Global Arbitration Review - 24 November 2017 - To view the full GAR article, please click here.
Canadian centre Arbitration Place has formally launched its new branch in Ottawa as it marks its fifth anniversary and continues to promote itself as an alternative seat or venue in North America for parties wishing to avoid the US under Donald Trump.
Arbitration Place celebrated the opening of its new premises at World Exchange Plaza in Ottawa’s commercial centre on 15 November, with the mayor of the city Jim Watson cutting the ribbon.
The launch comes in the wake of improvements in Ontario’s arbitration regime, including the passing of a new international commercial arbitration act in March that expressly adopts the New York Convention.
In a speech, the centre’s founder and CEO Kimberley Stewart spoke of the potential for Ottawa to be a seat of arbitration for major cases now that it has a purpose-built arbitration hearing centre.