About Us

Colette Squires and Associates is an independent BC-based firm specializing in organizational development and conflict resolution/conflict prevention services. Colette established her private practice with many years of experience, and offers a range of services as a mediator and consultant to individuals and organizations. To ensure client needs are fully met, she partners with a variety of skilled colleagues as the scope of the work demands.

Colette’s formal training includes:

  • M.A. in Criminal Justice
  • Certificate in Conflict Resolution specializing in Mediation and Third Party Interventions (Justice Institute of BC)
  • Certificate in Leadership and Conflict Resolution (Justice Institute of BC)
  • Conflict Coaching (Justice Institute of BC)
  • Victim Offender Mediation (Fraser Region Community Justice Initiatives)
  • Real Justice and Community Justice Forums (RCMP)
  • Grief and Loss (Center for Loss and Life Transition, Colorado)

An experienced practitioner, instructor, public speaker, writer, and researcher, Colette’s work is diverse. She is a faculty member at the Center for Conflict Resolution at the Justice Institute of BC, and has been a researcher at the University of the Fraser Valley Centre for Public Safety and Criminal Justice. She is a member of Family Mediation Canada.

In a former role as the Executive Director of Abbotsford Restorative Justice and Advocacy Association, Colette led the organization from its infancy in 2003 to a thriving organization – designing and delivering Victim Offender Mediation services for police and adult crown referrals, school-based initiatives in Restorative Action, and an innovative mentoring program for at-risk youth.  In 2010 she was named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International for her achievements in Restorative Justice. 

Colette and her team now work with other organizations, providing training, mediation services, and program design and evaluation measures, building healthy communication and organizational practices.

Colette is the author of From Passion to Proof: the Power of Program Evaluation as well as a variety of training manuals and scholarly papers.

A seasoned teacher of both adults and youth, Colette has extensive experience facilitating groups and has assisted with the development of a variety of new projects and initiatives for organizations in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario.

Previous and current clients include:

  • BC Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Victim Services and Crime Prevention Division
  • BC Ministry of Child and Family Development
  • Correctional Service of Canada
  • City of Surrey
  • Abbotsford School District
  • Coquitlam School District
  • Abbotsford Community Services
  • Abbotsford Hospice
  • The Abbotsford and Mission Child and Youth Committees
  • Mamele’awt Qweesome Housing Society
  • South Island Wellness Society
  • The Spirit Bear Center Society
  • M2/W2 Association: Restorative Christian Ministries
  • Trinity Western University: ACTS Seminary Counselling Program
  • West Abbotsford Community School