Phone:  587-805-3822

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     About the Alberta Arbitration & Mediation Society      
Who We Are

The Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society (AAMS) is a not-for-profit organization that provides education and information to Albertans on how to solve disputes more efficiently and more cost-effectively than going to court.  As a federally regulated charity, we exist for the general good of the public and for disseminating important information on alternative ways to resolve conflict. We also conduct research on the latest developments and improvements to mediation and arbitration and develop means to convey this information to Albertans.

AAMS believes that for arbitration and mediation to be successful it is necessary for parties who might use these alternatives to have access to the services and information we provide, gaining a better understanding of the processes and benefits available to them.  This may include (but not be limited to) having information on where and to access dispute resolution professionals, lists of practicing arbitrators and mediators in Alberta and their respective expertise, comprehensive explanations about arbitration, mediation and other forms of dispute resolution, connections to other ADR organizations offering more specific services, and assisting those who cannot take advantage of the many dispute resolution services available.

As a charity, AAMS is completely dependent upon public funding, private donations, fundraising and volunteers. There are up to 9 AAMS Volunteer Board members and one part-time Executive Director. In addition to offering public education and conducting research, AAMS can fund other charitable organizations or individuals in need, if this assistance is consistent with the AAMS mandate. AAMS can also hire other organizations or individuals to carry out some of its objectives if AAMS itself does not have sufficient time or manpower.

AAMS was incorporated as a non-profit organization in April, 1982 under the Societies Act of Alberta. In 2012 AAMS broke into two separate organizations: The ADR Institute of Alberta (ADRIA), which deals with education and training of ADR professionals and is the member organization for practicing professionals, and AAMS  the federally registered charity.

As a charity, AAMS is here:
1.   To promote, inform, publicize, communicate and improve the knowledge, application and techniques of arbitration and mediation procedures in the settlement of disputes.
2.   To inform and educate in the business, professional, government and municipal communities, as well as the general public in the process and scope of arbitration and mediation procedures, and to gather and disseminate information for that purpose.
3.   To institute, support and carry out any research, program or activity with a view to promoting and improving an understanding of arbitration and mediation.
4.   To provide assistance to persons wishing to use arbitration or mediation
5.   To provide such services to all Albertans requiring such assistance in all regions of the province.  

We do not exist to conduct mediations or arbitrations, nor do we serve dispute resolution professionals in the truest sense.  Rather we are here to serve you.  We exist to provide you information about mediation and arbitration so you will understand these tools better.   Among other things, we can point you to various resources to find dispute resolution professionals, provide documentation to use within your business, and provide speakers for your events.  Simply stated, our task is to educate the public and, in so doing, to increase the use of mediation and arbitration in the resolution of disputes thus saving you time, money and heartache of grieving a dispute or going to court.

What We Do
AAMS informs Albertans of the benefits and advantages to mediation, arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution processes through its Board, staff and volunteers.
We educate the general public on how arbitration and mediation work through:
●  Introductory courses to mediation and arbitration offered through both AAMS and the ADR Institute of Alberta at a nominal charge to individuals and organizations 
●  Working with schools and school systems to educate Alberta youth about alternative dispute resolution
●  Working with colleges and universities to promote the inclusion of credit and non credit courses in ADR in post secondary curriculums
●  Offering introductory corporate information sessions on arbitration and mediation in the workplace, workplace violence, bullying, negotiating and constructive communications
●  Providing workshops and tutorials throughout Alberta communities
We promote the increased use of arbitration and mediation in Alberta by:
●  Accepting speaking engagements with community associations, organizations and service clubs, as well as participating in community events and other public awareness initiatives
●  Working with the media in highlighting alternative dispute processes
●  Providing ongoing, updated information on ADR through social media
●  Advocating new and expanded ADR programs in all levels of government and in the courts
We increase the ease of access for Albertans to high quality, low cost dispute resolution options by:
●  Working with other ADR organizations in Alberta that offer specific ADR services, and with the ADR Institute of Canada
●  Publicizing rosters of qualified professional mediators and arbitrators
●  Publicizing rosters of trained volunteer mediators and arbitrators
●  Providing occasional financial assistance to other charitable organizations or individuals (subject to available funding) who might not otherwise be in a position to avail themselves of dispute resolution options
We contribute to the advancement of ADR through:
●  Conducting research initiatives with other ADR organizations and learning institutions
●  Overseeing the latest developments and trends in ADR
●  Communicating with ADR professionals, educators, the legal profession and justice officials in various forums

Our Team
Board of Directors
W. Don Goodfellow
Jim Bancroft
Noel Rea
Eric McAvity
John Skone

Executive Director
Pete Desrochers is the Executive Director of AAMS. He has been a mediator and negotiator for over 15 years, including international negotiations in over a dozen countries on four continents. Born in Alberta and raised in Toronto, he nonetheless established a successful mediation firm in Atlanta GA that has several times been honored by the City and the Chamber of Commerce. Pete was the Executive Director, Membership for the ADR Institute of Alberta (ADRIA) and was instrumental in the transition that created what are now ADRIA and AAMS.

Pete is a Certified Georgia Mediator in the United States and holds a Chartered Mediator designation in Canada. He taught for the Justice Center of Atlanta and was an on-site mediator in Magistrate Court for Fulton County in greater metro Atlanta.

A strong proponent for settling almost any dispute out of court, Pete has developed several advanced negotiation courses and professional relationship courses for the workplace environment, and strongly believes in the AAMS mandate of spreading the word about alternative dispute resolution throughout Alberta.


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AAMS Mission
“The Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society (AAMS) enhances the common good of Albertans by increasing public and professional awareness of arbitration, mediation and other dispute resolution processes. AAMS collaborates with agencies, associations, municipalities, individuals and governments in initiatives that empower people to resolve their conflicts. AAMS works with community stakeholders to contribute, facilitate and promote solutions.”

AAMS Vision
“AAMS envisions Albertans with an appreciation of appropriate dispute resolution, an understanding of arbitration, mediation and other dispute resolution avenues, and with easy access to the ADR process of their choice regardless of their social or financial situations.”


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