With great sadness we learned of the passing on November 24, 2010 of Claude R. Thomson, age 77, who was a pioneer in Alternative Dispute Resolution. Claude was President of the Canadian Bar Association 1984-85 and also served as President of the International Bar Association from 1993 to 1994. In 1985 he was awarded the World Lawyer Award from the World Peace Through Law Centre. At a Convocation in 2005, Claude Thomson was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree by the Law Society of Upper Canada. He was a great teacher and advocate for Arbitration and a leader in its practice. I (Murray Miskin) learned much from Claude personally from discussions, and through speeches I attended and articles that he wrote about the arbitration process that greatly assisted in the development of my arbitration course. I did not know him well enough to know that he was an avid fisherman (like myself). He was a kind and gentle man who will be greatly missed. Claude was one of the first leading Canadian ADR practitioners to support a process combining mediation with arbitration known as Med/Arb believing it could be done in a fair way with appropriate safeguards. Claude practiced law with the Fasken’s firm and in his later days worked as an Arbitrator and Mediator with ADR Chambers.
The following is the text of the Globe and Mail’s death notice:
Saturday November 27, 2010