Darsey Meredith – President
Darsey began volunteering with CoRe in 2011 as the videographer and livestream director for the CoRe Speaker Series. For her work, she received the Vancouver Maritime Arbitrators Association “CoRe Service Award” in 2017. She is also the director, videographer, and editor of the Mediation Works video series. She enjoys bringing her love of media to her work at CoRe with the Reading Conflict series.
Outside of her work with CoRe, Darsey is a member of PignPotato Games, a team of conflict resolution professionals who designed, developed, and successfully Kickstarted the collaborative card game Zombie Fight or Flight. She continues to develop tabletop games with PignPotato.
Darsey also volunteers at Random Acts, an international charity that promotes changing the world one act of kindness at a time. She serves as Regional Representative for Canada West, as well as Regional Representative DEI Lead, where she spearheads efforts to consider equity, diversity, and inclusion needs within the international team.
Darsey has a BFA in Film Production from Simon Fraser University.
Darsey acknowledges that she lives and works on the traditional lands of the Tsawwassen First Nation.
Lauren Florko – Vice President
Lauren Florko (@triplethreatCSR) has a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. She also owns her own company Triple Threat Consulting based out of Vancouver, British Columbia. She specializes in talent management and has worked for public, private, for-profit, and non-for-profit organizations, both at a local and global level.
By understanding individuals’ personalities and stress behaviour, Lauren has worked with teams and individuals within organizations to help them reduce conflict, improve communication, and increase effectiveness.
Lauren acknowledges that she lives and works on the shared, unceded traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
Hayley Laker – Treasurer
Hayley is a Partner with MNP’s Tax Services group in the Greater Vancouver region, serving as a national resource for charity and not-for-profit tax issues and also specializes in philanthropic planning. She is a member of CPA Canada’s In-Depth Tax Program faculty team and is author and instructor of CPA’s Taxation – Registered Charities & Not-for-Profit Organizations course.
Hayley studied economics at Simon Fraser University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (BA Honours) in 2002 and Master of Arts (MA) in 2003. She obtained a Bachelor of Laws at the University of British Columbia in 2006 and was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2007. During the course of her law degree, Hayley was actively involved in various forms of dispute resolution from both an academic and a practical standpoint. In particular, Hayley served as Co-Coordinator of the CoRe Clinic for the 2005-2006 term.
Hayley acknowledges that she lives and works on the shared, unceded traditional territory of the Katzie, Semiahmoo, Kwantlen, and other Coast Salish Peoples.
Jenifer Crawford – Secretary
Jenifer is a full-time mediator, with a private practice based in Kamloops, BC. Her areas of mediation practice include Child Protection, Family and general Civil mediation, including employment termination, workplace issues, personal injury, insurance disputes, construction issues and debt collection. Jenifer is a member of Mediate BC and is on the Civil Roster, the Family Roster, and the Child Protection Roster. In addition, Jenifer graduated law school in May 1993. Following a clerkship at the British Columbia Court of Appeal, she was called to the bar in March 1995 and has been a member in good standing of the Law Society of British Columbia (“LSBC”) since that time. Her legal practice was varied with an emphasis on personal injury. She is accredited by the LSBC as a Family Law Mediator. She was formerly a sessional instructor of dispute resolution at Thompson Rivers University (Faculty of Law) and has also presented as a guest lecturer/presenter for Contniuing Legal Education and the LSBC Professional Legal Training Course. In her spare time, Jenifer enjoys motorcycling, hiking, snowboarding and spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys humanitarian trips abroad, which allow her to experience new cultures and people, while supporting international community development.
Jenifer acknowledges that the land where she lives and works is located in the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc territory that is situated in the southern interior of British Columbia within the unceded traditional lands of the Secwepemc Nation.
Jacqueline is a partner at MNP where she is a national resource for the tax controversy team. She helps her clients understand complex tax problems and procedures, understand dispute resolution and tax controversy management, and navigate what could otherwise be a stressful and difficult process. Jacqueline attended the University of British Columbia, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in International Relations with a focus on international economy and development in 2006 and a Juris Doctor (JD) in 2009. She obtained a Master of Laws (LLM) with a tax law specialization in 2018 from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University.
During the course of her JD, Jacqueline was actively involved in various forms of dispute resolution academically and practically. In particular, Jacqueline served as the CoRe Clinic Coordinator for the 2008-2009 term, for which she received the Vancouver Maritime Arbitrators Association “CoRe Service Award”, and completed the mediation practicum, for which she won the David LLP Prize in Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Jacqueline acknowledges that she lives and works on the unceded traditional territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.
Sharon is a mediator, conflict resolution trainer, lawyer and games designer.
