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Hon. Hugh L. Fraser (Ret.) Appointed to Order of Canada

Hon. Hugh L. Fraser (Ret.) Appointed to Order of Canada

Civilian honor bestowed upon those with outstanding achievements who have helped to build a better Canada

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New York – JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is honored to share that Hon. Hugh L. Fraser (Ret.), FCIArb, was appointed to the Order of Canada in December 2021 by Her Excellency the Right Honorable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada.

Created in 1967, the Order of Canada is one of the country’s highest civilian honors. Those who are appointed are recognized by the governor general for their outstanding achievement and dedication to the community and service to the nation. Justice Fraser was honored for his “transformative contributions to Canadian sport as an internationally recognized expert in sports law and as a former Olympian.”

Justice Fraser has led a tremendous career, making an impact as an athlete, within the sports law community and as a distinguished neutral. We congratulate him on this prestigious appointment and are incredibly honored to have him on our panel.

- Chris Poole, JAMS CEO.

Justice Fraser joined JAMS in New York in 2019 following decades of service as a justice on the Ontario Court of Justice (Ottawa). He was appointed as a judge of the Ontario Court in 1993 and became regional senior justice for the East Region of Ontario in 2013, a position in which he managed and advised more than 70 judges and justices of the peace. During his tenure, he conducted thousands of trials and directly mediated countless settlements in cases involving complex business/commercial, professional liability, torts, family, criminal and personal injury matters.

Justice Fraser is an Olympian, having competed in the 1976 Summer Olympics, and a recognized international expert in sports law. As an arbitrator for the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), he was appointed to CAS’ first ad hoc court and has served as either sole or panel arbitrator in dozens of sports-related disputes. During his time as an arbitrator, Justice Fraser has served as chair, sole and wing arbitrator for dozens of cases involving allegations of doping, breach of employment contracts and governance issues, athlete/coach disputes and a variety of other disputes. He has conducted arbitrations and mediations in Canada, the United States, Australia, Brazil, Malaysia, Switzerland and throughout Europe, including virtual and remote hearings.

The full list of 2021 appointments to the Order of Canada can be found here.

About JAMS – Local Solutions. Global Reach.

Founded in 1979, JAMS is the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution services worldwide. JAMS successfully resolves and manages business and legal disputes by providing efficient, cost-effective and impartial ways to overcome barriers at any stage of conflict. JAMS offers customized in-person, virtual and hybrid resolution services locally and globally through a combination of industry-specific experience, first-class client service, the latest technology and highly trained mediators and arbitrators.

With a roster of over 400 neutrals and 29 locations, JAMS resolves thousands of the world’s important cases every year. JAMS neutrals are adept at managing the resolution process whether they are conducting in-person, virtual or hybrid hearings.

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