The ADR Atlantic Institute provides ADR Practitioners and the Public with Up-to-Date Resources and Services.

The ADR Atlantic Institute (ADRAI) is one of seven affiliates of The ADR Institute of Canada (ADRIC), a non-profit organization that shares information about and promotes ideas for continuous improvement and upgrading of Alternative Dispute Resolution as a profession.

Our goal is to assist our members and users of ADR services through:

  • Providing information and education.
  • Maintaining high professional standards.
  • Providing a regulatory structure to ensure members adhere to high standards of professionalism
  • Assisting users of ADR services to locate ADR professionals when required. 

ADR Atlantic performs the following functions for practitioners and users of ADR services:

  • We set the “Gold Standard” to protect the ADR profession and the public served by ADR professionals.
  • Developed by ADRIC and its affiliates the following documents and practices constitute a regulatory structure that ensures high standards of conduct, practice and procedure among ADR professionals in Atlantic Canada:
    • A Code of Ethics governing out members with an established complaint and discipline process.
    • National Arbitration Rules and National Mediation Rules provide clear, concise processes and procedures for the conduct of commercial arbitrations and mediations. The rules developed by ADR Canada and recognized across the country establish time lines and procedures that provide practitioners and users with certainty and clarity, allowing for effective and efficient case administration.
    • Standards for approving arbitration and mediation training courses. 
    • ADR Atlantic carefully evaluates training programs according to established criteria to ensure approved programs meet critical standards.
    • A procedure for granting to our members the highest and only nationally-recognized professional accreditation or designation in Canada, namely, that of Chartered Mediator (C.Med.) and Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb.);

ADR Atlantic, ADR Canada and its other affiliates inform, educate and update our members by conducting leading-edge, live and distance education courses, seminars, conferences  and workshops to assist practitioners with skill development and provide up-to-date information on new and emerging areas of interest relevant to arbitration and mediation;

ADR Atlantic assists arbitrators and mediators to be heard by:

  • Liaising with government departments and corporations to inform and educate these bodies  on issues that involve or have an impact on arbitrators and mediators;
  • Cooperating with other alternative dispute resolution organizations to ensure the government is informed on issues relevant to arbitrators and mediators.

ADR Atlantic provides a method for the public to find and engage qualified mediators and arbitrators by:

  • Creating the highest and only nationally-recognized professional credential in Canada, the Chartered Mediator (C.Med) or Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb) designation. Choosing a mediator or arbitrator with these credentials is your assurance of quality and experience.
  • Creating the Qualified Mediator (Q.Med.) designation to recognize practitioners who have reached a certain level of training and/or experience as a mediator.
  • Providing members of the public with access to “ADR Connect” -- ADR Atlantic's central electronic databank, from which arbitrators and mediators can be selected based on a wide range of criteria including accreditation, specialty, years of experience etc..
  • The creation of special rosters to service particular organization.

To join ADR Atlantic you can complete the application form here, or for further information, contact the President of ADR Atlantic Institute:[email protected] or a Board member in your province.