Mark Lee Tweedy

 

Professional Experience

Mark was called to the BC Bar in 1982. He practiced as a trial lawyer for many years. He has worked exclusively as mediator, arbitrator, and adjudicator since 2014.

Mark has mediated hundreds civil claims in a wide variety of subject areas. He has particular expertise in, and enjoys, mediating disputes where there is high emotional content. He received his Chartered Mediator designation in 2017.

Mark’s arbitration experience includes under insured motorist claims, and commercial, and insurance disputes. He also has substantial experience sitting as a court appointed adjudicator in class action matters.

Mark also has also frequently served as a locum, which has more often engaged his skills as a mediator than his skills as counsel. His involvement in this work came about as a result of his volunteer work with the Lawyers Assistance Program, which he commenced in 2002. In that capacity he has also assisted in interventions, acted as counsel to lawyers in discipline, credentials, and practice standards matters before the Law Society of British Columbia, and acted as a peer counselor to other lawyers.

Mark is a frequent lecturer to professional and industry groups on ADR topics, and has co taught CLEBC’s “Fundamentals of Mediation” to lawyers wishing to become mediators.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Law Society of British Columbia, 1982 to date, currently non-practicing
  • Mediate BC, Civil Roster Member, 2004 to date
  • British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Center, Mediation, Domestic Arbitration, and UMP Panel Member, 2013 to date
  • ADRBC, Mediation Panel Member, 2016 to date
  • Volunteer, St. James Music Academy, 2017-2018
  • Board Member, Lawyers Assistance Program of BC, 2015 to date
  • Volunteer, Lawyers Assistance Program of BC, 2004 to date
  • Volunteer, First United Church, Hastings and Gore, Vancouver, BC, various dates
  • Board Member, Canadian Memorial United Church, Vancouver, BC, 2007 to 2010
  • Board Member, the grunt gallery, Vancouver, BC, 2010 to 2012
Academic Qualifications

  • Justice Institute of British Columbia, various courses in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, 2004 and 2007
  • University of British Columbia, B.A. (Hons.), 1978
  • University of British Columbia, LL. B., 1981
  • United World College of the Atlantic, South Wales, UK, International Baccalaureate, 1975

 

Simon B. Margolis

Professional Experience

Simon has returned to full time practice as a litigator, mediator and arbitrator after having served the firm as Managing Partner from February 2011 to February 2016.

Simon is a senior litigator who continues to provide practical and effective advice to clients in a variety of commercial and insurance related matters. He counsels clients on alternate dispute resolution methods and represents them before all levels of court. Simon is regularly retained as mediator in a wide variety of commercial disputes, many of them involving multiple parties, and is also frequently retained as an arbitrator.

Simon obtained his undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College in 1979 before attending and graduating from law school at the University of British Columbia in 1982. He articled at Bull Housser and has continued to practice at the firm his entire career. Simon was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2012.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Recently acted as mediator in a wide variety of disputes involving property damage, professional liability, construction, environmental contamination, real estate, bodily injury and employment.
  • Recently acted as arbitrator in several cases including a commercial dispute following the sale of a business and a series of fee disputes following the departure of a lawyer from a firm.
  • Tzeachten First Nation v. Canada (Attorney General), (2008) 297 D.L.R. (4th) 300 (Federal Court), counsel for Canada Lands companies in proceedings regarding the Crown’s duty to consult prior to transfer of the CFB Chilliwack lands to Canada Lands.
  • International Hi-Tech Industries Inc. v. FANUC Robotics and General Electric Capital Canada Inc. (GECC) 2006 BCSC 1934, counsel for GECC in defence of products liability, fraud and conspiracy claim resulting in special costs award against Plaintiff and individual director.
  • Powerex Corp. v. Alcan Inc. 2004 BCSC 876, counsel for Alcan Inc. in proceedings against it to enforce a foreign arbitral award.
Professional and Other Activities

  • 2017 Best Lawyers in Canada: Recognized leading lawyer in the areas of Aboriginal Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Corporate + Commercial Litigation and Insurance Law.
  • 2016 Best Lawyers in Canada: Recognized leading lawyer in the areas of Aboriginal Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Corporate + Commercial Litigation and Insurance Law.
  • 2015 Legal 500 Canada: Recommended lawyer in the area of Dispute Resolution.
  • LexisNexis – Martindale-Hubbell: BV Peer Review Rated.
Academic Qualifications

