The Society is proud to have a team of distinguished Instructors.
FOAJ instructors create an outstanding professional faculty. Our instructors have a great deal of experience and knowledge in administrative justice.
|Colin Baile||Robert Breaker|
|Julie M. Durette||Debra Fendrick|
|Leila Gosselin||Nancy Hack|
|Patti Hannigan||Dolores Herman|
|Deborah Howes||Graeme Mitchell, Q.C.|
|Sheldon Toner||Anne Wallace, Q.C.|
|Adrian Wright||Archie Zariski|
Subject Matter Experts
Over the past several years, he has also held appointments as Deputy Chair, NWT Human Rights Commission, Rental Officer, Fair Practices, Deputy Clerk of the NWT Supreme Court, and Deputy Registrar of the NWT Court of Appeal. His experience with administrative tribunals in the north spans over twenty-five years.
Part of Colin’s practice has been training members of administrative tribunals in the administration of legislation, managing tribunal operations, development of procedural directives, conducting hearings, and decision writing.
Robert Breaker was born and raised on the Siksika Nation in traditional Blackfoot Territory within southern Alberta. With his B.Ed., Mr. Breaker began his career with 18 years as an educator in Alberta and Saskatchewan, fulfilling his roles of teacher, vice-principal, principal and education director.
With the establishment of his own consulting company, Breaker & Associates Consultants Ltd. (1992), he facilitated educational and management services for First Nations’ communities throughout western Canada. From 1993 to 1996, he served as the Executive Director of the Yellowhead Tribal Council in Treaty 6 territory in Alberta. He served as a ‘Treaty 6 Bilateral Process’ technician. Returning to Siksika Nation, he was elected Chief for the Siksika Nation. He actively participated in the Treaty 7 Bilateral Process. He held the education portfolio for the Treaty 7 Tribal Council, and served on the Chiefs’ Summit of Alberta Steering Committee.
In 1998, Robert became the Aboriginal Leadership & Management Program Director at The Banff Centre and developed/delivered programs he designed for the professional development of Aboriginal leaders and managers within Canada. In December 2002, he was hired as the Tribal Manager for the 6,000 member Siksika Nation. In his role, Robert was responsible for managing an $85 million budget with more than 640 staff.
Robert is currently a private consultant in strategic and business planning, performance measurements, team building, board development and policy development. He is a certified facilitator, mediator and arbitrator. He currently serves on the Persons with Development Disabilities Appeal Panel within the Alberta Government. Robert currently serves on The Banff Centre Board of Governors, Sunrise Native Addictions Society Board of Directors and Auditor General of Canada First Nation Advisory Committee.
Julie practiced law in NB for over 17 years. During that time, she acquired extensive experience as an arbitrator/adjudicator appointed pursuant to various collective agreements. She also conducted and heard numerous applications and complaints as a part-time Alternate Chair of the NB Employment Standard Board and later as Vice Chair of the NB Labour and Employment Board.
In 2000, Julie was appointed full-time Vice-Chair of the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB). In this position (2000 – 2007), Julie’s responsibilities included conducting and directing, adjudicative, meditative and consultative processes that resolved important industrial and labour relations disputes in the federal sector. She has issued decisions in many significant cases before the CIRB. Julie has heard cases across the country either sitting alone or as a Chair of a panel. She has a solid reputation for conducting hearings, adjudicating and resolving matters in a fair manner. She has strong interpersonal skills and has demonstrated the consistent ability to work both independently and to seek consensus, where appropriate.
From 2008 to 2013, Julie held the position of General Counsel/Judicial Conduct with the Canadian Judicial Council. She ensured the efficient management and investigation of complaints relating to judicial conduct and ethics in regard to federally appointed judges. In this regard, Julie provided legal opinions and recommendations of high quality on a number of complex and sensitive issues.
Julie is on the list of approved grievance arbitrators for the Ontario Minister of Labour. She is also on the list of approved adjudicators for the Federal Superintendent of Bankruptcy.
