Cathryn is certified with the Ontario Association for Family Mediation as an Accredited Family Mediator (Acc.FM) and a Child Protection Mediator (CP.Med). She is also a certified mediator with ADR Ontario (C.Med). She is a Certified Specialist in Family Mediation (FDRP.Med), and a Certified Specialist in Family Arbitration (FDRP.Arb), with the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario. In addition to her dispute resolution certifications, Cathryn is also a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA) with the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts.
Cathryn serves on the Board of Directors of FDRIO, helping to promote dispute resolution in Ontario
Cathryn is an active part of the Halton Family Law community, and is dedicated to ongoing training both on family law and alternative dispute resolution topics. She trains prospective mediators through an internship program.
Cathryn obtained her Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University, and her law degree from the University of Western Ontario. She was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1996. She has worked in the employment sector and in family law.
Cathryn’s practice is restricted to mediation, arbitration, and representation of children through the Office of the Children’s Lawyer.
By combining creative and positive communication techniques with her knowledge of the law and legal process, Cathryn helps parties solve their own problems and reach lasting agreements.
In addition, when specific expertise is required, Cathryn has a network of professionals to whom she can refer participants. Often by obtaining expert opinions or assistance, the parties are able to move forward productively.
DEGREES AND PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS
B.Comm., 1991, Queen’s University
LL.B., 1994, University of Western Ontario
Called to the Bar of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1996
Called to the Bar of the Law Society of British Columbia in 1997
Acc.F.M.(OAFM) 2009, Ontario Association for Family Mediation
CP.Med, 2010, Ontario Association for Family Mediation (Child Protection Mediation designation)
C.Med, 2014, ADR Institute of Canada, (Chartered Mediator)
FDRP.Med, 2017, Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario
FDRP. Arb, 2018, Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario
CDFA, 2018, Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts
Collaborative Family Law training
Family Law Arbitration – 40 hour course
Certificate in Family Mediation – included courses in
– Negotiation theory and practice
– Mediation theory
– Assessment screening for domestic violence and power imbalances
– Parenting plans
– Successful family transition – working with children and parents
– Court-based mediation
Child Protection mediation training
Ontario Collaborative Federation Conferences
Halton Family Law Seminar (annually)
Law Society of Upper Canada Family Law Summit (annually)
Office of the Children’s Lawyer training (twice each year)
Power Imbalances in Family Mediation and Arbitration
Practical Ethics for Working Mediators – ADRIO
AFCC Ontario Conferences, 2010, 2011, 2012
AFCC International annual conferences
2010 – Denver – Traversing the Trail of Alienation
2011 – Orlando – Research, Policy and Practice in Family Courts: What’s Gender got to do with it?
2012 – Chicago – Attachment, Brain Science and Children of Divorce
2013 – Los Angeles – Global Voices, Expanding Choices
2014 – Toronto – Navigating the Waters of Shared Parenting
Diana has been a family law clerk since 1996. Her special passion and understanding for family law, made it the right choice to work exclusively in this field.
Diana oversees all aspects of client management, including preparing mediation material, and assisting clients through the mediation process. Diana enjoys working directly with clients, and understands the complex emotions that result from a separation and strives to remove any intimidation clients may feel about the mediation process.
Diana’s strong organization and management skills, coupled with her natural empathetic nature, make her an invaluable member of our team.