Conflicts are inherently more complex than they have ever been before. The Canadian Collaborative for Engagement & Conflict Management (CECM) was created in 2020 to provide practical and pragmatic conflict management training and skills building for those who are seeking a clearer path to professional development and accreditation, and access to specialized professional services.

Evolving from its early alliance with academia, CECM has evolved into an alliance of faculty and key associates who practice investigation/fact finding, professional facilitation, community and stakeholder engagement, mediation, med-arb, arbitration and neutral third-party services. Our directors are credentialed professionals and business owners, with a proven track record of success in conflict prevention, and conflict management. Today, CECM is a collaborative that continues to offer exceptional training and skills building. 

At CECM, we are systems thinkers. We look at the whole picture, not part of it. When we think about conflict, we see the entire spectrum. Our approach recognizes that conflict prevention (through effective engagement and relationship building) is an essential part of effective conflict management.  Seeing the world from a systemic and comprehensive lens is what sets CECM apart.

CECM is unique. In fact, we believe there are few (if any) collaborations like it.  CECM brings scholar practitioners together to provide the full spectrum of engagement and conflict management theory and practice. Our courses are taught by practical and pragmatic leaders and course content is based on first-hand experience and case studies. In addition to offering a full suite of skills building and training workshops, we are also uniquely positioned in that our collective expertise covers a range of topic areas, including:

  • Community Policing
  • Condominium-related disputes
  • Conflicts involving Rights Holders
  • Construction (green energy), commercial, insurance and real property disputes
  • Environmental and resource management conflicts
  • Health Care related conflicts
  • Highly complex multi-party public policy disputes
  • Planning and land use disputes
  • Workplace conflicts and investigations

In addition, we are committed to building a community of practitioners. We recognize the need to support those who are building new skills and enhancing new skills. Our model is premised on creating connections and providing an opportunity for attendees to not only participate in a program, but to be part of a community of practice.  We provide an ongoing opportunity for our clients to remain connected...with us, and with one another. To this end, we are experienced in traditional modalities as well as the effective use of technology.

We combine a solid theoretical understanding with a practical and pragmatic approach and use multiple modalities in our engagement and conflict resolution work, including virtual engagement with online dispute resolution and role play learning.