Joel Richler

Professional Experience

Mr. Richler has over 35 years of experience in commercial dispute resolution as a litigation counsel, arbitration counsel, mediation counsel, arbitrator (domestic & international) and mediator.

Before establishing his independent arbitration and mediation practice, Mr. Richler was a senior partner in Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP and was, for a number of years, co-chair of that firm’s Toronto litigation group.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Mr. Richler has long been an advocate of the use of arbitration as an efficient means of resolving commercial disputes. He obtained a Diploma in International Arbitration from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and he has been admitted as a Fellow of that organization. Amongst other accomplishments, Joel is on the Canadian and International Rosters of the ICDR, a member of the ICC International Arbitration Committee, a member of the ADRIC, a member of the North American Users’ Counsel of the LCIA, a founding member of TCAS and a founding Fellow of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers.

Mr. Richler has been counsel in numerous ad hoc and institutional domestic and arbitrations and he has acted as an arbitrator in several arbitrations, as chair of arbitral panels and as sole arbitrator. For several years he has been listed in several categories in Chambers Global, Chambers Canada, Lexpert, Best Lawyers in Canada, Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration and Who’s Who. Joel is currently listed in Lexpert’s Directory of Leading Litigation Lawyers, Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada and its 2016 Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada.

Mr. Richler firmly believes that arbitration and mediation are the best means through which commercial disputes can be resolved. He is committed to working with counsel and clients in order to “tailor make” processes designed to meet their cases and their interests.

Professional and Other Activities

Mr. Richler has been recognized for many years in several professional directories and publications, in litigation, arbitration and other categories, including:

  • Resident Arbitrator at Arbitration Place, Toronto
  • Chambers Global
  • Chambers Canada
  • Lexpert
  • Best Lawyers in Canada
  • Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration
  • International Who’s Who of Commercial Litigation Lawyers
  • Who’s Who Canada (Litigation)
  • Who’s Who Commercial Mediation
  • Benchmark Canada

Most recently, Mr. Richler was listed in:

  • Best Lawyers Alternative Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year (Toronto)(2013)
  • Best Lawyers International Arbitration Lawyer of the Year (Toronto)(2015)
  • Best Lawyers Procurement Lawyer of the Year (Toronto)(2016)
  • Lexpert Directory of Leading Litigation Lawyers
  • Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers
  • Lexpert Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
Academic Qualifications

Civil and Common Law degrees at McGill Law School LL.B., 1977-78
Called to the Bar in Ontario, 1980

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

William McCallum

Professional Experience

Private practice of law from 1974 through 1982.
District Registrar (Supreme Court of BC) 1982 – 1989.
Master Supreme Court of British Columbia 1989 – 2015.
Private practice of law (practice restricted to mediation and arbitration) 2016 – present.

Dispute Resolution Experience and TrainingConducted Judicial Settlement Conferences, Judicial Case Conferences, Pretrial Conferences, and Case Planning Conferences for 25 years in Supreme Court of British Columbia, Presided at thousands of hearings over 25 years as a Master in Supreme Court of British Columbia, Completed CLEBC Mediation Training Courses in 2016 and 2017.
Professional and Other Activities

  • Governor and Chair, Board of Governors, Glenlyon-Norfolk School – 1986 – 1992
  • Director and President, Board of Directors, Uplands Golf Club – 1996 -2002 and 2008 – 2012
Academic Qualifications

Queen’s University, Kingston, ON — LL.B 1974
Western University, London, ON – M.B.A. 1970
Queen’s University, Kingston, ON – B.Sc. (Civil Engineering) 1968

William C. Kaplan

Professional Experience

Bill now focuses his practice on arbitration and mediation work as a neutral. He has been engaged on a variety of matters reflecting his experience in corporate/commercial matters, restructuring, securities legislation, real estate and development, and a broad range of business-related issues. Bill has appeared before all levels of the Court system in British Columbia, including the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as appearing before numerous administrative tribunals, private arbitration panels, and mediations. He is experienced in alternative dispute resolution and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Bill provides legal services through WCK Law Corporation.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Appeared before all levels of court in British Columbia, and the Supreme Court of Canada, on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters.
  • Acted as counsel for many arbitration hearings over the last 30+ years and engaged as counsel for labour relations arbitration hearings earlier in career.
  • Attained FCIArb in 2016 and continue to hold FCIArb designation.
  • Counsel for many mediations and have acted as mediator on 7 matters in the last 6 months.
Professional and Other Activities

  • Bill is a member of Insolvency Institute of Canada, and a past chairman and a member of the board of directors of the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia. He was a founding member of the Dean’s Advisory Committee to the National Centre for Business Law at the University of British Columbia.
  • Bill was an adjunct professor of law at the University of British Columbia for over 25 years, where he instructed a negotiations course.
  • Bill was appointed Queen’s Counsel (British Columbia) in 2001. Admitted to FCIArb: 2016
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: 2008, 2010 – 2019 (Appellant Practice, Construction Law and Insolvency)
  • Legal 500 Canada: 2014 – 2019
  • Chambers Global: 2009 – 2018
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: 2008 – 2018
  • I FLR1000: 2014 – 2018 (Leading Lawyer)
  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada: 2013 – 2015, 2017
  • Benchmark Canada: 2013 – 2018
Academic Qualifications

Admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators – 2016
LL.M., Harvard University – 1981
Admitted to the British Columbia Bar – 1980
LL.B., University of British Columbia – 1979
B.A., University of British Columbia – 1975