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Timothy N. Unwin, ICD.D.

Timothy N. Unwin, ICD.D.

General Biography
Practice Areas
Accounting Finance
Business Commercial
Employment Law
Estate Probate Trusts
Financial Markets
International & Cross-Border
Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities
Background and Education

Timothy Unwin, ICD.D. brings over 30 years of securities, corporate/ commercial, and mergers and acquisitions experience to the JAMS Toronto panel. An expert in corporate governance, Mr. Unwin has spent a lifetime advising and steering Canadian and international businesses in diverse sectors, including: banking/finance, oil and gas, public utilities, real estate trusts, mining ventures, and public charities.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Acted in mediation and arbitration respecting commercial and trust interests and obligations
  • Acted as counsel to Canadian and international financial institutions ‎in mediation of many issues relating to the regulation of those institutions, particularly securities regulatory matters
  • Chairman of an annual conference of financial industry professionals meeting to consider interventions with regulators in respect of matters affecting those institutions
  • Acted as counsel to numerous parties in contentious mergers and acquisitions and mediation of inter-party differences arising in those transactions‎

Representative Matters

  • Negotiation on behalf of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce of the disclosure regime applicable to it and other Canadian chartered banks in connection with proposed financings
  • Negotiation on behalf of the underwriters of the disclosure obligations of Sun life Financial Inc. in connection with the demutualisation of that company
  • Negotiation of the disclosure obligation of bank sponsored derivative products in Canada
  • Responsibility for the strategic direction of a private trust dispute and the ensuing arbitration respecting asset valuation
  • Negotiation of the terms of the wind down of a merchant bank and the division of assets amongst owners of its managers

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS
  • Lecturer, Mediation Section, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
  • Member, Law Society of Upper Canada, 1968-present
  • Foreign Legal Consultant, New York State Bar, 2004-present
  • Former Director, C.A. Bancorp, Inc. (TSX:BKP)
  • Former Director, Charter Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX-V:CRH.U)
  • Former Director, Caribbean Utilities Company, Ltd., Grand Cayman
  • Former Director, Bitech Petroleum Corporation, a public Canadian oil and gas company
  • Former Director, Perimeter Financial Corporation

Background and Education

  • Chairman, Evoke Neuroscience, Inc., 2011-present
  • Chairman, Liberty Silver Corporation (Director since 2010)
  • Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP, 1974-present
    • Partner Emeritus, Toronto, Ontario, 2004-present
    • Managing Partner, London, England, 1986-1989
    • Managing Partner, New York, 2004-2008
  • Chairman, Toronto Community Foundation, 1993-1997 and 2000-2002
  • ICD.D., Institute of Corporate Directors, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, 2006
  • LL.B., University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
  • B.Comm., Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia


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