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The Incarna Difference - Incarna Consulting & Dispute Resolution
 

ROOTED IN ACCESS TO JUSTICE

A New Kind of Experience

 

Incarna Consulting is a different kind of ADR firm.  We pride ourselves on providing clear, simple, and effective processes for managing disputes, using the entire spectrum of ADR services.  We are not just mediators.  We are not just arbitrators.  We are not just workplace investigators.  We do it all, and because of our deep skill set we can see your situation from all angles and work with you on the best way to handle your disputes.

You can expect Internationally Recognized Expertise, regardless of the case size or complexity.

Incarna Consulting boasts Saskatchewan’s only ICC International Court of Arbitration member, as well as Saskatchewan’s first committee member at the Canada-US-Mexico Agreement Secretariat.  We approach every dispute, whether it is a $5,000 claim or a $500,000,000 claim with the same care and attention, and we are equally comfortable dealing with matters that fall under municipal law as those that involve multiple parties in jurisdictions around the world.

You can expect Transparent and Straightforward Processes that are easy to understand regardless of if you are a seasoned litigator or choosing to self-represent.

Our mediation, arbitration, and neutral adjudication services are designed with known timeframes, evidentiary and documentation requirements, hearing or mediation procedures, and come with guides for the accurate completion of forms and proper submission processes.  These frameworks are intended to remove the red tape, the hurry up and wait, and the unknowns frequently faced in the courts.

For lawyers, our processes make it easy for you to provide client-centric services, allowing you to easily manage your calendar and set expectations for your client.  Our frameworks help you predict your workload for firms that use flat-rate billing, capped fees, or want to provide unbundled legal services.

For self-reps, our processes are mapped out for you, so you know where you are in your legal journey at all times, and what comes next.  Our submission guides are written in plain English, complete with links to external resources you might need to properly present your claim(s) or areas where you might want to hire a lawyer for legal coaching.  Our guides walk you through how to complete forms, how to gather and present evidence, and what to expect at a hearing or mediation session.

You can expect a Personal Approach that supports disputants through a stressful time, recognizing that no two situations are identical and prioritizes responsiveness and flexibility to maximize the client experience.

While you may not be able to ask a judge questions, we welcome calls and emails from our clients and their legal counsel regarding preparation, submission, or procedure, as well as inquiries regarding changing processes—such as ceasing mediation to proceed to arbitration, adjourning an arbitration to attempt mediation, or altering the agreed upon program to either expedite the matter or expand the scope.

For lawyers, our client-centric service model means quick responses to requests, submissions, and questions so you can get on with your work.  Rescheduling or extending dates are dealt with immediately; no more submitting to the court and waiting days for a response. 

For self-reps, we treat you like people, not a file number.  We understand that legal disputes can be stressful and confusing, and our job is to alleviate that.  We will walk you through completing the required documents, explain what you may not understand, and suggest when you need to do research or obtain professional or legal advice.

Ambrosia Varaschin

Managing Principal

     WHAT WE BELIEVE

We Live Our Values

Incarna Consulting is about more than helping people manage their legal disputes in an appropriate manner; we strive to not only make the legal system better, but also the world we live in.  We acknowledge that there are systemic inequalities for people with disabilities, the LGBTQ* community, women, as well as people of colour and specifically our indigenous brothers and sisters.  To that end, our company values revolve around improving access to justice and bringing true equality to a broken system. 

Work With Integrity

Incarna Consulting is committed to providing our clients with the highest caliber service at a fair and competitive price, but at all times doing so as a beacon of integrity and honesty.  Two key pieces of integrity are the principles of transparency and equity.  We will always endeavour to be as up front and honest, in a language understood by our clients, about all our practices and processes.  We shall also conduct ourselves in a manner that promotes equity, with the innate knowledge that equity does not always occupy the same space as equality. In all things, and in all ways, we will strive for our clients to feel like they have received exceptional customer care and good value in their dealings with Incarna Consulting.

