Sylvia McMechan is a partner in Diamond Management Consulting Inc., and provides facilitation, mediation, education, and conflict investigation and assessment services to a wide variety of clients in the private, public and voluntary sectors. Sylvia is the associate director, and faculty member, of the Institute of Conflict Analysis and Engagement, and a former professor with the Peace and Conflict Studies program at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. Previously, she served as Executive Director of The Network: Interaction for Conflict Resolution, a national association that promotes collaborative approaches to conflict. She began with The Network in 1990 as the first Program Officer with the Fund for Dispute Resolution.
Sylvia received her Master of Arts Degree in Conflict Resolution from Antioch University and her Honours Bachelor Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo. She is a former Co-chair of the Environment/Public Disputes sector of the international Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution (now the Association for Conflict Resolution). She has practiced and taught in the conflict resolution field across Canada for more than thirty years and, as such, is one of its pioneers.