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DefinitiveADR Professional Staff

See biography of John Comrie QC for further information

John Comrie QC, FCIArb,


Chartered Arbitrator and Certified Mediator


  • Dubai, UAE 2011
  • Illinois Bar Association 2001 - Present
  • Sask Law Society, Canada 1977

Dispute Resolution Training

  • Basic Mediation, University of Texas School of Law
  • CIArb Expedited Arbitration Program, Dubai
  • University of London, Graduate Diploma in Commercial Arbitration
  • Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London, England

Special Expertise and Areas of Interest

  • Managing Director, DefinitiveADR, a firm based in Taos, New Mexico providing dispute resolution services in Canada, the United States, the Middle East and other international locations.
  • Extensive dispute resolution experience derived from 35 years practicing law in Canada, United States and the Middle East, including 22 years as General Counsel to major North American steel company all prior to thr establishment of Definitive ADR in 20014.
  • Directed client participation in several successfully mediated commercial disputes
  • Including a major North American pipeline failure and $150 million multi-party steel mill and infrastructure construction lawsuit in Chicago in 2001, together with the resolution of many smaller matters typical of a large manufacturing company such as employment and labour law issuesaccident and personal injury casesenvironmental disputessecurities law

Dr. Salina Shrofel PhD

Professor, Consultant and Mediator

  • PHD in theoretical linguistics from University of Toronto, Canada
  • Former Department Chair, University of Regina and Dean of Education and Associate Provost at prominent United States and foreign universities
  • Background 

    Dr. Shrofel is one of the Principals and founding members of DefinitiveADR, a firm based in Taos, New Mexico providing dispute resolution services in Canada, the United States and the Middle East.  She currently  acts as an academic advisor to doctoral students at a prominent U.S. online university and provides consulting services relative to administrative and employment disputes typical of academic institutions.

    Special Expertise and Areas of Interest

    Dr. Shrofel has extensive dispute resolution experience derived from 22 years work as a full-time academic and 12 years experience as a Dean of Education and Associate Provost in a wide range of public, private and for-profit higher education institutions in Canada, the United States and the Middle East.

    During Dr. Shrofel’s tenure as Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina, Canada she represented individual faculty members in employment related disputes with her employer.  In due course, she was also appointed as the Chair of several administrative hearings at the same institution dealing with employment issues necessitating the resolution of disputes between University administration, individual faculty members and also the Faculty Union.

    As Dean and academic leader of a College of Education at Drake University and again as Associate Provost at Indiana University, South Bend and Northern Kentucky University, Dr. Shrofel was also responsible for the resolution of a wide range of disputes among students faculty members and university administration over a period of 10 years.  She has employed all the contemporary techniques to resolve such disputes including negotiation, conciliation, neutral expert analysis and mediation.

    She also has considerable practical experience in the resolution of disputes with cross-cultural components due to her experience as Associate Provost for Administration at Zayed University in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, as well as time spent with the University of Yaounde in Cameroun, Africa and giving seminars in Muscat, Oman.

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