Julie is a guest lecturer at the University of Ottawa Law School where she has taught the Administrative Law course in the French Common Law Program.
Julie has been a member of the Canadian Bar Association and New Brunswick Law Society for over 30 years. She is also a member of the Foundation of Administrative Justice and the Ontario Labour Management Arbitrators Association.
Debra’s practice area is general civil litigation with an emphasis on plaintiff’s personal injury law, administrative law, labour and employment law and First Nations law. She appears frequently in Yukon Supreme Court as well as before the Yukon Court of Appeal and several administrative tribunals. Debra also has extensive experience in mediation and Judicial Settlement conferencing.
After completing her early schooling in the Yukon, Debra obtained a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Alberta in 1987 and was called to both the British Columbia and Yukon bars in 1988.
Debra is a member of the Yukon Law Society Discipline Committee and previously served as Second Vice President. She has been an active member of the Canadian Bar Association-Yukon Branch and was a former Chair of the Yukon Human Rights Commission.
Leila Gosselin, CTAJ™
Ms. Gosselin received her B.A. (Criminology with Distinction 1986), and LL.B. (1989), from the University of Alberta. She articled with The City of Calgary Law Department in 1989 and was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1990. She received her Chartered Mediator status in January 2000.
Ms. Gosselin started her own firm in 1997 where she focused on employment/labour law and human rights complaints. Ms. Gosselin returned to The City of Calgary in 2000 where she continues to practice administrative law in the areas of: expropriation, assessment (property and business), oil and gas, planning and taxi and limousine regulation as well as municipal law issues. Ms. Gosselin was lead counsel in the successful defense of the City of Calgary in the United Taxi Driver case where the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision resulted in a major shift in the law regarding a municipality’s authority; this case continues to be influential in Canadian municipal law.
Ms. Gosselin’s passion, enthusiasm and natural teaching abilities have translated into a willingness to mentor junior lawyers and others and to volunteer with the CBA. She has been a Council member of National CBA for a number of years. She has also served as a member of the Legislation and Law Reform committee of the National CBA and is a member of the CBA Alberta Branch South Legislative Review Committee. She is currently (and has been for many years) a member of the CBA Council for the Alberta Branch.
In April 2000 Ms. Gosselin Co-Chaired the Alberta Provincial Round Table on Court Annexed Mediation which led to the formation of the Provincial Steering Committee on Court Annexed Mediation. She was then asked to be a member of that Provincial Steering Committee. The work of the Committee resulted in mediation being an integral aspect of the civil court and provisions for mediation were added to the rules of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta.
Ms. Gosselin was a volunteer instructor and evaluator for the Legal Education Society of Alberta for the Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education (CPLED), the organization that provides the pre-call education for articling students. Ms. Gosselin is an instructor for the Alberta Foundation of Administrative Justice which provides training for administrative tribunal members, their staff and advocates regarding all aspects of administrative law and interpretation of legislation. Ms. Gosselin has acted as a principle for articling students for many years. She also mentors lawyers and has been recognized by The City of Calgary for her contributions in this area. She has appeared before various administrative boards and tribunals. She has appeared at all levels of court, including 3 cases at the Supreme Court of Canada.
Ms. Gosselin is Board member of a non-profit organization, Get Real which provides direction and training for teens to enhance their self-esteem. Ms. Gosselin also offers pro bono services to another non-profit organization in Alberta.
Nancy Hack, CTAJ™
Nancy Hack is a Chartered Mediator, Registered Family Mediator (1997) and received her Certificate in Tribunal Administrative Justice in 2012. She holds a B. Education from the University of Alberta as well. Along with her general private practice, she also mediates for Alberta Resolution Services (Family, Civil); the Provincial Police Public Complaints Mediation roster; and was a conciliator for the Albert Human Rights and Citizenship Commission. She is a Member of the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board for the City of Edmonton, as well as a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta Disciplinary and Student Appeal Board. Since 1997, Nancy has conducted hundreds of interest-based mediations, conciliations and facilitations involving a broad range of issues. She has been a volunteer mediator for the community and victim-offender programs at the Mediation and Restorative Justice Centre. Currently, Nancy instructs Principles of Administrative Justice for the Foundation of Administrative Justice.
