Bryan C. Duguid KC, FCIArb.


Bryan C. Duguid KC, FCIArb.

Bryan C. Duguid KC, FCIArb.

Law office of Jensen Shawa Solomon Duguid Hawkes LLP, Calgary, AB (Alberta), CA (Canada)

ADR Certified Designation : FCIArb

VanIAC Panel(s) : Domestic Arbitration, International Arbitration

Practice Areas : Accounting, Commercial Lease, Construction, Corporate Commercial, Energy, Financial Services, Franchise, Government, Mergers, Acquisitions, and Joint Ventures, Partnership and Shareholder, Real Estate, Securities, Transportation

Professional Experience

As counsel or as arbitrator, Bryan focuses exclusively on the resolution of corporate and commercial disputes.

As lead or sole counsel, he represents international and domestic corporations (commonly the largest and leading in their industries), but also privately-held start-ups and individuals.

In 2014, Bryan was appointed as Queen’s Counsel, and as a Fellow of the UK-based Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. In 2018, he was inducted as one of the maximum of twelve Alberta Fellows of the Construction Lawyers Society of America. In 2019, Bryan was appointed for a five-year term as one of three members of the Dispute Resolution Panel for the Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator. In 2020 and 2021, he was shortlisted by Benchmark Litigation as the Alberta Litigator of the Year. Bryan is also a member of the Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society.

Bryan is recognized by Who’s Who Legal for “exceptional work in international arbitration proceedings” and as having “outstanding expertise in national and international commercial and civil litigation”. He has been selected by his peers as one of The Best Lawyers in Canada in international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, and for construction, corporate-commercial, and energy disputes. Benchmark recognizes Bryan as a Litigation Star in arbitral, commercial and energy disputes. Chambers Canada and Lexpert have identified Bryan as a leading lawyer who is repeatedly recommended for corporate-commercial disputes.

Bryan started his legal career by articling with a major international law firm, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP.  He was an associate for 5-½ years, and a partner for 10 years.

Bryan then joined Jensen Shawa Solomon Duguid Hawkes LLP in 2009, serving as its Managing Partner from 2013 to 2014, and Firm Chairperson from 2015 to 2019.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

For more than 25 years Bryan has been focused on the resolution of business disputes. Over that time, the arbitral portion of his practice has increased progressively, such that it now comprises a high majority, involving complex matters typically with at least tens of millions of dollars at stake.

Bryan has obtained full-ranging experience as lead or sole counsel in arbitration proceedings and hearings in various industries, including Power Purchase Arrangement arbitrations in the Alberta electricity industry, construction disputes, and commercial disputes.

In 2005, he obtained a Certificate in Arbitration from the Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society (now the ADR Institute of Alberta) (ADRIA), based on 11 different relevant courses including 62 hours in attendance and additional preparatory reading and other work.

In 2014, Bryan was admitted as a Fellow (FCIArb) of the worldwide London, UK-based Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Professional and Other Activities
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society
  • United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, Article 31.22 Advisory Committee on Private Commercial Disputes
  • Fellow, Construction Lawyers Society of America
  • Chair of Sub-Group and member of Steering Committee of the Uniform Law Conference of Canada (ULCC), Domestic Arbitration Legislation Group, that prepared a new uniform Arbitration Act for all of the provinces and territories in Canada, approved by the ULCC in November 2016.
  • Founding Co-Editor of ADR Perspectives, a newsletter published by the ADR Institute of Canada, Inc.
  • Appointed in 2021 to the Experienced Arbitrators panel to train, develop, and mentor recently-qualified Fellows of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, under the New Arbitrator Program.
  • Arbitrator Rosters and Panels:
    • Ontario IESO Dispute Resolution Panel
    • International Centre for Dispute Resolution Canada
    • ADR Institute of Canada, Inc. (including the Commercial Arbitrations Roster)
    • ADR Institute of Alberta
    • American Dispute Resolution Center
  • ADR Institute of Canada, Inc.
  • ADR Institute of Alberta
  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Calgary Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
Academic Qualifications

1992 – Osgoode Hall Law School, Bachelor of Laws
1991 – University of Regina, Bachelor of Administration with Distinction