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Dr. Kenneth Melchin

Dr. Kenneth Melchin is professor of ethics in the Faculty of Theology and Director of the Lonergan Centre at Saint Paul University. He has been researching, publishing, teaching, and lecturing on the work of Lonergan for over 30 years. His books include Transforming Conflict through Insight (with Cheryl Picard), Living with Other People (also published in French and Spanish), and History, Ethics and Emergent Probability; his articles appear in Theoforum, Theological Studies, Anglican Theological Review, Negotiation Journal, Lonergan Workshop, and Catholic Theological Society of America Proceedings, as well as many other journals and edited collections. His research focuses on theological ethics, business and economic ethics, peace and conflict, and social and political ethics. He is a founding board member of the Ethics Centre at Saint Paul University and member of the boards of the Research Centre for Vatican II and 21st Century Catholicism, and the Centre for Religious Education and Catechesis.

Dr. Andrea Bartoli

Dr. Andrea Bartoli is the Dean and the Drucie French Cumbie Chair of the Institute of Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR) at George Mason University. He works primarily on peacemaking and genocide prevention. The Founding Director of Columbia University’s Center for International Conflict Resolution (CICR), a Senior Research Scholar at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and a Teaching Fellow at Georgetown University and at the University of Siena, Dr. Bartoli has taught in the US since 1994. He chaired the Columbia University Seminar on Conflict Resolution. He has published books and articles on violence, migrations, and conflict resolution.

Dr. Catherine Cli

Dr. Catherine E. Clifford is associate professor and vice-dean of the Faculty of Theology at Saint Paul University, Ottawa. She is director of the Centre for Vatican II and 21st Century Catholicism. She is also the dean of the Ottawa School of Theology and Spirituality. Catherine is co-author, with Richard Gaillardetz, of Keys to the Council (Liturgical Press, 2012), and is the editor of For the Communion of the Churches (Eerdmans, 2010), and co-author of Le Pape: 25 Questions (Novalis, 2009). Her research and teaching are focused in the areas of ecclesiology and interchurch dialogue. She finds in Lonergan’s work a helpful framework from within which to reflect upon questions related to the methodology of theological dialogue, the relationship between theology and canon law, and the dynamics of change and renewal in the life of the church.



Morag McConville

Morag McAleese is a graduate student studying ethics at Saint Paul University. For the past decade she has worked with Lonergan scholars with the aim of bridging the gap between theory and practice in order to develop tools for community economic development, business development, and workplace ethics practitioners. Morag has a background in business, having held senior positions in both the private and non-profit sectors on both sides of the Atlantic. Returning to Canada in 1981, she developed entrepreneurial programs for a variety of populations, including the unemployed, people with mental illness, people with disabilities, women in poverty, and youth in crisis. More recently, she developed a catering business that employs over 75 people who live with mental illness. Working with a team of cross-sector organizations, she was instrumental in launching the Social Purchasing Portal in Ottawa.


Dr. Cheryl Picard

Dr. Cheryl Picard is an educator, researcher, and practitioner specializing in conflict studies. Her teaching, her research efforts, as well as her collaboration with Dr. Ken Melchin have led to the development of a model of mediation called Insight Mediation, a learning-centred model that advances mediation theory and practice beyond traditional interest-based processes. Those efforts culminated in a book, co-authored with Dr. Melchin, published in 2008 by University of Toronto Press. Dr. Picard is active locally, nationally, and internationally. She has served on a number of professional boards, including as a founding board member and first president of the Neighbourhood Coalition for Conflict Resolution (NCCR), a non-profit, multicultural community-based conflict resolution program for individuals living in social housing communities in Ottawa. In addition, she has been active in the promotion of mediation and conflict resolution projects in Bermuda and Cuba, and has taught in universities across the globe.

Dr. Jamie Price

Dr. Jamie Price is research professor at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University and executive director of the Sargent Shriver Peace Institute. His areas of research include the philosophy of Bernard Lonergan, method in peacebuilding, spirituality, and social transformation.

Dr. J. Michael Stebbins

J. Michael Stebbins, Ph.D., is the Senior Vice President of Mission Services for Avera Health, a four-state health care system headquartered in Sioux Falls, SD. Dr. Stebbins came to South Dakota from Spokane, WA, where from 2000 to 2008 he served as the Director of the Gonzaga Ethics Institute at Gonzaga University. From 1994 to 2000 he was a Research Fellow and Director of the Arrupe Program in Social Ethics for Business at the Woodstock Theological Center, located at Georgetown University. Earlier in his career he worked as a registered nurse on the Advanced Care Unit at Children’s Hospital in Seattle. Dr. Stebbins holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Gonzaga University, a B.S. in Nursing from the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. in theology from Boston College. He and his wife Mary Kay have five children.