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Get Primed for Mediation Success, Part 3: Top 10 mediation hurdles; Recalibrating for success.

Top 10 mediation hurdles; Recalibrating for success.

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CPD Accredited Credits
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Jonathan Cooper
Vance Cooper
Marcela Saitua
Michael S. Schmidt
Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA)
50 minutes
$89.00 plus tax
Get Primed for Mediation Success – How to Make the Most of Your Next Mediation
Includes Handouts

This session will appeal to a broad audience with topics of interest to lawyers that are in their first ten years of practice as well as those lawyers looking to refine their mediation skills and make the most of their next mediation. Each of the following topics will be followed by a panel discussion and questions from the audience:

  • Addressing the top 10 mediation hurdles - Strategies that work
  • Recalibrating for success - Plan 'B' - Game changing mediation strategies


Jonathan Cooper

Jonathan Cooper commenced work with Cooper Mediation Inc. in 2014. He has an insatiable appetite and passion for mediation. He has trained extensively with the Stitt Feld Handy Group and has attended numerous industry sponsored educational programs. He has interned extensively with a number of very experienced and well regarded mediators.

Jon devotes 100% of his professional time to mediating. He is a member of the ADR Institute of Ontario. In his free time, Jon plays all sports [being particularly fond of golf, basketball and squash] and is an avid supporter of all Toronto professional sports teams [and is a member of all of the support groups associated with the consistent failure of Toronto sports franchises over the years].

Vance Cooper

Vance Cooper is the principal of Cooper Mediation Inc. Vance was called to the Bar in 1985 and practiced exclusively in the areas of personal injury and insurance disputes until 2010. He represented both plaintiffs and defendants [insured and self-insured entities] and handled both tort and first party claims [statutory accident benefits, long term disability and life claims].

Marcela Saitua

Marcela A. Saitua acts as a civil litigation mediator. Before becoming a mediator, Marcela worked as a lawyer with a diverse civil litigation practice.

Marcela's practice as a lawyer was primarily in the area of insurance defence with an emphasis on personal injury and solicitors' negligence.  She has, however, represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of civil actions and applications.  Marcela has a wealth of experience in insurance coverage issues, and has been involved in cases dealing with bodily injury, property damage, general corporate commercial litigation, including directors’ and officers’ liability, and class actions. Marcela has appeared as counsel in the Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Appeal, and the Federal Court of Canada, and has appeared before various administrative tribunals, including the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal.

Marcela graduated from Trinity College at the University of Toronto, with a Combined Specialist B.A. in History and Political Science and a minor in French Language in 1996. She received her M.A. in International Relations and J.D. from the University of Toronto in 2000, and was called to Bar in February of 2002.

Marcela is a member of the ADR Institute of Canada, the Ontario Bar Association, Canadian Bar Association, Toronto Lawyers Association, and Advocates' Society.  She is also past President of the Canadian Hispanic Bar Association (CHBA), and past Co-Vice Chair of the Roundtable of Diversity Associations (RODA). She has served as a mentor with the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, and has acted as a Run-Through Judge and Supervisor for the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law's Compulsory Upper Year Moot Program.

Michael S. Schmidt

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