Allan Stitt

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President and C.E.O. of ADR Chambers Inc.
- ADR Chambers Inc. is the largest, private alternative dispute resolution service provider in the world administering over 55,000 mediations and arbitrations since 2012.
- Mediator for two-party and multi-party disputes in numerous contexts including employment, wrongful dismissal, sports, entertainment, commercial, construction, insurance, regulatory, corporate governance, and breach of contract.
- Arbitrator of commercial disputes.
- Negotiation consultant for private and public sector negotiations.
- Trainer of over two hundred workshops in negotiation and dispute resolution (mediation and arbitration) around the world (North America, South America, Europe, Australia, Asia, and Africa), many of which were in joint venture with the University of Windsor Law School or the University of Notre Dame Law School.
- Designer of Dispute Resolution systems for numerous organizations.
- Listed in The International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation, the Best Lawyers in Canada in ADR, the Mediation Chapter of Who's Who Legal: Canada, and Who's Who Legal: Mediation.
- Senior Advisor to the Jerusalem Arbitration Centre, an ADR organization specializing in mediating and arbitrating disputes between Israeli and Palestinian businesses.
- UNCITRAL Working Group - Canadian advisor on the enforcement of international mediation agreements known as the Singapore Convention, currently Canadian advisor with the Working Group to develop model expedited arbitration rules for international disputes, appointed by the Department of Justice Canada.
- Willing to travel.

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Allan has mediated two-party and multi-party disputes in numerous contexts, including commercial, construction, employment, corporate governance, workplace, banking, personal injury, sports, entertainment and breach of contract. He has mediated and arbitrated many agricultural disputes including mediating disputes between growers and processors of peas, apples, carrots, grapes, potatoes, and chicken.

Allan is a facilitative mediator who is not afraid to express his views if that is what the parties request. He is persistent and does not give up unless the parties are absolutely insistent that the mediation is over. He always spends the necessary time to prepare so that he can have informed and intelligent discussions with the parties about the issues. He uses a combination of joint sessions and caucuses and is flexible with the process, making sure that it suits the parties' needs. He helps both sides explore the likely outcome of their dispute but does not insist that his views are the correct ones. Over the years, he has developed multiple techniques to help disputants overcome stalemates. Many are outlined in his book, Mediating Commercial Disputes.

Commercial, insurance, construction, employment, sports, entertainment, agricultural, environmental, estates & trusts, First Nations, hospitals/health, human rights, libel & slander.

$6,000 per day, plus applicable taxes. A full day is 6 hours of mediation time and includes up to 2 hours of preparation time.

$3,500 per half day, plus applicable taxes. A half day is 3 hours of mediation time and includes up to 1 hour of preparation time.

$750 per hour, plus applicable taxes.

Willing to travel. Rates increase if more than 2-parties. All rates are in US dollars. Travel extra.

UNCITRAL Working Group 2015 to present
Canadian advisor on the enforcement of international mediation agreements known as the Singapore Convention, currently Canadian advisor with the Working Group to develop model expedited arbitration rules for international disputes, appointed by the Department of Justice Canada.

The Jerusalem Arbitration Centre (JAC) 2013 to present
Senior Advisor assisting with the development of arbitration rules and introduction of mediation for resolution of disputes between Israeli and Palestinian businesses]

Canadian Transportation Agency List of Arbitrators - 2013 to present

Singapore Mediation Centre, International Panel of Mediators - 2012 to present

Japan International Mediation Centre, Kyoto - International Panel of Mediators - 2018

Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada
Arbitrator & Mediator 2009 to present
Inaugural Chair of the Board of Directors 2003 - 2009

International Academy of Mediators
Appointed Distinguished Fellow of the Academy 2007 to present

Canadian Academy of Distinguished Neutrals - Member 2020
National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals - Affiliate Member 2020

NAFTA Advisory Committee on Private Commercial Disputes
Member appointed by the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, Department of Justice 2008 – 2012

International Mediation Institute (IMI)
Member of the Independent Standards Commission; Certified Mediator 2008 - Present

Association for International Arbitrations
Member since 1998.

