re-structuring. He believes the way to achieve this is through increasing awareness about out of court resolution noting that the power of autonomous consensual resolution is like medicine for the soul.

His dream is to see his children transition from teenagers into adulthood into a world of openness and opportunity for them and their cohort.

Great to meet you Ari!!

Would you like to be FDRIO’s Member of the Month? Send us a bit about yourself to:


FDRIO Director Hilary Linton at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

The annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women took place in New York in March. Drawing women from around the world, the focus of the 61st session was “Economic Empowerment of Women in the Changing World of Work.” One of our directors, Hilary Linton, was invited by Mediators Beyond Borders International to speak at its parallel event: Peacebuilding Beyond 2017: Women as Agents of Change.” Working with fellow GTA mediator Mina Vaish (York Mediation), Linton describes the experience as “eye-opening”. Read more here. 

Member Opportunities

Our 2017 Conference and FDRWeek plans are well underway, and WE NEED PEOPLE LIKE YOU! We are planning the public and professional events for this annual week of celebration of all forms of FDR.

We need members to:

  • 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 if you can help. We would love to have you on board in one or more of our many volunteering areas!


Our newsletter editor welcomes article submissions and responses. Please email with a word document for our review/approval! 

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