Jonathan Jacobs

Co-founder of CansultED

Jonathan is a New York and Ontario licensed lawyer, mediator and Ombuds investigator for federally regulated banks, and a dispute resolution specialist. He is an adjunct law professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law where he teaches courses on Negotiation and Mediation.  As a corporate trainer, Jonathan developed and delivered various courses on conflict resolution to multinational companies, governments and associations across North America and in the Carribean.

His experience as a dispute resolution practitioner includes resolution of disputes in the fields of real estate, contracts, insurance, labour and within condominiums. Jonathan has been accredited with the designation Qualified Mediator (Q. Med).

Marvin J. Huberman

Co-founder of CansultED

Marvin is a lawyer, mediator, arbitrator, facilitator and former adjunct law professor at Osgoode Hall Law School where he taught arbitration.  He wrote A Practitioner's Guide to Commercial Arbitration, an authoritative and practical guide to arbitrating disputes.  He is a deputy judge of the small claims court. His experience as a dispute resolution professional across several decades has covered disputes that involve contracts, labour, drug and alcohol testing, securities, insurance and transportation law.

He holds a Master of Laws Degree in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Osgoode Hall Law School and has been accredited with the designation Chartered Arbitrator.

Liran Kandin

Co-founder of CansultED

Liran is an attorney licensed in New York, mediator and experienced practitioner in the cannabis space.  His management experience includes raising funds in the public markets, negotiating major cannabis acquisitions, and chairing the committee on corporate governance of a publicly traded cannabis firm.

He holds a Master of Laws Degree in business law from the University of Toronto and has over 10-years of experience as a legal educator.

Treena Reilkoff

Dispute Resolution Specialist

Treena is an ADR practitioner who specializes in Trauma Informed Mediation. With over 25 years’ experience in the private and public sectors, Treena has managed complex cases involving mental health and disabilities. She is an expert at understanding how trauma may influence clients’ memory, behaviour and communication. Treena is an experienced facilitator and has provided workshops and training on mental health and conflict.

Treena has adjudication experience related to rehabilitation and vocational legislated eligibility for veterans. She has years of experience conducting facilitated discussions between various medical service professionals, clients, their families and community supports, to assist in resolving the barriers to implementing rehabilitation and vocational plans and/or accommodations and medication regimes.

Treena has a BSW, BA, Executive Certificate in Conflict Management, holds the designations of a Qualified Mediator, Psychological Health and Safety Advisor, Workplace Restoration Specialist and Workplace Fairness Analyst. Her background includes a clinical speciality in Social Work, Behaviour Analysis and is a Certified Resiliency Trainer/Facilitator.

David Bennett

Dispute Resolution Specialist

David is a leading investigator and mediator.  He has conducted numerous and comprehensive workplace investigations. His clients have included one of North America's largest cannabis companies, the nuclear industry, and lobby groups.

He is a Roster Mediator for International Olympic issues with the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and an Arbitrator and Mediator for Olympic organizations at the SDRCC, dealing with issues such as team selection and doping.

‍David has expertise in discrimination and harassment issues having served as the Alternate Discrimination Counsel for the Law Society of Ontario from 2005-2017. 

Andy Butt

Dispute Resolution Specialist

Andy is a highly trained and skilled workplace mediator, labor arbitrator, investigator, facilitator and conflict management coach. He has more than 20 years of experience working to resolve workplace conflict, labour conflict, community conflict, commercial conflict and inter-organizational conflict.

Andy has extensive experience with both labor and commercial arbitration. He has been named to the NL Minister’s Roster of Labor Arbitrators and he is a Roster Mediator to the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador. He has conducted all services applied to a workplace including mediations, investigations/assessments, group processes for workplaces that were experiencing difficult issues, coaching services for managers and employees and he has gained specialized experience through participation in provincial collective agreement negotiations.

Andy holds Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb.) and Chartered Mediator (C.Med.) designations; he is a certified Workplace Fairness Analyst through the Workplace Fairness Institute, and has received specialized training in transformative mediation. 

Russell Bennett

Dispute Resolution Specialist

Russell Bennett became a lawyer in 1997 prior to establishing a career in film and theatre production. In 1998, Bennett produced and co-directed the documentary STONED: Hemp Nation on Trial, which followed the trial of Christopher Clay, owner of Hemp Nation. STONED premiered on CBC and was nominated for Best Political Documentary at Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival.                                                                                                                                              

In 2004, Bennett co-wrote and performed The Reefer Man, a multi-character solo play that told the story of a lawyer who is arrested for growing award-winning cannabis in his basement but escapes to become an underground cannabis superhero. Bennett toured the award-winning play to fringe festivals and professional theatres. After the birth of the first of his three children, Bennett returned to the practice of insolvency and fraud recovery law.                                                                                                                                              

On April 20, 2018, Bennett founded Cannabis Law, a full-service cannabis law firm to help and protect small businesses and entrepreneurs as they grow. To understand legalization and the history of cannabis prohibition, Bennett wrote the book, Canada's Cannabis Act: Annotation & Commentary, now in its fourth edition, 2022-2023.                                                                                                                                                 

Bennett founded and hosts a podcast on Cannabis Law, which features long-form interviews with industry and legal experts. Bennett blogs sometimes and posts on matters relating to cannabis and the law. Bennett’s next initiatives are producing and directing a documentary on the challenges with the cannabis industry and helping people and companies in the cannabis industry by mediating their disputes with CansultEd.

Chanakya Dwivedi

ADR Specialist

Chanakya is a lawyer licensed in India and soon to be a licensed in Ontario. With over a decade of legal experience, his legal background encompasses a wide range of roles as a litigator and an arbitration specialist. He has served as a Counsel for the Federal Government of India at the Supreme Court of India. He has also been a part of various high stakes international commercial arbitrations.

Chanakya is a former professor of Alternate Dispute Resolution at the Symbiosis International University, India and has been acting as an arbitrator at the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot since 2015. In addition, he also has experience as an in-house counsel, heading the legal department at a hospitality company and playing a key part in their project’s development team.

He has degrees in Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Laws (B.B.A. LL.B.) from India and also holds a Master of Laws degree from Cornell University.