Hon. Ian Bruce Josephson

Professional Experience

The Honourable I. Bruce Josephson is associate counsel at Hira Rowan LLP. He assists the firm’s lawyers on complex matters and his services are also available to the profession as an arbitrator, mediator and consultant. Bruce is available for all types of mediations.

Bruce was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1969, after which he practiced civil and criminal litigation. He was appointed to the Provincial Court of British Columbia in 1975, on which he sat for 14 years, including serving as the Associate Chief Judge of the Provincial Court from 1984-1988 and the Chief Judge of the Provincial Court from 1988-1989. In October of 1989, he was appointed to the County Court of British Columbia, and after the merger of the Superior Courts in July 1990, he presided as a Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. He retired from the Supreme Court in April 2017.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

During his 42-year judicial career, Bruce dealt with a full range of litigation matters, including criminal, civil and family claims. He has extensive mediation training, and he has written for legal publications and spoken at professional and academic gatherings on wide range of legal topics.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Law Society of British Columbia
  • Canadian Bar Association
Academic Qualifications

Bar Admission, British Columbia, 1969
University of Saskatchewan, L.L.B. 1968

Mr. Michael F. Welsh

Professional Experience

I am a lawyer with 40 years of litigation experience, having been lead counsel on over a thousand hearings, trials and appeals in all levels of court in this province and in the Supreme Court of Canada, including some 50 formally reported decisions and well over 100 posted on CanLii. Through my professional experience and as a member of professional, wine industry and community organizations I am well-versed in in problem and dispute resolution and in understanding and working with people in difficult situations toward a positive outcome. An effective communicator, I have the ability to assess problems expeditiously and to relate to people from all walks of life. As one who sees life as an opportunity to learn, I never let my mind get stale, but rather seek to educate myself in a wide range of areas. I have taken that learning and passed it on writing, including articles in the Advocate, Bartalk and Canadian Arbitration and Mediation Journal magazines, as author of the Advocate Wine Column and serving as a faculty member in many continuing legal educational conferences and seminars. I have also authored a number of decisions for the BCCRT and Law Society.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Family Law Arbitration LAW SOCIETY OF BC (July, 2013)
  • Family Law Mediation LAW SOCIETY OF BC (August, 2013)
  • Arbitration Part II – Conduct of Arbitration Proceedings, ADR Institute
    of BC (October 2012) – 95% grade
  • Arbitration Part III – Arbitration Workshop, ADR Institute of BC
    (November 2011) – 98% grade
  • Advanced Civil Mediation, CLEBC (February 1997)
  • Family Law Mediation, CLEBC (July 1997)
  • Numerous other workshops, seminars, conferences, symposiums as presenter
    and participant.
Professional and Other Activities

  • 2017 – Appointed Queen’s Counsel, province of British Columbia
  • 2016-2017 – President, Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch
  • 2015-2016 – President, ADR Institute of British Columbia
  • 2018-present – Bencher, Law Society of British Columbia
  • 2015 – Chartered Mediator (C.Med.) ADR Institute of Canada
  • 2013 – Certified family Mediator (C.Fam Arb.) ADR Institute of British Columbia
  • 2020 – Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb.) ADR Institute of Canada
  • 2011 – Fellow (FCIArb.) International Institute of Arbitrators – London, UK
    Certified family mediator and family law arbitrator: Law Society of BC
Academic Qualifications

B.A. (cum laude in philosophy): Cornell University, 1975
LL.B. University of British Columbia, 1980

Marvin R.V. Storrow

Professional Experience

Mr. Storrow is a senior litigation partner involved in arbitration, mediation, civil and criminal law. His expertise includes general commercial litigation, personal injury, native claims, general commercial litigation, criminal law, environmental law, “White Collar Crime”, anti-dumping and international trade cases

His practice has involved numerous appearances at all levels of the provincial and federal court systems, including numerous appearances before the Supreme Court of Canada. Mr. Storrow was counsel on the leading First Nations cases of Guerin v. Her Majesty the Queen, R. v. Sparrow, Roberts v. The Queen, and R. v. Gladstone at all court levels along with a number of aboriginal rights and other leading Canadian cases including ApsassinDelgamuukwandErmineskin v. Her Majesty the Queen. Three of his cases have been ranked by Canadian legal scholars as among the top 15 most important cases in Canadian legal history.

