Gilbertson Davis LLP Arbitration Chambers

Construction Arbitrator | Infrastructure Arbitrator
Condo Development Arbitrator | Condo Construction Arbitrator
Project Development Arbitrator | Renovation Arbitrator
Construction Contract, Partnership and Joint Venture Arbitrator
Energy Dispute Arbitrator | Development Arbitrator

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

Construction arbitrators must be able to arbitrate efficiently and at the pace required by the parties, disputes ranging from simple renovations and repair, to complex multi-party multi-staged projects. The ability to understand construction stages and complexities of design, architecture, engineering and project management, and technical dimensions of a construction dispute are the hallmarks of an effective construction arbitrator.


In his practice here in Ontario, and in Dubai and Bermuda, David has been involved in a wide array of construction disputes, including, but not limited to project development, project finance, infrastructure and construction disputes, including matters involving parking garages, road building, residential house construction and renovation, condo development and financing disputes, numerous joint venture disputes, matters involving demolition, collapse, fire and flood, as well as contract disputes concerning construction quality and warranties; and labour disputes in the construction industry.

Arbitrator for Construction Disputes

David offers appointment as sole arbitrator and panel arbitrator in a wide variety of construction, development, joint venture, project development, infrastructure, project finance and other related disputes. These include, but are not limited to the following disputes:

    • Architecture Disputes
    • Artificial Turf and Surface
    • Basement Disputes
    • Bridge Construction
    • Building Disputes
    • Clean Up Disputes
    • Collapse and Failure Claims
    • Complex, MultiParty Disputes
    • Condo Construction Disputes
    • Contract Disputes
    • Contractor Disputes
    • Construction Loan Litigation
    • Construction Fraud
    • Construction Management Disputes
    • Cottage Disputes
    • Demolition Disputes
    • Delay Claims
    • Design Claims
    • Disputes with Purchasers
    • Disputes with Preconstruction Purchasers
    • Docks, Wharfs and Piers
    • Drydock Disputes
    • Employment Disputes
    • Engineering Disputes
    • Environmental Compliance and Liability
    • Environmental Contamination
    • Financing Disputes
    • Fire and Smoke Claims
    • Flood Remediation Disputes
    • Force Majeure Suspension of Contracts
    • Green Energy Claims
    • Infrastructure
    • Joint Venture Disputes
    • Landbased Disputes
    • Lending and Borrowing Disputes
    • Mining (Construction Aspects)
    • Partnership Disputes
    • Procurement & Bid Process
    • PreConstruction Disputes
    • Project Control Disputes
    • Product Liability
    • Project Finance Disputes
    • Project Development Disputes
    • Project Finance Disputes
    • Project Management Disputes
    • Public and Private Sector
    • Quay Construction and Repair
    • Recreational Property
    • Remediation Disputes
    • Renovation Disputes
    • Repair and Renewal Disputes
    • Restoration Disputes
    • Road and Highway Construction
    • Roofing Disputes
    • Shipbuilding Disputes
    • Ship Repair Dispute
    • Subcontractor Disputes
    • Surety Claims
    • Stadium and Area Construction
    • Supply Disputes
    • Termination and Cancellation
    • Winterization Disputes

Membership and Accreditation

David is an arbitrating member of the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society, the ADR Institute of Ontario, the Ontario Bar Association Remote Arbitrator and Mediator List and Gilbertson Davis LLP Arbitration and Mediation Chambers. His inclusion in ADR rosters and Directories can be viewed here. He has been appointed arbitrator by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in commercial arbitration matters. He holds a LL.B, LL.M and Q.Arb. He has practiced law in Ontario, Canada, England & Wales, Bermuda and Dubai. He is also admitted, but does not currently practice in the state of New York. 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.

He has always promoted arbitration as an efficient and confidential alternative to the courts. David has often spoken or written on matters of interest to commercial arbitrators and counsel engaged in arbitration. He has been counsel engaged in arbitration related cases.

Please note that David is not an interim payments adjudicator under the Ontario Construction Act, and thus does not offer, or accept appointment, for mandatory adjudication by an interim payments adjudicator.

Expedited Arbitration

In appropriate cases, David accepts appointment as an arbitrator to conduct expedited arbitration. David’s engagements in expedited arbitration is discussed here.

Moving Litigation to Arbitration

David accepts construction arbitrator appointment in matters having been moved from the courts, either by order of the court, or by consensual provisions to enable the matter to move forward promptly. Moving matters in litigation to arbitration is discussed here.

Hourly Rate and Availability

David accepts appointment as a construction arbitrator with competitive hourly rates offered, plus applicable taxes, disbursements, expenses and the cost of facilities. He has good availability, typically holding the First Meeting in the arbitration within one week of appointment, and the arbitration hearing within a few months, unless urgency dictates an earlier hearing.

Appointment, Resume and Terms of Appointment

David accepts appointments across Canada, from Chambers based in Toronto, Ontario.

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

Please contact the Arbitrator’s Assistant and 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 – $350.00 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