Glenn Sigurdson, Principal and Founder
Glenn has evolved a significant consultancy practice from a prominent legal career. He has a proven track record dealing with diverse interests – interactions within, between, and among organizations and groups – building relationships, achieving consensus, developing partnerships, and resolving conflict. Since 1994, he has been a Principal in the professional affiliation of independent practitioners known as The CSE Group, who are widely recognized as leaders within the field and its development.
He is internationally recognized for his work with respect to complex multi-party challenges involving environmental, resource, and land use issues, from mining to oil and gas, fish to forests, energy and water, often involving indigenous rights and interests. His work in the field was acknowledged in the publication of the Program Negotiation at Harvard Law School: Public Dispute Mediators: Profiles of 15 Distinguished Careers.
Sustainability has provided a focus within which Glenn has drawn together the many dimensions of his strengths and experiences including co-authoring a widely referenced book, Building Consensus For A Sustainable Future – Putting The Principles Into Practice, a publication of the National Round Table of Canada. Included within a broad range of sustainability related assignments and activities he has served as an adviser to and facilitator for The Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development Project (MMSD), a major undertaking of research and consultation which focused on how the mining and minerals sector could contribute to the global transition to sustainable development (1999-2002).
Glenn is also associated with Simon Fraser University in Vancouver BC, where he is currently an Executive in Residence and an Adjunct Professor in the Beedie School of Business, and a Senior Dialogue Associate of the Morris J. Wosk Center for Dialogue. He has been delivering executive and management development programs for over 25 years, with the Banff Center (1986 -2000), and now as an instructor in the MBA, and customized programs at the SFU Segal Graduate School of Business. He is the Chair of the Responsible Mineral Sector Initiative, housed at the Beedie School, a collaboration among diverse interests to develop the concepts, tools, and networks to lead and manage responsibly within the mineral sector.
He has written and spoken extensively in the field, and is a former President (1996) of the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution (SPIDR), now known as the Association for Conflict Resolution, the pre-eminent international organization in the field, headquartered in Washington, DC. Glenn’s background includes experience as a mediator, facilitator, and negotiator; he also brings with him an extensive adjudicative background as an arbitrator in workplace, commercial, and healthcare disputes, and as the Senior Vice Chair of the Manitoba Labour Relations Board (1980-1989, part time). He is a member of the Board of Directors of RESOLVE Inc, headquartered in Washington D.C., one of the premier, public policy dispute resolution organizations in the United States and internationally.
He received his B.A. (Hons.) Economics from the University of Manitoba (1968); and later attended Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in Toronto (1972). He is a former barrister and solicitor called to the Bars of Manitoba (1973), and British Columbia (1989). In 1985 he was appointed Queen’s Counsel. His career, background, and experience are extensively reviewed at www.glennsigurdson.com