Campion on Advanced Civil Litigation and Arbitration: Become a Better Advocate for your Clients!

Quality mentorship is hard to come by in the legal profession these days. Especially for young civil litigators, getting trained by someone who has not only been to trial but to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada is rare.  

Such a mentor has designed this program.

In this 10-module program, you will be taught a three-step system to understand any area of law quickly: Analysis, Process and Strategy.  

Drawing on an eclectic combination of jurisprudence, law, process and everyday wisdom, John and his faculty of leading judges and practitioners will unpack each step. Upon successful completion of the program, you will become a better advocate for your clients!


What This CPD Includes

Analysis: Law and Equity, Charter, Statutes Process: Litigation, Class Actions, Arbitration, Mediation, Appeals Strategy: Internal and External Impacts and Crises – Risk and Resolutions

This 10-part series on Advanced Civil Litigation and Arbitration is comprised of 17 hours of video CPD: 6.5 Professionalism, 10 Substantive and 0.5 EDI.  

Join John Campion and his assembled faculty of leading judges and practitioners to master the topics below.


Leader: John Campion Justices: Feldman, Sharpe and Archibald Treasurers: Mercer and Schabas Arbitrator: William Horton Professors: Simmons, Winkler Professor of Mediation, Osgoode Lawyers: Cherniak, Steep, Morrison, McNamara, Blue, Gelowitz, Vella, Nadia Campion, Di Domenico, Cameron, Tighe, Scarfo, Levin, Jull 


1. Analysis, Process and Strategy: The Code - John A. Campion

P 1 hr

2. Ethics and Conduct of Counsel - Malcolm Mercer, Gavin Tighe and Ian Blue

P 1.5 hrs

3. Causes of Action: Fiduciary Duties - Nadia Campion Negligent Misrepresentations - Paul Steep Law of Abuse - Susan Vella and Maria Scarfo 

S .75, P 1 hr

4. Statutory Actions, Bankruptcy - Jon Levin Competition - Tony Di Domenico Privacy - Alex Cameron Media, Libel and Slander - Honourable Paul Schabas Constitutional - Paul Blue 

S 1.5, P 1.5 hrs

5. Class Actions - Paul Morrison and Bill McNamara  

S 1.5 hrs

6. Trials - Honourable Todd Archibald, John A. Campion, Earl Cherniak and Ken Jull  

S 2, P 1, EDI .25 hrs

7. Arbitration - Bill Horton and John A. Campion  

S 1.5 hrs

8. Mediation - Martha Simmons, Winkler Professor of Mediation 

S .75, p .75 hrs

9. Appeals - Honourable Kathryn Feldman, Honourable Robert Sharpe and Mark Gelowitz 

S. 1.5, P .25 hrs

10. Strategy - John A. Campion 

P .25 hrs

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Polley Faith LLP, Lerners LLP, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, William G. Horton Professional Corporation, Lax O’Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP, Torys LLP, McCarthy Tétrault, Miller Thomson LLP, Blaney McMurtry LLP, Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP, Rochon Genova LLP, Gardiner Roberts LLP

“I took this course in an attempt to learn key litigation strategies from an iconic litigator in Canada and it absolutely did not disappoint. I only hope that other lawyers/firms see the value of having such an experience. A true leader is one who raises others up to his level … thank you Mr. Campion.”

Dylan A.S Bal, Esq.

About The Experts

This training program gives you unprecedented access to a panel of Canada's top legal minds as they present on advanced civil litigation and arbitration. The combined value of their experience and insight contained in these videos is priceless and will be a boon to the advancement of your own legal career.

John A. Campion

John Campion has been a force within the Canadian legal community throughout his career. He has been involved in many of the cases that have defined the interaction between Canadian business and law for four decades, from gold mines to boardrooms, from oil fields to isotopes. He has served as an Emeritus Bencher and Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada, President of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, President of the Empire Club of Canada, chair of the Audit Committee of the CBC, counsel to two Prime Ministers and much more, serving everyone from heads of state to underprivileged children during a storied career. John Campion is nationally and internationally recognized (Chambers, Best Lawyers, Lexpert, International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell) as one of Canada’s leading senior trial, appeal and arbitration counsel. He has been an elected Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 2000 and was President of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, representing Canada’s 100,000 lawyers nationally and internationally. He has been active in his community: President of The Empire Club of Canada, counsel to the Director of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and an adjunct professor of law, Toronto and Osgoode. He is an author of Professional Liability in Canada and publishes and lectures broadly throughout Canada and internationally.

