Our experienced associates are from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds and speak multiple languages. They are a variety of ages, have different sexual orientations and identities, and come from many different professional backgrounds. This way we can offer you the best fit for your organization.
Lyn Adamson has been a mediator since 1985 working in a variety of settings including non-profit organizations, hostel and housing organizations, college and government settings. Modes of work include group facilitation, team-building and communication training for both front-line staff and managers, and multi-party and one-on-one mediation. Lyn is the Coordinator of Training & Organization Services for our Conflict Resolution & Training team. She brings her experience as a board member, and staff member for numerous non-profit organizations to this work. Lyn also provides training for peace teams in conflict zones.
Peter Bruer spent the early part of his career in community advocacy work, in international development and the tenants' movement. He was first trained as a mediator in 1992, and in 1996 he was hired by the largest community mediation service in Canada, the Conflict Resolution & Training service at St. Stephen's Community House, where he is now Manager. He has conducted dozens of community and professional mediations, designed and taught workshops, and consulted on mediation systems design for a wide range of non-profit, private sector and government clients. He has spoken at conferences in Canada, the United States, Indonesia, and in Latin America, and published in a variety of journals and other media.
Margaret has a B.A. from Carleton University and M.A. from the University of Toronto. She has a background in Criminology. Margaret has been a mediator and trainer with St. Stephen's since 1995. She was trained here and at the Stitt Feld Handy Group in both their introductory and advanced mediation courses. She has mediated many community and workplace disputes, here and in her own work at the Ontario government. She has extensive training and experience in anti-oppression and diversity issues and has and led numerous professional workshops in mediation and conflict resolution skills for non-profit and government agencies.
Pamela Hudak, Ph.D. is an Associate at the Conflict Resolution & Training service as well as at Principled Dispute Resolution & Consulting. She graduated with a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from York University and did an internship at CRT in 2011. Her primary interest is in the promotion of flourishing workplaces. She draws on her prior work in medical research and academia, particularly skills in qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, to inform her approach to workplaces and mediation.
Peter Kingston started as a mediator with St. Stephen's in 1997, with experience as a teacher and trainer in university, community college, private non-profit, social service, and corporate settings. Peter has taught in a wide range of law, finance, and mediation related areas. His mediation experience includes neighborhood, corporate, workplace, family, parent/teacher and youth/school disputes in litigation, non-litigation and restorative justice settings. He holds degrees in law and economics, and is a member of the Ontario Bar.
Claire Huang Kinsley
Claire Huang Kinsley has been a mediator with St Stephen's since 2003. She has helped resolve conflicts in a wide variety of workplace, community and family settings, and has trained hundreds of people in mediation or other conflict resolution skills. Claire is particularly interested in how interpersonal conflict resolution relates to issues of social justice, feminism, cultural diversity and anti-oppression work, and specifically in how this relationship plays itself out in the messy world of real life; having been a front-line worker in human services for over twenty years, she knows that theory is no substitute for practice when tempers start to flare! Claire also works at the Parkdale Community Information Centre and teaches Wen-Do Women's Self Defence.
Lisa LaBorde has a background in human rights and extensive experience working for community based organizations with mandates focused on social change. Lisa has been with St. Stephan's for over 10 years, initially as a community mediator and as an associate since 2010. She has considerable experience in workplace mediation and facilitation, conflict management, and mediation training. Lisa holds a law degree from Queen's University and also has an active practice in child protection law and family mediation.
Niki Landau is trained in family mediation, community mediation, and alternative dispute resolution. She has been involved in family mediation from an early age, but soon diversified her experience to include team-building, training, and coaching on conflict resolution, communication skills, family mediation, screening for domestic violence, and diversity and communication. Niki has also travelled to the Middle East as part of a grassroots peacemaking initiative called the Compassionate Listening Project. Niki is a co-author of the new edition of the Family Mediation Handbook. She is also a theatre writer, actor, director and producer, and teaches theatre arts in several post-secondary settings.
René is a graduate of Toronto's York University advanced programme in Alternative Dispute Resolution and joined St. Stephen's Conflict Resolution andTraining in 2011. He started his career in 1999 as a Litigation Lawyer in Venezuela and has mediated community, divorce, commercial and complex workplace cases for St. Stephen's Conflict Resolution & Training, the Small Claims Court (Toronto) and his private practice.
Robert Pidgeon is a conflict management professional providing third party neutral services and training to a wide variety of organizations. He is fundamentally committed to the goal of helping individuals and organizations deal with conflict in a constructive manner. Robert holds a Master's degree in conflict management and is an associate faculty member in the graduate program for conflict analysis and management at Royal Roads University. Robert has over 14 years experience working successfully with individuals, groups, and organizations in the areas of facilitation, team leadership, and conflict management.
Nathalie Rockhill has been mediating disputes since 1983, and has been training since 1986. Presently in private practice, she managed the St. Stephen's program between 1990 and 1997. Nathalie has designed and presented hundreds of conflict management workshops for government staff, non-profit and commercial organizations, and trained hundreds of people in mediation techniques. Nathalie received the 1999 Award for Excellence from the Society for Conflict Resolution in Ontario.
Shannon Thompson is a passionate and engaging facilitator, trainer, mediator and coach. She is known for bringing fresh energy and a keen sensitivity to the needs of each group. For over ten years she has designed and led trainings, including team-building, communication skills, conflict resolution, and Personality Dimensions. Shannon trained in Interpersonal Mediation at St. Stephen's in 2012. She holds a BEd, CTI coaching certification and is a graduate of WCREC's Facilitator Training Program, Anti-Oppression Anti-Racism Model. She draws on her prior work as an Executive Director in the non-profit sector and as a journalist with the CBC.
Rick Wallace brings over 20 years of international and Canadian experience with specialized knowledge in conflict resolution, multi-party negotiation, international human rights law and indigenous peoples rights. He brings a unique and highly diverse set of experiences with a focus on creating consensus, developing skills and programming to negotiate difficult complex situations, and building new capacities and processes for transforming conflict into partnership. Rick has a PhD from the Department of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford in the UK. He holds a LLM in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from the University of Lund (Sweden), and obtained his Master of Arts (MA) in Adult Education from OISE at the University of Toronto.