A Well-Rounded Leadership Team

ProActive is led by a team with extensive backgrounds in threat assessment and conflict management, and further complemented by experts in employee relations, law, forensic psychology, media, restorative justice, social policy, policing and education.

John M. McDonald,  Managing Director and Conflict Management Specialist

John worked as a teacher in NSW and became a consultant to the New South Wales Department of Education for its New Arrivals Refugee Program for two years. In 1986 John became the Principal Adviser to the NSW Police Commissioner on youth and juvenile justice, a position he held for ten years. In 1996 he received the prestigious Fairfax Leadership Award in Ethics for his work in policing. He then worked for the Australian Federal Police and with the Australian National University as a consultant on the establishment of an alternative approach to conflict in the community. John co-authored the book Transforming Conflict, which is used as the standard text for people responding to complex conflict in the workplace.

Richard D. Hart, LLB, C.Arb, Director and Conflict Management Specialist

Richard has over 17 years of experience in the field and presents internationally on conflict management and dispute resolution topics. Through his work as a practicing lawyer, mediator and arbitrator, Richard gained substantial insight into the challenges facing organizations. He has a degree in law and background in international relations from the University of British Columbia, is a civil mediator with the Mediation Roster Society of British Columbia, and holds various professional designations, including that of Chartered Arbitrator.