Kenneth Swan

Kenneth Swan

70 Bond Street, Suite 500
Toronto ON  M5B 1X3
Tel: (416) 368-5279
Fax: (416) 363-9135
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Primary Jurisdiction


Arbitration Practice

In practice since 1974; Ontario and Federal Jurisdictions; also active in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia university faculty cases.


B.Eng., 1964, Royal Military College; LL.B., 1970, University of Alberta.


Litigation and administrative law, 1982-2007; Adjunct Faculty, University of Toronto Faculty of Law, 1985-2000; Professor, Queen's University Faculty of Law, 1973-82; Faculty Associate, School of Public Administration, Queen's University, 1975-76, 1977-78; Counsel, University of Toronto Faculty Grievance Review Panel, 2000-2007.

Standard Fees for Cancellation

No charge before hearing is scheduled; $1500 for cancellations on less than 30 days notice.

Lists and Panels

Ontario Ministry of Labour; Labour Canada; Canada Post/C.U.P.W.; Ontario Power Generation/Power Workers’ Union; Ontario Power Generation/ Society of Energy Professionals; NAV Canada/CATCA; various university faculty collective agreements.

Related Adjudication Experience

Vice-Chair, Ontario Grievance Settlement Board, 1976-88; ADR: commercial litigation disputes; Dispute Resolution Panel, Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator, 2000-2010.


Ontario Labour-Management Arbitrators' Association: President, 1984-2009, President Emeritus, 2009 - date; National Academy of Arbitrators: Chair, Technology Committee, 2006-2012, Board of Governors, 2012-date.

Arbitration Awards on CanLII

For Arbitrator Swan's awards on CanLII, click here. Note: CanLII, the Canadian Legal Information Institute, offers free access to the full text of recent awards by this arbitrator.

Related Publications

"Workplace Violence - the Proper Role for Arbitration", in Arbitration 1996: Proceedings of the 49th Annual Meeting of the National Academy of Arbitrators (Washington: Bureau of National Affairs, 1997); "The Arbitrator as a Social Engineer", Labour Arbitration Yearbook (Toronto: Lancaster House, 1998); "Legislative Reform of the Grievance Arbitration Process: A Tale of Two Provinces", Labour Arbitration Yearbook (Toronto: Butterworths/Lancaster House, 1994); Conflict of Interest, Discussion Paper 10 (Ottawa: Royal Canadian Mounted Police External Review Committee, 1992) Research Consultant; Report of the Arbitration Review Committee to the Honourable Bob Mackenzie, M.P.P., Minister of Labour of Ontario (October, 1991) Chair; "Whistleblowing - Employee Loyalty and the Right to Criticize: An Arbitrator's Viewpoint", Labour Arbitration Yearbook (Toronto: Butterworths/Lancaster House, 1991); Studies in Labour Law (Toronto: Butterworths, 1983) Co-editor.

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