The Workplace Fairness Institute is pleased to offer one full scholarship to a participant in the upcoming five-day seminar, “Advanced Workplace Restoration and Workplace Fairness Analyst Certification Training” co-sponsored by the Workplace Fairness Institute and the ADR Institute of Alberta.
May 2-4 and 6-7, 2019 - 1107-53 Avenue NE, Calgary, Alberta
We are seeking those who are avid and enthusiastic contributors to their associations. Whose advice helps these organizations to grow and prosper. It is these qualities that we are looking for in the successful applicant for our scholarship. This award will be given to the applicant that demonstrates financial need, commitment to their communities of practice and a strong desire to achieve and enhance fairness in the workplace. The value of the scholarship is $2500.
Please send an application that is no more than 3 pages long, demonstrating the above criteria to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before April 18, 2019. The successful applicant will be announced April 24th, 2019 and will be dependant upon confirmation of the course proceeding.
Divorce Magazine Canada is a free resource of local businesses that can help through the transitions of divorce or separation. On behalf of our mediators who work with families, ADRIA submitted an article as well as an advertisement. Our article, "Could we just talk? (for the sake of the kids)" discusses preserving the parent-child relationships. The issue is available now throughout Alberta at many convenient locations.
Please plan to join us Thursday, June 13 from 5-8 pm for our Annual General Meeting. Wine and cheese will be served and door prizes will be available.
5:00 - 5:30 Networking Reception
5:30 - 6:30 AGM
6:30 - 7:00 Networking Reception
7:00 - 7:30 Keynote Speaker (TBA)
7:30 - 8:00 Networking Reception
#225 Tower 1
3697 Mill Woods Road
Danish Canadian Club
727 - 11th Avenue S.W.
or join us online via ZOOM (details to follow)
More information and details will be posted on our website in the coming weeks.
April 13th, 2019 is Law Day in Alberta!
ADRIA will be present in Calgary & Edmonton, where we will be hosting Children's Mock Arbitrations and Mediations - between Batman & Robin no less.
Save the date, bring the kids, and consider helping out!
Full details on the Law Day Website
Batman & Robin - Be a Conflict Superhero, not a bully!
Volunteers are needed to support the CBA Law Day in both Calgary & Edmonton, Saturday April 13th. Our Children's Mock Arbitration & Mediation scenarios with the Dynamic Duo should be a smash. We will need display booth attendants, guides and actors: arbitrators, mediators and costumed superheroes. This is a fun day, and an opportunity to interact with the public. Engagement and over-acting is strongly encouraged! Contact email@example.com if you’re able to assist in either city.
The energy industry shaped international arbitration and – thanks to resource nationalism, changes in the oil price, shifting geopolitics and febrile sanctions lists - remains one of its biggest users. Alberta's economy is closely linked to the energy sector, and many ADRIA members working in the sector will be interested in this resource, available online.
The Guide to Energy Arbitrations, published by Global Arbitration Review, provides coherent and comprehensive coverage of the most common, most difficult, and most unusual issues faced by energy firms, from some of the world’s leading authorities. It is edited by J William Rowley QC, Doak Bishop and Gordon Kaiser. The Third Edition is fully updated and has new content on upstream oil and gas disputes.
Read This Resource
This two-day Mediation Role-Play Intensive training is designed to help you get to the next level of skill integration.
This training involves one hour of skill review and three back-to-back role plays each day. Over the course of the two-days, each person will be skilled twice and unskilled up to four times. For each role-play the mediator will be given one-hour to role-play, time for reflection, and 30 minutes of feedback from your coach. Role-players will also be expected to provide feedback on each role-play. Coaches will not hold back; feedback will be robust and comprehensive, intended to elevate your skill integration.
This is not a beginner mediation role-play group. Expect to be challenged.
This is designed for students who have completed mediation training, are committed to practicing their mediation skills, and have already worked to integrate their skills outside the classroom.
Students must apply to take this training in order to ensure that the group comprises participants that are at a similar level of training and expertise.
June 14 & 15, 2019
Both AFMA and ADRIA serve an important role in providing the public with qualified and experienced ADR professionals, and both recognize the expense involved in maintaining multiple professional memberships.