LLB, University of British Columbia, 1982
A.B. degree Dartmouth College, 1979
Called to the B.C. bar, 1983

Mr. Joseph A. Boskovich

Professional Experience

Joe has more than 30 years experience as a civil and criminal law litigator with a diverse range of experience in the Provincial, Supreme and Federal Courts. His practice has focussed in the area of personal injury, insurance law and commercial litigation. He also has extensive experience with fishing and maritime law, a natural outgrowth of his family’s long involvement with the British Columbia fishing industry.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

In 1985 Joe qualified as a mediator, completing the Mediation Training course given by the B.C. Justice Institute and National Centre for Mediation Education in Washington, D.C. Since 1987, Joe has had an active practice as an Arbitrator and Mediator. He has mediated over of 3,500 cases involving personal injury, insurance disputes, commercial disputes, contracts, professional negligence, construction (“leaky condo”), family, partnership matters, estate matters, corporate shareholder disputes, and disputes involving Crown corporations and Ministries. He has acted as an Arbitrator and as Counsel in domestic commercial arbitrations involving insurance issues, franchising, construction, partnerships and general commercial disputes.

In 1993 Joe took part in a lengthy multi-party Mediation Institute seminar orientated towards the design of multi-party negotiation processes, aboriginal interests, cross-cultural dynamics and the structuring of the complex multi-party agreements. This training also included institutional and public conflict resolution. His training with multi-party mediation was extended in 1995 to include environmental disputes.

In 1995 Joe participated in a course, ADR & Negotiation for the Defence, given by the American Defence Research Institute (DRI) in San Francisco. In 1996 he attended Harvard Law School’s Advanced Mediation Course. In 1997 he participated in a Harvard Law School mediation workshop at Simon Fraser University, and in 1998 attended a Defence Practise Mediation and Arbitration Seminar given by DRI in Chicago, Illinois. In June 1999 he attended the Advanced Mediation Course at Osgood Law School, Toronto, Ontario.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Member and former director (2006 to 2010) of the B.C. Mediation Roster Society and alternative dispute resolution sub-sections of the Canadian Bar Association
  • Member of the Defence Research Institute and a past member of the Joint Committee on Dispute Resolution
  • Member of a British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Panel member.
  • In January 2004 Joe spoke on the topic of mediation in Mexico at a Medical-Legal Conference presented by the B.C. Trial Lawyers and Department of Continuing Medical Education, Kelowna Hospital.
  • He gives regular lectures to PLTC students and for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) on the topics of negotiating and mediation.
Academic Qualifications

University of British Columbia, LL.B., 1969
University of British Columbia, B.A., 1965

Arlene H. Henry

Professional Experience

Lawyer:

  • General solicitor’s practice in the areas of corporate/commercial, real estate, not-for-profit organizations and wills and estates, with an emphasis on providing legal services to First Nations, specifically involving treaty negotiations, self-government Laws, land management legislation & regulations, land codes, custom land policies, community bylaws, and including corporate organization, commercial leasing, property taxation, locate leasing, joint ventures, acquisition of lands, preservation of natural resources and other commercial ventures.
Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Mediator (October 1998 to present):

  • General mediation practice, including the restructuring of families (divorce, estate litigation, eldercare, child protection), business related disputes and personal injury.
  • Extensive experience as a mediation instructor and coach at courses presented by and for the Continuing Legal Education Society, Provincial agencies, Department of Justice and the National Judicial Institute.
  • Certified Comprehensive Family Mediator (FMC)
  • Chartered Mediator (C.Med): ADR Institute of Canada

Arbitrator (August 2002 to present)

  • General Arbitration practice, including strata, business, real estate, personal injury and family related disputes
  • Current experience as an arbitration instructor for ADRBC and CLEBC

Certifications/Training

  • Arbitration Training: ADRBC and CLEBC
Professional and Other Activities

Current Rosters:

