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Serge Pisapia

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Canada - QC
English, French, Italian
Mediation Profile

After practicing law for two years as a litigator in civil and commercial matters within the Montreal law firm of McAllister, Blakely, Turgeon & Hesler, Serge Pisapia worked for 22 years as vice-president and director of operations of a general contracting firm in Montreal.  After performing some mandates as senior consultant in a firm specialized in project and construction management services, Both Belle Robb Limited (BBRL), in Montreal, Serge Pisapia acts, since 2002, as an independent third party neutral for  the  dispute avoidance and resolution in that industry. It is in that capacity that he acts  as a mediator, arbitrator and dispute board member  such as the one which he currently presides for the 5B CAD construction of the new Champlain bridge in Montreal. He also trains mediators and arbitrators in developing countries and is a frequent speaker in conferences on construction dispute avoidance and resolution. Mr. Pisapia is a lawyer, member of the Quebec Bar since 1978, and a mediator and arbitrator accredited by ADR Institute of Canada Inc., the Institut de médiation et d’arbitrage du Québec (IMAQ) and the Quebec Bar. He is the past president of the Institut de médiation et d’arbitrage du Québec (IMAQ), the Quebec affiliate of ADR Institute of Canada Inc., executive member of the ADR section of the Canadian Bar Association in Quebec and member of the Dispsute Resolution Board Foundation based in Seattle, USA.

Over 50 mediations of construction disputes ranging from 500K CAD$ to 30M CAD$ involving all stakeholders in large public infrastructure projects in Canada.

Some 40 arbitrations of such disputes ranging from 500K CAD$ to 13M CAD$, mostly as a single arbitrator.

President of the  Standing Dispute Adjudication Board set up for the construction of the new Champlain bridge in Montreal (5B CAD$ project) since 2015.



evaluative and facilitative

construction disputes

350.00 CAD$/hour

Barreau du Québec (Quebec Bar)

Canadian Bar Association

ADR Institute of Canada Inc (ADRIC)

Institut de médiation et d'arbitrage du Québec (IMAQ)

Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (DRBF)

Me Pierre Grenier, senior partner, Dentons (Montreal) and president of IMAQ
Me John Murphy, managing partner, BLG (Montreal)
Me Ian Gosselin and Me Claudia Déry, senior partners, Norton Rose (Montreal and Quebec city)
Me Normand D'Amour, senior partner, Miller Thomson (Montreal)
Me Nicolas Gagnon, senior partner, Lavery (Montreal)
Mr. Nessim Habashi, P.Eng., owner, Cogerec Consultants (Montreal)
Mr. Gerald McEniry, P.Eng., senior consultant, Revay & Associates (Montreal)
Me André Brault, senior lawyer, Justice Canada (Montreal)
Me Paule Biron, director of legal affairs, Ville de Montréal.

Training and Education

LL.M. (ADR) from the University of Sherbrooke, 2003-2008 Training seminar on civil and commercial mediation (40 hours), Advanced training in arbitration (40 hours) from the Barreau du Québec, Me Serge Roy, Service de la formation permanente, Barreau du Québec, 2002- 2003 1 day workshops on Administration, Practice and Chairing of Dispute Resolutions Boards provided by the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation, Seattle USA, September 2011 24-hour training in transformative mediation given by Law Professor Baruch Bush from Hofstra University (New York) and Me John Peter Weldon in the continuing education program of the Barreau du Québec, Montreal, April 2011. World Forum of Mediation Centres (9 hours), Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA), Athens, Greece, March 2011. East Coast Annual Professional Skills Program, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law, “Mediating Complex Construction Disputes” (18 hours), Woodstock, Vermont, October 2009. “The Evolution of the New Lawyer: Enhancing Our Skills as Negotiators and Advocates”, (8 hours), Professor Julie Macfarlane, Groupe de Droit collaboratif du Québec and the Comité de la Justice Participative du Barreau du Québec, Montreal, October 2009

Teaches 3 courses in construction ADR within a graduate management course for engineers at the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) in Montreal, Advance commercial mediation training and awareness program delivered to the Centre d’Arbitrage, de Médiation et de Conciliation de Ouagadougou (CAMC-O) in Burkina Faso in December 2010. This project is a collaboration between the Institut de médiation et d’arbitrage du Québec (IMAQ), Éducadroits International and the Université de Sherbrooke who were chosen by the International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group) following an international call for tenders. Mediator and member of a jury panel with two judges and the director of the ADR program for the International Pleading and Mediation contest entitled « Les 48 heures du droit de la santé » organized by the Faculty of Law of the Université de Sherbrooke and which takes place for the first time on the American continent. 3 hour course in mediation of construction disputes given within the construction law masters course at the Faculty of Law of Laval University in Quebec city, on December 7, 2009. Two week training, in May 2009, for the arbitrators (30), mediators/conciliators (40) and staff (10) of the Centre d’arbitrage, de médiation et de conciliation (CAMeC) of Cotonou, in Benin. This program resulted from a partnership between the Université de Sherbrooke and Éducadroits International, in collaboration with the faculty of law and political science of the Abomey-Calavi University of Cotonou, following an international request for proposals from the Millenium Challenge Account-Benin (MCA-Benin). Commercial mediation training in Senegal provided by the Institut de médiation et d’arbitrage du Québec (IMAQ) and the Université de Sherbrooke in partnership with Dakar’s Centre d’Arbitrage de Médiation et de Conciliation and the faculty of law from the University of Dakar. Mr Pisapia was one of the four trainers with Mr. Jean Marois, president of IMAQ, and professors Marquis and Roberge, respectively Vice-chancellor for international affairs and Director of the ADR program from the University of Sherbrooke. Attending the 5 day program in April 2008 were some 50 participants, including representatives from the Department of Justice, the Judiciary, Dakar’s Bar and directors of Senegal’s main economic agencies and corporations.

Some 40 conferences on construction ADR since 20016


« Expérience québécoise dans l’implantation des modes de PRD reliés aux travaux de construction » 2008 Revue de Prévention et de Règlement des Différends, Volume 6, No. 2, Éditions Yvon Blais. « Expérience québécoise dans l’implantation des modes de PRD reliés aux travaux de construction » masters in ADR (LL.M) essay, Université de Sherbrooke, April 2008.


IMI Code of Professional Conduct Codes of Professional Conduct from the following organizations: Quebec Bar, Canadian Bar Association, IMAQ, ADR Institute of Canada Inc.

IMI Professional Conduct Assessment Process Professional Conduct Assessment Processes from the following organizations: Quebec Bar, IMAQ, ADR Institute of Canada Inc.

Quebec Bar Indemnity Fund; 1 000 000 CD$

Serge Pisapia
Legal Counsel, Chartered Mediator, Chartered Arbitrator
H4A 2N9
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