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.


Dates:            September 28, 29, 30, and October 14 & 15 in Regina at 3085 Albert Street (Walter Scott Building).  [Please note: The original published dates of November 16, 17, 18, 26, and 27, 2020 have been changed.]


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


  • Approved by the Law Society of Saskatchewan for 37.5 CPD Hours (including 3.5 hours Ethics).
  • Earn 50 CEE points from the ADR Institute of Canada for C.Meds and Q.Meds.


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).


  • 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 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.


  • 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 five-day course includes lectures by the Instructor, small and large group discussions and in-class exercises.
  • At the end of each of Day One, Day Two and Day Four, the Instructor assigns homework that should take no more than an hour.
  • At the end of Day Three, 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 afternoon of Day Five, 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:
  • Refreshment breaks on all five days.
  • Lunch on all five days.


Anne M. Wallace, Q.C, LL.B., C.Arb, C.Med, CTAJ, IMI Cert., Anne Wallace Legal Professional Corporation.

Anne is a lawyer who since 2007 works exclusively as a dispute resolution neutral, instructor and trainer. Anne is an arbitrator, mediator, adjudicator, investigator and conciliator. She holds both the Chartered Arbitrator and Chartered Mediator designations conferred by the ADR Institute of Canada. In April 2010, she became one of the first seven people (the first in Saskatchewan) to achieve the CTAJ (Certificate in Tribunal Administrative Justice) earned through the Foundation of Administrative Justice. She is an IMI (International Mediation Institute) Certified Mediator.

Anne's work includes arbitration, mediation, conciliation and investigations in labour and employment. It also includes Indian residential schools adjudication, personal injury mediation, domain name dispute arbitration, and commercial mediation and arbitration. Anne is an instructor with the Foundation of Administrative Justice, teaching various topics in the Foundation’s training programs for members and staff of administrative tribunals and for those who appear before tribunals, including labour arbitration boards.

Anne is Past President of the ADR Institute of Saskatchewan, and past member of the board of the ADR Institute of Canada. Anne has been actively involved in the Canadian Bar Association throughout all her years of practice, including serving as President of the Saskatchewan Branch in 2004-2005.

In 2004, Saskatchewan Business Magazine named Anne one of Saskatchewan’s Women of Influence.

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.

(2020 rates)
Members:        $2195 plus GST
Non-Members: $2495 plus GST


Space is limited and spots will be filled on the basis of PAID Registration Fees.

(2020 dates)
Request for cancellation must be received in writing to  Requests received on or prior to September 1, 2020 receive a full refund less a $100 administration fee; after September 1 to October 1, 2020, receive a full refund less a $200 administration fee; on or after October 1, 2020, receive a full refund less a $750 administration fee.