A Place for Mediation Inc.

Before you litigate, always mediate.

Bruce L. Ally, Ph.D. (ABD), L.L.M. (ADR)

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E-mail: bruceally@aplaceformediation.ca
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Mediating since 1985 to 2015, Bruce has completed in excess of 3000 mediations. Initially his focus was on Family Mediation. Today he now includes specializations in Personal Injury, Employment Law, Estate, Construction and Human Rights amongst other areas. Bruce is one of the instructors for the Lawyers as Negotiators Program at Osgoode Hall Law School for third year students. He is also an educator in the advance Mediation Program at York University and a resolution educator supervising Osgoode and York students in small claims court. In addition to this he mediates, arbitrates, adjudicates and investigates on a daily basis.

His educational exploits include a BA at York University, a Certificate in Mediation at U. of T., and a six-month Internship at the Oshawa Family Court. He then commenced a private practice. He then completed his MA in Psychology at Vermont College; followed by an LLM in ADR at Osgoode as well as his doctoral studies in Counselling. He is a certified Child Protection mediator and holds memberships at Family Mediation Canada, he is also a member at the OBA ADR section. He has also been a certified member of the Ontario Association of Mental Health Practitioners for the last 28 years, as well as a member in good standing with the Ontario Mandatory Mediation Program Superior Court of Justice since 1999. In addition to this he is a senior consultant at the Workplace Fairness Institute and is widely published on numerous areas in mediation. He also has acted as an arbitrator in numerous private matters for the last 12 years. Bruce also investigates workplace harassment issues and holds certification as an Ombudsman. Finally, he is also an adjudicator holding membership with the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators, as well as certified to provide services to the Government of Canada for Mediation, Arbitration, Counselling and Workplace Restoration.

Kevin Stapley, Q. Med., B.Sc., WFA

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E-mail: kevinstapley@aplaceformediation.ca
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Kevin is certified as a Qualified Mediator through the ADR Institute of Canada, a member of the ADR Institute of Ontario Board of Directors and a Roster Mediator within the Ontario Mandatory Mediation Program. He is also the founder of the CALM (Confrontation, Aggression and Liability Management) Training Program. Utilized by several institutions to assist parties, some potentially with cognitively challenged clients, to deescalate and calm angry combatants thus providing a platform for dispute resolution. Kevin also brings almost two decades of conflict resolution in the health care sector with a specialization in crisis intervention. He is a conflict management coach and educator who after completing his graduate certificate in Dispute Resolution at York University, commenced an internship for a duration of one year during which time he acquired additional skills and co-published an article on the state of insurance in Ontario. Additionally, he has training in conflict management coaching with the CINERGY program and is a Certified Workplace Fairness Analyst. Currently he is pursuing his graduate studies in Psychology with a focus in Conflict Resolution.

Agnes Kaufman, Ph.D., LLM., M.S.

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E-mail: akaufman@aplaceformediation.ca
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Agnes has competed a Ph.D. in Public Health, a Ph. D. in Bioethics and her LLM from Osgoode Hall Law School. She has also completed her master’s degree in Conflict Resolution and Mediation. She has extensive experience in dealing with people in emotionally charged environments, particularly in healthcare crises. She completed a one-year mediation internship with A Place for Mediation and has been accepted onto the Ontario Mandatory Mediation Program Roster. Agnes has completed Certification as an Adjudicator and is currently enrolled in an Arbitration training program. She further coaches second and third year law students of Osgoode Hall in Small Claims Courts Mediations. She is a sympathetic yet practical listener to all who find themselves in conflict solutions

Maurice Ford, MSc., Q. Med., OCT., WFA., RP

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E-mail: mauriceford@aplaceformediation.ca
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Mediating since the mid-1990’s. He initially focused on Family and Human Rights Mediations. Most of his focus is now on Personal Injury and Employment disputes. Educationally he obtained a Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the Stitt Feld Hand Houston program. Additionally, he completed the York University Certificate in Dispute Resolution and he holds a M.Sc., degree in Counselling from Niagara University. He is a Certified Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapist of Ontario as well a Certified Educator with the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT). He is now an affiliate mediator at A Place for Mediation and is on the Attorney General’s Roster of mediators. He further holds certification from the Workplace Fairness Institute as a certified Analyst and the Qualified Mediator (Q. Med) designation with ADRIO/ADRIC. He is currently pursuing his license as a Private Investigator with a focus on workplace investigations.

Rekha Lakra, B.A, LL.B, M.B.A, Q. Med, Q. Arb., W.F.A.

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E-mail: rekhalakra@aplaceformediation.ca
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Rekha Lakra is a graduate of the Osgoode Law School joint LL.B. /M.B.A. program, who was called to the bar in 2002. She has certification as both a Qualified Mediator and a Qualified Arbitrator, through the ADR Institute of Canada. She possesses additional training in conflict management and coaching from the Faculty of Law at the University of Windsor, and the CINERGY program. Having pursued negotiations for the World Health Organization, she has gained a wealth of international experience across various countries. Having worked closely with Tier One corporations as well as possessing the training as a workplace analyst, she brings additional skills to facilitate workplace issues.

She is a mediator and conflict coach for St. Stephen’s Community House and delivers training on conflict management to health care professionals and service providers of vulnerable populations in Ontario. Currently, she is also an adjudicator having presided over hundreds of hearings including those related to mental health and substitute decision making. She holds membership in the ADR Institute of Canada and Ontario, and the Law Society of Ontario.

Ariel Kirzner, B.A., J.D.

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E-mail: arielkirzner@aplaceformediation.ca
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Ariel is a lawyer who was called to the bar in 2017. He is currently interning at A Place for Mediation in the one-year internship program.

Mohamed Ben Gleil, B.A., Q.Med.

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E-mail: mbengleil@gmail.com
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Mohamed completed his academic studies in Financial Management at the High Institution of Financial Management at Benghazi University. He worked with a construction company where his specialization was financial management. During his ten years there he did stints in procurement, human resources and finally took on a management role, until he immigrated to Canada. On arrival in Canada he completed his training as a financial advisor and works with a range of larger companies sharing this expertise. Due to his desire to combine and utilize his skills, he completed the Certificate in Dispute Resolution at York University. He then interned at A Place for Mediation where he completed the requisites for a Qualified Mediator Designation with ADRIO. Today he continues at A Place for Mediation as an Associate Mediator with much of this focus being on injury, insurance and construction matters. He is also currently in the process of pursing his license as a Private Investigator to allow him a more in-depth role in investigations.

Simon Chu

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E-mail: simonchu@aplaceformediation.ca
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Simon has just completed his Advanced Certificate in Dispute Resolution from York University and he is currently interning at A Place for Mediation in the one-year internship program.