Gilbertson Davis LLP
Arbitration and Mediation Chambers

Toronto Business Disputes Arbitrator
Shareholder Dispute Arbitrator | Oppression Remedy Arbitrator
Partnership Dispute Arbitrator | Company Dispute Arbitrator
Sale of Business Dispute Arbitrator

David Alderson, LL.B, LL.M, Q.Arb

Arbitrator for Business Arbitration
Tech Start Up Arbitrator | Cannabis Start Up Arbitrator
Family Business Arbitrator | Closely Held Business Arbitrator

Qualified, Experienced and Independent Arbitrator with Reasonable Fees (from $350 per hour) and Good Availability for Arbitration Hearings

Serving All of Ontario & Elsewhere in Canada From Toronto Office

David Alderson, LL.B, LL.M (Commercial and Corporate), Q.Arb accepts arbitrator appointments, both sole arbitrator and panel arbitrator, for business disputes, including corporate disputes, shareholder disputes, joint venture disputes, family business disputes, closely held business disputes and start-up business disputes, as well as sale of business disputes. He is qualified, independent, and offers appointment on reasonable fees and with good availability.

About David Alderson, LL.B, LL.M, Q.Arb, Commercial Arbitrator for Shareholder Disputes, Corporate Disputes, Partnership Disputes, Joint Venture Disputes, and Sale of Business Disputes

David has been accredited by the ADR Institute as Canada as a Qualified Arbitrator (Q.Arb). He accepts appointments as a commercial arbitrator (sole arbitrator and party appointee) at reasonable hourly rates and with good availability. His LL.B (Osgoode) and LL.M (Lond.) Commercial and Corporate, were granted in 1980 and 1988, respectively. David has acted as counsel in both domestic and international arbitration, including institutional and ad hoc arbitration.

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has appointed David as arbitrator in commercial arbitration matters. David is a member of the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society, and has successfully completed the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society Gold Standard Course in Commercial Arbitration. He is also a Full Member of the ADR Institute of Ontario and appears in its Member Directory.

David has lived and practiced business litigation and arbitration in Ontario, England, Bermuda and Dubai, in a wide variety of disputes in a diverse range of businesses and industries. He is also admitted in New York State.

In his over 35 years of practice both here and abroad David has actively promoted the resolution of commercial, business and property disputes through arbitration. He has spoken to lawyers at Continuing Legal Education events, and given interviews to legal publications, on matters concerning arbitration, both domestic and international, and with respect to company and joint venture issues.

Business Dispute Arbitrator for These Industries

David Alderson LL.B, LL.M. Q.Arb has over 35 years of experience acting in a wide variety of issues, disputes and claims in diverse groups of industries, including, but not limited to, those listed below.

    • Agents and Brokers
    • Artists | Galleries
    • Authors | Publishers
    • Auto Parts Manufacturing
    • Automated Machinery and Robotics
    • Automotive Industry
    • Automotive Industry
    • Building | Property Management
    • Building Materials
    • Canning and Bottling
    • Charity and Not For Profit
    • Chemical Manufacturing and Supply
    • Clean Tech
    • Communications | Telecommunications
    • Computer Equipment and Electronic Equipment
    • Concert Venue | Promoters
    • Concrete, Brick, Glass, Drywall, Lumber and Stone
    • Condo Owners | Corp
    • Confectionery
    • Construction | Builders
    • Credit Provider
    • Developers | Promoters
    • Distributors | Dealers
    • eCommerce | Online Retail
    • Entertainment and Media

    • Fashion Industry
    • Financial Services | Investment
    • Financial Technology
    • Food and Beverage
    • Franchise | Licensing
    • Furniture Manufactures and Importers
    • Glass, Bottling, Packaging and Containers
    • Guarantee | Guarantor
    • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning – HVAC
    • Heavy Industries
    • Import | Export
    • Insulation and Environmental Solutions
    • Insurance | Reinsurance
    • Interactive Digital Media
    • International Joint Venture
    • International Traders
    • Internet | Technology
    • Investment Advisers
    • Joint Venture
    • Lenders | Borrowers
    • Licensor | Licensee
    • Lighting, Lighting Supplies and Signage
    • Machinery, Heavy Machinery, and Hydraulics
    • Manufacturers | Re-Seller

    • Marine | Maritime | Aviation
    • Medical, Dental, Veterinarian Equipment
    • Mining, Infrastructure and Projects
    • Offshore
    • Paper, Printing and Packages
    • Performing Arts
    • Plastics and Synthetics
    • Property Inspectors
    • Publishers | Printers
    • Real Estate | Developers
    • Retailers | Wholesalers
    • Robotics | Automation
    • Safety Equipment
    • Scientific and Diagnostic Equipment and Supplies
    • Shopping Mall | Retail
    • Software Developers
    • Steel Industries
    • Steel Industries
    • Textiles and Apparel
    • Travel and Tourism
    • Trucking and Transportation
    • U.S. Based Industries
    • Water Industries
    • Wealth Managers
    • Wireless Telecommunications
    • Wood and Other Building Supplies

Business Arbitrator for These Types of Disputes

Business Disputes come in a wide various shapes and sizes,including shareholder and corporate disputes, partnership and joint venture disputes, and disputes arising from the sale of a business or its assets. Disputes often arise in family and other closely-held business, as well as in start-up businesses, often as the business experiences growth, decline, or the loss or addition of key stakeholders or participants. Such disputes are included, but not limited to, those listed below.

  • Failure to Close
  • Non-payment of Purchase Price
  • Disputes over Representations and Warranties
  • Misrepresentation or Non-Disclosure of Material Facts
  • Brokerage Disputes
  • Product or Services Disparagement / Cyber Libel
  • Non-Compete Agreements, Non-Solicit Agreements
  • Confidentiality
The business associations that are family business, closely-held businesses and start-up business may be partnerships, corporations or other business association. The stakeholders in those businesses, or the business itself may be involved in disputes which are described above in the sections about Shareholder Dispute Arbitration and Corporate Dispute Arbitration and about Partnership Dispute Arbitration and Joint Venture Dispute Arbitration. They may also become involved in disputes which are unique to their structure and history.

Curriculum Vitae

David online Bio pages are here: Arbitrator and Lawyer.

Terms of Appointment available on request.

Appointment and Availability Enquiries

To make appointment and availability enquiries about business dispute arbitrators and mediators, please contact the Gilbertson Davis LLP Arbitration and Mediation Services Intake Coordinator at (416) 979 2020, ext. 223 or by email at