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Iain C. D. Campbell

Director - Calgary

After graduating from the University of Calgary in Archaeology, Iain went on to study acting and worked as an actor in Calgary and Vancouver. He then went to Law School at the University of Sydney in Australia and the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick, where he earned his Bachelor of Laws in 2010. He then Articled in Prince Edward Island and was called to the Bar in Prince Edward Island in 2011.  He was called to the Alberta Bar is 2013. He opened his own practice as a solo practitioner in June 2017.  As well as Family Law, Iain has experience in the areas of Personal Injury Law, Wills and Estates, Trusts, and Criminal Law.  

Iain emphasizes resolving disputes without unnecessary conflict.  He is a trained Collaborative Family Law lawyer and Mediator.  Iain believes in utilizing alternative dispute resolution to solve conflicts and is the Past Chair of the Southern Alberta Branch of the Alternative Dispute Resolution section of the Canadian Bar Association.

Year joined AFMS Board of Directors: 2018

Sharon Crooks

Chair - Sylvan Lake

Sharon has a new company, Trauma Informed Conflict Solutions Inc. where she is focused on trauma informed practice. She is providing mediation, arbitration, med/arb, and parenting coordination services in the areas of family and civil law, including Child Inclusive Mediation. Sharon has been a Speaker and Panel Member for various groups in Alberta and most recently is teaching trauma and mediation courses.

 

Sharon recently stepped back from the practice of law and although she remains a member of the bar she is no longer practicing law.  She was the managing partner at Rowanoak Law Office LLP for 20 years and is one of the more senior family lawyers in Central Alberta. Sharon graduated from the University of Alberta in 1987 with her LL.B. and later obtained her LL.M. at the University of London in London England in 1988.

 

Sharon’s experience is varied and spans the globe. She was employed as an Associate on Wall Street in New York, NY doing international commercial litigation and on Bay Street in Toronto, Ontario doing civil litigation. Sharon then accepted a position heading up the Legal Department at the Children Aid in Hamilton Wentworth and was one of 5 directors of that organization. A few years later Sharon was offered, and accepted, a position as legal counsel with the Department of Justice, Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Section in Ottawa and later was seconded to the United Nations Commission of Experts (UNCOE) in former Yugoslavia as a Legal Expert for the UNCOE Sexual Assault Mission. Sharon has also worked with the Legal Aid Society of Alberta as Senior Civil Staff Counsel, setting up the Family Law Office in Red Deer and as the Senior Trust and Legal Officer for a group of companies doing offshore business structuring, among other positions.

 

Year joined AFMS Board of Directors: 2015

Tanya Hutchinson

Vice Chair - Calgary

Registered Psychologist
Mediator

Tanya is a Registered Psychologist (College of Alberta Psychologists) and Practising Mediator (Alberta Family Mediation Society) at the firm, Fong Ailon.

In addition to AFMS, Tanya is an ongoing member of the following organizations: the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR). She completed mediation training through the Legal Education Society of Alberta and I offer mediation services for a variety of concerns.

Tanya has a diverse therapy practice working with adolescents and adults presenting with a variety of concerns. Further, she conducts court ordered interventions under Practice Note 7 involving adults and children and receives ongoing training and supervision from Dr. Larry Fong.

Year joined AFMS Board of Directors: 2017

Edith Kloberdanz

Director/Registrar

Edith began her career as a social worker after receiving a Diploma in Social Services and then a Bachelor of Arts with a focus on the family. She is a Registered Social Worker, a Chartered Mediator, Arbitrator and Parenting Coordinator. Edith has spent over 40 years gaining experience and developing skills in family matters such as mental health, rehabilitation, counselling, child development and mediation. She has worn many hats over the years which matured into management and supervisory roles and is now a self-proprietor of mediation/arbitration services.

Today Edith conducts private mediation and arbitration services and sits on several provincial and federal rosters, including family, civil and police mediations. Edith is a public adjudicator with the Law Society of Alberta and an Appeals Commissioner and recently sat as a Board Member for the Alberta Review Board (2020).

She continues to pursue studies in arbitration, mediation and Child Consultation and mentors to aspiring mediators.

