In many instances, particularly when different genders are involved in a conflict, it can be useful to have co-mediators, a male and a female, to provide a balanced mediation. Cathy and Ron met while persuing their education in Conflict Resolution and Mediation at the Justice Institute of BC and have a shared passion for the work. They have partnered in a number of mediations and projects and find their backgrounds and styles compliment one another and provide a power balance within the process.
Ron has worked extensively in emotionally charged areas of conflict for the past 35 years. His 30 year career with ICBC, first as an Adjuster and then in varying levels of management, involved leading investigations, negotiations and mediation in a variety of areas such as Personal Injury, Labor Relations - both Union and Management - as well as Workplace Conflict. In addition Ron was a Regional Manager for Customer Service and Training providing support, analytics and training.
His business interests continue to involve dispute resolution work, both with investigations as well as through training, strategic planning and management.
His extensive work experience is complemented by an educational background that includes Conflict Resolution and Mediation from the Justice Institute of British Columbia; Criminology from Douglas College; and Coaching, Tekara; Management from BCIT and Leadership from Simon Fraser University. This wealth of experience and training gives Ron a unique set of skills well suited for all areas of negotiation, mediation and conflict work.
Ron has had the honor of serving the community in a number of volunteer capacities including President of the Chamber of Commerce; President of the Daybreak Rotary and continuing member; Chair of the Campbell River Kids fest and Secretary of the Campbell River Hospital Foundation.
Ron operates a general mediation practice dealing in all areas of conflict including Workplace, Family and Labor. In addition he provides training in Customer Service, Branding, Marketing and Management skills.
Associate Mediator Cathy Comber
Cathy is a Family Mediator, specializing in working with couples who are separating and divorcing. After experiencing mediation when she was going through a divorce, she discovered the benefits of mediation, and with her skills as an Executive Coach, and background in psychology, decided to become certified as a Family Mediator. She facilitates interest based mediation, so that both parties feel they have been heard, and helps them build an agreement that works best for both parties, and the best interest of the children. Her goal as a mediator, is to help couples be able to identify what is truly important for themselves and their families, and to be able to work towards solutions that are agreeable to both parties.
Cathy received her certification as an Executive Coach at Royal Roads University and is a member of the International Coach Federation. As an Executive Coach her focus is working with executives, leaders and teams to produce extraordinary results.
Cathy’s management experience includes working with individuals and teams in the area of education, more specifically, computer training and education within the software industry. She held three senior positions which allowed her to fully develop and utilize her skill set and abilities as a manager: Operations/Education Manager, Training and Consulting Partner Manager for the western region of North America, and as a Business Manager; managing two branches of a national computer training company. She felt her greatest asset was in helping individuals discover their passions, helping teams and individuals clarify and meet their goals; forming an effective collaboration to move the members of the team towards a collective vision.
Cathy also has extensive volunteer experience to include: President, Montessouri Board, Bowen Island, Staff Liasion for Family Place, Parent Advisory Counsel member, Crisis Counsellor, Victim’s Advocate, Sexual Abuse Counsellor, Rape Crisis Counsellor, and Help Line Operator.