Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
November 24th, 2010
After four years of groundbreaking work, the Ottawa-based Civilian Peace Service Canada (CPSC) accredited its first two graduates at a wine and cheese reception in Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada, November 24, 2010.
The event was attended by representatives of leading civil society organizations and political parties. These included Liberal MP Larry Bagnell, NDP MP Bill Siksay, and Joe Foster from the Green Party. A certificate of appreciation was posthumously presented to Ross McNaughton for his vital role in developing the Accreditation program; his daughter Angela and son Donald accepted the award.
CPSC, the first organization to develop and apply a standardized methodology for accrediting Peace Professionals, presented accreditation certificates to their first two graduates: Dr. Ben Hoffman and Yves Morneau.
Photos by: Koozma J. Tarasoff
Dr. Benjamin Hoffman is a specialist in negotiation, mediation, and peacebuilding. He obtained his B.A. and M.A. (Psychology) from Wilfred Laurier University, an M.A. in International Relations from Tufts University, and a Ph.D. from York University, UK. He also specialized in International Peacemaking at the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation. Ben’s interest in mediation began incorrectional services in Northern Ontario and grew over the last 30 years to include healing and restorative justice work in a variety of national and international settings. For the past two years he led a community healing process in the City of Cornwall under the auspices of the Public Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse. From 2000 to 2003, he was Director of the Conflict Resolution Program at The Carter Center, acting as President Jimmy Carter’s representative, focusing on implementing the Nairobi Agreement, negotiations with the Lords Resistance Army, and efforts to end the nineteen year old war in Sudan. As President and CEO of the Canadian International Institute of Applied Negotiation he is also currently active in violence prevention and reconciliation in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa and is mediator in the Gladstone Reconciliation, BC. Dr. Hoffman is called upon to provide mediation, peacebuilding advice, and to lecture to a wide range of clients throughout the world.
Excerpt taken from the following document: First Peace Professionals Accredited in Canada