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Gordon Kaiser

Gordon E. Kaiser, FCIArb

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Veronica Guevara
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Gordon Kaiser, Esq. is an accomplished arbitrator in domestic and international disputes involving energy, infrastructure, telecommunications, railway, competition, and commercial contract disputes. He has served as Vice Chairman of the Ontario Energy Board for six years and advised the Alberta Utilities Commission on settlements with the Market Surveillance Administrator.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Gordon Kaiser’s arbitration practice has involved multi-million dollar disputes with respect to the long-term supply of electricity, oil, and gas in Alberta.
  • Has adjudicated disputes involving commercial contracts, energy, infrastructure, telecommunication, railway, and competition matters.
  • Member of the London Court of International Arbitration, the ADR Institute of Canada, the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society, the ICC Canadian Arbitration Committee, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
  • Appeared in the Courts of Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland as well as the Federal Court of Canada and the Supreme Court of Canada.
  • Appeared in regulatory proceedings in six provinces as well as before a number of Federal Tribunals.
  • Competition Law, Intellectual Property, Franchising and Information Technology 
    • Adjunct Professor, Queens University,Intellectual Property.
    • Co-author, Working Paper on Trademark Law Revision issued by the Federal Government.
    • Acted in litigation involving disputes relating to franchise and distribution agreements,information technology, trademark and copyright infringement.
    • Acted as Special Counsel to the Attorney General of Canada in four criminal prosecutions under the Competition Act.
    • Acted as defence counsel in 20 criminal and civil proceedings under the Competition Act involving bid rigging, price maintenance, price discrimination, misleading advertising, and mergers.
  • Energy
    • Served as Vice Chair of the Ontario Energy Board for six years where he chaired panels on important decisions dealing with pipeline construction, natural gas storage, electricity transmission, nuclear and wind generation.
    • Director, AltaLink Ontario, a subsidiary of Alberta's largest electricity transmitter.
    • Acted for the Commissioner of Competition in the Petroleum Industry Inquiry before the Restrictive Trade Practices Commission.
    • Acted as counsel to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario for a number of years in proceedings before the Ontario Energy Board and the National Energy Board.
    • Acted as counsel to the Ontario Energy Board for five years.
    • Served as Vice-Chairman of the Ontario Energy Board from 2004 to 2010.
    • Advised the Alberta Utilities Commission on Settlements with the Market Surveillance Administrator.
  • Telecommunications
    • Acted for the Commissioner of Competition in six matters before the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) as well as proceedings in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island.
    • Acted for the Commissioner of Competition in the Telecommunications Equipment Inquiry before the Restrictive Trade Practices Commission.
    • Acted for the Canadian Radio Common Carriers Association in proceedings before the CRTC and the Alberta Public Utilities Commission.
    • Served for ten years as Chairman and CEO of CUE Corporation in Irvine, California, a nationwide data network transmitting over 600 radio stations in Canada and the U.S.
    • Served on the Boards of a number of communication companies including; SkyTel Communications, Montreal, a subsidiary of Bell Canada, Sattelink Communications, Atlanta, GA, and Digital Radio Express, San Jose, CA.
    • Served as a part-time member of the Ontario Telephone Service Commission for three years.
    • Holds three U.S. patents for wireless data communications
  • Chambers Canada Guide, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration, 2016
  • Chambers Global Guide, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration, 2014
  • Recognized as “Canadian Energy Lawyer of the Year” for leadership and excellence in energy regulatory law, Energy Law Forum, 2011
  • Member, London Court of International Arbitration, ADR Institute of Canada, Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society, and the ICC Canadian Arbitration Committee
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Member, Advocates Society, Canadian Bar Association, American Bar Association, International Bar Association, Energy Bar Association, and Association of International Petroleum Negotiators
  • Co-Chair, Energy Law Forum
  • Board of Directors, Saint Elizabeth Foundation, Canada
  • Former board member, Juvenile Diabetes Research Association, California Alliance for Advanced Transportation Systems, and Ontario Telephone Service Commission
Teaching and Publications
  • Arbitrator and Mediator, JAMS and JAMS International, since 2012
  • Independent Arbitrator, Calgary, Alberta and Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2010-2012
  • Vice Chairman, Ontario Energy Board, 2004-2010
  • Partner, Gowlings, specializing in competition law and regulatory matters in the telecommunications and energy sectors, 1974-1990
  • M.A., LL.B., Queen’s University, 1966-1971
  • B.A., Economics, University of Toronto, University of St. Michael’s College, 1965


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