Malcolm Mercer

Malcolm Mercer is a partner in McCarthy Tétrault’s Litigation Group with over thirty years in practice. Malcolm was previously our General Counsel and was a co-leader of our National Litigation Practice. Malcolm is the Treasurer of the Law Society of Ontario. He has chaired the Law Society's Professional Regulation Committee and its' Advertising and Fee Arrangements Working Group and has co-chaired its' Alternative Business Structures Working Group. He is a past chair of the Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee of the Canadian Bar Association, was a member of the CBA Task Force on Conflicts of Interest and is a member of the National Committee on Accreditation of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. In 2013, Malcolm was recognized by the Canadian Bar Association with the prestigious Louis St. Laurent award. In August 2014, Malcolm was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers by Canadian Lawyer. Malcolm is an adjunct professor at the Osgoode Hall Law School where he teaches legal ethics. He is a legal ethics columnist for and is a member of the Canadian Association for Legal Ethics. Malcolm is National Chair of the Victorian Order of Nurses - Canada and a past board member of Pro Bono Ontario. He received his B.Sc., in systems design engineering in 1977, and his LLB from the University of Toronto in 1982. Malcolm was called to the Ontario bar in 1984.

Ian Blue

Ian A. Blue, Q.C. is a senior counsel and advisor on energy and regulatory law, administrative-law, business-law and constitutional-law issues. 

He has appeared before all levels of courts in Ontario, Alberta, Nova Scotia and the Yukon and before both levels of the Federal Court. 

He also has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada. In addition, he has appeared numerous times before the National Energy Board, the Ontario Energy Board, the New Brunswick Energy and Utilities Board, arbitration panels and many other regulatory bodies.  

Gavin Tighe

Gavin Tighe is a senior partner with Gardiner Roberts LLP and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Mr. Tighe has been certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a Specialist in Civil Litigation since 2003 and has appeared as lead counsel at all levels of Canadian Courts including the Supreme Court of Canada. He has significant experience successfully representing clients in professional discipline matters, and securities tribunals in both Canada and the United States. Mr. Tighe also acts as counsel to clients in arbitrations, mediations and other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution. A sampling of some of Mr. Tighe’s reported court decisions is listed below. Mr. Tighe’s diverse practice focuses on professional liability. Mr. Tighe has also represented clients and successfully argued some of the leading Canadian cases in such diverse areas as corporate restructuring, municipal conflict of interest, adverse possession of real property, solicitor’s negligence, financial advisor liability, auditor and accountant liability, title insurance, defamation, and election law in addition to numerous other areas of law. Mr. Tighe has published numerous legal articles, been an instructor at the Law Society of Upper Canada and has been cited as an authority on Civil Practice in Ontario. He has repeatedly been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada and ranked in Lexpert. Mr. Tighe is also commonly an invited speaker at professional conferences including conferences sponsored by the Law Society of Ontario, Canadian and American Bar Associations.  

Nadia Campion

Nadia Campion, formerly a partner with the renowned Lenczner Slaght firm, brings to Polley Faith more than a decade of experience in complex commercial litigation. 

She has won the trust of many of North America’s best-known companies with a sharp focus on her client’s objectives and a tireless determination to succeed. Nadia will help lead our mission to be recognized as one of Toronto’s top litigation firms. 

Maria Scarfo

Maria Scarfo’s career has been devoted to finding effective solutions for her clients while contributing to the management and growth of Blaney McMurtry. As the firm’s Managing Partner, Maria combines her expert litigation and negotiation skills with a proven ability to solve problems and build strong teams in order to ensure that both her clients and colleagues receive strong leadership and results. Maria Scarfo is an experienced litigator who defends claims for insurance companies, public authorities and corporations. Her areas of specialty include claims involving institutional sexual abuse and the defence of public authorities; Maria has defended hundreds of public authority defence files and institutional sexual abuse files. With a well-developed ability to defuse conflict in any situation, Maria is often entrusted to handle sensitive, high profile cases which require a balancing of clients’ reputational, public policy, business and other interests beyond litigation. By actively listening to her clients’ unique concerns, Maria is able to recommend the most reasonable course of action to achieve her clients’ goals and objectives. Maria has resolved hundreds of cases at mediations and she has an excellent record of finding early resolutions in cases resulting in significant savings in legal fees for her clients. Maria represents clients in highly contentious litigated matters as well as those more suited to mediation. As a result of her adaptability, agility, and sound judgment, she can effectively and efficiently respond to any client matter.

