Team

Meet the Ombuds Team

Britt Warlop is the Banking Ombudsman for the ADR Chambers Banking Ombuds Office (ADRBO). Britt is a lawyer with experience in investigations and employment law.

Peter Maniatakis is the Deputy Ombudsman for the ADR Chambers Banking Ombuds Office. Peter is a lawyer who began his legal career at a criminal law firm before switching tracks and practicing law at a civil litigation law firm in Toronto.

Kayla Albin is the Ombudsman Officer for the ADR Chambers Banking Ombuds Office (ADRBO). Kayla began her legal career at a major full-service law firm in downtown Toronto in corporate practice. Kayla earned her J.D. at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University and her Bachelor of Commerce with First-Class Honours at Queen’s University.

Susan Felver is a member of the ADR Chambers Banking Ombuds Office. She handles inquiries and processes complaint applications. Susan is fluent in English and French.

Diane Menanteau is a member of the ADR Chambers Banking Ombuds Office. She is fluent in French and English and assists with the management of inquiries and processes complaint applications. Diane also works on business development and design projects for ADRBO.

Mark Lawrence is the Compliance Officer with the ADRBO, who oversees that the ADRBO meets its regulatory obligations and that its investigations are completed in accordance with internal policy. Mark is also a mediator with ADR Chambers and an alternative dispute resolution instructor with the Stitt Feld Handy Group.
Mark earned his J.D. at the Osgoode Hall Law School and his B.Comm at Ryerson University.

Meet the Independent Investigators

Barry S. Arbus is an experienced arbitrator, mediator and has acted as corporate counsel to Canadian and international businesses with an emphasis on international transactions. He has extensive experience as a lawyer and in alternative dispute resolution in various industries including finance, manufacturing, entertainment, hospitality, communications and health care.

He earned his LL.B. and LL.M. (in corporate finance) at Osgoode Hall Law School and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1981.

He is a member of the International Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association, the Canadian Tax Foundation, and has served as President of the International Alliance of Law Firms.

Barry Bresner is an investigator with the ADR Chambers Banking Ombuds Office. He is also a mediator and arbitrator with ADR Chambers. Recently retired after 38 years of practicing commercial and insurance litigation with a major national law firm, he has handled and resolved a wide variety of disputes in the financial services industry.

Ben Drory is an Investigator with the ADR Chambers Banking Ombuds Office. He is a Chartered Mediator and Chartered Arbitrator, and a Director of the ADR Institute of Ontario. Ben has mediated a large number of insurance and community disputes, and investigated municipal Code of Conduct inquiries in the Cities of Toronto and Markham. He coaches students in dispute resolution, and is an experienced legal writer.

Bernard Morrow is an investigator with the ADR Chambers Banking Ombuds Office (ADRBO).

He is a non-practising lawyer, chartered mediator and arbitrator. He is the principal of Morrow Mediation, a full-service dispute resolution firm. Bernard has conducted more than 1500 mediations over 25 years of practice. His areas of focus as a mediator include commercial, employment, partnership and insurance disputes. He recently served for four years as the Law Society of Ontario’s Complaints Resolution Commissioner, performing an ombuds role, independently reviewing professional conduct complaints against lawyers and paralegals. As Commissioner, he conducted in excess of 600 complainant-initiated reviews, each concluded with the issuance of a written decision. Bernard has also served as a mediator and adjudicator with the office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, addressing complex access to information appeals and highly sensitive privacy breaches. In his role as an adjudicator with the IPC, Bernard adjudicated more than 300 appeals, each concluded with the issuance of a binding written decision.

Bernard obtained his B.A. in 1982 and LL.B. in 1985, both from Western University.  In 1988, he was awarded his LL.M. by the London School of Economics and Political Science in London, England, in the areas of labour, employment law and human rights. In 2013, Bernard was awarded the Chartered Mediator (C. Med) designation by the ADR Institute of Canada, Canada’s only professional designation for practising mediators.

Bernard is active with the Ontario Bar Association’s ADR Section, and currently serves on the ADR Section’s Executive. He is also a member of the ADR Institute of Ontario and the Forum of Canadian Ombudsman.

Bill is a mediator and investigator with ADR Chambers. 

His areas of expertise include personal injury, labour relations, coaching and mentorship, and workplace and partnership disputes. He financed and started up his own printing business so he is very familiar with the issues and challenges that face small business owners. Bill has mediated hundreds of disputes in areas such as wrongful/constructive dismissals, personal injury, collective bargaining and expedited arbitration.

