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Originally held on December 12, 2014, the archived webinar is now available for purchase on-demand as a video stream with downloadable link to material.

This webinar is part of the A Joint Presentation of SOAR and OsgoodePD: Ethics in Administrative Justice: Special Webinar Series.

Several Boards have been using ADR for decades, while others have just introduced mediation as a new and innovative technique for dispute resolution. Should all Administrative Boards and Tribunals build this into their adjudicative structure and follow this path?

Using fact scenarios, topics covered include:

  • Is ADR a good fit for the board/tribunal?
    • what is the spectrum of available ADR techniques?
  • Who should do the mediating?
    • what to make of the mediator/arbitrator where the presiding officer can fulfil both roles, at different times?
    • how does the content of mediation (which is supposed to be confidential) translate to adjudication (in the mind of the arbitrator performing both roles)?
  • What are the key characteristics of a good professional mediator/arbitrator? Does this ever vary?
  • Appreciating and understanding the purpose of a case conference or pre-hearing conference
    • are there competing goals?
    • how do you manage what is appropriate to discuss?
    • is this an efficient or wasteful process?
  • Importance of trust
  • Ensuring all stakeholders have a commitment to respecting the process
  • Dealing with cultural, demographic, and language barriers
  • Challenges with self-represented parties
    • what are counsel’s obligations?
    • obligations of the Tribunal/Board members?
    • importance of communication and listening, including empathy


Program Directors

  • Lorne Sossin, Dean, Osgoode Hall Law School
  • Voy T. Stelmaszynski, Board Solicitor, Ontario Labour Relations Board


  • Reva Devins, Vice Chair, Grievance Settlement Board; Arbitrator and Mediator; Fellow, Winkler Institute for Dispute Resolution (Osgoode Hall Law School)
  • Travis Kearns, Manager Field Services, Ontario Labour Relations Board
  • David A. Wright, Tribunal Chair, Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC)

Group Discounts

2-3 delegates: 25% off archived program fee
4-10 delegates: 30 % off archived program fee
11+ delegates: 35% off archived program fee
Boardroom rates available.


We reserve the right to change program content, speakers and locations without notice. Program materials can be expected to arrive with in 2-3 weeks after purchase. Media/Video/Audio streams will be sent to you as soon as payment is received.


No refunds will be provided for video streams, audio streams and/or media streams. A full refund will be issued for items (ie. CD-Roms) returned within 30 days of purchase as long as it is returned in its original sealed packaging.

Program Details

Delivery Method

Web - On Demand

Fee per Delegate

Individual Session
$175 plus HST

Series (3 Sessions)
$295 plus HST

Boardroom rate: Please inquire for pricing and tech requirements.

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Lawyers who appear before boards, agencies or tribunals
  • Government counsel
  • Tribunal counsel
  • Tribunal, board members
  • Adjudicators
  • Regulators
  • Recent and prospective appointees to administrative agencies, boards and tribunals
  • Professional regulators
  • Members of disciplinary bodies
  • Adjudicators from the provincial, federal or municipal sectors
  • Leaders required to conduct hearings in the broader public sector, including health and educations

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