Paul Steep

Paul Steep is a partner at McCarthy Tétrault. He carries on a broad commercial litigation practice with a specific focus on securities litigation including class actions. He has an active trial and appellate practice before all levels of the Courts of Ontario, including the Supreme Court of Canada.  

Paul's practice involves major commercial disputes, including contractual disputes, all forms of securities litigation, oppression remedies, directors’ and officers’ liability cases, banking litigation, and class actions. He has acted as counsel in contested take-over bids to target companies and on behalf of bidders. He appears regularly before the OSC on a variety of regulatory and enforcement matters. He also regularly acts on behalf of corporations and persons subject to OSC investigation. In addition, he has conducted trials and appeals in major medical malpractice claims. Paul is a past chair of the firm’s Litigation Group, a pre-eminent group of litigators practising in virtually all areas of civil litigation before a wide variety of courts and tribunals throughout Canada. He has also recently served as a member of the firm’s Board of Directors.  

Paul is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He received his BA (Hons.) and his LLB from Queen’s University.

Susan Vella

Susan Vella is recognized as one of Canada's foremost practitioners in the areas of civil sexual assault, institutional abuse, civil litigation and multi-victim lawsuits. On June 11th, 2008 Susan received The Advocates' Society Award of Justice. The Award of Justice honours advocates who exemplify the finest traditions of advocacy in representing members in society whose cause may be politically or socially unpopular or against the mainstream. In the September 2003 issue of L'Expert™ magazine and in the National Post, Financial Post section that same year, Susan Vella was named as "one of the 15 top Canadian women lawyers to watch". On May 28th, 2009, Ms. Vella was awarded the Law Society Medal. The Law Society Medal is presented to Ontario lawyers who represent the highest level of achievement and commitment to serving society and the profession. Upon receiving this prestigious award, Ms. Vella was interviewed by Law Times in relation to her work in the area of civil sexual assault. Representing victims of sexual and physical assault, mental cruelty, and institutional abuse, her practice was the first of its kind on "Bay Street." Susan Vella has represented individuals and groups of victims for over 25 years, and has achieved many landmark decisions and results for persons whose claims were at one time not recognized as legitimate and worthy of compensation. She represented approximately 200 women who, as girls, were sent to the Grandview Training School For Girls. With her clients, Susan negotiated a precedent setting "healing package" which included an apology from the Government of Ontario, various forms of compensation, and "in kind" benefits. This settlement package has been the subject of much academic, legal and public media commentary because of its precedent setting and multifaceted nature. Susan Vella had the privilege of representing the first victim to come forward in the Maple Leaf Gardens abuse scandal, Martin Kruze, in the civil litigation context. She assisted Martin Kruze in bringing the Maple Leaf Garden scandal to the attention of Maple Leaf Gardens, the public, and the justice system [see selected excerpt from Globe and Mail article entitled "Scandal Slams Gardens Into the Boards" dated February 22nd, 1997]. As well, Susan Vella was one of the first lawyers to assist First Nations' survivors of clergy sexual abuse, including her landmark settlement on behalf of individuals who were abused by a priest at the Cape Croker reserve, and has represented First Nations survivors who were sexually abused by Ralph Rowe - a former Anglican minister, priest pilot and Boy Scouts Silver Acorn honouree who travelled to various reserve territories in north-western Ontario. In addition, Susan Vella represents survivors of the Indian Residential Schools system both before the courts and in the current Federal Government Indian Residential School settlement process.

Alex Cameron

Alex Cameron is leader of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Group. Clients from all sectors, including numerous Fortune 100 and 500 companies, consistently turn to Alex for his recognized leading expertise in privacy, cybersecurity and related matters.  