Bill has over 40 years of experience in labour relations and human resources and has conducted a number of seminars on mutual gains bargaining. In his role as a human resources executive, Bill was responsible for thousands of employees and all HR related activities at several Fortune 500 organizations in both Canada and the US.

Bill earned his B.A. (Economics) from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and his certificate in Dispute Resolution from York University. He is available to conduct mediations and investigations in-person, by video conference and teleconference.

Carina Reider is an investigator with the ADR Chambers Banking Ombuds Office. She is a lawyer and has experience conducting workplace investigations and family mediations. Carina is also the project manager for Ontario Dispute Adjudication for Construction Contracts.

Cindy is a mediator and investigator with ADR Chambers.

Cindy mediates long term disability, personal injury, employment, property and casualty and reinsurance disputes. Her areas of expertise include insurance, employment, workplace, franchise and commercial disputes. Cindy has considerable background in claims management, people management, career coaching and consulting experience, to help people successfully resolve their disputes.

During her corporate career, Cindy held the position of Vice President, Life and Health Claims for a major insurer and has extensive knowledge of LTD and other insurance issues and processes. While leading the claims department, she developed escalated complaints and appeals processes and procedures, ensuring any received were handled accordingly. In addition, Cindy has extensive claims auditing experience.

From 2008 to 2014, she served as a chair for the Insurance Section of the ADR Institute of Ontario and volunteered as a community mediator for Scarborough Conflict Resolution Service.

Cindy has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto and a Certificate in Advanced Dispute Resolution from York University. She also has a certificate from the ADR Institute of Ontario in Civil Procedure and training from St. Stephen’s Community House in Interpersonal Mediation. Cindy serves on the Board of the Women’s Centre of York Region.

Investigator

David Israelson is an investigator with ADR Chambers Banking Ombuds Office and a member of the Law Society of Ontario. He is a writer, editor, communications and strategic consultant and co-founder and Principal of Eon Communications and Research. David conducts training programs across Canada and internationally and has served as a senior writer for the Premier of Ontario. His published work includes two books, academic and corporate writing and many articles and commentaries he has contributed as a foreign correspondent, communications executive and business journalist.

Deborah Anschell is an investigator with ADR Chambers Banking Ombuds Office. She is also a mediator and arbitrator with ADR Chambers. In her mediation practice, Deborah has facilitated the settlement of hundreds of complex civil cases in a variety of subject matters including insurance, real estate, employment and corporate/commercial matters.

Deborah has a Master of Laws in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Osgoode Hall Law School (1998) and is a member of the Law Societies of British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. Deborah has a special interest in ombuds work, and is the author of The Role of the Ombudsman as an Alternative Dispute Resolution Process in the Financial Services Industry (1998).

Deborah has extensive experience in the financial services sector. Prior to establishing her dispute resolution practice, Deborah was Assistant Vice-President and Senior Counsel with Manulife Financial in Toronto. In this role, she supervised a team of several lawyers and administrative staff, and provided litigation services to both head office and several regional offices across Canada. While at Manulife, Deborah developed a dispute resolution model for resolving and evaluating litigation cases.

Deborah Steinberger is an Investigator with the ADR Chambers Banking Ombuds Office.Deborah is a trilingual U.S.-trained attorney with extensive experience representing clients in numerous industries in complex litigation and arbitration matters.Deborah has also conducted numerous investigations, primarily related to workplace and employment matters, and has counseled clients regarding adoption of internal policies and protocols to help avoid future claims. Most recently, Deborah participated in the representation of an international conglomerate in proceedings related to ICC arbitration, and represented companies in the railway industry in incipient arbitration and settlement negotiations.Prior to joining ADR Chambers, Deborah practiced with Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler in New York and BCF in Montreal.

Derek is a 37-year veteran of the insurance industry in Ontario and is retired from his position as VP, Claims for a large Public Sector insurance provider. He now mediates out of London, Ontario.

His years of experience in investigating and resolving large liability and first party claims coupled with his experience and training in dispute resolution, have led him to be an excellent mediator and investigator.
Having successfully completed over 90 hours of ADR training, including advanced mediation skills and cross-cultural dispute resolution Derek has been accredited as a Qualified Mediator by the ADR Institute of Ontario.
 
Derek is a past member of the Ontario Insurance Adjusters Association and a past member of The Canadian Insurance Claims Managers Association. He is also a past Director of the Insurance Institute of Southwestern Ontario, instructed CIP courses for over 10 years and is a past Vice-Chair of the IBC Claims Committee.

