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CPR Announces Launch of New Canada Advisory Board

Mastercard’s Nina Mapara and McMillan’s Robert Wisner appointed as Co-chairs

New York – The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), a global non-profit organization that advances dispute prevention and resolution practices and provides high quality solutions, announced the launch of its new Canada Advisory Board. Nina Mapara, Vice President, Canada Region Counsel of Mastercard, and Robert Wisner, Partner at McMillan LLP, were named co-Chairs of the Advisory Board and David Ziegler, Associate at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, its Secretary. 

The Canada Advisory Board (CAB) is an invitation-only board composed of CPR member representatives based in Canada.  The CAB has been established to act as a consultative body for, and provide advice and support to, CPR, and to provide a forum for CPR and its members who are located in Canada to: (i) share knowledge and, when necessary, establish best practices in respect of dispute resolution in Canada; (ii) assist with the continued development of alternative dispute practices in Canada, both through advocacy to “corporate Canada” and through educational outreach; and (iii) assist CPR in the development of its Canadian Panel of Distinguished Neutrals and growth of its Canadian membership, and other activities.  

“I am deeply honoured to serve as Co-Chair of the Canada Advisory Board,” said Robert Wisner, Partner at McMillan LLP. “The participation of so many leading in-house and external counsel on the CAB is a real testament to CPR’s focus on the needs of business community and the widespread interest in improving commercial dispute resolution in Canada.” 

“CPR is committed to, and excited about, its ongoing expansion into Canada,” said Noah Hanft, President & CEO of CPR. “This stellar group of individuals—comprising leading corporate counsel, law firm partners and practitioners, and built upon the excellent models of our European and Brazil Advisory Boards—will no doubt enhance and help speed that effort.” 

For these purposes, the CAB will develop resources, share knowledge and best practices, network with respect to matters of general interest, obtain and provide education and training, participate in other joint initiatives and activities, and seek to collaborate with other institutions. 

Other members include: Olivier André, Vice President, International and Dispute Resolution Services, CPR; Rebecca C.W. Chan, Senior Director, Lead Counsel for Asia Pacific, Assurant, Inc.; Peter S.H. Cho, Vice President, Lead Counsel for Canada, General Motors of Canada Company; Andrea Cotroneo, VP, General Counsel Canada, Capital One Bank (Canada); Robert J.C. Deane, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP; Noah Hanft, President & CEO, CPR; Rachel A. Howie, Partner, Dentons Canada LLP; Dan Kolenick, Managing Counsel – Canada, Global Litigation, Shell Canada Limited; P. John Landry, Partner, Co-Chair, Canadian Litigation Group, DLA Piper; Elisabeth S. Preston, Chief Legal Counsel, General Dynamics Mission Systems International; Peter B. Sahagian, General Counsel, KPMG LLP; and Karyn Sullivan, General Counsel & Legal Director, Labatt Breweries of Canada.

About CPR: CPR is an independent nonprofit organization that has helped global businesses prevent and resolve commercial disputes effectively and efficiently for more than 40 years. Our membership consists of top corporations and law firms, academic and government institutions, and leading mediators and arbitrators around the world. CPR is unique as: (1) a thought leader, driving a global dispute resolution culture; (2) a developer of cutting edge tools and resources, powered by the collective innovation of its membership; and (3) an ADR provider offering innovative, practical arbitration rules, mediation and other dispute resolution procedures, and neutrals worldwide. For more information, please visit

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