WINNIPEG, Manitoba R2M 1Y5
Profession(s)Lawyer, Mediator, Other
Anu practiced law for almost 40 years. She was one of the leading collaborative lawyers in Winnipeg, Manitoba., Canada. Drawing from years of expertise gained from both within the court system and through having successfully implemented a broad range of out-of-court solutions such as collaboration, mediation and conflict coaching, she works one-on-one with her professionals to help them on their unique path to becoming effective and integrated in collaboration. Anu is a teacher, trainer, consultant, writer and speaker on conflict resolution and collaboration. She is co-creator of the Collaborative Law Journey Map, a cross-cultural educational, facilitation and screening tool for use in Collaborative Practice. She is also founder of the Thalia Leadership Coaching and Consulting, an international organization that coaches and supports helping professionals through its coaching and consulting services.
Professional ActivitiesAnu is actively involved internationally, nationally and in Manitoba in promoting conflict resolution and Collaborative Practice. She is a frequent writer and speaker on conflict resolution and collaborative law. She has written about Conflict and Collaboration for the professional journal of the Manitoba Bar Association and received an award for her contributions. She has also been a writer for the professional journal of the International Association of Collaborative Professionals. She is a member of the Collaborative Law Committee of the Canadian Bar Association and of the Standards and Governance Committee of the Canadian Collaborative Caucus. Anu provides extensive service to the legal profession. Noteworthy among her many contributions is the fact that she has served as Chair of both the Manitoba and the Canadian Bar Associations’ Family Law and Alternate Dispute Resolution sections. Anu has also served as an investigator and member of the competence, complaints investigation, and disciplinary committees of The Law Society of Manitoba. Anu has taught collaborative law and conflict resolution for collaborative organizations, negotiation and interviewing skills for CPLED (the bar admissions program) for the Law Society of Manitoba, conflict resolution for Mediation Services in Winnipeg, and ethics for the Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba. Anu has volunteered on the boards and committees of many charitable organizations including United Way of Winnipeg, Family Mediation Manitoba, and LEAF (Legal Education and Action Fund).
1977-80 University of Manitoba, B.Sc.
2004-06 York University, Osgoode Hall, LL.M. (ADR)
1980-83 University of Manitoba, LL.B.
1984 Called to the Manitoba Bar
Basic Interdisciplinary Collaborative Training
Advanced Issues in Collaborative Practice
Conflict Resolution for Collaborative Practice
Visual Facilitation for Collaborative Practice
The Collaborative Law Journey Map: An Essential Tool for Anchoring Critical Conversations
Growing Your Collaborative Practice: Using the Collaborative Law Journey Map to Engage and Empower Clients
The Neuroscience of Collaboration
Collaborative Practice Essentials for the New and Advanced Reflective Practitioner
Advanced Conflict Resolution: Beyond Skills
Using Enneagram Personality Styles to Manage and Resolve Conflict
The Art of Reflective Feedback: An Essential Skill for the Collaborative Professional
Coaching Essentials for Legal Professionals
Training of one to four day duration:
2015 New Mexico Collaborative Practice Group - Visual Facilitation and Using the Collaborative Law Journey Map in Collaborative Practice
2015 Collaborative Practice Manitoba - Conflict Resolution for Collaborative Practice
2013 Collaborative Practice Manitoba - Conflict Resolution for Collaborative Practice
2013 Collaborative Practice Manitoba - Comprehensive Skills for Collaborative Practice
2012 Collaborative Practice Manitoba - Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Workshop
2011 Collaborative Practice Manitoba - Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Workshop
2010 Collaborative Practice Manitoba - Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Workshop
2003 Law Society of Manitoba - Collaborative Separation and Divorce
2003 Law Society of Manitoba - Conflict Resolution for Collaborative Practice
2002 Manitoba Association of Collaborative Professionals - Collaborative Law
Numerous half day and short workshops for Legal, Financial and Mental Health Professionals. See IACP Education and Training listing for details.
Basic Interdisciplinary Collaborative Training
Advanced Issues in Collaborative Practice including Visual Facilitation, Anchoring Critical Conversations, Using the Collaborative Law Journey Map to Engage and Empower Clients, the Neuroscience of Collaboration and Collaborative Practice Essentials for the New and Advanced Reflective Practitioner
Haid Smith Counselling
CommentsAnu was a founding member of Collaborative Practice Manitoba. She was a leader in the organization's strategic planning, served on its board and provided education and training to its members for many years. She was also one of the founders and board members of Collaborative Professionals of Canada. She currently serves on its professional development committee. Anu has a Masters of Law in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Osgoode Hall, the esteemed law school at York University in Toronto. She has extensive training and experience in collaborative law, mediation, negotiation and coaching. She was certified as a Comprehensive Family Mediator by Family Mediation Canada. She is a trained arbitrator. She also hold certifications as a coach and spiritual director.