Gold Standard Course

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

  • Roger B. Campbell, Barrister and Solicitor

“Comprehensive and intense…”

  • John Campion, Partner, Gardiner Roberts LLP

“… 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, Partner, Lerners
To register contact the Course Administrator, Tracy Thompson-Demeter at:
Payable by cheque only

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 practised in Canada. It covers both international and non-international arbitration from that perspective. The Course is particularly relevant to those who wish to practise 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.

The Course meets and exceeds the Gold Standard© requirements of the ADR Institute of Canada. Successful completion of the Course satisfies the training requirements for the Q.Arb. designation conferred by the ADR Institute of Canada. (See ADRIC website for details as to other requirements.) Successful completion of the Course also satisfies the professional designation requirement that is now a condition for TCAS membership.

Based on the CPD credits allowed by the Law Society of Ontario last year, we anticipate 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 will not require any other CPD or Professionalism credits for 2019 or 2020. One hour of diversity (EDI) content is available in either of the two calendar years in which the Course is taught, but not in both.

The faculty for the Course includes over 20 leading Canadian and international arbitration practitioners, all of whom teach within the context of a detailed curriculum as set out in the Course Outline that accompanies this Course Description.

In addition to the teaching Sessions, the Course includes extensive reading materials, custom designed practical exercises in writing arbitration clauses, making procedural decisions and writing awards, and video supplements on specialized topics such as investor state arbitration and advocacy in international arbitration. 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 will be conducted from September 12, 2020, to May 8, 2021 in 17 Sessions. The first and last Sessions are conducted on a Saturday. The remaining sessions are conducted on Wednesday evenings, two weeks apart except for the holiday break at the end of December and early January.

Enrollment in the Course is limited to 25.

*Full Course Available via Zoom in 20/21

In person sessions are hosted by Arbitration Place at 333 Bay Street in Toronto.

For those outside Toronto who wish to take the Course, a combined Zoom/video version of the Course is available. Sessions may be completed by viewing video content. Personal access to the Course Director will be available throughout the Course.

The Course is specifically designed for practicing lawyers and has been taken by lawyers who have practised for as few as 2 years, or as many as 42 years. However, enrollment in the course is open to anyone who has an interest in commercial arbitration, regardless of legal qualifications.

The cost of the Course is $1,500, or $1,300 to members of TCAS.

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


“…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
In an increasingly volatile world, Toronto is a safe and sophisticated arbitration venue.