Joel Richler

Professional Experience

Mr. Richler has over 35 years of experience in commercial dispute resolution as a litigation counsel, arbitration counsel, mediation counsel, arbitrator (domestic & international) and mediator.

Before establishing his independent arbitration and mediation practice, Mr. Richler was a senior partner in Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP and was, for a number of years, co-chair of that firm’s Toronto litigation group.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Mr. Richler has long been an advocate of the use of arbitration as an efficient means of resolving commercial disputes. He obtained a Diploma in International Arbitration from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and he has been admitted as a Fellow of that organization. Amongst other accomplishments, Joel is on the Canadian and International Rosters of the ICDR, a member of the ICC International Arbitration Committee, a member of the ADRIC, a member of the North American Users’ Counsel of the LCIA, a founding member of TCAS and a founding Fellow of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers.

Mr. Richler has been counsel in numerous ad hoc and institutional domestic and arbitrations and he has acted as an arbitrator in several arbitrations, as chair of arbitral panels and as sole arbitrator. For several years he has been listed in several categories in Chambers Global, Chambers Canada, Lexpert, Best Lawyers in Canada, Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration and Who’s Who. Joel is currently listed in Lexpert’s Directory of Leading Litigation Lawyers, Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada and its 2016 Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada.

Mr. Richler firmly believes that arbitration and mediation are the best means through which commercial disputes can be resolved. He is committed to working with counsel and clients in order to “tailor make” processes designed to meet their cases and their interests.

Professional and Other Activities

Mr. Richler has been recognized for many years in several professional directories and publications, in litigation, arbitration and other categories, including:

  • Resident Arbitrator at Arbitration Place, Toronto
  • Chambers Global
  • Chambers Canada
  • Lexpert
  • Best Lawyers in Canada
  • Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration
  • International Who’s Who of Commercial Litigation Lawyers
  • Who’s Who Canada (Litigation)
  • Who’s Who Commercial Mediation
  • Benchmark Canada

Most recently, Mr. Richler was listed in:

  • Best Lawyers Alternative Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year (Toronto)(2013)
  • Best Lawyers International Arbitration Lawyer of the Year (Toronto)(2015)
  • Best Lawyers Procurement Lawyer of the Year (Toronto)(2016)
  • Lexpert Directory of Leading Litigation Lawyers
  • Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers
  • Lexpert Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
Academic Qualifications

Civil and Common Law degrees at McGill Law School LL.B., 1977-78
Called to the Bar in Ontario, 1980

Mr. Robert Neron

Professional Experience

Robert Neron is a Senior Lawyer, a Chartered Arbitrator, a Qualified Mediator, a Labour Arbitrator and a Workplace Complaint Investigator who has completed more than 70 workplace investigations and rendered more than 1,000 quasi-judicial and arbitral decision in the last 20 years. Mr. Neron is the Founder and CEO of Simner Corporation, an Ottawa-based bilingual Arbitration Firm.

Robert has been admitted to the Law Society of Ontario and the Law Society of Nunavut. He is also a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada, that accredited him as a Chartered Arbitrator and a Qualified Mediator.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Robert is a respected senior bilingual lawyer who has shifted his legal practice to full-time neutral work as Arbitrator, Mediator, and Workplace Investigator (harassment complaints, misconduct and wrongdoing).

He has twenty years of professional experience in adjudicating various cases and has presided over matters at the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB); at the Indian Residential School Adjudication Settlement Process; at the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada and has handled many labour disputes. His areas of expertise are workplace investigation, labour, sport and international commercial and trade disputes.

