- Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada)
- The Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators (CICBV)
- The Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPA Ontario)
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.
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.
Born in Leamington and raised speaking both French and English in Chatham-Kent and Essex counties, Jennifer graduated from McMaster University in 2004.
After obtaining a Juris Doctorate in 2007 from the French Common Law program at the University of Ottawa, and completing her articles in Sudbury, she was called to the Bar in Ontario and began practicing as an agent for the Public Prosecutions Services of Canada in Oshawa.
In 2009, Jennifer joined Legal Aid Ontario as a bilingual designate in the GTA where her practice was focused exclusively to family law. There, she committed herself to representing disadvantaged litigants at both the Ontario and Superior Courts of Justice in Toronto.
During her time with Legal Aid, Jennifer worked extensively on custody, access and support issues, frequently with clients who had experienced or been charged with domestic violence.
In 2013 she founded Daudlin Law, and expanded the scope of her practice to encompass all areas of family law, including the division and equalization of property and the negotiation of domestic contracts.
With a demonstrated dedication to her clients, Jennifer is committed to representing her client's interests and providing them the best legal advice and representation.
A lifelong athlete, Jennifer continues to enjoy various athletic endeavours, loves to travel and is an avid salsera.
Dr. Linda R. Ennis
Linda Rose Ennis, Ph.D, is a psychoanalytic therapist in private practice who specializes in divorce empowerment, a FDRP Med. Certified Specialist in Family Mediation, an author, a course & workshop trainer and York university lecturer. Dr. Ennis is the former academic chair of FDRIO and the present chair of the Voice of the Child Committee, as well as a committee member of the Training & Accrediting Course Committee.
Her education includes the following; a Ph.D. in Psychology and Education; a Masters in Education (Early Childhood specialist); a Diploma in Child Study and a teaching degree from the University of Toronto. She has written and spoken extensively on her research in her area of expertise, “On Combining Motherhood With Employment”, which was the first qualitative piece done in this area. She has written contributions in the Encyclopedia of Motherhood, discussing the “empty nest”, the “mommy track”, and has contributed a chapter entitled “Contract-Faculty Mothers: On The Track To Nowhere” in O’Brien Hallstein & O’Reilly’s book entitled “Academic Motherhood in a Post-Second Wave Context” (Demeter Press:2012). Most recently, she has published her own edited collection, “Intensive Mothering: The Cultural Contradictions of Modern Motherhood” (Demeter Press: 2014) and “After the Happily Ever After: Empowering Women and Mothers In Relationships” (Demeter Press: 2017).
I currently hold the part-time position of Program Coordinator, Faculty of Business, Humber College. I am responsible for the coordination of the ADR Graduate Certificate Program. In addition, I have a part-time appointment as the Chair, Toronto Licensing Tribunal.
Prior to that, I was the Local Planning Appeal Support Centre's first Executive Director, April 2018. I also had numerous leadership roles in my career working for provincial government ministries, boards and tribunals. I am an expert in mediation, adjudication, operations and business services, I served as director of strategic business services for Ontario’s tribunal clusters (SJTO and SLASTO) and oversaw the province-wide operation of 8 boards and tribunals while Director of Operations. I also served as Vice Chair at the Social Benefits Tribunal and the Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal. I hold a LL.M from Osgoode Law School.
Vicky M. Ringuette
Vicky M. Ringuette is a bilingual Family Lawyer and Mediator in Hamilton, Ontario. She is a graduate of the University of Ottawa in both the Communications Program (2001) and the Common Law in French Program (2004). Her practice focuses on the niche areas of Family Law, which include Adoption and Fertility and Surrogacy. She is trained in Family Mediation and Arbitration working with families to provide them with the information and skills they need to find a positive solution outside of Family Court and when necessary, to make the final and legally binding decisions.
She is a panel lawyer with both Legal Aid Ontario and the Office of the Children’s Lawyer. She is active in the legal community both with the Hamilton Law Association’s Family Law Subcommittee and as the President of the Haldimand Law Association. She is a member of the Board of Directors of l’Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario. She is a member of the Legal Aid Ontario French Language Services Advisory Committee. Vicky was born and raised in a small Francophone town in New Brunswick and has made Ontario her home since 1998.
Brahm D. Siegel
Brahm received his Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours from McGill University in 1990, his law degree from Queen's in 1993, and was called to the Bar in 1995.
Certified as a Specialist in Family Law by the Law Society since 2008, Brahm co-authored McLeod’s Ontario Family Law Rules Annotated for ten years and is the consulting editor of the Consolidated Ontario Family Law Statutes and Regulations, published by Thomson Carswell. He is also the author of the chapters on divorce, procedure and alternative dispute resolution for the Law Society’s Licensing Process and was a Dispute Resolution Officer in the Superior Court of Justice.
Brahm is a certified Family Mediator with the Ontario Association of Family Mediators (OAFM) and a certified arbitrator with Family Dispute Resolution Institute (FDRIO). He enjoys speaking at conferences and seminars, including the Law Society of Upper Canada, Advocates Society, and Ontario Association of Family Mediators. His work has been published in Canadian Family Law Quarterly and Money and Family Law. He is also the founder of the Nathens, Siegel Scholarship, which goes to the highest mark in the Family Clinic course at Queen’s University, and the Family Court Calendar, a daily free subscription
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