Resume

VICTORIA SMITH, JD, C.Med., Cert.CFM (FMC)

email: victoria@victoriasmith.ca

phone: 416 767 1256

Victoria Smith is a family lawyer with over 30 years of experience.  For over a decade she has confined her practice to settlement work – Collaborative Practice and Mediation.  Victoria’s practice focuses on serving professionals, business owners and their spouses. She has extensive experience dealing with complex property and high income support cases.  She has developed integrated working relationships with Family and Financial Professionals and is a member of Chestnut Collaborative Solutions, a group of independent Collaborative Professionals in Toronto.

Victoria’s life work is to help her clients resolve conflict wisely and with dignity, and to support an evolution in the legal profession from adversarial advocacy to conflict resolution advocacy.   She has successfully resolved hundreds of mediations and collaborative cases.  Committed to the growth of Collaborative Practice and settlement advocacy, she trains lawyers and other professionals in the collaborative process and settlement advocacy across North America and internationally.  She is an Adjunct Professor of Collaborative Lawyering at Osgoode Hall Law School.  She is co-author of Collaborative Family Law, Another Way to Resolve Family Disputes.

EDUCATION

  • 1983 Called to the Bar in Ontario – Law Society of Upper Canada
  • 1981 LL. B. – Osgoode Hall Law School
  • 1979 B.A. – Queen’s University

PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATIONS

  • Certified as Comprehensive Family Mediator with Family Mediation Canada.
  • Certified as a Chartered Mediator with Arbitration and Mediation Institute of Ontario.
  • Certified as an Accredited Family Mediator with Ontario Association for Family Mediation.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Practice restricted to Collaborative Practice and Mediation
  • Adjunct Professor of Collaborative Lawyering – Osgoode Hall Law School
  • Trainer in the collaborative process , settlement advocacy, communication and negotiation skills
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Collaborative Practice Toronto
  • Former member of the Board of Directors – the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Founding past Chair of the Peel Halton Collaborative Family Law Association
  • Founding past member of the Ontario Collaborative Law Federation
  • Member of the Law Society of Upper of Canada, Family Mediation Canada, Ontario Association for Family Mediation, the ADR Institute of Canada Inc., and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.

