Mediation is a process that brings together those in conflict to help them work together to address it.
Unlike going before a decision maker to impose an outcome, mediation gives those involved in a dispute the chance to decide their own outcome.
It is all about self-determination!
This can allow for creative solutions which are sustainable, comfortable and practical.
A mediator is not a lawyer - they do not take sides or a position.
The mediator has no interest in any particular outcome. They help consider resolution in a way that meets the interests of everyone.
A mediator can often add value by having experience in the subject matter of the conflict. This includes and extends well beyond legal experience, overcoming the limitations of lawyer thinking alone.
Mediation can take place with self-represented parties, the involvement of legal representation or a mix of both. Often, the involvement of lawyers in mediation is helpful.
As mediation is an unregulated profession, it is important to make sure that you select a mediator qualified and experienced to mediate. This requires specialized mediation training.
Marc is a qualified and experienced mediator with the most senior designation available to mediators in Canada - the Chartered Mediator (C.Med) designation of the ADR Institute of Canada. He received the C.Med in spring 2016, and Qualified Mediator (Q.Med) designation back in 2013.
Marc is a roster mediator for the Ontario Superior Court of Justice's Mandatory Mediation Program.