Need help finding the right mediator or arbitrator with specialized knowledge?
ADRIA provides a fee-for-service Select and Appoint process for parties who need assistance finding a mediator or arbitrator with specialized knowledge to help resolve a disagreement, including contract disputes.
ADRIA’s membership includes highly qualified and experienced ADR specialists representing almost every sector of Alberta’s economy. Many hold national ADR designations, in addition to qualifications in other professions such as law, engineering, and labour relations.
Benefits of Select & Appoint
Finding the right mediator or arbitrator to help you resolve a contract dispute allows you to:
- have confidence in the appointed ADR professional
- have confidence that the appointment process was fair and unbiased
- save time
- find a solution that works for all parties
- avoid litigation and court costs
- preserve your business relationship for future projects
In fact, you can make ADRIA’s Select and Appoint process a recommended or mandatory method of selecting a dispute resolution process and professional. Read more about Dispute Resolution Clauses for Contracts.
How Select and Appoint Works
- One or more parties request the appointment of an ADR professional (usually a mediator or arbitrator) by the ADR Institute of Alberta (ADRIA).
- Upon request and initial payment (see fee schedule), ADRIA prepares a list of qualified ADR Professionals for the parties’ consideration. Selection criteria are communicated to ADRIA by the parties independently and confidentially.
- A list of qualified ADR professionals, along with their resumes and hourly rates, are provided to all parties by ADRIA.
- Each party delivers their list back to ADRIA, having deleted any names to which they object and numbering the remaining names on the list in order of preference, usually within a period of 10 calendar days. The parties may contact ADRIA with questions regarding qualifications and experience.
- After receiving the order of preference from each party, ADRIA selects the highest scored candidate from the remaining names.
- ADRIA will reconfirm with the preferred candidate that no conflict of interest exists.
- ADRIA will issue a Letter of Appointment to the chosen candidate and the parties.
- The appointed ADR professional will immediately contact the parties and advance the dispute resolution process in accordance with contract conditions and preferences.
- The appointed ADR professional will bill the parties for his/her services, in the manner agreed to by the parties. The allocation of costs can be determined by the parties or in an arbitration process, referred to the arbitrator.
Arbitration Panel Selection Process
The Arbitration Panel selection process is similar to the Select and Appoint process, except a minimum of five candidates will be forwarded to the parties. Each party will then review and rank their preferred arbitrators confidentially, making sure to identify any potential conflicts of interest.
ADRIA then issues a Letter of Appointment, typically each party’s top selection. The appointed arbitrators then meet to select a third Arbitrator from the list to act as Chair. Depending on feedback from the parties, this final list of potential candidates may be modified and expanded, keeping the parties advised.
Finally, ADRIA will again confirm that there are no substantive objections or conflicts of interest before issuing a final Letter of Appointment for the Arbitration Panel. The parties then deal directly with the appointed panel to advance the arbitration in accordance with the Alberta Arbitration Act.
|Amount of Claim||ADRIA Fee* + GST|
|$500K – 5M||$4,000|
A reduced fee will be applied, depending on how far the process has progressed, for Select and Appoint services that are initiated but do not proceed to the point of issuing a Letter of Appointment.
*Organizations which specify the ADR Institute of Alberta (ADRIA) or its predecessor by name as part of a dispute resolution clause in their contract may qualify for a discount.
*Fees are doubled for Arbitration Panels of three arbitrators.
Get the Select & Appoint Process Started
To initiate a Select & Appoint process, ADRIA requires full contact information for all parties involved, including any legal counsel. The details of the contract are also useful.
ADRIA can provide a list of three (3) or more qualified practitioners within five (5) business days, with biographies and fee schedules attached. The parties are then individually invited to exclude any candidate(s) and rank the remainder confidentially, before ADRIA issues an appointment letter within 10 calendar days of issuing the list.