Our second annual conference welcomed over 170 participants to the sublime Ismaili Centre in Don Mills, Toronto.
Aside from the great networking and opportunities to mingle with our sponsors and exhibitors, FDR professionals from across the province heard:
- Brad Heckman, CEO of the New York Peace Institute, delivered an inspiring keynote about his work engaging police officers and community leaders around the world in peace-building;
- Karen B.K. Chan of Toronto’s Fluid Exchange speak on the elements and practical applications of emotional intelligence in FDR practice;
- Justices George Czutrin and Debra Paulseth speak on access to justice challenges facing the family court and a wide range of opportunities for improvement;
- Chris Bentley from the Ryerson Legal Innovation Zone speak on the evolutions that are driving change in family law;
- Baldev Mutta and Amandeep Kaur from Peel’s Punjabi Community Health Services speak on “How Culture Affects Everything We Do”;
- Mediator Vicky Visca (Mediation Service Provider, Belleville), Omar Ha-Redeye (Law Professor) and Sarah McCoubrey (TAG The Action Group on Access to Justice) speak about research and developments in services for unrepresented parties in FDR.
- Our First Annual FDRIO Award of Excellence, sponsored by Crowe Soberman, was awarded to Chris Bentley to recognize his outstanding contributions to the field of family dispute resolution in Ontario.
Some of the feedback we received:
“I want to thank the organizers for an inspiring day.“
“ I appreciated the panel discussions. Loved the food and the
Ismaili Centre was fabulous. Looking forward to next year!”
“Your keynote speakers were very challenging
and offered me much to think about.”
“Wonderful day! Very much enjoyed the
opportunity to network with other professionals.”
“Awesome time… hoping to be part of FDRweek next year.”
Our second FDRweek was packed full of activities for FDR professionals and the public including:
- meet and greets in Toronto, Newmarket, Barrie and Durham
- Mediation in a Pluralistic Society, a joint event with the ADR Institute of Ontario
- Public information fairs at Queen’s Park and in Newmarket
- A free public Family Law Information Centre at Toronto City Hall
- Our second annual Access to Justice Forum – “Best Interests of the Child: In Whose Interests?”
- Our second annual Interdisciplinary Trainers Forum
Thanks to the Law Society of Upper Canada and TAG, The Action Group on Access to Justice, for your support.