Canada: Mediation 2017

This chapter identifies 32 leading practitioners who have a proven track record in dispute resolution, mediating commercial proceedings across a range of different industries. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Cliff Hendler ADR Chambers, Toronto
2. Allan Stitt ADR Chambers, Toronto
3. George Adams QC Adams ADR Services, Toronto
4. Duncan Glaholt Glaholt, Toronto

SINGLETON URQUHART demonstrates the strength of its mediation offering in this chapter with three practitioners listed.
The “impressive” Barbara Cornish is identified by interviewees as "a highly respected mediator". Her wealth of experience in a broad range of commercial disputes makes her a prominent figure in the market.
Helmut Johannsen is “well recognised” for leveraging his background as a civil engineer to help resolve intricate cases involving construction and engineering, while Jeffrey Hand is consistently lauded by his peers for his formidable expertise on professional liability matters.

ADR CHAMBERS retains its strong reputation for mediation work with two listings in this edition.
The firm’s president Allan Stitt is a leader in our research; described as “an exceptional mediator”, he is renowned for his prowess in multiparty mediation and his ability “to resolve complex disputes with creative business and legal solutions”.
Also standing out is Cliff Hendler, who draws effusive praise from his peers. He continues to enhance his “excellent reputation”, reinforcing his status as “one of the most respected insurance mediators in the country”.

Two first-rate practitioners are recommended from ARBITRATION PLACE.
Warren Winkler QC is an esteemed practitioner whose “stellar reputation” and vast experience in labour-related disputes led to his appointment as mediator in recent labour negotiations between Essar Steel Algoma and United Steelworkers. 
John Judge is another highly regarded figure who is noted for the breadth of his mediation expertise.

George Adams QC at ADAMS ADR SERVICES stands out for his creative approach to dispute resolution. Interviewees endorse his substantial experience, with one calling him a true mediator and the best in the country.”

Duncan Glaholt at GLAHOLT is noted as “an excellent mediator in construction disputes”. His world-class practice encompasses disputes related to the energy sector, including resource extraction and infrastructure development.

At KIRSH CONSTRUCTION ADR SERVICES, Harvey Kirsh is praised for his intelligence and skill in handling complex engineering- and construction-related dispute resolution.

GLOBAL RESOLTIONS founder Paul Torrie heads up the firm’s well-respected mediation and arbitration practice. With more than 20 years’ experience, he is a highly visible figure in the North American mediation market and is regarded as a leader in the field.

Joel Richler at BAY STREET CHAMBERS is one of Canada’s pre-eminent mediators. He is held in high regard by peers and clients alike, who point to his extensive experience resolving commercial disputes worldwide.

Brian Wheatley QC at COE ADR MANAGEMENT is renowned for his commercial mediation expertise, receiving endorsements from the prominent dispute resolution practitioners in the region. 

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