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Board of Directors - Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution (CICR)

Daniel Roseman

Daniel Roseman (Chair) holds a doctorate from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.  During his career in trade policy and diplomacy, he served as a negotiator in WTO, NAFTA and other international negotiations, and he published studies on trade, investment and telecommunications in the leading journals in those fields.  Subsequently, he completed the masters and ecclesiastical licentiate in canon law at Saint Paul University in Ottawa, and he has published a study entitled "Mediation in the Church" in Studia canonica  (2013).  He is a graduate of CICR's third party neutral program, and he is active in a number of organizations in the field of community building and health care.

Enkelejda Sula-Raxhimi

Enkelejda Sula-Raxhimi (Director, Liaison to Saint Paul University), assistant professor at the School of Conflict Studies is an anthropologist specialized in Political Anthropology. Her research interests focus on migration and forced displacement - due to conflict and climate change, political and ethnic violence, gender and conflict, power and abuse of power, Roma minorities. She has conducted field research in France, Albania and Kosovo.

Gordon Breedyk

Gordon Breedyk’s (Director) career includes a diverse background in the public, private and non-governmental (NGO) sectors both in Canada and internationally. He has managed consulting companies as a Partner and also owned and managed a travel agency. His professional work has included program management and implementation; evaluation and monitoring; business planning; application of information technology in business and government; and facilitation, issue resolution, coaching/mentoring, conflict resolution and negotiation. Gord’s international experience includes assignments in Ghana, Thailand, Mongolia, Kosovo, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Ukraine. Gord is currently retired and providing volunteer services to the Civilian Peace Service Canada (CPSC), the Canadian Department of Peace Initiative (CDPI), a children’s NGO in Tanzania, and his condominium. Gord is also a member of a band called the Grateful We’re Not Dead, which plays for charities and fund raisers. Gord holds an Executive MBA from Queens University, an MES (Masters in Environmental Studies) from York University, a Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the Canadian International Institute of Applied Negotiation (CIIAN) and Certificate of completion of TPN training with CICR.

Hortense Bleytou

Hortense Bleytou (Director) is a Saint Paul University's Alumna, holding a Master of Arts in Conflict Studies. She worked for the Social Reconciliation Research Group with Dr. Vern Redekop as its Director, leading her to take CICR's Third Party Neutral (TPN) training. Taking on the values and work that CICR does, Hortense assisted trainers for the online delivery of two TPN trainings. She currently works for Ryerson University's Diversity Institute with the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH) and is a volunteer mediator for St Stephen's Community House (SSCH).

Johanne Lafleur

Johanne Lafleur (Director) is a bilingual entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in organizational management in profit and non-profit organizations. Johanne did her studies in business admin. at Moncton University in New Brunswick and she holds a 160-hour Third-Party Neutral certificate from CICR plus 70 hours as an observer and support to the trainer. Johanne has 24 years of experience in management roles. In 2008, she opened a daycare and then another one in 2013 with the collaboration of the school board. Her organization is in the midst of expanding in 2020 to accommodate 30 children or more. Johanne’s role in the past 11 years has been to build a business from scratch and to assess, design, implement systems, programs, policies, directives, training, conflict management and resolution. What started with 1 program, 10 children and 2 staff members has evolved to 6 programs, and 280 children, and 35 staff members.

Joyce Abarbanel

Joyce Abarbanel (Advisor to the Board) is a senior conflict management practitioner with the department of Innovation Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada. She possesses a MA in conflict analysis and management from Royal Roads University and is a certified mediator, conflict coach and group facilitator. Before joining the federal public service, Joyce lived in Africa and Asia for 16 years working for various international organizations including NGOs, for-profit consultancy firms, and the UN where she held senior management positions designing and implementing large peace-building and governance programs in conflict and post-conflict countries (including Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Mali, Myanmar and Yemen). Her work focused on areas supporting decentralization negotiations, power and wealth sharing agreements, natural resource management, and community-based peace processes.

Kendel Rust

Kendel Rust (Director) is an international development professional, with over forty years experience in this field. In recent years, he has focused on conflict resolution capacity development, particularly in post-conflict countries. He co-authored a manual published by the World Bank on the establishment of court-referred mediation systems.

