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

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

Robert V. Wickett

Professional Experience

Mr. Wickett, was born and raised in Vancouver. He is a trial lawyer specializing in commercial and administrative litigation with an emphasis on environmental matters. He also has extensive experience in real estate and leasing litigation and serves as BC real estate litigation counsel for one of Canada’s major food retailers.

Mr. Wickett also acts in employment and human rights tribunal matters and as counsel in the criminal courts for those charged with regulatory and commercial crime offences.

In his environmental law practice he has performed many environmental due diligence and compliance assessments of forestry, mining, fisheries and manufacturing businesses.

Mr. Wickett is also Vice Chair of the Environmental Appeal Board, Vice Chair of the Forest Appeals Commission, and a member of the Oil and Gas Appeal Tribunal of British Columbia. In this capacity he has written numerous judgments on environmental, forestry and First Nations issues.

He has appeared as counsel in all levels of court in British Columbia and before various administrative tribunals.

Mr. Wickett served two terms as managing partner of MacKenzie Fujisawa. His most recent term as managing partner  concluded in April 2020.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Mr. Wickett is a member of the Canadian and B.C. councils of administrative tribunals and have annually, since 2003, taken a variety of dispute resolution courses from these organizations in addition to those offered by the Environmental Appeal Board office including:

Ethics
Decision writing
Conduct of fair hearings
Management of difficult witnesses and parties
Bias, apprehension of bias and conflict of interest

Professional and Other Activities

  • Originating author and continuing editor of the waste management chapter of the Due Diligence Desk Book published by CLE
  • Author of numerous papers presented at CLE and related organizations on the subject of environmental and administrative law.
  • Appointed Queens Counsel in 2013.
Academic Qualifications

Bachelor of Commerce, UBC, 1982
Bachelor of Laws, UBC, 1983
Called to the B.C. Bar, 1984

 

Mary M. MacKinnon

Professional Experience

Mary Margaret’s practice focuses on the defence of personal injury and sexual abuse claims. She is counsel to a number of national religious institutions, and provides advice on the formation and implementation of policies for responding to allegations of sexual abuse or sexual harassment.

Mary Margaret also acts for schools and school boards – both defending claims and providing workshops and advice on areas of risk management.

Mary Margaret has also been defence counsel for numerous municipalities for over thirty years. She also acts as defence counsel in complex multi-party aviation litigation. She appears regularly as counsel in the British Columbia Supreme Court and British Columbia Court of Appeal.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Mediator in over 50 disputes.
  • Mediated personal injury, property damage, insurance and professional negligence complaints.
  • Counsel for the Plaintiffs in a complex multi-party lawsuit involving the collapse of a large financial institution.
  • Counsel for a number of religious institutions in a large number of sexual abuse claims including extensive experience in residential school claims.
  • Counsel for various municipalities in person injury and property damage claims. Defence of a number of aviation insurers in British Columbia involving product liability and personal injury claims.
  • Provides advice on employment matters to a number of corporate clients.
  • Appears frequently in the Court of Appeal for this firm and on referral from other firms.
Professional and Other Activities

  • Member, Law Society of British Columbia, Yukon, and also appears in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association – Past President, Insurance Law Section Past Executive Committee Vancouver Bar Association
  • Advisory Committee to the Judicial Council – B.C. Bar Association Lecturer – CLE, PLTC, Canadian Institute
Academic Qualifications

2020 CLEBC, Virtual Conflict Resolution Conference

2019 Harvard University, Advanced Mediation

2017 Northwestern University, Mediation Skills Training

2016 Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University, Mediating the Litigated Case

1984 — 1985 Gonville & Caius College University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England LL.M.

1981 — 1984 University of Victoria Faculty of Law LL.B.

1980 — 1981 Universite de Perpignan, Perpignan, France Diplome des Etudes Francaises

1978 — 1980 University of British Columbia Faculty of Arts B.A.

Deborah M. Howes

Professional Experience

Ms. Howes, President and CEO of High Clouds Incorporated, is a facilitator, arbitrator, mediator, and trainer. She works in commercial, consumer, municipal, workplace and labour relations, consumer, and condominium. Deborah trains administrative tribunals on best practices. She was the Executive Director of the Foundation of Administrative Justice.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Her mediation practice includes two-party and multi-party matters. She is a roster mediator for Alberta Employment & Immigration – Mediation Services and Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association,

She is an arbitrator on a number of Canadian panels, including the Alberta New Home Warranty Arbitration Plan, Alberta Labour Grievance Arbitration Roster, Alberta Municipal Affairs – arbitration and med/arb rosters, Automobile Insurance Dispute Resolution Committee, AMEX Dispute Resolution Roster, Canadian Panel for Domestic Commercial Arbitration – BCICAC, Service Alberta, American Dispute Resolution Center, Inc., International Dispute Resolution Center and American Arbitration Association. She has been appointed by the Alberta courts as arbitrator. Ms. Howes was a member on the Public Service Labour Relations Board, and Vice Chair on the Alberta Labour Relations Board; she practiced law with Duncan & Craig.

  • Practicing arbitrator since 1991 – sole or chair of panels
  • Practicing med/arb since 2002
  • Practicing mediator since 1993
  • Roster arbitrator or mediator on various provincial, national and international rosters.
  • Certificate in Arbitration
  • Certificate in Conflict Management
  • 30 + years’ experience developing and instructing arbitration, mediation, conciliation programs
Professional and Other Activities

  • Chartered Arbitrator
  • Chartered Mediator
  • International Mediation Institute Certified
  • Fellow of the Canadian Condominium Institute
  • Co-author – Condominium Management & Labour Relations Legislation: Practitioner’s Manual
  • Advisor on Let’s Talk -guide to resolving disputes
  • Co-founder – Foundation of Administrative Justice – training administrative tribunals
  • Trainer for the Siksika Nation for the Aiskapimohkiiks Tribunal
Academic Qualifications

  • Diploma in Chemical Research Technology (Hon.), 1972
  • Bachelor of Arts, 1987
  • Bachelor of Laws, 1988
  • Certificate in Arbitration
  • Certificate in Conflict Management
  • Certificate in Tribunal Administrative Justice