In 2000, the Parliament of Canada appointed him as a full-time member of the IRB in 2000 and in 2004, he was appointed Assistant Deputy Chairperson of the Immigration Appeal Division (IAD), a position that he held for seven years. In 2013, he was appointed by the Government of Ontario as a negotiator to settle Residential, Commercial and Industrial land expropriation disputes. In 2019, he was selected by the Canadian Government as a Member of Expert Arbitrators in International Trade under Chap. 19 of the USMA (NAFTA). In 2015, Robert published: Investor-State Arbitration (NAFTA and CAFTA) in the Comparative Law Yearbook of International Business, Wolters Kluwer.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Construction Finance; Construction Management & Cost Control, Columbia University, 2018
  • Doping: Sports, Organizations and Sciences, University of Lausanne, 2016
  • Labour Arbitration Law and Practice, University of Quebec, 2014
  • Ombudsman Certificate, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2014
  • Conducting Administrative, Oversight and Ombudsman Investigations, Ottawa, 2012
  • International Commercial Arbitration Law, Boston University School of Law, 2011
Academic Qualifications

  • Master of Law in International Business Law (LL.M.), Boston University School of Law, 2015
  • Executive Program in Leadership, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, 2014
  • Bachelor of Law (LLB.), University of Moncton, Faculty of Law, 1995
  • Bachelor of Political Science (B.A.), Laval University, 1987

W. A. Derry Millar

Professional Experience

Derry served as Treasurer (President) of the Law Society of Upper Canada from 2008 to 2010. He also served as a Bencher for 16 consecutive years from 1995 to 2011. Derry has been a chair and member of hearing and appeal panels on many cases involving complaints against lawyers.

Derry’s well-earned reputation comes with more than 34 years of practice. His experience in dispute resolution and as an advocate contributes significantly to his skill as an arbitrator and mediator. Those skills were recognized in 2001 when he was elected a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Derry’s wide-ranging practice includes the areas of Aviation, Commercial, Estates, Environmental, Insurance, Products Liability, Intellectual Property and Real Estate law. He has dealt with complex commercial, environmental, aviation, products liability and estate cases. Derry has acted for plaintiffs and defendants in various class actions, as well as counsel to class counsel on issues arising during proceedings.

Derry has appeared before all levels of courts in Ontario, the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Canada and the Supreme Court of British Columbia. He has also appeared before various administrative tribunals and municipal boards and councils.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Appearances on mediations and arbitrations as counsel.
  • Acting as arbitrator on commercial and real estate cases.
  • Acted as an arbitrator for domain name disputes under the Canadian Internet Registration Authority domain name disputes.
  • Acting as hearing member and chair on police discipline cases and professional discipline cases.
  • Acting as mediator on commercial and insurance cases.
  • Arbitration & Mediation Institute of Ontario – Arbitration II Course.
  • Conducting Hearings Training programs at Boards of Inquiry and Law Society of Upper Canada.
  • In-house Mediation Program.
Professional and Other Activities

  • Teacher, Colegio San Carlos, Bogota, Colombia, as a volunteer under the auspices of The Canadian University Service Overseas (CUSO), August 1966–July 1968
  • Past President and Director of The Ontario Cystic Fibrosis Camp, 1976–1994
  • Director of The Low Vision Association of Ontario, 1982–1993
Academic Qualifications

Dalhousie University, LL.B., 1971
University of Saskatchewan, B.A., 1966

Richard H. McLaren

Professional Experience

McLaren and Innovative Dispute Resolution Ltd. have been in business for over thirty years offering clients arbitration, mediation, facilitation, consulting and investigative services. For over thirty years, McLaren has been involved in labour arbitrations involving both federal and provincial matters.

McLaren has significant experience and expertise in anti-doping including cases involving nandrolone, anabolic agents, identical urine samples, r-EPO, equine growth hormones, blood transfusions, and various illicit substances.
Richard H. McLaren was a consultant to Senator Mitchell’s inquiry into doping problems and relationship to professional baseball (2007). Arbitrator more than 100 cases in anti-doping and sports disputes; 10 cases in international commercial and 25 cases in domestic commercial disputes.

