Gilbertson Davis LLP Arbitration Chambers

Toronto Contract Dispute Arbitrator
Contract Interpretation Arbitrator
Termination of Contract Arbitrator
Joint Venture Arbitrator
Procurement Dispute Arbitrator
Entertainment Dispute Arbitrator

David Alderson, LL.B, LL.M
Independent and Qualified Arbitrator

David accepts appointment as arbitrator in a wide variety of contract disputes, including those involving claims for damages for breach of contract, performance issues, and claims for rescission, termination, cancellation, frustration and the application of force majeure clauses. He has considerable experience with urgent remedies including injunctions and mandatory orders.

Experience and Availability, at Reasonable Fees  

David has over 40 years experience as a lawyer in commercial litigation and arbitration in a number of jurisdictions and a wide variety of disputes, and is Senior Counsel of Commercial Litigation at Gilbertson Davis LLP. His practice has provided the opportunity to act in almost all types of contractual disputes and urgent remedies.

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has appointed David to adjudicate commercial arbitration matters. He is in the ADR Institute (ADRIO) Directory of Ontario Dispute Resolution Professionals and Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society (TCAS) arbitrator roster of full members. David holds the Qualified Arbitrator (Q.Arb) accreditation of the ADR Institute of Canada. David has completed each of the Foundations in Judicial Competencies Series, and the Adjudicative Tribunal Competency Series and has been granted a Certificate of Completion in each by the Ontario Bar Association.

David accepts appointments as sole arbitrator and panel arbitrator in both domestic (Ontario) and international commercial arbitration, with competitive hourly rates offered, plus applicable taxes, expenses and disbursements. His typical Term of Appointment set out an agreed arbitration hearing day and half-day rates.

His Resume and draft Terms of Appointment are available on request.

Type of Contract Disputes 

A wise variety of contract disputes and issues can be arbitrated in Ontario, including issues relating to formation / creation, interpretation and application of contract terms, contract issues, including performance, suspension, termination and cancellation, as well as alleged breaches and contract remedies, including urgent status quo and other orders.

Types of Contacts 

David accepts appointment as an arbitrator in almost all contract dispute arbitration. He has experience in a very wide variety of contracts and industries while practicing in Ontario and elsewhere.

Procurement Arbitrator, Procurement Dispute Arbitration, Government Procurement ADR, Goods and Services Dispute Arbitrator, Public Contract Arbitrator and P3 Contract Dispute Arbitrator, Government Contract Arbitrator, P3 Contract Dispute Arbitrator, Government Contract Arbitrator, Joint Venture Disputes, Media Disputes, Entertainment Disputes, Sports Disputes, Business Disputes, Commercial Disputes, Commercial Leasing Disputes, Employment Disputes, Construction Disputes, Purchase and Sale Agreement Disputes, Sale of Business Disputes, Sale of Goods Disputes, Reinsurance Disputes and Agent and Broker Disputes

 David Alderson is an independent, experienced and qualified Arbitrator whose domestic and international practice in sale of goods and services, infrastructure, construction, projects, project finance and joint ventures make him an ideal choice as sole or panel arbitrator for procurement disputes.

David can arbitrate disputes arising from contracts for goods or services involving any level of government in Canada, provinces or municipalities, multi-level joint venture, involving domestic or foreign contracts.  He offers expedited arbitration procedures and early hearing dates.

Arbitration Speaker    

David regularly speaks on, and provides interviews, to the legal press on matters of interest to those practicing in the area of arbitration, including these:

  • June 4, 2020 (to be held) David will provide a talk and workshop at the ADR Institute of Ontario 2020, 35th Annual General Meeting and Professional Development Conference, on June 4, 2020, entitled “Keep Them Calm and Arbitrate On: Sources of Commercial Arbitration Conflict & Tools / Techniques for Conflict Minimization”.
  • Law Times Cover Story July 20, 2018: “OCA upholds U.S. rabbinical court’s award. Province a leader in international commercial arbitration” concerning Popack v. Lipszyc, 2018 ONCA 635 (Quoted)
  • Law Times Cover Story – Enforce Arbitration Agreements: Ruling, November 21, 2016, Re: Haas v. Gunasekaram, 2016 ONCA 744 (Co-Counsel on motion)
  • Panelist at the Law Society of Upper Canada Continuing Professional Development program, The Annotated Partnership Agreement 2015, on the panel entitled “Review of the Differences (Legal and Drafting) Between a Partnership and a Joint Venture – Understanding the Significant Consequences“. This included discussion on the use of arbitration clauses in international joint venture agreements.
  • New Developments in Emergency Arbitration Procedures – Interview Published in Law Times April 2013)
  • ABA Annual Meeting, Section of Litigation event “Strategic Choices in International Arbitration: the Impact of Forum Selection and Choice-of-Law Decisions” covering competence-competence doctrine, severability (separability) and judicial intervention in determining the jurisdiction of a tribunal; and the enforcement of arbitral awards, including public policy exclusion to enforcement and the effect of local limitation periods in the recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitration awards in UNCITRAL / Model law (August 2011)

Resume and Terms of Appointment

Terms of Appointment available on request from the Intake Coordinator

A sample Terms of Appointment can be downloaded here. The Password is available from the Intake Coordinator

Contact the Intake Coordinator at (416) 979 2020, ext. 223 or by email at

Competitive hourly rates offered, plus facilities and applicable taxes.
Languages: English

* Sole Arbitrator – $450.00 per hour, plus HST (does not include Panel Arbitrator, or a Sole Arbitrator that becomes a Panel Arbitrator)
Lower Rate if Disputes About $1 Million or Less