Distinguished & Respected

Innovative Dispute Resolution Ltd. is lead by Richard McLaren, a globally recognized Arbitrator and Mediator. With over 30 years of experience, McLaren and IDR are focused on commercial and business matters, sport related disputes and labour & employment related matters.

Richard McLaren Expertise:
HBA; LL.B.; LL.M.; C.Arb.

Richard McLaren practices corporate and commercial law and is currently legal counsel to McKenzie Lake Lawyers LLP. Along with his legal career, Richard is a highly respected academic as a Professor of law at Western University with areas of focus that include bankruptcy and insolvency, banking, commercial law, contracts and secured transactions. McLaren is a published author on corporate law, secured transactions and alternative dispute resolution. Richard has also expanded his career in the area of sport by working with a number of high level sport clients and organizations globally.

Richard McLaren has a membership with a number of Arbitration and Mediation Associations:

  • ADR Institute of Canada and Ontario
  • Beijing Arbitration Commission's Panel of Arbitrators
  • Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • Vancouver International Arbitration Centre
  • Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS Switzerland)
  • Higher Board of the Euro-Arab Arbitration System (France)
  • International Chamber of Commerce (France)
  • London Court of International Arbitration
  • National Academy of Arbitrators (United States of America)
  • International Council for Commercial Arbitration (Netherlands)
  • Swiss Arbitration Association (Switzerland)
  • Canadian Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
Additional Affiliations:
Legal Memberships & Associations
  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Middlesex Law Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Sports Lawyers Association
Amateur Athletic Involvement
  • The Sport Solution, Co-founder, 2000
  • ADR Implementation Committee Member, Canadian Ministry for Amateur Sport leading to the creation of: ADRsportRED
  • Sport Dispute Resolution Centre for Canada. Co-Chief Arbitrator, until 2006