Robert E. Groves


Robert E. Groves

Robert E. Groves, LL.B., J.D., C.Arb

, Kelowna, BC, CA (Canada)

ADR Certified Designation : Chartered Arbitrator (C. Arb)

VanIAC Panel(s) : Domestic Arbitration

Practice Areas : Corporate Commercial, Employment, Real Estate

Professional Experience

Bob Groves is a lawyer with over two decades of experience as an advocate in all the courts of British Columbia, and in the Supreme Court of Canada.

He has acted for countless employers and employees in disputes arising in the employment arena, for executors and beneficiaries where the distribution of an estate is at stake, and in construction cases when owners and builders are fighting about payment for the work that has been done.

He has been an accredited member of the BC Mediator Roster since 2003, and a Chartered Arbitrator since 2005.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training
  • Adjudicator on appeals before Employment Standards Tribunal and Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal
  • Arbitrator in labour, strata property, commercial, employment, and ICBC vehicle valuation matters
  • Mediator in civil litigation matters
  • Counsel in all the courts of the Province of British Columbia, in the Federal Court and in the Supreme Court of Canada
  • Counsel before administrative tribunals, including the Labour Relations Board of British Columbia
  • Counsel in labour arbitrations pursuant to the Labour Relations Code of British Columbia
  • Counsel in commercial arbitrations under the Commercial Arbitration Act of British Columbia
  • Instructor in courses training arbitrators sponsored by the British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute
  • Instructor in Business Law and Industrial Relations, Okanagan College, Kelowna, British Columbia
  • Speaker on employment relations issues at British Columbia School Personnel Association professional development meetings
  • Speaker on arbitration and mediation issues at British Columbia Human Resources Management Association and Condominium Homeowners’ Association professional development meetings
Professional and Other Activities
  • Member, Law Society of British Columbia, 1980
  • Adjudicator, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
  • Adjudicator, Canada Labour Code
  • Governor of Law Foundation of BC
  • Chartered Arbitrator, ADR Institute of Canada, Inc.
  • Member, ADR Institute of British Columbia
  • Member, Chartered Professional in Human Resources of British Columbia and Yukon
  • Member, Mediate BC
  • Member, British Columbia Employment Standards Tribunal
  • Past Member, Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal
  • Past Chair, Alternate Dispute Resolution Sub-section (Okanagan), BC Branch, Canadian Bar Association
  • Past Member, Provincial Council, BC Branch, Canadian Bar Association
  • Past President, Kelowna Bar Association
Academic Qualifications

LL.B., J.D., University of British Columbia, 1979
M.A. (History), University of British Columbia, 1976
B.A. (Hons.), Trent University, 1973