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Partnership Announcement With PCLM Common Sense Mediation

June 11, 2020



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TORONTO and SASKATOON, JUNE 8, 2020 – PCLM Common Sense Mediation (“PCLM”), a Saskatoon-based provider of alternative dispute resolution services and conflict resolution training, and the Canadian Cannabis Dispute Resolution Centre (“CCDRC”), a national provider of cannabis-related conflict resolution training and alternative dispute resolution services, announce their partnership to develop innovative cannabis-related conflict resolution training programs and to collaborate on the provision of alternative dispute resolution services.


The partnership will be built upon PCLM’s and the CCDRC’s experience developing and presenting conflict resolution training programs in the areas of negotiation and mediation, which have successfully assisted local, provincial and federal governments and industries with the practices and procedures to effectively prevent and resolve conflicts.  This knowledge and experience will be appropriately applied to those types of clients that PCLM and CCDRC have previously assisted who are now faced with the challenges of managing and defusing cannabis-related conflicts that have and will continue to emerge as a result of the prior legalization of recreational cannabis, and the recent legalization of edibles, extracts and topicals in Canada.  PCLM and CCDRC have developed their initial training course, Mediation of Cannabis Related Disputes, which will take place virtually from June 22 – July 5, 2020, and is offered in partnership with The Common Sense Mediation Academy.  


PCLM established in 2015, offers excellence in Collaborative Law & Mediation services in Saskatchewan. Charmaine Panko, the owner and senior lawyer for the firm, is passionate about alternative dispute resolution and currently serves as the vice president for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Saskatchewan. Charmaine’s highly trained team of mediators offer exceptional services in Saskatoon for in person meetings and offer distance services with their innovative use of Online Dispute Resolution. Charmaine is excited about the growth of the field of alternative dispute resolution and works to stay ahead of the curve by continuing to develop and offer new training for dispute resolution practitioners.


The practitioners at the CCDRC bring decades of experiences as lawyers and alternative dispute resolution specialists to the field of cannabis law. The CCDRC aspires to be an innovator in identifying practical solutions to cannabis-related disputes, which include pre-emptive solutions to anticipated cannabis conflicts.  The CCDRC’s principals have instructed alternative dispute resolution courses, including Negotiation and Mediation courses, at the University of Toronto LawSchool and Osgoode Hall Law School in addition to conflict resolution training to various sectors, including government, police, and industry in Canada and abroad.

Demi Panko, senior mediator with PCLM said, “As ADR innovators we are excited about this opportunity to partner with CCDRC in the development and provision of cannabis-related conflict resolution training and alternative dispute resolution services to the country and Saskatchewan in particular!”


Jonathan Jacobs, Co-Founder of the CCDRC said, “The uncertainty that the public and private sectors face in navigating the new federal, provincial and municipal legislation and regulations on cannabis have already and will continue to create tensions.  There will be conflict about what is and isn’t permissible when it comes to policies and procedures relating to cannabis possession, consumption, growth and promotion. In our view, the demand is high for providing clarity regarding the law and how organizations can engage the new cannabis regime.  We clearly hear the demand of those who need to have a clear understanding of the new cannabis laws and need to train personnel who develop internal policies and procedures and engage with the public.  We are pleased to have the opportunity to work with PCLM and to broaden our national presence into Saskatchewan and Western Canada and look forward to working with PCLM to develop training programs that aspire to meet this need.  We also are excited about the opportunity to collaborate with PCLM to provide alternative dispute resolution services for our various clients, which has emerged as the preferred method for those engaged in cannabis-related conflict to resolve their disputes.”


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