National Introductory Arbitration Course

We offer the ADR Institute of Canada 40-hour National Introductory Arbitration Training Course once per year in the Fall, alternating between Saskatoon and Regina.*

Note:  Based on the very strong response to our Call for Expressions of Interest in a virtual delivery of this course earlier this summer, and the very successful delivery of that course with yet another waitlist, ADR Saskatchewan is announcing a second virtual offering of the National Introductory Arbitration Course this year.  The online delivery is scheduled in two blocks – November 2-12 and January 5-8 and is projected to run from 8:00 – 12:30 each day.  This course offering is capped at 12 students.  A minimum number of registrations is required in order to proceed.  Registration deadline:  Wednesday, October 21, 2020.

ADR Saskatchewan currently anticipates returning to our regular pattern of an annual fall in-person delivery beginning in Oct / Nov 2021.


November 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 12, 2020 and
January 5, 6, 7, 8, 2021

The course will be delivered in ten sessions of 4 1/2 hours each with an additional one-half hour at the start of each session for participants to network. The course will run from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CST each of these dates, with the ZOOM room open by around 7:30 a.m. Two additional hours of training will be added to cover virtual hearings and family arbitrations (the additional time will be added to existing dates, to be determined).  A short break will be provided about the half way point each day, this will retain the requisite minimum 40 hours of instruction & testing time.  With the 2 additional hours to be added, the total class time will be 42 hours.  The Law Society of Saskatchewan has approved 42 CPD hours.

Students will be required to submit a “practice award” in the break between the two periods, and then submit their final award / exam after the mock hearing on January 8th.


  • An introduction to the arbitration process and its various applications.
  • How to conduct an arbitration hearing.
  • How to write an arbitration award.


  • The 2020 online course delivery is approved by the Law Society of Saskatchewan for 42.00 CPD Hours (including 4 hours Ethics)
  • Earn 50 CEE points from the ADR Institute of Canada for designation holders.


Once successfully completed, this Course fulfills the educational requirements for the ADR Institute of Canada’s national designations of Qualified Arbitrator (Q.Arb) and Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb). A separate designation application will be required.


  • Aspiring arbitrators including:
    • Lawyers wishing to add arbitration to their practice.
    • Mediators wishing to augment their ADR practice.
    • Union Representatives, Management and Specialists in Human Resources and Labour Relations.
    • Insurance Adjudicators, Investigators, Chairs of Adjudication Panels, Tribunal Members, Accountants, Engineers and other professionals.


  • No prior arbitration training or qualifications required.

    NEW REQUIREMENT for NON-LAWYERS - effective August 12, 2019

    All Non-lawyers registering for this Arbitration course MUST buy the following book and read the noted chapters related to Contract Law as a preparation for the course with regards legal knowledge.
    ‘The Law and Business Administration In Canada’ (14th or 15th Ed) by J.E. Smyth, D.A. Soberman, A.J. Easson and S.A. McGill
    Topics related to Contract Law are covered in  Part 3 of the book and includes Chapter 6 to Chapter 13.    
    Chapter 6 - Formation of a Contract: Offer and Acceptance  
    Chapter 7 - Formation of a Contract: Consideration and Intention  
    Chapter 8 - Formation of a Contract: Capacity to Contract and Legality of Object  

    Chapter 9 - Grounds Upon Which a Contract May Be Set Aside: Mistake and Misrepresentation  
    Chapter 10 - Writing and Interpretation  
    Chapter 11 - Privity of Contract and the Assignment of Contractual Rights  
    Chapter 12 - The Discharge of Contracts  
    Chapter 13 - Breach of Contract and Its Remedies


  • Become familiar with arbitration as a process.
  • Compare arbitration, mediation, negotiation and litigation and understand their differences.
  • Become aware of the various applications for arbitration.
  • Become fluent in the arbitration act in your jurisdiction.
  • Know the key objectives of arbitration.
  • Understand the role and responsibilities of the arbitrator.
  • Learn the stages of an arbitration file.
  • Learn about running a fair arbitration hearing.
  • Understand the concept of evidence in arbitration hearings.
  • Understand the role of contract law in arbitration.
  • Be introduced to the modern method of interpretation of contracts and legislation.
  • Learn about good decision making and gain practice in decision making as the arbitrator.
  • Learn about good decision writing and gain practice in writing awards.
  • Gain practice in dealing with ethical dilemmas.

STRUCTURE OF THE COURSE (Note: the Instructor is adjusting the in-person delivery for offering online via Zoom)

  • Before the course, we will send you Pre-Course Materials including reading and exercises to be completed before to the start of the course. You should set aside three to four hours to do this work.
  • The course includes lectures by the Instructor
  • At the end of certain days, the Instructor assigns homework that should take no more than an hour.
  • At the end of Day 6 (November 12), the Instructor assigns you an exercise where you will make the decision and write a practice award. The Instructor reviews the practice awards and provides feedback to each student. This exercise can take several hours to complete.
  • On the last day, the students view a mock arbitration case. Students are then asked to make and write the award for the case within thirty days after the conclusion of the course. A student must obtain a pass mark of 65 on their award. Students are provided with the marking criteria along with the material for the exam.


  • The National Introductory Arbitration Course Pre-Course Material (to be completed by students before the start of the course).
  • The National Introductory Arbitration Course Course Manual.
  • The textbook A Portable Guide to Evidence by Michael Doherty.
  • Power Points, Resources, Exercises and other handouts for the Course.
  • The Arbitration Act of Saskatchewan - please download it from here:


Daniel Shapiro, QC, C.Arb
Rodger Linka, C.Arb

Note: The ADR Institute of Canada National Introductory Training Programs are delivered exclusively through highly qualified Trainers who have been accredited by the ADR Institute of Canada to deliver the programs.


ADR Institute Members: $2,395 (plus applicable taxes)
Non-Members: $2,595 (plus applicable taxes)

View our Registration protocol.


Request for cancellation must be received in writing. Requests received on or prior to October 18, 2020 receive a full refund less a $200 administration fee; after October 18, 2020, receive a full refund less a $750 administration fee.