Carla A. Bekkering


Carla A. Bekkering

Carla A. Bekkering, C.Arb

Law office of Bekkering York, Vancouver, BC (British Columbia), CA (Canada)

ADR Certified Designation : Chartered Arbitrator (C. Arb)

VanIAC Panel(s) : Mediation, Underinsured Motorist Protection (UMP)

Practice Areas : Accounting, Employment, Insurance and Reinsurance, Personal Injury

Professional Experience

I have been a practicing lawyer for over thirty years. I clerked for the Tax Court of Canada after my call to the BC Bar in 1992.  I am a partner in my law firm Bekkering York.  My practice includes personal injury, insurance, and, general litigation. I have also handled family law and construction law cases over my career. I am a seasoned trial counsel and have conducted many jury and judge alone trials during my career. I have also appeared as lead counsel at the B.C. Court of Appeal.

I am a Chartered Arbitrator with ADRBC.  I am on the ADRBC Roster for total damage arbitrators for various insurance companies. I am also an adjudicator on the Attorney General’s Municipal Bylaw Adjudication Roster and conduct hearings at municipalities throughout the province.

I am a qualified mediator with ADRBC. I have also completed a six-month mentored mediation program focusing on Worksafe matters.  Mediation is a current part of my practice both as counsel and as mediator. My mediation practice is in the area of general civil litigation matters.  I am on the Roster List for the Attorney General of BC as an approved mediator.  I have co mediated and solo mediated many cases including WCB, CRT facilitations and Insurance/Personal Injury Matters.  I have also mediated cases involving oil tank placement, commercial disputes, and, occupiers’ liability.

I am an active volunteer currently assisting with Amici Curiae. I am currently the Treasurer for the ADRBC Board of Directors.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

I have taken 80 hours of mediation-based training over and above my qualifications for my law degree. I partake in continuing education in this area.  My firm is a long term sponsor of the ADRBC annual symposium.

I have taken the Arbitrators’ Training Course through ADRBC. Since then, I have conducted numerous arbitrations for Insurance Companies including Commercial Claims. As a result, I achieved the Chartered Arbitrator Designation through ADRBC. I also participate in arbitration files as counsel defending UMP claims and have extensive experience in that area.

Professional and Other Activities
  • Co-Author and Presenter Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia Medicine Bootcamp for Lawyers Ethical Considerations in Retaining and Advising a Medical Expert
  • 2021 – Co-Presenter IIBC Fraud Investigation: Water Damages Claims Webinar
  • 2020 – Author and Presenter Headings of Damage Unique to Catastrophic Claims In House presentation to ICBC Head Office Claims
  • 2019 – Author and Presenter of Rule 7-5 Best Practices in-house presentation to ICBC Claims
  • 2017 – Present Member ADR Institute of British Columbia
  • 2006 – Present Member Vancouver Bar Association
  • 2022 – Present Trial Lawyers Association Member
  • 1992 – Present Canadian Bar Association Member
Academic Qualifications
  • August 2022               Chartered Arbitrator ADR BC
  • December 2021          Qualified Mediator ADRBC
  • June 2017                   Qualified Arbitrator ADRBC
  • June 1991                   Bachelor of Laws University of Victoria
  • June 1987                   Bachelor of Arts Simon Fraser University