Arbitration is one method of resolving disputes.  An arbitrator, under the Alberta Arbitration Act, is acting like a private judge for the parties.  The parties get to choose their arbitrator or panel and all matters remain private, rather than being public as in a trial.  The arbitrator will provide a written decision which is binding on both parties.  The arbitrator can interpret the Act, bylaws and contracts and can give directions to the parties to do or stop doing something and can award damages and interest, if required.  If one party does not comply with the arbitrator’s directions and decision, the other party can file the written decision in the Court of Queen’s Bench and the written decision or order of the arbitrator is then enforceable just like a judge’s decision.

Mediation & Arbitration – Stepped Agreement