Canadian Lawyer

June 2009

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CROSS EXAMINED Former Alberta Court of Appeal justice Roger Kerans retired from the bench into a whirlwind life as a mediator and arbitrator. Resolution man I BY GL ENN KAUTH n the last 12 years, Roger Kerans has resolved disputes worth more than $1 billion, either through mediation or arbitration. He's also a leader in what's called "fair- ness monitoring," a process for overseeing procurement procedures for large public infrastructure projects. It has become big business in an age of alternative financ- ing through public-private partnerships as governments seek to blunt poten- tial criticism that they've favoured one contract bidder over another. In recent years, Kerans has reviewed more than $2-billion worth of contracts, including one tendered by the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority for the new Golden Ears Bridge. 14 JUNE 2009 www. C ANADIAN Law ye As a result, Kerans has established himself as one of Canada's top profes- sionals in alternative dispute resolu- tion. He is in such high demand that he has been looking for ways to cut his workload. "I doubled my prices, and still the phone keeps ringing," he said in Toronto recently for a fairness-monitor- ing assignment for the Ontario Realty Roger Kerans' ADR skills are in such high demand that even when he doubles his prices, his calendar is still full of willing clients. JEAN HEGUY

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