ICCA and the Vancouver International Arbitration Centre are delighted to announce that a joint conference will be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre on June 2, 2023.
The co-hosted event will bring together members of the international arbitration community in Vancouver, British Columbia, to engage with the theme “Energy Infrastructure Disputes and Arbitration: Today and Tomorrow”.
Conference Co-Chairs: Tina Cicchetti (Cicchetti Arbitration), Craig Chiasson (BLG) and Joe McArthur (Blakes)
Program Committee: Tina Cicchetti (Cicchetti Arbitration), Vasuda Sinha (Freshfields), Alison Fitzgerald (Norton Rose Fulbright), Joseph Chedrawe (Covington), Raed Fathallah (Bredin Prat), Stephen Drymer (Woods)
Organizing Committee: Craig Chiasson (BLG), Elsa Sardinha (VanIAC), Joe McArthur (Blakes), Alexandra Mitretodis (Fasken), Paige Burnham (BLG), Ariel Solose (Blakes)
Who should attend:
International professionals from a variety of fields, including external counsel, in-house counsel, arbitrators, consultants, expert witnesses, and academics.
|09:00 – 09:10||Traditional Welcome|
|09:10 – 09:30||
Opening Remarks & New ICCA Initiatives
|09:30 – 11:00||New Energy Projects, New Legal Frontiers: How Clean Energy and Climate Change are Transforming Construction Disputes|
The expansion of the energy transition to address global climate change has led to growth in the number of clean energy projects globally. Although construction disputes arising from clean energy give rise to similar issues as other energy projects, the novelty of clean energy technology and its regulation has created many new technical and legal challenges. This panel will discuss traditional construction disputes over energy projects, the new legal frontiers that have arisen with the increasing number of clean energy project disputes, and the emerging construction law issues created by climate change.
|11:00 – 11:30||Break|
|11:30 – 12:30||Predicting the Future of International Energy Arbitration|
A rapid fire exchange on where energy disputes are headed, including new substantive areas of dispute and new procedural solutions.
|12:30 – 14:00||Lunch & Networking|
|14:00 – 15:15||Fueling the Future and Saving the Planet: A Debate|
Canada, the US, the EU, Australia and Japan are working in partnership to develop a global strategy around critical minerals. Canada’s Critical Minerals Strategy declares that “there is no energy transition without critical minerals”. Critical minerals are those minerals, like lithium, nickel, and cobalt, that are required to power “clean” technologies, from electric vehicles to wind turbines and solar panels. Yet, extracting these minerals requires an enormous amount of energy which is likely to continue to place pressure on global carbon emission reduction goals. Can we fuel the future and also save our planet from environmental destruction?
|15:15 – 15:30||Break|
|15:30 – 16:45||Public interests in energy infrastructure disputes: Who speaks for you, me and the trees?|
Energy infrastructure projects engage many interests beyond those of the direct project participants. Theses include those of consumers, taxpayers, an array of governmental and regulatory bodies and local residents (human and non-human alike). Yet, when disputes arise, conflict is typically managed through private adjudication under project agreements. This panel will discuss what scope there is or should be for third party interests to be taken into consideration in energy infrastructure disputes between commercial parties.
16:45 – 17:00
|17:00 – 18:30||Cocktail Reception|
|Programme Updated 31-May-2023 Download|
Introducing the Conference Speakers
|Gabriela Alvarez-Avila, Partner, DLA Piper, Mexico City|
|Maria Chedid, Partner, Global Co-Chair International Arbitration Practice Group, Arnold & Porter, San Francisco|
|Abby Cohen Smutny, Partner, Global Head of International Arbitration Practice, White & Case, Washington|
|Jessica Crow, Arbitrator, Arbitra International, London, UK|
|Laura Cundari, Partner, Blakes, Vancouver and Board Member, VanlAC|
|Raëd Fathallah, Partner, Bredin Prat, Paris|
|Alison FitzGerald, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, Ottawa|
|Dr. Patricia Galloway, Chartered International Arbitrator, Galloway Arbitration, Inc. (Cle Elum, WA)|
|Miguel Lopez Forastier, Partner, Co-Chair Global Problem Solving, Covington & Burling LLP, Washington|
|Mark A. Luz, General Counsel, Trade Law Bureau, Global Affairs Canada (Ottawa)|
|Dr. Ezra Jampole, Managing Engineer, Exponent, New York|
|Doug Jones AO, Independent Arbitrator, Atkin Chambers, London/Sydney/Toronto|
|Michelle MacPhee, Managing Counsel, BP International Disputes Team, London|
|Jim Morrison, Partner, Peter & Kim, Sydney|
|Constantine Partasides KC, Partner, Three Crowns LLP, London|
|Vasuda Sinha, Counsel, Freshfields, Paris|
More speakers to be announced, watch this space.
|Tina Cicchetti, (Cicchetti Arbitration)|
|Joseph Chedrawe, Partner, Covington (Dubai)|
|Stephen Drymer, Partner, Woods LLP (Montreal)|
|Raëd Fathallah, Partner, Bredin Prat (Paris)|
|Alison FitzGerald, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP (Ottawa)|
|Vasuda Sinha, Counsel, Freshfields, Paris|
|Craig Chiasson, BLG Vancouver|
|Tina Cicchetti, Cicchetti Arbitration, Vancouver|
|Joe McArthur, Blakes Vancouver and VanIAC Chair of the Board of Directors|
Honorary Conference Co-Chairs:
|Henri C. Alvarez KC, Independent Arbitrator, Vancouver Arbitration Chambers (Vancouver)|
|David R. Haigh KC, Independent Arbitrator (Calgary)|
Cocktail Reception Exclusive Sponsor
Exhibition Booth Sponsor
Coffee Break Sponsor
Standard Conference Sponsorship
ICCA VanIAC Sponsorship Opportunities
Where and When
Date and TimeFri, 2 June 2023 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM PDT
About this Event
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AccommodationsHotels with Preferred Rates Download
Vancouver Convention Centre – West Building
1055 Canada Place Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3