Founded off the back of Vancouver’s hosting of Expo ’86, the centre was initially a joint project of the federal and provincial governments. Since then, it has morphed into a non-profit society providing “competent, consistent, and fiscally responsible” alternative dispute resolution services, according to Patrick Williams, president of the board of directors. Almost half of the centre’s 114 panellists are international, but domestic arbitrations are also addressed, and 2012 was its busiest year since formation. It is also the registry for Woodlands Schools abuse claims.
“They take the time to do things right”, said one voter who gave the Centre top marks.
Written by BCICAC Panellist Kenneth J. Glasner, QC and William G. Horton