Gold Standard Course

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“…the best course I have taken on any topic during my professional life!   … exceptionally well planned and executed”

Roger B. Campbell, Barrister and Solicitor

“Great job. Far exceeded my expectations.”

Hon. James R. Turnbull, Superior Court of Justice (ret.)

“… curriculum has the right balance of theory and practice; the faculty come from at the highest levels of the profession … the drafting exercises are meaningful but manageable.  Highly recommended!”

Mark Freiman, Counsel, Rosen & Company Barristers

To register contact the Course Administrator, Tracy Thompson-Demeter at:
Payable by cheque or etransfer to

The Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society Gold Standard© Course in Commercial Arbitration (the “Course”) is a comprehensive and intensive course in commercial arbitration as it is practiced in Canada. It covers both international and domestic arbitration from that perspective. The primary and guest faculty for the Course includes many of the leading Canadian and international arbitration practitioners. In addition to the teaching sessions, the Course features extensive reading materials, custom designed practical exercises on topics such as in writing arbitration clauses, conducting the first procedural meeting, making procedural decisions, and writing awards, as well as video supplements on specialized topics such as tribunal dynamics and emergency relief. Two textbooks (Casey on Arbitration Law of Canada (3d) and Gay/Kaufman Annotated Arbitration Statutes of Ontario), with a combined retail value of approximately $300, are included in the price of the Course.

The Course is particularly relevant to those who wish to practice commercial arbitration (either as counsel or as arbitrator) in Ontario, and in other provinces with the same legislative framework. However, the practical skills and approaches, and virtually all of the legal principles, are relevant in any Canadian jurisdiction.

In previous years, the Course has met and exceeded the Gold Standard© requirements of the ADR Institute of Canada (“ADRIC”) and successful completion of the Course satisfied the training requirements for the Qualified Arbitrator (Q.Arb) designation conferred by ADRIC (see the ADRIC website for details as to other requirements). We anticipate this will be the same this year.

Based on the CPD credits allowed by the Law Society of Ontario last year, we expect that the Course will qualify participants for 18 hours of CPD credits, including 3 hours of Professionalism credits, in each of the two calendar years. On that basis, participants would not require any other CPD or Professionalism credits for 2021 or 2022. We expect one hour of diversity (EDI) content will be available in either of the two calendar years in which the Course is taught, but not in both.

The Course will be conducted from September 11, 2021, to May 7, 2022, in 17 Sessions. The first and last Sessions are conducted on a Saturday. The remaining sessions are conducted on Wednesday evenings (Eastern Time), approximately two weeks apart, beginning September 22, except for the holiday break at the end of December and early January, and around the Toronto schools’ March break.

*The course is being offered via Zoom to participants anywhere.  As public health measures permit, hybrid in-person/Zoom classes may be held.  Any in-person sessions held as part of a hybrid in-person/Zoom class will be hosted by Arbitration Place at 333 Bay Street, Suite 900 in Toronto.

Personal access to the Primary Faculty Members will be available throughout the Course.

The Course is specifically designed for practicing lawyers and has been taken by lawyers who have practiced for as little as two years, or as much as 42 years. However, anyone who has an interest in commercial arbitration, regardless of legal qualifications, may apply to enroll in the Course.

Enrollment in the Course is limited to 25.

The cost of the Course is $1,500, or $1,300 for members of TCAS. Payment can be made by cheque or etransfer to

To register contact the Course Administrator, Tracy Thompson-Demeter, at:


*Full Course Available via Zoom in 21/22

“…to regularly meet and share ideas with the leaders of the arbitration bar (both students and instructors) made this an incredibly valuable educational opportunity.”

Cynthia Kuehl, Partner, Lerners

“This is the A-Z course about arbitration essentials – fabulous!”

Michael Schafler, Partner, Dentons

“Comprehensive and intense…”

John Campion, Partner, Gardiner Roberts LLP

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