What’s New at Riverdale

  • In this article, The Financial Post acknowledged FDRIO’s FDR week (November 21-25, 2016).
  • Check out Premier Kathleen Wynne‘s Greeting video for FDRweek (November 21-25, 2016) and the FDRIO Conference here!
  • We were at the FAMAC’s 2nd Annual Mediation Conference in South Africa on Sept. 14, 15 & 17, 2016 to speak about the following  topics: Mediation is a Safe Place to Have Difficult Conversations (Sept. 14); The Mediator’s Legacy (Sept. 15); and Screening for Family Violence (Sept. 17). Hilary Linton led the Sept. 14 presentation and the Sept. 17 workshop, while Felicity Shedden accompanied Hilary during the Sept. 15 Q&A.  Click here for more information on the conference.
  • Hilary - DT interview - 6Hilary recently spoke with Val Cole of Roger’s TV about what Ontario’s family mediation service providers have to offer! Val described it as “one of the best-kept secrets out there”. See the interview here.
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Congratulations to the “Riverdale Mediation Class of 2016”, for successfully completing our Family Mediation Certification program! To those who had missed out this year, new course dates will be announced very soon. Stay tuned!

  • Friday, April 15th, 2016 at 9:00 pm on Newstalk 1010 radio-The Night Side with Barb DiGiulio: Hilary Linton was the guest and talked about free & subsidized mediation for family law. To listen to the full interview, click here.
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Hilary Linton during her radio interview with Barb DiGiulio, host of the Newstalk 1010 radio program, “The Night Side”.

During the Winter/Spring of 2016 our associates at Riverdale Mediation worked in partnership with the Impact Justice Project and University of the West Indies to train professionals as community mediators in Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, and St. Lucia.  Check out LK Hewlett (of 98.9 Winnfm) article entitled“IMPACT Justice Holds Mediation Training In St. Kitts”. You can also check out our series of blog posts related to the IMPACT training!

  • On March 11 & 12, 2016, Elizabeth Hyde helped guide law students at  the 2ndAnnual Walsh Family Law Negotiation Competition. The negotiation competition allowed teams to apply their dispute resolution skills to a realistic and compelling parenting dispute.
  • On January 7-8th 2016, Hilary Linton led“Strategies and Skills for Successful Facilitation” which focused on strategies for identifying potential unidentified risk of domestic violence; and high-level reframing and questioning skills.
  • During the Winter term of 2016 at the Western Univeristy of Law (January – April 2016) Hilary Linton and Elizabeth Hyde led “Negotiation and Mediation” course, which introduced students to the theoretical elements of dispute resolution and equip them as well with the fundamental skills required for effective advocacy in all conflict resolution processes.
  • On Thursday, December 3rd, 2015, we held our popular Wine & Cheese Family Mediation Information Night at the Law Chambers, located at 181 University Ave. Info Night - Dec. 3 - Collage 2Elizabeth Hyde and Jared Norton facilitated the session, with help from current interns Brook Thorndycraft, Andrea Watt and Michelle Walton. The night was a great success!
  • Riverdale Mediation Ltd. was a proud bronze sponsor of the 1st annual Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) Conference on November 23, 2015, an initiative of the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (FDRIO) . The conference kicked off FDRweek…”Let’s Talk it Out”, which ran between November 23-27, 2015. FDR logoFeaturing events for the public and for professionals, FDRweek featured free public speakers, workshops, information centres and more. For more details, please visit: fdrweek.ca
  • Hilary delivered a two-day workshop on Advanced Family Mediation at the 2015 FMC Conference. The workshop was held on November 13-14, 2015 in Vancouver, British Columbia at the Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue.
  • On November 2-4, 2015, Hilary and Elizabeth were at at Western University, as co-instructors to the entire first-year law class  in the “Introduction to Dispute Resolution”. The intensive 3-day program included well-known speakers and coaches from both London and Toronto. It was a truly collaborative effort.
  • On Friday, October 2, 2015 between 2:30 – 3:45pm, Hilary & UK colleague Felicity Shedden presented at the 2015 Catalyst Conference at the Holiday Inn Midtown in New York. Their presentation: “A Question of Ethics: Five Questions Every Mediator-Arbitrator May Need to Answer”. For further event information, click here.
  • Hilary - Advocates SocietyOn September 28, 2015, Hilary joined a panel of experts on “Safety and Security for Lawyers”, a wine & cheese fund raiser at the Advocates Society for family lawyer Maria Mitousis who suffered severe injuries from a mail bomb sent to her Winnipeg office.
  • We have completed our Family Mediation Certificate program for 2015! Congratulations to the RML class of 2015!
  • Hilary delivered a webinar on “Identifying, Assessing and Managing Safety Risks for Private Mediators, Arbitrators, and Clients” on June 10, 2015.  The purpose of the one-hour webinar was to help professionals (who provide dispute resolution) better understand the risks they and their clients may face when undertaking negotiations.
  • On Friday, June 5, 2015, Hilary spoke about “Coaching in the ADR Context” at The ADR Institute of Manitoba’s 2015 Annual General Meeting & Professional Development Program event. Click her to view the event flyer.
  • Those who were interested in obtaining more information about becoming Accredited Family Mediators attended our wine & cheese Family Mediation Information Night on June 4, 2015. Thank you to Elizabeth Hyde, Christine Kim, Jared Norton and Joel Skapiner for conducting the session, and to all those who attended. It was a great success!