Eban Bayefsky is an investigator with the ADR Chambers Banking Ombuds Office. He is also a mediator, arbitrator and investigator with ADR Chambers. Eban has over thirty years of experience in alternative dispute resolution, conducting arbitrations and mediations in a wide variety of insurance, personal injury and workplace disputes. Eban earned his LL.B. at the University of Toronto Law School, and his LL.M. in Administrative Law at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Ellen Fry is an investigator with ADR Chambers Banking Ombuds Office. She is also a mediator and arbitrator with ADR Chambers and is a former Ombudsman for the National Capital Commission, a former Member of the Ontario Energy Board and a former Member of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal.

Ellen is a highly experienced dispute resolution professional and has made presentations to  the private and  public sectors on fair process. She brings over 15 years of experience in dispute resolution. She has resolved hundreds of disputes, involving banks and other businesses, federal and municipal government operations, customer service, regulations, procurement, customs and international trade.

Prior to becoming a dispute resolution professional, Ellen was  Director of the Legal Departments of Industry Canada and Environment Canada. She has been a member of the Ontario Bar since 1979 and has an LLB from the University of Ottawa and an MBA from Queen’s University.

Gareth Oliver is an investigator with the ADR Chambers Banking Ombudsman Office. Gareth has recently returned to Canada after spending a number of years in London, England, where he worked as a bankruptcy examiner for the Insolvency Service, a legal department within the British Government. There he conducted investigations into both personal bankruptcies and company insolvencies. Gareth dealt with a broad cross-section of clientele encompassing major financial institutions, businesses of various sizes and individuals. He has extensive experience in interviewing, and mediating disputes between creditors and insolvent parties. Whilst in London, Gareth also completed a diploma in insolvency administration and took numerous courses in both interviewing skills and mediating client disputes.

Since his return to Canada, Gareth has completed the Canadian Securities Course and is currently in the process of becoming a Certified Financial Planner.

Georges Dessaulles is an investigator with the ADR Chambers Banking Ombuds Office. Georges is a lawyer who recently retired after spending over thirty years working in the financial services sector. He has acted in a wide variety of legal matters relating to personal and branch banking, personal and commercial lending, privacy, trade finance and international banking. In the latter part of his career he was responsible for overseeing compliance with Federal consumer banking laws and regulations and dealing with the relevant Federal government regulators on behalf of a major Canadian financial institution.

Georges is bilingual and is a member of the Quebec Bar. He has frequently spoken on compliance matters both in Canada and internationally. He is currently chairman of the Canadian Centre for Ethics and Corporate Policy.

Glen Grunwald is an investigator with ADR Chambers Banking Ombuds Office.  He received his Juris Doctorate degree from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois and is licensed to practice in the State of Colorado.  He also has an MBA and Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

 

After graduation from law school, Glen practiced corporate law with Winston and Strawn in Chicago before embarking on a career in professional sports management, having worked as an executive for the Denver Nuggets, the Toronto Raptors and the New York Knicks.  Glen also has served as the President & CEO of the Toronto Board of Trade and the Director of Athletics & Recreation at McMaster University.  He is presently the President & CEO of Canada Basketball and an advisor with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Heather Bird is an investigator with ADR Chambers Banking Ombuds Office. She is also a criminal lawyer with a practice in Hamilton, Ontario. Heather Bird has law degrees from both Canada and the U.S. and is licensed to practice law in Ontario, New York and Connecticut. She is a former journalist and an author of two books on criminal trials.

Jonathan Jacobs is an investigator with the ADR Chambers Banking Ombuds Office. He is also a lawyer and is admitted to practice law in the Province of Ontario, the State of New York and the United States Court of International Trade. Jonathan is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto Law School where he teaches a course on Negotiation.

Jonathan is also a past instructor with the Stitt Feld Handy Group. He has provided alternative dispute resolution training across North American and the Caribbean to governments, national banks and industry specific companies and organizations. Jonathan is also a member of the ADR Institute of Ontario.

Kimberly Cork is an investigator with ADR Chambers Banking Ombuds Office. She is also a mediator with ADR Chambers. In her mediation practice, Kimberly has facilitated the resolution of hundreds of disputes and civil litigation cases, mostly in the area of insurance and commercial matters.With a degree in Conflict Resolution Studies, over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, including 16 years managing litigation for a large Canadian insurer, Kimberly brings a wealth of experience to her role. Management roles throughout her career have also provided her with extensive knowledge in the areas of group conflict, human rights, harassment, workplace disputes, wrongful dismissals and workplace safety and health.

