Conflict, Cooperation & HR Principles Presenters

Lukas Neville, PhD

Lukas Neville

Assistant Professor, Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba

Lukas Neville is an assistant professor of organizational behaviour at the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba. He holds a Ph.D. from the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University. Lukas teaches in the B.Comm, MBA, and Executive Education program at Asper School, has facilitated training and workshops for audiences in a range of industries, including telecommunications, health care and financial services.

Lukas’ research and teaching interests relate to helping individuals, organizations and terms recover from conflict and workplace transgressions. His most recent research, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, relates to forgiveness in the workplace, and his previous research has been published in journals in the fields of management and organizational psychology.

His teaching has been recognized with a range of awards, including the Reg Litz MBA Luminary Teaching Award, the Associates Achievement Award for Teaching, the University of Manitoba Merit Award for Teaching and the Golden Shovel.


Warren Ross

Warren Ross

General Counsel and Vice-President, National Industrial Relations, Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA)

Warren serves as a member of the CMPA’s senior leadership team and oversees legal and risk management across the CMPA, providing broad-based strategic legal advice on matters affecting the organization’s internal and external operations including those relating to commercial agreements, employment-related issues, litigation and internal regulatory compliance.

Also serving as head of the CMPA’s national industrial relations department, Warren is the chief spokesperson for producers in national negotiations with the industry’s unions and guilds representing performers, writers, directors and technicians. Warren also provides expert guidance to independent producers and the Hollywood studios on key industrial relations matters, advocates on producers’ behalf in legal disputes, and plays a leadership role in the advancement of various legislative priorities with both federal and provincial governments.

In addition to his responsibilities with the CMPA, Warren is a member of the Toronto Film, Television and Digital Media Board, which provides advice to the Mayor of Toronto and City Council on ways to strengthen and grow Toronto’s film, television and digital media industry.


Sandy Koop Harder

Sandra Koop Harder

Partner and Business Manager, Facilitated Solutions

Sandy Koop Harder, MBA, CMed has over two decades of experience in mediation, training and ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) program development and administration. She also has international experience in the field, working with families and communities impacted by civil war and sectarian conflicts. In addition to her work as a workplace mediator/consultant, Sandy has experience as a family mediator and parent coach in separation/divorce matters.

Sandy holds a master of business administration (leadership) and undergraduate degrees in religious studies and conflict resolution studies. She is a chartered mediator with the ADR Institute of Canada. Currently, Sandy also serves as the president of the ADR Institute of Manitoba and on the board of directors of Family Mediation Manitoba.

Sandy has been mediating with Facilitated Solutions since 2006 and is the business manager and one of three partners at the firm.


David Falk

David Falk

Partner, Facilitated Solutions

David Falk, MA, CMed is a seasoned conflict management specialist, having worked in the field since 1990 in a variety of settings as a mediator, trainer, facilitator, academic and workplace consultant. In the early ’90s, helped develop the local conflict resolution studies undergraduate program as a faculty member of Menno Simons College at the University of Winnipeg.

David has been involved in assessing and intervening in conflict situations and providing consultation support to many organizations throughout Canada. David is an engaging facilitator who combines practical wisdom and humour to assist participants and enhance their understanding and abilities to prevent, manage and resolve the challenges that they face.

David is a chartered mediator and has been a partner at Facilitated Solutions, Manitoba’s premier workplace conflict management firm, since 2003.


Adrian B. Frost, LLB

Adrian B. Frost

Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP

Adrian is a partner with Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP in Winnipeg. His practice focuses exclusively in the areas of labour relations, employment and human rights law.

Adrian served as president of the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE) in 2017-18 and previously served as the Manitoba director, treasurer and vice-president on the board of directors. He served as co-chair of the Manitoba Bar Association’s Labour and Employment subsection from 2009 to 2014.

Adrian has been recognized as a leading lawyer in labour and employment law in the 2012-2020 editions of Best Lawyers in Canada and as a ‘Future Litigation Star’ or ‘Litigation Star’ in the 2012-2020 editions of Benchmark Canada, the guide to Canada’s leading litigation firms and attorneys. In 2013 he was selected as a Lexpert® Rising Star: Leading Lawyer Under 40 by Lexpert® Magazine.

Adrian is a member of the board of directors of Rainbow Stage Inc. currently serving as president and chair, and spends a lot of time coaching hockey for the Northeast Eagles and Predators female hockey programs. He has been a cast member of five of the Manitoba Bar Association / Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre fundraising musical theatre productions (Chicago (2008), The Producers (2010), Legally Blonde (2013), How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (2014) and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (2015)), a helpful reminder that he should stick to the lawyering day job.


Johanne Absalom

Johanne Absalom

Manager Human Resource Consulting, People First HR Services

Johanne is a French bilingual, dedicated, results-oriented, human resources professional with over 20 years of progressive experience. Her knowledge and background cover many areas such as employee relations, recruitment and selection, disability management, training and development, performance management, coaching and employee engagement to name a few.

She is a strategic partner who works collaboratively with leaders, colleagues and employees to deliver the company’s business strategy. She has a proven track record in building relationships and being a strong team member in a challenging and fast-paced environment. Her experience, interpersonal skills and positive nature provide a strong foundation to provide effective support for clients.

As the manager, HR consulting with People First HR, her main focus is to support the development and maintenance of potential, new and existing client relationships and partnerships, and the HR consultants who provide client advice.


Jeff Peeler, Program Consultant

Three Film and Television

Producer Jeff Peeler started Three Film and Television after 17 years at a senior management level at the award-winning international film and television production company, Frantic Films. With over 25 years experience in the industry he has overseen the production of hundreds of hours of film and television content across multiple genres.

Jeff’s producer and executive producer credits include the Canadian Screen Award and Banff Rockie winning Baroness Von Sketch Show (CBC/IFC), the multiple award-winning Still Standing (CBC), Buy It Fix It Sell It and Backyard Builds (HGTV), The Winnipeg Comedy Festival (CBC), Killer in Plain Sight (Investigation Discovery), High Maintenance: Preventing Disaster (Smithsonian Channel), Meet the Family (City), and the feature films Stand!, Into Invisible Light and The Nature of Nicholas.

Jeff produced the sports documentary, The 13th Man for TSN’s Engraved on a Nation anthology which won Best Documentary Series at the Canadian Screen Awards in 2014. He also co-produced the true-crime documentary Indictment: The Crimes of Shelly Chartier.