Dr. Ayodele (“Ayo”) Akenroye, FCIArb is an independent commercial arbitrator based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and acts as an arbitrator in institutional and ad-hoc proceedings. He is also a Tribunal Member with the Government of Canada where he adjudicates immigration matters.
Before becoming an Arbitrator and a Tribunal Member, Dr. Ayo was an advocate, representing individuals and corporations in a wide range of industries and areas of law including corporate and commercial, banking, construction, energy, infrastructure, insurance, mining, solar power plants, telecommunication, joint ventures, licensing, patents, sales of goods and shareholdings, ethics and anti-corruption, and criminal litigation (international and domestic).
Dr. Ayo brings this experience and knowledge to his work as an international and domestic arbitrator. Dr. Ayo brings to arbitration a wealth of litigation and adjudication experience, strong listening and writing skills, a deep understanding of the law and legal principles, and an ability to apply those principles to the facts in a fair and impartial manner. He renders clear, well-reasoned and appropriately comprehensive decisions expeditiously. His ability to master complex facts and transaction documents provides the foundation for his effectiveness as an arbitrator.
One of Dr. Ayo’s strengths is that he is trained and has practised law in multiple common law jurisdictions. He holds a law degree from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria, a master’s degree in law from the University of Manitoba, Canada, and a doctorate in public international law from McGill University, Canada. Having practised in Nigeria before qualifying in Canada in 2013, Dr. Ayo understands the practical and cultural differences presented in cross-border disputes. Dr. Ayo is a dual citizen of Canada and Nigeria. He is fluent in English and Yoruba language.
Dr. Ayo takes great interest in the impact of technology on dispute resolution. He is currently conducting a multi-year study at the Center for Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies, University of Toronto on the use of videoconferencing technology in Canadian criminal courts and how this technology affects the image of a judge in criminal trials. Also, he has trained Nigerian judges and lawyers on the use of technology to conduct hearings.
Among his many honours and professional designations, Dr. Ayo is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb). He is active in the arbitration community. Currently, he serves as a Director on the Board of the CIArb Canada Branch and included in the Expedited Procedures Panel of the Vancouver International Arbitration Centre (VanIAC). He is a member of the ICC Canada Arbitration Committee, the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society, the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) Users Councils.