C.M., Ph.D., LL.B, LL.M., C. Med., Cert. F. Arb.<br> President of Separation Pathways

On Dec. 29, 2022 faculty of Law alumna Dr. Barbara Landau (LLB 1980), a lawyer, psychologist, and author, was named a Member of the ORder of Canada, for her contributions to dispute resolution and family law reform, and for her advocacy of interfaith initiatives. Landau is praised for her leadership in family mediation, justice, and dispute resolution in Canada. She received both her LLB and bachelor of arts degrees from the University of Toronto.

One of Canada’s highest civilian accolades, the Order of Canada was established in 1967. It honours those whose contributions to society, innovations, and acts of kindness promote imagination, bring people and communities together, and influence Canadian society.

In 2017, Barbara was honoured with the OAFM President’s Award of Excellence for screening for power imbalances and DV in family mediation.  Dr. Landau was also bestowed with the Leading Women Building Communities Award, in 2016 from Premier Kathleen Wynne, Invited by Premier Wynne as a delegate on the Israel Trade Mission and hosted a meeting of Jewish and Palestinian peace educators in Israel and the Justice/Net Patron Council Award in 2016 for her leadership role in access to justice and dispute resolution in Canada.

In 2012 Dr. Landau was given the Dr. Vara P. Singh Award by the Women’s Intercultural Network for outstanding community service. In 2011 she was named the Mc Gowan Award recipient by the ADR Institute of Canada. In 2010, she was appointed to the Attorney General’s Expert Advisory Panel on the 4 Pillars of Family Law Reform in Ontario. In 2004, Dr. Landau received the Long Term Achievement Award (FAMMA) from Family Mediation Canada. In 2003, she received the “Distinguished Mediator Award” from the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR). In 2002, The “Award For Excellence in Dispute Resolution” was given to her by the Ontario Bar Association (OBA). The lifetime title of “Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association”, was awarded for outstanding contribution to clinical psychology.

Barbara is a Chartered Mediator, a Certified Comprehensive Family Mediator, and a Family Arbitrator. She has successfully resolved family law and estate disputes as a mediator, arbitrator, and parenting coordinator. In addition, she has succeeded in resolving workplace disputes and as a Roster member of the OMMP-Toronto, she mediated commercial, wrongful dismissal, medical malpractice, and personal injury matters.

She has offered conflict resolution and mediation workshops in several countries, as well as family arbitration and collaborative practice courses, to lawyers, mental health professionals, teachers, clergy, students, human resources specialists, and others. Most of these courses are offered through the University of Waterloo, Conrad Grebel University College.

Barbara is a former:

  • Executive member of the ADR Section of the Ontario Bar Association
  • Vice President of the ADR Institute of Ontario
  • President of the Ontario Association for Family Mediation
  • Executive Board member of the Academy of Family Mediators (now ACR)
  • Director of the Psychology Foundation of Canada, chairing the “In Place of Violence” Committee.

Barbara has published numerous articles on mediation and collaborative law. Her newest book entitled “The Family Mediation, Collaborative Practice and Family Arbitration Handbook”, 5th Edition was released in the Fall of 2009, and co-authored with Lorne Wolfson and Niki Landau. She also co-authored “From Conflict to Creativity” in 2001 with Sy Landau and Daryl Landau.

Barbara participated in several ”compassionate listening”, missions to Israel and Palestine as a step toward peace and reconciliation. She is Co-Chair of the Canadian Association of Jews and Muslims, which builds interfaith understanding.

July 2012: Barbara Landau was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her exceptional service to the community.