Mr. Storrow has conducted several trials at all Court levels in the Northwest Territories and in every province of Canada except Prince Edward Island.

Mr. Storrow’s cases appear approximately 500 times in various Canadian legal reports.

Mr. Storrow is recognized annually in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as one of the leading lawyers in Canada.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Mr. Storrow has been involved with a wide variety of litigious matters and alternative dispute resolution matters over the past 47 years.

  • Arbitrator since approximately 1985
  • Chartered Arbitrator – ADR Institute of Canada
  • Member of the arbitrator panels of the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre, the British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada
Professional and Other Activities

  • Recipient of the Chief Justice James Valentine Milvain, Visiting Chair in Advocacy (University of Calgary) in 1987. This Award is awarded to a leading Canadian barrister.
  • The Georges A. Goyer, Q.C. Award for exceptional contributions to the legal profession.
  • Mr. Storrow was awarded the University of British Columbia Alumni Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. This Award is given to recognize an extraordinary individual who through a lifetime of outstanding service and contribution to the community has demonstrated the true spirit of the Association’s mission.
  • Mr. Storrow has received an LL.D. (honoris causa) Doctorate Degree from the Justice Institute of British Columbia.

Mr. Storrow has written and lectured on a number of “White Collar Crime”, “Aboriginal Rights”, “Medicare in Canada” “Child Pornography” and several other matters and acted as defence counsel in one of Canada’s first money laundering cases.

Mr. Storrow has been a frequent lecturer and conference co-ordinator for both the Continuing Legal Education Society of B.C. and the University of British Columbia Law School. He has delivered lectures and chaired panels both inside and outside of Canada as well as at the University of Victoria, School of Public Administration; Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice; The International Centre for Criminal Law Reform & Criminal Justice Policy, Canada; Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia and Pacific Business & Law Institute, the University of Calgary Law School and Pacific Business & Law.

Academic Qualifications

University of British Columbia, LL.B., 1962
Admitted to the British Columbia, Alberta and Northwest Territories Bars

Mark Lee Tweedy

 

Professional ExperienceMark 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

 

Carol L. Roberts

Professional Experience

Experienced dispute resolution professional with a strong track record of providing competent and efficient mediation and arbitration services in a variety of areas, including: sports, employment, human rights, workers’ compensation, and real property assessment. Skilled communicator and negotiator with the ability to navigate different legal cultures and agreements when dealing with international arbitration cases. Recognized for degree of professionalism, respect, and compassion shown to tribunal participants. Accrued experience in the area of conflict of interest/ethics, fairness, & conducting harassment investigations.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Arbitrator and Mediator, Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada
  • Arbitrator and Mediator, Court of Arbitration for Sport
  • Ad-Hoc Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) – 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil and 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang
  • Member, British Columbia Employment Standards Tribunal
  • Adjudicator, Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat
  • Grievance Arbitrator, Unjust Dismissal Adjudicator & Wage Recovery Referee under Canada Labour Code
  • Adjudicator, University of Victoria Discrimination and Harassment Policy Roster
  • Member, Yukon and Nunatsiavut Dispute Resolution Boards
  • Mediator, Canadian Human Rights Commission Roster of ADR Specialists with Experience in Aboriginal Communities
  • Law Society of British Columbia, Fee Mediator
  • Member, Ethics Committee, International Floorball Federation

Past Professional Engagements Include:

  • Member, Musqueam Indian Band Board of Review
  • Conflict of Interest Commissioner, Legislative Assembly of the N.W.T.
  • Ethics Advisor, Rapid Transit Project 2000 Ltd. & Vancouver Trade & Convention Centre Expansion Project
  • Vice-Chair, BC Workers Compensation Appeal Tribunal
  • Member, Property Assessment Appeal Board and British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal
Professional and Other Activities