Clients work closely with Alex to achieve business objectives through the innovative use of personal information, while ensuring compliance and managing risk. From big data projects, to marketing initiatives, to workplace management, Alex helps clients to identify and implement creative solutions to all manner of privacy issues. He also assists clients in managing compliance with Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL).

A longstanding director on the Advisory Board of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Canada, former Chair of the Canadian Bar Association Privacy and Access Law Section, and recipient of a doctoral degree in privacy law, Alex has contributed to thought leadership and the shaping of privacy and related law and policy in Canada.  

In recognition of his expertise, Alex has received a number of prestigious commissions from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) to author reports and guidance material, including , PIPEDA and Your Practice — A Privacy Handbook for Lawyers, a national privacy handbook for the legal profession; Leading by Example: Key Developments in the First Seven Years of PIPEDA, a milestone privacy law report, and Metadata and Privacy: A Technical and Legal Overview.  

Alex is consistently ranked in Chambers Canada and The Best Lawyers in Canada as one of Canada’s top privacy and data protection lawyers. He was also named as the 2018 Toronto Privacy and Data Security Law “Lawyer of the Year”.

Antonio Di Domenico

Tony Di Domenico is a Partner and Co-Leader of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin’s Antitrust/Competition & Marketing Group. As former counsel to Canada’s Commissioner of Competition (Department of Justice Canada) and having served as counsel in many of Canada’s most significant competition matters, Tony is widely recognized as one of Canada’s leading practitioners in competition law and litigation.  

Tony represents and counsels clients in domestic and multi-jurisdictional competition matters, including mergers, criminal cartel matters, advertising and marketing practices, abuse of dominance and other reviewable practices. Tony represents parties in criminal and civil investigations, litigated proceedings before Canada’s Competition Tribunal and class action litigation. Tony has extensive trial and appellate experience, having appeared as counsel before Canada’s Competition Tribunal, all levels of court in Ontario, the Federal Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.  

While with the Department of Justice (2014-2016), Tony directly advised the Commissioner of many of the Competition Bureau’s high-profile cases. In this role, Tony represented the Commissioner in complaints and investigations, enforcement matters, the review of mergers, major litigated proceedings and the negotiation of remedies and orders. Tony also secured numerous production orders/subpoenas on behalf of the Commissioner and advised on Competition Bureau enforcement guidelines and competition policy matters.  

Tony is the author of the leading legal treatise, Competition Enforcement and Litigation in Canada (Emond Publishing). Tony is an adjunct law professor at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, where he teaches competition law and trial advocacy. Tony is a non-governmental adviser to the International Competition Network, a network of the world's competition authorities that promotes effective global antitrust enforcement. Tony is active in the leadership of the Canadian Bar Association’s National Competition Law Section, having served as Chair of the Criminal Matters Committee and currently serving as a Vice-Chair of the Mergers Committee. Tony is also active in the leadership of the American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law, currently serving as a Vice-Chair of the Consumer Protection Committee. Tony is a past chair of the Ontario Bar Association’s Class Action Section and currently sits on the Bench and Bar Class Action Liaison Committee in the Province of Ontario.  

Jon Levin

Jon Levin has an unmatched reputation for providing top-level advice. An advocate of exemplary client service, Jon has acted as lead counsel in high profile financings, takeovers and restructuring transactions. In the corporate governance area, Jon has advised special committees and has provided strategic guidance on board procedures and the implementation of governance polices in response to new legislation and developments. Internationally recognized for his expertise, Jon has been ranked by leading legal directories, including Chambers Global and Chambers Canada, Who’s Who Legal, and Lexpert. Jon was also named as one of Canada’s most creative lawyers by the National Post and Lexpert magazine due to his ability to bring new perspectives to both legal and business-related situations. International Financial Law Review states that he is highly regarded for his “understanding of the client’s business,” Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Banking Lawyers have also branded him a leading expert in Canadian banking and insolvency law. Jon has served as a director of a number of public and private companies, and has served as an advisory panel member to equity investment funds. He was a member of the board of directors and audit committee of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and serves as a member of the board of Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada. He has been retained by numerous financial institutions and other clients as an expert witness in relation to certain legal and banking practices. Jon has been involved in numerous continuing legal education programs sponsored by organizations including the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association, Federated Press, Insight Professional Conferences, and the Canadian Institute. He is the recipient of a Dedicated Service Award from the Canadian Bar Association – Ontario. Jon is often quoted by leading media outlets, Jon has provided thoughtful insights on market trends to The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Business News Network, Lexpert Magazine and Law Times.

