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Marvin Huberman

Co-founder of Canadian Cannabis Dispute Resolution Centre

marvin@cannabisdispute.ca

Marvin is a leading practitioner in the field of alternative dispute resolution.  He is a lawyer, mediator, arbitrator, former administrative law judge and adjunct law professor at Osgoode Hall Law School.  His experience as a dispute resolution professional across several decades has covered disputes that involve contracts, labour, drug and alcohol testing, securities, insurance and transportation law.

He holds a Master of Laws Degree in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Osgoode Hall Law School and has been accredited with the designation Chartered Arbitrator (C. Arb) by the ADR Institute of Canada.   Marvin has recently been appointed to serve as the President of the ADR Institute of Ontario.

Jonathan Jacobs

Co-founder of Canadian Cannabis Dispute Resolution Centre

jonathan@cannabisdispute.ca

Jonathan is a lawyer, mediator and dispute resolution specialist for the leading Canadian banking and municipal ombudsman offices.  He is currently an adjunct law professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law where he teaches courses on Negotiation and Mediation.

His experience as a dispute resolution practitioner includes resolution of disputes in the fields of real estate, contracts, insurance, labour and within condominiums.   Jonathan has been accredited with the designation Qualified Mediator (Q. Med) by the ADR Institute of Canada.

Stephen Pointer

Dispute Resolution Specialist - Canadian Cannabis Dispute Resolution Centre

stephen@cannabisdispute.ca

Stephen is an alternative dispute resolution practitioner with over 30 years of experience in the fields of real estate and property management.  He holds the RCM designation from the Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario; a general license with the Condominium Regulatory Authority of Ontario, and is a licensed Ontario realtor with residential and commercial transactional experience.

Stephen completed the University of Waterloo’s Conflict Management and Mediation Certificate Program.  His training enabled a successful practice resolving disputes as a property manager through the use of transformative mediation, which allows the relationship between parties in conflict to be revamped and improved.  Also, his acquisition of facilitation skills allows Stephen to confidently lead productive discussions among disputants and to work with them towards resolution of their conflict.  Stephen gives back to his community as a volunteer mediator with Community Conflict Resolution Services of Halton and as a facilitator with Lighthouse for Grieving Children in Oakville.

David Bennett

Dispute Resolution Specialist - Canadian Cannabis Dispute Resolution Centre

david@cannabisdispute.ca

David is one of Canada’s leading mediators and investigators. He is a Roster Mediator for International Olympic issues with the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and an Arbitrator and Mediator for Canadian Olympic organizations at the Sports Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada, dealing with issues like team selection and doping.

David has conducted numerous and comprehensive workplace investigations. His clients have included one of Canada’s largest cannabis companies, the nuclear industry, Order in Council appointments, and lobby groups. He recently completed a thorough review of the Olympic coaching culture for Wrestling Canada Lutte.

David has expertise in discrimination and harassment issues having served as the Alternate Discrimination Counsel for the Law Society of Ontario from 2005-20017. He also has experience dealing with aboriginal issues having been an Adjudicator for the Residential School Independent Assessment Process, and as legal counsel for the Inuit in the settlement of their land claim and creation of Nunavut.

Andy Butt

Dispute Resolution Specialist - Canadian Cannabis Dispute Resolution Centre

andy@cannabisdispute.ca

Andy is a highly trained and skilled workplace mediator, labor arbitrator, investigator, facilitator and conflict management coach.  He has more than 20 years of experience working to resolve workplace conflict, labour conflict, community conflict, commercial conflict and inter-organizational conflict in Canada and with a Canadian company in the Middle East.  

Andy has extensive experience with both labor and commercial arbitration. He has been named to the NL Minister’s Roster of Labor Arbitrators and he is a Roster Mediator to the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador.  He has conducted all services applied to a workplace including mediations, investigations/assessments, group processes for workplaces that were experiencing difficult issues, coaching services for managers and employees and he has gained specialized experience through participation in provincial collective agreement negotiations.

Andy holds Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb.) and Chartered Mediator (C.Med.) designations from the ADR Institute of Canada; he is a certified Workplace Fairness Analyst through the Workplace Fairness Institute, and has received specialized training in transformative mediation. He is a past President of both the ADR Institute of Canada and the ADR Atlantic Institute and served on the Board of these organizations.

Andy was awarded the Lionel J. MacGowan Award of Excellence for his outstanding contributions to the success of a regional affiliate of ADRIC and to the promotion and development of alternative dispute resolution within the region.

Hiam Amar

Dispute Resolution Specialist - Canadian Cannabis Dispute Resolution Centre

hiam.amar@cannabisdispute.ca

Hiam is a dispute resolution specialist and Toronto based lawyer. He received his law degree (JD) from the University of Toronto and his Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) degree from York University. As a Fulbright Canada Killam Fellow, Hiam spent a year studying Canada – U.S. legal relations at Arizona State University. He earned the Dean’s Leadership Award from the University of Toronto and the Governor General’s Silver Medal award for the highest grade point average in his graduating class at York University.

During law school, Hiam was a summer student at a boutique corporate and securities litigation firm in Toronto. He also worked for the Minister of Justice in Sierra Leone as the recipient of the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship.

Treena Reilkoff

Dispute Resolution Specialist - Canadian Cannabis Dispute Resolution Centre

treena@cannabisdispute.ca

Treena is an ADR practitioner who specializes in Trauma Informed Mediation.  With over 25 years’ experience in the private and public sectors, Treena has managed complex cases involving mental health and disabilities.  She is an expert at understanding how trauma may influence clients’ memory, behaviour and communication.  Treena is an experienced facilitator and has provided workshops and training on mental health and conflict.    

Her work experience with different Indigenous communities across the western Canadian provinces has allowed her to learn to acknowledge and embrace the values of cultural diversity and environmental influences.

Treena has adjudication experience related to rehabilitation and vocational legislated eligibility for veterans. She has years of experience conducting facilitated discussions between various medical service professionals, clients, their families and community supports, to assist in resolving the barriers to implementing rehabilitation and vocational plans and/or accommodations and medication regimes.  

Treena has a BSW, BA, Executive Certificate in Conflict Management, holds the designations of a Qualified Mediator (ADR Institute of Canada), Psychological Health and Safety Advisor (Canadian Mental Health Association), Workplace Restoration Specialist and Workplace Fairness Analyst. Her background includes a clinical speciality in Social Work, Behaviour Analysis and is a Certified Resiliency Trainer/Facilitator. Treena is also is a Board member with the ADR Institute of Ontario.