Gold Standard Course

Registration is closed for 2023-24

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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 drafting 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 investor-state arbitration. In addition to the final award-writing exercise, there is also a final, multiple-choice exam. Two textbooks (Casey on Arbitration Law of Canada (4th) 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 2023 or 2024. 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 9, 2023, to May 4, 2024, 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 13, except for the High Holidays in September-October, the holiday break at the end of December and early January, and around the Toronto schools’ March break. Attendance is mandatory (but if a session is missed, a video will be available to watch).

*The course is being offered via Zoom to participants anywhere.  As circumstances 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 at the outset of their career or by those who have practiced for decades. 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 20.

The cost of the Course is $2,450, or $2,250 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 23/24

2023-24 Schedule:

Saturday sessions are 11:00 am to 3:00 pm; Wednesday sessions are 6:15 pm to 8:30 pm.

  1. Saturday, September 9 (Introductory Session)
  2. Wednesday, September 13 (Arbitration Agreements)
  3. Wednesday, September 27  (Tribunal Formation & Its Ethics)
  4. Wednesday, October 11 (Arbitration Ethics Part 1)
  5. Wednesday, October 25 (Arbitration Procedure Part 1)
  6. Wednesday, November 8 (Arbitration Procedure Part 2)
  7. Wednesday, November 22 (Jurisdiction Part 1)
  8. Wednesday, December 6 (Practical Aspects of Arbitration and Cybersecurity and Data Protection)
  9. Wednesday, January 10 (Jurisdiction Part 2)
  10. Wednesday, January 24 (Motions for Emergency & Interim Relief)
  11. Wednesday, February 7  (Arbitration Ethics 2)
  12. Wednesday, February 21  (Motion for Interim Relief)
  13. Wednesday, March 6 (The Hearing)
  14. Wednesday, March 20 (Arbitral Awards)
  15. Wednesday, April 3 (Tribunal Dynamics)
  16. Wednesday, April 17 (Appeals, Setting Aside and Enforcement of Awards)
  17. Saturday, May 4 (Concluding Session)

“…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