2016-17 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
Richard Shields began his ADR practice in 1994 with family dispute resolution as his primary area of focus. He joined the ADR Institute of Canada and its Ontario affiliate, the ADR Institute of Ontario, Family Mediation Canada, the Ontario Association for Family Mediation, and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. Rick participated in the pilot project team that developed the Family Mediation Canada certification program and he became their first Certifying Administrator.
Rick is a past president of the ADR Institute of Ontario and the Ontario Association for Family Mediation. He is a co-founder of a new family dispute resolution organization, the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario, of which he is a member of their board of directors and executive committee and a co-chair of their Family Mediation and Family Arbitration Sections.
Rick holds various professional designations. He is a Certified Specialist in Family Law, conferred by the Law Society of Upper Canada. Rick is also designated as a Certified Comprehensive Family Mediator by Family Mediation Canada; as a Chartered Mediator and Chartered Arbitrator by the ADR Institute of Canada; as a Certified Family Mediator and Certified Family Arbitrator by the ADR Institute of Ontario; and as an Accredited Family Mediator by the Ontario Association for Family Mediation. In his capacity as a co-chair of the Family Mediation and Family Arbitration Sections of the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario, he is assisting in the development of their professional designations.
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.
Barbara Landau is a Psychologist, Lawyer, Chartered Mediator, Certified Comprehensive Family Mediator and Chartered Arbitrator.
She has successfully resolved family law disputes, including parenting plans, financial issues, family business and estate issues, as well as workplace disputes in diverse communities, commercial, wrongful dismissal, medical malpractice and personal injury cases.
- Advisor and co-author of the Legal Innovation Zone’s Family Reform Community Collaboration, 2016 at Ryerson University
- Chair of FDRIO (Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario), 2015 and current executive member
- Co-Chair, Home Court Advantage: Creating A Family Law Process that Works Conference, 2010
- Executive member of the ADR Section of the Ontario Bar Association
- Vice President of the ADR Institute of Ontario and Board member
- President of the Ontario Association for Family Mediation
- Executive Board member of the Academy of Family Mediators (now APFM)
- Chair, Domestic Violence Committee, OAFM and Academy of Family Mediators (ACR)
- Chief Psychologist, Family Court Clinic at Clarke Institute and Scarborough General Hospital
- Executive member of the Ontario Advisory Council on the Status of Women
- Chief of Service, Adolescent Unit, Queen Street Mental Health Centre (now CAMH)
- Director, Psychology Foundation of Canada, chairing the “In Place of Violence” Committee
Acc. FM, President and Founder Family Mediation and Resource Centre
Laura is an accredited Family Mediator, working in Durham and GTA. Laura is passionate about researching community needs and advocating for effective reform. Increasing and diversifying access to justice for vulnerable populations is a central aspect of her work.
Laura has been actively involved with Youth Assisting Youth for over a decade; as well, she volunteered at CAMH (Centre for Addictions and Mental Health) conducting behavioural and cognitive assessments with children and youth. Laura is the past President of Community Justice Alternatives of Durham, member of the Board of FDRIO (Ontario Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario) and sits on the Board of Dr. Roz Healing Centre, a centre for women and children fleeing domestic violence.
Laura is the founder of the FMRC (Family Mediation and Resource Centre), a one of a kind, not-for-profit, C-FDR (community-based family dispute resolution) organization. FMRC’s mandate is to provide low and middle-income families who are experiencing divorce, separation or other potentially difficult life transitions, with affordable and equal access to dispute resolution alternatives. Through the development of services, such as free educational workshops, legal information sessions and single-parent support groups, Laura is committed to empowering families to make their own decisions as they transition through separation or divorce – helping them to avoid adversarial processes.
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)
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.
Natalie Derbyshire practices family law with a view to exceeding expectations of clients. She routinely negotiates and drafts domestic contracts, including cohabitation agreements, marriage contracts, and separation agreements. Her practice involves helping clients resolve the issues of property division, divorce, child and spousal support, custody and access. She also provides advice in relation to step-parent adoptions.
Natalie puts clients at ease by ensuring they understand their legal rights and their dispute resolution process options from the outset of the matter. She has strong litigation skills and significant experience advocating for her clients at various provincial and superior court locations across Ontario.
Natalie has also been a certified collaborative family lawyer since 2011. She offers collaboration to her clients as an alternative dispute resolution process which enables them to maintain control over the outcome of their family law matter and empowers the participants to work together to craft the best possible agreement to suit their family’s particular circumstances.
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.
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.
BSc, D.C.S (Psych)
Ilana Tamari has been in private practice since 2002. She provides S30 assessments, parenting coordination, mediation and arbitration, closed and open mediation, reunification therapy, and lectures on domestic violence and power imbalances.
Ilana is a member of the association of Family and Conciliation Courts. She participates in a monthly peer consultation forum with Dr. Barbara Fidler around parenting coordination matters, Section 30 custody and access assessments and high conflict families.
Ilana is an active participant on the High Conflict Forum and is a certified member of the OACCPP, was a board member of the OACCPP, chaired the Professional Conduct Committee, and sat on the Ethics and Governance and Risk Management Committees.
Ilana is an accredited family mediator with the OAFM.
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.