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

Martin R. Taylor

Professional Experience

Martin Taylor practiced in Vancouver for 15 years as counsel in commercial and other litigation before serving for 17 years in province’s superior courts. Since leaving the bench, he has been engaged in commercial dispute mediation and resolution, providing advice to members of the legal profession and carrying out a number of government assignments.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Has acted in disputes as sole arbitrator, chair or member of domestic or international arbitration panels, special referee and statutory commissioner
  • Mediated a wide variety of disputes
  • Ethics Commissioner, 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games
  • Member of BCICAC, JAA and ICC panels
  • Canadian Public Accounting Officer
Professional and Other Activities

  • Written and spoken on a variety of legal topics
  • Founding Director, BC Law Institute
  • Founding President, Law Courts Education Society
  • Queen’s Counsel, 1996
  • BC Law Society’s Begbie Award for Exceptional Service, 1998
  • UBC Law Alumni Association Achievement Award, 2009
Academic Qualifications

University of British Columbia, LL.B, 196

Diane E. Tucker

 

Professional Experience

Diane E. Tucker is the sole proprietor of DET et al., in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She holds the Chartered Arbitrator credential issued by the ADR Institute of Canada, and is a member of the arbitrators’ rosters of the ADR Institutes of Canada and of BC, and the Surrey Board of Trade. She is also an arbiter with Just Resolve!, a dispute resolution group located in the San Francisco Bay Area, and a member of the State Bar of California. She holds Certified Information Privacy Professional credentials for both Canada and the US. She also offers workshops on confidentiality, privacy and conflicts of interest as well as training seminars on other arbitration, ethics and privacy issues. Her law practice has included work in intellectual property, privacy and security in the high tech videogames industries.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Adjudicator
City of Vancouver, Vancouver, BC, 2017-present
Deciding appeals from decisions by the City from homeowners claiming they are not subject to a municipal tax.

Arbitrator
Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, 2017-present
Determining the value of damaged or stolen vehicles when their owners reject offers made by the provincial insurance corporation.

Arbitrator
Mandatory Fee Arbitration Section, State Bar of California, San Francisco, CA 1990 – 2005
Mostly acting as sole arbitrator, decided fee disputes between lawyers and clients turning on the value of professional services rendered. As a seasoned member of the roster, I was assigned to more complicated and high-value cases.

Arbitrator
Lemon Law Auto Cases, Golden Gate Better Business Bureau, San Francisco/Oakland, CA 1984 – 2000
As sole arbitrator or a leader of a 3-person panel, decided cases arising under the Lemon Laws of the State of California, i.e. a material defect in a new vehicle arising within a certain period after purchase.

Judge pro tempore/Mediator
Unlawful Detainer Calendar, Superior Court, City & County of San Francisco, 1996 – 2005
Mediated disputes between landlords and tenants whose matters were pending immediate trial in this forum. Any matters settled were removed from the trial queue, making this practice an important step in the court process.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Chartered Arbitrator, ADR Institute of Canada, Toronto, ON
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional/Canada (CIPP/C), International Association of Privacy Professionals, Portsmouth, NH
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional/US (CIPP/US), International Association of Privacy Professionals, Portsmouth, NH
  • Certificate of Qualification, National Committee on Accreditation, University of Ottawa, ON
  • Marvin E. Lewis Award, Most Inspirational Professor, San Francisco Law School
    Certificate of Appreciation, University of San Francisco
  • Marvin E. Lewis Award, Most Inspirational Professor, San Francisco Law School
    Certificate of Appreciation, University of San Francisco
  • Vice-President, Board of Directors, Place des Arts, Coquitlam, British Columbia
  • Member, State Bar of California
  • Arbiter, Just Resolve!, San Jose, CA
Academic Qualifications

  • 2015, Arbitrator Training, Parts II and III, ADRBC, Vancouver, BC
  • 2005, Certificate of Qualifications, National Committee on Accreditation, University of Ottawa, ON
  • 1978, Juris Doctor, Western State University College of Law, Fullerton, California
  • 1976, Certificate of Merit in Comparative /International Legal Institutions and Jurisprudence, McGeorge Law School, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California (classes in Heidelberg, Vienna and Budapest)
  • 1972, Bachelor of Arts, Theology, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio

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

 

Mr. Vincent R. Orchard

Professional Experience

Vincent Orchard was a litigation partner at Borden Ladner Gervais Vancouver office. He was admitted to the British Columbia Bar in 1976. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Manitoba. Vincent started his career at the Federal Department of Justice in Vancouver before joining Ladner Downs. He is a former Supreme Court of Canada law clerk.

