Professional Development Program:

Mediation and Dispute Resolution Certificate Instructors

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

  • Instructor, Mediation / Arbitration

Parenting Coordinator | Facilitator | Mediator | Arbitrator

Click to read our blog interview with Kat 

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.

Mary Joseph

  • Instructor, Mediation and Dispute Resolution

Click here to read an interview on our blog with Mary Joseph 

Mary Joseph is a retired lawyer, United Church Minister and Certified Spiritual Director. She is
also an accredited mediator and provides family mediation services in the private and public
sector as well as teaching mediation at the professional certification level.

Mary practiced immigration law from 1986 until 2004 with an emphasis on refugee law and
skilled and domestic workers. She was also Vice Chair of the Canadian Bar Association – Ontario
in Immigration as well as the founder and Editor of their Immigration newsletter. She was one of
the original pioneers of same sex immigration for Canada. Since 2002 until her retirement in 2018,
Mary practiced collaborative family law exclusively. She was also Ordained by the Universal
Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches in 1999 and has been a part-time pastor and
mission strategist for the United Church of Canada until her retirement at the end of 2018.

She has been a guest lecturer at numerous educational institutions and societies including The
Canadian Bar Association, Osgoode Hall Law School, University of Toronto as well as the Learned
Society and Mensa International. Prior to being called to the bar, Mary tried out a variety of
professions including Police Officer, Immigration Border Examining Officer, Industrial Firefighter,
Private Investigator as well as several other service sector professions before committing to a
lifelong practice of law. She is also a former board member of the Elizabeth Fry Society.

Mary holds a college diploma from Niagara College, Bachelor of Arts from Brock University, a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School and Masters of Divinity from Victoria University at University of Toronto.

Her published work includes: 2005: Seeking the Sacred; Leading a Spiritual Life in a Secular World
ECW Press; Toronto 2006 (prolegomenon) (founder and ED of Seekers Dialogue), 1990 – 1993 Immigration and Citizenship Update, Canadian Bar Association – Ontario Immigration Newsletter Founder / Editor, 1985 Illegal Immigrants: Know Your Rights, Pamphlet for the Illegal Immigrant Support Group Toronto, Ontario, 1983 Immigration Handbook, Department of Justice Joint Author (Unpublished)

Andy Livingston

  • Instructor, Mediation / Arbitration

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.

Hayley MacPhail

  • Instructor, Mediation and Dispute Resolution

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Hayley is an accredited mediator with the Ontario Association of Family Mediators. As a Counselor, she has a Masters degree from U/T in the Counselling Psychology program. She specializes in post-modernist theories, such as Brief therapy, Narrative strategies and Control mastery theories as well as Cognitive theory and CBT. Her undergraduate work trained her as a Child and Youth Worker, specializing in child development and behaviour in various milieus. She has co-created over 50 parenting plans with a range of needs, issues and stages of child development as well as adult changes in executive and cognitive functioning. 

Working in the children’s mental health field as an advocate and youth worker as well as with the children’s aid society as a parent support worker Hayley wished to take her skills in family relations, child development, and parenting strategies in a different direction. She chose to work with separating families. Hayley’s vision was a “one stop shop” for families to work with a team of integrated and specialized professionals. Hayley trained and worked as a Neutral with Collaborative Practise Toronto.  With Marion Korn, Lawyer, Mediator and Collaborative trainer, and Eva Sachs (Financial Specialist) they set up Mutual Solutions; a hybrid practice catering to divorcing couple.

 Hayley has been teaching post secondary diploma and degree courses for 25 years. She has found the mix of learning and practising very potent for professional and personal growth as well as supporting clients.  A time to reflect on how we do our work.  And she hopes to learn from you! 

Since returning to the mediation field, she has immersed herself in working with high conflict families and believes supporting families in crisis is essential and dynamic work.

Louie Anthony Spedaliere LL.B (Hons)

  • Instructor, Mediation and Dispute Resolution

Mr. Spedaliere provides legal services in Ontario; teaches in the areas practicing focusing on dispute resolution; Instructor at Herzing College, KOMPASS Professional Development, Mediation For Professionals; The Board of Directors of Tres-Or appointed Mr. Spedaliere as an advising director of Tres-Or Resources Ltd. January 2018. (TRS:TSX.V) a Canadian company with projects exploring for gold, diamonds and silver.

Mr. Spedaliere’s academic background includes: Harvard Law School’s PIL -Mediation, Dispute Resolution taught by Professor’s Linda Singer, Michael Lewis and Frank Sander who is considered to be the father of (ADR) Alternative Dispute Resolution in 2003; Conflict Mediation Services of Downsview, Mediation Training in 2004; Awarded a Bachelor of Laws with Honours, LL.B (Hons), at Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University U.K. (Ranked one of the best universities in the world) in 2006; Authored an honours thesis titled: ‘ The Benefits of Family Mediation as Compared to the Traditional Adversarial Approach’ ; In 2006 became an Associate Member of Ontario Association For Family Mediation; Granted a licence to provide legal services by The Law Society of Upper Canada in 2010.

As an entrepreneur in 2002 Mr. Spedaliere and his brother Dominic incorporated Louianna Inc., named after their grandparents, Louie and Anna. Louianna produces Italian Organically Certified, Protected Designation of Origin, Extra Virgin Olive Oil from their own properties located south of Rome on the Adriatic Sea, Molise, Italy. Their olive oil’s imported throughout The Greater Toronto Area and New York; chosen as the olive oil used on Top Chef Canada; Celebrity Chef McEwan has chosen to sell Louianna Olive Oil at McEwan gourmet marketplace in Toronto; Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)

Included Louianna Olive Oil in their celebrity gift basket; Paolo Villoresi, president of the Italian Culinary Institute, New York, selected Louianna Olive Oil by the Italian Culinary Institute as the finest olive oil to represent the Molise, Italy region, and one of the few to be chosen for his Italian Olive Oil Club.

Mr. Spedaliere is actively involved in local and provincial politics, serving his seventh term appointed as President of the Richmond Hill Provincial Liberal Association, Ontario Liberal Party 2011-Present.

Mr. Spedaliere enjoys training in martial arts at TNT Kung Fu School in Richmond Hill.

Laura Gray

  • Instructor, Mediation

Since 2009, Laura has provided mediation services to families and family businesses through her practice, Grayline Group, and as a Managing Partner of a multi-family office (legacy planning, wealth optimisation and private finance). She has worked with families in Ontario and British Columbia, facing a separation. 

In 2014, she had the good fortune of joining a multi-family office as a Managing Partner and Director of Mediation; representing Ultra High Net Worth families. Through these client opportunities, she mediated disputes with dozens of family businesses in the USA and Canada, to ensure a successful succession plan, legacy plan and/or family governance structure was put in place.  

In 2016, Laura was asked to develop and teach the ‘Mediation for Professionals’ Certificate program that is now accredited by ADR Canada. Of course, she said yes! It was a wonderful opportunity for Laura to pass on her passion for mediation and to galvanize professionals to move into the field and/or gain conflict resolution tools. 

She have been featured as a Guest Speaker on Roger’s TV: ‘Daytime Ottawa’ to discuss Family Mediation and as a Featured Ottawa Professional in Ottawa Women Magazine.

Laura is a member of ADR Canada and ADR British Columbia.