Douglas F. Harrison


Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Member of the Law Society of Ontario, Canada


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 Global Natural Resources Dispute Resolution Centre. 

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.

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 and 2019.

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

Global Natural Resources Dispute Resolution Centre

ICC Canada Arbitration Committee

ICDR Canada

International Council for Commercial Arbitration

Japan Commercial Arbitration Association

London Court of International Arbitration

Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society

University of Toronto - University Tribunal, Co-Chair

Mr. Harrison is also a Vice-Chair of the International Arbitration Committee and of the International Mediation Committee of the American Bar Association's Section of International Law.

Publications and Speaking Engagements


Recent Publications

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

Arbitration, CCH's Ultimate Corporate Counsel Guide, chapter, CCH Canada, 2014

The Law of Product Warnings and Recalls in Canada, LexisNexis Canada, 2013

Canada, Getting the Deal Through - Arbitration, chapter, Law Business Research, 2011-13, co-author

Recent Speaking Engagements

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 

Marrying for Money: Negotiating Real Estate Joint Ventures Between Developers/Owners and Investors After the Big Recession, American Bar Association Section of International Law, Annual Fall Meeting, London, UK, October 2013

Arbitration Advocacy: Best Practices, Ontario Bar Association, Professional Development Seminar, Toronto, October 2013

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

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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