Mediation is the fastest growing form of alternative dispute resolution. A mediator acts as a neutral third party who encourages and assists positive communication and collaboration between parties to negotiate a solution to the dispute.

Julian is a professionally designated mediator. He is currently affiliated with A Place for Mediation, located at Bay and Bloor in Toronto. He conducts in-person mediations throughout the GTA and virtual mediations throughout Ontario.

Workplace Restoration

Workplace restoration involves investigating how a workplace functions, analyzing data to provide insight into what aspects of the workplace can change, and offering tangible solutions for implementation.

Julian brings years of qualitative research and analysis experience, and certifications in Advanced Workplace Restoration and as a Workplace Fairness Analyst, to provide precise and comprehensive solutions to improve the health and fairness of any workplace.

Ethics Consultations

Studies show that regularly encountering situations perceived to be unethical can cause a negative emotional state called "moral distress," which leads to poor mental health and limits productivity. Ethics consultations can help individuals and businesses ensure that their behaviour is ethical, and as a result, improve morale and productivity.

Conflict Resolution and Ethics Training

Conflict resolution skills and an understanding of ethics are essential skills for any individual or workplace. Julian has years of teaching these topics at institutions at the highest levels of academia to local NGOs.

Areas of Expertise

About Me

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Julian Granka Ferguson

M.A, M.Sc, Q. Med.

  • Qualified Mediator

    ADR Institute of Canada J-Ferg Education
  • York University

    Certificate in Dispute Resolution J-Ferg Education
  • New York University

    M.A, Bioethics J-Ferg Education
  • University of Toronto

    M.Sc, Pharmaceutical Sciences J-Ferg Education

Julian is designated with his Q.Med from the ADR Institute of Ontario and Canada, and holds a Dispute Resolution Certificate from York University. He is an affiliate with A Place for Mediation, one of Toronto's original mediation firms, and serves on the ADR Institute of Canada’s Ethics and Professional Practice Committee.


His career began in bioethics. Julian has mediated between families, health care professionals, administrators, lawyers and patient rights advocates on conflicts throughout the health care spectrum, from informed consent to palliative care. He has worked with organizations like SickKids Hospital, St. Michael’s Hospital, and the Empowerment Council, the patient rights group associated with CAMH.


Julian is also drawn to innovation. He is involved in resolving conflicts that stem from emerging technologies and industries, and the entrepreneurial spirit that comes with them, like partnership and workplace disputes.


Phone (647) 528-2330 or email [email protected] to schedule a mediation.

Or use my calendar to book a free 15-min consultation.


Julian teaches bioethics at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto, and volunteers to teach about mediation and conflict resolution at community centres and NGOs in Toronto.

Visit Julian’s YouTube Channel WTH is Bioethics

Martin Salgo and Informed Consent

Martin Salgo and Informed Consent

Informed consent is one of the most important aspects of ethical medical practice.

Before a health care professional can conduct any medical procedure or intervention they need to make sure their patient understands what it's for, how risky it is, and the possible benefits (“informed”)…as well as confirm that the patient has agreed to do it (“consent”).

Informed Consent

Informed Consent

Before a health care professional can conduct any medical procedure or intervention they need to obtain a patient's informed consent.

In general, informed consent is when a patient voluntarily agrees to a proposed medical intervention or treatment after being reasonably informed about said intervention or treatment.

Capacity and Competency

Capacity and Competency

Capacity is necessary to give valid consent, and is typically presumed in clinical medicine unless there is a reason to suggest otherwise. If there is an indication that the patient may be incapable, a physician should conduct a capacity assessment. If a patient is deemed to be incapable, the physician must find a substitute decision maker to represent the patient.

Select Presentations

  • Don't Have Money to Go to Court? ADR for Legal Matters in Canada: Mediation

    CultureLink, October 6, 2020
  • Depression and the Obligations to Loved Ones.

    The Canadian Bioethics Society Annual Conference, Toronto, ON, May 27, 2016.
  • Ethical Considerations in Research.

    PHC340Y: Pharmaceutical Chemistry, March 26 and April 2, 2019; March 10 and March 17, 2020.
  • Big Bucks, Big Pharma: An overview of medicalization, and the role of pharmaceutical companies.

    PHM114S: Social and Behavioural Health, February 13, 2018.

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