Ambrosia Varaschin is a mediator, arbitrator, neutral third-party investigator, and negotiation consultant with an undergraduate degree in International Development, a post graduate background in International Conflict and Warzone Management, and a specialization in Negotiation, Mediation, and Conflict Resolution. She has attended well regarded Canadian institutions such as the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Ottawa, as well as the acclaimed Norman Patterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. In addition, she has completed her post graduate studies at some of the top conflict and negotiation universities in the world, including the United States Institute of Peace, Yale, and the Institute for Research and Education on Negotiation from the world famous ESSEC Business School in Paris.
While specializing in international trade, conflict, and warzone management, Ambrosia also developed a passion for restorative and administrative justice. She was awarded the Deputy Minister’s Award for Service Excellence for her role as a program manager with the Independent Assessment Process in the Indian Residential School Adjudication Secretariat, and is trained as a Gladue Report writer for Saskatchewan Indigenous criminal files. Ambrosia has undertaken significant training and education to adapt her international conflict management background to domestic realms such as labour, family law, and administrative justice. She is a designated member of the international Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the ADR Institute of Canada, and a proud member of the International Mediation Institute, the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice, and the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals. Ambrosia is actively pursuing a Masters Certificate in Tribunal Administrative Justice through her membership with the Foundation of Administrative Justice. She is proud to serve as the Executive Administrator for the Canada Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators as well as CanArb Week (Canada’s annual multi-organizational convention on international and domestic arbitration).
Ambrosia devotes her volunteer hours to improving the healthcare system as a patient advisor, sitting as a member of the Provincial Patient & Family Leadership Council and Provincial Practitioner Advisory Council to the Chief Medical Officer with the Saskatchewan Health Authority, and as a disciplinary tribunal member for the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association. She formerly served as Vice-Chair of the Data and Analytics Oversight and Governance Council with the Ministry of Health, as a consultant for the creation of an amalgamated information security and retention policy for the newly formed provincial health authority, and on the hiring committee for the SHA’s senior management team. Ambrosia previously sat as Vice-Chair on national organizations such as the NextGen Leadership Network and IRSAS Employee Wellness Strategy, and as a board member for the National Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign when she worked with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.