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Richard MacDowell

199 Victor Avenue
Toronto ON  M4K 1B3
Tel: (416) 778-5550
Fax: (416) 778-5655
Email: rick.macdowell@sympatico.ca
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Primary Jurisdiction


Arbitration Practice

In practice since 1979; also active in federal jurisdiction.


B.A. (Hon), 1969, Univerity of Toronto; M.Sc.(Econ.), 1971, London School of Economics; LLB, 1974, University of Toronto (Law School).


Lecturer:Industrial Relations, Labour Arbitation, Labour Law, (School of Graduate Studies, MIR program, University of Toronto), 1976-2002.

Standard Fees for Cancellation

$800 if notification received two weeks or more prior to hearing; $1,500 if notification received less than two weeks prior to hearing; $300 if date of cancelled hearing used for another hearing.

Lists and Panels

Listed as a named arbitrator in a number of collective agreements involving different trade unions and employers in the public and private sectors, including community colleges, universities, and the film industry.

Related Adjudication Experience

Vice Chair, Ontario Labour Relations Board 1979-86, Alternate Chair, OLRB, 1986-1995, Chair, OLRB, 1995-2001.


Ontario Labour-Management Arbitrators Association.

Arbitration Awards on CanLII

For Arbitrator MacDowell'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

"Contracting Out" Labour Arbitration Yearbook 1995; "Labour Arbitration- The New Labour Court", Vol.8, No.2, Canadian Labour & Employment Law Journal October 2000.

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