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ADR Chambers International


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International Arbitration



The Honourable Roger P. Kerans, FCIArb.

Mr. Kerans was appointed a Judge in 1970. For the next ten years, he was a Trial Judge with the District Court and Queen's Bench in Alberta. He was elevated to the Court of Appeal of Alberta in 1980, and served on that Court until his retirement from the Bench in 1997.

In 1974, Mr. Kerans was named by the Lougheed government to head a Commission of Inquiry into some aspects of the life insurance industry in Alberta. His report led to charges and criminal convictions of several persons. Suggested changes were also implemented in regulatory and prosecutorial procedures.

Active in judicial administration throughout his career as a Judge, Mr. Kerans was Associate Chief Judge of the District Court of Alberta from 1975 until 1979, when the Court was merged with the Court of Queen's Bench. He established for his court a modern hearing list management system, now used by all of Alberta, and many other courts. His interest in modernization of courts led him to advocate court mergers and other structural changes. The merger of the Courts in Alberta established a model followed in every Canadian jurisdiction.

During his 17 years on the Court of Appeal, Mr. Kerans was the author of many well-known and highly-respected decisions. He wrote several important oil and gas law decisions and, having been appointed to the Court of Appeal just before the advent of the Charter, participated in several famous early Charter cases. In addition to almost 1,000 published opinions, he has written occasionally for law reviews. One study reported that Mr. Kerans was quoted with approval by the Supreme Court of Canada more often than any other Western Judge. Another said that some of his decisions have gained currency second only to the Supreme Court of Canada.

A student of the French language for many years, Mr. Kerans passed the official bilingualism examination in July 1986, and soon afterwards presided at the first appellate hearing in the history of Alberta conducted entirely in French.

Mr. Kerans' interest in judicial administration led him to publish a book, in 1994, entitled "Standards of Review Employed by Appellate Courts"(Juriliber), which is the first book-length study of that topic that analyzes both American and Commonwealth cases.

Mr. Kerans was a Deputy Judge of the Supreme Court of the Yukon for over 25 years, having been admitted to the Yukon Bar in 1960. He was also a member of the Court of Appeal for the Northwest Territories.

Prior to his appointment to the Bench, Mr. Kerans practised law in Edmonton for 13 years with the firm of Ogilvie & Co. His brief legal career was varied, but included the defence of the last person in Alberta condemned to die for a crime and the first person charged under the then-new obscenity laws.

After his retirement from the Bench, he rejoined The Law Society of Alberta, and became Counsel to Howard Mackie in Calgary. He has limited his practice to ADR work, teaching and intra-professional consultation.

Mr. Kerans taught charter law, jurisprudence, and court management at judicial seminars for over two decades. He was a founding member of the organizing committee for the Canadian Appellate Judges Seminar and, for many years, was a director of the Legal Education Society of Alberta. He has lectured to the Bar and the public on a variety of topics.

A student of computers, Mr. Kerans has also lectured on various topics in this area. With the cooperation of the Alberta government, he established a programme for reading appeal books on computers.

Born in Lashburn, Saskatchewan, Mr. Kerans lived as a youth both in Edmonton and Calgary, as well as Saskatchewan. He took his arts and law at the University of Alberta. In 1975, he was asked to move to Calgary to take up his duties as Associate Chief Judge, after residing for 30 years in Edmonton as a student, lawyer and Judge.

His community involvement turned for years on the Kidney Foundation of Canada. After founding the Alberta Branch, he was National President of that organization from 1975 to 1976. He was also active in partisan and civic politics before his appointment to the Bench.

Mr. Kerans is a member of the roster of Canadian Arbitrators to the ICC (International Court of Arbitration).


As a member of ADR Chambers, Western Region, Mr. Kerans is available for all forms of alternative dispute resolution throughout British Columbia and Alberta.

As a member of the ADR Chambers Appeal Panel, he is also available to hear Private Appeals from Arbitral Awards in British Columbia, and Private Arbitration Appeals from Arbitral Awards and Trial Judgments in Alberta.

Mr. Kerans received alternative dispute resolution training through ADR Chambers.



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