Curriculum Vitae


CCW, BSW, MSW, RSW, CRC, C. Med., C. Arb., C.Fam. Arb.

P.O. Box 435, Cobble Hill,

250 213 1812 p

250 743 0542 f


An accomplished Mediator, facilitator, arbitrator & consultant, with more than forty years of experience working with families.




  • Professional verbal and written communication skills including non-judgmental listening skills


  • Assertive while empathetic, with the ability to provide constructive, honest appraisals and work in a respectful and collaborative manner


  • Trained and experienced neutral (mediator and arbitrator/adjudicator) in family, child protection, workplace, non-profits, ICBC, small claims courts and community disputes


  • Trained and experienced Parenting Coordinator


  • Trained and experienced Hear the Child, Views of the Child, full Section 211, and Gladue reports writer


  • Highly organized with cost-effective time management skills, able to prioritize


  • Effective community counselor in human services known for ability to create workable solutions and inspire harmony


  • Builds rapport quickly and very personable with children and families; likes to laugh


  • Loves to read, ride horses, spend time with family and friends


  • Experience working with families from diverse backgrounds


  • Willing to travel






January 2000 - Present                    Joan Cotie Mediation & Consulting Ltd.   


  • writing Gladue reports and member of Legal Services Society roster


  • worked with organizations and individuals as a mediator, arbitrator and consultant since 1999, doing workplace, family and community mediation and arbitration


  • worked as a Parent Coordinator since 2010, assisting families in high conflict to learn to communicate and work together for their children.


  • writing Views of the Child/Hear the Child reports for families in conflict since 2010.


  • Writing full section 211 reports & completed 211 report writing training


  • Access Pro Bono Law of BC – Project Manager of Pro Bono Children’s Lawyer Program


  • Arbitrator – BC Arbitration & Mediation Institute Roster – family, civil/commercial & ICBC


  • Mediator - BC Mediator Roster Society Civil, Family & Child Protection Mediation Rosters; Canadian Human Rights Commission; BC Ministry of Education Student Appeals Mediator and Adjudicator Rosters; BCAMI Roster


  • Arbitrator & Mediator– Better Business Bureau of Victoria


  • Family access supervision program


  • Writing & delivering training sessions on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Best Practices & Communication in Organizations


1979 – 2002              Worked with children and youth in residential settings, and their families, as a counsellor and family support



University of Victoria                       Adult & Continuing Education

                                                            Program (Candidate)


Justice Institute of BC                     Section 211 Report Writing Course Certificate


BC Arbitration & Mediation

Institute                                              Arbitration Training Certificates, Strata

                                                            Arbitration & Family Arbitration Training


University of Victoria                       Multi-Disciplinary Masters-Masters in

                                                            Social Work (MSW) degree


Nanaimo Small Claims Court          Small Claims Court Mediation Practicum

Mediation Practicum Program        (Completed)


Institute of Conflict Analysis           Conflict Resolution Certificate

and Management                              (Conflict Resolution, Mediation & Negotiation)


University of Victoria                       Bachelor of Social Work Degree

                                                            (With Distinction)


American Correctional                     Legal Issues for Probation & Parole Officers

Association                                       Course Certificate                                                      


Carleton University                          Bachelor of Arts Program

                                                            Combined Majors - Law and Women’s Studies


Mohawk College A.A.T.                    Child Care Worker Diploma (Honours)





Chartered Mediator                                        ADR Institute of Canada


Chartered Arbitrator                                        ADR Institute of Canada


Registered Social Worker                              BC College of Social Workers



Family Mediation Canada Elder Mediation Committee member

Appointed Member of the B.C. Property Assessment Review Panel (6 yrs.)

Appointed Member of the Employment & Assistance Appeal Tribunal (6 yrs.- 2008 – 2014 - maximum appointment & reappointed 2018)

Mediate B.C. Member – Civil Mediation, Family Mediation & Mediation/Arbitration Rosters (Former member 2006-2013, of Child Protection Mediation roster)

BC Hear the Child Society Member

BC Parent Coordination Roster Society Member

Ministry of Education Student Appeals Board Mediator and Adjudicator Rosters

Association of Family & Conciliation Courts Member

South Island Dispute Resolution Centre Member & Contractor

ADRBC Roster, Member, Board & Committee Member, Chartered Mediator, Chartered Arbitrator & ICBC Arbitration Roster Member

Chair – ADR Canada Designations Marketing Sub-Committee

B.C. Association of Social Workers

B.C. Non Profit Housing Association – Certified Instructor

Family Mediation Canada



ADRBC Board Member & ADR Canada Sub-Committee Member/Chair

Family Mediation Canada Committee Member

211 Report Writing Peer Support Group

Pro Bono mediations with low income families

Access Pro Bono Program Manager – Nanaimo & Victoria

HRSDC Regional Homelessness Fund Advisory Committee

BC Homelessness & Health Research Network - Advisory Committee

South Island Dispute Resolution Centre - Board of Directors

UVIC – School of Social Work Council and External Circle and UVIC Senator

Public Service Alliance of Canada(PSAC) – National and Local level positions

Kamatsiaqtut Baffin Crisis Line Board Member/Volunteer/Volunteer Trainer          



BC College of Social Workers – Registered Social Worker

ADR Canada – Chartered Mediator

BC Non-Profit Housing Association Instructor Certification

BC Arbitration & Mediation Institute Arbitrator Certification

Master in Social Work Degree

Enhanced Security Clearance – Canadian Federal Government

Canadian Human Rights Commission Contract Mediation Training Course

Conflict Resolution Certificate

Bachelor of Social Work Degree - With Distinction

PSAC Human Rights Training

Canadian Labour Congress Human Rights Training

Train the Trainer l & ll Certificate

PSAC Advanced Steward Training

PSAC Women at Work Training

Child Care Worker Diploma – With Honours

Joan Cotie Award

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