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James McKenzie is a mediator, facilitator, and adjudicator. For 25 years he has assisted business, government, and community leaders negotiate, collaborate, and resolve disputes. Widely regarded for his professionalism and pragmatism, James specialises in complex, multi-party, multi-issue dispute resolution.
Prior to joining Global Resolutions, James was the Associate Chair of the Ontario Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, and the Associate Chair and a Vice-Chair of its predecessor the Ontario Municipal Board. In these positions, he introduced and expanded the use of mediation to address matters arising under the organizations’
multi-faceted jurisdiction. Through his practice and leadership, mediation is recognized as an integral element of the Ontario planning system.
In addition to working with parties to constructively manage conflict, James also teaches negotiation and mediation. Since 2005, he has been a course director in the Ryerson University Chang School of Continuing Education through which he works with students enrolled in the School of Urban and Regional Planning. Since 1995, he has been a course director in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University.
Other activities include lecturing in the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at Royal Roads University and in the Corporate Communications Program at Seneca College, and coaching in mediation training sessions convened by Osgoode Hall Law School, the Queens University Industrial Relations Centre, the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, and the Province of Ontario.
James has also spoken widely on the use of mediation and facilitation to address planning disputes in various sessions convened by the Ontario Professional Planners Institute.
James has an undergraduate degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, a graduate degree in Environmental Studies (Land and Resource Use Dispute Resolution) from York University, and has completed PhD course work in adult learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.