Experience

Bob McBean has practiced civil litigation for the past 39 years. Since the early 2000’s, he has focused his practice on the arbitration and mediation of commercial and insurance disputes.

Bob achieved the designation of Chartered Mediator (C.Med.) from the ADR Institute of Canada (ADRIC) in 2002. He has extensive practical experience in mediation having mediated in excess of 300 Queen’s Bench matters. Bob’s mediation experience includes the resolution of personal injury, insurance, commercial, construction, employment, and professional liability disputes.

Bob achieved the designation of Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb.) from ADRIC in 2017. He has conducted numerous arbitrations both as sole arbitrator and Panel Chair in diverse matters including construction, commercial, partnership, shareholders’, lease and development agreement disputes. Mr. McBean has also been retained on numerous occasions as independent Referee in construction contract disputes.

Bob is active in the alternative dispute resolution community. He is a member of ADRIC, ADR Institute of Alberta (ADRIA), a past director of the Mediation and Restorative Justice Centre (MRJC), and past Chair of the ADR Section (Northern Alberta) of the Canadian Bar Association. He was a sessional lecturer in Alternative Dispute Resolution at the University of Alberta, College of Law in 2012. Bob is a member of the third party mediator roster for the Alberta Energy Regulator and has recently been appointed to the National Energy Board’s external ADR roster. Bob has been recognized in the Best Lawyers in Canada Directory in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution for a number of years, up to and including 2017.

In addition to his arbitration and mediation practice, Mr. McBean carries on an active and varied practice of law in such diverse areas as personal injury, insurance, commercial litigation, administrative law and the regulation of self-governing professions. He has appeared before all levels of courts in Alberta and the Northwest Territories. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel (Q.C.) on December 31, 2007.