The People

Our Mediators are knowledgeable, neutral, third-party professionals who have the experience, knowledge, and training in active listening which are some of the skills usually require to help clients. We currently have ten associates and are one of Toronto’s largest firms of mediators.

Most of our practitioners either teach academic programs at Universities or supervise students in law or mediation programs, such as supervising Osgoode Hall third year law students at Small Claims courts in Toronto and its outskirts.

Our founder Bruce Ally Ph.D., LLM., W.F.A., CP. Med., DRE (York U), also teaches the Lawyer is Negotiator Program for third year law students at Osgoode Hall, the Advanced Mediation Program at York University and is associated with the Queen’s IRC (Industrial Relations Certificate) program. He is also a consultant to the Workplace Fairness Institute.

Most of our associates are or have been Roster members of the Attorney General’s Ontario Mandatory Mediation Program and are, or have been trained as Workplace Fairness Analysts with the Workplace Fairness Institute. Our practitioners who are certified by the Workplace Fairness Institute are able to conduct work analysis, investigations and are able to develop and implement programs to ensure equity and restore harmony in the workplace. One of our senior associates was also the former Dean of McGill Law School.

Bruce L. Ally - Ph.D.,L.L.M., (ADR)

Bruce Ally

Laura Pursiainen - B.A., Cert. Med

Laura Pursiainen After completing her undergraduate work at Carleton University, Laura pursued her graduate work at York University where she completed the training as a Certified Mediator. She then interned at A Place for Mediation, one of Toronto’s largest mediation firms. Upon completion of her one year internship, she undertook a role as an administrator while beginning to build her practice as a mediator. This allowed her to develop a thorough understanding of the scheduling and billing associated with the Ontario Mandatory Mediation Program, as well as being able to deal with complex issues in multi-party disputes. She has now established herself as a mediator with specializations in employment and personal injury and is on the Attorney General’s roster of mediator’s for the Ontario Mandatory Mediation Program through the Superior Court of Justice. She is also a member in good standing with the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario.

Kevin Stapley - Cert. Med., WFA

Kevin Stapley Kevin is the founder of the CALM (Confrontation, Aggression and Liability Management) Training Program. Utilized by several institutions to assist parties, some potentially cognitively challenged, to deescalate and calm angry combatants thus providing a platform for dispute resolution. Kevin brings almost two decades of conflict resolution in the health care sector with a specialization in crisis intervention. He is a coach and educator who after completing his graduate certificate in Dispute Resolution at York University, commenced an internship for a duration of one year during which time he acquired additional skills and co-published an article on the state of insurance in Ontario. He has completed additional training in conflict management coaching with the CINERGY program and is a Certified Workplace Fairness Analyst. His application for the roster at the Ontario Mandatory Mediation Program is currently in process and in addition to this, he continues to pursue his studies in Psychology towards his goal of a master’s degree in Conflict Resolution.

Agnes Kaufman

Agnes Kaufman Agnes has completed a Ph. D. in Public Health and a Ph.D. in Bioethics. She is currently completing her Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution and Mediation. She has extensive experience in dealing with people in emotionally charged environments particularly in healthcare crises. She is presently concluding her mediation internship with Dr. Bruce Ally and will be applying to the Ontario Mandatory Mediation Program to be placed on the roster. She is a sympathetic yet practical listener to all who find themselves in conflict situations.

Adam Landriault

Adam Landriault Born in Toronto, Adam Landriault pursued his undergraduate studies at Carleton University where he received his Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Law. On completion he pursued his graduate studies in the United Kingdom at Cardiff University in Wales, where he received his Bachelor of Laws with an Honours distinction in 2010. After graduating he started his own business in Ottawa, focused on business development, policy writing and athlete representation. In 2016, he commenced an internship with A Place for Mediation which enhanced his understanding of complex issues and multi-party disputes. On completion of the internship he became an associate with A Place for Mediation and operates out of both the Ottawa and Toronto offices, where his practice is geared towards employment, personal injury and sports dispute law. He is currently a member in good standing of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario and has applied to the Attorney General’s Roster of Mediators for consideration for both the Toronto and Ottawa Rosters.

Maurice Ford - B.A., M.E.S., M. Sc., Cert. Med., Q. Med., WFA

Maurice Ford Mediating since 1990. Maurice's initial focus was on family and human rights mediation. He now includes specializations in employment and personal injury disputes to complement his well-rounded practice. From an educational perspective he completed a Certificate in Mediation at York University in 2014. In 1997 he completed his M.Sc., Counselling from Niagara University prior to this he achieved his M.E.S. degree in Neighborhood Planning in 1982 this was preceded by his BA from York University in 1978. In 2016 he obtained his certification as a Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. This augmented his certification as a teacher from the OCT (Ontario College of Teachers) which he obtained in 2003.

He is now a mediator at A Place for Mediation, one of Toronto's largest mediation firms and is currently awaiting appointment to the Attorney General's roster with the Ontario Mandatory Mediation Program through the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto. Mr. Ford is currently, a member in good standing with the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institutes of both Ontario and Canada. As well as, having the designation of consultant with the Workplace Fairness Institute of Canada.