Paul Schabas

Paul Schabas is widely recognized as one of Canada’s pre-eminent trial and appellate counsel. He represents clients in complex commercial litigation and arbitrations, and criminal, competition, tax and regulatory matters, including professional regulation. Over the past 25 years, Paul has developed a reputation as one of Canada's leading media and constitutional lawyers, arguing many cases before the Supreme Court of Canada. He is regularly sought after for strategic advice involving sensitive reputational issues and has significant experience as a mediator and adjudicator. Paul is also a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. From 2016 to 2018, Paul was the elected treasurer (president) of the Law Society of Ontario, the governing body for Ontario's 50,000 lawyers. He is the second Blakes partner to have held the position, the first being the Firm’s founder, Edward Blake. Prior to being elected treasurer, Paul served as a bencher (director) of the Law Society for nine years. Paul is a past-chair of the Law Foundation of Ontario and a past-president of the Canadian Media Lawyers Association and Pro Bono Law Ontario. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto, sits on numerous boards, and writes and speaks frequently on media, constitutional and other legal issues, in Canada and abroad.

William McNamara

William McNamara (Bill)'s practice involves a broad range of commercial litigation matters, with emphasis on the defence of product liability class actions, anti-trust law (price fixing, bid-rigging, misleading advertising, illegal trade practices and deceptive marketing practices), infrastructure and construction claims, banking law, insolvency, restructuring and corporate disputes. Bill has appeared before the courts in Ontario, Québec, British Columbia and Alberta; the Competition Tribunal; the Federal Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal; and numerous private arbitral panels. He is fluently bilingual in English and French, and completely at ease conducting trials or appellate advocacy in either language.

F. Paul Morrison

Paul Morrison is a partner in Miller Thomson's litigation group. He has a national reputation as one of Canada's leading counsel in complex corporate and commercial litigation, including class action litigation, securities litigation, competition litigation, insolvency litigation, professional liability, products liability and domestic and international arbitration.  

Paul regularly acts on behalf of leading companies and institutions, both foreign and domestic, and has appeared at all levels of trial and appellate court, including the Supreme Court of Canada and before administrative tribunals and arbitration panels.

The Honourable Todd Archibald

The Honourable Justice Todd L. Archibald, Appointed Justice of the Superior Court of Justice-1999; Partner: Borden, Ladner, Gervais from 1992 to 1999; Practiced in fields of civil, criminal and environmental litigation; Certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as an Environmental Law Specialist in 1997; Adjunct Professor: Advanced Trial Advocacy, Corporate Crimes and Regulatory Offences, and Advanced Evidence at Osgoode Hall Law School (2000 – to present).  

Editor – Carswell’s Annual Review of Civil Litigation (2001 – to present); Co-Author, 2008 Ontario Superior Court Practice (an annual publication); Co-Author – 2009 Discovery Text – Principles and Practice in Canadian Common Law (2nd Edition); Co-Author – 2005 Regulatory and Corporate Liability Text (updated annually). Author of many articles on civil and criminal issues; Received LLM from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1986. Formerly Senior Solicitor for the Legal Department of the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto 1989-1990; Formerly Senior Assistant Crown Attorney in Toronto 1985-1989.

Earl A. Cherniak

Mr. Earl A. Cherniak’s practice is restricted to arbitrations and mediations and trial and appellate work, in a broad spectrum of complex commercial, insurance and public litigation and arbitration. Mr. Cherniak is a member (and Past Chair) of the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society (TCAS) and a non-resident member arbitrator at Arbitration Place, a fully integrated arbitration centre located in the heart of Canada’s financial district in downtown Toronto, and a member of the arbitration practice at 3 Verulam Buildings in London, UK.  

