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Recap: ICC Canada International Arbitration Conference

October 14, 2016 | Toronto, ON

As the national committee to the ICC International Court of Arbitration, each year we hold a conference to discuss issues surrounding Canadian and international arbitration and best practices.

Who should attend

Arbitrators; in-house and external counsel; anyone interested in strengthening their ties to Canadians from around the globe who practise international arbitration. 


Click here to view the Conference program.


Discretion and Restraint: Striking the Right Balance in Arbitral

Arbitrators often have discretion to determine key issues such as what law governs the dispute, whether damages have been proven with reasonable certainty, and how costs of the arbitration should be allocated. What influences whether an arbitrator will exercise his or her discretion expansively or with restraint, and what steps can counsel and arbitrators take to avoid “unreasoned” decisions and the arbitrary exercise of discretion?

Yukos and More: Recent Developments in the Enforcement of Awards
This panel will consider recent developments in the recognition and enforcement of arbitration awards around the globe, including the status of the Yukos awards.  

Is the Arbitration World Cyber Secure? 
Arbitration is often prized for the relative privacy of proceedings. But as our practice becomes increasingly digitized and cyber criminals see law firms as ripe targets, does the arbitration world have a handle on the major threats to data security in arbitration and what can be done to safeguard sensitive information?

Arbitrator Independence, Impartiality, and Disclosure Re-Visited
This panel will explore the intersection of national laws, institutional rules and soft law governing the disclosure of (potential) conflicts of interest with reference to recent judicial decisions from around the world and user expectations.


Some of our speakers include:

Henri C. Alvarez, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

Alex Cameron, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

Andrea Carlevaris, ICC International Court of Arbitration; SICANA, Inc.

J. Brian Casey, Bay Street Chambers

Stephanie Cohen (Conference Co-Chair), Independent Arbitrator

Hon. Pierre J. Dalphond, Stikeman Elliott LLP

Jacques Darche, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Rocío Digón, ICC International Court of Arbitration - SICANA, Inc.

Christina Doria, Baker & McKenzie LLP

Alison G. Fitzgerald, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Bruce Gailey (Conference Co-Chair), GAILEY Law GmbH in association with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Fabien Gélinas (Chair, ICC Canada), McGill University Faculty of Law

Ryder Gilliland, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Azim Hussain, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Ian A. Laird, Crowell & Moring LLP

David Lederman, Goodmans LLP

Michelle MacPhee, BP plc

Robert Masse, Deloitte

Kirsten OdynskiWhite & Case LLP

Margaret Clare Ryan, Shearman & Sterling LLP

S.I. Strong, University of Missouri School of Law



We've set aside a small block of rooms at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, which is 270 metres from the Toronto Board of Trade and 550 metres from Blake, Cassels and Graydon LLP. If you need accommodation, please book your room at the Sheraton by Sept. 28.

Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
123 Queen Street West
Traditional Guestroom: $219 (plus 13% HST and 2.66% DMP fee)
For reservations, please call 1.888.627.7175 and quote ICC Arbitration Room Block.


Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities that provide your company with great visibility exist. For information on how you can sponsor this exclusive event, please contact Chuck Wright, Director, Sponsorship and Business Development at 416.868.6415 (250).


More details to follow.

For more information, you may contact the Conference Co-Chairs, Stephanie Cohen at and Bruce Gailey at