Dr. Ben Hoffman is a specialist in negotiation, mediation, and peacebuilding. He obtained a B.A. and M.A. (Psychology) from Wilfred Laurier University, an M.A. in International Relations from Tufts University, and a Ph.D. from York University, UK. He also specialized in International Peacemaking at the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation. Ben’s interest in mediation began in correctional services in Northern Ontario when he helped manage a hostage taking incident and his practice in conflict resolution and violence prevention grew over the last 30 years to include healing and restorative justice work in a variety of national and international settings.
From 2000 to 2003, he was Director of the Conflict Resolution Program at The Carter Center, acting as President Jimmy Carter’s representative, focusing on implementing the Nairobi Agreement between Sudan and Uganda, engaging the Lord’s Resistance Army to release abducted child soldiers, and orchestrating extensive efforts to end the nineteen year old war in Sudan. As President and CEO of the Canadian International Institute of Applied Negotiation he directed a political violence prevention and reconciliation project in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa.
Recently, he led a community healing process in the City of Cornwall under the auspices of the Public Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse. Currently he is mediating the Gladstone Reconciliation process and the Skeena Watershed Initiative in British Columbia, Canada and launching a new initiative focused on the sustainability of humanity, The Canada Expedition. Dr. Hoffman is called upon to provide mediation, peacebuilding strategy advice, and to lecture to a wide range of clients throughout the world.