Professional Development Program:

Arbitration for Professionals Certificate instructor

Kat Bellamano BSW, RSW, C. Arb, C. Med, FMC Cert. CFM

  • Instructor, Arbitration for Professionals

Parenting Coordinator | Facilitator | Mediator | Arbitrator

Kat has been working with people in conflict for 17 years.  She has a diverse practice providing parenting coordination, mediation, arbitration, med-arb, circles, restorative justice, assessment, coaching and facilitation; always with an emphasis on relationship building and working across differences.  Her main area of focus is working with families and groups with complex circumstances such as high conflict, trauma or mental health challenges, addiction, involvement with the legal system or intercultural issues.  She also provides the full range of her services by distance.  She designs and provides training on mediation and conflict resolution skills, trauma informed practice, sexualized violence prevention, and family violence screening.

She is a Chartered Arbitrator and Mediator certified by ADR Canada, a Comprehensive Family Mediator certified by Family Mediation Canada, is on the rosters of Mediate BC, the BC Hear the Child, and the BC Parenting Coordinator Roster Society.  She has a Bachelor of Social Work and is just finishing a Master of Social Work with a Clinical Specialization.  Kat received her Certificate in Conflict Analysis and Management and her Certificate in Family Mediation from The Institute of Conflict Analysis and Management with an emphasis on Conflict in Organizations and Group Facilitation Skills.  She received her Certificate in Arbitration from the ADRBC (formerly BCAMI). She is President Elect of the Board of Directors of Family Mediation Canada, the Vice-President of the BC Parenting Coordinator Roster Society, is on the Board of  University of Victoria Alumni Association is a former member of the Board of Directors of ADRBC.

Andy Livingston

  • Instructor, Arbitration for Professionals

Andy Livingston is the CEO of Dexterity Consulting. He is passionate about making the world more accessible for all. His expertise, mediation skills and work on accessibility accommodation issues are highly sought after.

Born with cerebral palsy, Andy’s parents were initially told by doctors that he would have difficulty integrating into society. Despite this early assessment, Andy went on to graduate from the University of Saskatchewan with a Double Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology; and, a Masters Degree in Sociology. Andy brings a unique perspective of lived experience to his work. As a wheelchair user, he is able to easily relate to people with disabilities and to organizations trying to improve accessibility at all levels.

During his time at the University of Saskatchewan, he participated in a number of groups aimed at making campus more accessible for people with disabilities. Following his Masters Degree, Andy worked as an Investigator/facilitator with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission for nearly ten years. During this time, Andy led numerous multi-party mediations and facilitations.

Over the last 20 years, Andy’s career focused on helping people improve their citizenship within society by allowing them greater levels of participation within their chosen communities. During his tenure with the Human Rights Commission, Andy was instrumental on noteworthy accessibility projects including the new Mosaic Stadium in Regina, and work on accessible transit in Regina and Saskatoon.

Most recently, Andy completed the educational components for his Qualified Arbitrator (Q.Arb) and Qualified Mediator (Q.Med) designations to further complement his years of experience in the human rights field.

Andy is a member of Alternative Dispute Resolution Saskatchewan, the International Association of Accessibility Professionals, and the Saskatchewan Aids to Independent Living advisory board through the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health. Andy has dedicated a number of years to serving on the volunteer boards of SaskAbilities (as President, Vice President and member), and the Canadian Disability Studies Association. In June of 2019, the Saskatchewan Minister of Social Services appointed Andy as a member of the Provincial Income Assistance Advisory Group for Social Services. This new group will provide advice and feedback on the development of income assistance policies, programs and services.