John Siwiec


John Siwiec

John Siwiec

Law office of Perly-Roberston, Hill & McDougall LLP, Ottawa, ON (Ontario), CA (Canada)

Additional Language(s) : French

VanIAC Panel(s) : Domestic Arbitration, Emergency Arbitrator, Expedited Procedures Arbitrator, International Arbitration

Practice Areas : Construction, Corporate Commercial, Financial Services, Franchise, Intellectual Property and Licensing, Mergers, Acquisitions, and Joint Ventures, Partnership and Shareholder, Securities, Technology

Professional Experience

John has expertise in commercial disputes, including in the areas of international arbitration, commercial litigation, and intellectual property. He has acted for clients in relation to complex contractual disputes, including those arising from construction projects, shareholders’ agreements, franchise agreements, and the sale of goods and services, as well as in the recognition and enforcement of international arbitration awards and foreign judgments.

John has experience as counsel and arbitrator in institutional arbitrations, including under the ICC, LCIA, ICDR, and ADRIC, as well as ad hoc proceedings, and has appeared before all levels of court including the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Federal Court, the Court of Appeal for Ontario, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, and the Quebec Superior Court (Commercial Division).

John is a member of the inaugural roster of NextGen Arbitrators of Arbitration Place and is a member of the AAA Roster of Arbitrators and Mediators.

John has taught a course at the University of Ottawa’s Law Faculty in international arbitration and lectures at the university with respect to international business transactions.

John’s professional background includes working at the United Nations International Law Commission (ILC), and Global Affairs Canada, as well with Canadian Lawyers Abroad (Bangladesh).

John has served as President of Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners (YCAP) and has been selected by Global Arbitration Review (GAR) for recognition in the Future Leaders section of Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2018-2024, and by Who’s Who Legal: Canada – Arbitration 2022-2023.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training
  • Sole Arbitrator in an ICC arbitration relating to financial services seated in Vancouver
  • Sole Arbitrator in an ICDR arbitration regarding a franchise dispute
  • Sole Arbitrator in an ICC arbitration relating to the international sale of goods
  • Sole Arbitrator in an ICDR arbitration concerning the supply of services seated in Victoria
  • Counsel under the ADR Chambers Arbitration Rules regarding the acquisition and remediation of a wastewater treatment plant
  • Counsel in an ICC arbitration under Swiss law seated in Zurich regarding textile manufacturing
  • Counsel in LCIA arbitrations governed by English law concerning a significant retail property in Eastern Europe
Professional and Other Activities
  • Arbitrator at Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition
  • Member of the College of Arbitrators of the Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot
  • Inaugural Member, Canadian Representative, International Bar Association Arb 40 Subcommittee
  • Former Advisory Board Member, President, Treasurer and Board Member – Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners (YCAP)
  • Former Co-Chair, ICC Canada International Arbitration Conference
  • Former co-coach, University of Ottawa Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Team, Vienna, Austria (2009-2015)
Academic Qualifications
  • Called to the Ontario Bar, 2011
  • L, Civil Law, University of Ottawa, Magna Cum Laude, 2010
  • B., Common Law, University of Ottawa, Cum Laude, 2009
  • A., McGill University, 2004
  • A., McGill University, 2002