Governance

ADRBO is a private company that operates independently from member banks and strives to meet the highest standards of integrity, accountability, impartiality, and independence. ADRBO is overseen by a Board of Directors comprised of individuals with professional expertise and experience in management and/or corporate governance. The Board includes individuals who are leaders in the field of alternative dispute resolution, and others who have been appointed based on their good character, integrity and expertise in other fields, such as business or law.

ADRBO monitors the ongoing suitability and integrity of all directors, who must also continually demonstrate that they are independent in carrying out the functions of the Board. Directors must also demonstrate a high level of professionalism, fairness, flexibility, reliability, and competence. Directors do not receive any compensation.

The Board meets at least quarterly and approves all ADRBO policies and procedures. The Board also ensures that ADRBO operates within its Terms of Reference, the Bank Act, and its Regulations. The Board oversees the financial and operational performance of ADRBO and reviews statistical information supplied by the Ombuds and/or Deputy Ombuds. However, the Board does not look at specific complaints and is therefore unable to influence the outcome of complaints.

ADRBO Board of Directors

Allan Stitt

President and Chairman of the Board

Allan is the President of ADR Chambers. He is a mediator, arbitrator, negotiation consultant, facilitator, trainer, and ADR systems design specialist. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto Law School and a Special Lecturer at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law, teaching courses in Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution. He has has taught ADR and Negotiation courses throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia with the Stitt Feld Handy Group, a division of ADR Chambers.

Allan is both a Charter Mediator (C.Med.) and a Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb.). He has mediated two-party and multi-party disputes in numerous contexts, and has also arbitrated numerous commercial cases. His book on ADR systems design, ADR For Organizations, and Mediating Commercial Disputes, were both bestsellers. He also wrote Mediation: A Practical Guide, and is the Editor-in-Chief of the CCH ADR Practice Manual.

Allan is the Past President of the ADR Institute of Canada, the Arbitration and Mediation Institute of Canada, the Arbitration and Mediation Institute of Ontario and the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators, an IMI Certified Mediator, an arbitrator and mediator for the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC), a panel member of the International Panel of Arbitrators with the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), an arbitrator on the Canadian Transportation Agency List of Arbitrators, and on the International Panel of Mediators with the Singapore Mediation Centre.

Allan has been awarded the Ontario Bar Association Award of Excellence in Alternative Dispute Resolution. He is listed in the The International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation and The Best Lawyers in Canada in ADR.Allan has designed ADR systems for such organizations as the Canadian Bankers Association, the Ontario Human Rights Commission, the Law Society of Upper Canada, and Canadian Tire Corporation.

Cliff Hendler

Cliff Hendler is one of North America’s foremost commercial mediators. From 1990-2010, he was the founder and president of DRS Dispute Resolution Services LP, which merged with ADR Chambers in 2010.Cliff has established many of the benchmarks for dispute resolution in Canada. Since 1989, he has been retained in excess of 3,000 matters, and is regarded as an individual who is able to assist in the resolution of the most difficult and hotly-debated cases. His cases have included high-profile and delicate litigation matters that have been successfully resolved away from the public eye.

Along with his substantial experience in mediation, Cliff has extensive experience in mediation advocacy training. He has been an international guest lecturer/speaker at many universities, organizations, and public forums across North America and Europe. He co-managed the development of a mediation advocacy program for the American Bar Association National Institute, which has since been taught to more than 1000 lawyers and mediators throughout North America.

In 2004, while co-chair of the American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section’s Mediation Section, Cliff was instrumental in launching the inaugural International Chamber of Commerce Commercial Mediation Competition in Paris, France for national and international law school. In 2008, Cliff co-found the Canadian National Mediation Advocacy Competition and in 2010, the subsequent International Mediation Advocacy Competition, both of which were designed to encourage law schools throughout the world to teach enhanced skills for students who will be representing clients in mediation. Cliff is a Founder, Past President and Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators, past Chair of the ABA National Institute on Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Training. In 2012 and 2013, Cliff was named as a “highly recommended and leading practitioner of Commercial Mediation.”

Jerry Wiseblott

In addition to serving as a director of ADR Chambers Ombuds Inc., Jerry has been a Vice President of KRG Insurance Group for over 11 years, and was President of Wiseblott & Associates for over 21 years. He is a licensed independent insurance broker, and specializes in commercial, personal, life, disability, and critical illness insurance. For over three decades, Jerry has brought low-cost insurance solutions to both individuals and corporations in the GTA and throughout Ontario. He has helped thousands of individuals and hundreds of business enterprises solve a wide range of insurance headaches. As a business-person himself, Jerry strongly empathizes with the needs and concerns of other business owners and entrepreneurs. He is passionate about finding cost savings and the best available coverages.

