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Stephen J. Kelly, Arbitrator & Mediator, Ottawa, Ontario.

Stephen J. Kelly

Kelly Santini LLP
160 Elgin Street, Suite 2401
Ottawa, ON K2P 2P7
Tel: (613) 238-6321, ext 231
Cell: (613) 286-0125
Fax: (613) 233-4553
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Recognized to Ontario Chapter for:
Civil/Commercial Mediation & Arbitration

Other ADR Services: Insurance Umpire

Video Conferencing
  • Practice Commenced: 1992
  • Total Mediations (as of Feb 2021): 2000
  • Total Arbitrations (as of Feb 2021): 32
Practice Percentages


Steve is a Chartered Arbitrator and Chartered Mediator with the ADR Institute of Canada. Steve is also a Chartered Member of the Canadian Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. These designations reflect his training, experience and body of work. 
Steve began mediating in 1992 and was a member of the original court approved mediation roster. Steve works to provide focus and structure to mediations and encourages active participation and dialogue between the parties. Steve may challenge the parties to re-evaluate their positions on contentious issues and to be creative in developing options for resolution. He is known for the energy and commitment he brings to each mediation. Steve conducts mediations online when appropriate and guides counsel and their clients through the process. 
Steve brings over 35 years of litigation experience to his role as arbitrator. Steve was a vice-chair (arbitrator) with the Ontario Commercial Arbitration Tribunal and subsequently the License Appeal Tribunal for six years. He has been a member of the panel of arbitrators with Tarion’s Builder Arbitration Forum since its inception. As a sole arbitrator and as a member of a panel of three, Steve has conducted private arbitrations dealing with issues such as commercial rent, construction projects, disputes involving municipalities, green energy projects, and condominium development conflicts. Hearings before him proceed efficiently and respectfully. Decisions are rendered promptly and are well reasoned.  Steve also acts as an umpire in appraisal proceedings pursuant to section 128 of the Ontario Insurance Act.

Case Experience

  • Architecture
  • Automotive
  • Commercial/Business
  • Condominiums/Strata
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Disability Claims
  • Employment
  • Engineering
  • Environmental
  • Estates & Trusts
  • Family Businesses
  • Government/Municipalities
  • Health Care
  • Industrial
  • Information Technology
  • Insurance
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Libel & Slander
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Natural Disasters
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Police
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Real Estate
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Sports
  • Torts
  • Transportation
  • Wrongful Death
  • Wrongful Dismissal


Bar Admission Course, Law Society of Upper Canada,1984; Bachelor of Laws- University of Ottawa, Ottawa, 1982; Bachelor of Arts - St. Francis Xavier University, 1979;
(see PDF copy of resume)

Memberships & Affiliations

Chartered Mediator and Chartered Arbitrator, ADR Institute of Canada Inc., Certified Member of the International Mediation Institute, ADR Institute of Ontario;

Arbitrator, Builder Arbitration Forum, Ontario; Carleton County Law Association

Rates Information


Ottawa Region:
Full day (6 hour mediation + 1 hour prep) - $ 2,800.00; Half day (3 hour mediation + 1 hour prep) - $ 1,600.00.

Additional time will be billed at $400.00 per hour.

Eastern Ontario(Outside of Ottawa):
Full day - $ 3,500.00 ; Half day - $ 2,400.00

Greater Toronto Area:
Full day - $ 3,900.00 ; Half day - $ 2,900.00

Other Regions: Full day - $ 3,900.00

All rates include preparation time and travel time.

Arbitration Rates:
$ 500.00 per hour

Umpire Rates:
$ 450.00 per hour

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