Colm Brannigan has over 20 years of full-time experience in conflict management and alternative dispute resolution. He is the founder of Mediate.ca – Brannigan ADR based in the GTA but provides services throughout Ontario.
He has conducted over eight hundred mediations and more than hundred arbitrations. These include multi-party matters, in various subject areas, such as condominium, commercial, employment, real estate, professional negligence, insurance coverage and subrogation, construction and family disputes.
Colm is recognized as one of Ontario’s leading mediators and arbitrators in condominium related disputes. He also focuses on the resolution of construction (including green energy), commercial, insurance and real property disputes using mediation, med-arbitration and arbitration processes. He is known for promoting the use of med-arbitration and online dispute resolution as cost effective, fair and speedy methods of alternative dispute resolution.
Colm’s approach to conflict management and alternative dispute resolution includes:
developing strategies to avoid and manage conflict before formal resolution becomes necessary;
focusing on the practical resolution of disputes from the client’s perspective;
understanding that participants need results for the time and effort spent in alternative dispute resolution;
using impartial techniques that help make participants feel comfortable with the process and outcomes;
working effectively with clients and counsel to help them resolve disputes;
knowledge of the substantive legal issues involved in the process.
This approach carries over into his teaching and training and he has taught negotiation, mediation, and arbitration skills to mediators, lawyers, arbitrators, community activists and other conflict management professionals.
Colm has written extensively about conflict management and alternative dispute resolution including online dispute resolution in professional and industry specific publications. He is a frequent presenter at continuing education programs for various ADR, law and condominium groups and has spoken at regional, provincial and national conferences for such organizations as the ADR Institute of Canada, the ADR Institute of Ontario and the Canadian Condominium Institute. He is a sessional instructor in ADR in the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario.
Colm received a B.A. from the University of Toronto, an M.A. from McMaster University, an LL.B from Queen’s University, and an LL.M. in ADR from Osgoode Hall Law School. He also holds a Teaching Effectiveness Certificate from The Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning (Humber College) where he taught law and ADR part-time in the Business School for over 8 years.
He holds the designations of Chartered Arbitrator and Chartered Mediator from the ADR Institute of Canada. He was one of the first Canadian mediators certified by the International Mediation Institute in The Hague. He is a member of the ADR Institute of Ontario, the ADR Institute of Canada, the Canadian Condominium Institute, and Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society.
Colm has been heavily involved in community and professional groups as a volunteer in such projects as the development of community legal aid clinics and local community mediation centres. He is a former Board member of both the ADR Institute of Ontario and the Ontario Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section. He is currently a member of both the Qualified Mediator and Chartered Mediator Assessment Committees of the ADR Institute of Ontario, the ADR Institute of Canada National Med-Arb Rules Committee and the Co-chair of the ADR Institute of Canada’s Taskforce on Online-Dispute Resolution.
Colm is based in the GTA.