Bernard MorrowMORROW MEDIATION
45 St. Clair Avenue West
Toronto, Ontario M4V 1K9
|Degrees/Designations -||B.A., LL.B., LL.M., C. Med|
|Practice Areas -||Business/Commercial, Construction, Employment, Estate, Human Rights, Insurance and Personal Injury|
|Practice Description -||I am a Toronto-based mediator with over 16 years of hands-on mediation experience. No dispute is too small; no problem too complex. I bring the same energy, enthusiasm, passion, balance and creativity to every dispute I mediate.
I use a facilitative approach, but I am comfortable expressing my views on the issues and likely outcomes at the partiesâ€™ request. I am tireless in my pursuit of a resolution and will not give up unless the parties insist that the mediation is over.
I take the necessary time to prepare for my mediations, to ensure that I can lead the parties in meaningful and thoughtful discussions right from the start of every session.
I use a combination of joint sessions and caucuses; I am flexible with my approach to suit the partiesâ€™ needs. I take a balanced approach to my work, ensuring that each side has been fully heard.
With close to 10 years of experience as an adjudicator at the Information and Privacy Commissioner/Ontario (IPC), I am also available to conduct arbitrations.
|Background -||I am the principal of Morrow Mediation, a Toronto area based full service alternative dispute resolution (ADR) firm that is focused on delivering timely, fair and balanced mediation and arbitration services and responsive consulting solutions at a sensible price.
I have been successfully providing dispute resolution services since 1994.
Practicing as a litigator in the early 1990â€™s, I was initially drawn to the ADR field by a desire to achieve more efficient client-centred resolutions to disputes. While I recognized the role of the courts, I believed that many disputes were languishing in the court system and not providing litigants with an opportunity to achieve resolution in a timely and cost effective way. This led me to take considerable training in mediation and ADR consulting both in Canada and the U.S., making me a more complete advocate and awakening a passion for the field of conflict resolution.
Since 1994, I have been developing and refining my skills and credentials as a mediator, arbitrator and ADR consultant in many different arenas, industry sectors and jurisdictions.
My mediation experience includes providing services to the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) and the IPC, as well conducting a variety of mediations as a private practitioner and as an active roster member with the Ontario Mandatory Mediation Program (Toronto and Ottawa). I have conducted more than 500 mediations. My areas of focus as a mediator include commercial breach of contract cases, employment disputes (including wrongful dismissal cases), construction lien disputes, partnership dissolutions and personal injury cases.
My arbitration skills have been built on a strong foundation of adjudication work. Since 2002, I have adjudicated more than 250 appeals for the IPC where I act as an adjudicator. In my role at the IPC, I adjudicate complex access to information appeals and issue binding written decisions.
Prior to joining the IPC, I worked for two years as Legal Counsel and Senior Facilitator with Ontarioâ€™s Dispute Resolution Office (DRO) where I developed and delivered ADR-focused training programs, facilitated complex poisoned workplace interventions, and designed and convened large-scale consulting projects involving public and private sector stakeholders. I have also designed and delivered several of my own training programs, including a certificate program for the Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology, as well as a number of consulting projects involving the resolution of systemic conflict within both private and public sector organizations.
I obtained my B.A. (political science) in 1982 and my LL.B. in 1985 from the University of Western Ontario. In 1988, I was awarded my LL.M. by the London School of Economics and Political Science in London, England, in the areas of labour, employment law and human rights. I was called to the Ontario Bar in 1988. I have completed extensive skill and theory based training in both Canada and the United States in mediation practice and process, decision making and writing, and ADR systems design.
I am an active member of the Ontario Bar Associationâ€™s (OBA) ADR Section Executive, serving as its Chair in 2008-2009 and currently sitting as a member-at-large. I am also a member of the ADR Institute of Ontario (ADRIO), the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators (SOAR) and the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA).
For more information about my practice or to obtain a downloadable version of my profile, please visit my webiste at www.morrowmediation.ca.