JOHN S. CURTIS Lawyer, Mediator, Olympian


John Curtis is a lawyer, mediator, conflict coach and 2004 Olympic athlete in the sport of sailing who specializes in workplace conflict. Early in his legal career, it became clear for John that mediation was a more effective method to manage conflict than the traditional legal approach. He decided to turn his focus to helping organizations and their people resolve disagreements before they get to the breaking point of a court case, arbitration or an expensive and messy termination.

John uses an interests-based approach to conflict resolution that encourages parties to understand why perceived threats to what we care about is usually at the heart of any human conflict. Combining his skills as a lawyer, mediator and conflict coach with the discipline, dedication and passion that established him as an Olympian, Curtis now helps organizations enhance their own success through conflict resolution training, mediation, conflict coaching and workplace investigations.

John has been working in the Alternative Dispute Resolution field for 14 years both asan educator and practitioner. He has been a sessional lecturer at Queen’s University Law School, is a regular instructor with the Mediation Centre of Southeastern Ontario and was recently appointed to the Mediation Roster of the Sport Dispute Resolution Center of Canada, which handles all disputes between Canadian national team athletes and their federations.

John earned both his Hon. B.A. in Philosophy and his Law Degree at Queen’s Universityin Kingston, Ontario, where he now lives, works and sails with his two children Jamie and Annika.