Detailed Description Of Community and work experience and background of Ernest .G Tannis, updated January 11, 2006

Received the Gordon Henderson Award from the County of Carleton Law Association in 1994, the highest prestige of the legal community for community service by a lawyer, presented at the Hall of Honour at Parliament Hill, Ottawa.

Wrote the first book in Canada on ADR – "Alternative Dispute Resolution That Works" (Captus Press, York University Campus, 1989), with the foreword written by the late Gordon Henderson, who was described in his lifetime as the "lawyer's lawyer" in Canada, which book emanated from a presentation to the annual County of County Litigation Update Conference in 1988, and which book was acknowledged by experts in ADR world-wide as the then most current and complete review of ADR internationally; Mr. Henderson was also the first Honorary Chair of REACH, a charitable organization for disabled persons in seeking justice and providing education, described elsewhere

(It may be noted that he assigned the royalties of this book to CICR)

(Book can be found in most libraries in Canada and can be retrieved through inter-library transfer from the Ottawa Public Library Non-Fiction 347.7109 T167)

Ernest G. Tannis, B.A. LL.B. C. Med. Mr. Tannis is the author of ADR That Works (Captus Press, York University Campus, Toronto, 1989), the first book on this subject in Canada; he has been co-hosting a show on ADR since Feb. 4/05, on Chin Radio 97.9 FM ( to hear over the internet) every Thursday noon-1pm. He was called to the Bar of Ontario as a Barrister and Solicitor in April, 1976, and began his exploration and experiences in Alternative Dispute Resolution in 1983. He practices as a Solicitor and a Chartered Mediator, assisting people in negotiating solutions before and during litigation, and is involved in conflict resolution training. He has been a mediator and conflict resolution consultant in a variety of settings, local, national, and international, including business, family, estates, labour, aboriginal, contracts etc.. When a Court lawyer is needed, as Dave Brown, former Sr. Ed. Of the Ottawa Citizen wrote, he is like a family doctor who finds a surgeon for the patient, so he helps select the appropriate Barrister for the type of case. Visit adr site for more information about ADR and the lecturer

He has two children, Derek (33), and Chanda (27) and a grandson, Morgan (5); he is married to Youmna Ismail; he was born in Ottawa, his father (George Tannis) is from Kfarmishky, Lebanon (which he visited for the first time last year), and his maternal (mother born in Montreal) grandfather (Very Rev. Fr. M. Zarbatany) is from Damascus, Syria. (more information about Mr. Ernest Tannis and his practice and philosophy can be found @


The FIRST PART will explore the history, promise and limitations of ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) based on individual, institutional and international levels. The differences between process and content will be emphasized in conflict analysis, principled (interest-based) as different from positional (rights-based) negotiations will be highlighted, and the spectrum of ADR including Courts, Strikes and Wars, will be placed on a broad negotiation continuum.

The SECOND PART of the discussion will posit the theories of negotiation as an underlying theme of conflict resolution in general terms only, not dealing with content, but focusing on problem-solving processes, in preparation for the third part, in context of the Middle East situation. In this second segment, the presenter will draw upon actual experiences he has applied on-the-ground in his 30-year career in law and ADR, referring to other colleagues in Canada, the USA and internationally with whom he has worked and learned from in mediation and conflict resolution interventions and training.

In the THIRD PART, these other international examples will then be adapted in a unique interactive dialogue with the audience, in a nonpartisan, apolitical approach, facilitating input from the audience on the design of a conflict resolution process for the Middle East. This last part, he hopes, will give a practical sense to the principles. (The true examples, due to the confidentiality of the neutral work, are given with permission of the disputants.)