Through the Ad Hoc Panel of the Court of Arbitration of Sport, McLaren has proudly participated in four Olympic Games during which he resolved disputes pertaining to, amongst other things, anti-doping cases, athlete eligibility, and intellectual property rights. Specifically, he acted as Arbitrator for the following summer and winter Olympic Games.

McLaren’s mediation practice evolved as a natural extension to his arbitration experience. Parties to disputes often comment on McLaren’s creativity, ability to encourage discussion and identify areas of commonality and, ultimately, to facilitate the resolution of their dispute.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Former co-chief arbitrator for Sports Dispute Resolution Centre for Canada 2001 – 2006
  • Acted as Chairman, President and sole arbitrator for CAS
  • Arbitrator for: United States anti-doping agency
  • AAA Dubai International Arbitration Centre
  • ICC and Singapore International Arbitration Centre
  • Mediator for: Federation Equestre Internationale Commission
  • Acted as a mediator in both professional and elite sports disputes and international and commercial disputes
  • Arbitrator for International commission for Holocaust era insurance claims (2001-2007)
  • 30 years of Domestic labour and Commercial Arbitration experience.
Professional and Other Activities

  • C. Arb. – Chartered Arbitrator, ADR Institute of Canada
    Barrister & Solicitor, Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Member Strauss Institute council of distinguished advisors in dispute resolution (Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA)
  • Vice-Chair of Sports Law Institute (Marquette University)
  • American Arbitration Association
  • Arbitrator’s Institute of Canada
  • Publication include: Innovative dispute resolution; The Alternative!; Commercial Arbitration Law
  • Awards: Lionel J. McGowan award for excellence in ADR in Canada (2010)
Academic Qualifications

LL.M., London School of Economics & Political Science, University of London, 1972
LL.B., The University of Western Ontario, 1971
HB.A., Ivey School of Business, The University of Western Ontario, 1968

Marvin J. Huberman

Professional Experience

Marvin is a mediator, municipal ombudsman, and arbitrator, and is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in civil litigation. He is a former administrative law judge, and adjunct law professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, where he taught legal ethics and trial advocacy.

Marvin has expertise in corporate/commercial litigation and administrative and public law, including cases involving banking, contracts, labour, corporate and shareholder remedies, securities, tax, insurance, fiduciary duties, torts, transportation law, professional liability and ethics, and constitutional/human rights. He has extensive experience with administrative/regulatory matters and constitutional/human rights disputes. He served as the Vice-Chair of the Ontario Commercial Registration Appeal Tribunal. Marvin was appointed by the Chief Justice as a member of the Civil Rules Committee (Comité des règles en matière civile), pursuant to the Courts of Justice Act (Ont.).

For over 30 years, Mr. Huberman has litigated, mediated, adjudicated as a former Vice-Chair of the Ontario Commercial Registration Appeal Tribunal, and/or arbitrated hundreds of disputes involving various forms of construction and building contracts, new home warranty and Tarion issues, owners, contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, architects and engineers, federal, provincial, and municipal contracts, quantum meruit, damages, concurrent liability in contract and tort, tendering, surety bonds, insurance, liens, holdbacks, change orders, setoff, non-payment, trusts, and alternative dispute resolution.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Marvin holds a Master of Laws Degree in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Osgoode Hall Law School, where he served as a negotiation and mediation coach. He has also served as a civil litigation and advocacy instructor at the Law Society of Upper Canada, Bar Admission Course. He was awarded the designation of Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb.) in 2015.

Mr. Huberman has also taught, spoken about, and published in these areas throughout his professional career, including as a columnist for the trade magazines Purchasing B2B and Materials, Management and Distribution – MM&D.

Marvin has served as litigation counsel, mediator, and arbitrator in cases involving farm debts, livestock, advertising, marketing, and sales of goods, including farm products, and in the interpretation and application of relevant statutory provisions. Marvin was recently appointed as an arbitrator by the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission.