Dolores Herman, CHRP, PCM, CTAJ™
Dolores Herman is a consultant who provides mediation, investigation and facilitation services through High Clouds Incorporated, a Canadian company providing seminar and dispute resolution services. For 19 years Dolores was a Union Representative for the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees and in 2001 took on successive roles within the Calgary Health Region/Alberta Health Services leaving the Director, Employee Relations position in late 2009 to pursue other opportunities. Dolores has been a speaker and instructor at the Alberta Labour Arbitration Conference and is an instructor for the Foundation of Administrative Justice.
Dolores was a Member on the Alberta Labour Relations Board and participated in their hearings and the decision making process. Dolores also served as Board Member, Vice-President and President on the condominium corporation boards in which she has lived, and as a result developed an understanding of the condominium industry and the ability to facilitate and chair meetings with disparate groups to reach consensus. Dolores served on the Calgary Kiwanis Music Festival Board of Directors as Member, Past President and President during a period of significant change and provided leadership at the Board level through strategic planning, the chairing of meetings and the implementation of change management processes to facilitate transition.
Dolores is a certified member of the Human Resources Institute of Alberta and a member of the Alberta Arbitration & Mediation Society; the ADR Institute of Canada Inc.; the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators, Australia; the Foundation of Administrative Justice; the Human Resources Association of Calgary; the Canadian Industrial Relations Association – Southern Alberta Chapter; and the Canadian Condominium Institute, South Alberta Chapter. Currently Dolores sits on the Board of Directors for the Calgary Family Services Society and is a member of the Human Resources Committee. Dolores is also a member of the Northmount Kiwanis Club and volunteers her time to the Club’s various projects.
Dolores is a graduate of the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators of Australia Practitioner’s Certificate in Mediation, the Canadian National Labour Mediator Training Program and the Foundation of Administrative Justice Certificate Program. She is currently completing the Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society Certificate in Conflict Management. Also, Dolores is a Qualified Personality Dimensions Facilitator. Dolores applies Personality Dimensions in workshops that are an interactive human relations and communication process/model that enhance the basic values of self-esteem, dignity and self-worth.
Deborah Howes, B.A., LL.B., ACCI, FCCI, C. Arb., C. Med., CTAJ™, IMI Cert.
Deborah M. Howes is a Chartered Arbitrator and Chartered Mediator and an applicant for IMI Certified Mediator status. She is the President of High Clouds Incorporated, a Canadian company providing seminars and dispute resolution services.
In addition to her Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts degrees, Ms. Howes holds Certificates in Arbitration and Conflict Management from the ADR Institute of Alberta and a Certificate in Tribunal Administrative Justice™ from the Foundation of Administrative Justice.
In 1998, Ms. Howes co- founded the Foundation of Administrative Justice (FOAJ), a non-profit society dedicated to training for members and staff of administrative tribunals, and offering the only Certificate in Tribunal Administrative Justice™ for Canadian tribunals. Until December 31, 2014 Ms. Howes was the Executive Director of the Foundation of Administrative Justice. From January 1, 2015 she continues as the curriculum development coordinator.
Ms. Howes is an active facilitator, arbitrator, mediator, investigator and trainer, with over 30 years’ experience in all aspects of dispute resolution, labour relations, condominium and administrative law. She practices in the areas of condominium, commercial, construction, consumer, municipal, workplace and labour relations. In addition, she consults with and trains administrative tribunals on best practices and governance. She speaks on a variety of topics at local, provincial, national and international events.
