Date:  Thursday, April 25th, 2019
Time:  7:30 pm
Place:  Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC Campus, 515 West Hastings Street (between Seymour and Richards Streets) in the Diamond Alumni Lounge on the second floor
Speaker:  Dr. Frank Fowlie
Topic:  National and International Sports Mediation

Brief Biography:

Dr. Frank Fowlie is a Mediator with the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, and a Commissioner with Athletics Canada.  Frank has served as the Independent Mediator with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons; as the Ombudsman at the International Organization for Migration; and was the inaugural Ombudsman at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. ICANN is the agency which administers the global domain name system which serves as the backbone for the Internet. Frank has spent time in Balochistan, Pakistan doing capacity building work with the Baloch Ombudsman on behalf of the World Bank. Frank began his career as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Frank holds a Doctor of Conflict Resolution (DCR) from La Trobe University, Melbourne. Frank is also an alumnus of the University of Manitoba, University of Regina, and Royal Roads University where he earned a Master of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Management. Frank has taken training as a negotiation instructor at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. Frank has been an associate faculty member of Royal Roads University and the International YMCA University of Applied Sciences (Kassel, Germany), and is a Fellow with the National Centre Technology and Dispute Resolution at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. Frank holds the designation of Chartered Mediator. Frank has served as Chairman of the International Forum on Online Dispute Resolution.  Frank spent six years as a Director of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada.

Frank was previously employed with the United Nations, where he was on Mission Staff in East Timor for two years. He was the deputy administrator for the capital city, and was appointed as the UN’s Olympic Games Officer, taking the world’s newest country to the Sydney Olympics. He was awarded the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal in recognition of his contribution to world peace while serving with the United Nations in East Timor. He is the co-author of, “Prayer Road”, a book about the Olympic Games and East Timor.

Frank is involved in volunteer activities, such as the Canadian Olympic Committee; Olympic, Commonwealth and Pan American Games; Right to Play; and the Royal Life Saving Society. In 2010 Frank was presented with the University of Regina Alumni Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.


Dr. Fowlie’s talk will look at the field of sport dispute resolution, and the disparate systems that exist in handling headline grabbing unsportsman-like behaviours and human rights issues.  He will discuss the Canadian sports system, the federal laws dealing with sports disputes, and the international environment through to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, of which Frank is a mediator.  He’ll present some current examples on the local, national, and international scenes.  There will be lots of opportunity for questions and discussion.

Last Meeting:

As you know, our March meeting was postponed for medical reasons. I am informed by a member of the Trio that the presentation to honour the centenary of Nat King Cole’s birth looks likely to go ahead in the Fall term. Thanks for all your kind wishes.

Additional Information:

This is the upcoming meeting:
May 16

Any questions, please contact me:
Mark Dwor

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