Marvin has been appointed to the FINRA roster of arbitrators, which is the largest securities and business dispute resolution forum in the United States among investors, brokerage firms and individual brokers.

Marvin co-authored a book entitled “A Puisne Judges’ Guide to Alternative Dispute Resolution: A Handbook for Canadian Judges on ADR in the Courts,” and published several articles, including “Pre-Trial Conferences and Alternative Dispute Resolution Techniques: Maximizing Settlement Potential,” and “ADR in the United States Federal Administrative Justice System – The Administrative Conference of the United States.” His Master of Laws thesis, “Integrating Alternative Dispute Resolution Into Administrative Justice Systems: Improving Society and Justice” was written in consultation with the Deputy Attorney General of Canada and the Department of Justice Canada.

Marvin has recently published through Irwin Law, “A Practitioner’s Guide to Commercial Arbitration”, which offers clear and practical advice and guidance on how to conduct arbitrations fairly, impartially, efficiently and effectively, in domestic and international forums.

Marvin is also a founding member of the Chief Justice of Ontario’s Committee on Professionalism in the Legal Profession (2001).

He was awarded The Lawyer International – Global Award- 2017- Law Firm of the Year- Commercial Arbitration – Canada.

Marvin was the recipient of the 2017 Corporate International Magazine Global Award: Partnership Disputes Mediator of the Year in Canada.

Marvin served as an acclaimed member of the Executive Committee of the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society. He is the current President of the ADR Institute of Ontario, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), and Fellow of the Asian Institute of Alternate Dispute Resolution (FAIADR).

Visit Marvin’s website at www.marvinhuberman.com

Professional and Other Activities

  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society
  • ADR Institute of Ontario, Inc.: Former Member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the IP/Technology Section
  • ADR Chambers, Inc.: Mediation/Arbitration panel member
  • B’nai Brith Canada: National legal counsel and member of National Administrative Board, and Financial Management Cabinet
  • Chief Justice of Ontario′s Advisory Committee on Professionalism: Founding Member
  • Canadian Bar Association: Former Chair, National and Ontario Civil Litigation Sections
  • Civil Rules Committee: Member
  • Competition Law and Policy Task Force of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce: Former Member
Academic Qualifications

  • Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, LL.M., Alternative Dispute Resolution (1997)
  • University of Toronto (Arbitration Certification 1996)
  • Harvard Law School (Mediation Certification 1994)
  • University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law, LL.B. (1982)
  • Certified as a Specialist in Civil Litigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada

 

Claude Freeman

Professional Experience

Fluently bilingual, Claude’s academic background includes studies in both Business Administration and Aviation Sciences (Commercial Pilot) and Dispute Resolution Law.

Combined with over 30 years of solid business experience, he is an accomplished mediator and arbitrator, with 20 years of full-time civil/commercial mediation, arbitration and fact-finding practice, including matters of employment/workplace, finance, accounting, intellectual property, code of conduct reviews, mergers and acquisitions, contract issues, insurance, and transportation. Claude has been appointed to several prominent mediation and arbitration rosters, and one of his arbitration decisions has been published in the 2007 Canadian Patent Reporter. His practice has included review/adjudication/appeals of several hundred disability/injury/insurance matters and is approved as a workplace specialist for the Federal Government. He is also an approved arbitrator by the Province of Québec to conduct arbitrations under the New Home Warranty Plan. He is also very familiar with GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles).

Claude leads a Quebec-based full-service Conflict Resolution firm, capable of helping maximize the post-COVID19 business recovery, in a financially viable way. Visit Claude’s website here.

Claude has authored and published close to 30 papers, articles, and media events on Dispute Resolution, and has taught/co-taught a number of courses and seminars, and has mentored several new mediators to the profession.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Claude initially trained as a Mediator and Arbitrator with the Quebec National and International Commercial Arbitration Centre and has earned a Masters Degree in Dispute Resolution Law, and his designations as Chartered Mediator and Chartered Arbitrator.