Discrimination Free Zone

Incarna Consulting does not tolerate racism, bigotry, sexism, or harassment and/or discrimination of any kind.  We recognize the specific and systemic discrimination experienced by people of colour, LGBTQ+, women, and people with disabilities.  Wherever possible, we seek to educate and inform parties and encourage growth and change rather than censure for ignorance; however, we embody a zero-tolerance policy for overt, intentional discrimination by any member of our staff, suppliers, or clients to any other member of society.  Our values of equality and fairness eclipse any economic advantage we may experience by turning a blind eye.

Cultural Inclusivity

Incarna Consulting has a commitment to building healthy communities that are safe and vibrant, with a strong economy and a sustainable environment.  Through the true spirit of equality, access to justice, and self-determination, we strive be a leader in improving the health and wellbeing of all people, with an innate respect for diversity and pluralism, through combatting discrimination, advocating for the rights of the vulnerable, and nurturing the cultural mosaic that is the foundation of Canada.

Reconciliation

Canada is a country founded through colonial practices, which has had a long standing, devastating effect upon our Indigenous Peoples, and as we are based upon the homeland of the Metis and Treaty Six territory, it is vital for Incarna Consulting to place a special and intentional focus on our relationship with Indigenous Peoples.  We are acutely aware of the impact that the colonial actions of our predecessors have had on Indigenous Peoples, including the residential school system, and we remain committed to understanding their implications on programming, systems, and accessibility. We are committed to co-designing our practices with our Indigenous neighbours to address the systemic inequalities embedded in our society.  Incarna Consulting is committed to playing our role in addressing the Calls to Action that have been made by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, specifically those pertaining to Child Welfare (CTAs 1-5) and Justice (CTAs 25-42 and 50).

Accessibility

Incarna Consulting operates a trauma-informed, accessibility, and LGBT+ sensitive practice.  We design our processes, systems, and how we interact with our clients based on their individual needs and personal feelings of safety and comfort.  We do not presume to know what will or will not work for any one individual, rather, we ask what people need in order to have the best possible experience and feel as though they are valued and respected in a physically and emotionally safe space.

Self Determination

Incarna Consulting believes that employees play a vital role in the success of a business and their own personal accomplishments.  We encourage all staff to adhere to a proper work-life balance that incorporates self-care, wellness strategies, and time for rest.  Incarna Consulting is a results-oriented firm that allows employees the freedom to work the hours and format that best suits them, provided they meet their goals and responsibilities in an appropriate time period.  We reward high quality work with competitive pay and incentives, but also provide all employees the capacity to take risks without the fear of reprisal.

We also encourage our clients to engage in our processes and make them their own.  One of the foundational concepts of appropriate justice and dispute resolution is that of self determination.  It is our role to provide comprehensive information and access to independent advice within a framework that facilitates parties making their own cogent decisions on even the most challenging issues.

Community Building

Incarna Consulting believes in giving more to our community than we receive.  We believe the foundation of a healthy, thriving, and productive society is fair and equitable engagements, access to justice, and intentionally breaking down systemic and institutional barriers.  We believe in proactive and preventative measures rather than reactive responses, and restorative justice over retributive systems.  Incarna Consulting believes that everyone deserves to feel safe, included, and happy, no matter their geography, financial status, sexual orientation, gender, physical ability, race, or ethnicity.

Incarna Consulting directly supports community building initiatives through volunteer hours and direct giving.  Since 2018, Incarna Consulting has contributed over 2750 hours of volunteer hours at the senior executive level in system design, management consulting, education and training, and patient experience consulting to the Saskatchewan Health Authority, Saskatchewan Centre for Patient Oriented Research, Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association, the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement, and the Canadian Medical Association.

