Don Schapira


Founder & Lead Mediator, National

Contact information

19th Floor, Stephen Avenue Place,
700 - 2nd Street SW,
Calgary, AB T2P 0X1


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Don’s Profile


  • Harvard Business School (Negotiation Mastery, 2020)
  • Cornell University (Conflict Resolution Program, 2020)
  • Northwestern University (Mediation Skills Program, 2014)
  • University of Lethbridge (B.Mgt with Great Distinction, 2003)
  • ADRIA (Qualified Mediator Designation, 2015)

Service Areas

  • Family Mediation
  • Divorce Mediation
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Corporate Mediation
  • Corporate Training
  • Conflict  Management Training,
  • Workshops & Seminars


Don Schapira, Q.Med. founded Fresh Start Mediation in 2014 because he believed that there was a better way to overcome conflict in the Family Room, Board Room and the Class Room.

After his own divorce in 2008, Don experienced the pitfalls of the traditional divorce process.  With his deep financial background learned through 15 years on Bay Street, Don is dedicated to ensuring the best models to ensure your Fresh Start. He will work with you to provide the information you need to make the financial decisions you want during this transition.

Sharpening  his skills through Harvard, Cornell and Northwestern Universities, coupled with helping hundreds of families come to healthy solutions, Don has found a balanced, successful approach to securing your Fresh Start.

Don has also pledged himself to many charitable organizations in the local community, working with Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Peer Mediation and Skills Training as well as Businesses For Calgary Kids.

Staying true to his desire to grow the world of ADR, Don is currently the main presenter, and former Chair, of the Conflict Resolution Day Committee, providing free, valuable and current communications training to all Canadians.  Don has also worked with ADRIA as their Calgary Representative, was a multi-year Board Member with Alberta Family Mediation Society and acted as Executive Director for the Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society hosting a National Canadian Convention with partnership from ADRIC and AFMS during COVID.

Don’s background, tireless commitment and knowledge will help him understand your needs, so you can achieve the agreement you want.

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Let’s talk about you.

We offer no obligation, free 1hr consultations to people like you. Let’s talk about your situation. Really.