Corporate members are an important part of the ADR Institute of Canada (or “ADRIC”)  membership. In fact, ADRIC was formed from a merger of the Canadian Foundation for Dispute Resolution (CFDR) an organization with corporate alternative dispute resolution (ADR) end-user members, and the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of Canada (AMIC) was an organization of ADR practitioners, in August 2000.

The long-term commitment of our supporters contributes to the importance of ADR in our legal system, the dispute-resolution alternatives that lawyers present to clients and the manner in which businesses operate and resolve disputes. Our corporate members provide us with important perspectives on the needs of individuals and organizations.

Current Sustaining Corporate Members:


ADRIC is the preeminent national ADR organization which:

  • Promotes cost-effective conflict resolution and alternatives to litigation;
  • Provides a regulatory framework for its members through a code of ethics, a code of conduct for mediators, complaints process, and a member discipline procedure;
  • Accredits eligible mediators and arbitrators with prestigious designations demonstrating high levels of achievement, experience, and skills;
  • Establishes rosters of ADR professionals to meet specific ADR-user needs;
  • Develops and updates model mediation rules, arbitration rules and med-arb rules which save parties significant time and cost in resolving their disputes through ADR
  • Provides parties with mediation and arbitration appointments and arbitration case administration services; and
  • Provides parties with access to the ADR CONNECT database of ADRIC-member mediators and arbitrators which sets out experience, specialties and relevant professional designations.

ADRIC works together with regional affiliate ADR institutes across Canada consisting of member ADR neutrals with experience in arbitration, mediation, systems design, training, and conflict resolution. An important ADRIC objective is to improve awareness of the positive attributes of ADR with key stakeholders – individuals, corporations, law firms, governments, educational institutions, and other for-profit and non-profit organizations – thereby simplifying and improving processes and access to justice.

Who is Eligible?

Eligible organizations for Corporate Memberships in the ADRIC do not provide as their primary business, any of the following:

(a) alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) services, paid or unpaid,
(b) ADR case or roster administration services, and/or
(c) services in competition with ADRIC and its regional affiliates.

Eligible organizations will generally include Canadian law firms, accounting firms, businesses and companies that do not operate in the areas of (a), (b) or (c), educational institutions, government bodies, departments and regulators, industry and trade associations,  and other organizations determined solely by ADRIC’s Executive Director to be eligible for corporate membership within the strict criteria set out above.  Applicants for membership may be asked for the information reasonably required by the Executive Director to determine eligibility.

Two Types of Membership

There are two types of corporate membership: Sustaining Corporate Membership - with numerous rights and benefits and Associate Corporate Membership.

Access to Services
Complimentary access to ADRIC's ADR Connect database of mediators and arbitrators which you can sort to identify those with particular expertise/experience and ADRIC professional designations X X
ADRIC arbitration administration and appointment services - 15% discount for your organization and for your client organizations X
ADRIC Annual Conference
One complimentary pass X
ADRIC‐member pricing on registrations which include session streams of interest to ADR‐users X X
Sponsor and speak at the ADRIC annual conference - priority opportunities including applicable complimentary guest conference registrations X
Opportunities to network with ADR neutrals and other ADR‐users at ADRIC events X X
ADRIC Board of Directors and ADRIC Corporate Advisory Board
An opportunity for a corporate representative to seek election as one of seven corporate members X
Entitlement for a corporate representative to serve on the Advisory Board if your organization is not already represented on the ADRIC board of directors X
An ad hoc opportunity for an appointment to the ADRIC Corporate Advisory Board X X
Advertising and Recognition
An opportunity to display your organization's logo on the ADRIC website to demonstrate commitment to ADR as an alternative to litigation X
An opportunity for your subject-matter experts to participate in ADRIC/affiliate ADR awareness programs, webinars, and videos which ADRIC develops to improve public/organizational awareness of the benefits of ADR X X
A complimentary one-quarter page advertisement in each issue of the Canadian Arbitration and Mediation Journal and 25% off larger ads X
10% discount on advertisements in the Canadian Arbitration and Mediation Journal  X
Education and Publications X X
Member pricing on training programs at participating affiliates X X
An opportunity for the organization to learn more about the benefits of ADR for use in appropriate situations, to stay in touch with developments and best practices in ADR and to demonstrate a commitment to ADR in appropriate situations X X
Subscriptions to ADRIC's e-publications: X X
Canadian Arbitration and Mediation Journal 
ADR Perspectives 
ADR in Canada newsletter
A complimentary copy of ADRIC's Professional Practice Manuals: the Commercial Mediation Handbook and the Arbitration Practice Handbook (please request your copy) X
Member pricing on the Commercial Mediation Handbook and the Arbitration Practice Handbook X X
An opportunity for others in your organization to become an "ADR Stakeholder" with:  X X
(1) a subscription to ADRIC's publications, and
(2) invitations to regional affiliate education sessions where available to meet/network with arbitrators, mediators and to better understand the benefits of mediation, facilitation, workplace issue resolution, and arbitration, where available
Annual membership fee  X

Current Associate Corporate Members







Annual Fees

  • Sustaining Corporate Member – National Firms – $1,000
  • Sustaining Corporate Member – government, non-profits, charities, small business, educational institutions, government bodies, departments and regulators, industry and trade associations, etc – $500
  • Accredited Course Provider – fees included in course accreditation fees
  • Associate Corporate Member – no fee

Once you register, ADRIC will send you an email which you can forward to others in your organization who you believe may have an interest in registering as an ADRIC ADR Stakeholder – which will provide them with access to ADRIC’s ADR Perspectives e-publication and opportunities to take advantage of national and regional information and programs with an ADR focus.

Let us know if you have any questions or if you wish further information by calling us at 1 877 475-4353 or sending us and email at

Join Now!

Register your organization – to become an ADRIC Sustaining or  Associate Corporate Member by completing the application form below!