 

Environmental Sustainability

Incarna Consulting is a modern company, operating in a modern business climate.  We pride ourselves on our innovation and novel practices that minimize our environmental impact and consumption of resources.  Wherever possible, Incarna Consulting conducts its business digitally to reduce the need for paper products and toner, and costly storage space for documents which not only wastes space that could be used productively, but also draws upon utilities unnecessarily.  In addition, all paper that has been shredded is composted to divert waste. All electronic products are Energy Star certified, our lighting is LED, and we use high efficiency appliances.  Furthermore, Incarna Consulting utilizes coworking space to decrease their physical footprint and conducts business via secure online videoconferencing systems whenever possible to avoid travel.  We are a passionate voice for the promotion and creation of multi-use space, coworking organizations, and cost sharing initiatives in rural Saskatchewan as a means of sustainable and innovative economic development that bolsters small communities.

Managing Principal
Lead Arbitrator & Consultant

Phone
306.912.9989

Email
a.varaschin@incarnaconsulting.ca

DESIGNATIONS

Associate
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Q. Arbitrator
ADR Institute of Canada

Family Mediator
Parenting Co-Ordinator

Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice

Notary Public
Government of Saskatchewan

Memberships

Foundation of
Administrative Justice

Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice

Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals

ADR Institute of Canada &
ADR Saskatchewan

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners

International Mediation Institute

Canadian Chamber of Commerce

International Chamber of Commerce

Practice Areas
  • Misconduct & Malpractice 40% 40%
  • International Trade 50% 50%
  • Contracts & Commercial Disputes 90% 90%
  • Labour Grievances 60% 60%
  • High Conflict Family Law 14% 14%
HONOURS & AWARDS

Deputy Minister’s Award for Service Excellence, Indian Residential School’s Adjudication Secretariat

Youngest appointee to a North American trade advisory council

Saskatchewan’s first and only appointee to a North American trade advisory council

Saskatchewan’s only ICC International Court of Arbitration roster member

First Cohort of Women in Arbitration Mentorship Program with the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada

Ambrosia Varaschin

MANAGING PRINCIPAL

A vibrant dispute resolution specialist with over ten years of national and international program development, intergovernmental and NGO experience, Ambrosia boasts an extensive post-graduate education in warzone management and international conflict management. Her post-graduate coursework was completed alongside Lieutenant Colonels and Majors, NGO executives, and senior policy advisors working at the UN, NATO, OSCE, and the Canadian Armed Forces.

Ambrosia is Saskatchewan’s first, and the youngest ever, Governor in Council appointee to the CUSMA (formerly NAFTA) Advisory Committee on Private Commercial Disputes, as well as Saskatchewan’s only ICC International Court of Arbitration roster member. She serves as a public appointee to the SRNA’s Disciplinary Tribunal, hearing misconduct and malpractice cases for Registered Nurses in Saskatchewan.  She was accepted into the inaugural cohort for the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada’s Women in Arbitration program for international sport law working with the Ordinary, Doping, and Safeguarding (misconduct, abuse, and charter claims) tribunals. In addition, she will be acting as a Senior Conflict Management Officer for sexual harassment and misconduct files involving the Canadian Armed Forces, Department of National Defence, or any of their contractors.

CURRENT APPOINTMENTS

CUSMA (NAFTA) Private Commercial Disputes Advisory Council
ICC International Court of Arbitration Roster Arbitrator
Sport Dispute Resolution Centre Tribunal Arbitrator
Canadian Armed Forces & Department of National Defence Senior Dispute Resolution Officer
Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association Disciplinary Tribunal Arbitrator
Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice Family Mediator & Parenting Coordinator

EDUCATION

Ambrosia has attended well regarded Canadian institutions such as the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Ottawa, as well as the acclaimed Norman Patterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University.  In addition, she has completed her post graduate studies at some of the top conflict and negotiation universities in the world, including the United States Institute of Peace and the Institute for Research and Education on Negotiation from the world famous ESSEC Business School in Paris. 

