Advisors, Fellows, Donors and Honorary Chair

Warren Winkler, Honorary Chair

Throughout his distinguished career as a labour lawyer, Judge of the Superior Court of Justice, Regional Senior Justice and Chief Justice of Ontario, former Chief Justice Winkler has devoted himself to the improvement of both traditional and alternative methods of dispute resolution.

Often referred to as “Canada’s Mediator,” former Chief Justice Winkler has a reputation for using creative and innovative techniques to settle some of Canada’s most high profile and difficult disputes. He obtained national prominence after successfully settling many high profile multi-party disputes, including those involving the restructuring of Air Canada, Canwest Global and Shaw Communications, the Walkerton tainted water tragedy, and the Indian Residential Schools litigation.

As the first institute of its kind in Canada, the Winkler Institute for Dispute Resolution will remain a lasting tribute to his renowned career and his outstanding public service to the justice system. As a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, former Chief Justice Winkler will act as the Honorary Chair of the Winkler Institut


The following individuals have indicated their willingness to provide their expertise and advice to the Institute on the dispute resolution needs of business and social enterprise as well as opportunities for innovation.

  • Gil Bennett
  • The Right Honourable Joe Clark, P.C., C.C.
  • George A. Cohon, O.C., O.Ont.
  • Purdy Crawford, C.C., Q.C. (1931-2014)
  • Jim Dinning
  • Senator Nicole Eaton
  • Paul Emond
  • The Honourable James Farley, Q.C
  • Peter Godsoe, O.C., O.Ont.
  • Stephen Grant, L.S.M., Cert. F. Arb.
  • Buzz Hargrove, O.C.
  • The Honourable Frank Iacobucci, C.C., Q.C., LL.D. (Hon.), L.S.M.
  • Ignat Kaneff, O.Ont., LL.D. (Hon.) (1926 – 2020)
  • Amanda Lang
  • Brandt C. Louie, OBC, LLD., F.C.A.
  • Leslie Macleod
  • The Honourable Bob Rae, P.C., O.C., O.Ont., Q.C.
  • The Honorable Associate Chief Justice John D. Rooke
  • Joseph Rotman, O.C., LL.D. (Hon.) (1935-2015)
  • Arthur Scace, C.M., Q.C. (1938 – 2020)
  • Murray Segal


The Winkler Fellows are leading experts in dispute resolution who will share their experience and expertise with the students and faculty of the Institute. Those who have indicated their willingness to serve as Fellows include:

  • The Honourable George W. Adams, Q.C.
  • Harry W. Arthurs O.C., O.C.C., FRSC, FBA
  • The Honourable Ian Binnie, C.C., Q.C. , LL.D. (Hon.)
  • Earl A. Cherniak, Q.C.
  • Reva Devins
  • Yves Fortier, C.C., O.Q., Q.C.
  • Stephen Grant, L.S.M., Cert. F. Arb.
  • Patricia Hania, BAS, LL.B., LL.M., MES, MBA (Grad Dipl.) and Ph.D. Candidate
  • Cliff Hendler
  • The Honourable Frank Iacobucci, C.C., Q.C., LL.D. (Hon.), L.S.M.
  • Daniel Ish, Q.C.
  • Roberta Jamieson, C.M., I.P.C., LL.D.(Hon.)
  • Michaela Keet
  • Eva Marszewski, L.S.M.
  • The Honourable Coulter Osborne, O.Ont., Q.C.
  • The Honourable Louise Otis
  • Bruce Outhouse, Q.C.
  • Vincent Ready
  • Dr. Jennifer L. Schulz, S.J.D., C.Med.
  • Martin Teplitsky, O.Ont., Q.C., L.S.M. (1941-2016)


The Winkler Institute has been made possible by the generous donations of the following:

$100,000 plus

  • Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP
  • Goodmans LLP
  • Ignat Kaneff
  • McMillan LLP
  • Martin Teplitsky

$50,000 to $99,999

  • Bennett Jones
  • Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
  • Lax O’Sullivan Scott Lisus LLP
  • Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
  • Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP
  • Harvey T. Strosberg
  • The Advocates’ Society
  • Torys LLP

$20,000 to $49,999

  • Bogoroch & Associates
  • Duff & Phelps Canada
  • EY
  • Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP
  • Paul M. Iacono
  • Jonathan Foreman
  • Koskie Minsky LLP
  • McCague Borlack LLP
  • Morse Shannon LLP
  • Neinstein & Associates
  • Rochon Genova LLP
  • Singer, Kwinter
  • Teplitsky, Colson LLP
  • David B. Williams

$5,000 to $19,999

  • Anthony Camisso
  • Earl A. Cherniak
  • Cavalluzzo Shilton McIntyre Cornish LLP
  • James M. Farley
  • Neil Finkelstein
  • Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP
  • Willson A. McTavish
  • Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP
  • Robert O. Snyder
  • George A. Wilson

$1,000 to $4,999

  • Gilbert S. Bennett
  • John P. Brunner
  • William Festeryga
  • John D. Humphreys
  • Vincent A. Mercier
  • David J. Sims
  • Gerald Swaye
  • Ron Thomas

$100 to $999

  • Barry Fisher
  • David Grader
  • Robert S. Hart
  • Wayne L. Hooey
  • International Academy of Mediators
  • Barry L. Kirshin
  • R. Paul McTaggart
  • J. Clair Peacock
  • J. Stewart Robertson
  • David J. B. Stock

The Law Foundation of Ontario has provided a $100,000 grant to enable the Winkler Institute to respond to the need for innovation in dispute resolution.

York University has provided $1 million in matching funds towards the Winkler Institute and the Winkler Chair in Dispute Resolution at Osgoode Hall Law School.