Gerry Friesen, Founder and Mediator


Gerry Friesen's mediation career began in 2000 when he became a member of the Manitoba Farm Mediation Board. As he began that work he recognized that through his experience with various organizations, he utilized a collaborative approach in all situations.

Growing up on a family farm, farming with a brother and raising a family in rural Manitoba have provided ample opportunity in shaping Gerry's views on conflict resolution, conflict management and conflict transformation.

Gerry began his training in conflict resolution in 2000 with the Canadian Dispute Resolution Corporation. Since that time he has taken Conflict Resolution courses at the University of Winnipeg, received a certificate in Conflict Resolution from Mediation Services in Winnipeg, and completed a Professionalism and Ethics course offered by the Agricultural Institute of Canada. Further to this, Gerry holds certificates in Crisis Intervention and Crisis Trauma Response. In 2008 he completed the requirements for ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training).

Professional and Community Involvement

In the past, Gerry has volunteered for Westman Mediation Services (John Howard Society), the Assiniboine Community Justice Committee, the Manitoba Farm and Rural Stress Line, and the Manitoba Suicide Line, and STEPS (Sair Training and Employment Placement Services).

Gerry is a member of CAFA (Canadian Association of Farm Advisors), Family Mediation Manitoba, and Alternate Dispute Resolution Canada.

In 2010, Gerry was the recipient of the Manitoba Pork Council Friend of the Industry Award for "providing emotional support and expertise to help farmers cope with financial and emotional stress in their darkest days".