Mediation - Better communication to build a path forward

Separation and divorce are hard on everyone involved, both children and adults.

The traditional approach of “talk to my lawyer” makes it worse.

It sets the parties up as adversaries and often direct communication ceases.

This approach causes assumptions, misunderstandings, and suspicions to grow which often leads to a long, exhausting and costly legal process.

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Make your conversations more productive, more effective

MacKinnon Communications utilizes the interest-based family mediation model to build common ground and a future-focused plan.

The mediation process takes far less time, money, and stress than alternative approaches.

With MacKinnon Communications, you can move past the conflict and move into the future, sooner.

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Clear communication is key

When children are involved, we help to create a comprehensive parenting plan addressing all issues related to the children, including financial support matters.

We also work with both sides on all matters related to an equitable division of matrimonial debts and assets and prepare an agreement that is accurate, correct, and complete.

Once you have an agreement that is fair and sustainable for both of you, we will guide you through your options to file your agreement with your court application.

We will work with your family lawyer (if you have retained one) or paralegal to assist you in filing your agreement.

The challenges of a family in transition

Separation or divorce is overwhelming and the fear of the unknown is often the most stressful part.

MacKinnon Communications reduces your anxiety by answering your questions and providing you a process for clarity for your future.


We serve as an experienced, objective, confidential third party to help you arrive a written agreement

Cost starts at $720.00


If it is not possible to arrive at a mediated agreement, under the Arbitration Act of Alberta, we can provide a written decision that both parties agree will be legally binding

Costs starting at $3,000


When you need a consultant or advisor on your side, we can be there for you

Costs starting at $1,500

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Succession planning - defining what’s next

When it is time to transition the operation and ownership of your family farm or business, remember MacKinnon Communications.

As an objective, skilled third party facilitator, MacKinnon Communications ensure that all perspectives are heard.

We guide you through the challenging discussions and tough decisions that ultimately lead to a roadmap for your future that works for everyone involved.

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Kortney R.

We were extremely happy with your approach and expediency. We believe your services represent what mediation should be like - progressive and reflecting the desires of the parties involved in the process.

Karen T.

Alasdair provided a thorough and efficient navigation of complex issues during the separation process.

How it works

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It starts with a call

You are likely overwhelmed and have a lot of questions.

First, we talk with both you and the other party individually.

We will explain the mediation process and answer questions that you might have.

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Finding solutions for you

It can take as little as two meetings – on average about six hours of your time – to reach an agreement on critical family and financial issues.

The first session usually focuses on the children – decision making, parenting schedule, schooling, travel, child support, whatever’s relevant

The second meeting deals with the division of matrimonial property, debts, assets, and spousal support (if relevant).

We provide a safe environment to discuss what is important to you and help you arrive at an agreement in the best interest of your children.

It’s about finding the common ground and collaborating to move forward for you and your children.

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The path forward - The agreement

Our goal at MacKinnon Communications is to provide both parties with a written agreement that can be utilized in your court application for separation/divorce.

But it’s much more than that.

Having a written agreement about the care and well-being of your children and certainty about your financial assets and economic security for the future is priceless.

Meet Alasdair

My service and focus is to help individuals, families, and organizations manage and resolve their conflict and learn effective new skills to communicate and lead themselves and others.

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Alasdair MacKinnon

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