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  • Queen's University, LL.B. 1969
  • Tri-Colour Award - Queen's University
  • Called to the Bar of Ontario - 1971


Certified as a Specialist in Civil Litigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada, January, 1990 (Re certified January, 1995, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007)


  • American Bar Association, Section of Business Law, Spring Meeting, Tampa, April 6 - 9, 2006
  • CCLA/CLE Criminal Law Conference, Montebello, November 5-6, 2005
  • Participant/Moderator, Gold Standard ADR, ADR Institute of Canada, Toronto, November 4, 2005
  • CCLA/CLE 14th Annual Institute of Family Law Conference, Ottawa Congress Centre, June 3, 2005
  • CCLA/CLE Solicitors Conference, Montebello, May 6-7, 2005
  • International Commercial Arbitration, Mediation and Dispute Resolution, Centre for International Legal Studies (CILS), Colorado, February 13-18, 2005
  • Advanced Litigation Skills: Rule Traps and Triumphs, The Advocate's Society, Toronto, January 19, 2005
  • Presenter: Negotiation and Drafting Arbitration Provision in Commercial Contracts, Osgoode Professional Development Centre, Toronto, October 7, 2004
  • Participant, Advocacy Conference, Advocacy: The Art of Persuasion, American College of Trial Lawyers and The Advocates' Society, Toronto, April 2, 2004
  • CBA Symposium on Intellectual Property and Alternative Dispute Resolution, Ottawa, November 2002
  • Conducting the Commercial Arbitration Conference, LSUC, Toronto, October 21, 2001
  • Participant and Speaker, Consortium on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Atlanta, Georgia, March 30-31, 2001
  • Participant and Speaker, Civil Litigation Updated Conference, Montebello, 2000 - 2006 (Annual conference)
  • International Chamber of Commerce on International Arbitration Practice Workshop held in Paris, France on November 15-16, 1999.
  • Participant, International Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Practice Workshop held in Paris, France - November 20 -21, 1997.
  • Agree's Advanced Dispute Resolution Program - November, 1996
  • Advanced Mediation Training - ADR Associates - Advocates' Society Program, Toronto- January 4 - 7, 1996
  • Harvard Law School, November, 1994 - `Mediation Workshop`
  • Harvard Law School, June, 1992 - `Negotiation Workshop`


2007 - Nelson ADR Services

ADR Services specializing in mediation, arbitration and consultancy in dispute resolution.

1974-2007 - Partner in Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP

Mr. Nelson joined Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP in 1974 and was head of the Advocacy Department in the Ottawa office from 1987 to early 1993. Mr. Nelson has been engaged in a wide variety of matters before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Canada (Appeal and Trial Division) and before the Ontario Court (Appeal and General Division). He has wide experience before a variety of administrative boards such as the Ontario Municipal Board and he has worked in labour arbitrations. He has experience in the areas of damages assessments, expropriation, assessment, contractual disputes, insurance claims, labour arbitrations, corporate oppression matters, negligence cases and constitutional questions. Mr. Nelson was an instructor in civil litigation, Bar Admission Course in Ottawa during the years 1980 to 1984 and has prepared and given papers in continuing education programs conducted by the Canadian Bar Association, the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Carleton County Bar Association and Insight. Since 1985, Mr. Nelson has been active in Ottawa in promoting alternate means of resolving disputes. His article "An Introduction to Commercial Arbitration" was published in the fall of 1986 in the Canadian Arbitration Journal and he has written and spoken frequently on the need to resolve business disputes by mediation and arbitration, as an adjunct to Court process. He was a member of the executive of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Canadian Bar Association-Ontario and he was the legal advisor to the Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution. He is a trained negotiator, mediator and arbitrator. From 1995-1998, he was the Executive Director of the Arbitration and Mediation Institute of Canada (part-time position carried out as a partner at Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP). As Executive Director, he assisted in creating modern mediation and arbitration rules for the Institute. He supervised the awarding of C.Med and C.Arb designations In 1999 he headed the Gowlings Team which won a World Bank competition to introduce ADR into Russia for the Russian Foundation for Legal Reform and the World Bank in Washington. In 2002 he headed the Gowlings Team which won the World Bank competition to introduce ADR into Albania. This contract was extended at the World Bank’s request until December 2004. During his 36 years practising law, he has gained extensive experience representing U.S. clients in Canada in litigation matters ranging from a complex international arbitration involving the sale of a U.S. software company to the right to tax an international bridge between Canada and the United States. In March 2007, he opened his own independent mediation and arbitration office.

1971-1973 - Associate at Lang Michener

Mr. Nelson joined Lang Michener after being called to the bar in 1971. While there, he practiced in the areas of tax law, corporate law, family law and general litigation.


  • Past President - County of Carleton Law Association (2006)
  • President - County of Carleton Law Association (2005)
  • Executive - County of Carleton Law Association (2002, 2003, 2004)
  • Elected Trustee - County of Carleton Law Association (1996; 1997; 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001)
  • Instructor - Carleton University - Arbitration Law and Procedure
  • Founder and President, Ottawa Chapter, Lawyers for Social Responsibility
  • Co-ordinator, Program in Toronto and Ottawa on Commercial Arbitration, February - March, 1991
  • Member, Executive, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Canadian Bar Association-Ontario
  • Member, Executive, General Practitioner's Section, Canadian Bar Association
  • Instructor, Bar Admission Course, Ottawa, Civil Litigation, 1980-1984
  • Instructor, Bar Admission Course, Toronto, 1972-1973


  • Advocates Society
  • American Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • County of Carleton Law Association
  • Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution
  • Christian Lawyers Association
  • Founder - Ottawa - Lawyers for Social Responsibility
  • Arbitration and Mediation Institute of Canada
  • Arbitration and Mediation Institute of Ontario
  • The Ottawa-Carleton Dispute Resolution Centre and the Centre for Renewal in Public Policy


  • Board Member, The Mission (1988 - Present)
  • Past President, The Mission (Ottawa's oldest shelter for the homeless) 2004
  • President, The Mission (1995 - 1997 and 2001 - 2003)
  • Vice-President and Board Member, Union Mission for Men (1988 to1995)
  • Campaign Chair, Union Mission Fund-raising Program (1990 to present)
  • Member of the Board and First Incorporator of Help Lesotho (to assist orphans in Africa) (2004 - present)
  • Contributor to Foster Parents Plan (15 current foster children) (1982 - present)
  • Campaign Chair, City of Ottawa Heart and Stroke Foundation (1990)
  • Corporate Fund-raising, Elmwood School (1986-1987)
  • Member, Board of Governors, Ashbury College (1992 to 2000)


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