Mediation Rosters

  • Roster Mediator, Ontario Mandatory Mediation Program – Toronto/Ottawa/Windsor
  • Member of Walkerton Mediator Roster
  • Federal Department of Justice – Resolution Neutral
  • General Insurance Ombudservice
  • Canadian Human Rights Commission
  • Canadian Portfolio Management Association of Canada
  • Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD)
  • Ombudservice Life & Health Insurance (OLHI)

Arbitration Rosters

  • Canadian Internet Registration Authority
  • KPMG – Ontario/Quebec Workplace Arbitrator Panel
  • Financial Services Company Dispute Roster
  • Canadian Human Rights Commission
  • Canadian Portfolio Management Association of Canada
  • Canadian Transportation Agency
  • Major Insurance Company Misrepresentation Dispute Arbitrator
  • American Commercial Dispute Resolution Centre
  • ADR Chambers
  • Tribunal Appointment: Appointment by Governor-in-Council/Privy Council as member of the Federal Transportation Appeals Tribunal, 9/03
  • CRA – Independent Third Party Reviewer (Workplace).
Professional and Other Activities

  • ADR Institute of Ontario and Canada
  • ADR Institute Chartered Arbitrator/Mediator Designations Approval Committee
  • Ontario French Lawyers Association (A.J.E.F.O.)
  • Quebec National and International Commercial Arbitration Centre (Q.N.I.C.A.C.)
  • American Arbitration Association (A.A.A.)
  • Quebec Mediation and Arbitration Institute (I.M.A.Q.)

Michael Erdle

Professional Experience

Michael Erdle co-founded Practical Resolutions Inc. in 2011, to help parties resolve business and commercial disputes in an efficient, cost-effective way, through facilitated negotiation, mediation and arbitration. Michael is one of Canada’s most experienced and qualified commercial dispute resolution professionals. He has more than 25 years’ experience as a commercial lawyer, specializing in technology and intellectual property. Michael has negotiated countless agreements and assisted clients in resolving a wide variety of commercial disputes.

He is a trained and experienced facilitator, mediator and arbitrator.

Since 2005, Michael has successfully mediated resolutions in shareholder and joint venture matters, computer software development and implementation projects, copyright, trademark, patent and trade secret disputes. He has acted as sole arbitrator in cases involving ownership of intellectual property, software licensing, system implementation, and other commercial and contract issues. He has acted as mediator/arbitrator in several matters.

Michael is a director of the ADR Institute of Ontario and the ADR Institute of Canada. He is a past president of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, a past director of the Canadian IT Law Association and a past chair of the Toronto Computer Lawyers Group. Michael has written and spoken on many current issues in technology and intellectual property law, including: dispute resolution; software development and licensing; electronic commerce; domain names; and outsourcing. He has lectured at Osgoode Hall Law School and McGill University. He currently teaches a course in “Powerful Negotiation Skills” at University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Advanced Mediation Workshop, World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Center, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Advanced Mediation Course, Stitt Feld Handy & University of Windsor Law School, Toronto, Ontario
  • International Commercial Arbitration (Accelerated Path to Fellowship), Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Intensive IP Arbitration Course, Canadian Bar Association & ADR Institute of Canada
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution, Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Ontario
Professional and Other Activities

  • 2015 Best Lawyers in Canada®– Alternative Dispute Resolution, Information Technology Law, Technology Law
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory – Leading Practitioner, Computer & IT Law
  • Lexpert / American Lawyer Guide to the Leading Lawyers in Canada – Technology Transactions
  • IAM 250: The World’s Leading Patent and Technology Licensing Lawyers
  • Who’s Who Legal Canada – Internet & E-Commerce
  • The International Who’s Who of Internet, e-Commerce & Data Protection Lawyers
Academic Qualifications

Osgoode Hall Law School, LLB, 1986
Carleton University, Bachelor of Journalism, 1978