Allen Ponak

Allen Ponak

515, 1811 - 4th Street SW
Calgary AB  T2S 1W2
Tel: (403) 803-4661
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Primary Jurisdiction


Arbitration Practice

In practice since 1982; also active in Saskatchewan.


B.A., 1970, McGill University; M.L.I.R., 1971, Michigan State; Ph.D., 1977, University of Wisconsin.


Special Lecturer, College of Law, University of Saskatchewan, 2013-2016; Professor of Industrial Relations, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary, 1982 – 2006; Special Lecturer, College of Law, University of Saskatchewan, 2013 – present.

Standard Fees for Cancellation

$1,500/day if notification is received 7 days or less prior to hearing; $1,250/day if notification is received between 8 and 45 days prior to hearing; $750/day if notification is received between 46 and 90 days prior to hearing; $500 file fee (only charge) if notification is received 90+ days prior to hearing.

Lists and Panels

Government of Alberta Arbitration Roster; Government of Saskatchewan Ministerial List; Canada Post – CUPW national urban contract; Finning International – Machinists collective agreement; Calgary Cooperative Limited and Union of Calgary Co-op Employees contract; Government of Northwest Territories and PSAC contract; Global Television and Unifor contract; Potash Corporation and United Steelworkers of America.

Related Adjudication Experience

Vice-chair, Public Service Labour Relations Board (federal) – 2007-2012.


Canadian Industrial Relations Association; International Labour and Employment Association; National Academy of Arbitrators; International Advisory Committee, Arbitration Council Foundation of Cambodia.

Arbitration Awards on CanLII

For Arbitrator Ponak's Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories awards on CanLII, click the province name. CanLII, the Canadian Legal Information Institute, offers free access to the full text of recent awards by this arbitrator.

Related Publications

Ponak, A., Jeffrey Sack and Brian Burkett,(eds.) (2012) Labour Arbitration Yearbook. Toronto: Lancaster House.
Timur, A., Taras, D. & Ponak, A. (2012). ‘Shopping for Voice’: Do Pre-Existing Non-Union Representation Plans Matter When Employees Unionize? British Journal of Industrial Relations. 50, 2, pp. 214-238.
Taras, D., Steel, P. & Ponak, A. (2011), Personality and Time Delay Among Arbitrators, in Staudohar, P. (ed.), Arbitration 2010: The Steelworkers Trilogy at 50, Washington, DC: BNA Publishing.
Gunderson, M., Ponak, A., & Taras, D. G., (eds.). (2005). Union-Management Relations in Canada. (5th). Toronto: Pearson Publishing.
Adell, B., Grant, M., & Ponak, A. (2001). Strikes in Essential Services. Kingston: Queen’s IRC Press.

Arbitrators are invited to send awards to In an effort to facilitate access to justice, Lancaster House forwards all awards it receives from arbitrators to CanLII.