National Introductory Mediation Course

We offer the ADR Institute of Canada 40-hour National Introductory Mediation Training Course once per year in the Spring, alternating between Saskatoon and Regina. This course is divided into two parts.  The next planned delivery will be: Part 1: May 16 – 18; and Part 2: June 13 – 15, 2022 with this year’s delivery being conducted online in respect of current Saskatchewan Health guidance.

[Updated March 21, 2022]
Thank you for visiting our registration page for the ADR Saskatchewan National Introductory Mediation course.  Unfortunately, we have reached our class maximum for this May / June offering, but invite you to let us know if you are interested in being on our “wait list”.  There are occasions where registered students need to drop out at the last minute and we are then able to offer their spot to persons on a wait list. 

Further, given the quick response to filling this class, we are now actively considering a second offering this fall (Part 1: Aug 31 - Sept 2 and Part 2: Oct 5-7).  If you would like to register your interest for that course (which we are planning to deliver in an in-person format in Saskatoon) please email your intention to us as we will be building a list for that potential offering as expressions of interest arrive.

Thanks again for your interest in mediation, we’re sorry this course offering didn’t work out but hope a second opportunity in the fall might be suitable for you.

Part 1: May 16, 17, 18, 2022 AND
Part 2: June 13, 14, 15, 2022

8:00 am to 5:30 pm daily (subject to change)

Method of Delivery:
Virtual - Zoom


This is a comprehensive, 40 hour program which aims to prepare learners to effectively facilitate the Understanding-Based Approach to resolving disputes.

Taught by nationally approved Chartered Mediators of the Institute, along with a team of Coaches who are either Chartered or Qualified Mediators, this course will be of interest to anyone learning mediation skills to either enhance their conflict resolution skills, or pursue a career as a mediator. No prior mediation training or qualifications required.


  • Develop a clear understanding of their own perceptions, biases, and attitudes and how they impact others in conflict resolution.
  • Learn the dynamics of conflict and the challenges of entering into negotiations.
  • Learn tools for active listening, effective communicating, and managing power imbalance and heightened emotion in individuals in conflict.
  • Learn the six phases of the Understanding-Based Approach to assist parties in reaching creative, mutually satisfactory resolutions.
  • Participate in role plays to practice new conflict resolution skills and techniques.


  • Anyone interested in learning mediation skills either to enhance their conflict resolution skills, or to pursue a career in mediation, including: Lawyers, Human Resource Professionals, Accountants, Educators, Project Managers, Team Leaders and anyone involved in situations where conflict may arise.
  • No prior mediation training or qualifications required.
  • This Course satisfies the Full Member criteria for an ADR Institute-approved 40 hour course in mediation, thereby providing graduates with access to membership in the ADR Institute of Canada. It also provides the basic training component for the ADR Canada Qualified Mediator (Q.Med) designation.



  • 3 full days of instruction, followed by another 2 full days of instruction, and a final day of testing/evaluation. 



  • The National Introductory Mediation Course Manual
  • The National Introductory Mediation Course Activities Manual

Participants will be required to complete a Conflict Styles Inventory prior to the start of the Course. This material will be provided to registrants by e-mail about 10 days in advance.

Participants will receive a Certificate upon successful completion of the Course.


Charmaine Panko, L.L.B., C.Med., Q.Arb., is a collaborative lawyer, mediator, and arbitrator who has assisted in the resolution of legal disputes of all types from corporate commercial to family and estate matters. She is committed to the education and development of dispute resolution practitioners, having trained numerous professionals in understanding-based processes such as collaborative law and mediation.

Charmaine is a sectional lecturer at the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Law teaching the upper year negotiations class, and provides coaching and mentoring on a volunteer basis.

M. Scott Siemens, C.Med, B.Comm., FICB, is a Government of Canada accredited Internal Labour Relations Mediator with the Department of Justice’s ICMS network.  Scott regularly provides training on internal government management techniques, conflict resolution, and restorative justice.

Scott's background includes volunteering overseas administering conflict transformation programs, and working within various multi-disciplinary teams engaged in conflict resolution.

Note: The ADR Institute of Canada National Introductory Training Programs are delivered exclusively through highly qualified Trainers who have been accredited by ADRIC to deliver the programs.


Members:          $2,495 plus GST
Non-Members:  $2,695 plus GST

View our detailed registration protocol here.

(2022 course delivery): Request for cancellation must be received in writing to [email protected]  Requests received on or prior to April 17, 2022 receive a full refund less a $100 administration fee; between April 17 and May 8, 2022, receive a full refund less a $200 administration fee; on or after May 9, 2022, receive a full refund less a $750 administration fee.

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