  • Northwest Territories Law Reform Committee
  • Northwest Territories Law Society
  • N.W.T. Law Reports Editorial Board, Discipline Committee (Non – Resident)
  • Co‑Chair, Northwest Territories Branch, Canadian Bar Association, Native Law Subsection
  • Law Society of British Columbia, Discipline and Credentials Committee
  • Law Society of British Columbia, Discipline and Credentials Hearing Panel
  • National Steering Committee, National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL), Trustee, NAWL Trust
  • British Columbia Branch, Canadian Bar Association: Administrative Law and ADR Subsections
  • Equality Committee, Advisory Committee to Judicial Council of B.C.
  • Y.W.C.A. Board of Directors, Yellowknife, Judge, Y.W.C.A. Women of Distinction Awards, Victoria, B.C.
  • Director, Belfry Theatre, Victoria, B.C.
  • Law Society of B.C.
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section
  • Member, Mediate B.C.
  • Judicial Justice, Provincial Court of British Columbia
Academic Qualifications

B.A. Political Science Major, University of Calgary
LL.B., University of Calgary

“Get on Board’ Governance Education Program, Intermediate Series, Canadian Board Diversity Council
Cornell University Summer Institute of International & Comparative Law, LL.M. credit courses, Paris, France
Summer Seminar of International Law (International Economic Law), University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

Gabriel M. Somjen

Professional Experience

Gabriel Somjen QC is a labour lawyer focusing on neutral work such as arbitration and mediation. Admitted to the British Columbia Bar in 1975. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts in 1969 and a Juris Doctor in 1974.

Dispute Resolution Experience and TrainingHe has adjudicated or mediated several hundred cases. He also teaches ADR Techniques to law students. He has experience in all areas of labour and employment law.
Professional and Other Activities

  • Member, Arbitrator’s Association of British Columbia
  • Member and Past chair of ADR Vancouver Subsection of the Canadian Bar Association
  • Listed arbitrator for the Collective Agreement Arbitration Bureau for British Columbia, The British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre and Member of the Civil Roster Mediate BC
  • Past chair: Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society
  • Past board member: Vancouver Youth Theatre, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, Vancouver Art Gallery, The Children’s Foundation and Greater Vancouver Food Bank
  • Published articles and delivered lectures on various topics in labour relations, including mandatory retirement, picketing, collective bargaining, grievances and workplace impairment.
Academic Qualifications

B.A., University of Toronto, 1969
Juris Doctor, 1974

Gary S. Snarch

Professional Experience

Gary Snarch is a chartered arbitrator (C.Arb), mediator and lawyer. He has been providing arbitral and mediation services on corporate/commercial, construction professional negligence and insurance related matters for the last 20 years.

Gary has also practiced law as a commercial litigator for 40 years appearing before all Courts including the Supreme Court of Canada and before numerous regulatory bodies. He was a senior partner with the law firm of Snarch and Allen before joining Taylor Veinotte Sullivan as Associate Counsel in 2006. He has been recognized for a number of years by LEXPERT as a leading litigation practitioner, and by Canada Benchmark as a Litigation Star.

As counsel, Gary Snarch has appeared before the:

  • Supreme Court of Canada
  • BC Court of Appeal
  • BC Supreme Court
  • Federal Court of Appeal
  • Federal Court of Canada – Trial Division
  • BC Provincial Court
  • BC Securities Commission
  • Vancouver Stock Exchange Hearing Panels
  • Investment Dealers Association (IDA) and Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) Hearing Panels
  • Market Regulation Services Inc. (the independent regulation service provider for Canadian Equity market including the TSX and the TSX Venture Exchange)
  • BC Labour Relations Board
Professional Qualifications

  • BCL and LL.B., McGill University 1978
  • Member of the Law Society of British Columbia since 1979
  • Associate Counsel with the law firm of Taylor Veinotte Sullivan
  • Chartered Arbitrator with the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre
  • and the ADR Institute of Canada since 2005
  • Mediator with the British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute
  • Member of the ADR Institute of Canada
  • Designated as a Chair for hearings with the British Columbia Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal
  • Previously designated as a Chair for hearings under the Investment Dealers Association, TSX and the Universal Market Integrity Rules
  • Appointed as a Panel member for British Columbia Law Society Conduct Reviews
  • Appointed as a Panel Member for mediations/arbitrations for the National Automobile Dealer Arbitration Program
  • Member of the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre Appeal Panel
  • Appointed as a Panel Chair by IIROC (Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada)
Professional and Other Activities

