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

The long-term commitment to Gold Standard ADR 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 business operate and resolve disputes. Our corporate members provide us with important perspectives on the needs of individuals and organizations which may be met from a better understanding of the benefits of ADR.

Corporate membership is available to organizations which do not primarily provide ADR services to the public – and include business corporations, law firms, governments, educational institutions, industry associations, non-profit and other organizations.



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 national mediation rules and arbitration rules which save parties significant time and cost in resolving their disputes through ADR, and 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.


Two Types of Membership

There are two types of corporate membership: (1) an introductory, annual, no-cost associate corporate membership; and (2) an annual-fee sustaining corporate membership with additional rights and benefits.

1. Associate Corporate Membership

An associate corporate membership provides:

  • Opportunities to stay in touch with developments and best practices in ADR;
  • Opportunities for members of your organization to become “ADR Stakeholders” with access to ADRIC’s ADR Perspectives e-publication which focuses on issues and updates with ADR-party and ADR-lawyer perspectives;
  • Invitations to ADRIC national and regional affiliate education sessions – to learn more about ADR and to meet and network with arbitrators and mediators, and to better understand the benefits of mediation, facilitation, workplace issue resolution, arbitration and other forms of conflict preservation and resolution;
  • Invitations to ADRIC annual conferences, with registration at member rates – with several conference streams to meet the needs of a broad cross-section of attendees;
  • Discounts on advertisements in ADRIC’s Canadian Arbitration and Mediation Journal.

2. Sustaining Corporate Membership

Sustaining corporate membership provides all of the benefits of an associate corporate membership plus:

  • An opportunity for your corporate representative to seek election to the ADRIC board of directors as one of seven corporate directors;
  • Priority opportunities to sponsor and speak at the ADRIC annual conference including applicable complimentary guest conference registrations;
  • A 15% discount on ADRIC arbitration administration and appointment services for your organization, and if applicable, for your client organizations;
  • ADR professional designation (such as C.Med and C.Arb) application and annual-fee discounts;
  • Entitlement for a representative from your organization to serve on ADRIC’s corporate advisory board if your organization is not already represented on ADRIC’s board of directors; and
  • A subscription to the Canadian Arbitration and Mediation Journal; and
  • Copies of the Commercial Mediation Handbook and the Arbitration Handbook – plus special rates on additional copies of these leading ADR resource tools.

Eligible organizations for Associate Corporate Memberships and Sustaining Corporate Memberships in the ADR Institute of Canada (or “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.

Current Corporate Member Organizations

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

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.