Committed to the development of the practice of law to include effective advocacy in the mediation environment, Kimberly has dedicated significant time as a judge for the International Competition for Mediation Advocacy (ICMA), the Canadian National Mediation Advocacy Competition (CNMAC) and the ABA Representation in Mediation National Competition. In addition to her role and involvement with these competitions, she has also acted as a coach for Mediation Advocacy Skills, a judge for Negotiation Skills for the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba, and guest lecturer for the Faculty of Conflict Resolution Studies at the University of Winnipeg and the LLM in Dispute Resolution at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Lorraine Howard is an Investigator with the ADR Chambers Banking Ombuds Office.  Prior to joining our organization, Lorraine worked as a lawyer for a provincial government ombudsman’s office.  She subsequently joined a bank’s legal department and assisted the branch banking network with legal inquiries involving many aspects of branch banking.

Louise is a Fellow and Chartered Arbitrator (CIArb) and accredited mediator with extensive international experience in the areas of commercial/corporate law, employment and insurance law. She has arbitrated cases under ICC, HKIAC and UNCITRAL Rules including wrongful dismissal, sales, banking, construction and shareholder disputes in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Canada.

Marcel Mongeon is a bilingual investigator with the ADR Chambers Banking Ombuds Office. He has served as a deputy judge in Ontario’s small claims court system for more than 20 years where he has heard dozens of cases involving Canadian chartered banks.Marcel is an independent mediator and arbitrator in commercial matters and is an internationally recognized teacher in commercial transactions and negotiations, intellectual property and corporate governance. Marcel is a lawyer qualified to practice in Ontario, Quebec and New York State and holds masters degrees in Business, Science and Law.

Michael L. Maynard is an Investigator with the ADR Chambers Banking Ombuds Office. He is also a Mediator and Facilitator with ADR Chambers.

Michael mediates a variety of litigated and other interpersonal disputes. His areas of practice include administrative, code of conduct/disciplinary, contract, insurance, landlord/tenant, and workplace matters. He has experience in public policy and civic issues, and has consulted on organizational framework and ADR systems design. Michael has acted as a mediation coach and ADR trainer, and as a neutral he has mediated more than 2000 cases. He also developed and taught several courses in alternative dispute resolution at Durham College.

Michael is a co-author of Choices in Approaching Conflict: Understanding the Practice of Alternative Dispute Resolution (Emond Publishing, 2010)

Paul is an investigator, mediator, and arbitrator who comes to ADR from a litigation background. He was called to the bar in 1972 and practiced in partnership until 1990 when he established his own firm. He was the founding principle of York Street Dispute Resolution Group Inc. in 2003 when he became a full-time third-party neutral. During that time frame. he was also a Deputy Judge of the Ontario Small Claims Court for 25 years.


He has lectured at the Bar Admission Course, he has given presentations to the Advocates Society of Ontario where he was also a director during the 1980s. He has lectured for the American Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association and many other organizations. He is the author of more than 75 published articles.


He Is a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators and received the president’s award in 2013. In 2014 the Academy made him a “Knight “which is the highest honour a member can receive.


He is currently on the advisory board of the Winkler Institute of Dispute Resolution at Osgoode Hall Law School and is responsible for the annual Winkler/IAM program.


He is an honorary director of the Foundation Board for the Michael Garron Hospital and currently serves
as a Director of Para Sport Ontario.

Investigator

Tony is a mediator, arbitrator and investigator with ADR Chambers.

Tony’s areas of expertise include insurance, estates, arts & entertainment, media & communications, real estate, small business, commercial, health care, and workplace disputes. Tony taught negotiation and mediation at Humber College from 2005 to 2008, and taught ADR and negotiation at the Law Society of Ontario and Osgoode Hall Law School between 1989 to 1992.

 

From 2005 to 2016 Tony was a member of an adjudicative tribunal with jurisdiction in the mental health area (appointed by Order in Council). He sat as a part-time deputy judge with Small Claims Court in Toronto for 4 terms from 1994 to 2006.

Before earning his law degree, Tony worked in the film and television industries in Vancouver for CBC and in Los Angeles for Metromedia Television. After earning his J.D. at the University of British Columbia, Tony moved to Toronto to article at the oldest entertainment law firm in Canada: Rosenfeld, Schwartz (a firm that merged with Goodmans LLP in 1981). He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1982. Tony’s first position as a lawyer was with First Choice Pay TV as the Director of Legal and Business Affairs. In 1984, he started his own law firm and for over 30 years he has operated a solicitor’s practice in the areas of wills, estates, real estate, and small business law.

Tony served as a Director on the Boards of Visual Arts Ontario and Classical Cabaret and sat on the Executive Committee of the Ontario Bar Association’s Media and Communications section. He is a member of the ADR Institute of Ontario, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & TV, and Law Society of Ontario.

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