COLLABORATIVE PRACTICE WORKSHOPS PROVIDED

  • Level 1 Introduction to Collaborative Practice Training, Toronto, Ontario, 2017
  • Level 1 Introduction to Collaborative Practice Training, Saint John, New Brunswick, 2017
  • Complexity and Protocols: Adapting Collaborative Process in the Complex System of Divorce, Washington D.C., U.S.A., 2017
  • Introduction to Collaborative Practice Training, The Netherlands, 2017
  • Advanced Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Skills Training, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, 2016
  • Level 2 Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Skills Training, Toronto, Ontario 2016
  • Level 1 Introduction to Collaborative Practice Training, Toronto, Ontario 2016
  • Advanced Collaborative Practice Training, Brisbane, Australia, 2016
  • Intermediate/Advanced Training (with Sherri Goren Slovin), Zurich, Switzerland, November 2015
  • It’s All About the Frame: A Deeper Look At Conflict (with Sherri Goren Slovin), Washington, D.C., October 2015
  • OAFM Conference – The Role of Mediation In Collaborative Practice, Toronto, Ontario, September 2015
  • Intelligent Advocacy: At the Table and in the Courtroom (with Justice June Maresca), Toronto, Ontario, April 2015
  • Introduction to Collaborative Practice (with Sheila Brown and Jane Tremblay), Memphis, Tennessee, April 2015
  • Advanced Collaborative Practice Training , New Jersey, February 2015
  • Level 2 Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Skills Training (with Sheila Brown and Jane Tremblay), Oakham House, Ryerson University, Toronto, November 2014
  • Introducing Collaborative Practice Protocols Training (with Sheila Brown, Deborah Graham and Jane Tremblay), Hockley Valley, Ontario, November 2014
  • Team Protocols: A Manual for Designing & Delivering Effective Interdisciplinary Process (with Sheila Brown, Deborah Graham and Jane Tremblay), Vancouver, B.C., October 2014
  • Introducing Collaborative Team Protocols: A Manual for Designing & Delivering Effective Interest-Based Team Process (with Sheila Brown, Deborah Graham and Jane Tremblay), Toronto, Ontario, October 2014
  • Level 1 Introduction to Collaborative Practice Training (with Sheila Brown and Jane Tremblay), Toronto, Ontario, September 2014
  • Introduction to Collaborative Practice , Townsville, Australia, August 2014
  • Advanced Collaborative Practice , Gold Coast, Australia, July 2014
  • Collaborative Representation Workshop (with Sherri Goren Slovin), Albuquerque, New Mexico, May 2014
  • Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Workshop (with Sheila Brown and Jane Tremblay), Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, March 2014
  • Level 2 Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Skills Training (with Sheila Brown and Jane Tremblay), Lindsay, Ontario, December 2013
  • Creating Competence and Confidence: Jump-Start Your Collaborative Practice!, Fredericton, New Brunswick, November 2013
  • Negotiating in the Eye of the Storm – Balancing Emotion and Reason in Collaborative Practice (with Linda Solomon), Orlando, Florida, November 2013
  • Introduction to Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice (with Sheila Brown and Jane Tremblay), Nashville, Tennessee, September 2013
  • Introduction to Collaborative Practice Process Training, Peterborough, Ontario, September 2013
  • Advanced Collaborative Practice Training (with Sheila Brown), Albany, New York, June 2013
  • Collaborative Team Training (with Sheila Brown and Jane Tremblay), Halifax, Nova Scotia, April 2013
  • Collaborative Advoacy, Orlando, Florida, February 2013
  • Exploring Collaborative Advocacy (with Sherri Goren Slovin), White Plains, New York, December 2012
  • Introduction to Interdisciplinary Collaborative Skills Training (with Sheila Brown and Jane Tremblay), Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, November 2011
  • Introduction to Collaborative Practice (with Jane Tremblay and Sheila Brown) Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, November 2011
  • Collaborative Skills Training (with Sheila Brown and Jane Tremblay),Charlottetown, PEI, October, 2011
  • Creating Competence and Confidence: Jump-start Your Collaborative Practice (with Sherri Slovin) Anchorage, Alaska, July 2011
  • Collaborative Advocacy – Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 2011
  • Introduction to Collaborative Practice (with Sheila Brown and Jane Tremblay) Charlottetown, PEI, February 2011
  • Skillful Advocacy for Tough Cases (with Sherri Goren Slovin) I.A.C.P. Pre-forum Institute Forum, 2011, San Francisco
  • Introduction to Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Training (with Jane Tremblay and Linda Solomon) New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, June 2010
  • The Next Step: Skills for Collaborative Practitioners (with Linda Solomon) Syracuse, New York, May 2010
  • Collaborative Practice Skills Training (with Sheila Brown and Jane Tremblay) York Region, Ontario, February 2010
  • Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Skills Training (with Jane Tremblay and Sheila Brown) London, Ontario, January 2010
  • Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Skills Training (with Jane Tremblay and Sheila Brown) North York, Ontario 2010
  • Introduction to Collaborative Practice Process Training (with Jane Tremblay and Sheila Brown) London, Ontario, November 2009
  • Introduction to Collaborative Practice Process Training (with Jane Tremblay and Sheila Brown) York Region, Ontario, September 2009
  • Collaborative Practice Interdisciplinary Skills Training (with Jane Tremblay and Sheila Brown) York-Durham Region, Ontario, February 2009
  • Collaborative Training – Advanced Collaborative Negotiation Workshop (with Sherri Goren Slovin) Sonoma, California, November 2008
  • Collaborative Practice Introductory Training (with Jacinta Gallant) Toronto, Ontario, November 2007
  • Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Skills Training (with Dr. Susan Gamache) Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2006
  • Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Skills Training (with Susan Gamache and Jackie Ramler) Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 2005
  • Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Skills Training (with Susan Gamache and Jackie Ramler) Toronto, 2005
  • Train The Trainers – CFL Skills Training – Montreal, 2004
  • CFL Skills Training (with June Maresca)Whitby 2004
  • CFL Skills Training and CFL Process Training – Epstein Cole, Toronto, 2004
  • CFL Skills Training (with June Maresca) Montreal, 2003
  • CFL Process Training (with June Maresca) Montreal, 2002
  • CFL Process Training (with June Maresca) Toronto, 2002
  • CFL Process Training (with Richard Shields and Judith Ryan) Barrie, 2001
  • CFL Process Training (with Richard Shields and Judith Ryan) North Bay, 2001
  • CFL Process Training (with Richard Shields and Judith Ryan) Toronto, 2001
  • Introduction to Collaborative Practice Process Training (with Jane Tremblay and Sheila Brown) York-Durham Region, Ontario, June 2008
  • Difficult Divorces – Putting Your Collaborative Skills to the Test (with Sherri Goren Slovin) Hartford, Connecticut, April 2008
  • Negotiating in the Eye of the Storm – Balancing Emotion and Reason in the Collaborative Process (with Linda Solomon) Cincinnati, Ohio, January 2008
  • Collaborative Practice Skills Training (with Christopher Arnold) Oshawa, Ontario, June 2007
  • Intermediate Collaborative Practice Workshop – New Britain, Connecticut, March 2007
  • Introduction to Collaborative Practice – Halifax, Nova Scotia, November 2006
  • Collaborative Negotiation – Going Deeper (with Sherri Goren Slovin) Bath, England, September 2006
  • Advanced Collaborative Workshop-Going Deeper: Collaborative Challenges (with Sherri Goren Slovin)  Hartford, Connecticut, June 2006
  • Advanced Collaborative Practice Workshop  (with Sherri Goren Slovin) The Berkshires, New York, May 2006
  • Introduction to Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice (with Linda Solomon, Sheila Brown and Jane Tremblay) Toronto, Ontario, April 2006
  • Introduction to Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice (with Sherri Goren Slovin, Linda Solomon, and Jane Tremblay) Los Angeles, California, April 2006
  • Introduction to Collaborative Practice Skills Training – Halifax, Nova Scotia, February 2006
  • Advanced Collaborative Practice Skills Training (with Dr. Susan Gamache) Toronto, December 2005
  • Collaborative Family Law Workshop (with Sherri Goren Slovin) Baltimore, November 2005
  • Advanced Negotiation Skills Training (with Sherri Goren Slovin) Dallas, Texas, June 2005
  • Advanced Negotiation Skills Training (with Sherri Goren Slovin) St. Catherine’s, Ontario, April 2005
  • CFL Skills Training (with Richard Shields and Judith Ryan)  Toronto, 2001
  • CFL Process Training (with Richard Shields and Judith Ryan) Royal Botanical Gardens, 2000

