THE HONOURABLE COLIN L. CAMPBELL, Q.C. 2018-07-13T11:10:47+00:00


Colin L. Campbell, Q.C.


 Retired Judge, Superior Court of Justice – Ontario


Mediation/Arbitration/Case Management: October 2013 to present

Mediation: Conducted over 75 mediations in disputes involving:

  • Shareholder rights and remedies
  • Insurance
  • Contracts
  • Professional negligence
  • Estate
  • Native claims

Arbitration: presided over several intricate domestic and international mattersArbitration: presided over several intricate domestic and international matters

Case Management: Court-referred or party-appointed manager handling interlocutory disputes and other motion-related disputes as mediator, arbitrator or both

Judicial Experience: Superior Court of Ontario, 1998-2013

  • Commercial List: 2000-2002; 2008-2013
    • Presided and case managed complex insolvency and restructuring cases including:
      • –  Metcalfe v. Mansfield (ABCP)
      • –  Hollinger Inc.
      • –  Sun Indalex
      • –  Managed numerous complicated public and private shareholder disputes
  • Toronto Motion Court Leader: 2007-2010
  • Toronto Long Trial Team Leader 2002-2005
  • Presided over hundreds of pre-trial/settlement conferences and judicial mediations

Legal Practice Experience: McCarthy Tétrault, 1965- 1988

         Ontario Certified Specialist – Civil Litigation

         Chair, Litigation Section

         Management Committee Member

         Partner responsible for Insurance and Conflicts Reporting Issues

  • Extensive trial and appellate experience in a broad range of civil and criminal matters in several Canadian provinces, including over 25 Supreme Court of Canada appearances
  • Appearances before a wide variety of provincial and federal regulatory tribunals, including Competition Tribunal, Ontario and National Energy Boards, Canadian International Trade Tribunal, Ontario Securities Commission
  • Counsel at public inquiries such as Estey Commission (banking), Krever Commission (medical records) and Westray Mine collapse

Sample of representative cases include:


  • Penn Central Railway
  • Canadian Consumer Bank (1986-1996)
  • Claiborne Industries

Corporate Commercial/Oppression

  • Crown Trust v. Rosenberg (1986)
  • Jarislowsky v. Fraser Paper


Oil inquiry (1980-1983)

Re: Air Canada and American Airlines (1991)

Medical Negligence

  • Reibl v. Hughes
  • Bain v. Pittman
  • Reas v. Rothwell (1979)

Criminal/Civil Fraud

  • R v. Olan, Harnett Hudson
  • R v. Chambers Industries
  • Jirna v. Mister Donut


  • Ontario Ministry of Education’s Student Transportation Review Team, 2014-2015
  • Task Force on the Discovery Process in Ontario, Chair appointed by Ontario Attorney General and Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Justice Ontario, 2001-2005
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
    •  Fellow, 1989
    • Ontario Chair, 1995-1997
    • Member, Joint Task Force of ACTL and Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System on Discovery and Trial Reform, 2008-presentAmerican College of Trial Lawyers
  • Sedona Canada (founding member) 2007 to present
    • Co-Chair, 2013 – present
    • Steering Committee, Sedona Principles, 2008 – present
    • Judicial Advisory Board member, Sedona Conference U.S.A. (2010 to present)
  • Canadian Conference of Judicial Mediation, Board member, 2008-2013
  • Law Society of Upper Canada
    • Bencher, 1988-1994
    • Vice-Chair, Discipline, 1988-1989
    • Chair, Legal Aid Clinics, 1990-1991
    • Chair and Director, Lawyers Professional Indemnity Company, 1991-1994
    • Society Representative to Federation of Law Societies, 1991-1994
    • Chair, Federation Committee on Mobility of Lawyers Conflict Rules, 1993-1994
    • Chair, Professional Development Committee, 1994-1995
  • Advocates Society of Ontario
    • Streamlining the Ontario Civil Justice System Policy Forum, member (2006)
    • Committee on Principles of Civility for Advocates, member (2002)
    • Director, 1971-1973
    • Presenter/panelist for multitude of legal education programs
    • Significant contributor of articles on civil practices to Advocates Journal
  • Pro Bono Law Ontario, Founding Director and Advisory Board Member, 2003-2006
  • Canadian Lawyers’ Liability Insurance Society, Board & Executive Committee, 1995-1998
  • Chief Justice’s Bench and Bar Committee, Ontario Bar Association representative, 1977-1981
  • Federal Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee member, 1990-1993
  • Chair, Douglas K. Laidlaw Fund, 1985 to 2014
  • Ontario Civil Rules Committee, Sub-Committee on Periodic Payments, member 1985-1986
  • Canadian Bar Association Task Force on Independence of the Judiciary, member 1985-1986
  • Williston Committee on Revision of Civil Rules of Procedure, member 1980-1983


Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

International Council for Commercial Arbitration

Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society

ADR Institute of Canada

Medico-Legal Society (President, 1991)

The Advocates’ Society

Canadian Bar Association

Ontario Bar Association


  • Award of Distinction – Toronto Lawyers Association, 2011
  • 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada – Canadian Lawyer Magazine, 2010
  • Queen’s Counsel, 1979 


Bachelor of Arts (Economics) Queen’s University LL.B

Queen’s University Certified Mediator

ADR Institute Fellow

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Called to the bar in Ontario, Alberta and Northwest Territories.

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