TRAINING

Tribunal & Administrative Justice

National Arbitration Course      ADR Institute of Canada

Principles of Administrative Justice      Foundation of Administrative Justice
Interpreting Legislation      Foundation of Administrative Justice
Decision Making      Foundation of Administrative Justice
Principles of Investigations      Foundation of Administrative Justice
Evidence      Foundation of Administrative Justice

Writing Effective Reasons      Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals
Adjudication for the 21st Century      Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals
Dealing with Charter Claims      Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals

Online International Arbitration      Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Conflict & Dispute Resolution

Resolving Conflict Constructively      Dispute Resolution Office, SK Ministry of Justice
Introduction to Mediation      Dispute Resolution Office, SK Ministry of Justice

New Ways for Mediation      High Conflict Institute
New Ways for Life      High Conflict Institute
Mediating High Conflict Disputes      High Conflict Institute
Decision Skills      High Conflict Institute

Drafting Summaries      Common Sense Academy
PODS Mediation Program      Common Sense Academy

Commercial & Labour Disputes

New Ways for Work      High Conflict Institute

Hazard ID & Control      Canadian Centre for OH&S
Workplace Inspections     Canadian Centre for OH&S
Incident Investigations      Canadian Centre for OH&S
Bullying in the Workplace      Canadian Centre for OH&S
Violence in the Workplace     Canadian Centre for OH&S
Domestic Violence at Work      Canadian Centre for OH&S
Mental Health at Work      Canadian Centre for OH&S

Principles & Practices of Insurance      Insurance Institute of Canada

Risk Management      Certified Management Consultants Canada
Operations Management       Certified Management Consultants Canada  
Strategic Management      Certified Management Consultants Canada
Project Management      Certified Management Consultants Canada

Family Law, Divorce & Separation

New Ways for Families      High Conflict Institute
Mediating Domestic Violence      High Conflict Institute
Pre-Mediation Coaching      High Conflict Institute
Decision Skills      High Conflict Institute

Intro to Family Law       Common Sense Academy
Mediating Parenting Plans      Common Sense Academy

CONSULTING & COACHING

Ambrosia conducts workplace investigations as an independent neutral—including investigating and collecting evidence regarding allegations of negligence, misconduct, malpractice, harassment, workplace violence, near-misses, or incidences to determine the facts of the complaint(s) and assess for violations or high-risk behaviour.  She also works with companies and organizations to analyze or develop practices, policies, and procedures to prevent, mitigate, and address misconduct, as well as to develop and implement robust administrative justice processes.

Ambrosia is one of the few practitioners in the country trained and licensed to provide the complete New Ways framework of high conflict mediation for families, workplaces, and troubled youth developed by Bill Eddy of the High Conflict Institute, Shiv Martin of the Dispute Resolution Board of Queensland, and Susan Rayner of the Australian Mediation Institute.  The New Ways for Work restorative workplace program delivers skills training and conflict coaching to teach employees how to manage their emotions and behaviours in a way that is constructive instead of destructive.

As a Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice recognized family mediator and parenting coordinator, Ambrosia provides Mandatory Early Dispute Resolution & high conflict family separation services, which include mediation, arbitration, parenting co-ordination, and conflict coaching for families struggling with change.  The New Ways for Families programming includes a standard twelve-week child inclusive parenting course, as well as additional courses in decision making, communication strategies, and proposal-based mediation skills for families with high conflict dynamics.

VOLUNTEER WORK

Ambrosia devotes her volunteer hours to improving the healthcare system as a patient advisor, sitting as a member of the Provincial Patient & Family Leadership Council and Practitioner Advisory Council with the Saskatchewan Health Authority, teaching medical and nurses students at the University of Saskatchewan on patient care, and speaking at the national level about driving change in Canada’s healthcare system.  

Current Roles

Saskatchewan Health Authority

Practitioner Advisory Council to the Chief Medical Officer

Provincial Patient & Family Leadership Council

Executive Leadership Team (Patient Member)

Past Roles

Vice Chair
Data & Analytics Oversight and Governance Council
Saskatchewan Ministry of Health

Advisory Committee Member
Saskatchewan Centre for Patient Oriented Research

Advisory Council Executive
Accountable Care Units
Saskatchewan Health Authority

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