Resolving Disputes for More Than 20 Years!


2021 marks the 20th anniversary of Riverdale Mediation Ltd! It was 20 years ago that we got its start in, naturally, Toronto’s Riverdale neighborhood, in a shared office on the Danforth.  Our focus from the start was on respecting the fundamental principles of family mediation: a fair, safe, balanced process of self-determination that does no harm.

To help us celebrate our evolution, read our special anniversary newsletter, or visit our About Us page on our Services site!

Our Family Mediation, Family Arbitration, and Parenting Coordination Training Credentials

Having trained many hundreds of family dispute resolution professionals around the world, Riverdale offers a learning experience rivalled by none.

Our courses are the product of broad collaboration with leading trainers, academics and practitioners. We receive extensive feedback from course participants, resulting in annual updates to all our courses.

Our courses are never stale. Our materials are current, relevant and useful.

Lead trainer and course designer, Hilary Linton, has been teaching family dispute resolution since 2001 when she left her law partnership to specialize in alternative dispute resolution (ADR). With a Masters in Law (ADR) and almost 20 years of experience as a family mediator, arbitrator and teacher, Hilary brings great value to her courses.

The suite of foundational family mediation, arbitration and parenting certification-eligiblie courses are primarily co-taught by Elizabeth Hyde of Medius Dispute Resolutions and Jared Norton of Empowerment Practices. Both have masters degrees and many years of teaching and practice experience.

Riverdale has an extensive Teaching Team— click here to meet us!

Finally, Training Director Frank Guerriero brings years of expertise in delivering high-quality and well-organized courses.

Read the testimonials to find out how much our former students have enjoyed learning with us!

Family Mediation Training, Conflict Resolution & Negotiation

We know that most people want to resolve their conflicts fairly, effectively and efficiently. At Riverdale Mediation, we believe in empowering people and organizations to resolve their own conflicts or disputes, at the lowest cost and in the most satisfactory way possible. We also believe that mediation training and conflict resolution training should be an equal mix of theory and practice, relevant, and thoroughly engaging. The professionals at Riverdale Mediation have years of experience designing, delivering and teaching artful and practical dispute resolution processes and workshops.

Our Mediation Training and Negotiation Training Courses include:

Standard or custom-designed courses for small and large groups in:

  • Conflict analysis
  • Negotiation theory and skills
  • Mediation theory and skills
  • Power imbalances and violence in dispute resolution
  • Family law
  • One-on-one dispute resolution coaching and train-the-trainer courses for individuals and organizations