- Partner, Lerners LLP - The Law Society of Upper Canada and Chair and Vice –Chair of Proceedings Authorization Committee, 1999 - 2007 - Fellow, The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, July 2006 - Panel Member, International Arbitrations, International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR/AAA) - Member, Canadian Roster of Arbitrators, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) - Roster Member, London Court of International Arbitrators (LCIA)  

Mr. Cherniak is listed as an expert in commercial arbitration or litigation in the following publications: - The Legal Media Group Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration - Chamber Global - Who’s Who Legal - Lexpert - Best Lawyers in Canada

Ken Jull

Ken Jull, Graduate of University of Toronto (Victoria College) 1978, Osgoode Hall Law School, (LL.B., 1981) (LL.M., 1985). Mr. Jull is Counsel at Gardiner Roberts LLP and recently completed a two year interchange with the Competition Bureau in Ottawa in the position of General Counsel. Mr. Jull is the co-author of Regulatory and Corporate Liability: From Due Diligence to Risk Management, (co-authors are Justice Todd Archibald and Professor Kent Roach). A 2018 Student Edition of this text is titled Profiting from Risk Management and Compliance by Archibald and Jull. This text is used in a course taught by Mr. Jull at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, entitled "Financial Crimes and Corporate Compliance". Mr. Jull conducts internal investigations and litigates disputes which have a compliance component. This risk and compliance practice spans a spectrum of diverse subject areas ranging from serious criminal offences such as bribery and price fixing to regulatory standards in areas such as the environment, telecommunications, occupational health and safety, advertising law and mergers and acquisitions review. As part of risk management, Mr. Jull provides advice to organizations with respect to a due diligence matrix for compliance. The matrix is based on a mathematical model which incorporates new behavioral research. Mr. Jull has litigated cases at all levels of Courts including the Supreme Court of Canada and Courts of Appeals in areas including constitutional and tax law, telecommunications, securities oppression, environmental offences, misleading/deceptive advertising and civil/ criminal fraud. Mr. Jull teaches at the Schulich Executive Education Centre, Schulich School of Business, York University in both the open enrollment and custom programs. Mr. Jull is listed in the Who’s Who Legal Investigations 2016.

William G. Horton

Bill Horton practices as an arbitrator of Canadian and international business disputes. He has been appointed tribunal chair, sole arbitrator and party nominee in well over one hundred substantial cases, involving, among other subjects, nuclear facilities, telecom, satellite and wireless industry disputes, government privatization contracts, aircraft engines, national advertising campaigns, cross border distribution agreements, energy sector rate renewals, oil and gas royalty disputes, alternative energy projects, software licensing and other intellectual property, sale of a business, professional associations and shareholder agreements. He has served in both ad hoc and institutional arbitrations. Prior to establishing his current practice, Bill appeared as lead counsel before all levels of courts up to and including the Supreme Court of Canada. He successfully represented clients in significant cases involving business and corporate disputes, fraud, lender liability, international banking disputes, litigation arising from major insolvencies and reorganizations, fiduciary duty and good faith obligations, directors and officers liability, professional liability, insurance and reinsurance disputes, competition offences, defamation, shareholder disputes, class actions and injunctive remedies. Bill serves as the Course Director and principal instructor of the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society Gold Standard Course on Commercial Arbitration and is General Editor of the Canadian Arbitration and Mediation Journal. He chairs the TCAS Arbitration Act Reform Committee.

Martha E. Simmons

Martha Simmons has been the Director of Osgoode’s Mediation Intensive Program and Mediation Clinic since 2012. She joined the full-time faculty in July 2017. As Academic Co-Director of the Winkler Institute, she also serves as the Winkler Professor in Dispute Resolution. Professor Simmons, who has JD, LLM and PhD degrees from Osgoode, was the recipient of an Osgoode Hall Law School Teaching Award in 2013 for her work in both the JD and Graduate Programs. Her primary areas of research and teaching are dispute resolution, legal education, innovation and access to justice. She is also active in the community and currently serves as Academic and Policy Committee Co-Chair of the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario and as a Vice-President of the Association of Canadian Clinical Legal Education (ACCLE).

The Honourable Kathryn N. Feldman

Justice Feldman received her B.A. from the University of Toronto in 1970 and her LL.B. from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law in 1973, where she was co-editor of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review and recipient of the Dean's Key. Before her appointment, she was a partner at the law firm of Blake, Cassels & Graydon (now Blakes LL.P.) where she practised in the areas of civil litigation and administrative law. Justice Feldman was appointed as a Justice of the Superior Court of Ontario on December 24, 1990 and sat on the Commercial List as well as on criminal and civil matters. 