Ms. Howes has been appointed by the Alberta courts as arbitrator and investigator. From 2007 to 2014 Ms. Howes served as a part-time member of the Public Service Labour Relations Board. Between 1991 and 2002, she was a Vice Chair with the Alberta Labour Relations Board. Prior to her appointment to the ALRB, Ms. Howes practiced law with the Edmonton firm of Duncan & Craig.
She is the co-author and editor of Labour Relations Legislation: Practitioner’s Manual and Condominium Management 100 – 300. Ms. Howes was an advisor for Alberta Human Resources and Employment on Let’s Talk – a workplace guide to resolving disputes using an interest based model. She has written a number of publications, training programs and articles.
Deborah Howes instructs for many organizations, including High Clouds and the Foundation of Administrative Justice. She is a past member of the Advisory Board to the University of Calgary Arbitration and Policy Conference, and has presented at the Conference as workshop instructor and conference panelist. She was a sessional instructor for the University of Lethbridge and a faculty member the ADR Institute Alberta (formerly the Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society – AAMS) and the Canadian Condominium Institute (CCI). Deborah is a past national director for the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals and served as the National Training Committee chair. She developed and delivered arbitration and mediation training for the Siksika Nation for the nation’s Aiskapimohkiiks Tribunal (administrative tribunal).
Ms. Howes or HCI holds memberships in the Law Society of Alberta; International Mediation Institute, British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre; ADR Institute of Alberta; ADR Institute of Canada Inc.; American Arbitration Association, Canadian Industrial Relations Association (North and South Alberta), Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals; Foundation of Administrative Justice, Canadian Bar Association, Canadian Condominium Institute and Edmonton Chamber of Commerce.
Graeme Mitchell, Q.C.
Graeme G. Mitchell, Q.C. is the Vice-Chairperson of the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board since March 1, 2016. From 1985 to his appointment as Vice-Chairperson, he served first as Crown Counsel, then as Director of the Constitutional Law Branch of the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice in Regina, Saskatchewan. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Regina (1975), a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School (1980) and a Masters of Law from the University of Chicago Law School (1989).
He represented the Attorney General for Saskatchewan before all levels of Saskatchewan courts, and the Supreme Court of Canada. He participated in 48 appeals in the Supreme Court, including Reference re Secession of Quebec; Reference re Reform of Senate; Saskatchewan Federation of Labour v. Saskatchewan, and more recently, Caron v Alberta, and Goodwin v British Columbia.
He has served as adjunct professor at the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan where he taught Advanced Constitutional Law and Appellate Advocacy, and as a January Term Professor at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. In 2009, he served as a Visiting International Advocate in Residence at Valparaiso University Law School in Indiana. He teaches the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to judges through the auspices of the National Judicial Institute. Currently, he is on the faculty of the Foundation of Administrative Justice based in Edmonton, Alberta.
He served as a Bencher of the Law Society of Saskatchewan (2000-2007), and was a public representative on the Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan (2007-2014). Currently, he chairs the Federation of Law Societies of Canada’s National Committee on Accreditation, and co-chairs with Justice Rosalie Abella, the Canadian Bar Association/Supreme Court of Canada Liaison Committee.
He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1998. In 2014, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Canadian Bar Association (Saskatchewan).
Sheldon Toner is a resident of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and has been practicing law in the North for since being called to the bar in 1998. He opened Dragon Toner Law Office, with his partner Leanne Dragon, in 2010. The firm now has several associates and operates throughout the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
Sheldon’s experience includes over nine years as Legal Counsel with the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT). He appeared in numerous court and administrative law proceedings, including labour arbitrations, liquor board hearings, income support appeals and the Joint Review Panel hearings for the Mackenzie Gas Project.
Since opening Dragon Toner Law Office, Sheldon’s practice has expanded more widely into the area of administrative law. He has served as counsel to the Employment Standards Appeal Office, conducted numerous workplace investigations for the GNWT, and acted as counsel for Boards of Inquiry of the Registered Nurses Association of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. He has also served as an independent Advisor to the Northwest Territories Minister of Natural Resources, in appeals under the Environmental Protection Act and the Forest Management Act.
