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 conducts in-person mediations throughout the GTA and virtual mediations throughout Ontario. He has extensive experience working with small businesses, throughout the health care spectrum, and in academia.

Workplace Restoration

Workplace restoration aims to improve the health and safety of a workplace in the midst of conflict. It involves exploring how a workplace functions, analyzing information to provide insight into what could be the cause of the problems and offering tangible solutions for implementation.

Julian brings years of qualitative research and analysis experience, certifications in Advanced Workplace Restoration and as a Workplace Fairness Analyst, and a license as a Private Investigator 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 for any individual or workplace. Julian has years of experience teaching and training these topics in institutions and organizations from Universities to NGOs. He has been a trainer with the International Mediation Campus, and coached graduate students on how to resolve conflicts at the University of Toronto.

Areas of Expertise

  • Health Care Conflicts

  • Partnership Disputes

  • Workplace Conflicts

  • Neighbourhood Disputes

  • Personal Injury and Employment

  • Academia

About Me

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Julian Granka Ferguson

M.A, M.Sc

  • 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 has extensive experience resolving and preventing conflicts, particularly in small businesses, health care, and academia. In addition to mediating he has served on the ADR Institute of Canada’s Ethics and Professional Practice Committee, trained up and coming mediators with the International Mediation Campus, and coached graduate students on how to resolve conflict at the University of Toronto.

Julian’s conflict resolution career began in bioethics where he 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.

He has since expanded to specialize in resolving conflicts for small businesses and in academia. Having spent years working in and with small businesses from various industries, and just as many in post-secondary education, Julian is well versed in the conflicts that can arise, the unique attributes they take in either context, and the detrimental impact they have on close knit teams. He draws on his experience and thorough analysis to discover the roots of conflict, and brings a comprehensive toolkit to overcome it, whether it is mediation, training, or policy development.

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

  • Ethics of ODR: It's more than just Zoom

    IM-Campus, June 15, 2021
  • Don't Have Money to Go to Court? ADR for Legal Matters in Canada: Mediation

    CultureLink, October 6, 2020
  • Ethical Considerations in Research

    PHC340Y: Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of Toronto, March 24 and 30, 2021
  • Depression and the Obligations to Loved Ones.

    The Canadian Bioethics Society Annual Conference, Toronto, ON, May 27, 2016.

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