Experience

When it comes to land use, marine, water, environmental and natural resource use conflicts, Alex Grzybowski and Dan Johnston are two of Canada’s leading experts in multiparty dispute resolution and collaborative conflict transformation. Together we have spent over forty years helping parties to successfully and collaboratively deal with complex and intractable conflicts. We have spent thousands of days working directly with parties to help them fashion outcomes that are supported by all concerned. We deliver mediation and facilitation support at both the operational/community level as well as at the highest levels of government, industry and civil society within Nations and between them.

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Pacific Resolutions has played a central mediation or facilitation role in a number of high profile and successful initiatives including:

Within Canada:

  • Collaborative Land Use Planning initiatives in British Columbia – including multi-stakeholder agreements to establish land use plans over 30 million hectares of lands in the Province of British Columbia. These plans addressed longstanding disputes over environmental protection and sustainable development.
  • Successful resolution of the decade long conflict regarding British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest – one of the agreements mediated by Pacific Resolutions was recognized as Time Magazine’s #1 environmental achievement of 1999 and subsequent agreements were the recipient of the World Wildlife Federation’s Gift to the Earth award in 2007.
  • Successful completion and implementation of various government-to-government agreements between First Nations and the provincial Government.
  • Negotiation of agreement by salmon farming interests and a coalition of environmental organizations to address a number of issues associated with salmon aquaculture in British Columbia.
  • Finalization of the Canadian Boreal Agreement, a framework agreed to by Canada’s largest forest products companies and a coalition of environmental interests governing conservation planning and industrial forest activity in Canada’s Boreal forests. This agreement has been referred to in many circles as one of the most globally significant conservation agreements.
  • Successful completion of Multi-Stakeholder Strategies for both British Columbia’s Forest Industry and the Mining Industry in the 1990’s – British Columbia’s Forest Sector Strategy Committee and the Whitehorse Mining Initiative.
  • Successful completion of Canada’s National Roundtables on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and the Canadian Extractive Industry in Developing Countries.

 

Internationally:

  • Providing standby mediation support to the UN Mediation Support Unit on transboundary water issues in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan), Afghanistan and Iraq and on political mediation process design in Fiji.
  • Negotiation of Implementation Protocols between Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam for the multinational agreement to share and sustain the water resources of the Mekong River Basin.
  • Establishment of Centers for peaceful conflict prevention and resolution in Thailand and Cambodia.
  • Applied Transboundary River Treaty negotiation training for representatives of all the Nile Basin countries.
  • Facilitation of land use negotiation between Thai government agencies, NGOs and villagers in Northeast Thailand.
  • Partnership between Placer Dome and local indigenous people, three levels of government, the Military and a US Foundation in southern Venezuela.
  • Training for Water Treaty Negotiators in the Kingdom of Jordan