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  • Hilary, Christine and Jared were in attendance at the AFCC’s 52nd Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana on May 27-30, 2015. Hilary was one of the guest speakers on May 29th, focusing on the topic “Toward a Uniform Model of Screening and Safety Planning in Mediation”, while Christine, alongside Karen BK Chan, discussed “The LGBTQ Competency Toolbox for Family Law Professionals” on May 30th. Click here to view the full event brochure.
  • Hilary spoke about Targeted Legal Services at the Law Society of Upper Canada on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Hilary presentation focused on the role of court connected family information and mediation services, and how the professionals providing them are advancing access to justice in a great many ways. Click here for the event agenda.
  • We just completed our third course in our Family Mediation Certificate program (Screening for Family Violence, April 13-15, 2015)! The course date for the fourth in this certificate program is quickly approaching: May 7-8, 11-13 – Basic Family Negotiation & Mediation.
  • Hilary and Elizabeth were the co-chairs of the inaugural Walsh Family Negotiation Competition. Students from Ontario law schools participated in the competition in Toronto March 13-14, 2015. The event was hosted by the judges of the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Justice and the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario.
  • Christine Kim was the guest lecturer at the University of Windsor Law School on February 11, 2015, speaking about Family Mediation.
  • Speech by Hilary Linton, 2014 Recipient of the Ontario Bar Association Award of Excellence in ADR, delivered at the National Club September 30, 2014
  • Hilary’s article, “Understanding Each Party’s Power in Family Mediation-Arbitration:Why it is Critical,” is featured on Mediate.com. Check it out
  • Hilary spoke on “Helping Unrepresented Parties Negotiate Well” at the Ontario Dispute Resolution Officer Training Programme October 6 in Toronto and across the province.
  • Elizabeth and Christine will be speaking at the Academy of Professional Family Mediators conference in San Diego Oct. 16, including a full day pre-conference Institute!
  • Hilary will co-present on mediation-arbitration with colleague Felicity Shedden at Resolution UK’s program ‘Dream Teams’ in Nottingham, England Oct. 16
  • Hilary’s article, “Understanding Each Party’s Power in Family Mediation-Arbitration: Why it is Critical,” is featured on Mediate.com. Check it out
  • Hilary has been honoured with the 2014 OBA ADR Award for Excellence. A reception and dinner will be taking place September 30, 2014. Click here for details.
  • Riverdale partnered with Bill Eddy for “New Ways for Mediation of High-Conflict Disputes”, June 2-3.
  • We finished our Spring course session with Basic Family Negotiation & Mediation in the beginning of May.
  • Christine was featured in NOW Magazine’s monthly education and career training feature. Check out the article here.
  • Elizabeth taught our annual course in Family Law for mediators, parenting coordinators & arbitrators: another full house.
  • Hilary has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators. Read here about the APFM and its Annual Conference, in San Diego, next fall.
  • Elizabeth has completed the intensive Family Arbitration training and is now taking family arbitration, mediation-arbitration and parenting coordination cases.
  • Hilary, Elizabeth and Christine all had their proposals to present at the upcoming AFCC conference in Toronto in May accepted. See the conference brochure here.
  • We are offering a substantial discount for those who take all the core courses for family mediation accreditation with us. Our program starts in Jan. and runs till the fall. All courses have been re-designed and are filling up quickly. Read here for more info.
  • Riverdale Mediation is proud to have submitted the winning bid for this lovely piece of art by our intern, mediator/lawyer Jane Demaray. In doing so, we will be making a donation to Toronto’s Sick Kids Hospital. Now THAT is a win-win.
  • It has been a busy fall! Hilary spoke on the tension between safety & transparency in collaborative practice at IACP’s Forum in San Antonio,Oct.21 with Lisa Alexander and Mary Pence. Elizabeth & Christine presented at the AFCC-Ontario conference October 18; Elizabeth spoke about our sister company, mediate393.ca. & Christine spoke about understanding culture in ADR.
  • Our 2-day workshop on Power Imbalances & Family Violence for Mediators, Arbitrators, Lawyers, Mental Health Professionals & Paralegals Oct. 21-22 was taught by Hilary, Elizabeth and Christine with guest Mary Lou Fassel from the Barbra Schlifer Clinic. Our next screening workshop is April 7-9, 2014.
  •  Elizabeth, Hilary and Christine worked with Toronto’s Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at, Canada (AMJC) this past fall to design and deliver of workshops in family law, family arbitration and screening family mediation and arbitration cases for power imbalances. The AMJC, which provides community based conflict resolution services, sought our expertise in family law dispute resolution processes for this large-group and highly successful training.
  • Elizabeth taught at Osgoode’s ADR Intensive class Oct 9th on Conflict Resolution Education, was at the National CBA ADR Section Meeting in Halifax Oct 26 and 27, and spoke as part of the Women’s Executive Network Breakfast Panel on Bullying Oct 30. She will also be teaching Social Emotional Learning Skills to elementary school teachers in London on Nov. 14, and speakng at Osgoode ADR class on mediation Nov. 26.
  • Our wonderful colleague Susan Jack will no longer be practicing family mediation at Riverdale. You can still reach her of course at her law office Smith Family Law Group. It was a great pleasure working with Susan and we will miss her!
      • Elizabeth Hyde is the new Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Ontario Bar Association. Congratulations Elizabeth!
      • Christine has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Ontario Association of Family Mediation. Congratulations Christine!
      • Hilary taught the Basic Family Mediation and Negotiation class with Barbara Fidler. It was a great group!



