Sharon Sutherland

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  • LL.B., LL.M., M.A. Drama and Theatre Studies, Mediator and Conflict Resolution Trainer

Civil Roster Mediator Details

Experienced online mediator; flexible platform choice.
Design and provision of training in conflict resolution, mediation, mediation advocacy and negotiation skills. Tailored training for organizations, industries, and community groups.
Theatre tools for conflict resolution and conflict resolution training (Improvisation, Image & Forum Theatre, Sociodrama, etc).
Collaborative game development and games-based workshop for conflict resolution.
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator™ qualified (Step I and II).
I have been mediating since 1996 and have conducted hundreds of mediations in contexts including civil, child protection, small claims, workplace, community and housing. I provide flexible services tailored to the specific needs of the parties. I offer online dispute resolution services via Zoom, teleconference, and other platforms on request.

I have considerable experience as a mediation trainer, mentor, and program designer. Currently, I am Director of Strategic Innovation for Mediate BC. I was co-Program Manager of the Court Mediation Program at BC Provincial Court (1998-2003) and Manager of Development for the Child Protection Mediation Practicum (2006-2010).

From 2000-2014, I was a faculty member at UBC Faculty of Law, where I ran a clinical mediation program and a judicial externship program in the Provincial Court, as well as teaching a variety of substantive courses. I worked as a Knowledge Engineer in the development of the Civil Resolution Tribunal (2014-2016), and participated in the development of the Solution Explorer streams for Strata, Loans & Debts, Construction, Personal Injury and Property.

I am an active volunteer within the conflict resolution community. I coordinate the Speaker Series for CoRe Conflict Resolution Society and host annual Collaborative Game Jams. I co-designed and kickstarted Zombie Fight or Flight – a collaborative game designed for both family fun and conflict prevention and training. In 2011, I received the Susanna Jani Prize for Excellence in Mediation from Mediate BC. More recently, I was awarded an honourary doctorate (LL.D.) for my contributions to conflict resolution by Justice Institute of BC.

I’m an avid theatre-goer; have coached and managed teams in field hockey, soccer and rugby; enjoy tabletop games; and am immersed in popular culture scholarship with a special interest in television and law.
  • Business - Consumers
  • Community
  • Employment & Workplace
  • Housing & Real Estate
  • Small Claims
  • $ - $
    Canada, British Columbia, Fraser Valley, Greater Vancouver, Southern Vancouver Island
    Rate varies depending on type of matter and location, and is usually determined on a daily or half daily basis.

    I conduct a limited number of pro bono and "low bono" mediations each year, usually as a mentored co-mediation with Mediate BC's Mentorship Program or through CoRe Conflict Resolution Society. Please contact me to discuss availability.