PRESENTATIONS

  • I.A.C.P. Forum 2016, Lake Las Vegas, Nevada – Designing and Delivering Engaging and Impactful Workshops and Trainings (with Deborah Graham)
  • I.A.C.P. Forum 2016, Lake Las Vegas, Nevada – Exploring Advocacy and Neutrality: The Challenges and the Opportunities (with Linda Solomon)
  • Beyond Words (5th European Collaborative Practice Conference), Collaborative Advocacy: It Begins With Hello!, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Florida Statewide Conference 2016
  • I.A.C.P. Forum 2015, Washington, D.C. – It’s All About the Frame: A Deeper Look at Conflict (with Sherri Goren Slovin)
  • I.A.C.P. Forum 2014, Vancouver – Team Protocols: A Manual for Designing & Delivering Effective Interdisciplinary Process (with Sheila Brown, Deborah Graham and Jane Tremblay)
  • January 2013 – The 5th Annual Guide to Negotiating, Drafting and Challenging Domestic Contracts (Osgoode CLE Professional Development)
  • I.A.C.P. Forum 2013, San Antonio – Collaborative Advocacy: It Starts from Hello! (with Sherri Goren Slovin)
  • I.A.C.P. Forum 2012, Chicago- A New Approach to the Integration of Advocacy and Neutrality to Avoid and Manage Impasse (with Laurie Stein and Stella Kavoukian)
  • I.A.C.P. Forum, 2012, Chicago – Negotiating to the Finish Line (with Jacinta Gallant)
  • I.A.C.P. Forum, 2010, Washington, DC – The Reality of Teams – Maximizing the Opportunities and Managing the Challenges (with Sheila Brown and Jane Tremblay) and The Layers of Negotiation: Finding Peace in the Process (with Linda Solomon)
  • OCLF Conference, Barrie, Ontario, September 2012 – A New Approach to the Integration of Advocacy and Neutrality to Avoid and Manage Impasse (with Laurie Stein)
  • I.A.C.P Forum, 2009 , Minneapolis – Advanced Collaborative Negotiation (with Sherri Goren Slovin)
  • Collaborative Family Law Seminar – Ottawa, 2009
  • I.A.C.P. Forum, 2008, New Orleans – Weathering the Storm: Emotions and the Negotiation Process (with Barbara Hummel)
  • European Collaborative Law Conference 2008, Cork, Ireland – plenary speaker
  • I.A.C.P. Pre-Forum Institute, 2007, Toronto – Collaborative Negotiation (with Sherri Goren Slovin)
  • I.A.C.P. Forum, 2007, Toronto – Mediation and Collaborative Practice, Allies at Last (with Bernie Mayer and Deborah Graham)
  • I.A.C.P. Forum, 2006, San Diego – Strategies to Navigate Rough Waters in Collaborative Negotiations (with Sherri Goren Slovin)
  • National Family Law Conference, Alberta, July 2006 – Negotiating in the Shadow of the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines (with Nancy Cameron) 
  • I.A.C.P. Forum, 2005, Atlanta – Achieving Competence and Confidence in Negotiation (with Sherri Goren Slovin)
  • Professional Women’s Symposium, September, 2005 – Collaborative Practice
  • Law Clerks Institute, December 2004 – Negotiation Skills (with Richard Shields)
  • I.A.C.P. Forum, 2004, Boston – Bringing the Law into the Collaborative Process (with Karen Levitt)
  • National Family Law Conference, Quebec, July 2004 – Collaborative Family Law and Mingling-Proofing Separation Agreements (with Judith Huddart)
  • Ontario Collaborative Law Federation Conference, October 2003 – Managing Strong Emotion  (with June Maresca)
  • I.A.C.P. Forum, 2003, Vancouver – Challenging Clients
  • Law Clerks Institute, 2003 – Collaborative Law Primer
  • Ontario Bar Association, May 22, 2002 – ADR: Principles, Process and Practice
  • Law Society of Upper Canada, December 2000 – CFL-A Legal Revolution.

