Evan Hoffman is a
Senior Associate at the
Canadian International Institute of Applied Negotiation (CIIAN).
a PhD in Political Science from the
University of Canterbury (New Zealand). His doctoral research focused
question of why mediation sometimes produces a durable peace and this
culminated in the creation of a new model for durable peace. Dr.
completed a Master's degree in Post-war Recovery Studies at the
York, UK in 2001 and an undergraduate degree in psychology at Carleton
Ottawa in 1999. In 2001 he earned a Certificate in Alternative Dispute
Resolution (ADR) from CIIAN.
one of the first people at the Post-war
Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU) at the University of York to
trauma created by violent conflict and the methods of individual and
trauma healing in a post-war context. His initial examination of the
began on a field study in Sri Lanka. His research then took him to
field study and data collection. The results of this research are
his Master's thesis entitled "Creating the Space to Heal: Principles of
War-Induced Trauma-Recovery, with Case Studies in Bosnia-Herzegovina".
then an intern with the Delegation of the
European Commission (EC) in the Republic of Sudan. The focus of the
was on the EC-funded Sudan Landmine Information and Response Initiative
- a landmine marking and removal project. During this time he had the
opportunity to work with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Rae McGrath.
during this same period he assisted the Carter Center in the design and
delivery of a week-long peacebuilding training workshop which was held
Nairobi for members of the Governments of Sudan (GOS) and Uganda (GOU)
Sudanese People's Liberation Army/Movement (SPLA/M) as part of the
implement the Nairobi Agreement.
Hoffman was an 'Analyst and Policy
Advisor' for CIIAN's International Peace and Prosperity Project (IPPP)
Guinea-Bissau. The IPPP was a political violence prevention project
application of lessons learned and best practices to develop a model
fragile, failing, and failed states.
published numerous articles on the themes of conflict prevention and
resolution, peacebuilding, and mediation and he has provided consulting
services to the Carter Center, the UN, the EU, the Ottawa Police
Service, St. Lawrence College (Cornwall), the Vietnamese Ministry of
Justice, and others on these topics.
David Lord is
an independent consultant
specializing in peace, security and governance issues.
He is the
former Executive Director of Peacebuild
– The Canadian
Peacebuilding Network (2002-2012). Immediately prior to joining
Peacebuild, he was the field representative in Uganda and Sudan for the
Carter Center’s conflict resolution program.
experience includes co-founding and
Conciliation Resources from 1994-1999 and directing the research team
at International Alert, also in the UK. From 1987 to 1991 he was an
associate of the Parliamentary Centre in Ottawa and acted as advisor to
the Standing Committee on National Defence and Veterans Affairs in the
Canadian House of Commons, advisor to the Canadian NATO Parliamentary
Association, and editor of Parliamentary Government, a quarterly
journal produced by the Centre.
He has also
worked as a journalist for The
Montreal Gazette, the
Canadian Press news agency, MacLeans magazine and The Montreal Star.
He holds a
Bachelor of Arts degree from Sir George
(Concordia) and a Diploma in Journalism from the University of Western
Mapendere is a conflict analyst with
extensive expertise in security and rebel groups analysis. As a
conflict resolution practitioner, Mr. Mapendere has conducted
high-level political analysis and worked on a variety of projects in
Mozambique, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Uganda,
Kenya, Sudan, Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau, East Timor, Jamaica, and Guyana.
Mr. Mapendere also designs electoral dispute resolution systems for a
variety of electoral environments and is a mediator.
recently, Jeff has held posts as a Senior
Adviser – Security Arrangements for the United
Mediation Standby Team and as a
Field Office Director for the Carter Center's Election Observation
Mission in Sudan.
has an MA in conflict analysis and
management from Royal Roads University in Canada. He also earned a
graduate certificate in conflict resolution, a BA in Psychology, and a
BA in Psychology and Criminal Justice, all from Carleton University in
McMechan began as a pioneer in the Canadian
conflict resolution field in 1990, when she became the first program
officer for the Fund for Dispute Resolution in Ontario. Two years later
she assumed the role of director of Canada’s Network for
Resolution, which she continued until accepting a position as core
professor in the peace and conflict studies at Royal Roads University
in Victoria, BC. For the past decade, Sylvia has been in private
practice as a mediator and facilitator of collaborative processes, with
a focus on multi-party engagements that frequently involve natural
resource disputes and include government agencies, aboriginal
communities, and corporate interests.
Sylvia holds a bachelor degree in environment and resource studies, a
master’s degree in conflict resolution and is now studying in
doctoral program, focusing on public policy and social change. She also
teaches graduate courses on mediation, consensus-building, and
Mr. Jean-François Pinsonnault is the principal
consultant at SoGesPin Inc. He designs, develops and
delivers/facilitates workshops, focused interventions and training
programs for managers at all levels and for staff in all types of
activities. Throughout his career, he worked successfully with various
sized groups. Jean-François is fluently bilingual in both
English and French, which facilitates his interactions.
As a seasoned mediator, he has also guided various individuals involved
in conflict situations, to find mutually agreeable solutions, as well
as providing training on conflict resolution.
As a past faculty member of the Industrial relations Centre of
Queen’s University, he co-facilitated a program on
“Building Leadership Capacity.” During this program, he
generously shared his experience and knowledge with participants.
Jean-François is currently a member of the Schulich School of
Business (York University in Toronto, ON). His main role is to support
the school’s corporate clients.
Mapendere holds a Masters of Arts in
Leadership and Training from Royal Roads
University in Victoria, Canada.
She has facilitated Leadership training
workshops in the USA and in Canada. Senzeni ‘s
expertise is also drawn from twenty years of Foreign Service
experience in Africa, Asia, Australia, Eastern
got her start in the conflict
resolution field in 1993, trained as a volunteer mediator helping
neighbours resolve disputes referred by bylaw officers and the
police. A few years later, she started mediating civil court
claims for cases under $7000. Soon after, she become the
Co-Director of Alberta's first adult criminal court diversion program -
using victim-offender mediation.
A graduate of
the Justice Institute's Centre for
Julia holds Certificates in Negotiation & Mediation, Human
Management, Cross-Cultural Education, a post-graduate Certificate in
Teaching English as a Second Language, and an undergraduate degree in
English Literature. She also has her professional coaching
designation through the International Coaching Federation.
have included Royal Roads University,
Volunteer Centre, Camosun College, and she's coached and mediated
extensively for the Hospital Authority on Vancouver Island.
Julia's also been on the teaching team at the Centre for Conflict
Resolution at the Justice Institute since 1998.
She is a
published author and has her own e-course
Tough Conversations Great as well as a free monthly e-zine - all
available at: www.juliamenard.com
holds a Masters degree in Conflict
Analysis and Management, specializing in Ethnic and Political
Conflicts, from Royal Roads University.
Sara completed a BA in Political
Science with International
Relations and Development as the core of her studies; she has also
participated in various trainings including Multi-Party/ Advanced
Negotiations and Mediation through CIIAN.
Sara has partnered with small international organizations in both
Croatia and Guatemala to provide skills workshops on Conflict
Resolution and Effective Communication; and has been consulting with
NGO’s in both Africa and Europe on conflict resolution
content within their programs.
Sara has most recently been working with the United Nations Mission in
Sudan as an Advisor for the Southern Sudan Referendum Process and
supporting elections in the transitional areas of Sudan.