ADR Institute of Canada
Elected President, 1999-2000 and again in 2000-2001.
Awarded designation of Chartered Mediator, 1996.
Awarded designation of Chartered Arbitrator, 2000.
Negotiated merger of Arbitration & Mediation Institute of Canada and Canadian Foundation for
Dispute Resolution (to become ADR Institute of Canada), 2000.
Member, 1996-Present.

Arbitration and Mediation Institute of Ontario
Elected President 1997–1998 and again in 1998–1999.
Member, 1994-Present.

Ontario Bar Association
Recipient of the 2006 Ontario Bar Association Award for Excellence in Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Elected Chair of the Alternation Dispute Resolution Section, 1996-1997.
Member, 1994-Present.

Local Mediation Committee – Toronto
Committee Member 1999 – Present
Appointed by the Ministry of the Attorney General.

Law Society of Upper Canada - Civility Tour 2010
Facilitated workshops through Ontario.

Jeffrey J. Long, 416-595-2125,
Nathalie MacDonald, 416-364-9599,
Marc E. Smith, 613-749-4700,
Manny Solnik, 416-767-7506, x225,
Malcolm MacKillop, 416-304-6417,
Marvin Gorodensky, 416-323-9395,
LeRoy Bleta, 416-207-0100,
Kimberly Boara Alexander, 416-865-5320,
Jan Weir, 416-599-6991,
Jerry Birenbaum, 416-961-9721,
Daniel Himelfarb, 416-363-2353, x271,
Ahab Abdel-Aziz, 416-643-6929,
Brian Wasyliw,
Rosa Firsten, 416-599-8080, x340,
Jeffrey D. Gray, 416-512-1694
L. Viet Nguyen, 416-225-8750
Matthew Moloci, 905-526-4377,
Jeffrey Elkinson, 441-299-4932,

Training and Education

1993 Advanced Negotiation Course
Program of Instruction for Lawyers, Harvard Law School.

1992 Negotiation and Mediation Workshop
Harvard Law School, taught by Professor Roger Fisher, Professor Frank Sander, and Bruce Patton. Completed as part of LL.M. Program at Harvard Law School.

1992 Master of Laws
Harvard Law School
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship.

1994–Present Taught over 200 courses in mediation in North America, South America, Europe, Australia, Asia, and Africa.

1992-2018 University of Toronto Faculty of Law
• Adjunct Professor teaching courses in Negotiation.

1994–1995 Harvard Law School
• Instructor (Teaching Assistant) to Professor Roger Fisher for the Negotiation Workshop at the Program of Instruction for Lawyers.

1998-2004 University of Windsor Law School
• Sessional Lecturer, teaching courses in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Negotiation.

2000 Notre Dame Law School
• Assistant Adjunct Professor teaching a course in Negotiation.

Mediation Styles and Processes:  Practical Strategies to Determining What Works Best and When - The 6th Annual Winkler/IAM/Osgoode PD Conference on Mediation - May 2, 2019

Opening Welcome Address - 2019 North American Summit on Commercial Dispute Resolution in China - June 24, 2019

Unlocking Positional Attitudes in Mediation and RF - 2020 SDRCC Annual Arbitrators & Mediators Conference - January 31, 2020

Singapore Convention on Mediation: What is it, and what does it mean for your mediation practice? - International Academy of Mediators Webinar - May 27, 2020


Mediation: A Practical Guide, (Cavendish Publishing, London UK), 2004.

Mediating Commercial Disputes (Canada Law Book, Toronto), 2003. Number one on National Post Business Books bestseller list, July, 2003.

ADR For Organizations: How To Design A System For Effective Conflict Management (John Wiley & Sons, Toronto), 1998. Number one on Globe and Mail Business Books bestseller list, October, 1998.

ADR Practice Manual, Editor-in-Chief, (LexisNexis Canada Inc., Toronto) 1996 to present.


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Allan J. Stitt
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ADR Chambers
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