Jennifer Bell – Resume

Mediator

Jennifer Bell – Condominium Mediator


Jennifer Bell, C. Med.
Principal, Placet Dispute Resolution

Jennifer Bell owns and operates Placet Dispute Resolution where she has served individuals and businesses in Ontario since 2005. She understands the issues facing condominium corporations, directors, property managers and unit owners, and provides a means to reach fair, durable, consensual solutions for all affected parties. She is actively involved in all areas of condominium dispute management such as shared facilities agreements, first-year budget deficits, liens, pet disputes, common expense arrears, and overall community wellbeing.

Jennifer has been designated a Charter Mediator by the ADR Institute of Canada and is a member of the Canadian Condominium Institute (CCI) and the Canadian Association of Women in Construction (CAWIC). She also serves as the Vice Chair of the Construction Section of the ADR Institute of Ontario and acts as a member of the Ontario Mandatory Mediation Program rosters for Toronto and Windsor. In addition to her mediation practice, Jennifer serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at George Brown College.

Jennifer is a graduate of York University’s Advanced Dispute Resolution program and also holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Toronto.

Jennifer offers a competitive hourly rate to help maintain cost viability and is also available for evening and weekend mediations to better serve her client base.

CURRENT MEDIATION PRACTICE

Principal Mediator at Placet Dispute Resolution

Roster Mediator, Ontario Mandatory Mediation Program – Toronto, Windsor

PRACTICE AREA SUMMARY

Condominium: Shared facility, first-year budget deficit, lien, damage, noise and pet disputes

Construction: Payment, defect, completion and trades disputes

Real Estate: Commission, purchase/sale and boundary disputes

Landlord / Tenant: Residential and commercial properties

Consumer: Damage claims, fees disputes and travel industry claims

Contractual: Employment- and business-related contractual disputes (including wrongful dismissal and lawyer/client fee disputes)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Placet Dispute Resolution – Toronto, ON (Since 2005)

Principal

Provides mediation and dispute resolution services for litigation matters, business relationship disputes and other commercial conflicts. Specializes in condominium and construction disputes.

Klein Law Office – Mississauga, ON (2003-2004)

Law Clerk

Managed intakes, prepared pleadings, performed case management and administrative duties for a family law practice.

Mentored new lawyers on the practical aspects of client and caseload management.

Salvation Army Family Life Resource Centre – Brampton, ON (1997-2003)

Legal Support Worker

Provided information, advocacy, support and referrals to residential and non-residential shelter clients in all areas of law

Coordinated volunteer program; trained and supervised volunteers

Acted as agency representative for protocol development on a variety of stakeholder committees

ADMISSIONS, ASSOCIATIONS, DESIGNATIONS

ADR Institute of Canada

Chartered Mediator Designation (C. Med.)

Ontario Mandatory Mediation Program

Roster Member – Toronto, Windsor

Toronto Construction Association

Roster Mediator

ADR Institute of Ontario

Vice Chair, Construction Section (2010 – Present)

Co-Chair, Construction Section (2008-2009)

Canadian Condominium Institute

Professional Member – Toronto and Area Chapter

Canadian Association of Women in Construction

Affiliate Member

 

Legal Aid Ontario

Area Committee Panel Member (2003-2005)

EDUCATION

George Brown College – Toronto, ON

French Proficiency Certificate (expected completion Spring 2015)

Instructing Adults Certificate (expected completion Spring 2014)

York University – Toronto, ON

Advanced Certificate in Dispute Resolution (2005)

Certificate in Dispute Resolution (2004)

University of Toronto – Toronto, ON

 

Hons. B.A., Political Science Specialist (2003)

TEACHING

Adjunct Professor – George Brown College – Toronto, ON (Since 2008)

Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management

Courses taught include LAW 2014 – “Liability, Risk Management and Guest Security”, HRM 2012 – “Human Resource Management”, and HOST 1042 – “Leadership and Group Dynamics”

Deliver lectures for Ryerson University on “Conflict Resolution in the Construction Industry”

Deliver lectures for The Business School at Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning on “ADR Theory and Practice for Paralegal Professionals” and “Starting a Sole Proprietorship in the Legal Industry”

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Panel Presenter – 2011 ACMO/CCI-T Condominium Conference

“Condo Mediation – Unraveling the Mystery”

Panel Presenter – 2012 ACMO/CCI-T Condominium Conference

“Lifting the Curtain on Mediation”

ADDITIONAL TRAINING AND SEMINARS

ADR Institute of Ontario

Arbitration Training – Part 1 & 2 (Present)

Attendances at programs run periodically by the ADR Institute of Ontario and the Ontario Bar Association (list available upon request)

ADR Institute of Ontario – Toronto, ON

Civil Procedure for Non-Lawyers (2004)

 

 

 

 

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