About the Roundtable The Members
Arbitration is better.

Donald Short
Donald E. Short

Direct line: 416 868 3440

Facsimilie: 416 364 7831

Areas of Practice:
Alternate Dispute Resolution
Construction and Engineering
Commercial Litigation

B.A. (Hons) - Political Science, 1970 University of Toronto
LL.B., 1973 University of Toronto
LL.M., 1998 Osgoode Hall Law School of York University
F.C.I.Arb., 2003 The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Called to the Bar
Ontario, 1975

Don Short is certified by the Law Society as a Specialist in Civil Litigation and chairs his firm’s Toronto Construction Law Group. He is engaged in the practice of commercial and construction litigation as well as a broad range of insolvency related matters. In addition, he has been actively involved in the implementation of ADR in the Ontario Court and presently serves as a Director of the ADR Institute of Canada. He is listed in the Euromoney Guide to the world’s leading experts in arbitration. He has been recognized as well by both Lexpert and The Best Lawyers in Canada for his Construction law and ADR skills.

Don was asked by the Regional Chief Justice to serve on the Task Force which was responsible for the development and implementation of Canada’s first court-annexed Alternative Dispute Resolution Pilot Project. Following the establishment of the Province’s ADR Centre, he continued to be an active member of the Centre’s Steering Committee and he is now a member of the Toronto Local Mediation Committee. Don chaired the joint program to introduce ADR to the profession on behalf of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Ontario Court (General Division). He has been a frequent speaker on the values of ADR and was involved as counsel in the leading case dealing with the enforceability of contractual arbitration provisions, Automatic Systems Inc. v. Bracknell Corp., 18 O.R. (3rd) 257 (Ontario Court of Appeal, 1994).

He has served as mediator on major construction disputes involving parties such as The Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto. He has acted as counsel in major arbitrations and recently served as Chair of an Arbitration Tribunal appointed by the International Chamber of Commerce dealing with a dispute between American and German companies.

He has served on the Provincial Executive of the Canadian Bar Association and chaired both the Ontario Bar Association’s Annual Institute of Continuing Legal Education and the OBA’s Civil Litigation Section. He has chaired the province’s most attended CLE program, Operation Update, since its inception in 1991.

He has chaired a number of construction programs including the Annual Construction Superconference, Construct Canada and the CBAO Construction Contract Roundtable. He has lectured to the Bar Admission Course and has chaired and participated in a number of Law Society and Bar Association programs.


  • 2001 - Canadian Bar Association-Ontario, Award for Excellence in Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • 1999 - Canadian Bar Association - Ontario, Award for Distinguished Service
  • 1998 - Volunteer of the Year - North Toronto Hockey Association

Professional Activities/Associations
  • Director, ADR Institute of Canada, Inc.
  • Elected Member, National Council of Canadian Bar Association, 1985 to date
  • Member, Provincial Council of Ontario Branch of the CBA, 1983 to date
  • Member, Toronto Local Mediation Committee (appointed by Attorney General), 1998 to date
  • Member, Toronto Region Case Management Steering Committee, 1998 to date
  • Member, Civil Bench and Bar Committee, Toronto Region, 1998 to date
  • Member, The Advocates’ Society ADR Committee, 1997 to date
  • Member, Commercial List Users’ Committee, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, 1992 to date
  • Member, Continuing Legal Education Committee, OBA, 1986 to date
  • Chairman, Civil Justice Reform Implementation Committee, CBAO, 1996-1999
  • Member, Toronto Alternative Dispute Resolution Pilot Project Task Force and Project Steering Committee, 1994-1998
  • Elected Member of the Executive of the Ontario Branch of the CBA, 1990-1997
  • Chairman of the Annual Institute of Continuing Legal Education, CBAO, 1988-1990
  • Member, New Court Premises Committee, 1996-1997
  • Chairman, Civil Litigation Section, CBAO, 1983-1985
  • Chairman, Member Services Committee, CBAO, 1992-1999

Current Community and Charitable Activities
  • Member, Research Ethics Board (Oncology), Princess Margaret Hospital, University Health Network, Toronto
  • Member, Board of Directors, Tafelmusik, Canada’s leading baroque orchestra
  • Director, Ewart Angus Homes
  • Trustee, Eglinton-St.George’s United Church Board of Trustees