Neutral Diversity in Ontario

Report by the OBA Working Group on Neutral Diversity

Excerpt from "Neutral Diversity in Ontario", Tamryn Jacobson, member of the ADR Section’s Working Group on Neutral Diversity:

Arbitrators and mediators (“Neutrals”) hired in Ontario do not generally reflect the gender or racial diversity of the demographics of the province or the legal profession. Through this report the Ontario Bar Association (“OBA”) has undertaken to understand the depth of this issue within the profession and how to address it proactively. As this report will show, the diversity of Neutrals(defined as Neutralsfrom racially diverse backgrounds and from various age groups and genders (“Neutral Diversity”)) can enhance client experiences with the legal system, improve and enhance the effectiveness of outcomes of alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) and build a stronger, more inclusive legal profession.

To read the full report, click here.