2018 FDRIO Board Members
Lorne Wolfson is a senior partner at Torkin Manes, Family Law Group, Lorne’s practice includes all aspects of family law, including divorce, custody and access, property, support and domestic contracts.
Lorne has been accredited as a family mediator by the Ontario Associate for Family Mediation. He is also a Dispute Resolution Office of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and sits on the Family Law Rules Committee.
Lorne is recognized for his mediation and arbitration expertise and has completed the following specific training:
- 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
Hilary Linton is one of the four original “founders” of the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (FDRIO). She is a past director of OAFM and former chair of the OBA ADR section. Her firm Riverdale Mediation Ltd. provides mediation, arbitration, parenting coordination, training and consulting services. She 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 the 2014 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
Neil Maisel is a partner in the Valuations | Forensics | Litigation Group at Crowe Soberman. Neil plays an integral part in the firm’s leadership as the firm’s Ethics Officer. For 16 years he also served as a member of the Management Committee.
Neil brings a wealth of experience, having worked in the tax and assurance and advisory practices. For the last 28 years, Neil’s practice focused on matrimonial matters, shareholder disputes, corporate and commercial damage claims, business valuations and other litigation support.
Neil is the vice president of Due Diligence Inc. (DDI), a corporation devoted to the detection, prevention and investigation of occupational fraud, waste and abuse. In this role, Neil provides both financial and forensic investigative and accounting services to the commercial, corporate, financial, government and legal sectors.
Neil enjoys lecturing on a number of topics, some of which are accredited presentations, and has authored numerous articles on topics including business valuation, litigation, family law and tax matters.
Neil has also been active in the community and is an Honourary Director of the Asthma Society of Canada. Neil is also the Co-Chair of the Financial Professionals Section of The Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (FDRIO) and is a director of the organization.
- Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada)
- The Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators (CICBV)
- The Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPA Ontario)
Sina Hariri is a lawyer who enjoys wearing many hats (litigator, mediator, instructor) but all of these hats are anchored in a passion for problem solving in family law. He earned a Canadian LLB law degree from the University of Windsor, and a US JD law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy in Michigan. Immediately following a rich Family Law focused articling term, Sina realized a passion in family law and founded his own practice in the area. His passion for dispute resolution in the family law arena led him to get his Masters of Law in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) from Osgoode Hall, and more recently, his Accredited Family Mediator status with the Ontario Association for Family Mediation.
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.
Akbar Ebrahim is an Accredited Mediator and a Master Trainer certified by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), London, England in 2013 and accredited Family Mediator certified by the OAFM Ontario in 2014.
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.
Laura founded Summit Mediation and provides mediation, parenting coordination and 3rd party screening for power imbalance. Laura is an accredited Family Mediator, Parenting Coordinator and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. Laura is also a licenced provider under New Ways for Families, an approach for working with high conflict family law clients.
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.
Marty Klein is a family law lawyer, having practiced throughout the GTA for over three decades. His real passion is keeping people out of court, for he has have come to appreciate the divisiveness and needless to say – costs associated with the law model. Marty is an accredited mediator, also trained in Arbitration, the Collaborative Process and as a Parental Coordinator. Additionally, he is a member of the OAFM, ADR Institute, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Peel-Halton Collaborative Practice Group, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) and Chair of Mediation-Arbitration Peel. Aside from dispute resolution, Marty is a Deputy Judge in the Small Claims Court in Brampton, where he presides at least one day a week; a Dispute Resolution Officer (DRO) in the Superior Court at Brampton and a Licensee to place children for private adoption in Ontario. Marty keeps myself involved in numerous committees and community agencies. Additionally, he is a member of the Family Lawyers Association, Peel Law Association and past Chair of the Operations Committee, Toronto Family Court (311 Jarvis Street). For many years he was an instructor for the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Bar Admission Course. Above all else, is Marty’s relentless commitment to “fairness” and pursuit of “no-court” resolution of conflict.
Michael Saini is an Associate Professor and holds the endowed Chair of Law and Social Work at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. He is the Co-Director of the Combined J.D. and M.S.W. Program with the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto and the Course Director of the 48-hour Foundations of Custody Evaluations Program. He conducts custody evaluations, assists children’s counsel for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer, Ministry of the Attorney General in Ontario, he provides parent education post separation and divorce and he is a parent coach. He is also actively involved in family law related program evaluations. His publications have focused on access to justice, dispute resolution, high conflict, strained parent-child relationships, supervised visitation, virtual parenting time and parent competencies post separation and divorce.
Tom Dart was called to the Bar of Ontario in April, 1976. He is a partner at Barriston LLP, Barrie. Tom has practiced exclusively in the area of family law and family law related estate matters since 1982.
He is an accredited Mediator and Arbitrator and has assisted many mediation/arbitration parties in resolving their disputes on a comprehensive basis – settling custody and access issues as well as financial issues such as property division and support. Mediation and/or arbitration can be an effective and cost efficient method of resolving any family law dispute and Tom is committed to alternatives to dispute resolution such as this.
Tom has presented on many topics at continuing legal education seminars for the Canadian Bar Association and the Law Society of Upper Canada. He volunteers much of his time to the legal community and the Barrie Zone AAA Colts Hockey Association.
Marie is a lawyer and a Divorce Angel in the Peel area. She is passionate about access to justice issues and about promoting a balanced, value driven resolution process for parties, that includes expert facilitation coupled with necessary legal advice to ensure the best product for the public. Marie has been practicing family law since 1994. She started with the Toronto firm of Dickson Sachs Appell and Beaman (now Dickson Appell Lawyers) and later moved her practice to Mississauga and ultimately to South Mississauga where she is currently located in the Clarkson/Lorne Park area.
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.
Cathryn is certified with the Ontario Association for Family Mediation as an Accredited Family Mediator (Acc.FM) and a Child Protection Mediator (CP.Med). She is also a certified mediator with ADR Ontario (C.Med), and with the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (FDRP Med). She is an active part of the Halton Family Law community, and is dedicated to ongoing training both on family law and alternative dispute resolution topics. She trains prospective mediators through an internship program.
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.
Sherry is a social work student studying how divorce influences the intergenerational-transmission of trauma within families. Working with an anti-oppressive framework, Sherry is a seasoned professional informed by her former practice as a kinesiologist. An intern at Riverdale Mediation, Sherry is passionate about connecting individuals and family’s with the most suitable dispute resolution process and provides mediation and mental health services to populations with limited access to resources.
As the FDRIO Newsletter Editor and a dedicated community capacity builder, Sherry amplifies FDRIO’s voice and presence throughout Ontario.
Sherry is grateful to serve the community in Toronto on the historical territory of the Huron-Wendat, Petun, Seneca and, most recently, the Mississaugas of the New Credit Indigenous peoples. This territory is covered by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Haudenosaunee and the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the lands and resources around the Great Lakes.
Matthew Krofchick is a Chartered Business Valuator (CBV) and a Valuations Manager at Krofchick Valuations in Toronto. Matthew specializes in forensic accounting including income determination and business valuations for matrimonial purposes. His work includes complex tracing analysis, income determination for child and spousal support calculations, pension valuations, and business valuations. He has led a team of valuation and forensic specialists in numerous valuation and investigative assignments in many diverse industries.
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.