ADRIO - ADR in The Capital

ADRIO - ADR in The Capital

Join us for a stimulating morning of learning and discussion on mediation of litigious disputes, with representatives of both sides of the Bar, mediators and Mr. Justice Robert Beaudoin. New members of the Bar are especially encouraged to come and meet others who want to maximize the mediation experience for their clients. Topics will include a review of the evolution of the mandatory mediation process in the Ottawa Superior Court and where it may be headed in the future, a panel discussion on “best practices” and tips on technique from a highly experienced panel. A Question and Answer session will be included.

After lunch, we will hear from Joy Noonan on “Bringing a Quiet Mind into ADR”. As science continues to demonstrate quite convincingly the benefits of ‘mindfulness’ in counteracting the harmful effects of our overloaded lives - offerings on all things mindful have literally flooded the market. Joy is an ADRIC C.Med and owner of APTUS Conflict Solutions -  but she is also a senior consultant/facilitator with the internationally renowned ‘Potential Project’ the global leader (partnered now with Harvard) on mindfulness at a business and organizational level. Joy will lead a discussion on what the notion of mindfulness can mean for us in our work - and what it might look like for any one of us.

In the evening (6:00PM) join us for a free pub night event to learn more about ADRIO and network with different professionals within the field of conflict management.

Registration includes program materials, breakfast, lunch and refreshment snacks.

-          Early bird Member: $200

-          Member regular: $250

-           Non-member: $320

-          Early bird deadline: February 27th, 2018

* +HST on all rates. Cancellation Policy: If you are unable to attend, your registration is fully transferable to another person in your organization. If you must cancel, notice must be received in writing. All refund requests received on or prior to March 29th, 2018 will receive a refund less a 20% administrative fee; those received on or before April 5th, 2018 will receive a refund less 50%. No refunds after April 5th, 2018. Sessions, speakers and times are subject to change. Registrations are tentative until April 20th. Should ADRIO need to cancel this event, you will receive a full refund.

Once your registration is accepted and payment is processed, the refund policy above will apply in all circumstances.


8:30 am – 9:00 am: Continental breakfast and registration

9:00 am – 9:20 am: Opening remarks by Ian Szlazak

9:20 am – 10:00 am: Keynote session with Justice Robert N. Beaudoin, “Is EVERYBODY a MEDIATOR?”

10:00 am – 10:15am: Refreshment break

10:15 am – 12:00 pm: "Ottawa Mandatory Mediation- 20 Years and Counting " Panel Discussion
Ian Szlazak (moderator), David Elliot, Paul Champ, Robert Beaudoin, and Laura Bruneau

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Networking Lunch

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm “Bringing a Quiet Mind into Mediation” workshop by Joy Noonan

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Networking time

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm ADRIO Pub Night


Program Faculty:





Justice Robert N. Beaudoin

B.A. 1970, (Windsor); M.Ed. 1974 (U of T); LLB 1979, (Windsor)

Superior Court of Justice



"Ottawa Mandatory Mediation- 20 Years and Counting "

Ian C. Szlazak (Moderator) B.A., (Queen’s), LL.B., LL.M. (ADR), Osgoode Hall Law School (York), Chartered Mediator, is the founder and President/CEO of Resolution House Inc.(, an Ottawa-based professional conflict management and dispute resolution firm that has been operating since 1995. His practice is varied, with an emphasis on mediation of a wide variety of litigious disputes (over 2100 appointments), as well as adjudication of physical and sexual abuse claims, arbitration/med-arb of labour and employment matters, workplace investigations and coaching, facilitations and dispute resolution consulting/systems design.


Justice Robert N. Beaudoin B.A. 1970, (Windsor); M.Ed. 1974 (U of T); LLB 1979, (Windsor) Justice Beaudoin was called to the Bar (Ontario) in 1981. He then practiced law in Windsor, Ontario. In 1989, he was appointed the Regional Director of Courts Administration for East Region in Ottawa. He joined the Civil Justice Review in 1994 and participated in the productions of the Review’s two reports aimed at reforming Ontario’s civil justice system. He has extensive experience in civil case management and court-annexed mediation. In January of 1997, he was appointed the Case Management Master for the Superior Court of Justice in Ottawa where he implemented case management for all civil cases. At the same time, he produced the Practice Direction requiring the mandatory referral of all civil cases to mediation. This Practice Direction was the predecessor of Rule 24. 1(Mandatory Mediation). He has lectured and provided advice on case management and mediation and has participated in a number of international justice projects in the Caribbean, Asia and Africa. He was appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice in September, 2009. He is currently the Local Administrative Judge for Civil Matters for the Superior Court of Justice in Ottawa.


