Gerald (Jerry) Cormick has more than 35 years of internationally recognized experience as a mediator and facilitator in scores of complex disputes in the U.S., Canada and abroad, ranging from timber harvest plans to airport noise, transportation policy to water rights determinations and healthcare delivery policy to the development of health and safety regulations. Beginning in 1968, he pioneered the application of negotiation and mediation processes to racial and community-based disputes. Subsequently, he was the first to apply mediation and negotiation approaches to environmental/economic disputes and other public policy issues (1973). He has since successfully mediated scores of complex multi-party issues involving a wide-array of participants and substantive areas. He has also worked within organizations to develop policies and procedures and resolve outstanding issues and between organizations to develop procedures for the ongoing management of issues and disputes.

He advises and “coaches” elected bodies, agencies, corporations and NGOs in the application of dispute resolution and consensus building techniques within and between organizations. He is an award-winning lecturer and speaker and has developed widely used materials for negotiation and dispute-resolution training.

Jerry was the principal architect in the application of negotiations and mediation to natural resource disputes in the United States. A Canadian by birth, he also played a key role in introducing these techniques to Canada and adapting them for and applying them to Canadian circumstances. He has Ph.D. in Business Administration and has served as a professor at universities in the U.S., Canada and Europe specializing in the concepts and skills of negotiation and dispute management. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington.