Ms. Barbara Cornish

Professional Experience

Ms. Cornish is a partner at Singleton Urquhart, specializing in commercial, property and workplace disputes.

In addition to a litigation practice, Ms. Cornish is actively involved in both mediation and arbitration on behalf of her own clients and as a mediator/arbitrator retained by others.

Ms. Cornish has a broad range of experience in most types of commercial disputes including:

  • Insurers and claimants in bodily injury, errors and omissions and property claims.
  • Insurers, property owners, lessees, design professionals and others involved in construction, property and commercial leasing disputes;
  • Employers, contractors, and employees involved in employment, WCB, OHS, privacy and discrimination disputes;

In addition to the above, Ms. Cornish is also the supervising lawyer of the BC Human Rights Clinic, an adjunct professor at UBC, and a Justice of the Peace Adjudicator for the Provincial Court of BC.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Practicing Arbitrator/Mediator since 2002, mediates between 200-250 cases per year and arbitrates 10-15 cases per year.

Mediation

  • Chartered Mediator, Alternate Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada.
  • Registrant, BC Mediator Roster Society.
  • Certified Mediator, International Mediation Institute.

Arbitration

  • Chartered Arbitrator, Alternate Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada.
  • Member, British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute.
  • Arbitrator/Mediator, Sports Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada.
  • Appointee, Panel of Arbitrators, American Dispute Resolution Center
Academic Qualifications

BC Court of Appeal – Law Clerk to the Honourable Carrothers & Hinkson J.J.A.: 1988-1989
University of Victoria,LL.B., 1988
University of Alberta, B.A.(Psychology/Linguistics), 1985
University of Leeds, Speech Pathology Licentiateship, 1978

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

Mr. Robert M. Smith

Professional Experience

Robert M. Smith, Esq., has more than 20 years of commercial litigation and trial experience. He was responsible for overseas litigation worldwide at Bank of America. Subsequently, he had his own commercial litigation firm representing three dozen financial institutions. Prior to law school, Mr. Smith was a correspondent in the Washington Bureau of the New York Times.

Mr. Smith is a Barrister (Inner Temple, Lincoln’s Inn) in the UK. He is admitted to the Bars of California, New York, and the District of Columbia. He is fluent in French and German, and speaks intermediate Spanish.

Mr. Smith has commercial law experience that includes such matters as: high-tech lending, sexual harassment, computer license disputes, project finance, international letters of credit, construction disputes, insurance coverage, and personal injury.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Robert M. Smith has been an arbitrator and mediator for more than 20 years. He has mediated hundreds of complex matters in a wide range of subject areas and in many jurisdictions. He was Director of Mediation at CEDR (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution) in London, as well as a Registered Mediator and Chartered Arbitrator in the UK. He has lectured on ADR widely—at the Law Faculty of Oxford University, the United Nations in Turin, Nairobi, Warsaw, Dublin, Singapore, and Amsterdam. He is the author of ADR for Financial Institutions (West Group, 2d ed. 1998, 1200 pp.).

Mr. Smith has completed more than 400 hours of mediation/arbitration training and teaching, including:

  • Practicum for Experienced Mediators, CDR Associates, Boulder, Colorado, 09/1994, 32 hours
  • Mediation Seminar, Stanford Law School, Palo Alto, California, 06/1994, 20 hours
  • Mediation Training, American Academy of Attorney-Mediators, Oakland, California, 01/1993, 15 hours
  • Mediation Training, American Arbitration Association, San Francisco, California, 01/1993, 15 hours
  • Mediation & ADR Training, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Denver, Colorado, 09/1992, 24 hours

Mr. Smith’s mediation style depends on the wishes of the parties and counsel, and his sense of what is appropriate and likely to be effective.

