New VanIAC Chair

New VanIAC Chair

The Vancouver International Arbitration Centre (“VanIAC”, the  “Centre”), formerly known as BCICAC, is pleased to announce Joe McArthur, FCIArb., C.Arb., has been elected as Chair of the Board. He will succeed Leslie Maerov, FCIArb., who served the Board for 10 years, including three years as Chair, and made a valuable contribution to VanIAC’s growing success. Leslie has retired from the Board upon appointment of his new successor.


Joe McArthur has been a Director of VanIAC since 2019 and has served the Board as Chair of VanIAC’s Rules Committee, a member of the Strategic Planning and Marketing Committee, and a member of the CIIDRC Committee. (CIIDRC is a division of VanIAC, which handles dispute resolution of domain name disputes).


Joe, a Partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, practices domestic and international arbitration, and brings his international arbitration experience to VanIAC. 


He is recognized as a leading arbitration counsel by his clients and peers, as is reflected in his ranking in a number of publications, including:


  • Chambers Canada: Canadian Leading Lawyers for Business(Nationwide Arbitration and Litigation: General Commercial – British Columbia)
  • Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Dispute Resolution: Arbitration in Canada)
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada Vancouver Lawyer of the Year, 2020 (International Arbitration) Benchmark Canada, National Arbitration Counsel of the Year, 2019


Joe is also regularly appointed as an arbitrator in domestic and international arbitrations. He is Chair of the Vancouver Chapter and the national Vice-Chair of the Canadian Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and holds a Fellowship and Chartered Arbitrator designation from that organization.


VanIAC looks forward to the contribution Joe will make towards the continued growth and success of the Centre.


About VanIAC: 

Established by the government of the Province of British Columbia in 1986, with additional funding from the Federal Government of Canada, VanIAC is a non-profit organization committed to offering out of court dispute resolution services to the business community through arbitration and mediation. It was part of the initiative of the public and private sectors to position the Centre to become a leading organization for facilitating the resolution of national and international commercial disputes.

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