Richard J. McGuigan

Dr. Richard McGuigan is Department Chair at Antioch University Midwest where he leads the development of Graduate programs in Conflict Analysis and Engagement. He is the director of Midwest’s Institute of Conflict Analysis and Engagement which offers practitioner development courses – with several certificate tracks, client service delivery and conducts research.

In his dual roles as scholar and practitioner, Richard has convened and facilitated a plethora of public and private consensus building processes and events, and designed and taught courses related to his field of interest since 1982. He has contributed to numerous public policy initiatives at federal, provincial and municipal levels and has led complex problem solving processes involving multi-stakeholder input in the natural resource sector, especially those involving intense resource access conflicts with Canada’s indigenous people. Richard has worked in over 110 indigenous communities and tribal organizations in Canada.

Richard has a long history of contributing to the growth and development of the conflict resolution community. He is the immediate past Executive Director of the South Island Dispute Resolution Centre Society in Victoria, British Columbia; a community based conflict resolution organization. Richard is also a former Board Member of Family Mediation Canada and a past President of the Mediation Development Association of British Columbia where he supported the development of the first set of standards of practice and knowledge for mediators in Canada. He is a member of the British Columbia Mediator Roster Society and one of the first contract mediators for the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

Richard is an experienced and highly regarded instructor, having taught in university, college and private institute settings. He was the founder, Academic Director and faculty member of the Diamond Institute for Integral Learning (formerly the Institute of Conflict Analysis and Management) the only privately accredited post secondary institute in Canada specifically focused on teaching conflict resolution skills and theoretical knowledge. He is adjunct faculty member at the University of Victoria (CASE) and has taught at the University of British Columbia, Pearson College of the Pacific, the Native Education Centre, and the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology.

As a scholar, Richard has conducted conflict resolution research for the past thirteen years. Richard received his Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution from Antioch University and completed a Ph.D. at the Union Institute and University where he specialized in adult developmental psychology, conflict and meaning making. He is an expert in the administration and scoring of the Subject-Object Inventory (Meaning Making Profile) and an experienced executive developmental coach. Richard has certificates in mediation/negotiation, adult education/training and curriculum development and trauma.

His current areas of academic interest and research focus on the relationship between adult psychological growth, leadership development and complex problem solving in public policy conflicts related to the environment and sustainability issues. In his personal discretionary time, he is an avid reader in these areas of interest.

Additional Certificate and Training

Justice Institute of British Columbia

  • Trainer Development Certificate Program, 1997
  • Child Sexual Abuse Intervention Certificate Advanced Adult Option, 1994
  • Child Sexual Abuse Intervention Certificate, 1994
  • Child Sexual Abuse Intervention Certificate Advanced Option, 1994
  • Conflict Resolution Certificate, 1992
  • Teaching Practicum: Conflict Resolution Skills for Children, 1992


  • Adult development and meaning making and the implications for conflict
  • Mediator/leadership development for those working in complex conflict environments
  • The application of integral theory to conflict theory development
  • Reflective practice & mediator development
  • Mediation and negotiation knowledge and skills development