Welcome to the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Atlantic Institute Website (an affiliate of the ADR Institute of Canada)

The ADR Atlantic Institute (ADRAI) provides the public with:

  • Information about Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Access to competent ADR professionals

Find a Mediator or Arbitrator

Our searchable directory will help you find a Mediator or Arbitrator anywhere in the Maritimes. Look for a Professional Designation. They indicate that the arbitrator or mediator meets specific professional criteria, keeps current in the field, and adheres to a professional Code of Ethics.


Need Mediation?

Mediation is a process where the disputing parties appoint a mediator trained in the area of dispute resolution and knowledgeable in the subject matter of the dispute. Like arbitration, mediation involves choosing a third party to help resolve the dispute, but, unlike an arbitrator, a mediator does not impose a decision. The mediator facilitates the discussion to help the disputing parties arrive at a mutually agreed-upon settlement. Mediation is often chosen when the ongoing relationship between the parties is important. Lawyers can be present or consulted at any time.


Need Arbitration?

An arbitrator, trained in the areas of arbitration and its relevant laws, is selected by the disputing parties for his/her knowledge and expertise relating to the subject of the dispute. The arbitrator reviews the evidence and arguments of each party in order to reach a decision that is binding on both parties. Either party may involve legal counsel, witnesses or other representation.


Apply for Professional Designations

Highly experienced members can apply for the Chartered Mediator (C.Med) and the Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb) designations. These designations are known and respected across Canada and internationally. These are the most senior designations offered by the ADR Institute of Canada.

Members with appropriate training and some practice experience can apply for the Qualified Mediator (Q.Med) and the Qualified Arbitrator (Q.Arb) designations, which indicate they have been judged to be practicing at an intermediate level.


June 4th 2020

2020-2021 New Board and Executive:

Shelley Alward MacLeod, Q.Med
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Ron Pizzo, Q.Med, B.Ec., LL.B.
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Lynne Poirier, Q.Med., Q.Arb, NS

Danie Roy, LL M (ADR)
Moncton, NB

ADR Atlantic Board of Directors:
Mireille Allain, C.Med, NB
Alain Paulin, C.Med, NB
Heather Stamp-Nunes, NL
Matthew Janes, Q.Med, NL
Jeremy Coffin, PEI
Sammy Onyeama-Asonye, Q.Med, NS
Andrea MacNevin, Q.Med, NS
Ben Roper, NS
Tammy Sheppard, MER, BBA, Q.Med, NL

ADRIC National Representative:
Wendy M. Scott, C.Med