Biography - Deborah Howes

Biography - Deborah Howes

Deborah M. Howes is a Chartered Arbitrator and Chartered Mediator and an IMI Certified Mediator. She is the President of High Clouds Incorporated, a Canadian company providing seminars and dispute resolution services. Ms. Howes has a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts as well as Certificates in Arbitration and Conflict Management from the ADR Institute of Alberta and a Certificate in Tribunal Administrative Justice™ from the Foundation of Administrative Justice.

Ms. Howes is an active facilitator, arbitrator, mediator, investigator and trainer, with over 30 years’ experience in all aspects of dispute resolution, labour relations, condominium and administrative law. She practices in the areas of condominium, commercial, construction, consumer, municipal, workplace and labour relations. She facilitates for groups and organizations on strategic planning and other organization and business initiatives. She is an independent meeting chair. In addition, she consults with and trains administrative tribunals on best practices and governance. She speaks on a variety of topics at local, provincial, national and international events.

Ms. Howes acts as a consensual arbitrator and mediator, and is a roster arbitrator and mediator on a variety of provincial, national and international rosters. She has been appointed by the Alberta courts as arbitrator and investigator. From 2007 to 2014 Ms. Howes served as a part-time member of the Public Service Labour Relations Board. Between 1991 and 2002, she was a Vice Chair with the Alberta Labour Relations Board (ALRB). Prior to her appointment to the ALRB, Ms. Howes practiced law with the Edmonton firm of Duncan & Craig. Ms. Howes was an advisor for Alberta Human Resources and Employment on Let’s Talk – a workplace guide to resolving disputes using an interest based model.

In 1998, Ms. Howes co-founded the Foundation of Administrative Justice (FOAJ), a non-profit society dedicated to training for members, staff and advocates of administrative tribunals. Until December 31, 2014 Ms. Howes was the Executive Director of the Foundation of Administrative Justice; from January 1, 2015 she serves as the curriculum development coordinator. Deborah Howes instructs for many organizations, including High Clouds and the Foundation of Administrative Justice. She is a past member of the Advisory Board to the University of Calgary Arbitration and Policy Conference, and has presented at the Conference as workshop instructor and conference panelist. She was a sessional instructor for the University of Lethbridge and a faculty member the ADR Institute Alberta (formerly the Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society - AAMS) and the Canadian Condominium Institute (CCI). Deborah is a past national director for the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals and served as the National Training Committee chair. She developed and delivered arbitration and mediation training for the Siksika Nation for the nation’s Aiskapimohkiiks Tribunal (administrative tribunal).

Ms. Howes is an Associate and Fellow of the Canadian Condominium Institute. She served as the CCI National President and Chair, and as North Alberta Chapter President and Chair. Deborah Howes has twice been a member of the Minister’s Advisory Committee and Task Force on the Alberta Condominium Property Act. Between 2008 and 2011, Deborah served on the Strathcona County Affordable Housing Implementation Committee. Ms. Howes is vice chair of the Condominium Manager Industry Advisory Committee for the Real Estate Council of Alberta.

Modified: 2016-02-09
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