Vincent was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 2004.

  • Senior Counsel managing major litigations files for international and national corporations and public bodies
  • Has appeared as counsel at all levels of courts and tribunals in British Columbia as well as the Supreme Court of Canada and Federal Court, Trial Division and Federal Court of Appeal
  • Practice focused in the area of civil litigation, arbitration and mediation of civil disputes including personal injury, insurance, product liability, class actions, professional negligence, media law including defamation and aspects of Aboriginal law and commercial disputes
  • Acted for a broad range of insurers, corporations and individuals. Involved in insurance coverage disputes, casualty claims, contract disputes, property claims, life and disability, product liability and class actions
Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Mr. Orchard is certified as a Chartered Arbitrator. Mr. Orchard is a civil mediator on the Mediate B.C. Civil Roster. Mr. Orchard has participated in hundreds of mediations covering a broad range of civil disputes. Mr. Orchard is also Chair of the panel of Arbitrators and Referees for the Hepatitis C Class Action litigation in British Columbia resulting in many published decisions. Mr. Orchard has forty years of experience in resolving disputes.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Appeared regularly as a speaker at CLE seminars
  • Author of published papers and articles
  • BC Arbitration and Mediation Institute
  • Past Chair of Insurance Law subsection of Canadian Bar Association/ British Columbia Branch
  • Past Chair of Insurance Law subsection of Canadian Bar Association/ Insurance Corporation of British Columbia Liaison Committee
  • Member ADR Institute of Canada
  • ADR WEB arbitrator/mediator
Academic Qualifications

Dartmouth College, BA
University of Manitoba, LLB

Kent G. Woodruff

 

Professional Experience

  • 1972-1991- General practice in Kamloops
  • 1991-1997-Litigation Counsel, insurance, land compensation, commercial leases, contractual, construction (court & arbitration) and appeared before Federal and Provincial administrative tribunals
  • For the last 21 years restricted his practice to alternate dispute resolution.
Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Mediation experience:

  • Mediated over 300 commercial disputes – personal injury, estates, insurance, partnership, construction, strata, environmental damage, property, farm & ranch, forestry, intergovernmental, ALR Community Issues, workplace , Work safe Discrimination

Arbitration experience:

  • 1996 – 2008 adjudicated Residential Tenancy Disputes
  • Conducted domestic commercial arbitrations involving strata, employment, sale of businesses, commercial leases (renewals and other disputes), farms, forestry disputes, insurance (including Referee and UMP coverage), joint ventures, partnerships, professional negligence, construction and corporate disputes.
  • The appointed Appeal Arbitrator under the Canada – British Columbia Crop Insurance Program

Alternate Dispute Resolution Training:

  • Provided alternate resolution training to companies, organizations and the government of BC.
  • Developed and taught the Thompson Rivers University course entitled Conflict Resolution in the Environment

Chartered Mediator, 2001
Chartered Arbitrator, 1994
McGowan Award of Excellence –ADR Institute of Canada, 2000

Professional and Other Activities

  • A Past President of the ADR Institute of Canada and of the British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute
  • A British Columbia International Commercial Centre Trustee

Member:

  • British Columbia Arbitration & Mediation Institute
  • Kamloops Fly Fishers Association
  • British Columbia Wildlife Association
  • Kamloops and District Fish & Game Association
  • Wild Sheep Society of BC
  • Kamloops Bar Association
Academic Qualifications

University of Ottawa, B. Comm., 1963
University of Western Ontario, B.L., 1972
Called to the British Columbia Bar in 1973

Dawn A. Wattie

Professional Experience

Dawn completed a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Victoria in 1984 where she initially developed an interest in indigenous matters and First Nations governance followed by an LLB from the University of Windsor in 1988. She articled with Clark Wilson in Vancouver and was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1989. Dawn completed her mediation training in 1992 and 1993 and became a qualified mediator in 2019.

Her first position was a 6-month contract commencing in May 1989 to work on the BCGEU’s arbitration backlog project. She was hired by the BCGEU as a staff representative in the Victoria Area office in October 1989 and was assigned responsibility for public service workers in Local 1201 (Administrative Component), Local 201 (Healthcare Component) and Component 401 (Corrections). As part of these responsibilities, Dawn handled grievances up to including arbitration hearings, hours of work umpire hearings, harassment complaints investigations and proceedings and labour board hearings and was responsible for master agreement component and other related sectoral bargaining.

