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

Daniel Roseman

Daniel Roseman (Advisor to the Board) 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.

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.

Johanne Bourgeois

Johanne Bourgeois (Director) draws on twenty years of experience in strategic communications management and in the development and implementation of public policies and programs within the federal public service. After studying political science at Laval University in Quebec and at Queen's University in Kingston, she pursued graduate studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in London where she began her career at High Commission for Canada as press secretary and liaison officer for the Department of External Affairs (Global Affairs Canada). Over the years, Johanne has worked on the Advisory Council on the Status of Women, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade where she notably acted as liaison officer (cooperation summits, diplomatic meetings and treaty signing sessions) and as protocol officer (official visits) before joining Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) where she is manager of interdepartmental relations and partnerships. As part of her duties, Johanne set up interdepartmental and community working committees and organized consultation sessions with various stakeholders as well as social innovation laboratories (aimed at better coordination of government efforts) in connection with programs such as the Enabling Fund for Official Language Minority Communities and the Youth Employment Strategy. She has developed an in-depth knowledge of the community economic development sector and is familiar with methods of raising awareness and local capacity development. Familiar with the Access to Information Act, Johanne has skills in grant and contribution management as well as governance. She has several years of experience on boards of directors in the education sector. Sitting on the steering committee of the ESDC managers network, she participated in the development of various pilot projects and practical workshops related to strengthening leadership skills, mentoring and peer coaching (peer learning groups). Johanne holds a 160-hour Third-Party Neutral Training Certificate and completed the Deep-Rooted Conflict Seminar.

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 (Chair) 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.

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.

Philip Onguny

Philip Onguny (Director, Liaison to Saint Paul University) is a professor in the School of Conflict Studies at Saint Paul University, where he teaches courses such as “political economy of conflict” and “contemporary peacebuilding”. He holds a PhD in International Communication and Development from the University of Montreal and has an active research agenda on issues relative to political violence, identity and land conflict, and the role of media in conflict transformation and/or resolution, with a particular geopolitical focus on Africa’s Great Lakes region. Philip’s research has been published in both academic and policy journals such as Africa Policy Journal and has received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

Shawn Houlihan

Shawn Houlihan (Director) is Senior Director for Africa at the Forum of Federations (2005 to present) where he oversees programs throughout Africa. He has extensive experience in the areas of governance and conflict management, with a focus on highly fragile and transitional environments. Forum programs include dialogue, policy research, training and technical assistance, covering subjects of: fiscal decentralization, intergovernmental relations, federalism-democratic transition, conflict management, public awareness and civic engagement, constitutional reform, leadership development, academic and public sector capacity development. He has also worked as a consultant with numerous aid agencies, consulting firms and international organizations. At CIDA/GAC he has worked on programs in the Middle East, Horn of Africa, Pan Africa, Zimbabwe and South Africa, as well as Multilateral, Asia and Policy Branches. Mr Houlihan is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution. He has been a Research Associate in the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University, a Teaching Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, a Fellow of Roger Fisher’s Conflict Management Group and Associate at Universalia Management Group. In 2012 he was named a member of the Leadership Council at McGill University’s Institute for Studies in International Development and was previously an Associate at the Centre for Creative Leadership. Shawn holds Masters degrees in economics (Dalhousie) and public administration (Harvard).

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.   

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