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Since December 2015, ADRIC has considered and committed to develop guidelines or a framework for Med-Arb processes.  Since then, ADRIC has also considered a Med-Arb designation for practitioners who can demonstrate the appropriate education and experience.

Med-Arb is a hybrid approach that combines the benefits of mediation and arbitration. Parties first attempt to collaborate on an agreement through non-binding mediation, with the help of a mediator. If the mediation does not result in a settlement, the mediator assumes the role of arbitrator and, following agreed upon arbitration procedures, issues a binding decision.

ADRIC President Andrew Butt commented: “Med-Arb is becoming increasingly popular. We are looking forward to launching this exciting new Med-Arb framework. As Canada’s leading ADR organization, we constantly strive to promote and maintain the highest ADR practice standards”.

In 2018, ADRIC struck a Med-Arb Working Group to develop Med-Arb Rules / Standards of Practice, Med-Arb Agreement Templates and Med-Arb designation criteria.  This working group was comprised of skilled Med-Arb experts from across Canada including Elton Simoes as Chair and members Anik Béland, Colm Brannigan, Genevieve Chornenki, Arlene Henry, Gerry Nera, Marge Thompson, Rick Weiler and Michael Welsh, who worked diligently to develop the materials.  The group reported to the ADRIC Board of Directors in January 2019.  The Board accepted the working group’s recommendations and requested that the ADRIC Ethics & Professional Practice Committee conduct its own review.  As was the case with ADRIC’s flagship product, the ADRIC Arbitration Rules, a plain language expert will also review the proposed Med-Arb Rules to ensure they are streamlined and practical.

ADRIC intends to launch the new Med-Arb framework, including the designation process, at its Annual National Conference in Victoria, BC on November 20-22, 2019.


For further information please contact:

Janet McKay, Executive Director
ADR Institute of Canada (ADRIC)
416-487-4733 x 105


With over 2000 member practitioners drawn from every corner of the country, ADRIC is Canada’s leading professional organization for alternative dispute resolution promoting conflict resolution through arbitration, mediation and other forms of ADR. ADRIC sets a national standard for best practices and quality assurance for industry-leading arbitration and mediation rules, codes of ethics and conduct, and discipline and complaint procedures.

ADRIC’s affiliates include ADRBC (BC), ADRIA (AB), ADRSK (SK), ADRIM (MB), ADRIO (ON), IMAQ (QC) and ADRAI (Atlantic Provinces).

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