Edward Saunders - Retired
Since retirement from the bench, Edward Saunders has been engaged full time in over 300 arbitrations and mediations principally in the area of business disputes. Mr. Saunders deals with a wide range of issues involving contract disagreements, commercial disputes, insolvency issues, shareholder claims, major insurance issues including environmental damage claims, professional liability and other like matters.
Mr. Saunders was appointed to the trial division of the Supreme Court of Ontario in 1977. As a judge, he heard cases of every nature and kind. For several years he was administratively in charge of the Bankruptcy Court during its expansion into the Commercial List. From 1990 to 1993, he presided over a hearing assessing the twenty-five year demand/supply plan of Ontario Hydro. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was a partner in the law firm of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt where his practice focused on commercial and tax matters.
He has presented papers and participated on panels in programs sponsored by the American Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Canadian Tax Foundation, the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Osgoode Hall Law School, the Toronto Board of Trade and the University of Toronto Law School.
Mr. Saunders is a graduate of the University of Toronto and of Osgoode Hall Law School. He has been a chair of the Taxation Subsection of the Canadian Bar Association, Ontario, a member of the Board of Governors of the Canadian Tax Foundation, a trustee of the Lawyers Club of Toronto, the Honorary Solicitor of the Advocates’ Society, and a member of the Ontario Law Reform Commission Advisory Board. Mr. Saunders is a founding member of the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society (TCAS).