Honourable Nancy Flatters, QC
Nancy Flatters, QC, LL.B., LL.M. (spec.: Dispute Resolution), Retired Judge Prior to attending Queen’s University Law School (1978-81), Nancy was the second Director of Kingston Interval House (1976-78), a shelter from domestic violence for women and their children. On graduating in law and articling, Nancy practiced Civil, Family, Child Welfare, Adult/Youth Criminal Law (1982-1996), adding Mediation (1984), ADR Training Programs (1985), and Judicial Settlement (Spring 1996). From 1988-1991, she left private practice to take a position as a Mediator in the Calgary Family Court’s Mediation and Court Intake Program until July 1991 when she joined the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law as Practitioner-in-Residence (July-December 1991) to teach each of Family and Children’s Law as well as to design and teach the Faculty’s first course in ADR. On return to private practice, she continued with the ADR block week Faculty team-teaching she had started in 1988 (to 2008). In July 1996, Nancy was appointed as a Judge of the Provincial Court of Alberta and sat in Calgary Family and Youth Court. In mid-1998, to increase access to problem-solving justice, she designed and implemented the Judicial Dispute Resolution & Settlement Conferencing Project in Family/Child Welfare matters for her Court. Since retiring from the Court in 2015, she practices as a High Conflict Impartial Evaluative Mediator, a Parenting Arbitrator, a Trainer providing diverse programs, and a Mentor for new mediators. Nancy has a long history of voluntary service, including: President of each of the Alberta Family Mediation Society, Family Mediation Canada and Association for Conflict Resolution; Chair of the Southern Alberta and National Dispute Resolution Section of the Canadian Bar Association; Founding Steering Committee Member and Chair, Mediation Calgary; Chair, Calgary Region Arts Foundation; Education Chair of each of the Alberta and Canadian Associations of Provincial Court Judges; and Board Member of each of the Alberta Law Reform Institute, Distress Centre Calgary, and Canadian Chapter, International Association of Women Judges.