Mr. Smith has more than 250 references from law firms and corporate and government law departments on five continents. For more representative matters, expanded biography, references and testimonials, please see www.robertmsmith.com

Professional and Other Activities

Mr. Smith serves, or has served, as a mediator or arbitrator on the following panels:

  • UN’s World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, Switzerland
  • the World Bank
  • London Court of International Arbitration
  • Arbitration Subcommittee to the U.S. Council for International Business
  • Centre de Médiation et d’Arbitrage de Paris (CMAP) – Médiateur Agréé
  • Center for Public Resources, Panel of Distinguished Neutrals

Mr. Smith has been elected a Fellow of:

  • the American College of Civil Trial Mediators
  • the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators
  • the International Academy of Mediators
Academic Qualifications

JD, Yale Law School (Board of Editors, Yale Law Journal)
MS in Journalism with High Honors, Columbia University
MA in International Affairs, Columbia University
Diploma Sobresaliente, Centro de Estudios de Español (Barcelona)
Fulbright Scholar, University of Tübingen (Germany)
AB with Honors, Harvard College

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

Mr. John W. Norton

Professional Experience

Mr. Norton has practiced business law for over 30 years and during the last 10 years has also acted as counsel and chair in various arbitrations relating to major business issues and real estate matters.

He is known for his practical and strategic approach to legal and business problems. Mr. Norton practices law in the area of mergers & acquisitions and divestitures, corporate governance and commercial law.

Mr. Norton has extensive experience in real estate development law and venture capital law.

He also acted Counsel on behalf of the Vancouver International Airport Authority, Department of Justice, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, and United Van Lines. He was finance Chairman for Doug Mowatt, and he is Chairman of Universal Packaging Inc.

Professional and Other Activities

Mr. Norton is a member of a number of Canadian and International Associations, and is an International Associate of the American Bar Association;

  • The Law Society of British Columbia
  • The Canadian Bar Association
  • ADR Institute of Canada
  • British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre

Mr. Norton has been a director of numerous companies and advisory boards, including B.C. Housing Management Commission, Downtown Vancouver Association, Yaletown Housing Society, Vancouver Neurological Centre, Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club, St. George’s School Foundation, Shawnigan Lake School Board of Governors, Thunderbird Golf Society, Pacific Parkinson Research Institute, Air Canada Championship, Order of St. John Palliative Care Foundation, as well as many closely held corporations.

Academic Qualifications

B. Comm., University of British Columbia, 1968
LL.B., University of British Columbia, 1969
Chartered Arbitrator, 1990

Mr. Mark Kantor

Professional Experience

Mark Kantor currently serves as an arbitrator in international investment and commercial disputes. Until he retired from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, he was a partner in the Project Finance Group of the Firm. He teaches courses in both international arbitration and international business transactions as an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Vale Columbia Center for Sustainable International Investment (a joint undertaking of Columbia Law School and the Earth Institute at Columbia University). Additionally, Mr. Kantor is Editor-in-Chief of the online journal Transnational Dispute Management.

Mr. Kantor is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association, Chair of the DC Bar International Dispute Resolution Committee and a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of Global Arbitration Review, the Board of Editors of the Journal of World Energy Law and Business, and the ADR Advisory Board of the International Law Institute. Among other publications, Mr. Kantor is the author of Valuation for Arbitration: Compensation Standards, Valuation Methods and Expert Evidence (Kluwer 2008).

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Arbitrator in over 50 commercial and investment arbitrations. Member, Board of Directors, American Arbitration Association. Fellow, The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Chair, Washington, D.C. Chapter (2008-2010). Chair,D.C. Bar International Dispute Resolution Committee. Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators. Member, ADR Advisory Board, International Law Institute, Washington, D.C. Member of the AAA Large Complex Disputes, Commercial and International Panels, the ICC database of arbitrators, the AAA/ICDR Energy Arbitrators’ List, the SIAC panel of arbitrators, the HKIAC panel of arbitrators, the LCIA list of arbitrators, the KL Regional Centre for Arbitration, the National Futures Association roster of arbitrators and CPR Panels for Banking and Finance and International Neutrals.

