Sessional Instructors

Roger Barsy, MPA, University of Manitoba
Sessional Instructor in Conflict Resolution Studies

Roger teaches Introduction to Conflict Resolution Studies and has taught Workplace Conflict and Conflict within Groups. He has extensive involvement in conflict resolution programs in both training and a planning capacity for over 30 years. As the former Director of the Manitoba Residential Tenancies Branch he established Canada’s first housing court using investigation, mediation, and adjudication techniques for resolving disputes between landlords and tenants. He served on several conflict resolution boards including the University of Manitoba in an advisory capacity. Roger has practical experience in community dispute resolution, as well as family, victim offender, and business mediation. He has conducted dispute resolution workshops for business and community groups.

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Gaylen Eaton, MNRM
Sessional Instructor in International Development Studies and Conflict Resolution Studies

Gaylen has been teaching sessional courses at MSC since 2007 including Participatory Local Development, Action Research Methods, and more recently, Environmental Sustainability. Gaylen works at an environmental consulting firm in Winnipeg as an environmental researcher primarily on land and resource use studies and geographic information systems (GIS). She is experienced at designing and applying both qualitative and quantitative research methods, working with a variety of stakeholders on environmental issues and projects, and advanced GIS modelling and analysis.

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Janet Eisbrenner, MA of Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation, Texas University
Sessional Instructor in Conflict Resolution Studies

Janet has been teaching conflict resolution studies courses at MSC since 2008. She currently teaches Introduction to Conflict Resolution Studies and has taught Conflict within Groups. Janet has a wide-spread educational experience including a Bachelor of Administration degree (University of Regina), a Bachelor of Arts degree in Conflict Resolution Studies (University of Winnipeg), and a Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation (Abilene, Texas). She also has two years of study at the University of Saskatchewan, Bachelor of Education degree program. She holds certification in Counseling Skills, Basic Mediation, and Family Mediation. Janet has extensive theoretical and practical experience in leadership, entrepreneurship, teaching, mediation, leadership, administration, conflict resolution, counseling, and business. Published research work includes a “Comparative Analysis of Mediator Credentialing Standards and Mediator Ethical Guidelines,” presented at the Annual Convention of the State Bar of Texas, 2011. Janet also teaches business courses at the Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba. When Janet is not teaching, she works as a mediation, coaching and counseling practitioner and also facilitates online courses in conflict resolution and business. Janet is married and has one son. She enjoys outdoor activities, family and friends, playing the piano, reading, wildlife conservation and animal rescue pursuits.

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Zack Gross, MA of History, University of Manitoba
Sessional Instructor in International Development Studies

Zack has spent a long 45-year career in international development, mostly in areas of educating Manitobans and Canadians, advocating on a variety of development issues (such as fair trade) and working with partner groups on projects in East Africa and Central America. Currently, he is international projects officer and fair trade outreach coordinator at the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC). Along with teaching at MSC, Zack also facilitates online diploma courses in IDS through the University of British Columbia (UBC).

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Richard Grunfeld, MMFTh, University of Winnipeg; MSW, University of Pennsylvania
Sessional Instructor in Conflict Resolution Studies

Conflict in the Family is a course everyone relates to. Richard has been teaching at MSC since 1996. His passion is to help students enhance their understanding of the nuanced complexities of family dynamics. A particular area of interest includes the family system as an operational entity within its particular socio/cultural environment. Working professionally with families for over 35 years as a family therapist and social worker has taught him the importance of both widening and deepening the lens of vision. Being both an instructor and practitioner, he utilizes sociological, anthropological, and psychological perspectives, as well as clinical experience to keep classroom learning relevant and imaginative.

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Cathy Hanischuk Morris, BA in Conflict Resolution Studies, University of Winnipeg
Sessional Instructor in Conflict Resolution Studies

Cathy teaches Conflict & Communication at MSC. Most of her work experience has been in Human Resources (training and development, recruitment, and selection) and Employee Relations. More recently she has done conflict resolution consulting for workplaces, communities, and mostly in congregations. Cathy has been a volunteer mediator for approximately 10 years.

