Julie Hopkins


Julie Hopkins

Julie Hopkins, FCIArb

Western Arbitration Chambers, Calgary, AB (Alberta), CA (Canada)

VanIAC Panel(s) : Domestic Arbitration, International Arbitration

Practice Areas : Construction, Corporate Commercial, Employment, Energy, Government, Healthcare, Insurance and Reinsurance, Labour, Mergers, Acquisitions, and Joint Ventures, Partnership and Shareholder, Transportation, Wills and Estates

Professional Experience

Julie Hopkins is an independent commercial arbitrator based in Calgary and is a member of Western Arbitration Chambers.

Prior to sitting full time as an arbitrator, Julie was counsel with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP where she practiced commercial litigation, arbitration and administrative law for more than 26 years.

She has experience across a variety of industries including electricity generation and transmission, oil and gas, (including oilsands, pipelines and LNG), construction, aviation, trucking, real-estate development, cannabis and health care as well as franchise disputes.

Julie is experienced with multi-party disputes and has been appointed to domestic and international arbitrations. She is on the rosters of a number of arbitral institutions, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (“CIArb”) as is the current Chair of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrator’s Canada Branch.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training
  • Accelerated Route to Fellowship Course, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, 2014
  • Panel Training, ICDR, 2018
  • Mediating the Litigated Case, Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University, 2021
Professional and Other Activities
  • Chair, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Canada Branch
  • Member, Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society
  • Member, Global Panel, CPR’s Panels of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Member, Canada Panel, ICDR Canada
  • Member, Roster, Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada
  • Member, Canadian Roster for Dispute Settlement Panels under Chapter 19 (Trade Remedies) of the North American Free Trade Agreement
  • Member, Article 31.22 Advisory Committee on Private Commercial Disputes under Canada – United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA)
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory Commercial Arbitration (2022)
  • Global Arbitration Review Legal Who’s Who, Arbitrator (2022 Canada and Global; 2021 Canada)
  • Refer to HerTM Arbitrators and Mediators List
Academic Qualifications
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, 2014
  • Admitted to the Alberta Bar, 1994
  • Articled at Howard, Mackie (a predecessor firm to Borden Ladner Gervais LLP) including a rotation at the Crown Prosecutors’ Office in Calgary, 1993-1994.
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Alberta, 1993
  • Bachelor of Arts (with Honours), University of Calgary, 1990