Kimberly Cork is a mediator, facilitator, and conciliator, with over 20 years of experience with a major Canadian life and disability insurer. Since joining ADR Chambers in January 2012, Kimberly has mediated numerous disputes involving accident benefits, tort claims, and Long Term Disability claims. Kimberly is also a mediator for the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC) and an investigator with ADR Chambers Banking Ombuds Office.
Kimberly earned a B.A. in Conflict Resolution Studies and Political Science at the University of Winnipeg. She is a Fellow, Life Management Institute (FLMI), a designation that signifies advanced expertise in the operations, products and management of life and health insurance companies. In 2002 Kimberly became an associate member of the Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association and was an active member of the Council from 2013 to 2018.
In addition to her many years of experience managing litigation in life and disability, health and major medical, accident benefits, and class actions, Kimberly also gained experience through management roles in the areas of group conflict, human rights, harassment, workplace disputes, wrongful dismissals and workplace safety and health.
Committed to the development of the practice of law to include effective advocacy in the mediation environment, Kimberly has dedicated significant time as a judge for the International Competition for Mediation Advocacy (ICMA), the Canadian National Mediation Advocacy Competition (CNMAC) and the ABA Representation in Mediation National Competition. She has also acted as a coach for Mediation Advocacy Skills and a judge for Negotiation Skills for the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba. Her judging skills have been utilized most recently for the Dentons Cup Negotiation Competition as well as the Canadian National Negotiation Competition. Over a number of years Kimberly has also been invited to guest lecture for the Faculty of Conflict Resolution Studies at the University of Winnipeg, Osgoode Hall Law School’s Masters of Law in Dispute Resolution and the University of Manitoba Masters Program in Peace and Conflict Studies.
Kimberly’s professional activities include a number of speaking engagements at conferences including: “Preparing Your Case and Your Client”, The Advanced Mediation Advocacy Forum, Toronto, ON – November 2008; “Effective Disability Insurance Mediations – Special Considerations”, Litigating and defending against personal injury and disability claims, Insight Information Co., Vancouver, BC – April 29-30, 2004; “Breaking Impasse in Mediation”, Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills, Section of Dispute Resolution, American Bar Association, Philadelphia, PA – November 13-14, 2003; “Optimal Use of Mediation in Disability Claims: How to achieve early and cost-effective resolutions to insurance disputes”, Litigating Disability Insurance Claims, The Canadian Institute, Toronto, ON – November 3-4, 2003; and “Making the Most of Mediation”, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association – Spring 2003 Conference, Toronto, ON – May 31, 2003.
Most recently, in addition to active practice, Kimberly is committed to research regarding different approaches to mediation and the opportunity to have a transformational impact on the legal community and society as a whole.
Kimberly is available to mediate throughout Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.