Sharon Sutherland, Principal
Sharon is a mediator and mediation consultant, with expertise in conflict resolution training and program design. She is contracted currently as Manager of Practicum and Training Design for BC’s Child Protection Mediation Program and is Vice President of CoRe Conflict Resolution Society.
Sharon was one of the first Project Managers of the BC Court Mediation Program (1998-2003). From 2000-2014, Sharon was a faculty member at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law where, in addition to a range of substantive legal courses, she taught an intensive clinical mediation program and supervised the Faculty’s Judicial Externship program. From 2006-2010, Sharon worked with Mediate BC to develop a province-wide Child Protection Mediation Practicum aimed at increasing the number of child protection mediators in under-serviced parts of BC. Sharon has also provided mediation training and mentorship in New Brunswick and the Northwest Territories. From 2014-2016, Sharon worked as a Knowledge Engineer in the development of the Civil Resolution Tribunal, focusing on both Strata and Small Claims streams.
With her background in practicum design and management, Sharon has developed a special interest in mediation mentorship. She has been a mediation mentor in a variety of programs (Small Claims, Child Protection, community mediations) since 1997. Sharon was honoured with the 2011 Susanna Jani Prize for Excellence in Mediation.
In addition to her LL.M. in ADR from Osgoode Hall Law School, Sharon received her M.A. in Drama and Theatre Studies from the University of London, and completed all work but her thesis towards a Ph.D. in Drama from the University of Toronto. This theatrical background continues to inform her teaching and practice. Sharon has participated in a variety of academic and practice-oriented projects in applied improvisation, Theatre of the Oppressed, and other theatre tools for conflict resolution. Sharon blogs about impasse breaking and creativity at CoReJolts and is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Vancouver Fringe Festival.
Sharon’s interests extend to an exploration of the potential of games in supporting team building and conflict prevention and management. She has hosted three Collaborative Game Jams, and is a member of PignPotato Games. She is one of the designers of Zombie Fight or Flight, a collaborative card game, and designs and hosts Scavenger Hunts for team building.
- Mediate BC Civil Roster
- BC Child Protection Roster
- Canadian Human Rights Commission Roster of ADR Practitioners with Aboriginal Experience
Additional skills and qualifications:
- Called to the Bar of British Columbia, 1998.
- Called to the Bar of Upper Canada, 1994. (Resigned membership, 2005).
- Qualified MBTI® trainer since 1997. Qualified to administer Step I and Step II indicators.
- Frequent guest speaker on topics related to conflict resolution.
To book Sharon for a mediation, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trainers and Coaches
True North Dispute Management works with a roster of highly experienced and skilled trainers and coaches to provide its training programs.