Finding Common Ground
for a Peaceful Resolution

Afsana Gibson-Chowdhury Q.Med, provides conflict resolution services in Ontario.
Recipient of the ADR Institute of Ontario, Star Awards, 2021

“Your success in persuading others, depends on your
openness to be persuaded” - Afsana

Afsana is the founder of Gibson Chowdhury, Clear Collaborative Mediation. She is a designated Qualified Mediator (Q.Med); a roster mediator for the Ministry of the Attorney General’s office on the Ontario Mandatory Mediation Program and an Adjudicator for the Property Standards Committee in the City of Toronto. She is a British-trained lawyer with several years of civil litigation experience. Following her move to Canada, Afsana devotes 100% of her time to mediating residential construction/renovation, civil and commercial litigation matters. Afsana is also the 2021 recipient of the ADR Institute of Ontario Star Awards. (www.adrio.ca) 

Afsana ensures she provides a diverse practice that reflects cultural representations of the multicultural communities in Canada. In order to raise awareness of cultural competence and humility in the ADR field, Afsana has helped to build the Diversified Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada to promote the use of diverse practitioners.

She provides a clear and collaborative mediation service by helping to create strategies and options for her clients, enabling them to determine a solution that best suits them. If your settlement talks have broken down, mediation can help you get back to the negotiating table. Afsana can help you open the conversation and help you settle your dispute on your terms.

Mediation

Mediation is a form of dispute resolution, allowing parties the opportunity to resolve their conflict before the matter proceeds to a civil trial. In addition to a cost-saving measure, mediation provides peace of mind.

Afsana offers mediation in both the English and Bangla language. She brings several years of knowledge and experience to mediate primarily civil litigation and commercial matters. Afsana provides dispute resolution in the following areas:

  • Insurance Defence
  • Personal Injury
  • Property Disputes
  • Neighbour Disputes
  • Residential Construction/Renovation Disputes
  • Small Claims Court Disputes
  • Labour and Employment

Pre-mediation conferences are also available as part of the service, which is a valuable step in the mediation process. Afsana encourages both parties to arrange a pre-mediation conference as it is an opportunity to discuss the case, seek further clarification, and better understand each party’s position.

Afsana is methodical during her mediation sessions, making sure the issues each party has raised, are dealt with adequately. She provides mediation in accordance with the needs, whether facilitative or evaluative. Click here to read more about her approach to mediation.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Afsana is conducting mediation through Zoom. If you would like more information about virtual mediation, please contact Afsana.

Afsana offers a half-day mediation at roster rates or a full-day mediation at competitive rates.  If you would like to discuss your case with Afsana before booking a date, please call on 647 518 3166.

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Seminars and Workshops

Afsana has developed seminars based on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI), that lawyers often come across during their everyday practice, and in mediation. As Ontario continues to grow as a multicultural Province, the need to navigate through cultural sensitivities has become, increasingly important.

Her current seminars, ‘Cultural Competence in Mediation’, focuses on diversifying the mediation profession to represent diverse clients, whilst understanding the importance of our own cultural competence and dealing with sensitivities we may come across.

There are two seminars available. A one-hour pre-recorded on-demand seminar, which you can purchase and watch anytime. The second seminar is a two-hour workshop with scenarios included that attendees can work through with Afsana. This will help to identify cultural issues and discuss best practices in dealing with them.

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“Afsana’s assistance was key, critical and integral. I intend to use her services on my next mediation”

Toronto Lawyer

“Thank you Afsana for making my client feel at ease during the negotiation. Your help and ideas for settlement has been invaluable!”

Toronto Personal Injury Lawyer

“Afsana successfully mediated the matter to a settlement… Afsana was very competent in handling the mediation and the issues therein. She used her skills and knowledge to her best ability, which positively influenced the claim”

Toronto Lawyer

“The parties in this dispute attended nine settlement conferences …. without a successful resolution…. Afsana communicated with both parties in a calm and logical manner that helped both parties understand the risks associated with the trial….With her invaluable help, both parties negotiated an agreement that was right for them.”

Toronto Lawyer

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