Commercial Arbitration

Douglas F. Harrison acts as an arbitrator of commercial disputes, both domestic and international. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a member of the panel of arbitrators of ICDR Canada, and a member of a number of other arbitral institutions including the London Court of International Arbitration, ICC Canada and the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society. 

Mediation and Legal Counsel

As a mediator, Douglas F. Harrison brings over 30 years of experience as a commercial litigator with Stikeman Elliott LLP to the resolution of business disputes. He completed the Harvard Law School Executive Education course, Mediating Disputes, at its Program on Negotiation. He also acts as legal counsel in select matters, including designing arbitral procedures and enforcing awards.

Services are provided through Harrison ADR Professional Corporation.

Experience | Expertise | Recognition



For over 30 years, Mr. Harrison was a member of Stikeman Elliott LLP in Toronto, conducting a broad commercial litigation and arbitration practice for clients from around the world. He was Vice-Chair of the firm's national Claims & Risk Management Committee and a member of the firm's national Professional & Ethics Committee.


Mr. Harrison's legal expertise spans a wide range of corporate and commercial disputes and topics, and also includes environmental law, product liability, defamation, professional liability, insolvency and directors and officers insurance. He handled numerous arbitral mandates as counsel including the enforcement of international commercial and investor-state awards. 

His industry expertise includes mining, aerospace, chemicals, financial services, food processing, pharmaceuticals, consumer products, logistics, manufacturing and media.


Mr. Harrison is internationally recognized as an expert in global product liability law and litigation by Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides, 2012, 2014 and 2016.

Acritas Star - independently rated lawyer, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Best Lawyers in Canada - 2020 (Class Actions)

Accreditations | Affiliations & Rosters



Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Barrister & Solicitor, Law Society of Ontario (called in 1988)

LL.B., University of Toronto, 1985

B.A., Political Studies, Queen's University, 1982

Affiliations & Rosters

ADR Institute of Canada

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

ICC Canada Arbitration Committee

ICDR Canada

International Arbitration Institute

International Council for Commercial Arbitration

Japan Commercial Arbitration Association

London Court of International Arbitration

Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society (Executive, Education & Programming)

University of Toronto, University Tribunal (Co-Chair)

Mr. Harrison is also a Vice-Chair of the International Mediation Committee of the American Bar Association's Section of International Law and volunteers as an arbitrator for the Vis Moot and various Vis Pre-Moots.

Publications and Speaking Engagements


Recent Publications

State Instrumentalities - Piercing the  Corporate Veil - Canada, in Enforcing Arbitral Awards Against States, IAI Series on International Arbitration No. 12, 2020

Removing an Arbitrator for Incapacity or Undue Delay, Canadian Journal of Commercial Arbitration, vol. 1, 2019 (excerpted in New York Dispute Resolution Lawyer, Fall 2019 and Spring 2020)

The Law of Product Warnings and Recalls in Canada, 2nd ed., LexisNexis Canada, 2019, with Alex Colangelo

An Arbitrator's Duty of Disclosure Under the Model Law, Arbitration News, IBA Legal Practice Division, Arbitration Committee, August 2016, with Vanessa Voakes

Mr. Harrison is a contributor to The Lawyer's Daily, an online publication of LexisNexis Canada

Recent Speaking Engagements

ADR Advocacy: Advanced Techniques, The Advocates' Society, Toronto, November 2019

Piercing the Corporate Veil in Domestic Law: A Comparative Approach, International Arbitration Institute, Enforcing Arbitral Awards Against States, Paris, October 2018

Photography 3.0: Speech, Privacy and the New Normal, Union Internationale des Avocats, 61st Congress, Toronto, October 2017 

Cross-cultural Mediation in Action: Exploring the Challenges of Using ADR in International Arbitration, American Bar Association, Section of International Law, Annual Spring Meeting, Washington, DC, April 2013

Contact Douglas F. Harrison

Douglas F. Harrison, FCIArb

Harrison ADR Professional Corporation

Richmond-Adelaide Centre

120 Adelaide Street West, Suite 420

Toronto, Ontario

Canada  M5H 1T1

+1 416.855.3346