She is currently Director of Strategic Innovation at Mediate BC. Sharon has a long history in BC’s conflict resolution community: she was one of the first Project Managers of the BC Court Mediation Program (1998-2003); was a full-time faculty member at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law where she taught an intensive clinical mediation program (2000-2014); worked with Mediate BC to develop a province-wide Child Protection Mediation Practicum (2006-2010); and contracted as a Knowledge Engineer in the development of the Civil Resolution Tribunal (2014-2016). Sharon was honoured with the 2011 Susanna Jani Prize for Excellence in Mediation.
Sharon has coordinated the CoRe Speaker Series since its start in 2010. As well, she hosts annual Game Jams for Collaborative Professionals in support of CoRe. Zombie Fight or Flight is the first collaborative game produced by Game Jam participants to be available for purchase.
Sharon acknowledges that she lives and works on the traditional lands of the Tsawwassen First Nation.
Fazal’s practice involves mediation, arbitration, investigation and negotiation. He is a Member of the Civil Roster of Mediate BC. He has mediated disputes in Small Claims Court and also for several Federal Government Departments. Fazal served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Science and Technology Growth Fund, on the Executive of the Canadian Air Traffic Control Association, and a member of the NAV CANADA Advisory Committee which advises on the safety and delivery of air traffic services. Fazal’s main areas of interest are Transportation, Employment, Workplace, Human Rights and General Civil areas such as Commercial, Insurance, Consumer and Strata disputes. Fazal has served on many tribunals including as Chair of Delta and Richmond Property Assessment Panels, the Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal, Health Professions Review Board and the Transportation Appeals Tribunal of Canada. He is a faculty member at the Justice Institute of BC where he coaches Conflict Resolution, Negotiation, and Management and Leadership courses. He teaches Labour Relations and Negotiation and BCIT and works as a Respectful Workplace Advisor for BC Hydro.
Fazal acknowledges that he lives and works on the traditional lands of Tsawwassen, Musqueam, and Kwantlen peoples.
C.D. is a Conflict Management Practitioner with the Yukon Public Service Commission’s Respectful Workplace Office. He studied Peace and Conflict Studies at the European University Centre for Peace Studies in Austria. C.D.’s background also includes work as a conflict management trainer, restorative justice practitioner, and serving as Intake Coordinator for the BCPSA Conflict Management Office and Mediate BC’s Coordinator.
Along with Amanda Semenoff, C.D. co-hosts the Overthinking Conflict podcast exploring the business, skills and style of peacemaking. C.D.’s life isn’t all about conflict – although this part of his life is under construction having recently relocated to the Yukon.
C.D. acknowledges that he lives and works on the shared traditional territory of the Ta’an Kwach’an Council and Kwanlin Dün First Nation.
Jaime has been a member of the Mediate BC Civil Roster and a member of the British Columbia Bar since 2011. She practices personal injury at Slater Vecchio LLP and has appeared in Provincial Court, Supreme Court and at the Court of Appeal. Prior to specializing in personal injury, Jaime had a broad practice and worked in employment, family, real estate, insurance, corporations and general civil litigation. She was involved in the evaluation of the child protection mediation program from 2008-2009. She has acted as a mediation coach for The Society of Notaries Public of BC and for the UBC Mediation Clinic. Jaime currently resides in North Vancouver with her husband and dogs, Half Pint and Dobby.
Jaime acknowledges that she lives and works on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Katzie, Kwantlen, Matsqui, Semiahmoo, Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.
Amanda is a civil mediator, facilitator and conflict resolution consultant in New Westminster, BC. She received her Honours Bachelor of Arts (Economics and International Relations) from UBC and her Conflict Resolution Certificate (Mediation) from JIBC. She has a background in emergency services and communications and loves sticky and difficult problems. Her clients include start-ups, entrepreneurs, project teams, sports organisations and community groups. Amanda is an active member of her community, sitting on a number of non-profit boards and civic committees. She is a member of PignPotato Collaborative Games and a co-host of the Overthinking Conflict Podcast.
Amanda is grateful to live and work on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Qayqayt First Nation and the Hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking Coast Salish peoples.
Carrie Gallant is a mediator, coach and trainer, and founder of The Gallant Leader™ Institute, specializing in leadership and development for women business leaders and owners. Carrie provides strategic negotiation consulting for client negotiation teams and skills training workshops for global companies in diverse industries.
Previously, Carrie was adjunct professor at the UBC Faculty of Law for nine years, where she taught Negotiation, and Mediation Advocacy, and previously at the Universities of Toronto and Windsor, and York University. She was Director of the Centre for Conflict Resolution at the Justice Institute of BC, Director of the University of Windsor Mediation Services, and Chief Legal Counsel to the Ontario Pay Equity Commission.
Carrie is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) people. This has always been a place of learning for the Musqueam, who for millennia have passed on their culture, history, and traditions from one generation to the next on this site.