She was appointed to the Court of Appeal for Ontario on June 11, 1998. Since her appointment to the Bench, Justice Feldman has participated in and chaired numerous continuing legal education programs for law students, lawyers and judges on a number of areas including bankruptcy, arbitration, employment law and appellate advocacy. 

In January 2001 she became the first recipient of the Canadian Superior Court Judges Association President's Award. As an alumna of the University of Toronto, she served on the Moss Scholarship Selection Committee for six years, three years as Chair, and is a recipient of the University of Toronto Arbor Award. In 2015, she was one of 50 women featured in the book, Leading the Way: Canadian Women in the Law, Julie Soloway and Emma Costante, 2015 Lexis-Nexis. In 2016 she was named by University College as an Alumna of Influence. 

She is currently a director of the Canadian Chapter of the International Women Judges Association.

Mark Gelowitz

Mark Gelowitz is a key contact for Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt ’s Corporate and Securities Litigation Group. Mark has a business-focused civil and securities litigation, appellate and international commercial arbitration practice. 

His practice covers a wide variety of issues in corporate and commercial law including mergers and acquisitions litigation, director and officer liability, corporate governance, shareholder disputes, oppression, privacy, libel and slander, real estate lease disputes, product liability, mining litigation and class actions. He has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia and Yukon Courts of Appeal, the superior trial courts of numerous provinces and the Ontario and British Columbia Securities Commissions. 

Mark’s international commercial arbitration experience includes major arbitration hearings conducted in London, Rome, Geneva and Warsaw. Mark completed two appellate judicial clerkships, the first with the late Chief Justice E.D. Bayda of the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal in 1986 and the second with the late Justice John Sopinka of the Supreme Court of Canada in 1989. He completed the B.C.L. degree at Oxford University in 1989, between his clerking experiences. 

Mark has had many important legal publications including a leading Canadian legal text for the last quarter-century, co-authored with the late Justice Sopinka entitled Sopinka and Gelowitz on the Conduct of an Appeal, Fourth Edition (Lexis/Nexis 2018). Mark maintains a blog on recent developments in Canadian appellate law and practice at

The Honourable Robert Sharpe

Justice Robert J. Sharpe has been a judge of the Court of Appeal for Ontario since 1999. 

He graduated with the degrees of B.A. (University of Western Ontario, 1966), LL.B. (University of Toronto,1970) and D.Phil. (Oxford University, 1974). He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1974 and practised with MacKinnon McTaggart (later McTaggart Potts) in the area of civil litigation. 

He was a professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto from 1976 to 1988 and served under Chief Justice Brian Dickson as Executive Legal Officer at the Supreme Court Canada from 1988 to 1990. Robert Sharpe was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto in 1990 and served in that capacity until his appointment as member of the Ontario Court of Justice (General Division) (now the Superior Court of Justice), in 1995. 

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1991, awarded the Ontario Bar Association Distinguished Service Award in 2005, elected a Senior Fellow of Massey College in 2006, and received the Mundell Medal for Distinguished Contribution to Law and Letters in 2008. 

In 2011, he was appointed as a Visiting Professor, Oxford University and received the honorary doctoral degrees from the Law Society of Upper Canada and the University of Windsor. Robert Sharpe has written several books including The Law of Habeas Corpus (3rd ed. 2011); The Last Day, the Last Hour: The Currie Libel Trial, (1988); Injunctions and Specific Performance (4th ed. 2012); The Charter of Rights and Freedoms (with Kent Roach) (5th ed. 2013), Brian Dickson: A Judge’s Journey (with Kent Roach) (2003); The Persons Case: The Origins and Legacy of the Fight for Legal Personhood (with Patricia McMahon) (2007); The Lazier Murder: Prince Edward County, 1884 (2011). 

Justice Sharpe has also published many scholarly articles. He is a frequent lecturer at academic conferences and professional development seminars. He was a member of the Advisory Panel to assist the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission regarding the judiciary (2002) and a member of the International Bar Association Rapid Response Missions to investigate threats to judicial independence in Russia (2005) and Pakistan (2007). 

Justice Sharpe is currently President of the Osgoode Society for Legal History and President of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies.

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