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John Hutton, MSW
Sessional Instructor in Conflict Resolution Studies

John has over 25 years of experience in social services.  In the 1990’s he began working in conflict resolution and mediation while completing his Master's of Social Work.  John served with the Mennonite Central Committee as a conflict resolution worker in Recife, Brazil, from 1997-2001.  Upon returning to Winnipeg, he worked as a caseworker for Mediation Services and the United Way. John has been the executive director of the John Howard Society of Manitoba since 2008. He has taught a variety of courses at the University of Manitoba and Canadian Mennonite University. He is currently teaching Restorative Justice at Menno Simons. (Photo: CBC/Kim Kaschor)

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Cory Lewis, MA of Laws, University of London
Sessional Instructor in Conflict Resolution Studies

Cory teaches Negotiation Theory and Practice at MSC. Previously he taught negotiation, sales, and legal topics at other post-secondary institutions. Since being called to the Manitoba Bar in 1986 he has practiced real estate, commercial, estates, and multi-level marketing law. He lives in Winnipeg with his wife, Nancy, two sons, Nick and Hunter, and their dog, Blackie.

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Tabitha Martens, PhD (Cand) in Indigenous Food Sovereignty, University of Manitoba
Sessional Instructor in International Development Studies

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Corrie Lynn McDougall, PhD Development & International Relations, Aalborg University 
Sessional Instructor in International Development Studies

Corrie Lynn has been teaching at universities in Denmark and Canada in the areas of community-based development, international aid system, food security and action research. Corrie Lynn’s research interests encompass: the formation and growth of non-profit organizations; strategic responses of non-profit organizations to changing policy; organizational learning; and the impact of philanthropic foundations. Corrie Lynn has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations and works as a freelance consultant on community development and organizational development. She is a grant reviewer for the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation, a charitable foundation located in Winnipeg, MB.

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Natasha Mohammed, MA International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame
Sessional Instructor in Conflict Resolution Studies

As a life-long learner Natasha has sought out diverse educational experiences including a B.Sc. (University of Manitoba), a B.A. in Conflict Resolution Studies (University of Winnipeg), and an MA International Peace Studies (University of Notre Dame – USA). In addition to having served as a community counsellor, mediator, group facilitator, and Victim Impact Worker, Natasha has taught in government, community, and university contexts for almost two decades. She has a special interest in conflict and culture, and in group processes that support engagement. For Natasha, relationship is the key to peace—in the world, communities, families, and within individuals.

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Debra Jean Moore, MA Conflict Analysis and Management, Royal Roads University
Sessional Instructor in Conflict Resolution Studies

Debra Jean has taught a variety of courses in Conflict Resolution Studies with MSC and CMU since 2008, including Introduction to Conflict Resolution Studies and Trauma & Violence. Her experience helping churches heal from conflict, along with being a wife and mother, provide a useful backdrop for applying CRS principles to real-life situations.

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Robin Neustaeter, PhD Candidate Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Manitoba
Sessional Instructor in Conflict Resolution Studies

Robin has worked in peace and community development research and education for over 15 years in Canada, Sweden, and the Caribbean. Engaging with communities and people to discover and build upon local everyday peacebuilding knowledge and practice, while advocating for social change is her passion. She has an M.Ed in Adult Education (Mount Saint Vincent University) and BA in Conflict Resolution and International Development Studies (Menno Simons College). Her current doctoral research focuses on rural women’s learning in peacebuilding and community development in Manitoba. Her key interests are peace building, community development, volunteerism, gender, rurality, and learning in social justice and peacebuilding.

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Rick Schmidt, MA in Conflict Resolution Studies, Antioch University
Sessional Instructor in Conflict Resolution Studies

Rick has been a mediator since 1991, the year he joined Mediation Services' ‘Victim-Offender Reconciliation Program’ as a volunteer. In addition to his work as a mediator and facilitator in private practice, he teaches conflict resolution (CR) skills courses at MSC and Canadian Mennonite University, leads CR training workshops, and does CR consulting and private coaching in a wide variety of situations. He’s also an associate trainer with Mediation Services/Resolution Skills Centre (Winnipeg) and the Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute.

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