Gary Ramey, Ph.D., W.F.A.
Mediator / Arbitrator
- Performing Arts
- Business and Municipal Affairs
If you are confronting problems within the educational system at any level, Gary has the experience to relate to your situation and help you resolve them.
During a thirty-two year career in education, he worked at the junior high, high school, community college, and university levels, both as an instructor and as an administrator. While at the Nova Scotia Community College Lunenburg Campus, he handled student and staff related conflict issues. He also dealt with conflicts between students and the college at a province-wide level.
As a workplace educator, he has instructed the AITP program, a course with major sections dealing with conflict resolution and the dynamics of power, and has also taught interview skills.
He has also authored and co-authored scholarly papers in the Education field.
Gary’s performing arts experience gives him insight into the issues that can crop up.
He has performed in both music and film, and is a SOCAN registered songwriter.
Business and Municipal Affairs
Gary is well acquainted with the conflicts that can arise in business situations and also between businesses and various levels of government. For most of his adult life he has had a hand in business, mainly in real estate, rental properties, forestry, publishing and the arts sector. He is a member of the Bridgewater and Area Chamber of Commerce, a former member of the Bridgewater Town Centre Development Corporation, and has served on numerous boards.
In the four years that Gary served as the Member of the Nova Scotia Legislature for Lunenburg West (2009-2013), he was constantly using problem solving skills to do his work. Sometimes this involved negotiating with the Nova Scotia Power Corporation to prevent them from cutting off a constituent’s power, sometimes it involved meeting with departmental representatives to re-prioritize work, sometimes it meant meeting with groups like the Nova Scotia Christmas Tree Grower’s Association to see if some of their priorities could be addressed. This is the nature of the work.
In addition, he sat on a number of legislative committees including Assembly Matters, Public and Private Bills, Natural Resources, Community Services and Public Accounts, one of the most important committees of the House because it holds the government to account on its spending practices.
For all four years of his term, he was the Ministerial Assistant to the Minister of Health, one of the most important departments of government. He often spoke on behalf of the department, helped draft legislation, spoke on health-related matters in the House, met with stakeholders, solved constituent problems related to healthcare matters and on one occasion did a bill briefing.
Mediation Training and Affiliations
- Member, ADR Institute, Atlantic
- Member, ADR Institute, Canada.
- Certified Workplace Fairness Analyst (W.F.A.), Workplace Fairness Institute
Gary holds a B.A. and B.Ed. from Mount Allison University, an M.A. from Mount St. Vincent University and a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta.
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