Jennifer Suzor is an experienced Family Law Lawyer, Mediator and Trainer based in Windsor, Ontario. Having practiced in all levels of the Court for over twenty-eight years, she now focuses on neutral consultation and non-court dispute resolution, primarily mediation.
Jennifer was Certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Family Law in 2004 and was Accredited in Family Mediation, Child Protection Mediation and Elder Mediation (Oct 24) by the Ontario Association for Family Mediation. She has served as President since 2013.
Jennifer is also on the Board of Directors for Windsor Life Centre, a Woman’s Addiction Treatment Centre and the Past-President of the Autism Society of Ontario (Windsor) and the Summit Centre for Preschoolers with Autism.
in 2016, Jennifer received the President’s Award from the Association for Family and Conciliation Courts, Ontario Chapter, in recognition of her volunteer work as Co-Chair of the Walsh Family Negotiation Competition and her vision of creating a series of events in Windsor called “Changing the Culture of Conflict Resolution in Family Breakdown Roundtable Dinner Series” for the Judiciary, Counsel, Psychologists, Social Workers and others who work with family breakdown in Windsor. She is the President of Bridging Family Conflict, the service provider in Windsor for the Ministry of Attorney General subsidized mediation and information services.
Lene Madsen is now a Justice of the Superior Court of Justice, Family Branch. She was a founding partner in Family Mediation Training and co-creator of our training modules. Lene was an experienced mediation and trainer based in London, Ontario, where her practice, Bluewater Mediation, was devoted to family mediation, arbitration, teaching and training in alternative dispute resolution, and academic writing on issues related to family law and dispute resolution.
Lene was an Accredited Member of the Ontario Association of Family Mediators, a Certified Family Arbitrator (ADRIO), and a Child Protection Mediator (OAFM). She holds a Masters of Laws in Alternate Dispute Resolution from Osgoode Hall Law School, in addition to her LLB. Lene is past Adjunct Faculty at Osgoode Hall Law School, where she taught an advanced seminar in Family Law.
Lene had diverse professional experience, both in Canada and internationally, which enriched and informed all aspects of her teaching and practice. She has worked in post-war Bosnia, facilitating collaborative processes between agencies and communities, and in the international development context, in South Asia and the Caribbean.
Lene has published on a range of issues, including on issues related to family law, family mediation standards and programs, and screening for power imbalances and domestic violence. Lene spoke and presented extensively on topics related to family law and mediation.
At the time of her appointment, Lene was the Vice Chair of the Ontario Association for Family Mediation (OAFM), where she was also Chair of the Accreditation Committee. She continues to be a Board Member of the Ontario Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC-O).
Lene’s appointment to the Bench was a great asset to the Province of Ontario as she is a knowledgeable, dynamic, and passionate trainer who offered students a rich learning experience, which merges the practical with the theoretical, ensuring participants have the required foundation to excel in their mediation and dispute resolution practices. Lene will remain a Guest Presenter at the training courses. Her contribution to the excellence in training that we have is immeasurable.