The Board of Directors comprises leaders in business, academia, the various professions, and the dispute resolution field. The Bylaws provide that the Board can include two representatives from each; Faculty of Law of any university in British Columbia; Vancouver Board of Trade and the Ministry of Attorney General. Each director serves a one-year term and is eligible for re-appointment upon the expiry of a term.
Presently the Board includes:
Chair & Director
Leslie E. Maerov, FCIArb
Leslie Maerov is a graduate of the University of Alberta and Osgoode Hall Law School and practices in Vancouver. He has been a litigator, corporate and commercial solicitor, director and executive of public companies and now practices primarily as a neutral arbitrator in domestic and international commercial arbitrations while maintaining a commercial solicitor’s practice. Leslie is also a solicitor of England & Wales. He serves on a variety of panels for organizations that administer arbitrations and has sat as sole arbitrator and panel member on ad hoc and institutional domestic and international arbitrations. In addition to being a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and ADRIC Q.Arb., his professional activities include sitting as a director and Chair of the Vancouver International Arbitration Centre.
Barry Penner, QC
Mr. Penner is the Managing Director of the Vancouver International Arbitration Centre (VanIAC), a not-for-profit dispute resolution organization based in Vancouver, Canada. During his 16 years as an elected member of the Legislature in British Columbia, Canada (1996-2012), Mr. Penner represented the public in a variety of roles. His responsibilities included serving as Attorney General for British Columbia, Minister of Environment and Minister of Aboriginal Relations & Reconciliation. Mr. Penner’s private-sector experience includes working in Southeast Asia as Senior Counsel with Myanmar Legal Services Limited, assisting with inbound investment particularly in telecommunications and energy. He has also worked with a law firm in Bangkok, Thailand and as Senior Counsel for what is now DLA Piper (Canada) LLP in their Vancouver office, from 2012 to 2014. Mr. Penner is the immediate past Chair of the Board of Directors for the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia. Mr. Penner is also a past-President of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region, based in Seattle, Washington. Mr. Penner’s skill set includes environmental regulatory issues, First Nations requirements, government strategy and communications/media advice. In addition to his role with VanIAC, Mr. Penner operates an independent legal and public affairs advisory practice (Penner Pacific Advisory Services).
Suzanne Anton, Q.C.
Suzanne Anton, QC, is Chair of the Centre’s Strategic Planning and Marketing Committee as well as CIIDR and IP Committee. She served as the Attorney General and Minister of Justice for BC. She also served as Minister Responsible for Public Safety, for Emergency Management and for Liquor Policy. As Attorney General, she led with the central theme of access to justice. Her leadership included implementation of the Civil Resolution Tribunal, the world’s first on-line dispute resolution tribunal for strata and small claims matters; innovative legal aid programs; and extensive involvement with First Nations issues. As AG Anton led a new initiative to increase Vancouver’s profile as a centre for international arbitrations, resulting in the 2018 changes to the International Commercial Arbitration Act. Anton served as a Vancouver City Councillor from 2005 – 2011, and began her political career in 2002 as an elected Park Board commissioner. Suzanne is a lawyer, mathematics teacher, community activist and a leader in Vancouver and British Columbia’s political landscape. She is a current director of Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Business for the Arts, and Frontier College. And a previous director of The BC Pavilion Corporation, The BC Sports Hall of Fame, Translink, Metro Vancouver (Greater Vancouver Regional District), The Federation of Canadian, Municipalities, and numerous sport and community organizations.
Laura Cundari, FCIArb.
Laura is a Litigation and Arbitration Partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in Vancouver. She has significant expertise in the arbitration of complex disputes and regularly advises clients on all aspects of arbitration proceedings, including drafting arbitration clauses, interim orders, hearing processes and the enforcement of arbitral awards. Her arbitration experience includes both international and domestic institutional and ad hoc arbitrations. She has particular expertise arbitrating claims in the energy (transmission) industry. Laura is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and is a Director of both the Canada Branch and the Vancouver Chapter of the Canadian Branch of the CIArb. She is an Expert Annotator for Quickscribe, a legislative publishing company, in the areas of domestic and international arbitration legislation. Laura regularly speaks at legal conferences and contributes her time coaching Allard Law School’s Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Moot team. Laura is recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2020 (Corporate and Commercial Litigation). She is also recognized as a leading lawyer by Benchmark Litigation Canada in 2018 & 2019 (Future Litigation Star - Litigation & Dispute Resolution) and was named in Benchmark Litigation’s 40 & Under Hotlist in 2018 and 2019.
Adam K. Foley
Adam Foley is Deloitte’s Dispute Advisory Leader for British Columbia, and is based in Vancouver. For more than 14 years, he has provided valuation, forensic accounting, audit and financial advisory services to SEC registrants, Canadian reporting issuers, and private company clients. His clients have operated in a wide range of industries and have been located across the world. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant and Chartered Business Valuator. He is also Certified in Financial Forensics by the American Institute of CPAs. He has qualified as an expert witness in business valuations in the Ontario Superior Court and in private arbitration. Adam also sits on the Professional Practice and Standards Committee of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators.
