Miles Canyon footbridge



Rick Buchan

Richard Alan Buchan, B.A., LL.B, C. Arb



Address:        PO Box 21093, Station Main, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 6P7
Office phone:    867-668-5611     Fax:   867-668-5610


•     Bachelor of Arts (English Language), University of British Columbia, 1980
•     Bachelor of Laws, University of Victoria, 1983


•     Called to the Bar of British Columbia, May, 1984; member until resignation in 1999
•     Called to the Bar of Yukon, October, 1988; continuous membership to the present time
•     Qualified Arbitrator (Q. Arb) designation received in 2017 from ADR Institute of Canada
•     Chartered Arbitrator (C. Arb) designation received in 2018 from ADR Institute of Canada

Professional Practice

•     Private practice of law continuously from 1984 to the present time in the following areas:
•     General civil litigation, including: commercial disputes, construction disputes and builders liens
•     Insurance litigation – personal injury and property claims
•     Human rights and employment law
•     Administrative Law – including: judicial reviews; advising, training and representing quasi- judicial tribunals
•     Alternate Dispute Resolution – mediation and arbitration
•     Indigenous law
•     Served as counsel in the Provincial and Supreme Courts of British Columbia; the Territorial, Supreme and Appeal Courts of Yukon; the Trial and Appellate Divisions of the Federal Court of Canada; and in the Supreme Court of Canada.


•     Certified in  Advanced Commercial Mediation, Continuing Legal  Education Society of  British Columbia, 1996 (37 hour course).
•     Numerous continuing professional development courses focussed on arbitration and mediation topics.
•     Extensive experience in mediation and adjudicative/arbitration settings, serving as legal counsel, mediator and arbitrator.
•     Completed commercial arbitration course through British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute, December, 2016.


•     Chairperson, Yukon Employment Standards Board and Yukon Occupational Health and Safety
Board, 1990-1993
•     Yukon Law Society appointee to Mental Health Review Board, 1990-1993
•     Arbitrator/Grievance Resolution Person (Yukon Education Act) 1992-1993
•     Chairperson, Yukon Review Board [Criminal Code of Canada, Part XX.I, Mental Disorder], 1999 to 2012; reappointed April, 2016—continuing to the present time.
•     Chairperson, Law Society of Yukon Discipline Appeal Committee [various ad hoc appeal hearings]
•     Chairperson/Arbitrator, Yukon Classification Appeal Board, Yukon Public Service Act, 2018 to present


•     Treasurer, Law Society of Yukon, 1991-1992
•     Canadian Bar Association
•     Secretary/Treasurer, Yukon Branch, 1997-1998
•     Vice-President, Yukon Branch, 1998-1999
•     President, Yukon Branch, 1999-2000
•     Director, National Board of Directors, 2000-2001
•     Chairperson, Administrative Law Section, Yukon Branch, 2014 to 2017
•     Chairperson, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Yukon Branch, 2017 to present
•     Member of Board of Governors, Trial Lawyers’ Association of British Columbia, 1998-2000
•     Member, Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals, 2005
•     Director, Canadian Bar Insurance Association, Board of Directors, 2007 to 2013
•     Member, Law Society of Yukon Discipline Committee, 2004 to present time
•     Member, Mediation Yukon Society and Roster of Mediators, 2009 to present time
•     Member, ADR Institute of Canada, 2011 to present time
•     Member, ADR Institute of BC, 2011 to present time
•     Member, Yukon Dispute Resolution Board roster of mediators and arbitrators, 2011 to present
•     Investigator, Law Society of Yukon disciplinary investigations [ad hoc appointments]


•     Numerous professional development courses on trial and appellate advocacy, civil litigation, insurance litigation, administrative law and alternate dispute resolution
•     Advanced Decision Writing Workshop for Administrative Tribunals, October 2003
•     Sessional Instructor, Yukon College, Fundamentals of Administrative Law and Advanced Decision
Writing for Administrative Tribunals, 2003-2008
•     Administrative Law – extensive experience as Chairperson and member of various adjudicative tribunals; training, advising, and representing numerous adjudicative tribunals; legal counsel in numerous judicial review applications.
•     Yukon First Nations 101 (6-hour certificate course), Yukon College, December 2017
•     Yukon Residential Schools course, Yukon College, April 2019




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