The Mediate BC Society is an organization created by combining the D.R. Innovation Society (“DRI”) and the B.C. Mediator Roster Society (“BCMRS”). The two organizations together bring considerable experience, expertise and accomplishment in developing innovative dispute resolution services for the justice system and enhancing access to justice. This section briefly describes the background of each society.
The DRI was formed as a not-for-profit society in 1998 to collaborate with the dispute resolution community in the development of practicum opportunities for inexperienced mediators and other dispute resolution practitioners. The DRI developed and administered three practicum programs in British Columbia: the Court Mediation Program, the Family Mediation Practicum Program, and the Child Protection Mediation Practicum Program. It has also developed various innovative mediation programs.
The BCMRS was also incorporated as a not-for-profit society in 1998 to serve the public interest by providing British Columbians in all areas of the province with access to competent mediators and information about mediation. It began by administering of a roster of civil mediators. In 2002, it expanded to create a mediator roster for family disputes. In 2004, the BCMRS began managing information about, and providing practice support to, the mediators on the Child Protection Mediator Roster.