Vance Cooper

Our story begins with Vance transitioning out of his legal practice to focus on mediation. Building a strong reputation for his tact and ability to handle complex matters, he became a much sought-after mediator. Serving as a trusted mentor to Jon and Logan, who joined...

Everybody makes mistakes. That’s why they put erasers on pencils. Of course, when we make mistakes, we hope they’re small ones that no one will notice or that won’t take much time or money to fix. Unfortunately, mistakes in mediation can be costly, waste the participants’...

Originally published as a paper, read in full [PDF]. Imagine staring up at the flight board at the departure gate in a airport. You’d hope to see the list of flights awash in green lettering saying “On time.” But if you cast your eyes up and...

One of the most enjoyable parts of life is listening to someone who “has a way with words.” It may be a talented storyteller or songwriter or maybe it’s a witty person who can always be counted on to add some humour to a situation...

The 2019  Canada Cup Was The Biggest Professional Squash Tournament In Canada. Cooper Mediation was the presenting sponsor of the the 10th Annual Troilus Canada Cup, which ran from Monday, March 4 through Thursday, March 7, 2019 at a variety of squash clubs in southern and...

Do you ever find yourself returning again and again to a favourite saying? A phrase that just seems to capture the heart of the matter so perfectly that it works for many similar situations?    A turn of phrase is a way of expressing something, in...

Dispute resolution is not restricted to the human world. We have heard the expression "it's a dog eat dog world". In fact, this phrase originates from a Latin phrase which translates to "dogs do not eat dogs". This implies that only people driven by survival...

Originally published as a paper, read in full [PDF]. All too frequently, I attend mediations and I am asked by one side or the other or both to “work your magic”. It is my theory that neither magic acts nor miracles occur at mediation. Magic acts...