Gordon Kaiser is a Counsel, Arbitrator and Mediator practicing in Toronto at Energy Law Chambers. His practice involves disputes in energy and competition law. He served as Vice Chairman of the Ontario Energy Board for six years. Prior to that he was a partner in the Gowlings law firm for 25 years where he appeared in the courts of five provinces as well as the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. More recently he was CEO of the Market Surveillance Administrator in Alberta.
Mr. Kaiser has advised both regulators and utilities. The regulators include the Ontario Energy Board, the Alberta Utilities Commission, the Commissioner of Competition, the Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator, the Attorney General of Canada, the Competition Tribunal, the Commissioner of Patents, the Ontario Telephone Commission and the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission.
Mr. Kaiser has mediated settlements in energy and competition law, including disputes on multi-year rate plans between public utilities and their major customers and long-term contracts for the pricing of gas, electricity, and wireless data. He has advised the Alberta’s Utility Commission and the Ontario IESO on settlements under the Market Rules and the Attorney General Canada on settlements under the Competition Act. He acted for the Commissioner of Competition in the Petroleum Products Inquiry as well as in telecommunication proceedings throughout Canada.
He has arbitrated disputes dealing with the construction of pipelines, power purchase agreements, gas supply contracts, wind interconnection and competition law class actions. He is a member of the ICC Canadian arbitration panel in Ottawa and the London Court of International Arbitration.
Over the last 20 years Mr. Kaiser has served as an Adjunct Professor in Competition Law and Economic Regulation at three universities: Queens University, the University of Toronto and the Osgoode Hall Law School. He was the first Visiting Professor in the University of Toronto Law and Economics Program. He is Editor of the Energy Regulation Quarterly and the Canadian Competition Law Review.
He is Co-Chair of the Canadian Energy Law Forum and past President of the Canadian Chapter of The Energy Bar Association. He is the author or editor of six books: Competition Law in Canada, Energy Law and Policy, Corporate Crime and Civil Liability, The Guide to Energy Arbitration, Regulating Energy Market Manipulation and The Guide to Challenging and Enforcing Arbitration Awards.
Mr. Kaiser has served on a number of corporate boards including subsidiaries of Bell Canada and Alta Link, Alberta’s largest electricity transmitter. He currently serves on two nonprofit boards – the St. Elizabeth Foundation, a nationwide healthcare provider and the Cleantech Division of the Mars Discovery District at the University of Toronto.