Year joined AFMS Board: 2019

Katherine Mooney

Director

Katherine is passionate about serving families impacted by separation/divorce as well as removing barriers for low-income families to access counselling services. Katherine is a Registered Psychologist, Registered Family Mediator (separation/divorce specialty), and Qualified Arbitrator. She practices child-inclusive family mediation, Practice Notes 7 and 8, parenting coordination/arbitration, clinical/counselling psychology, and clinical supervision of registered provisional psychologists and Master of Counselling practicum students.

Katherine works alongside many wonderful psychologists and practicum students in Airdrie at her private practice, Restored Wellness Psychology & Counselling Centre. She is also studying full-time in the pursuit of her PhD in Psychology, social psychology specialization. Katherine’s research interest areas include the impact of separation/divorce on dynamics of cohesion and flexibility among family members, the lived experience of children who participate in child-inclusive mediation, and improving co-parenting relationships.

Year joined AFMS Board: 2019

Beth Thompson BSW, RSW

Director

Beth is passionate about educating, enriching, and empowering the people she serves by facilitating cost effective resolutions that reflect each parties’ goals and concerns. As a social worker, she specialized in high conflict evaluation, parenting plans and positive communication. Beth is an associate at Modern Divorce providing mediation for separating, co-parenting and blended families. She also facilitates the Alberta Justice Parenting After Separation/High Conflict and Focus on Communication in Separation workshops and is a licensed online parent coach for the New Ways for Families program through the High Conflict Institute.

Year joined AFMS Board: 2019

Brad Mustard

Secretary

Brad practices as a family law mediator and lawyer. He understands that separation and divorce is not just a legal change, but also one that involves a personal transition that affects family, friends and children.

With these important consequences in mind, he sees the role of “lawyer” as one of advocate, legal expert, and communication facilitator, helping client’s to make empowered decisions and overcome barriers to resolution. He provides advice to help clients solve problems quickly and effectively outside of Court, and will represent clients in litigation when appropriate and necessary.

Brad uses his extensive training and experience to advise clients on how to solve problems. He is well-known in the family law community in Calgary for negotiating out-of-court settlements, mediation, collaborative law, arbitration and litigation.

Brad teaches negotiation and mediation at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law and the Legal Education Society of Alberta.

Brad received his Master of Laws (LLM), in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Osgoode Law School in June, 2016.

Brad served on several boards and organizations including Chair of the Association of Collaborative Professionals Calgary, and Chair of the Distress Centre Calgary. Brad is currently the Member at Large with the Canadian Bar Association – Family Law South subsection.

He is appointed to act as a Dispute Resolution officer at the Calgary Courts Center.

Year joined AFMS Board: 2020

Katherine McKinnon Forgeron

Director

Katherine graduated from the University of Calgary in 1995 with a degree in Political Science and graduated from the University of Alberta with her LL.B in 2000.  She relocated to the United States and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 2002.  She later moved to Ontario where she articled and was called to the Bar in Ontario in 2006.  She returned to Alberta in 2007 and was called to the Bar in Alberta that same year.  She was employed as the staff lawyer at the Central Alberta Community Legal Clinic and since 2009 she has practiced primarily as a sole practitioner.  She practices in the areas of wills and estates, representing children in child protection matters and in high conflict custody disputes.  She is a registered collaborative family lawyer and a family law mediator.  Katherine is committed to assisting families to reduce their conflict and resolve their issues outside the court process.

Janine Fraser

Director - Sherwood Park

Janine Fraser is the Founder of Fraser Consulting, an Alberta-based company that is focused on cultivating good board governance, conflict management, mediation, family mediation, collective bargaining, leadership coaching, strategic planning, and a trauma-informed care approach to all her work. 

Janine has extensive executive experience in a variety of for-profit and non-profit organizations.  She is a strong believer in cultivating a robust community and creating a brighter future for all. 

Janine is a communicator and educator.  She is a season public speaker and presents on topics including Trauma Informed Care, Adverse Childhood Experiences, Domestic Violence, and non-profit leadership.

Janine has received Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal for her contributions to the Province of Alberta, in the areas of Domestic Violence work, community reintegration of Federal Offenders, and the protection of infants and children.  

 She loves to network, both in her professional and personal life. This allows Janine to share ideas, learn about available opportunities and give or gain knowledge.

Year joined AFMS Board of Directors: 2023