- Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada)
- The Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators (CICBV)
- The Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPA Ontario)
1st Vice Chair
Actively involved in all things Family Law and ADR, Sina is an Executive member of the Ontario Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Family Law Sections, as well as a Board Member with the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario where he is actively involved with public education and outreach. He is also a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, Canadian Bar Association, Peel Law Association, and Family Lawyer’s Association.
Sina is passionate about access to justice initiatives and increasing awareness of alternatives to court by ensuring the accessibility of information available to the public. He hopes to seek collaborative training in the near future.
2nd Vice Chair
Cathryn obtained her Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University in 1991, and her law degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1994. She was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1996. She has worked in the employment sector and in family law.
Cathryn’s practice is restricted to mediation, arbitration, and representation of children through the Office of the Children’s Lawyer.
Akbar was appointed by the His Highness Aga Khan on the Regional Conciliation and Arbitration Board (RCAB) for Ontario as Mediator in 1999. He served as Mediator for 6 years and in 2005 he was appointed Chairperson of the Board for 7 years until 2012.
Akbar has mediated over 150 matrimonial, commercial and Wills/Estate related disputes and during his term as Chairperson of the Ontario RCAB, he managed over 400 cases.
In 2014 he has travelled to India, Tanzania, USA and within Canada with other international training faculty members and trained over 200 CAB mediators.
Akbar is also B.Comm, C.A. (finalist) from London, England and Certified Fraud Examiner from USA from 1997 to 2015.
He speaks English, Urdu, Bengali, Gujerati and Hindi.
In her practice, Laura focusses on producing a comprehensive and practical plans that works for everyone involved – especially the children. She is passionate about working with parents to move through the most difficult but crucial discussions with an aim to fully prepare them to co-parent successfully and hopefully not need dispute resolution services again.
Laura is a member of the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario, the Ontario Association of Family Mediators and the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts.
Laura is also a member of Rotary. As Director of Youth for the Newmarket Club she runs Interact, a youth Rotary club for youth aged 12-18 and Chairs the International Youth Exchange Program for Newmarket.
- Harvard Negotiation Institute Mediation Workshop
- Law Society of Upper Canada Mediation Course
- Mediation and Domestic Violence Training
- Executive Committee, Family Arbitration Section, ADR Institute of Ontario
- Past President, Jewish Family and Child Service of Toronto
- Board member, Associate of Jewish Family and Children Agencies of North America
- Professional Advisory Committee, Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto
- Past Chair, Family Law Specialty Committee, the Law Society of Upper Canada
Member at Large
One of the four original “founders” of FDRIO. Hilary has practiced and trained in the field of family dispute resolution since 2001. She holds professional designations with FDRIO, Family Mediation Canada (FMC) and the Ontario Association of Family Mediation(OAFM), and is a past-chair of the ADR Section of the Ontario Bar Association and former director at OAFM. Her firm Riverdale Mediation Ltd. provides mediation, arbitration, parenting coordination, training and consulting services and has designed and delivered workshops and training across Canada and internationally. She has developed and led training in screening for power imbalances including domestic violence in many jurisdictions. Hilary also is the President of mediate393 inc. which delivers family mediation and information services at Toronto’s Superior and Provincial Courts of Justice. Hilary is a regular adjunct professor at the LL.M. (Family Law) program at Osgoode Hall Law School and Western University Faculty of Law, teaching Family Law Dispute Resolution. She is a two-time recipient of the James G. McLeod Professorship in Family Law and a recipient of the OBA Award of Excellence in ADR. Hilary is recognized as an outstanding and inspiring teacher of mediation and negotiation theory and skills. She is best known for custom-designing dispute resolution workshops for professionals in all fields, including programs for:
- IMAPCT: Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean
- Ontario Office of the Children’s Lawyer
- Legal Aid Ontario
- Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia (CLEBC)
- Resolution, UK
- ADR Institute of Manitoba
- Family Mediation Canada (FMC)
- Academy of Professional Mediators (APFM)
- Durham Children’s Aid Society
- Swedish Forum for Mediation and Conflict Resolution
- Dublin Family Lawyers Association
- Nunavut Legal Services Board
- Ismaili Conciliation and Arbitration Board
In addition to holding the designation of CBV, Matthew is also a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Chartered Professional Account (CPA), Certified Management Consultant (CMC), and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF). His diverse background provides him with the tools needed to address the financial and valuation issues surrounding marital breakdowns and to provide legal professionals and divorcing spouses with an understanding of the financial issues that arise in a divorce.
Matthew has previously lectured on topics including business valuations in the context of marital breakdowns, emerging issues and methodologies in pension valuations, and income determination for the purpose of determining spousal support. Matthew has also authored and co-authored a number of articles dealing with the financial issues surrounding marital breakdowns.
Marie offers Mediation, Arbitration and Collaborative process ADR services in her practice. She has a Masters Degree from Osgoode Hall in the area of Alternate Dispute Resolution and she is an accredited mediator with OAFM and with FDRIO. Marie is also a teacher and a trainer. She trains lawyers and professionals in the Collaborative process. She is a Faculty member at Humber College in the post graduate ADR program where she teaches Family Mediation and ADR Mechanisms in the Ontario court system. She is a Dispute Resolution Officer for the Brampton and Milton Superior Courts and a panel Mediator with Peel Family Services, the court mediation service at the Brampton Court. Marie was a panel lawyer with the Office of the Children’s Lawyer for approximately 6 years. She is a regular contributor of articles to the Peel Law Association newsletter, Peel Briefs, and a regular presenter for the program “Putting Kids First” offered through Peel Catholic Family Services. She is also a regular presenter at the Brampton Court Mandatory Information Sessions.
Professionally, she is a lawyer and mediator. She is a passionate advocate for family violence prevention which is informed by her experience as a family and child protection lawyer; an outreach worker for victims and survivors of forced marriages and ‘honour’ based violence; and as a volunteer rape crisis counsellor.
With an international background that led her to studying and working globally, including in England, Spain, and the United Arab Emirates, Raheena has a keen sense of cultural diversity and sensitivity, enabling her to serve members of the community with pluralistic perspectives and experiences.
Raheena is also an accredited SPCP Mediator, a unique designation that requires mediators to learn and use psychotherapeutic and counseling psychology techniques in mediation. She is a former roster mediator with St. Stephen’s Community House, and is currently pursuing accreditation as a family law mediator.