ADRIA and AFMS offer a $50/year reduction in their respective annual full membership fees to dual members, and ADRIA waives the one-time $50 administration fee for all new full members who hold an AFMS membership.
Renew your membership and select the invoice option, then contact Sandra at firstname.lastname@example.org to get your discount applied.
ADRIA looks forward to pursuing additional dual member discounts for those seeking training or professional designations, and to continued collaboration with the AFMS.
On the NC State University website, by Jessica Jameson, a professor of communication at NC State.
Universities are grappling with ways to help their students address a host of mental health challenges, many of which are linked to stress. One possible solution may be to train students in tools and techniques that can help them achieve balance. Luckily, there is a suite of skills that addresses those specific issues – and many universities already teach them under the heading of “mediation training.”
Many of you will recall that I provided a lengthy reflection on our 2017 activities and accomplishments at about this time last year. My reflection on 2018 will be much shorter - not because we accomplished less last year, but because the circumstances and events that ADRIA focused on in 2018 have significantly altered the trajectory of both our profession and our organization.
Let's start with advocacy and the advancement of ADR practices in Alberta. The 2018 Alberta ADR Symposium was many years in the making. It represented a broad partnership of Government and Non-Profit ADR interests that banded together to host a serious dialogue about ADR practices and acceptance. As we had hoped, the Symposium attracted a broad range of participants, and meaningful feedback emerged with which to drive future decision making. ADRIA provided much of the energy and resources for this Symposium and, true to form, ADRIA members were front and centre in all of the discussions. Our own Tammy Borowiecki alone deserves much of the credit for the Symposium's success. Exceptional speakers covered a wide range of interests, and the Tamarack Foundation led us through the concepts of collective impact and a common agenda. The work of the Symposium continues, and we are hopeful that a lasting and progressive legacy will emerge. Certainly the level and nature of discussions between the Government of Alberta (GOA), ADRIA and other ADR Non-profits has intensified, and new opportunities are emerging. The Courts will soon trial, and hopefully reinstate, mandatory pre-trial ADR. Discussions with the GOA Dispute Resolution Network (GOA/DRN), and the work of our ADRIA Task Force on Training & Designation Standards, will soon encourage a greater degree of skills integration within the ADR community, higher standards, and more opportunities to access GOA rosters, practicums and employment.
How has our organization evolved? Growing enrolment at Concordia, and in our own ADR classroom, prompted the need to find larger premises last summer. Relocating an office and developing our own educational space were not small undertakings, but the move to South Edmonton has been well received by the staff and membership alike. Smart investments in furnishings and technology have provided ADRIA's learners with an exceptional training environment, well suited to the unique needs of our profession. Our Board of Directors was also renewed in 2018 through the addition of three engaged Directors, each representing a unique sector of the ADR spectrum. Finally, through the collective efforts of several ADRIA Board members and many others, a renewed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between ADR Canada and the seven Regional Affiliates across Canada will soon be in effect. Signing the MOU will significantly enhance our ability to work collaboratively as a Federation, and advance ADR practices across the country.
2019 has kicked off with new premises, new opportunities, new Board and staff members, a new Federation MOU, classrooms full of learners, and a renewed sense of "we're heading in the right direction". You are invited to take an active role in your professional association: assist in our advocacy efforts, support ADRIA's networking and learning events, and/or develop your professional skills. I outlined many of these opportunities in last month's Newsletter, so I again invite you to explore your options, get engaged, and to send me a note on any subject at any time: email@example.com
February is a cold, cold month, but the year ahead is looking really bright!
- Paul Conway, Executive Director
On Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell will donate towards mental health initiatives in Canada by contributing 5¢ for every applicable text, call, tweet, social media video view and use of Facebook frame or Snapchat filter.
Bell Let’s Talk Toolkit
To help you be part of the conversation, the Bell Let’s Talk Toolkit provides information and
resources on how you can facilitate a conversation in your community, how to have conversations with people, helpful tips for the workplace as well as shareable images for you to use to show your support.
The Conversation Guide can be used to help people start a conversation about mental health. This guide will help you, as a facilitator, plan how to encourage your community to start
conversations about mental illness.
National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace
According to the Mental Health Commission, on any given week, more than 500,000 Canadians are unable to go to work due to mental health problems.
Download this resource to find information about the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.
Keep the conversation about mental health going all year long!
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