Professional and Other Activities

Until he retired from the Firm at the age of 44, Mark Kantor was a partner in the Corporate and Project Finance Group of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, acting as the lead partner in Milbank’s involvement in a number of prominent domestic and international project financings, including several “Deals of the Year” named by trade periodicals throughout the 1990s. His practice combined Wall Street expertise with Washington experience. Kantor has represented investment banks, commercial banks, sponsors, institutional investors and government authorities in complex financing and investment transactions, and he has considerable experience in the energy, power, telecommunications, aircarrier, satellite, financial services and leasing industries. Kantor also has represented financial institutions and users in connection with numerous complex credit, interest rate and foreign exchange structured finance and derivatives transactions. During the Asian financial crisis in the late 1990’s, he was the U.S. head of Milbank’s Asian Crisis Team, and has represented public sector and private sector parties in numerous transactions, workouts and bankruptcies, both domestic and international. In addition, he has represented U.S., Japanese and Canadian government agencies and multilateral financial institutions in a variety of financing transactions, workouts, bankruptcies and international reschedulings. In 1990, Kantor served as the first outside General Counsel of the RTC Oversight Board, the U.S. Federal agency with policy oversight responsibility for the savings & loan crisis.

Academic Qualifications

University of Michigan Law School, J.D. 1979 with honors
Research & Development Editor, University of Michigan
Journal of Law Reform
Louis Honigman Award

University of Michigan, Institute for Public Policy Studies
Masters of Public Policy, 1979
University of Southern California, A.B. 1975 with honors (International Relations and Political Science)

Phi Beta Kappa
Blackstonians Honor Society
Undergraduate Year Abroad Honors Program, 1973-74, University College, University of London

Anton M.S. Melnyk

Professional Experience

Principal of Melnyk Law, Barristers and Solicitors.

  • Over 40 years practice in a wide range of law, including commercial, corporate, tax, labour, and administrative law.
  • Appeared before the Alberta Trial and Appeal Courts, Tax Court and Federal Court of Canada Acted as Counsel to the Classification Appeal Board, Public Service Appeal Board, Occupational Health & Safety Council, the Alberta Labour Relations Board and Environmental Council of Alberta.
  • Acted as Vice-Chairperson of the Alberta Board of Industrial Relations.
  • Acted as Chairperson in numerous labour, commercial, landlord-tenant, automobile and electrical industry arbitrations.
  • Taught labour law, arbitration law, and tax law in the Law and Business Administration Faculties of the University of Alberta.
Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Appointed Queen’s Counsel 1981 and Awarded the Chartered Arbitrator designation 1990. Arbitral and ADR appointments include:

  • Grievance Arbitration Roster under the Labour Relations Code of Alberta (1994 – )
  • Arbitrator under the Canadian Motor Vehicle Arbitration Plan (1994 – 2008)
  • Sahtu Arbitration Panel (1995 – )
  • Arbitrator under the Western Grain Transition Payments Program (1995)
  • Part IV of the Canada Transportation Act Arbitrations (1998 – )
  • Domestic Canada Panel of the BCICAC (1998 – )
  • IDA – Alberta Securities Dispute Resolution Panel (2000 – 2009)
  • Province of Alberta Bid Protest Roster (2001 – 2009 )
  • Referee and Adjudicator under the Canada Labour Code (2002 – )
  • Gwich’in Arbitration Panel (2005 – )
  • Automobile Insurance Arbitrators Roster – Alberta (2005 – )
  • CIRA Domain Name Resolution Panel of the BCICAC (2006 – )
  • Arbitration Panel of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (2007 – 2010 )
Professional and Other Activities

  • Alberta Arbitration & Mediation Society
  • ADR Institute of Canada
  • Canadian Bar Association – Member of National and Provincial Councils (2000 – 2010)
  • Canadian Tax Foundation
  • Selected Publications (for full list, please contact Melnyk Law):
    • Ch. 3 Tax Law – Principles of Farm Law for Alberta Farmers, University of Alberta (1974)
    • Taxation of a Shareholder – TAX 2 – Canadian Bar Association, Intermediate Course on The Income Tax Act (1975)
Academic Qualifications

