Canadian HR Awards Judge Barbara Benoliel

Barbara Benoliel, Ph.D.
President, Preferred Solutions,
Senior Faculty and Ombuds, Walden University


Barbara Benoliel lives in Toronto Canada. She received her Ph.D. in Human Services from Walden University in 2006. She holds a M.Sc. in Organizational Behaviour from University of Tel Aviv, and a B.A. (honors) in Psychology from the University of Toronto. She is a Licensed Private Investigator, for workplace investigations, a Professional Mediator and Mitigation Specialist. She is an award-winning faculty member and Ombuds at Walden University. She is the President of Preferred Solutions; a Conflict Management Consulting and Mediation Services organization that provides solutions to conflicts in businesses, governments and institutions. She was the 2015 McGowan award winner for contribution to alternative resolution services in Ontario. Barbara is engaged in continuing research in the areas of:

  • Workplace Harassment
  • Restorative Justice Applications
  • Workplace Violence
  • Conflict in Family Business,
  • Shame, Apology, and Remorse in Resolving Disputes



Professional Associations:

Barbara is a member of several professional organizations; Past President of the ADR Institute of Ontario, mwmvweNational Organization of Human Services (NOHS), and She is a regular contributor to HR and ADR Journals and presents at professional conferences.

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