  • Recognized by LEXPERT as an expert in Securities litigation
  • Chartered Arbitrator (C. Arb.)
  • Member of Law Society of British Columbia since 1979
  • Member of Canadian Bar Association since 1979
  • Chartered Arbitrator and Member of British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute
  • Member of ADR Institute of Canada
  • Panel member of the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre
  • Continuing Legal Education Instructor and contributing author for CLE courses on Securities Litigation –Broker Liability
  • Providing regular seminars to securities industry and to members of the Canadian Securities Institute
Academic Qualifications

BCL, McGill University, 1978
LL.B., McGill University, 1978

Corey “Hui” Zhang

 

Professional Experience

Ms. Zhang Hui is the founder, director and chief lawyer of PinkMemo Law Firm, a bilingual multicultural lawyer arbitrator and mediator with professional and management experience. In her 16-year legal practice, she mainly serves as a trial lawyer, appellate advocate, arbitration counsel and legal consultant. She has appeared as an advocate in numerous complex cases before Chinese courts, before administrative and regulatory tribunals, and before international and domestic commercial arbitration tribunals seated in China. In addition to the aforementioned, Ms. Zhang Hui is an active arbitrator and mediator practicing in, but not limited to, international and domestic matters in the commercial, corporate, company law, foreign investment, international and real estate fields.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Ms. Zhang Hui’s philosophy and strategy of dispute resolution is — being part of the resolution, this is why she

  • Focus on precautionary measures: assists clients to make and improve management system and regulations to control legal risks
  • When a dispute emerges: based on the causation, helps the client solve the issues effectively and efficiently through negotiation or mediation.
  • When a dispute turns to a suit: while still tries to find a solution to bring the dispute to an end, works closely with the client to get well prepared for trials.

As arbitrator, Ms. Zhang Hui has

  • Been appointed as sole arbitrator and chair by the director of Chengdu Arbitration Commission, 2012-2014
  • Been invited to Panel Discussions for complicated arbitration cases by Chengdu Arbitration Commission, 2011-2013
  • Been invited as a keynote speaker at the Sixth China Arbitration Conference in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China, 2013

Training

  • Continuing education programs for practicing lawyers, 1999-present
  • Arbitrator continuing training programs, 2011-present
  • Immigration consultant program, 2016
Professional and Other Activities

Ms. Zhang Hui is a member of

  • Chengdu Bar Association, Sichuan Province, China, 1999-present
  • China All Lawyers Association, China, 1999-present
  • Chengdu Arbitration Commission, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China, 2011-present
  • Chengdu Financial Arbitration Court, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China, 2012-present

Ms. Zhang Hui becomes

  • Practitioner of foreign law, BC, Canada, in 2015
  • Freelancer Mandarin interpreter, BC, Canada, in 2015

Ms. Zhang Hui published the following articles

  • “The Value of Trials”, in Sichuan Social Sciences Research, 2005
  • “How to Improve the Inner Audit System of Banks”, in Sichuan Audit, 2006
  • “A Comparison of the Arbitration in China and British Columbia of Canada”, in Chengdu Arbitration, 2011
  • “How to Draft High Quality Arbitration Awards”, in Chengdu Arbitration, 2013
  • “The Importance of Avoiding Mechanical Proof-burden Distribution”, in Chengdu Arbitration, 2014

“About the Oncoming China Arbitration Association”, the Seventh China Arbitration Conference, 2015

Academic Qualifications

Southwest University of Finance and Economics, Sichuan Province, China LL.B, 1987-1991
Southwest University of political science & Law, Chongqing Province, China, LL.M, 1999-2001
Certified university teacher, China, subject of teaching: law, 2008

 

Geoffrey Plant

Professional Experience

Geoff Plant was the Attorney General of British Columbia and Minister Responsible for Treaty Negotiations from 2001 to 2005. He was first elected to the British Columbia Legislature in 1996 and from 1996 to 2001 was Opposition Justice Critic, as well as serving on a number of legislative and caucus committees. As Attorney General, Mr. Plant was the Chair of the Legislative Review Committee and the Minister responsible for the creation and oversight of the Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform.

Prior to his election to the Legislature, Mr. Plant was a partner in another Vancouver law firm, where he practised as a litigation lawyer with particular emphasis on aboriginal and public law. He was counsel in a number of leading aboriginal rights and title cases, including the landmark case of Delgamuukw v. British Columbia. He has lectured and written extensively on aboriginal law and law reform.

