Overview

To assist municipalities in the mediation process, Municipal Dispute Resolution Services (MDRS) has developed a roster of private sector mediators and arbitrators with the assistance of representatives from the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, the Rural Municipalities of Alberta, the Local Government Administration Association, the Alberta Rural Municipal Administrators' Association, and the Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society.

The roster is not a certification of competency or a credentialing process. It is designed to provide municipalities with a list of mediators and arbitrators who have relevant training and experience and who have expressed an interest in intermunicipal mediation and/or arbitration.

Mediators

In mediation, a mediator facilitates a discussion between two or more parties who need to resolve an issue. The mediator helps the parties communicate and negotiate more efficiently, and as a result, resolve their issue or come to a mutually agreeable solution. The mediation process seeks to develop solutions that satisfy the interests of all parties.

Arbitrators

Arbitration is a quasi-judicial process in which a third party renders a decision after hearing evidence from all involved. The decision is binding on all parties.

Information on how arbitration applies when municipalities are unable to reach agreement on their intermunicipal collaboration frameworks (ICFs), the role of the arbitrator and the arbitration process can be found in the ICF Arbitration Fact Sheet.

Med/Arb Practitioners

Mediation/Arbitration (Med/Arb) is a process in which a third party starts the dispute resolution process using mediation to facilitate a discussion between two or more parties who need to resolve an issue. If the issue is not resolved through mediation, the same third party switches to an arbitration process to hear evidence and make a binding decision.

Mentoree program

The Intermunicipal Dispute Resolution Initiative is committed to fostering the development of mediation in Alberta.

Given the complexity of issues and the number of individuals involved in the process, MDRS strongly encourages two-member mediation teams. MDRS coordinates a program to provide mediators who have completed relevant dispute resolution training but may have limited local government experience with opportunities to assist roster mediators and serve as part of the mediation team.

Mentoring assignments will be made in consultation with the municipalities and roster mediators involved.

Getting on the mediator and/or arbitrator rosters

Mediators and arbitrators on the rosters are required to have:

  • subscribed to a code of ethics or conduct of a relevant professional association or society
  • completed the Mediation Certificate course of the ADR Institute of Alberta, and have a working knowledge of interest-based negotiation
  • documented mediation ability
  • documented knowledge of the Municipal Government Act, and
  • three references

Provisions will be made to grandfather individuals, on a case-by-case basis, who, by their past history within Alberta, have demonstrated an ability to assist local governments in resolving disputes.

The Advisory Committee, which consists of individuals representing the user groups, the service providers, and Alberta Municipal Affairs, evaluates applications to ensure mediators meet the above criteria. If selected, the mediator must submit an electronic copy of their resume which will be placed on the electronic roster.

Roster mediators and arbitrators are expected to serve as mentors to mentorees and will not receive extra remuneration for that service.

The Mediator Roster application process is presently closed.

Call for roster members

From time to time, Alberta Municipal Affairs opens its roster of private sector mediators, arbitrators and med/arb practitioners for its municipal clients.

This initiative provides opportunities for municipalities to utilize the services of mediators, arbitrators and med/arb practitioners to resolve intermunicipal disputes and those arising from Intermunicipal Collaboration Frameworks (ICFs) and Intermunicipal Development Plans (IDPs).

The steering committee comprised of the department, the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, the Rural Municipalities of Alberta, Local Government Administration Association, the Alberta Rural Municipal Administrators' Association, Association of Summer Villages of Alberta and the ADR Institute of Alberta.

Contact

Individuals interested in becoming a part of the roster can obtain more information from:

Mr. Michael Scheidl
Manager, Intermunicipal Relations
Phone: 780-415-1197
E-mail: michael.scheidl@gov.ab.ca

For more information about the mediation and appropriate dispute resolution:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Fax: 780-420-1016
Email: mdrs@gov.ab.ca

Address:

Intermunicipal Relations Team
Alberta Municipal Affairs
17th Floor, Commerce Place
10155 102 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4L4

The Intermunicipal Relations Team

Michael Scheidl
Manager, Intermunicipal Relations
Phone: 780-415-1197
Email: michael.scheidl@gov.ab.ca

Lisa Awid-Goltz
Senior Intermunicipal Relations Specialist
Phone: 780-427-0519
Email: lisa.awid-goltz@gov.ab.ca

Sara Ahlstrom
Senior Intermunicipal Relations Specialist
Phone: 780-644-3126
Email: sara.ahlstrom@gov.ab.ca

Jennifer Paton
Intermunicipal Relations Advisor
Phone: 780-638-9411
Email: jennifer.paton@gov.ab.ca

Bright Asibey
Intermunicipal Relations Advisor
Phone: 780-644-3124
Email: bright.asibey@gov.ab.ca