Patrick Hartling, LLB, MPA, has over 20 years of experience in the human resources profession and over fifteen years experience in facilitation, and the development and education of adults. In 2003 he founded S.P.L. Development Services, to promote and develop best practices in Strategy, People and Leadership.
Mr. Hartling has been Director of Human Resources with organizations ranging from 1000 to well over 2000 employees in the public, health and service sectors, and has developed contemporary HR Strategies and Services, reflecting the best business practices available, as well as alignment with organizational interests. He has created and introduced Organizational Development Services, proactive Health and Wellness Strategies, contemporary HR services for Managers, such as Succession Planning and Performance Development, and developed and implemented employee surveys in a number of organizations to provide a basis for HR Programs and Services. Over the last fifteen years he has been actively developing and presenting and facilitating learning opportunities for working professionals in topics such as Organizational Behavior, Human Resources Management, and Program Evaluation.
He has taught university courses at Dalhousie and Mount Saint Vincent in the Business and Continuing Ed faculties, has both chaired and presented at HR conferences in Ottawa and in the Maritimes, and has taught courses on line for Dalhousie University College of Continuing Education, and the University of Alberta, and has also delivered courses as part of a Saint Mary's Program in Nunavut. Patrick is a certified Human Resources Professional, and possesses a Bachelor of Commerce, a Master in Public Administration, and a Bachelor of Law degree from Dalhousie University. He is currently an active member of several community Boards and is the elected Past President of the Human Resources Association of NS and PEI. He is the Chair of the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations, the body which serves and supports the certification granting HR certification processes, and operates his business centered in Halifax. He lives on a lakefront lot in Halifax with his wife and two daughters.
Adina Lipsett is the CEO of ACRS Inc. founded in 2009, which provides a wide variety of conflict resolution services catering to individuals, families and workplaces. She holds a Masters of Science degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a double major in Psychology and Law in Society, from the University of New Brunswick. During her Masters program, she had the opportunity to work with Hensen College's Advanced Mediation Workshop and with Roger Beaudry (Stitt Feld Handy), observing and co-mediating the Ontario Mandatory Court Mediation Program.
She is a Child Protection Mediator and a facilitator for the Province of New Brunswick's For the Sake of the Child program. She is also a workplace assessor and facilitator for Health Canada's Specialized Organizational Services. Privately, Adina provides mediation and negotiation services, court assessments, workplace assessments and organizational design. She has created and presented tailor made workshops on a variety of conflict resolution topics as requested and previously was an affiliate with the New Brunswick Family Mediation Program.
Dr. Oksana Shkurska has 15 years’ experience in adult education at the university level. Her research interests are in the field of business communication and sociolinguistics, and they include barriers to effective interpersonal communication and intercultural communication. She regularly presents her research at conferences throughout Canada and internationally.
She teaches Business Communication, International Management, and Business Ethics at Rowe School of Business as well as Intercultural Communication within the Certificate of Intercultural Communication program at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. She is an instructor at Dalhousie University College of Continuing Education, teaching Interpersonal, Intercultural Communication and Organizational Behaviour. Last year, she received the Faculty of Management Teaching Excellence Award and was invited to deliver the Convocation Address to the students of the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University.
Dr. Shkurska is also a freelance intercultural trainer and consultant. She conducts workshops and consults for local organizations and individuals on the issues of communication, conflict management, and negotiation across cultures.
Tom Soehl has over 20 years’ experience in natural resource negotiation and conflict resolution. He has worked for provincial governments in British Columbia and Nova Scotia. In British Columbia he managed multi stakeholder negotiations on land use and protected areas. In Nova Scotia he was Director of Negotiations for the provincial Office of Aboriginal Affairs for negotiations on Aboriginal and treaty rights and self-government with the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia and the federal government.
Tom’s background is in complex, multi-party negotiations, but the process and skills needed to be effective are equally relevant to other negotiations, whether they involve resolving workplace issues, buying a car, or deciding where to go on the next family vacation.
Tom currently works with the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources as Director of Aboriginal Policy.