Experience

Bob McBean has practiced civil litigation for 29 years and for the past 13 years has focussed on the mediation of commercial and insurance disputes.

Bob has been awarded the designation of Chartered Mediator by the ADR Institute of Canada and has completed the Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society’s Certificate Program in Conflict Management. He has coached and trained other legal professionals in alternative dispute resolution. His coaching and training experience includes seminars for the Legal Education Society of Alberta and the Canadian Bar Association, as well as courses offered to Alberta Crown Prosecutors, Justice Canada lawyers, and U of A law students.

Bob has extensive practical experience as a mediator, having mediated in excess of 300 matters in the past 15 years. Bob’s mediation experience has focussed on the resolution of civil litigation claims, including commercial disputes, employment disputes, professional liability disputes, and personal injury claims. Bob has conducted several arbitrations as sole arbitrator in such matters as commercial, construction, and workers’ benefits disputes. In addition, he has mediated – as a volunteer – numerous disputes between victims of crime and the accused person.

Bob is active in the mediation community, being a member of the Alberta Arbitration & Mediation Society, Past Director of the Mediation and Restorative Justice Centre, and a member and Past Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section (Northern Alberta) of the Canadian Bar Association. Bob has been a roster mediator for the Court of Queen’s Bench Civil Mediation Project since its inception in 2005 and a member of the Roster of Mediators of the Energy and Utilities Board (EUB).

Born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Bob graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1976 and articled with Parlee Irving Henning Mustard & Rodney (now Parlee McLaws) in 1977. Bob became an associate with the firm in 1978 and a partner in 1982.

Bob was appointed Queen’s Counsel (Q.C.) on December 31, 2007.