The North offers unique challenges and opportunities to make a difference. Sheldon has served as counsel to the Chief Coroners of both the Northwest Territories and Nunavut in a number of recent inquest. This includes inquests concerning deaths in custody, and also a broad systemic inquest into the high rate of suicides in Nunavut. It has been rewarding for all who participated to see how the suicide inquest has increased awareness and mobilization to address a long-standing issue in the territory.
Sheldon has also been a member of the Northwest Territories Human Rights Adjudication Panel (HRAP) since 2012. Since that time, he has mediated several human rights matters, conducted pre-hearing conferences and hearings and written decisions. He has had the opportunity to participate on an inter-agency working group, consisting of members from HRAP, the Director and the Commission, which is currently implementing recommendations from a 2015 Comprehensive Review of the Northwest Territories human rights system. This means ongoing work on legislative reform and policy development.
Anne Wallace, Q.C., CTAJ™
Anne M. Wallace, Q.C. is a lawyer who since 2007 works exclusively as a dispute resolution neutral, instructor and trainer. Wallace is an arbitrator, mediator, adjudicator, investigator and conciliator. She holds both the Chartered Arbitrator and Chartered Mediator designations conferred by the ADR Institute of Canada. In April 2010, she became one of the first seven people (the first in Saskatchewan) to achieve the CTAJ (Certificate in Tribunal Administrative Justice) earned through the Foundation of Administrative Justice. She is an IMI (International Mediation Institute) Certified Mediator.
Wallace’s work includes arbitration, mediation, conciliation and investigations in labour and employment. It also includes Indian residential schools adjudication, personal injury mediation, domain name dispute arbitration, and commercial mediation and arbitration. Wallace is an instructor with the Foundation of Administrative Justice, teaching various topics in the Foundation’s training programs for members and staff of administrative tribunals and for those who appear before tribunals, including labour arbitration boards. Wallace’s past law practice with Wallace Meschishnick Clackson Zawada included administrative law, industrial relations, employment law, human rights, and civil litigation, including commercial litigation cases.
Wallace is Past President of the ADR Institute of Saskatchewan Inc. and a past Regional Representative on the Board of the ADR Institute of Canada Inc.. She is currently a member at large on the National Board. Wallace has been actively involved in the Canadian Bar Association throughout all her years of practice. She was President of the Saskatchewan Branch in 2004-2005. She was a member of the National International Development Committee for many years. She is past Chair of the Canadian Legal Conference Steering Committee. Wallace has also been Chair of the National Continuing Legal Education Committee (1999-2001) and Chair of National Sections Council (1996-97). She was an original member of the Administrative and Labour Law Section (Saskatchewan) in 1984, was Chair of that Section for three years and was Chair of the National Administrative Law Section (1994-95). She has spent many years as a member of Provincial and/or National Council.
Wallace holds an LL.B. with Great Distinction (University of Saskatchewan 1983) and was the gold medallist in her law class. Wallace was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1999. In 2003, she was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for her contribution to the legal community, the development of the law and the administration of justice in Canada. In 2004, Saskatchewan Business Magazine named Wallace one of Saskatchewan’s Women of Influence. In February 2006, she was awarded the Canadian Bar Association’s National Douglas Miller Award for outstanding dedication and team spirit.
Adrian Wright, CTAJ™
Mr. Adrian Wright resides in Salt Spring Island British Columbia. He practiced as a lawyer in Yellowknife NWT for almost thirty years. Mr. Wright’s sole practice concentrates mainly on the areas of civil litigation and administrative law. He has acted as counsel in matters under the Fair Practices Act and the Human Rights Act, as well as the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Mr. Wright has specific arbitration training, has acted as counsel before many administrative tribunals, and has been involved in a variety of committees with the NWT Law Society and the Canadian Bar Association. In 2008 Adrian was appointed as Chair and Adjudicator for the NWT Human Rights Commission Adjudication Panel and an adjudicator in the Indian residential schools adjudication process. He has acted for administrative tribunals in a variety of areas including those regulating workers’ compensation, occupational health and safety, professional licensing and conduct. He has been an instructor with the Foundation since 2008.
