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Jim McCartney, Arbitrator & Mediator, Calgary, Alberta.

Jim McCartney

McCartney ADR
3026 5 Street SW
Calgary, AB T2S 2C4
Tel: (403) 861-2700
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Recognized to Alberta Chapter for:
Civil/Commercial Mediation & Arbitration

Regularly travels out of province to: British Columbia

Other ADR Services: Insurance Umpire, Med-Arb, Mini-Trial, Neutral Evaluation

Video Conferencing
  • Practice Commenced1998
  • # of MEDS (as of 12/6/24)1800
  • # of ARBS (as of 12/6/24)200
Current Practice
Online / In-Person


Jim has mediated, umpired, or arbitrated over 2,000 disputes involving commercial/industrial/public & residential construction, professional negligence, franchising, employment, debt, insurance, (incl. fatalities and severe injury), corporate and shareholder issues, royalties, trusts, market rent, industrial land sales, government contracts, fires, pipelines, municipal subdivision, petroleum/coal exploration & development rights, power purchase arrangements, and other matters.

He is a Chartered Mediator and Chartered Arbitrator, has been President of the ADR Institute of Alberta, and a Vice-President of the ADR Institute of Canada (2016 recipient of the Lionel J McGowan National Award of Excellence in Dispute Resolution). He is a member of ADRIC’s Rules Committee and was involved in drafting the current Arbitration Rules and Med-Arb Rules.

He is or has been on the ADR rosters of the Provincial Court, the General Insurance OmbudService, the Alberta Energy Regulator, the Canadian Transportation Agency, the Alberta New Home Warranty Program, the AIT Alberta Bid Protest Panel, and the ADR Institute of Canada’s commercial and interim measures rosters. He was a member or chair of two Oil Sands Dispute Review Committees, and a member or chair of four NEB Pipeline Arbitration Committees. He has been court-appointed as a Claims Officer under the CCAA and since 2006 has served on the discipline and appeal tribunals of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta.

Jim became a director of EIG Ltd (Energy Insurance Group) in 2005 and served as Board Chair from 2009—2020.

A lawyer for 46 years, Jim practiced civil litigation involving commercial and tort law at all court levels in Canada. He regularly attends, and presents at, continuing education courses.

Case Experience

  • Aboriginal
  • Accounting
  • Agricultural
  • Appellate
  • Architecture
  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy/Insolvency
  • Business Dissolution
  • Commercial/Business
  • Condominiums/Strata
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Disability Claims
  • Employment
  • Energy Sector (Oil/Gas/Nuclear)
  • Engineering
  • Environmental
  • Estates & Trusts
  • Family Businesses
  • Franchise
  • Government/Municipalities
  • Health Care
  • Industrial
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Mining
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Public Utilities
  • Railroad & Trucking
  • Real Estate
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Telecommunications
  • Torts
  • Trademarks/Patents
  • Transportation
  • Utilities
  • Wrongful Death
  • Wrongful Dismissal


Bachelor of Arts, University of Calgary, 1972

Bachelor of Laws, University of Alberta, 1973

Memberships & Affiliations

  • International Academy of Mediators
  • Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society
  • ADR Institute of Alberta
  • ADR Institute of Canada
  • Client Choice Award 2020: Arbitration & ADR
  • Lionel J McGowan Award of Excellence in Dispute Resolution 2016
  • ADRIC Commercial Arbitration Roster
  • ADRIC Interim Measures Roster 
  • Alberta Energy Regulator

Rates Information

Hourly. Disbursements at cost. No charge for travel time. Late cancellation terms.

Details available upon request.

Language Skills


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