Melvin J. Howard, Centurion Health Corp. & Howard Family Trust v. The Government of Canada

The PCA provided administrative support in this arbitration, which was conducted under Chapter Eleven of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Case information

Name(s) of Claimant(s) Melvin J. Howard, Centurion Health Corp. & Howard Family Trust (Private entity )
Name(s) of Respondent(s) The Government of Canada (State)
Names of Parties -
Case number 2009-21
Administering institution Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA)
Case status Concluded
Type of case Investment arbitration
Subject matter or economic sector Human health and social work
Procedural rules UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules 1976
Treaty or contract under which proceedings were commenced -
Language of Proceeding English
Seat of Arbitration (by Country) Canada
Arbitrator(s), Conciliator(s), Other Neutral(s)

Professor Marjorie Florestal

Mr. Henri Álvarez, Q.C.

Judge Peter Tomka (President)

Representatives of the Claimant(s)

Mr. Melvin J. Howard

Representatives of the Respondent(s)

The Government of Canada's Trade Law Bureau

Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade

Representatives of the Parties
Number of Arbitrators in case 3
Date of commencement of proceeding 11 July 2008
Date of issue of final award 09 August 2010
Length of Proceedings 2-3 years
Additional notes

Pursuant to Article A(2)(b) of the Notes of Interpretation of Certain Chapter 11 Provisions, adopted on 31 July 2001 by the States Parties to NAFTA, Canada, Mexico and the United States have agreed to make available to the public in a timely manner all documents submitted to, or issued by, a Chapter Eleven tribunal, subject to appropriate redactions. In PCA-administered arbitrations involving the Government of Canada, these documents are published on the PCA Case Repository.


Written submission
Notice of Intent
Notice of Arbitration
Revised Statement of Claim
Government of Canada Motion on Termination and Costs
Claimant Response to the Government of Canada Motion to Terminate
Award or other decision
Order for the Termination of the Proceedings and Award on Costs and Correction