David Kaufman, LL.B., CAIA

David brings over 20 years of experience in the legal, real estate and investment fields to his role as President and Chief Executive Officer of Westcourt Capital Corporation.

After graduating from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 1994 and completing his articles at Goodmans LLP, David held various positions in hospitality management, real estate and private equity, including leading roles at Magna International, Menkes Developments and Lynx Equity.

In 2009, he founded Westcourt Capital with the goal of building an advisory firm focused on alternative approaches to portfolio construction and the sourcing, due diligence and monitoring of investment funds for high net worth and institutional clients.

David is a thought leader in the alternative investment industry and often appears at industry conferences and events in the roles of keynote speaker, moderator and panelist. He is a regular contributor to the Financial Post and CBC’s The Exchange with Amanda Lang, and co-hosted BNN’s Alternative Investing 2010-2011.

David is a member of the Board of Directors of the Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation and sits on its Investment Committee. He is Chair of the Board of Dream Hard Assets Alternative Trust, an alternative asset manager listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. David is also a member of two committees of the Ontario Securities Commission, providing insight to the Commission in the areas of the formation of capital and investor protection in the private capital markets.

David is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA). He is a member of the Alternative Investment Management Association, the Private Capital Markets Association of Canada, and the National Exempt Market Association.

David is deeply committed to a number of philanthropic causes in support of children’s health and education, most notably Mount Sinai Hospital, SickKids, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and Holy Blossom Temple.

Bruce P. Elman

Bruce Elman is a Professor of Law at the University of Windsor where he teaches in the areas of Constitutional Law, the Legal Profession, and Legal Ethics. Professor Elman served as Dean of Law from 2000 – 2011. As Dean, Professor Elman promoted ethics, professionalism and competence as pre-eminent values of Windsor Law. Professor Elman served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of Legal Assistance of Windsor, Community Legal Aid, and the University of Windsor Mediation Services – Windsor Law’s three clinics. Professor Elman was a founding member of the Chief Justice of Ontario’s Advisory Committee on Professionalism. His paper on “Creating a Culture of Ethics and Professional Responsibility: A Leadership Role for Law Schools” was delivered at the 8th Colloquium on Legal Profession: The Challenge of Leadership in May 2007.

In addition to his academic responsibilities, Professor Elman also serves as the Integrity Commissioner for the City of Windsor and Acting Integrity Commissioner for the Town of Amherstburg. He is, currently, in his second term as Chair of the Board of Governors of the Law Commission of Ontario. Professor Elman is a Member of the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) representing the University of Windsor as its Academic Colleague. He is, also, a member of the Audit Committee of COU.

Prior to coming to Windsor, Professor Elman was Belzberg Professor of Constitutional Law and Chair of the Centre for Constitutional Studies at the Faculty of Law, University of Alberta. He joined the University of Alberta in 1975 and attained the rank of Professor in 1985. In 1985-86, Professor Elman was Walter S. McCalla Research Professor at Alberta. From 1991-1994, he served as Associate Dean of Law. Professor Elman has been Visiting Professor of Law and Canadian Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on two occasions, 1988 – 1989 and 1995 – 96. He continues to serve as a member of the Academic Advisory Committee for the Halbert Centre for Canadian Studies at Hebrew University. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at Stanford Law School (1981 – 82) and a Visiting Professor at Niigata University in Japan (1994). Most recently, Professor Elman was a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto and Scholar in Residence at the Centre for the Legal Profession (2011-12). Professor Elman was the recipient of the Tevie H. Miller Award for Teaching Excellence (1999) at the University of Alberta. He also received a teaching award from Hebrew University (1996).

Professor Elman is the Co-editor of Rotman, Elman, and Gall, Constitutional Law: Cases, Commentary and Principles (Thomson Carswell – 2008). He has published numerous works on criminal law, evidence, constitutional law, freedom of expression, law and religion, multiculturalism and ethics and professional responsibility. He is frequently invited to speak to professional and general audiences on topics in constitutional law and politics including Federalism and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, ethics and professional responsibility, legal education, and Law Reform.

Professor Elman holds a B.Sc. from McGill University (1971), an LL.B. from Dalhousie University (1974), and an LL.M. from Harvard University (1975). He was called to the Bar of Alberta in 1979 and the Bar of Ontario in 2002.