NW Collaborative
Futures Conference

Deconstructing Artificial Borders

OCT 20-22, 2021 – ONLINE 


FREE Opening Night Presentation:
Wednesday, Oct 20, 2021

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (PDT) via webinar

Thursday and Friday
Oct 21 and 22, 2021

Day 1: 9am – 8pm (PDT) via webinar
Day 2: 9am – 4pm (PDT) via webinar
Watch Party:  5pm-7pm (PDT) via webinar

Join us for a future-focused, cross-border conference organized by The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia (CLEBC), Mediate BC, CoRe Conflict Resolution Society, and the ADR Section of the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA).

The conference includes over 75 speakers, 32 hours of programming and a wide range of skill building sessions and explorations of the theme of Deconstructing Artificial Borders.  The conference will offer a mix of practical skill building workshops and examinations of conflict resolution theory across disciplines. It will explore the wide range of ways in which individuals, organizations, and nations create artificial borders that lead to, intensify, and prolong conflict. Presenters will be drawn from both sides of the Canada/US border as we seek commonalities and opportunities for greater knowledge exchange across practice areas and lived experiences.

Come prepared for a wide-ranging exchange of ideas and perspectives on the ways in which lawyers and other conflict resolution professionals can break down patterns of dichotomous thinking that lead to intransigent conflict—whether in interpersonal conflict or in nation-to-nation conflict.

The event will kick-off with a FREE ‘Careers in Conflict Resolution Panel’ on Tuesday, October 19th and an online reception and virtual mingle hosted by MediateBC and opening night presentation with our Conference keynote speaker Tahmoh Penikett on Wednesday, October 20th at 6:00 pm followed by two full days of dynamic and engaging speakers.

The entire conference will be available to all attendees online and recorded segments will allow participants to view (or re-view) sessions that run concurrently for two weeks. As a consequence, the entire 32+ hours of content will be available to everyone: you do not have to choose between learning about the mediation of environmental disputes, approaches to  trauma-informed conflict resolution practice, Indigenous law, and the impacts of geopolitical and metaphorical borders on a wide range of practice areas. You will have access to all topics that interest you.For Scholarship Requests, please click HERE