ADRIA is supported by a dedicated team of part-time staff led by our Executive Director. Messages & emails are usually returned within 2 business days. Calls & visits are best accommodated weekdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. To deliver our quality training and professional development, we rely on a roster of experienced instructors and coaches.
ADRIA is governed by a Board of Directors and has adopted a set of by-laws, registered on the incorporation of the Institute on May 14, 2012. The Board consists of up to nine individuals who are elected by and from the membership. The Board also includes an elected representative from the ADRIC Board, and often a Past President. An Executive consisting of a President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary is elected by the Directors and announced at our Annual General Meeting.
2019-2020 Board of Directors
Barbara is a chartered mediator, integrity commissioner, facilitator, and adjudicator. She’s a certified ombudsman and trained in workplace assessment and investigation. For over thirty years, she’s helped people find resolution for their tough problems. Barbara was a hearing commissioner with the Alberta Energy Regulator from 2013 – 2017, adjudicating and mediating oil and gas issues. She has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and a Masters in Public Administration.
Barbara’s work takes her throughout Alberta, where she meets wonderful people and keeps falling in love with our province’s beautiful landscapes. With more enthusiasm than talent she enjoys skiing, tennis, golf, and sailing. Recently Barbara started tormenting herself by learning and trying to play competitive bridge.
Dora Dang, C.Med, Q.Arb.
Michelle Simpson C.Med, C.Arb
J. Barrie Marshall, QC
Barrie is a retired lawyer and was, until June, 2019, a partner in the
Calgary office of Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP.
Barrie spent his entire career
practicing in the area of commercial litigation with an emphasis on
construction and securities law. He is highly regarded for his creative and
effective litigation skills and dispute resolution strategies. His expertise in
builders' lien law, in particular, made him a frequent advisor to a broad
spectrum of construction industry participants including fellow construction
is a past chair of the National Civil Litigation Section of the Canadian Bar
Association and has held several posts with the Alberta branch of that body.
is currently a director on the Board of ADR Institute of Alberta (ADRIA), an
affiliate of the ADR Institute of Canada (ADRIC). Barrie also serves on the ADRIC Board as the
ADRIA representative to that Board.
pursues a broad spectrum of interests and recreational activities. He enjoys reading, cycling, hiking, skiing,
and spending time with his three grandchildren.
Director and Governance Committee Chair:
Kevin Kelly, Q.Arb, Q.Med
Amin Poonja, Q.Med
Ali Ansell, Q.Med
Ali has a private practice, working mostly with families and communities, and currently spends most of her time as an ADR Specialist at the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER). At the AER she helps companies, NGOs, landowners, and Indigenous communities work through disputes related to oil and gas development. She instructs, mediates, and facilitates, and she is actively engaged in a number of groups and committees, including the Conflict Resolution Day Planning Committee and Mediators Mentoring Mediators.
In her personal life she loves to garden and has been experimenting with composting over the last few years. She also enjoys travelling to new places and discovering hidden gems around the world. She's travelled to a number of European countries in the past and more recently has been exploring the United States. An unexpected favorite of 2019: sitting on the beach near wild horses on the island of Assateague, Maryland.