Curriculum Vitae


Duncan Glaholt grew up in the construction industry. He has devoted his legal career to the industry since his call to the bar in 1979. Duncan founded his nationally recognized construction law practice in 1986, and Glaholt Bowles LLP is now one of the most consistently highly ranked construction law practices in the country. This firm is also an internationally respected source of dispute resolution expertise in complex construction arbitrations.

Industrial sector expertise: Oil and gas refining, transmission, storage; hydro projects and energy transmission; mining and mineral extraction; refining and other related areas.

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  • B.A. University of Manitoba, 1974

  • J.D. University of Toronto, 1977

  • Called to the Bar of Ontario, 1979; Alberta and Saskatchewan, 2017

  • Certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a Specialist in Construction Law, 1998 to present

  • Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration, 2004

  • Harvard Law School, Mediation Workshop for Lawyers, 2008

  • C.Arb., FCIArb, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, 2009

Offices Held


Canadian College of Construction Lawyers

Founding Fellow, Governor, Past President

American Colleges of Construction Lawyers


International Academy of Construction Lawyers

Founding Fellow

Society of Construction Lawyers (North American Branch)

Founding Governor

Journal of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers


William Osler Health Centre

Past Chair, Board of Directors


The Law of ADR in Canada:  An Introductory Guide, 2nd ed. (LexisNexis, 2018) (co-author)


Halsbury’s Laws of Canada, Alternative Dispute Resolution (LexisNexis, 2009 / 2014 / 2018) (co-author)


Halsbury’s Laws of Canada, Construction (LexisNexis, 2008 / 2013 / 2017) (co-author)


Construction Builders’ and Mechanics’ Liens in Canada, 7th ed.,  Bristow, Glaholt, Reynolds & Wise, (Carswell, 2005)


Journal of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers (Editor, Carswell, 2007 - 2011)


Conduct of Lien, Trust and Adjudication Proceedings (Carswell, 2019) (now in its 16th  edition)

Conduct of a Trust Action (Carswell, 2010)


Ontario Annotated Construction Act (Carswell, 2019)  (now in its 25th edition) (co-author)


Construction Trusts (Carswell, 1999)


Canadian Precedents of Pleadings, 2nd ed. (contributor: Construction Law, Carswell, 2013)

O’Brien’s Encyclopedia of Forms, 11th Edition, Building Contracts (Canada Law Book, 2007)

Selected Articles (ADR)

“The Collaborative Settlement of Construction Disputes” (2017) 1:2 American Journal of Construction Arbitration & ADR 189 (co-author)


“’Made in Ontario’ Statutory Adjudication” The 2017 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada


“Arbitrator Questioning: Sphinx or Skeptic” (2016) Journal of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers 81


"The Collaborative Settlement Process and its Application in Construction Disputes” JAMS Global Construction Solutions  (Fall 2011, p. 5, co-author)


“Conciliation” (2009), 82 C.L.R. (3d) 161


“Expert Determination” (2009), 82 C.L.R. (3d) 12


“Has the Time Come for the ‘100 Day Construction Arbitration’ in Canada?” (2007), 59 C.L.R. (3d) 1


“The Adjudication Option: The Case for Uniform Payment & Performance Legislation in Canada” (2006), 53 C.L.R. (3d) 8


“ICC Arbitration:  A Model for the Resolution of Complex Disputes” (2003) 19:1 International Law Quarterly 4 (co-author)


“An ICC Model for the Resolution of Complex Construction Disputes” (2002), 14 C.L.R. (3d) 173 (co-author)


“Toward an Inquisitorial Model for the Resolution of Complex Construction Disputes” (1998), 36 C.L.R. (2d) 159 (co-author)


  • Distinguished Fellow - International Academy of Mediators

  • Canadian College of Construction Lawyers

  • American College of Construction Lawyers

  • International Academy of Construction Lawyers

  • Society of Construction Lawyers

  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

  • Dispute Resolution Board Foundation

  • International Bar Association

  • The Law Society of Upper Canada

  • Canadian Bar Association

  • Ontario Bar Association

  • County of York Law Association

  • Advocates’ Society

  • The Defence Research Institute

  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association

  • American Trial Lawyers Association