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Royal Roads sponsors the 2018 ADRBC Symposium

Royal Roads University was a platinum sponsor for the 2018 ADRBC Symposium on "Passion, Purpose and Impact in Challenging Times", which took place in Vancouver June 11 to 12 at the Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue.

The well-attended event brought together alternative dispute resolution (ADR) practitioners from all over BC for two days of rich learning, networking and exploring the potential of ADR in the province and beyond. 

As opening keynote, the Honourable David Eby, Attorney General of BC, spoke about the objectives, scope and focus of government policy in ADR. Eby inspired attendees to explore how ADR can be further expanded to provide British Columbians with choices and options to address conflicts.

Dr. Evelyn Zeller, founder of Peace of the Circle, opened the second day of the symposium with her keynote entitled "ADR: What else is possible?" She also encouraged the diverse field of alternative dispute resolution to do even more to support conscious governance and decision-making and engaging with conflict.

Several School of Humanitarian Studies students and alumni, both from the Conflict Analysis and Management and Justice Studies programs, attended the symposium, using the opportunity to network and learn more about ADR in practice.

Faculty and associate faculty as well as alumni from the School of Humanitarian Studies chaired panels and contributed to sessions, as well as being part of the organizing team for the symposium. Highlights included:

  • Panel on "Exploring Restorative Justice" chaired by Assoc. Prof Eva Malisius, inlcuding Dr. Brenda Morrison (Simon Fraser University), Aaron Lyons (Just Outcomes Consulting) and Matt Thorpe (M. Thorpe and Associates);
  • Panel on "ADR's Passion, Purpose and Impact in Challenging Times" chaired by Assoc. Prof. Malisius, including Matt Thorpe, associate faculty Dr. John Radford (Transpectives), Sebastian Merz (SFU Center for Dialogue), and Dr. Evelyn Zellerer;
  • Panel on "Bridging the Barriers of Defensiveness" chaired by Joanna Ludlow (CAM graduate and former student representative on Royal ROads' Board of Governors), including Donne Soules, Anna Richards, and Dr. Marshall Soules;
  • Panel on "How to Develop a Successful ADR Practice: Marketing Services, Acquiring Clients, While Maintaining Ethical Standards" chaired by associate faculty Brin Hamilton (Ahimsa Mediation), including Kathleen Bellamano, Bob Davidson, and Rochelle Grayson; and
  • Royal Roads Lunch and Learn talk on "Bringing People together after an ADR process: it's not over when the process is done"  delivered by Assoc. Prof. Malisius.

Of course, there was a lot more going on, including Duncan Lowrie from the Branding, Marketing & Student Recruitment team handing out Royal Roads socks and CAM 20th anniversary pins to our students and alumni. (If you would like a CAM 20th anniversary pin, contact us at SHS and we will make sure to get one to you!)

Join us next year at ADRBCs 2019 symposium!