Laura Bruneau BA, LLB, CMC is a fluently bilingual lawyer, adjudicator, mediator, arbitrator and ombudsman with 19 years experience. In the year 2003, Laura founded and continues to direct Bruneau Group, a boutique Canadian firm offering independent consulting services to legal counsel and corporations alike. She has been retained to adjudicate, arbitrate or otherwise administer class actions involving hospitals, personal injury, contaminated food, Airlines, payday lenders, federal and provincial governments, tainted blood and universities. She has also been called on to deliver expert testimony in the field of class action legal noticing.

Paul Champ, Champ and Associates, is an employment and civil litigation lawyer based in Ottawa. He runs his own three-lawyer litigation firm, Champ & Associates.  Paul and his clients have established legal precedents in cross border employment, disability rights, privacy, racial discrimination, prisoners’ rights, and corporate accountability for abuses in foreign countries. Paul has obtained successful judgments from every level of Court in Ontario and has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada on several occasions.

David Elliot, Dentons Canada LLP, is the Department Head of the Dentons Ottawa Litigation and Dispute Resolution group. David is also the principal contact of the National ADR Group for the Ottawa office.

David’s practice includes a wide variety of business litigation disputes, with a focus on disputes arising from asset and share purchase transactions, employment related disputes, claims regarding intellectual property and confidential information, professional negligence and negligent misrepresentation, defamation, lease disputes, and insurance matters. David also provides advice in the area of public procurement and represents clients involved in procurement disputes at the federal, provincial and municipal levels of government. His litigation practice has involved appearances before all levels of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and the Federal Court of Canada. In addition to appearing as lead trial and appellate counsel on numerous matters, David has extensive experience acting as counsel on mediations and arbitrations.



“Bringing a Quiet Mind into ADR”

Joy Noonan, LL. B., LL. M.(ADR), C. Med.

Joy is an accomplished lawyer who shifted her practice in 2007 to that of full time neutral work.

She has received the designation of Chartered Mediator (C. Med) from the ADR Institute of Canada and is available to mediate and/or arbitrate most civil and commercial matters with a specialty in labour/human rights/employment law matters. She is frequently sought out to conduct workplace investigations and has now performed over 300 of those processes. A long-time mindfulness practitioner, Joy is also a popular choice for conflict coaching and mindfulness coaching/training – and is a senior trainer and facilitator with the internationally renowned Potential Project; the international gold standard in corporate based mindfulness training.

Joy earned her law degree at Dalhousie University (now the Schulich School of Law) in 1989, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1991. Before shifting her work to that of a full-time neutral, Joy was a partner in a large national law firm, initially in Toronto and then in Ottawa co-anchoring a new office for that same firm starting in 1999. After leaving private practice and while co-leading APTUS with Roger, Joy earned her Masters of Law (LL.M) from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2011, specializing in Alternative Dispute Resolution and temporarily joined the University of Ottawa Law school’s ranks as a part-time professor for a term in 2012 to teach an advanced seminar class on Human Rights.

While currently taking a breather from Board work, Joy has served on a number of Boards of Directors and is currently enjoying being among the Ambassadors for the ‘Women for Mental Health Program’ with the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health.

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4/26/2018 8:30 AM - 8:30 PM
25 Cartier Street Ottawa, ON K2P 1J2

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Thursday, 26 April 2018

Justice Robert N. Beaudoin B.A. 1970, (Windsor); M.Ed. 1974 (U of T); LLB 1979, (Windsor)
9:20 AM - 10:00 AM
4/26/2018 9:20 AM

Panel Discussion Ian Szlazak (moderator), David Elliot, Paul Champ, Robert Beaudoin, and Laura Bruneau
10:15 AM - 12:00 PM
4/26/2018 10:15 AM

Joy Noonan, LL. B., LL. M.(ADR), C. Med.
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
4/26/2018 1:00 PM

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
4/26/2018 6:00 PM