Sharon Sutherland of True North Dispute Management, is a mediator and lawyer with expertise in conflict resolution training and program design. Sharon is currently Manager of Practicum Design for a new Child Protection Mediation Practicum in British Columbia, teaches a dispute resolution course at University of Victoria Faculty of Law, is a partner in the collaborative game development initiative PignPotato Games, and Vice President of CoRe Conflict Resolution Society.
Sharon was one of the first Project Managers of the BC Court Mediation Program (1998-2003). From 2000-2014, Sharon was a full-time faculty member at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law where, in addition to a range of substantive legal courses, she taught an intensive clinical mediation program and supervised the Faculty’s Judicial Externship program. From 2006-2010, Sharon worked with Mediate BC to develop a province-wide Child Protection Mediation Practicum aimed at increasing the number of child protection mediators in under-serviced parts of BC. From 2014-2016, Sharon worked as a Knowledge Engineer in the development of the Civil Resolution Tribunal, focusing on both Strata and Small Claims streams. Sharon was honored with the 2011 Susanna Jani Prize for Excellence in Mediation.