FMC/AFMS Joint Online Conference

Mindful Mediation in a Multi-Cultural World

Friday, November 18, 2022


This half day of training will begin at 9:30am Pacific, 12:30pm Eastern. 

Presentation A: Introduction to cultural awareness in mediation – Brad Mustard (one hour, 15 minutes)
Learning Objectives:
  • Acquiring a culturally educated lens
  • Recognizing bias
  • Understanding cultural patterns- i.e. low and high context communication, low power distance high power distance)
  • Learning practical mediation interventions when working with the dynamics of culture
Presentation B: Cross cultural challenges: from war-torn Afghanistan to post-apartheid South Africa, some ground realities – Dr. Mohamed Keshavjee (1 hour, 15 minutes)
Learning Objectives:
  • Complement Brad Mustard's presentation by highlighting some real-life experiences.
  • Show how the present global model based on a Western, problem solving, satisfaction seeking, individualistic paradigm needs suitable adaptation to work in societies that are more relational.
  • Summary of the approaches that were taken to modify and apply the model successfully over a ten-year period in some 25 countries of the world.
Fireside Chat (one hour, 30 minutes):  An opportunity for all participants to share their experiences with multicultural mediations to provide additional learning based on all participants experiences.

Brad Mustard practices as a family law lawyer. His practice is solely a dispute resolution practice. Brad acts as an Arbitrator, Mediator, Parenting Coordinator, and Collaborative Lawyer to assist clients in reaching out-of-court resolution effectively.

His practice focuses on solving complex property and support matters, and creating parenting plans for families, to help parents better shelter children from conflict.

Brad received his LLB at the University of Alberta in June 2000, and a Master of Laws (LLM), in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Osgoode Law School in June 2016. Brad is a regularly invited presenter in negotiation and mediation at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law, and the Legal Education Society of Alberta, and the Canadian Bar Association.  He was a sessional instructor in negotiation at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law from 2017 to 2020. He is appointed as a Dispute Resolution Officer at the Court of King’s Bench (Calgary).

Brad has a long history of volunteering and has served on several boards and organizations including:

  • Chair of the Association of Collaborative Lawyers
  • Chair of the Distress Centre Calgary
  • Board Member of the Veterans Transition Network.
  • Chair, Canadian Bar Association – Family Law South Subsection
  • Member of the Judicial Advisory Committee on Improving Family Law Court Processes

Brad contributes within the Family law profession as member of the CBA Family Law Sub Section, and as a Board Member of the Alberta Family Mediation Society. He was recognized by his peers in 2023 as Best Lawyers – Lawyer of the Year in Family Law Mediation (Calgary).

Dr. Mohamed M Keshavjee is an international specialist in cross cultural mediation who won the prestigious Gandhi King Ikeda Peace Award for 2016 for his global work on peace and human rights education.

A British trained barrister with law degrees from Queen’s University Canada and the School of Oriental and African Studies London University, Dr. Keshavjee has keynoted major conferences on mediation in France, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, Argentina, Ireland and Lithuania.

A former member of the World Mediation Forum he has attended certification programs at Harvard Law School, Berghof Foundation in Berlin, and Child Focus in Belgium.

Currently he is on the advisory panel of experts to the Secretary General of the International Social Service of Geneva and a senior Faculty on the Darwin International Institute for the Study of Compassion in the U.K.

Dr. Keshavjee has done pioneering work on International inter-spousal Child Abduction and the application of the 1980 Hague Convention to countries of the Muslim world.

He is the author of 4 books and lectures on mediation at various universities in the United Kingdom.

More information and registration here

Annual General Meeting for all members
online via ZOOM on Friday, November 18, 2022 at 8:30am Pacific, 11:30am Eastern.  The AGM will be followed by our annual conference, as above.

