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Mediation

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 Canada.

Workplace Restoration

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

Julian brings years of investigation and analysis experience to provide precise and comprehensive solutions.

Ethics Consultations

Studies show that regularly encountering situations judged to be unethical, like employees who believe they are working in an unethical workplace, can cause a negative emotional state called "moral distress," which leads to poor mental health and limits productivity. Ethics consultations can assure individuals and businesses that their behaviour is ethical and 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.

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

Designated with his Q.Med from the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario and Canada, and a certificate in Dispute Resolution from York University, Julian is an experienced mediator specializing in health care. He is an affiliate with A Place for Mediation, one of Toronto's original mediation practices, located downtown.

Julian also brings years of qualitative research experience to workplace investigations and analysis. He has over five years of experience conducting qualitative research that he earned during his MSc at the University of Toronto. He holds certificates in Advanced Qualitative Methodology from the Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research, and Operational Research Methods from McGill University. He has translated these skills into a penchant for investigating and analyzing workplace conflicts.

Julian's career began in ethics, completing a MA in Bioethics from NYU and completing studentships at St. Michael's Hospital and Providence Healthcare. He has also acted as an ethics consultant with the Empowerment Council, the patient rights group associated with the Center for Addiction and Mental Health, the largest mental health hospital in Canada. He has presented talks and research posters at conferences such as the Canadian Society of Bioethics annual conference.

In addition, he 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.

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.

Bioethics Videos

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.

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