Early in his career, he was law clerk to Mr. Justice Roland Ritchie of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Since joining Heenan Blaikie in 2005, Mr. Plant has been appointed senior advisor to the Government of British Columbia in land and resource negotiations with the Council of Haida Nation, and has provided strategic advice to BC Hydro in relation to the design and implementation of its power acquisition processes. Mr. Plant has also provided advice to a number of private sector businesses on establishing effective relations with First Nations.

In 2006, Mr. Plant was appointed as a Special Advisor to the Premier and Minister of Advanced Education to lead a project called “Campus 2020: Thinking Ahead”, the first comprehensive review of post-secondary education in British Columbia in over 40 years. His report, entitled Access and Excellence: The Campus 2020 Plan for British Columbia’s Post-Secondary Education System, was released in April 2007.

From May 2007 until February 2009, Mr. Plant served as Vancouver’s Civil City Commissioner. In 2010, he was appointed Chair of the Board of Directors of Providence Health Care, one of the largest faith-based health care organizations in Canada, operating 14 sites in Vancouver.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Geoff Plant very well recognized Arbitrator and Mediator. Mr. Plant has undertaken more than two dozen successful mediations in a dispute between investors and a major Canadian mutual fund company. He has acted as both the panel chair and as the single arbitrator in arbitrations through BC International Commercial Arbitration Centre.

Professional and Other Activities

Author, “Shrinking the Black Box, Reforming Administrative Tribunal Appointment Processes”, a paper prepared for the Pacific Business & Law Institute’s Administrative Law: Key Concepts and Thorny Issues conference, Vancouver, February 5, 2009

Author, Access and Excellence: The Campus 2020 Plan for British Columbia’s Post-Secondary Education System, April 2007

  • Business Council of British Columbia
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of British Columbia
Academic Qualifications

University of Cambridge, LL.M., 1989
Dalhousie University, LL.B., 1981
University of Southampton, LL.B., 1980
Harvard University, A.B., 1978

David Wotherspoon

 

Professional Experience

David Wotherspoon, partner, is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation and National Technology & Intellectual Property (IP) Groups. He is a commercial litigator whose practice is primarily in the areas of intellectual property, technology and defamation. David has assisted clients in all corresponding facets: counterfeiting, advertising disputes, and software & product development disputes.

His prior experience as a news photographer led to his curiosity in media issues. It transferred into his legal career as he pursued matters of defamation and media issues, such as publication bans.

To date, David has provided advice and expertise in more than 100 defamation matters.
Many of David’s cases have involved protecting businesses that have been targeted in a way that requires intense and swift action and often injunctions to safeguard clients’ rights.

David continually delivers extraordinary success in this particular area of his practice.
For more than a decade, David has also been involved in technology disputes – typically more
complex transactions that include meticulous contract and document reviews, and careful but
aggressive pursuit of clients’ rights.

No matter what legal role David assumes for his clients, he always applies a business-oriented
approach. David finds a business solution first, bearing in mind that the best result may ultimately include litigation. It was this tactical approach that helped pioneer the firm’s own Litigation Management protocol – a systematized tool that not only provides clients with guidelines, options, plans for anticipated outcomes, calculated strategies and effective solutions, but uniquely engages them so that they are actively co-piloting the process to satisfaction.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

David is shifting his practice more towards representing clients as counsel and acting as an arbitrator (specifically in domain name disputes), and counsel in arbitrations involving IP and technology.

  • Arbitrator of .ca domain name disputes for the past 10 years
  • Counsel in.ca and .com domain name disputes since UDRP implementation
  • Recently began as arbitrator in technology disputes
  • Counsel in a number of technology arbitrations for the past 10 years
Professional and Other Activities

“The Arbitration Tribunal and Equitable Relief: An Update from the British Columbia Court of Appeal” (The Advocate, May 2009)
Electronic Evidence and E-Discovery (Butterworths: Toronto, 2010)

Academic Qualifications

B.A. (Hons), Simon Fraser University, 1986
M.A., University of British Columbia, 1988
LL.B., University of British Columbia, 1991