In 1992, Dawn was appointed to the BCGEU’s bargaining integrity project that participated in the Commission of Inquiry in the Public Service and Public Sector (Korbin Commission). She was then assigned to position of Coordinator, Special Projects and participating as the senior BCGEU representative on the restructuring of the Ministry of Health to create the health authorities and the labour adjustment strategy for the transfer of public service employees into the health authorities.

Dawn was also responsible for all labour relation matters associated with restructuring or reorganization activities within public service ministries for the period of 1993 to 1996. She participated as BCGEU labour representative in the Governor General’s study tour in 1995 in which her work group toured Western Quebec to examine employer-employee relationships across private sector, public sector and not-for-profit sector in wide variety of organizations. In late 1996, she left the BCGEU. In January 1997 she established Dawn Wattie Law Corporation. In March 1997, Dawn participated in a review of the contracted Social Services Sector led by Doug Allen, former Deputy Minister.

From 1997 to present, Dawn has continued to provide labour relations and employment law advice, act as counsel on arbitration and Labour Relations Board application matters, undertake private sector collective bargaining and representation continued to undertake investigative and mediation services on harassment complaints for private and public sector clients.

From 2000 to 2005, Dawn lived and worked within the WSANEC peoples territorial lands on Vancouver Island. For this period, she provided advice to the WSANEC peoples (Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum and Pauquachin band and councils) regarding matters related to collective bargaining, employment and policy for the Lauwelnew Tribal School, band and council matters, and for child and family services. She also worked with Nuu-chah-nuth Economic Development Commission on policy matters.

From 2001 to 2006, Dawn was the corporate solicitor for the University of Victoria’s Innovation and Development Corporation working with academics and industry to bring innovation to the market.

Since 1997, She have built a corporate commercial practice that assists clients, locally, nationally and internationally to bring innovative products and services to the market including providing advice on business structure, restructuring, merger and acquisitions, financing, commercial transactions including licensing, manufacturing and distribution, drafting shareholder agreements, assisting in resolution of shareholder and partner disputes and corporate succession planning.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Family Law Mediation Certification 1993
  • Multiparty Mediation 1994
  • Qual. Arb – ADRIC 2019
  • Introductory Mediation Training completed 2019 – ADRIC
  • 1989 – 1996 BCGEU staff rep/coordinator resolving and settling wide range of grievance, work related disputes, and collective bargaining.
  • 1997 – 2020 employment and corporate commercial dispute resolution with private and public company clients.
Professional and Other Activities

  • Member Law Society of British Columbia
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Member Lawyer Referral Service since 1997
  • ADRIC-BC
Academic Qualifications

  • BA Anthropology (University of Victoria 1984)
  • LLB (University of Windsor 1988)

 

Kathryn S. Sainty

Professional Experience

  • Kathryn was called to the Bar of British Colombia in 1986 following which she practiced in a variety of firms in the Vancouver area.
  • While in private practice, Kathryn gained experience in a wide variety of areas including family, corporate/ commercial, real estate, entertainment and securities law.
  • In 1997 Kathryn left private practice to become Legal Counsel to the Chief Justice and Associate Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. In 2001, she was appointed a district registrar of the Court at New Westminster and in 2010 she became the Registrar of the Supreme Court of British Columbia.
  • Kathryn has a long-standing interest in consensual dispute resolution. She obtained her mediation training at Harvard Law School (Program on Negotiation) in 2012 and through the American Arbitration Association University in 2013. Kathryn is an accredited “family dispute resolution professional” (mediator and arbitrator) by the Law Society of British Columbia and a member of the Mediate BC Civil Roster.
  • Kathryn is an experienced adjudicator (former Registrar of the Supreme Court of British Columbia). She is a member of the domestic and mediation panels of the British Columbia International Commercial Centre and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
  • Kathryn retired from the Supreme Court in June 2014 and returned to private practice where she now works full time as a mediator and arbitrator in a wide range of areas including business disputes, personal injury and insurance claims, wills and estates litigation, family law matters, and wrongful dismissal and employment disputes. Kathryn also provides litigation consulting services to lawyers in areas in which she has a particular expertise such as family law, Legal Profession Act matters, and the areas of bankruptcy, costs and wills and estates.
  • Kathryn is a much sought after presenter. She has spoken to groups on many occasions on the subjects of costs, review of lawyer’s bills, bankruptcy, family law, law practice management and client relations. Kathryn has been praised for her “direct yet approachable demeanor”; others have remarked on the excellent quality of her “practical and useful tips and information” and “very concise and thorough” presentations. She brings those skills to her arbitration, mediation, and litigation consulting practice.
Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • CIArb – Chartered Institute of Arbitrators – Member
  • British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre – Panelist – Domestic and Mediation
  • Mediate BC Civil Roster
  • Family Dispute Resolution Professional (Mediator) – Law Society of British Columbia
  • Family Dispute Resolution Professional (Arbitrator) – Law Society of British Columbia
  • Essential Skills for the New Mediator – American Arbitration Association University (December 2013)
  • Domestic Violence Screening Training (June 2013)
  • Mediating Disputes – Harvard Law School, Program on Negotiation (June 2012)
  • Arbitration Training Institute – American Bar Association (February 2011)
Professional and Other Activities