  • Mediate BC Roster Society (Civil, Family & Med-Arb Roster Mediator)
  • BC Parenting Coordinators Roster Society (Roster Member)
  • ADR Institute of Canada (Roster Mediator)
  • ADRBC (Roster Mediator)

Former Rosters:

  • Employment Assistance Appeal Tribunal (Panel Chair and Member)
  • The Law Society of BC (Fee Mediation Roster Member)
  • ADRnet: National EAP Roster (Roster Mediator)
  • Provincial Court Civil Mediator Roster (Ministry of AG)
  • City of Vancouver Building Permit Appeal Board (Law Society appointee)
  • CBA Member Dispute Resolution Committee (Member & Volunteer)
  • Insurance Dispute Resolution Services of BC (Roster Mediator)

Affiliations:

  • Family Mediation Canada
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • ADR Institute of Canada Inc.
  • ABA ADR Section
  • BC Arbitration and Mediation Institute – ADRBC
  • Mediate BC Roster Society
  • Conflict Resolution Network Canada
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian Association of Black Lawyers
Academic Qualifications

University of British Columbia, B. Comm., 1982
University of Victoria, LLB, 1985
Certificate in Conflict Resolution, Justice Institute of British Columbia, 1997
Harvard Negotiation Institute, Advanced Mediation – Mediating Complex Disputes, 2018

Colleen Cattell

 

Professional Experience

Ms. Cattell was called to the Bar in 1986 and practised with the Vancouver law firm Douglas, Symes & Brissenden, and subsequently McKechnie & Company. Her practice focussed on commercial and construction litigation and professional negligence claims. She started mediating in 1998 and was appointed Queens Counsel in 2006.

She now works as a full-time mediator and arbitrator in a wide range of areas including construction and business disputes, personal injury and insurance claims, and wills & estates litigation.

Ms. Cattell is a Chartered Mediator of the ADR Institute of Canada and a member of Mediate B.C. (Civil and Child Protection Rosters), the Law Society of British Columbia, Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Arbitration and Mediation Institute, and the Commercial Mediation Association.

She served from 2003 to 2007 as President of Mediate B.C, and taught Mediation Advocacy as an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law. She also acted as Manager of the Small Claims Court Pilot Project launched in 2007 for the Dispute Resolution Office of the Ministry of Attorney General, and as a Mentor in the Child Protection Mediation Practicum Program.

A frequent CLE presenter, Ms. Cattell has written and spoken extensively on construction and commercial litigation and alternate dispute resolution and teaches the Fundamentals of Mediation course for CLE. Since 2003 she has provided negotiation consulting and training to clients around the world with ENS International based in Sydney, Australia, a global consulting network in over 48 countries and 10 languages.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Completed mediation training through CLE and started mediating in 1998 and arbitrating in 2006
  • Completed mediation practicum with CDRC (Canadian Dispute Resolution Corporation)
  • Completed professional negotiation training and certification with ENS International in 2003
  • Served from 2003 to 2007 as President of Mediate BC
  • Taught Mediation Advocacy at the UBC Faculty of Law from 2003 to 2007, has taught the Fundamentals of Mediation course for CLE since 2013, and is a frequent presenter and author on ADR
  • Co-chaired the CLE Annual ADR Conference in 2006, 2012, 2014, and was a speaker in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2015
  • Became lead instructor of the CLE Fundamentals of Mediation course in 2013
Professional and Other Activities

  • Appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2006
  • Chartered Mediator of the ADR Institute of Canada
  • President of BC Dispute Resolution Practicum Society, now Mediate BC, from 2002 -2007
  • Member of the Law Society of BC and the Canadian Bar Association
  • Member of the Commercial Mediation Association
  • Appointed to the Health Professionals Review Board in 2013 and the Civil Resolution Tribunal in 2015
  • Past Board member of the B.C. Civil Resolution Tribunal, Health Professions Review Board and the West Vancouver Community Foundation
  • Past National Chair of the Women’s Legal Education & Action Fund (“LEAF”), Director and Vice-President of West Coast LEAF
  • Past President of Mediate B.C. and Executive Member of the CBA (BC Branch) Women Lawyers Forum
Academic Qualifications

LL.B., University of Victoria – 1985
B.A., Honours, University of Victoria – 1982