Pamela Jones

Pamela Jones (Director) is a bilingual senior policy professional with over twenty-five years of experience influencing policies, regulations and legislation in the private and public sectors.

Trained as a paralegal and as a mediator/facilitator, Pamela holds undergraduate degrees in Communications and Political Science from the University of Ottawa; a graduate diploma in Conflict Resolution from Carleton University and a Masters of Law from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. In addition to the undergraduate and graduate level education, Pamela graduated top of her class from the Ontario Business College as a Law Clerk/Paralegal and has completed certificates in financial literacy, governance, and teaching. Pamela is a member in good standing of the ADR Institute of Ontario and holds a qualified mediator designation.

A strong community supporter, Pamela supports a number of local and national charities such as Community Mediation Ottawa (as mediator, facilitator and conflict coach), the Ottawa Food Bank, 100 Women who Care Ottawa, CHEO, United Way and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Pamela is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution.

Paul Surprenant

Paul Surprenant (Director) began his information technology career in 1974. His first ten years, he worked in the private sector, the following years within federal and international policing. As the years went on, Paul developed a binary thinking approach wherein he was able to nourish his interpersonal skills as an administrator, as a worker/trainer in francophone Africa (more than fifteen countries), in obtaining certification as a “Life Coach” from the Co-Active Training Institute based in California, as member on his current agency’s Mental Health Advisory Committee and lately receiving a 160-hour Third-Party Neutral certificate from CICR.

Each day, his path leads him toward an inclusive reconciliation synergy within the diverse communities we all share.  Paul is a team player within the Board of Directors and has an openness to serve all CICR’s members. Paul describes himself as «all in» to assist CICR as together, we shape and create everlasting resolutions to the conflicts that surround us.

Every one of us wants to make a difference on our route toward a peace of proximity.

As a francophone, Paul received an exemption from further federal bilingual tests.

Salimah Mitha

Salimah Mitha (Director) immigrated to Canada in her early years and is grateful to call Canada home. She values the opportunity to serve and support organizations that build capacity, enabling individuals to have agency in improving their quality of life. She is a consultant with experience in business development, conflict resolution and program management in the private and social sectors.  She holds an MBA in Community Economic Development from Cape Breton University and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University.

Suzanne H. Foy

Suzanne H. Foy (Director) holds a doctorate (2018) from Trinity College Dublin in the Republic of Ireland. She is a graduate of CICR’s third party neutral program and has a diploma in conflict analysis and management from Royal Roads University in Victoria.  She also holds a master of laws and a diploma in legislative drafting from the University of Ottawa. A member of the Quebec Law Society (1984), Suzanne worked in private practice and at the Department of Justice Canada, where she specialised in Aboriginal law.  She was a negotiator for the Government of British Columbia in the context of that province’s First Nations comprehensive land claims process. Suzanne also worked at the House of Commons in the area of parliamentary law. For her doctoral studies, she moved to Belfast to examine the role assumed by socially engaged theatre in building sustainable peace in post-conflict transition in Northern Ireland.   

Tina Viner

Tina Viner (Director) has a background in law and education. Tina worked in the legal field for many years before starting her own consulting business. Tina moved into the not-for-profit sector approximately 12 years ago taking a position in the Legal Division of Canadian Blood Services (CBS). During a secondment to CBS’ Centre for Innovation, Tina worked as a project coordinator on the Risk-Based Decision-Making Framework for Blood Safety project, an international initiative led by CBS. Tina has since obtained a Certificate in Project Management from Algonquin College and her PMP designation. Since graduating from CICR’s Third Party Neutral Program and 21-hour intensive CMO training, Tina has been able to employ her mediation skills at CBS assisting in-house counsel with employee relations. Describing herself as a life-long learner, Tina holds multiple degrees/diplomas in various disciplines including interior design and teaching English as a Second Language. Tina recently completed a certificate program in Workplace Investigation Training and is pursuing additional studies in conflict coaching and labour relations.

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