Julie G. Hopkins

Julie G. Hopkins  


Executive Summary

Julie Hopkins is a senior commercial litigator with 25 years of arbitration, litigation and administrative law experience. She assists clients with complex and technical disputes involving diverse subject matter as oil & gas, insurance, employment, corporate and constitutional law. She has extensive appellate experience and has acted as agent for the Federal Crown prosecuting offences under federal statutes including the Income Tax Act and Excise Act.

As well as sitting as a commercial arbitrator, Julie is a grievance arbitrator and unjust dismissal adjudicator under the Canada Labour Code and for a number of years she was a Panel Chair on the Insurance Councils Appeal Board. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (“CIArb”) and is a Director and Secretary of the CIArb’s Canada Branch. She has served as a tutor for the Accelerated Route to Fellowship programme designed for experienced arbitrators and arbitration practitioners seeking recognition of their status as Fellows of the CIArb.

Representative Work

  • Independent Counsel to Hearing Officer appointed pursuant to a Grievance Award.
  • Represented a Joint Venture Owner in a domestic arbitration related to certain oil sands operations.
  • Representing the Government of Alberta in defending a Charter challenge to the soft-tissue injury cap.
  • Representing a Lloyd's insurer in a complex international commercial arbitration concerning construction insurance.
  • Represented a health authority in a judicial review of its decision to relocate an obstetrics ward outside of a small town hospital.
  • Representing certain corporations in an action concerning complex issues of trust and corporate law arising out of an estate freeze.
  • Representing parties in arbitrations under Power Purchase Arrangements established pursuant to the Electric Utilities Act.
  • Representing an employer at the appeal of significant employment law case concerning damages.
  • Representing the Government of Alberta in litigation concerning the ATB and West Edmonton Mall/Ghermezian.
  • Representing a subcontractor in a large construction dispute related to the Athabasca Oil Sands Project.
  • Representing a pipeline company in relation to a constitutional division of powers case.

Publications & Presentations

  • Tutor and Co-presenter “Jurisdiction and the Powers of the Arbitral Tribunal,” Accelerated Route to Fellowship Course, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, September 2018.
  • Co-presenter, "Legal Update," Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society Conference on Mining, Energy and Resource Arbitration, May 2018.
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, October 2017.
  • Co-Author, “Merrill Lynch Canada Inc. v. Soost: Alberta Court of Appeal Restates Principles Related to Damages for Wrongful Dismissal,” Lexology, 2010.
  • Co-Author, “An Introduction to Decision-Making and Reasons for Decision,” the Canadian Institute, 2005.