FMC has embarked on a mentorship program. We are now seeking experienced, advanced, certified mediators who will work part-time to act as mentors for FMC Certification candidates.
More info about our Mentorship program here
Richard Shields’ book, Family Mediation and Family Arbitration for the Self-Represented: Perspectives of a Practitioner and Trainer is about reviewing the nature and stages of the family mediation and arbitration processes from the perspective of legal and other professionals who seek to offer these services to self-represented parties. It provides professionals with a helpful user guide on how to manage family mediation or family arbitration cases for self-represented participants. It is also useful to self-represented parties who seek guidance in how to participate in dispute resolution processes.
This book focuses on the practical and procedural aspects of practice, with some reference to the literature and scholarship in this area. Family mediation cases in the court system increasingly involve self-represented parties, and more now seek family mediation-arbitration services in the private sector.
With the growing popularity of mediation and arbitration in family practice as well as the phenomenon of litigants representing themselves in court, this book meets the needs of lawyers and other professionals involved in working with self-represented parties.
This book includes the following information:
  • An introduction to the nature of family conflicts and disputes.
  • An overview of the relevant resolution and adjudication processes in family disputes.
  • A deeper dive into the family mediation and arbitration processes.
  • Guidance for resolving family disputes.
  • Professional development and continuous learning in the areas of family mediation and arbitration.
  • Case studies, sample reports and other useful tools and templates.
This book is of interest to anyone dealing with and working in family mediation and arbitration including the following stakeholders:
  • Family Lawyers
  • Family Mediators and Arbitrators
  • Judges
  • Self-Represented Parties in Family Disputes
  • Academics
  • Law Students
  • Couples Counsellors
  • Sole Practitioners
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Assessors and Other Financial Professionals
  • Organizations and Associations Interested in Family Mediation and Arbitration
  • Government Officials
About the Author:  Richard W. Shields, B.A., LL.B., M.A., LL.M., Ph.D., is a retired lawyer, mediator, arbitrator, educator and instructor with an extensive background in family dispute resolution (FDR). Together with Judith Ryan and Victoria Smith, he co-developed the first Collaborative Law training workshop for Ontario practitioners; all three co-authored Collaborative Family Law: Another Way to Resolve Family Disputes, published by Thomson Reuters in 2003.
Richard participated in the pilot project team that developed the Family Mediation Canada certification program and was their first Certifying Administrator. He is a past president of the ADR Institute of Ontario and the Ontario Association for Family Mediation and was a co-founder of the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario. Richard assisted in creating the Hamilton-Halton Collaborative Family Practice Group; he also participated in the establishment of the Ontario Collaborative Law Federation (now the Ontario Association of Collaborative Professionals).
He taught Family Law in the Bar Admission Course of the Law Society of Ontario. Richard served as an adjunct faculty member and instructor in the ADR programs at McMaster University, the University of Guelph, and York University where he taught negotiation and mediation in their Certificate in Dispute Resolution program and family mediation in the Certificate in Family Mediation that he developed. He continued to provide private training workshops in family mediation and arbitration until his retirement from practice.
In addition to his B.A. and LL.B. degrees, Richard has an M.A. in Conflict Resolution from Antioch University, an LL.M. in ADR from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, and a Ph.D. in Adult Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto. In 2012, Richard received the James C. MacDonald Award from the Ontario Collaborative Law Federation for his contributions to the practice of Collaborative Law in Ontario and, in 2017, the Long-Term Achievement Award from Family Mediation Canada for his contributions to the practice of family mediation in Canada.
For more information and to receive your 15% discount as a member of Family Mediation Canada, please contact Brian Kreissl at Thomson Reuters by March 31, 2023. Brian can be reached at or (647) 480-7467.
For more information on Thomson Reuters Canadian family law publications, please visit You can order by contacting Customer Service at (416) 609-3800 (Toronto & international) or 1-800-387-5164 (toll-free in Canada and the USA).
Advertise with FMC
Eblasts are $25 for FMC Certified Members, $40 for non-certified member and $100 for no
Posting your event on our website is free for members
Contact Sue at
Not a member?  Join us!


Find out more about FMC Certification by checking out our website
Copyright © 2021 Family Mediation Canada, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
Telephone: 778-674-4FMC (4362) 
Toll free: 1-877-269-2970
Mailing address: Box 46003
Quail Ridge PO,
Kelowna, BC
V1V 0B1

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.