David E. Gruber
David Gruber practices in the areas of corporate/commercial litigation, arbitration, restructuring and insolvency, and class actions. As well as his court experience, David has significant experience as counsel in both international and domestic arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution processes, and in negotiating and advising on dispute settlements. He has acted for corporations of all sizes, professional firms, governments, public and quasi-public institutions and for private individuals. David has presented and written on arbitration topics in several forums, and is an adjunct professor at the Allard School of Law at UBC, where he has taught administrative law and the law of damages. David completed an undergraduate degree in architecture and worked for a time on the editorial staff of an architectural magazine before entering law school. Following graduation, he articled and practiced with a prominent litigation boutique in Victoria, British Columbia. He did a master’s degree in law at the University of Cambridge in 1998. Since then he has practiced with prominent firms in Vancouver and Toronto. In 2010 David was awarded a diploma in International Commercial Arbitration and became a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is also a member of the Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society.
Joe McArthur, FCIArb.
Joe is an arbitration partner with Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. He regularly advises on domestic and international arbitrations as counsel and is available for appointment as arbitrator. He is a member of the Domestic and International Arbitration Panels of the Vancouver International Arbitration Centre and the arbitration panels of other international arbitration institutions. Joe’s domestic and international arbitration counsel work has focussed on significant infrastructure, mining and commercial contracts. He has led numerous commercial arbitration counsel teams in arbitrations across Canada and internationally including claims in excess of $350 million. Joe is a Fellow and a Chartered Arbitrator of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is the National Vice- Chair of CIArb’s Canada Branch and Chair of CIArb’s Vancouver Chapter. Joe has been appointed arbitrator in arbitrations administered by VanIAC, ICDR and the ICC, as well as ad hoc arbitrations. Recent representative appointments as arbitrator include domestic and international arbitrations involving a range of commercial activities including mining, sports sponsorships, manufacturing, cannabis production, commercial produce agreements and infrastructure. As arbitrator Joe has issued a number of final awards, together with decisions on interim measures and jurisdictional objections. Joe is Chair of VanIAC’s Rules Committee and a member of the Indigenous Affairs and Strategic Planning Committees.
Alexandra Mitretodis is a litigation and dispute resolution lawyer in Vancouver with a practice in domestic and international arbitration, class actions, and commercial litigation. She is named as a "Future Leader" in arbitration by Who's Who Legal and a "Rising Star" in dispute resolution by Legal 500. Alexandra works on complex files that often have a multi-jurisdictional or international dimensions. Alexandra has appeared as counsel before all levels of court in British Columbia, as well as the Federal Court and the Supreme Court of Canada. Knowledgeable of a variety of arbitration rules, Alexandra’s expertise includes cases with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the Vanvouver International Arbitration Centre (VanIAC), and the Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation (DRC). Alexandra is fluent in English and French and has a reading knowledge of Spanish. Alexandra also teaches Civil Procedure as an Adjunct Professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at The University of British Columbia.
Prof. Bradford W. Morse
B.A. (Rutgers Univ), LL.B. (UBC), LL.M. (Osgoode Hall Law School, York Univ). He is a Professor of Law in the Faculty of Law, Thompson Rivers Univ, Kamloops, B.C. and Dean from 2015-19. He was Dean of Law at Te Piringa - Faculty of Law, Univ of Waikato (NZ) 2009-2014 & continuing as part-time Professor of Law (2014 - ); Professor of Law, Univ of Ottawa from 1976 – 2013 and Professor Emeritus since 2014. Brad has previously served as Executive Director of the Native Legal Task Force of B. C. 1974-75; Research Director, Aboriginal Justice Inquiry of Manitoba 1988-91; Chief of Staff to Hon. Ronald A. Irwin, Canadian Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs 1993-96; Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship in 1997 at Oklahoma City Univ. Publications: over 100 books, articles, book chapters and commission reports. He has been a legal advisor and negotiator for many First Nations and national and regional Aboriginal organizations in Canada since 1974, as well as a Consultant to various royal commissions, governments and Indigenous organisations in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. He has also served as a Chief Federal Negotiator for Canada. He has appeared as an Expert Witness before the Waitangi Tribunal (NZ), Parliamentary and Legislative Committees (Canada) and other administrative tribunals predominantly on Indigenous rights and environmental law issues as well as served as a Visiting Professor at many law schools.
Peter R. Senkpiel
Peter R. Senkpiel is a partner at Nathanson, Schachter & Thompson LLP, where his practice is focused on commercial and business disputes. He has appeared as counsel in the BC Supreme Court, the BC Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada. He received his JD from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. Prior to joining NST, Mr. Senkpiel served as the judicial law clerk to the Chief Justice of BC, the Honourable Lance Finch, at the BC Court of Appeal. He is the editor of the Civil Appeal Handbook. He is a former Adjunct Professor at the UBC Faculty of Law, where he taught a course on the law of restitution, and former Co-Chair of the Appellate Advocacy Subsection of the CBABC.
Marvin R.V. Storrow, Q.C., C. Arb., LL.D.Arb., LL.D.
Mr. Storrow has been a member of the Law Society of British Columbia since 1963. His practice has been involved exclusively with litigation, including arbitration, and he has appeared in many, many courts across Canada as counsel. He has received a number of awards which include three Honorary Doctorate Degrees, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the UBC Law School, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of British Columbia and the Pantages Award from the Justice Institute of BC. Mr. Storrow has also been appointed as an eligible Arbitrator for the World Court of Arbitration for Sport, Lausanne, Switzerland. He practices law with the firm of Blakes in Vancouver.
Kent Gary Woodruff, C. Arb., C. Med.
Kent graduated from University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Commerce and from University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Law .Called to the BC bar in 1973 Kent has for the last 30 years restricted his practice to alternate dispute resolution (arbitration, mediation and dispute resolution training). Kent has both the Chartered Arbitrator and the Chartered Mediator Designations. He was a past President of the ADR Institute of Canada and of the British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute.