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Biographies

The team from ADR Chambers Inc. includes the following members who will be responsible for providing Integrity Commissioner services to Markham:


Allan J. Stitt, LL.M (Harvard), C.Med., C.Arb.

Allan is the President of ADR Chambers. He is a mediator, arbitrator, negotiation consultant, facilitator, trainer, and ADR systems design specialist. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto Law School and a Special Lecturer at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law, teaching courses in Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution. He has also been a Lecturer at the University of Notre Dame, the University of Lisbon (Portugal), and the University of the Philippines and has taught ADR and Negotiation courses throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia with the Stitt Feld Handy Group, a division of ADR Chambers.

Allan is both a Chartered Mediator (C.Med.) and a Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb.). He has mediated two-party and multi-party disputes in numerous contexts, including commercial, employment, corporate governance, workplace, banking, personal injury, sports, and breach of contract. He has also arbitrated numerous commercial cases including cases for the National Transportation Agency and the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Board. His book on ADR systems design, ADR For Organizations, and Mediating Commercial Disputes, were both business books bestsellers. He also wrote Mediation: A Practical Guide and he is the Editor-in-Chief of the CCH ADR Practice Manual.

After earning his B.Comm at the University of Toronto, Allan earned his LL.B. at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law and his J.D. at the University of Detroit Law School, graduating first in his class in both law schools. He then earned his LL.M. degree at Harvard Law School. Until 1994, he was a litigator at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt.

While at Harvard Law School in 1992, Allan studied negotiation and ADR with Professor Roger Fisher, Professor Frank Sander, and Bruce Patton. He has returned to Harvard on a number of occasions to act as a Teaching Assistant to Professor Fisher. Allan is the Past President of the ADR Institute of Canada, the Arbitration and Mediation Institute of Canada, the Arbitration and Mediation Institute of Ontario and the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators, an IMI Certified Mediator, an arbitrator and mediator for the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC), a panel member of the International Panel of Arbitrators with the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), and on the International Panel of Mediators with the Singapore Mediation Centre.Allan has been awarded the Ontario Bar Association Award of Excellence in Alternative Dispute Resolution. He is listed in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada in ADR, the Mediation chapter of Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2012, and is listed in The International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation 2012. He has designed ADR systems for such organizations as the Canadian Bankers Association, the Ontario Human Rights Commission, the Law Society of Upper Canada, and Canadian Tire Corporation.

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Richard H. Krempulec, LL.M. (ADR)

Richard Krempulec is a mediator, arbitrator and neutral evaluator with ADR Chambers.

Richard was called to the bar in 1963, appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 1978, and certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in civil litigation in 1988. Richard attended the Harvard Law School course on mediation in Toronto. In 1999 he received a Master of Laws in Alternative Dispute Resolution from York University and completed the Stitt Feld Handy Group ADR and Advanced ADR Workshops in January and March 2009. Richard has practiced at Blaney McMurtry LLP as a civil litigator for over 45 years, specializing in resolving insurance and corporate/commercial disputes of various categories including class action and directors and officers’ lawsuits. His practice consisted of claims involving professional liability, securities, property damage, machinery breakdown claims, and coverage matters under commercial liability, property, and other commercial policies.

He has presented numerous papers on a variety of topics including actions against directors and officers, professional liability, property losses and a variety of insurance coverage disputes. He is the author of a manual published by Canada Law Book entitled “Property Damage Claims Under Commercial Insurance Policies,” which is updated yearly.

Richard’s many years in settling insurance and other commercial disputes has been based upon encouraging the parties to critically analyze the strength of their case and that of the other party. He has found that this approach best enables the parties to achieve a settlement. His style is proactive in offering suggestions and different approaches to settlement without being intrusive.

ADR Chambers is Canada's largest group of Retired Judges, Barristers, Solicitors and other ADR Experts who are dedicated to the resolution of disputes in a private, expeditious and cost-effective manner. In addition to the Mediation and Arbitration services, ADR Chambers offers various and other services of alternative dispute resolution.

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Ben Drory

Ben Drory is an investigator, arbitrator, and mediator with ADR Chambers.

Ben earned J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Toronto, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2004 after articling in corporate/commercial law.

Ben is the Compliance Officer for the ADR Chambers Banking Ombuds Office (the ADRBO), and has conducted numerous investigations for the ADRBO. The investigations were based on complaints by members of the public about their interactions with one of the Chartered Banks.

Ben is a Qualified Mediator (Q.Med.), Qualified Arbitrator (Q.Arb.), and a Certified Coach Practitioner (C.C.P.). He developed and taught a full-term course (ADR 511) at Humber College and has administered the ADR Chambers’ Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada’s (IIROC) arbitration program.

Ben writes regularly for the ADR Institute of Ontario, and is a mediation coach in the York University Certificate in Dispute Resolution program. He was also previously a Director of a Toronto-based legal aid clinic, and a member of the United Way of Greater Toronto’s community-based panel analyzing member agency performance and funding.

Ben is actively involved in community matters, volunteering with local clinics to mediate disputes including families, neighbours, and failed business arrangements.

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