      • Hilary taught two days of “Screening for Power Imbalances in Collaborative Practice and Mediation” for lawyers in the UK. “Great course”; “very insightful and interesting”, “very thought-provoking”, “just great!” were some of the responses
      • What makes a good family law practitioner? Read this article from Victoria and Vancouver Islands Times Colonist.
      • Read the new article from Victoria and Vancouver Islands Times Colonist  titled “Family law a ‘people’ profession”, where Hilary Linton discusses the diverse backgrounds needed by family law practitioners. View the article here in the Times Colonist.
      • Read an interview with Hilary Linton about the new family mediation and information services in Toronto’s Superior
        Court. View the interview here in Lawyers Weekly.
      • Calling all Parenting Coordinators and Family Arbitrators! The Regulation governing family arbitration requires that specified training be repeated every five years if you have not conductedat least ten arbitrations or PC files over those years. Non-lawyers must repeat their 30 hours of family law training and everyone must repeat their 14 hours of Screening for Power Imbalances training. In addition everyone must take 10 hours of refresher training every two years.We offer these workshops at least once each year.
      • Hilary Linton was a guest speaker at the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers Fall Conference on November 12, 2011. She joined Raj Anand, Willliam G. Horton and Yasmeena Mohamed in a panel discussion on “Tips from Mediators and Arbitrators.
      • Court-connected family mediation has arrived to Toronto’s Superior Court! Hilary and her team were awarded the Ministry of the Attorney General contract to provide no-cost on-site family mediation for cases in court at 393 University Ave. Suite 900; subsidized off-site family mediation for anyone in Toronto; and expanded information services at the court. For more information, visit our new website for this project, mediate393.ca.
      • Elizabeth Hyde’s article Bullying Prevention Programs: Too little too late and Kate Water’s How to Prepare to Suceed in Mediation was published in the OBA ADR sections official newsletter – Volume 19, No.3 – August 2011.
      • Susan Jack was a speaker September 15th, 2011 at the Ontario Association of Credit Counselling Services and September 21st, 2011 at the New Practice Lawyer Series: Family Law at Osgoode Hall where she participated in discussions about custody and access, child support, proceedings, advising tips and trial strategies.
      • Hilary just finished a pod-cast with “Collaborative Law TV” in Britain. Speaking with Neil Denny and Stephen G. Anderson about the importance of screening in collaborative law, take a listen here.
      • Hilary “roasted” her colleague Barry Fisher, this year’s honoured recipient of the OBA Award of Excellence in ADR, on June 1. Read our blog post about Barry.