David R. Haigh, Q.C.

Practice Focus

  • Arbitration
    • Practice focused on serving on international arbitration tribunals that deal with a variety of subjects, including energy, intellectual property, telecommunications, pharmaceutical issues and coal mining 
    • A broad range of investor state investment and commercial disputes and has previously acted for and against national entities
    • Sits as an arbitrator in relation to disputes involving states, including Energy Charter Treaty claims as well as commodity disputes involving pricing, trading, producing, transmitting, refining and marketing of products
    • Now acts exclusively as an arbitrator
    • Associated with arbitration centres in Canada and internationally
    • Institutional and ad hoc arbitrations
    • Construction and contract disputes
    • Pipeline procurement and construction disputes
    • Farmout agreements
    • Royalty interpretation and disputes
    • Operating procedures and disputes
    • Petro-chemical and other forms of energy-related construction
    • Lease interpretation and oil & gas evaluations
    • Joint venture agreements

Practice Areas


  • University of Toronto, Bachelor of Laws, 1964
  • University of Alberta, Bachelor of Arts (Honors, History), 1961

Bar Admission

  • Queen's Counsel 1984
  • Alberta 1965
  • Inter-jurisdictional Calls to other Provincial Bars in Canada

Professional Associations

  • Member of the Law Society of Alberta, (served as Bencher, 1980-1984)
  • Member of the Canadian Bar Association
  • Member of the Calgary Bar Association
  • Founding Member of the Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society (WCCAS)
  • Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, 2001
  • Fellow and Chartered Arbitrator, Chartered Institute of Arbitration (F.C.I.Arb., C.A. C.I.Arb.)

Honours & Recognition

  • Named in Best Lawyers as Calgary Legal Malpractice Law Lawyer of the Year, 2022
  • Named in Chambers Canada as a leading lawyer in Dispute Resolution: Most in Demand Arbitrators, 2019-2022
  • Named in Chambers Global as a leading lawyer in Dispute Resolution: Most in Demand Arbitrators, 2019-2021
  • Named in Best Lawyers as Calgary Alternative Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year, 2021
  • Named in the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, in the area of Commercial Arbitration, 2020
  • Named in Lexpert's Special Edition on Leading Litigation Lawyers, as one of Canada's Leading Litigation Lawyers, 2013-2020
  • Named in Lexpert's Special Edition Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers, 2020
  • Honoured with the Distinguished Service in Canadian Arbitration Award, Canadian Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, 2019
  • Named in Best Lawyers as Calgary International Arbitration Lawyer of the Year, 2019
  • Charter Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America, 2018
  • Named in Who's Who Legal: Canada, in the area of Energy, 2018, in Arbitration annually since 2010 and a Thought Leader in Arbitration, 2017 & 2018
  • Named in Who's Who Legal, the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, in the area of Energy in 2018 and in the area of Arbitration, 2005-2013 and 2016-2018

Arbitration Designations & Activities

  • Recognized as a panelist on the Energy Arbitrators List published by the ICDR
  • Director of the American Arbitration Association (2000-2012)
  • Co-author of the Canadian Chapter of the International Arbitration Review, James H. Carter, (London (U.K.): Law Business Research Ltd., 2010, 2011 and 2012)
  • International Chamber of Commerce - Arbitration Panelist (Canada) and Chairman, 1995-2001, of the Canadian National Committee for the International Chamber of Commerce
  • Panelist and shareholder in the London Court of International Arbitration, 1992
  • Panelist, British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre (Domestic and International)
  • Panelist, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Commercial
  • Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration, Commercial Panelist
  • Nominated to the International Panel of the International Centre of the American Arbitration Association, New York, 1998 to present
  • Canadian delegate on the Advisory Committee on Private Commercial Disputes pursuant to Article 2022 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) which is a tri-national committee of NAFTA participants, 1994-2007
  • Member of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration, Richardson, Texas, 1998 to present