Alternative Dispute Resolution & Mediation to Settle Disputes

At the Law Office of Deidre S. Powell, Deidre is committed to assisting individuals, the legal and business communities to resolve disputes in a timely, efficient and cost-effective manner. She is an experienced arbitrator and mediator who offers her services throughout Ontario and Jamaica.

She has successfully dealt with cases involving insurance claims, personal injury, fatal accidents, commercial, estates, intellectual property, real estate, family, employment, and landlord and tenant disputes.


Deidre has received training in alternative dispute resolution at:

  • The University of London, Queen Mary (UK)
  • University of Windsor (Canada)
  • Harvard Law School (USA)
  • The World Intellectual Property Organization (Singapore)
  • Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Conrad Grebel University College – University of Waterloo: Certificate – Alternative Dispute Resolution Part 1 & 2
  • Family Mediation with additional training through AFCC Ontario’s Intensive Child Protection Program


Deidre is a member of:

  • Ontario Association of Family Mediators (OAFM)
  • ADR Institute of Ontario
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb) – 2006
  • Roster of Mediators for the Ontario Mandatory Mediation Programme (OMMP)
  • Roster of Mediators and Arbitrators for the Dispute Resolution Foundation (Jamaica)

Other ADR Activities

Deidre’s other ADR activities include:

  • Faculty of Law, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA – April 2006 – Guest Lecturer (International Arbitration)
  • Judge in the Queen Mary, University of London, George Hinde Mooting Competition – 2006
  • Judge in the Canadian National Mediation and Advocacy Competition 2008, 2009, 2010
  • Ontario Mandatory Mediation
  • Roster Mediator

Helping Clients Explore Settlement Options

Mediator Deidre S. Powell is on the roster of mediators for Ottawa, Toronto and Windsor. Parties may select Ms. Powell as their mediator or the mediation coordinator may select her to assist parties with the resolution of their issues. The Ontario Mandatory Mediation Program is designed “to help parties involved in civil litigation and estates matters attempt to settle their cases before they get to trial, thereby saving both time and money” (taken from the attorney general website).

With the assistance of Ms. Powell, a trained mediator, the parties can explore settlement options and avoid the cost, stress and extended period of time associated with the pretrial and trial process.

Under Rule 24.1, civil actions that are subject to case management are referred to mandatory mediation.

See the attorney general website for more information.


The role of a mediator is to help parties arrive at a solution to their problem that works for the parties. The mediator does not make the decision, but facilitates the decision making process.

The role of an arbitrator is to listen to the arguments of both parties and to arrive at a decision based on the facts presented.

There is also the option of hiring Deidre to conduct a Med/Arb. This means that as the mediator, she first tries to help the parties find a mutually agreeable solution to their issues. If this fails, then she acts as an arbitrator, who makes a binding decision, which the parties agree to adhere to.

NOTE: The information provided is not legal advice and is only for information purposes.