PRESS RELEASE – Sept 7, 2018
“Bringing Innovation to Family Mediation”
Toronto, Ontario – Today, The Ontario Association for Family Mediation (“OAFM”) and SIËSDE Dispute Resolution Technologies (“SIËSDE”) announced a new strategic partnership focused on promoting innovation and dispute resolution technologies within the field of family law and specifically family mediation. The partnership will support the development and implementation of innovative technology-based processes for practicing family mediators, lawyers and financial professionals, as well as the leading the discussion on best practices supporting the use of dispute resolution technologies in Ontario.
Of the OAFM’s focus on innovation, OAFM President Jennifer Suzor said, “The OAFM is committed to addressing Access to Justice and ensuring that our vision, strategic policies and professional standards match the demands of an increasingly tech focused culture. Innovative technologies are making an impact in every walk of life, and family law and mediation are no exception. As family law mediators, we understand that both our clients and our professionals can benefit from top-echelon innovations, and we intend to facilitate this progress with the strategic joining of visionary leadership, skillsets, innovative systems and tech resources that are at our disposal, right here in Ontario.”
“We are pleased and excited to partner with the OAFM on the innovative of dispute resolution processes and systems specific to Family Law,” says Darren Gingras, Executive Director of SIËSDE. “We are encouraged by the OAFM’s leadership and foresight regarding dispute resolution technologies (“ODR”) as it mirrors our corporate commitment to “Access to Justice” and the innovation of technologies that better empower ADR and legal professions. Together with the OAFM and other governance organizations, SIESDE is pleased to play a core role in in redefining of legal processes and how people are able to manage their conflicts.”
As the formal launch of this partnership, SIËSDE and the OAFM will be releasing several initiatives, starting at the OAFM’s Annual General Conference, September 20th and 21st, 2018 in Toronto ON.
About the Ontario Association for Family Mediation:
The Ontario Association for Family Mediation is the largest family mediation association in Canada and accredits and supports mediators in the province of Ontario. As part of its mandate, the OAFM governs professionalism within the family mediation community by granting accreditation to family mediators who have completed a rigorous program of education, training, and internship. The OAFM is committed to promoting mediation as wisdom for families in conflict.
About SIËSDE Dispute Resolution Technologies:
SIËSDE Dispute Resolution Technologies is an interdisciplinary legal tech company, based from the IBM Centre in Toronto, focused on developing dispute resolution technologies, system processes and solution generation specific to family law. SIËSDE’s mandate is to break down very complex and difficult legal processes into smaller and more manageable modules that can be streamlined, simplified and systemized, with the assistance of technology, for the sole purpose of minimizing complex, human disputes.