Rick Russell has been working full time in the dispute resolution field for over 25 years, first as the Ombudsman to McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario then as a mediator, arbitrator and facilitator in a full service conflict management firm he co-founded.
Rick has a busy mediation and facilitation practice specializing in commercial, construction and workplace issues, as well as conflict management training, facilitation and construction partnering. He also works frequently in the area of workplace investigation and fact-finding, workplace assessment and restoration, conflict coaching and advanced conflict management training. Rick and his firm also serve as the municipal ombudsman and Integrity Commissioner for several Ontario municipalities.
Rick serves on the faculty of highly regarded programs at both University of Waterloo’s Conrad Grebel University College and Queen’s University’s Industrial Relations Centre (IRC).
Rick has held leadership positions at the Ontario Bar Association ADR Section, and at the ADR Institute of Ontario. Rick’s speaking, training and facilitation practice includes international engagements in the USA, Barbados, Ethiopia and Trinidad.
A graduate of McMaster University (History) and the University of Western Ontario’s Faculty of Law, Rick is an avid hiker, canoeist, motor cyclist and writer. He lives in Dundas, Ontario with his wife Margaret.
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