Chidinma B. Thompson


Chidinma B. Thompson

Chidinma B. Thompson, Ph.D., FCIArb.

Law office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Calgary, AB (Alberta), CA (Canada)

ADR Certified Designation : FCIArb

VanIAC Panel(s) : Expedited Procedures Arbitrator

Practice Areas : Commercial Lease, Construction, Consumer, Corporate Commercial, Energy, Franchise, Government, Healthcare, Hospitality, Indigenous, Insurance and Reinsurance, Mergers, Acquisitions, and Joint Ventures, Partnership and Shareholder, Real Estate, Transportation, Wills and Estates

Professional Experience

Chidinma B. Thompson PhD, FCIArb. is a Partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. She is a Litigator, an Adjudicator, and an Arbitrator. Her practice focuses on commercial litigation, domestic and international arbitration, regulatory and administrative law. Dr. Thompson works with a broad range of sectors including energy (renewables, oil and gas, electricity), environmental & climate change, petrochemicals, utilities, agribusiness, manufacturing, infrastructure, construction, municipal and land development. She has experience in all levels of court in Alberta, courts in some African countries, various Canadian tribunals and arbitrations.

Dr. Thompson is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a member of the ICC Canada Arbitration Committee, and a member of Arbitral Women, among other arbitral institutions. She is the current Chair of the Alberta Environmental Appeals Board, and oversees the administration of the Alberta Public Lands Appeal Board.

Dr. Thompson has taught various law-related courses at the University of Calgary and regularly speaks at law conferences. She publishes in law journals and blogs, and has contributed several law book chapters.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Dr. Thompson is a trained arbitrator with fellowship designation (FCIArb.) from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She has been involved in domestic and international arbitrations as counsel.

Dr. Thompson has sat as an Adjudicator in tribunals where she adjudicates multi-party matters relating to environmental, climate change, water and lands. She conducts matters from start, decides procedural motions, conducts site visits, chairs public hearings, and writes decisions with full reasons.

Professional and Other Activities
  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, ICC Canada Arbitration Committee
  • Member, Arbitral Women
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Canada
  • Chair, CBA Environmental Law South Section
  • Executive member, CBA National Environmental, Energy and Resources Law  Member: Alberta Regional Advisory Committee, The Advocate’s Society
  • Member: Canadian Bar Association (Administrative Law, Natural Resources Law, Civil Litigation, International Business Law, and Municipal Law Sections)
  • Member: Calgary Bar Association
  • Member, International Bar Association;
  • Member, Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners
  • Member, Young Women in Energy, Calgary

Select Awards:

  • Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal (Alberta) 2022
  • Women in Law Leadership Award (Canada) 2015
  • Young Women in Energy inaugural Award (Canada) 2014
Academic Qualifications

Chartered Director (Candidate) – The Directors College, McMaster University 2022

Foundation of Administrative Justice Decision Writing Certificate Program 2021

Foundations in Judicial Competencies Certificate Program (OBA/CBA) 2020

Accelerated Route to Fellowship Course Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Canada) 2019

PhD in Law, University of Calgary, 2014

LLM, University of Calgary, 2007

LLB, University of Nigeria, 2000