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Steven C. Gaon, Arbitrator & Mediator, Ottawa, Ontario.

Steven C. Gaon

ADR Ottawa Inc.
4338 Innes Road, Suite 112
Ottawa, ON K4A 3W3
Tel: (613) 565-6215
Fax: (613) 565-9715
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Recognized to Ontario Chapter for:
Civil/Commercial Mediation & Arbitration

Other ADR Services: Facilitation, Fact Finding, Med-Arb, Mini-Trial, Neutral Evaluation

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  • Practice Commenced: 20
  • Total Mediations (as of Jan 2021): 2000
  • Total Arbitrations (as of Jan 2021): 20
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Mr. Gaon is a bilingual mediator and arbitrator with an extensive legal background, primarily as a civil and family law litigator, but also including administrative law, provincial offences and solicitor’s work. Practicing dispute resolution since 1998, Mr. Gaon has mediated in excess of 2,000 cases under the Ontario Attorney General's Mandatory Mediation Program. He was awarded a Chartered Mediator designation by the ADR Institute of Canada in 2008. Mr. Gaon is also an experienced arbitrator, having arbitrated and adjudicated a variety of legal disputes. Additionally, he is a recognized and trusted workplace investigator, conducting administrative investigations into alleged harassment, breach of ethics, conflict of interest, regulatory violations, privacy and security matters, and other forms of misconduct.

Mr. Gaon is also a leader in Ottawa’s legal community, serving as an elected member of the Board of Trustees of the County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA) since 2009, as CCLA President in 2015-2016, and as a part-time Law Professor at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Common Law since 2018.

Mr. Gaon's full bio can be found at: 

Case Experience

  • Aboriginal
  • Accounting
  • Agricultural
  • Appellate
  • Architecture
  • Arts & Fashion Sector
  • Automotive
  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy/Insolvency
  • Business Dissolution
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Condominiums/Strata
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Disability Claims
  • Discrimination
  • Divorce (High Asset)
  • Education
  • Elder Abuse
  • Employment
  • Engineering
  • Environmental
  • Estates & Trusts
  • Expropriation
  • Family Businesses
  • Franchise
  • Government/Municipalities
  • Health Care
  • Human Rights Act
  • Industrial
  • Information Technology
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Internet
  • Land Use/Planning
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Libel & Slander
  • Media & Communications
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Military
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Pensions / ERISA
  • Personal Injury
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Police
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Public Policy
  • Public Utilities
  • Real Estate
  • Religious Institutions
  • Securities
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Software
  • Sports
  • Title Disputes
  • Torts
  • Transportation
  • Workplace Rights
  • Wrongful Death
  • Wrongful Dismissal


2008 – Chartered Mediator designation, ADR Institute of Canada
2007 – Arbitrator Certification under the (Ontario) Arbitration Act
2006 – Collaborative Family Law Certification
2001 – Advanced Mediation Certification, Osgoode Hall / Law Society of Upper Canada
2001 – Mediation Certification, University of Windsor / Stitt, Feld, Handy & Houston
1998 to 2002 – Adjudication training provided by Human Resources Development Canada
1989 – Ontario Bar Admissions - Called to the Bar of Ontario
1987 – J.D. (LL.B.), University of Ottawa
1984 – B.A., Concordia University

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • County of Carleton Law Association
  • Canadian Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • ADR Institute of Canada
  • ADR Institute of Ontario

Rates Information

Mediations, Arbitrations & Facilitations (all in Canadian dollars):

  • $1,500 block fee plus HST (minimum) for a 3-hour (half day) mediation, including reasonable preparation time, plus reasonable disbursements, if any.
  • $3,000 block fee plus HST (minimum) for a 6-hour (full day) mediation, including reasonable preparation time, plus reasonable disbursements, if any.
  • $450 per hour plus HST for every hour or part hour over the set 3 or 6 hour mediation time, as the case may be.
  • $3,750 block fee plus HST per day (minimum) for mediations outside the National Capital Region of Ottawa, including reasonable preparation time, plus reasonable disbursements, if any.
  • $450 per hour for arbitrations, plus HST and disbursements.

Workplace Conflict & Harassment Investigations

Mr. Gaon charges an hourly rate for investigations. Depending on the nature of the client organization and the file, we are prepared to negotiate fee structures on a case-by-case basis, considering the complexity of the matter, number of witnesses to be interviewed, time anticipated to complete the work and other factors.

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