On Thursday April 12th, 2018, an ADR Career & Appreciation Night was hosted at the Lakeshore Campus. The event provided students in the Humber ADR graduate program with a wonderful opportunity to network and connect with ADR professionals and program alumni.
Over 60 students, staff and faculty members from the program attended the event. The ADR professionals and alumni were organized into panels consisting of nineteen industry experts, fourteen of whom are Humber ADR alumni. There was a broad range of organizations represented at the event, including provincial and municipal government services, ombudsman/accountability offices, police and legal services and family mediation services.
The evening opened with an introductory session led by Susette Clunis, Executive Director of ADR Institute of Ontario followed by introductions of all panel members. There were four panels for the event namely – Horizons – ADR & Beyond, Housing, Accountability/ Ombudsman and Family Mediation. The ADR practitioners and alumni in each panel delivered brief overviews of their professional careers. The open discussion that followed included topics such as how the program prepares students for a career in ADR; skillsets they apply in their everyday jobs; landing their dream job; the importance of placement opportunities and the power of networking. The panel did an outstanding job answering questions and providing valuable advice on career opportunities, building connections and identifying interests.
To cap off a fantastic evening, attendees were informed that that the ADR Program’s Family Mediation Course has been officially sanctioned and approved by the Ontario Association for Family Mediation.
I would like to thank all the ADR Professionals, Humber Alumni, the Student Volunteers, Mary Lee, Program Coordinator, and Sonali Thaker, Student Advisor for hosting such a great evening.