Kathryn Sainty is an experienced lawyer specializing in arbitration, mediation and litigation consulting. She has a broad mix of skills and background from private practice in family, corporate/commercial, real estate entertainment and securities law and 14 years experience as a registrar of the Supreme Court of British Columbia presiding over hearings dealing with a wide range of subject matters.

Kathryn has a passion for consensual dispute resolution (CDR), for learning and training others. Kathryn strives to continually learn and to assist others in their own professional growth.

Kathryn has recently published (with Christopher Hope) a book on costs and disbursements and has contributed to several Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia publications.

Kathryn believes in giving back to her community. She is a member of several professional organisations and has been and is a director of a number of non-profit organisations. She is recognised by her peers as an effective presenter and is often called upon to speak to groups, including on the areas of professional ethics and responsibilities.

Academic Qualifications

University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law, JD (1985)
University of Toronto, Trinity College, BA (Economics) (1981)
International Baccalaureate Diploma (1977), Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific, Victoria, BC

Mr. Robert Neron

Professional Experience

Robert Neron is a Senior Lawyer, a Chartered Arbitrator, a Qualified Mediator, a Labour Arbitrator and a Workplace Complaint Investigator who has completed more than 70 workplace investigations and rendered more than 1,000 quasi-judicial and arbitral decision in the last 20 years. Mr. Neron is the Founder and CEO of Simner Corporation, an Ottawa-based bilingual Arbitration Firm.

Robert has been admitted to the Law Society of Ontario and the Law Society of Nunavut. He is also a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada, that accredited him as a Chartered Arbitrator and a Qualified Mediator.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Robert is a respected senior bilingual lawyer who has shifted his legal practice to full-time neutral work as Arbitrator, Mediator, and Workplace Investigator (harassment complaints, misconduct and wrongdoing).

He has twenty years of professional experience in adjudicating various cases and has presided over matters at the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB); at the Indian Residential School Adjudication Settlement Process; at the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada and has handled many labour disputes. His areas of expertise are workplace investigation, labour, sport and international commercial and trade disputes.

In 2000, the Parliament of Canada appointed him as a full-time member of the IRB in 2000 and in 2004, he was appointed Assistant Deputy Chairperson of the Immigration Appeal Division (IAD), a position that he held for seven years. In 2013, he was appointed by the Government of Ontario as a negotiator to settle Residential, Commercial and Industrial land expropriation disputes. In 2019, he was selected by the Canadian Government as a Member of Expert Arbitrators in International Trade under Chap. 19 of the USMA (NAFTA). In 2015, Robert published: Investor-State Arbitration (NAFTA and CAFTA) in the Comparative Law Yearbook of International Business, Wolters Kluwer.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Construction Finance; Construction Management & Cost Control, Columbia University, 2018
  • Doping: Sports, Organizations and Sciences, University of Lausanne, 2016
  • Labour Arbitration Law and Practice, University of Quebec, 2014
  • Ombudsman Certificate, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2014
  • Conducting Administrative, Oversight and Ombudsman Investigations, Ottawa, 2012
  • International Commercial Arbitration Law, Boston University School of Law, 2011
Academic Qualifications

  • Master of Law in International Business Law (LL.M.), Boston University School of Law, 2015
  • Executive Program in Leadership, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, 2014
  • Bachelor of Law (LLB.), University of Moncton, Faculty of Law, 1995
  • Bachelor of Political Science (B.A.), Laval University, 1987