Speaker Series

CoRe Conflict Resolution Society presents an annual speaker series focused on topics of interest to conflict resolution professionals and students.

Sessions are held at online and begin at 4:30 p.m PST.

Subscribe to attend the full series of 8 sessions per calendar year ($89 annual fee) or pay per individual session ($25 per event).


Pay for any Speaker Series event through e-transfer to coreclinic1@gmail.com or through Paypal. Sessions are often available for livestream viewing: we encourage livestream viewers to make a donation to support this service.

Upcoming Events

CoRe has hosted the CoRe Speaker Series since 2010.  Previous speakers and topics are archived on this page. As well, you will find links to materials that speakers have provided for public distribution and, more recently, links to public livestream videos. Please note that the Law Society of BC does not provide CPD credit for viewing of these videos after the event except where they are viewed with another lawyer or law student. See the LSBC website for details.


The CoRe Clinic is an approved continuing development provider for the Law Society of BC. Its Speaker Series events are pre-approved educational activities for professional development credit. Real time attendance via livestream will provide CPD credit. Viewing the recorded livestream will only count for CPD credit when viewed with another lawyer or law student. Please see the LSBC rules if you have questions.

For additional information, or to register for any event, please email coreclinic1@gmail.com.

Previous Events





  • March 1 – Say Salaam – Bystander Responses to Islamophobia
  • March 14 – Conflict Styles and Collaborative Games. Presenters: Amanda Semenoff and Deborah White.
  • April 12 – Financial Mediation: Clarifying money matters through a neutral financial document. Presenter: Patricia Lalonde.
  • June 6 – Decolonizing and Indigenizing Reconciliation. Presenter: Patricia Barkaskas.
  • June 26 – Studies in Introversion: a reflection on conflict resolutionPresenters: Jacqueline Fehr, Yuki Matsuno & Rowan Meredith (with Sharon Sutherland).
  • September 27 – Speed Geeking about Conflict Resolution (Click on titles of individual sessions to view topics below)
  1. Mark Meredith – Negotiation with Taxing Authorities
  2. C.D. Saint – Why Mediators Should Sing in the Shower
  3. Janine Thomas – Reconciliation, Truth and Apology in Melanesia
  4. Jenifer Crawford – Integrity in Mediation
  5. Amanda Semenoff – Why are we so resistant to trying new ideas in conflict resolution?
  6. Darsey Meredith – Beginning, Conflict, and End: Storytelling around Conflict
  7. Jim Swanston – “Befriending Judgement”
  8. Jacqueline Fehr – Tax Morality and Principled Settlements: could mediation be used more often in the changing world of tax?
  • October 30 – Collaborgrams: teamwork and everything in its right place. Presenters: Lam Tang, Darrin Hotte, and Dean Saldanha
  • December 6 – Annual Ethics Workshop led by Carrie Gallant and Yuki Matsuno.


  • January 26 – CoRe Book Club discussion of Octavia Butler’s Fledgling  Facilitated by Julie Daum.
  • February 16 – Special Dialogue Event Say Salaam: Responding to anti-muslim rhetoric  Facilitated by Shelina Neallani.
  • March 8 – Damage Control? Strategies for Working with High Risk and Hard to Serve Populations Speaker: Jereme Brooks (Watch the recorded Livestream; or review Jereme’s presentation.)
  • April 19 – Conversational Intelligence™ Speaker: Carrie Gallant (Recorded Livestream)
  • May 10 – How to Problem Solve with an Adversarial Negotiator (or Empathy for Zombies)  Facilitators: Carrie Gallant and Sharon Sutherland
  • June 7 – Resilient by Choice Speaker: Sue Drinnan
  • October 4 – Theatre through a Conflict Resolution Lens. Facilitators: Ashley Syer and Sharon Sutherland. Watch the recorded livestream.)
  • October 17 – Words Matter: Managing ourselves when giving or receiving feedback. Presenters: Kari Boyle and Julie Daum Watch Livestream and Download the slides.
  • November 15 and December 15 –  Annual Ethics Workshop: Ethics & Standards for DR Professionals. Presentation in conjunction with Mediate BC.


  • January 20 – The Civil Resolution Tribunal  Speaker: Shannon Salter (Watch the recorded Livestream)
  • February 19 – Eye of the Storm: How Mindful Leaders Navigate Chaotic Workplaces Speaker: Ray Williams (Watch the recorded Livestream)
  • April 23 – Making Best Use of the Mediator  Speakers: Colleen Cattell, QC and Howard Nemtin (Watch the recorded Livestream and download the related slides here).
  • May 26 – Reconciliation and Consensus Decision-Making: the Cooperative Management of Protected Areas  Speaker: Tom Nesbitt (Watch the recorded Livestream)
  • June 11 – Children’s Participation in Dispute Resolution  Speaker: Arlene H. Henry, QC (Watch the recorded Livestream)
  • September 29 – CoRe Book Club  Leader: Wendy Lakusta
  • October 26 – Culture Change through Tabletop Games: Learning to Collaborate (and “Compete” Together) Speakers: Sharon Sutherland and Emily Martin (Watch the recorded Livestream)
  • November 25 – Annual Ethics Workshop  Facilitator: Carrie Gallant


  • January 23 – Sports Dispute Resolution  Speakers:  John Sanderson, QC., Kyra Hudson and Pat Poyner
  • February 13 – More Than Guilty Pleasures: Learning Conflict Resolution Skills from Reality Television  Speakers: Wendy Lakusta and Sharon Sutherland
  • March 6 – Narrative Light: Working with the Drama of Conflict  Speaker: Gary Harper
  • April 10 – Mystifying and Demystifying Narrative Mediation   Speaker: Gordon White
  • May 28 – LGBTQ Issues in Dispute Resolution Panellists:  barbara findlay, Q.C., Lindsay Lyster, Matthew Ostrow and Preston Parsons
  • June 19 – The Brain and Conflict  Speaker: Jean Greatbatch
  • Oct. 14 – Mediator Archetypes with Julie Daum (Quiz: What Mediator Archetype best matches your style? and slides).
  • November 6 – Animal Disputes   Speaker: Rebeka Breder (Watch the recorded Livestream)
  • November 25 – Annual Ethics Workshop




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