TCAS Program


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9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: Legislative Reform in Ontario and England
Arbitration legislation in both Ontario and England is under review.  The Chair of the TCAS Arbitration Act Reform Committee will discuss the proposal for a single Act for commercial arbitration in Ontario, while the Director General of the London Court of International Arbitration will discuss the English Law Commission’s review of the Arbitration Act 1996.

William G. Horton, Chair, TCAS Arbitration Act Reform Committee
Jackie van Haersolte-van Hof, Director General, London International Court of Arbitration

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: Coffee Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Challenges to Arbitrator Appointments – Both Literal and Figurative
Conflicts of interest, accusations of bias, doubts about capability – arbitrators are facing challenges to their appointments now more than ever.  Our panel will consider the variety of challenges arbitrators are facing when they take appointments, the merits and de-merits of such challenges, and the attempts being made after the fact to set aside awards.

Rebecca Shoom, Partner, Lerners LLP
Michael Schafler, Partner, Dentons Canada
Alison FitzGerald, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP
Douglas Harrison, Arbitration Place

This program is designed to be interactive and to provide an opportunity for attendees to share their views.  Attendees are invited to submit questions in advance to


Click the below links to download or view the program materials

TCAS AARC Final Report 

Draft Ontario Commercial Arbitration Act

Law Commission Summary Arbitration Consultation Paper

TCAS Arbitration Act Reform Committee 

Law Commission Consultation on Arbitration Act 1996



Oct 20 2022


9:15 am - 12:30 pm