Ryder Gilliland
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-5849

Ryder practices complex litigation and dispute resolution encompassing corporate-commercial disputes, securities, tax, competition, defamation and class action litigation. He has extensive courtroom experience, having appeared at every level of court in Ontario, as well as the Court of Queen's Bench in New Brunswick, the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Tax Court of Canada as well as many administrative tribunals including the Competition Tribunal, the Ontario Securities Commission and the Ontario Municipal Board. Ryder has also substantially acted in domestic and international arbitration proceedings, both ad hoc arbitrations and under institutional rules including Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada (ADR), the International Chamber of Commerce International Court of Arbitration (ICC) and American Arbitration Association's International Centre Dispute Resolution (ICDR).


Corporate Commercial Litigation

  • HO v. A, B and C - Arbitration of disputes under easement and right-of-way agreements between governmental authorities and energy pipeline companies

  • Counsel to leading member of the petroleum industry in connection with land expropriation claim before the Ontario Municipal Board

  • Counsel to Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation defending C$500-million claim by members of a joint venture involved in the design and construction of the Windsor Energy Centre

  • A v. B - Arbitration of disputes between two air carriers over payments to be made under a Capacity Purchase Agreement

Tax Litigation

  • Counsel to a Fortune 50 company in a six-week transfer pricing trial

  • Counsel to a tobacco manufacturer in a trial involving challenges to duties imposed under the Excise Act

  • Counsel to a health-care company in a trial involving a challenge to multimillion-dollar payments under the Canada Pension Plan and the Unemployment Insurance Act

Competition Litigation

  • Counsel to auto-parts manufacturer defending class action in respect of alleged collusion with respect to the sale of automotive parts

  • Counsel to ISP defending civil claim of misleading advertising under Competition Act

Constitutional Litigation

  • Counsel in several leading freedom of expression cases before the Supreme Court of Canada on freedom of expressions issues and issues relating to privacy and freedom of information

Ryder has been recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys - 2014 Edition (Future Star: Commercial, Securities and Media and Defamation)
  • Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada (listed since 2013)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada (listed since 2012)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2012 ("Most Frequently Recommended" in Litigation - Defamation & Media)

  • Lexpert magazine, November/December 2010 ("Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40")
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Blakes Bulletin on International Dispute Resolution, May 26, 2017.
Co-author: Canada Chapter
International Comparative Legal Guide to Enforcement of Foreign Judgments 2017, 2nd Edition, Global Legal Group, March 2017.
Co-author: Boards and Black Hats: Potential Director and Officer Liability for Cybersecurity Breaches
Emerging Issues in Directors' and Officers' Liability 2017, The Law Society of Upper Canada, February 16, 2017.
Co-author: The $50 billion reversal: Dispute between Russia and oil company shareholders underlines importance of arbitral jurisdiction
The Lawyers Weekly, June 17, 2016.
Blakes Bulletin on Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Privacy, January 28, 2016.
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Speaker: Privacy Everywhere
Ontario Centres of Excellence, Toronto, Ontario, September 22, 2017.
Panellist: Panellist: Cybersecurity Risks and the ADR Professional Ethical and Legal Responsibilities of ADR Professionals in the Digital World
British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute, Vancouver, British Columbia, June 12, 2017.
Presenter: The Role of External Counsel in Data Breach Response
The Six Minute Business Lawyer, The Law Society of Upper Canada, Toronto, Ontario, June 7, 2017.
Panellist: Deloitte "One Response" Cyber Incident Panel
Vancouver, British Columbia, June 1, 2017.
Panellist: Deloitte "One Response" Cyber Incident Panel
Calgary, Alberta, May 29, 2017.
Presenter: Director and Officer Responsibility for Cyber Security
Emerging Issues in Directors' and Officers' Liability 2017, The Law Society of Upper Canada, February 16, 2017.
Speaker: Managing Cyber Risks
Data Security Privacy Forum, Benchmark, New York, February 14, 2017.
Panellist: 20th Annual Fundamental Freedoms Conference
Presented by: The Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust; Law Foundation of Ontario; and Toronto District School Board, Journalism, Politics and the Law, Toronto, November 29, 2016
Presenter: Legal Framework for Arbitration Advocacy
Arbitration Advocacy, The Advocates' Society, Toronto, November 25, 2016.
Moderator: Privacy Torts
Canadian Media Lawyers' Association Annual Conference, November 4, 2016
Speaker: Emerging Cybercrime Threats: Effective Defenses for Mitigating Risks Live Webcast
Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, October 19, 2016
Moderator: Is the Arbitration World Cyber Secure?
ICC Canada International Arbitration Conference, Toronto, October 14, 2016
Speaker: Practical Guide and Best Practices in Responding to a Data Breach Live Webcast
The Knowledge Group, October 13, 2016
Speaker: Developments in Privacy Torts in Ontario
Presentation to the Access and Privacy Section (North) of the Canadian Bar Association (webinar), March 24, 2016.
Presenter: Anatomy of a Scandal: When Bad Things Happen to High Profile Individuals
Entertainment & Media Law Symposium 2015, Toronto, May 1, 2015.
Program Chair: Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society Annual Conference
Toronto, April 30, 2015.
Moderator: Arbitration Ethics
Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society Annual Conference, Toronto, April 30, 2015.
Presenter: Cyber Security Litigation: What You Need to Know in 2015
Live Webcast, The Knowledge Group, January 13, 2015.
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Quoted: Right to be forgotten: How Canada could adopt similar law for online privacy
Article by Andre Mayer, CBC News Online, June 16, 2014.
Quoted: 1500 school bus crashes since 2010, but contractor info remains secret
Article by Eric Andrew-Gee, Toronto Star, April 28, 2015
Mentioned: Sandro Lisi and the Chamber of Secrets
Article by Jonathan Goldsbie, NOW Magazine, March 8, 2015.
Quoted: Ontario courts slow to speak up about hush orders
Article by Jacques Gallant, Toronto Star, February 25, 2015 .
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