After receiving his law degree Archie practiced litigation in Edmonton as an associate and partner for 15 years. In 1989 he returned to university and obtained a Masters in Law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School where his thesis concerned theoretical and practical aspects of dispute resolution. In 1991 he joined the faculty of Murdoch University Law School in Perth, Western Australia where he taught in the Law and Legal Studies programs. At Murdoch Professor Zariski designed and coordinated courses in the litigation and dispute resolution areas including Evidence, Negotiation and Mediation. He was trained as a mediator in Australia and Canada and mediated for the Citizens Advice Bureau in Perth. He has also trained mediators for the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia. After returning to Canada in 2005 he has acted as a volunteer mediator for the Mediation and Restorative Justice Centre in Edmonton and as a Presiding Officer for the City of Edmonton Subdivision and Development Appeal Board. Archie was appointed in 2012 for a three year term as a part time member of the Federal Public Service Staffing Tribunal. He has been a member of the faculty of Athabasca University since 2008 where he teaches Administrative Law amongst other subjects.
Carol obtained her undergraduate degree and her law degree from the University of Alberta and was called to the Alberta Bar in 1989. Carol began to focus her practice in the area of administrative law approximately 20 years ago. Carol has been on the staff of two boards and served as a board member on two other boards.
Carol is a partner with the Edmonton law firm Reynolds Mirth Richards & Farmer LLP. Her practice is primarily focused on representing clients before administrative tribunals and then if necessary before the Court on leave and judicial review applications. Carol also works as counsel to tribunals helping them ensure a fair hearing process and providing feedback on the use of a structured decision making process and decision writing. Carol is active as a speaker at various conferences hosted by Federated Press, the Legal Education Society, the Alberta Assessor’s Association, and the Association of Canadian Assessor’s Counsel. She writes regular articles for several client newsletters.
Carol has obtained her national designation as a Qualified Arbitrator (Q.Arb) which allows her to use her knowledge of fair hearing process, decision making and decision writing as an independent neutral adjudicator.
Carol grew up in Edmonton, and is active in the community serving on the Boards of several non-profit organizations. She enjoys travel, hiking, cooking, art, and reading.
Subject Matter Experts Bios
Narmin is a Director with Western Management Consultants, and principal in impact@work inc. Consulting, training and facilitating since 1992, she brings a solid package of commitment, motivation and skills in creating highly effective training and consulting with a depth of experience working across the three sectors.
Her creative style and commitment to working in learner-centered facilitation creates an inclusive, challenging learning environment where participants engage in discussions that utilize the whole brain and lead to transformative learning.
Narmin’s work is shaped by her own personal experience, her extensive experience working with clients across sectors and by ongoing research. She brings a “head, heart, hands” approach to learning environments, whether the topic is unconscious bias, strategy, valuing difference, creating efficiency or building trust in work groups and in mentoring relationships. This approach ensures participants take their knowledge and commitment to transform their work practice with practical strategies.
Narmin is a Level II Certified Facilitator for Personality Dimensions, True Colors and DiSC. She also delivers sessions using Career Anchors.
Narmin is an active member of the community. She currently serves as the Chair of the Board of YMCA Calgary, is a member on the FOCUS Humanitarian Canada Board, a member of the Ismaili National Social Welfare Board and a member of the International Womens’ Forum. In addition, her past work has included working with the Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance in Switzerland, Famous 5 Foundation, Vertigo Theatre, YMCA Canada and a number of other Calgary-based organizations.
Narmin is a contributor to the Dear Calgary book.