Faculty


Cinnie NobleKari D. Boyle is the Executive Director of Mediate BC Society and enjoys using her legal, mediation and management experience to assist Mediate BC to work collaboratively to improve BC citizens’ access to viable and affordable conflict resolution options. Previously, she practiced corporate commercial litigation in Vancouver for 14 years, worked inhouse for 6 years specializing in legal services management, led mediation research initiatives at UBC, and provided support to the Civil Justice Reform Working Group and the initiative to create a new set of Supreme Court Civil Rules in British Columbia.


Cinnie NobleCinnie Noble is a lawyer, certified coach, and mediator with a Masters of Law in ADR from Osgoode Hall Law School. She has worked in the conflict management field for over 20 years, and is a pioneer of the process called conflict management coaching, having created the CINERGY® model in 1999. Cinnie coaches and trains this model around the world and also designs organizational conflict management coaching programs. Author of 5 books including Mediation Advocacy: Effective Client Representation in Mediation (1998 co-written with Leslie Dizgun and Paul Emond, Emond Montgomery Publishers) and Family Mediation: A Guide for Lawyers (1999, Carswell); her most recent text is Conflict Management Coaching: The CINERGY™ Model. Cinnie writes a monthly blog entitled Conflict Mastery Quest(ions) which is also the name of her next book. Cinnie is the co-host of the Conflict Management Coaching Community of Practice for the International Coach Federation and chair of the Conflict Coaching Practice area for the Association for Conflict Resolution. In 1991 Cinnie was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada for her work in the travel industry on behalf of people with disabilities. She received the Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals in 2002 and 2012 respectively.


Avril OrloffAvril Orloff is a graphic facilitator who helps people see what they're saying by literally "drawing out" their best thinking. Working in real time, she captures key ideas as they emerge and translates them into images to create powerful visual maps that spark people's imagination and animate insightful conversation. One of Canada's senior visual practitioners, Avril has put her visual thinking skills to work to animate meetings, conferences, workshops and other gatherings for a wide range of clients in all sectors. Avril also creates custom graphics for clients who want to present information in a compelling and engaging way, and teaches workshops in graphic recording. Whatever the context, she is happiest when she can help people navigate complex issues and chart a clear path forward in the most enjoyable, creative and fun ways possible.


Sharon SutherlandSharon Sutherland is currently an Assistant Professor at UBC Faculty of Law, and is also a mediator and conflict resolution trainer. She has been a leader in the design and development of collaborative decision-making processes and training programs in BC. Amongst her contributions to the field of mediation, Sharon was one of the original Program Managers of the Court Mediation Program, designer and Manager of Development of the Child Protection Mediation Practicum and a founding member of CoRe Conflict Resolution Society. In recognition of her contributions to the field, in 2011 Sharon was awarded Mediate BC’s Susanna Jani Award for Excellence in Mediation.

Sharon will be leaving UBC this summer, after 14 years of teaching, in order to pursue a wide range of interests in dispute resolution including:
• Increased mediation practice
• Development of “impasse breaking” tools for collaborative decision-making
• Collaborative games development
• Online dispute resolution across a variety of platforms and practice areas

Sharon blogs about impasse breaking and creativity for mediators at corejolts.wordpress.com and is Vice President and Speaker Series coordinator for CoRe Conflict Resolution Society. Sharon is hosting a Game Jam on May 9-11 at UBC.


Cinnie NobleMarlisse Silver Sweeney received both her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Juris Doctor at the University of British Columbia, where she participated in the mediation practicum led by Sharon Sutherland. After articling at a corporate law firm in Vancouver, she was called to the Bar of British Columbia in May, 2012 and is a non-practicing member of the Law Society of BC. She recently graduated from Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism and writes for American Lawyer Media and Global BC. Her work has been published across North America, including in The Globe and Mail, The Vancouver Sun, The Daily Beast, PolicyMic and Salon.


Darin ThompsonPaul Taberner was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1971 and is now a retired member of the Law Society of BC; he is a chartered mediator. He has lectured and written extensively on construction issues for the Continuing Legal Education Society. Paul developed and delivered a seminar on dispute resolution and negotiation to the Union of BC Municipalities. As President of the Commercial Mediation Association Paul was consulted by the Dispute Resolution Office of the Attorney General to provide input into the drafting of the regulations for the Notice to Mediate provisions for residential construction disputes and for civil (non family) disputes. He has been an Adjunct Professor at the UBC Law School, been an instructor for the Professional Legal Training program for articled students and for the Pacific Law Institute. Paul has been a guest speaker on the topic of builder’s liens at the Canadian Bar Association’s B.C. construction subsection and dispute resolution at the Canadian Bar Association’s B.C. wills and estates and construction subsections. He has also been a guest speaker on the topic of mediation with the BC Insurance Adjusters Association as well as a panel member on the topic of mediation for the Continuing Legal Education Society and the Trial Lawyer’s Association of BC. He has served as an instructor in mediation for the B.C. Notaries Society. He is also on the mediator’s panel of the Insurance Dispute Resolution Services of BC, the BC Arbitration and Mediation Institute and a member in good standing with the BC Mediation Roster.

Paul is a founding member of the Commercial Mediators Association, an organization of BC’s most senior and experienced commercial mediators. He is a Director of Mediate BC. and a founding member of CanSolve Dispute Resolution.

Paul has been mediating commercial disputes since 1993 in the areas of professional negligence, multi party construction, insurance, business, wills and estates, personal injury, franchising and business and shareholder disputes. He is a negotiation strategist who works internationally as a consultant and presenter with ENS International for workshops in negotiating and influencing.


Darin ThompsonDarin Thompson is a lawyer with the Ministry of Justice in British Columbia, Canada. He currently serves as the Acting Legal Officer for the BC Civil Resolution Tribunal, a new, fully online tribunal that will begin operations in 2014, handling small claims and condominium disputes. He has helped to initiate multiple projects using online dispute resolution (ODR) and is a member of the Canadian delegation to the United Nations Working Group on ODR.

In 2014/15, Darin will be co-instructing new Legal Information Technology courses at two law Canadian law schools.

Darin also sits on the board of the Justice Education Society, a Vancouver-based organization that carries out public legal education and information activities, justice reform and capacity building programs in British Columbia and in several jurisdictions outside Canada.

Darin has BA and JD degrees from the University of Victoria and an LLM in Innovation, Technology & Law from the University of Edinburgh.