Me ROBERT MASSON, ing., C.Arb
Dipl. ING., B.Sc.A., LL.B.
Attorney at Law and P. Engineer ; C. Arbitrator and Mediator

Attorney at Law (1987), P. Engineer (1974) and Arbitrator since 1997, Robert MASSON is a member of the Order of P. Engineers of Québec and a member of the Québec Bar.

Education, Awards, Professional Affiliations

Engineering Degree cum laude (Dipl. ING.), École Polytechnique de Montréal (1974)
Bachelor of Applied Sciences cum laude (B.Sc.A.), University of Montreal (1974)
Bachelor of Law (LL.B.), University of Sherbrooke (1986)

Commercial and Conventional Arbitration and Mediation by Institute de médiation et d’arbitrage de Québec (IMAQ) (1995)
Commercial Arbitration by Centre d’arbitrage commercial national et international de Québec (CACNIQ) (1996), now Canadian Commercial Arbitration Centre (CCAC)
Commercial and International Arbitration by Centre d’arbitrage commercial national et international de Québec (CACNIQ) (1997), now Canadian Commercial Arbitration Centre (CCAC)
Arbitrator / Mediator Training Symposium by ICDR Canada (2015)

Designated Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb) by ADR Institute of Canada (2009)

Member of the Order of Professional Engineers of Québec (1974)
Member of the Barreau du Québec (Québec Bar) (1987)
Member of the Chamber of Commerce of Canada (ICC Canada)

Professional Memberships and Rosters

Chartered Arbitrator and Mediator with experience in civil, commercial, corporate and contractual matters, and in insurance, Robert is a member of both Panels of Arbitrators of the ADRIO (ADR Institute of Ontario) and IMAQ (Quebec Institute for Mediation and Arbitration) (both members of the ADR Institute of Canada group). He is a member of the Panel of Canadian Arbitrators of the Arbitration Court of the International Chamber of Commerce (Paris), and a member of AAA / ICDR International Panel of Arbitrators (New York). His name is also entered on the CAM (Mexico Arbitration Centre) List of Arbitrators and on the Rosters of Arbitrators maintained by the Canada Transportation Agency, by the Barreau du Québec (Arbitration Committee). He is also accredited by the New Residential Buildings Guarantee Plan (Québec).

Arbitration Experience

Since 1997, Robert has served on over 160 arbitrations, at national and international levels, Ad hoc and Institutional, as Sole Arbitrator or as Chair or Co-Arbitrator ; in matters of Construction (Buildings, Civil Engineering Works, Highways), in Business and Commercial Law, in Insurance, in Corporate (including joint-venture arrangements and shareholders agreements), Real Estate and Civil Law ; for the New Residential Buildings Guarantee Plan (Québec), and for the Canadian Motor Vehicle Arbitration Plan (CAMVAP).

Professional Experience

During his practice as P. Engineer and Lawyer, Robert gained experience in the following fields :

  • Business and Commercial law
  • Corporate and Cooperative law
  • Contracts law and Construction
  • Sureties and Insurance law
  • Real Estate law
  • Civil law and General Liability
  • Environment and Sustainable Development
  • Franchising
  • Patents and Intellectual Property
  • Bankruptcy and Insolvency
  • Professional Liability
  • Ethics and Code of Conduct

He also has engineering knowledge in the oil, petrochemical and pulp and paper industries ; and additional competence in Computer Science and Programming (Fortran, Cobol, Basic, GPSS) in Finance, in Labour as well as in Information and Transfer of Technology.

Particular Mandates

Corporate Legal Counsel, Robert has been called during his career by:

  • Montreal Heart Institute
    Internal Review Board for Research and New Technologies, Vice-President;
  • Institute for Research/Creation in Media Arts and Technologies (Hexagram)
    Secretary and Legal Counsel;
  • Quebec Building Board
    Task Force on Impartiality and Integrity – Member
  • Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CSST) (Workers Compensation Board)
    Committee on dejudicialization : Member
    Co-author : La déjudiciarisation du Régime québécois de Santé et de Sécurité du Travail

Activities and Radiance

  • Institut de médiation et d’arbitrage du Québec (IMAQ)
    Director (2010-2011 and 2012-2017)
    Sectorial Table – Civil and Commercial Arbitration (2015), Member
    Arbitration Committee (2012-2015), Member
    Co-Organizer, 4th IMAQ-McGill Colloquium (2014)
    How to Ensure the Profitability and Efficacy of Commercial Arbitration
  • ADR Institute of Canada,
    C.Arb / Q.Arb Designation Standards Revision Committee (2009-2014), Member
    National C.Arb Accreditation Committee (2010-2014), Member
    National Arbitration Appeal and Audit Committee (2014-2017), Member
    Arbitration Designations Standards, Audits, Appeals & CEE Committee (2017-… ) Member
  • Carrefour pour Elle Inc. [women victims of conjugal violence] (1989-1997), Director
  • Maison Carrefour pour Elle Inc., (1989-1997), Secretary-Treasurer
  • Canadian Association for Cooperative Education (CAFCE), (1982-1984)
    Director
    Editor and Communications Department Head
  • Order of Professional Engineers of Québec, (1978-1980)
    Professional Development Committee, Member

Publications, Conferences and Lectures

La déjudiciarisation du Régime québécois de santé et de sécurité du travail, joint report, Commission de la Santé et de la sécurité du travail (1995)

El Plan de garantía de edificios residenciales nuevos, in « Reporte en línea » de Centro de Arbitraje de México (CAM), 2011

La nouvelle loi sur les ingénieurs, lecture given under the sponsorship of Carrefour Perfectionnement Polytechnique Montréal, 2012

Responsabilités légales des ingénieurs dans la pratique de consultation, lecture given under the sponsorship of Réseau des Ingénieurs du Québec, 2012-2015

L’arbitrage commercial : un must pour l’ingénieur et le chef d’entreprise, lecture given under the sponsorship of Réseau des Ingénieurs du Québec, 2012-2015

El Plan de garantía de edificios residenciales nuevos, conference given under the sponsorship of Centro de Arbitraje de México (CAM), 2008

Quality of the Environment, Legal, Regulatory and Standardization Aspects (suspended)

The Carbon Market (in preparation)

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