CPT News | April 20, 2015

Message from Ellen Nightingale – Chair of CPT

Spring is finally in the air and the world feels new again.  You can almost hear that collective sigh of relief.  The season certainly brings something new for me, as the new Chair of CPT (in truth it happened two months ago) and I am honoured to be at the reins of this vibrant and talented collaborative community.

Many thanks again to the past Chair, Nicola Savin, a great mentor and leader.


2014 Recap

Your Board of Directors, together with its committee members, was very busy last year as it began to implement the recommendations made in the November, 2013 strategic planning retreat.  A sampling of their hard work includes:

  • New Continuing Education requirements
  • New By-Laws
  • New Small Practice Groups
  • Lunch and Learn Series
  • CPT joined IACP
  • Full Day Workshop with Mental Health trainers from Washington, D.C.
  • New CPT Brochures and Marketing Kits


New Members

I would like to welcome the following new members who have joined CPT in the past few months:

  • Tatiana Terekhova – Financial Professional
  • John Williamson – Financial Professional
  • Tammy Law – Lawyer
  • Farnaz Mirshahi – Lawyer
  • Deanne Sowter – Lawyer
  • Annie Yektaeian – Lawyer


Congratulations to Two Former CPT Members

The Honourable David A. Jarvis was recently appointed to the Superior Court of Justice, Family Division, in Oshawa.  Justice Jarvis was a founding member of CPT.

The Honourable Laura E. Fryer was appointed to the Superior Court of Justice, Family Court, in Oshawa.  Justice Fryer was a past Chair of the York Collaborative Practice Group, as well as a member of CPT.

We congratulate our esteemed friends and colleagues, wish them success on the Bench and know they will apply their collaborative skills to all they do.


Lunch and Learn Series

Deborah Graham, Cameron Shouldice and Cori Kalinowski are hosting a series of free lunchtime seminars at Deborah and Cameron’s office.  The first one took place on April 17 and the subject was “Initial Consults – burning questions every CP professional should be able to answer in an initial consult”.  The next two sessions are to be scheduled.  If you are interested please write to lori@grahamandshouldice.ca.


CPT Events – Save the Dates

  1. June 18, 2015 at 5:30pm at the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club.  A Summer BBQ and Dinner Presentation.  Sheila Brown, Jane Tremblay, Judith L. Huddart and Nicola Savin will present a case study of a challenging CP file.
  2. September 17, 2015 at 5:30pm at the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club.  An Autumn BBQ and Dinner Presentation.  Jane Tremblay, Laurie Stein, Linda Ippolito and Victoria Smith are going to present on “Bringing in The Law: interests-based approach vs. the law model”.
  3. December 10, 2015 at 5:30pm at the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club.  Come out and enjoy some holiday cheer with fellow collaborators.
  4. January 22, 2016 at the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club.  Rita Pollak and Linda Solomon come to Toronto from Texas to run a full-day training on “Conflict in the Collaborative Process – Make the Most of It”.


Practice Groups

Joining a practice group is one of the best ways to build your collaborative practice, make referral connections and learn new skills.

Lorisa Stein’s practice group is open to new members.  Lorisa’s practice group meets at 150 York Street, Suite 800 once a month.  Contact Lorisa at lorisa@loristastein.com if you are interested.

If any other CPT members are hosting a practice group which is accepting new members please let me know so I can advise our members of the opportunity to join your group.


OCLF Plenary

On April 27, 2015 I will attend as a representative of CPT at the OCLF Plenary.  The Chairs and Presidents of CP groups across Ontario will be in attendance.  Experiences and best practices will be shared and I am excited to meet dedicated practitioners from all over the province and hear about their growing collaborative communities.


Collaborative Matrimonial Law Training

Hosted by the Niagara Law Center in collaboration with Niagara University and the Bar Association of Niagara County.

Two-day training on May 8 and 9, 2015 at Niagara University, Lewiston, New York.

Lawyers Suzanne L. Brunsting and David R. Murch will teach a course on the introduction to Collaborative Family Law Theory, practice skills development and ethics, as well as a refresher for seasoned collaborative lawyers.

For more information on this opportunity click here.


Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (“FDRIO”)

FDRIO is a recently incorporated organization whose goal is to bring together those professionals (collaborative practitioners, mediators, parenting coordinators, etc.) who seek to assist families to reduce and manage conflict that arises from their separation.  FDRIO has moved quickly from infancy to early adolescence and upcoming events are planned.

The first Conference and AGM takes place on November 23, 2015 entitled “ALL IN THE FAMILY: Bringing Dispute Resolution Professionals Under one Roof”.  Premier Kathleen Wynne will be the Keynote Speaker together with Dr. Bernie Mayer, author most recently of “The Conflict Paradox”.

The conference is the kick-off for the first Ontario Family Dispute Resolution Week with a program at Toronto City Hall on November 24, 2015.  Several members of CPT, including Deborah Graham, Vivian Alterman and Victoria Smith, are working on a program to be presented by CPT during FDR Week.


Ontario Association for Family Mediation (OAFM) Conference

This conference will take place on September 24 and 25, 2015.  Victoria Smith and Deborah Graham are putting together a panel on behalf of CPT on the ways in which collaborative lawyers work with mediators.  We appreciate their hard work and will have more details in the coming months.


IACP Client Satisfaction Survey

IACP is conducting a study regarding the experiences of divorcing families.

Crescent Research has been hired to launch a Divorce Experience Survey to help achieve this important goal.

Beginning on June 1, 2015 Crescent Research will send invitations to take the Divorce Experience Survey to your collaborative clients (both parties) who have agreed to participate (whether the file terminated prior to resolution or not).  Enough responses to the survey are required so that the data collected is reliable.

If you are interested in participating and want more information, write to donw@crescentresearch.com or you can contact me at ellen@ellennightingale.com.


I look forward to seeing you at the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club at the next dinner event on June 18, 2015.


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