James R. McKenzie

James McKenzie is a mediator, facilitator, and adjudicator. For 25 years he has
assisted business, government, and community leaders negotiate, collaborate, and
resolve disputes. Widely regarded for his professionalism and pragmatism, James
specializes in complex, multi-party, multi-issue dispute resolution.

James’s areas of expertise include:

  • • Land Use and Development
  • • Conservation / Heritage Designation
  • • Public Policy
  • • Development Cost-Sharing
  • • Expropriation / Land Valuation
  • • Infrastructure and Building
  • • Development Charge
  • • Aggregate Resource
  • • Education Development Charge
  • • Community Benefits
  • • Environmental and Natural Resource
  • • Municipal Governance

Prior to joining Global Resolutions, James was the Associate Chair of the Ontario
Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, and the Associate Chair and a Vice-Chair of its
predecessor the Ontario Municipal Board. In these positions, he introduced and
expanded the use of mediation to address matters arising under the organizations’
multi-faceted jurisdiction. Through his practice and leadership, mediation is
recognized as an integral element of the Ontario planning system.

In addition to working with parties to constructively manage conflict, James also
teaches negotiation and mediation. Since 2005, he has been a course director in the
Ryerson University Chang School of Continuing Education through which he works
with students enrolled in the School of Urban and Regional Planning. Since 1995, he
has been a course director in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University.
Other activities include lecturing in the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at Royal
Roads University and in the Corporate Communications Program at Seneca College,
and coaching in mediation training sessions convened by Osgoode Hall Law School,
the Queens University Industrial Relations Centre, the University of Toronto School of
Continuing Studies, and the Province of Ontario.

James has also spoken widely on the use of mediation and facilitation to address
planning disputes in various sessions convened by the Ontario Professional Planners

James has an undergraduate degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson
Polytechnical Institute, a graduate degree in Environmental Studies (Land and
Resource Use Dispute Resolution) from York University, and has completed PhD
course work in adult learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the
University of Toronto.