CONFLICT RESOLUTION PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • February 2012-I.A.C.P. Institute-The Impact of Culture and Gender-Nina Meirding
  • 2010 Family Arbitration and Domestic Violence Screening Workshop – Philip Epstein, Alf Mamo, Hilary Linton, and Peter Jaffe
  • 2009 Collaborative Trainers Workshop – Rick Shields
  • 2008 Interdisciplinary Team Workshop – Angie Bain, Scott Clarke, and Linda Solomon
  • 2008 Family Arbitration and Domestic Violence Screening Workshop – Peter Jaffe and Beverley Bain
  • January 2006 Advanced Collaborative Practice Training – Bernie Mayer
  • October 2004 Transforming Your Group to Interdisciplinary Practice, Nancy Cameron and Susan Gamache
  • October 2004 Difficult Conversations – Jeffrey Kerr
  • April 2004 Communication Strategies – Deborah Pearce
  • March 2004 Narrative Mediation – John Winslade
  • February 2004 The Heart of Mediation – Bernie Mayer
  • May 2003 Advanced Collaborative Family Law Training – Chip Rose
  • 2002 Advanced Collaborative Family Law Training with Pauline Tessler and Chip Rose
  • 2002 Intermediate Collaborative Family Law Training – Pauline Tessler and Chip Rose
  • 2002 Collaborative Divorce – Peggy Thompson and Rodney Nurse
  • 2002 Collaborative Family Law Training – Stu Webb
  • 2000 Advanced Family Mediation Training – Judith Ryan and Helen Gouge
  • 2000 Caught In the Middle: Families of High Conflict Divorce – Carla Garrity and Mitch Baris
  • 2000 Advanced Family Mediation Training Program – Law Society of Upper Canada
  • 2000 Collaborative Family Law Training – Chip Rose
  • Estates Law for Mediators – Strategy Institute
  • 1999 Workplace Conferencing Facilitators Workshop – Transformative Justice Australia
  • 1999 Mediation and Domestic Violence Conference – Family Mediation Canada
  • 1998 Getting to Yes Negotiation Workshop – with Roger Fisher of Harvard University and Conflict Management Group and the Advocates Society
  • 1997 Advanced Mediation Workshop – Osgoode Hall Law School
  • 1997 Divorce and Custody Mediation Training Program – CDR Associates, Boulder, Colorado
  • 1991 Advanced Family Mediation Training Program – Family Mediation Service of Ontario
  • 1990 Family Mediation Training Program – Family Mediation Service of Ontario (under the instruction of Bob McWhinney, Dr. Clive Chamberlain, Resa Eisen, Helen Goudge and Judith Ryan)

PUBLICATIONS

  • Divorce without the Devastation, The Mark News, December 16, 2009
  • Mediation or Collaboration, which is for you?,  The Joy of an Ex, Divorce Choices Inc. 2009
  • The Ally in Collaborative Practice, Matrimonial Affairs magazine,  April 2006
  • “Migling-Proofing” your Separation Agreements, (with Judith Huddart)  National Family Law Program, La Malbaie, July 2004
  • Is Going to Court is the Only Way to Ensure You’ll Get your Fair Share?, Divorce Magazine, Winter, 2004
  • Collaborative Law: Promises and Challenges, Interaction, December, 2003
  • Failure to Understand and Prioritize Your and Your Ex’s Interests, Divorce Magazine, Summer, 2003
  • Collaborative Family Law: Our Experience So Far (with Sharon Cohen) Matrimonial Affairs, March, 2003
  • Collaborative Family Law, Another Way To Resolve Family Disputes, coauthored with Richard Shields and Judith Ryan, Thomson Carswell, 2003
  • Collaborative Family Law , Peel Briefs, May 2002
  • Collaborative Law – More of the Same or a Quantum Leap? Matrimonial Affairs, April, 2002
  • Collaborative Law – A Humane Approach to Resolving Family Disputes – Institute of Law Clerks’ Ontario Newsletter, March, 2002