Douglas F. Harrison

Douglas F. Harrison

Independent Arbitrator, Mediator and CounselHarrison ADR Professional CorporationCommercial

Douglas F. Harrison is an independent international commercial arbitrator and mediator based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He also acts as legal counsel in select matters. Mr. Harrison is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and is on the arbitration rosters of ICDR Canada, ICC Canada, and the ADR Institute of Canada, among others. He is a member of the executive of the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society and a Co-Chair of the University Tribunal of the University of Toronto.  

For over 30 years, Mr. Harrison was with Stikeman Elliott LLP in Toronto conducting a broad corporate-commercial litigation and arbitration practice that also included product liability, environmental law, defamation, insolvency, professional liability, and directors’ and officers’ insurance. He acted for clients from around the world in a wide range of industries including aerospace, chemicals, financial services, food processing, logistics, manufacturing, media and natural resources.

He has been internationally recognized as an expert in global product liability law and litigation by Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides (2012, 2014 and 2016), and as one of the Best Lawyers in Canada (Class Action Litigation, 2020).  He has received an Acritas Star rating (2018, 2019). He has served as a Sessional Instructor in Trial Advocacy at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Harrison was a sports journalist based in Toronto and Paris.

Douglas F. Harrison acts as an arbitrator of commercial disputes, both domestic and international. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a member of the panel of arbitrators of ICDR Canada, and a member of a number of other arbitral institutions including the London Court of International Arbitration, ICC Canada and the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society. As a mediator, Douglas F. Harrison brings over 30 years of experience as a commercial litigator with Stikeman Elliott LLP to the resolution of business disputes. He completed the Harvard Law School Executive Education course, Mediating Disputes, at its Program on Negotiation. He also acts as legal counsel in select matters, including designing arbitral procedures and enforcing awards.

For over 30 years, Mr. Harrison was a member of Stikeman Elliott LLP in Toronto, conducting a broad commercial litigation and arbitration practice for clients from around the world. He was Vice-Chair of the firm's national Claims & Risk Management Committee and a member of the firm's national Professional & Ethics Committee.

Mr. Harrison's legal expertise spans a wide range of corporate and commercial disputes and topics, and also includes environmental law, product liability, defamation, professional liability, insolvency and directors and officers insurance. He handled numerous arbitral mandates as counsel including the enforcement of international commercial and investor-state awards. 

His industry expertise includes mining, aerospace, chemicals, financial services, food processing, pharmaceuticals, consumer products, logistics, manufacturing and media.

Mr. Harrison is internationally recognized as an expert in global product liability law and litigation by Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides, 2012, 2014 and 2016; Acritas Star - independently rated lawyer for 2018, 2019 and 2020; and Best Lawyers in Canada - 2020 (Class Actions).


  • University of Toronto, LL.B., 1985
  • Queen's University, B.A., 1982

Bar Admission

  • Ontario, 1988


  • M.C.I.Arb., The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (U.K.)


  • A major Canadian media entity in an arbitration with a large municipality over certain contractual obligations
  • A home services company in an arbitration to determine amounts due pursuant to a shareholder buyout
  • A large Canadian manufacturer in an arbitration over pricing in a long-term supply agreement
  • A U.S. public company in the defence of claims brought by residents of Burlington, Ontario relating to allegations of off-site TCE contamination
  • Northstar Aerospace in the defence of claims brought by residents of Cambridge, Ontario relating to off-site TCE contamination
  • Siemens Canada in the defence of a claim brought by residents of Kingsville, Ontario for damages arising from a large plastics fire
  • Cle Leasing Enterprises Ltd. (Re), [2012] O.J. No. 2634 (S.C.J.)
  • Allen v. Carnival Corporation, [2008] O.J. No. 249 (C.A.)


  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • ADR Institute of Canada
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • ICC Canada Arbitration Committee
  • ICDR Canada
  • International Arbitration Institute
  • International Council for Commercial Arbitration
  • Japan Commercial Arbitration Association
  • London Court of International Arbitration
  • Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society (Executive, Education & Programming)
  • University of Toronto, University Tribunal (Co-Chair)