Harvard Law School, LL.M.,1963
University of Alberta – LL.B., Silver Medalist, 1962
University of Alberta, B.A., 1961

Gerald W. Ghikas

Professional Experience

Gerry Ghikas has over 35 years of experience as a trial lawyer, appellate advocate, arbitration counsel and commercial arbitrator. He has appeared as an advocate in numerous complex cases before Canadian courts, before administrative and regulatory tribunals and before international and domestic commercial arbitration tribunals seated in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia. Gerry Ghikas has also served as an arbitrator in approximately 100 international and domestic cases. His experience spans a broad range of business and legal subject matters including, but not limited to, mining, oil and gas, electrical energy, forestry, banking, corporations and shareholders, securities regulation, officers and directors liability, intellectual property, technology, real estate, manufacturing and distribution, competition and anti-trust, partnerships, joint ventures and other contractual arrangements.

Gerry spent the first three years of his legal career as a solicitor, drafting leases, joint venture agreements, limited partnership agreements, financing and other documents. He is former managing partner of the Vancouver law firm Ladner Downs, and for many years chaired its Compensation Committee.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • 35 years of experience as counsel and commercial arbitrator, and occasionally as mediator
  • Advocate in numerous complex cases
  • Completed the Fellowship Accreditation course in International Arbitration of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London) to be qualified as a Fellow
  • Completed accreditation course of BCAMI/ADRIC to be accredited as a Chartered Arbitrator
  • Arbitrator (sole arbitrator, chair or co-arbitrator) in over 100 international and domestic cases, either ad hoc or administered by BCICAC, ADRIC, ICC, ICDR etc.
  • Completed Commercial Mediation training offered by the CLE Society of British Columbia and served as mediator of complex commercial and partnership cases.
Professional and Other Activities

  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb.)
  • Chartered Arbitrator (CArb.)
  • Queens Counsel (QC)
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (FACTL)
  • Recipient of National Award for Excellence in Dispute Resolution
  • Chair, Canadian National Arbitration Committee of International Chamber of Commerce
  • Canadian Delegate to UNCITRAL Working Group (Arbitration Rules Revision)
  • Member, CBA, ABA, IBA, ICC, LCIA, ICDR, ADRIC
  • Author of numerous articles on dispute resolution
  • Chambers Global, World’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Martindale Hubbell, AV Peer Review Rating
Academic Qualifications

University of Calgary, Bachelor of Arts with Distinction, 1970
University of British Columbia, Bachelor of Laws, 1973

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

 

Mr. Joseph A. Boskovich

Professional Experience

Joe has more than 30 years experience as a civil and criminal law litigator with a diverse range of experience in the Provincial, Supreme and Federal Courts. His practice has focussed in the area of personal injury, insurance law and commercial litigation. He also has extensive experience with fishing and maritime law, a natural outgrowth of his family’s long involvement with the British Columbia fishing industry.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

In 1985 Joe qualified as a mediator, completing the Mediation Training course given by the B.C. Justice Institute and National Centre for Mediation Education in Washington, D.C. Since 1987, Joe has had an active practice as an Arbitrator and Mediator. He has mediated over of 3,500 cases involving personal injury, insurance disputes, commercial disputes, contracts, professional negligence, construction (“leaky condo”), family, partnership matters, estate matters, corporate shareholder disputes, and disputes involving Crown corporations and Ministries. He has acted as an Arbitrator and as Counsel in domestic commercial arbitrations involving insurance issues, franchising, construction, partnerships and general commercial disputes.

In 1993 Joe took part in a lengthy multi-party Mediation Institute seminar orientated towards the design of multi-party negotiation processes, aboriginal interests, cross-cultural dynamics and the structuring of the complex multi-party agreements. This training also included institutional and public conflict resolution. His training with multi-party mediation was extended in 1995 to include environmental disputes.

In 1995 Joe participated in a course, ADR & Negotiation for the Defence, given by the American Defence Research Institute (DRI) in San Francisco. In 1996 he attended Harvard Law School’s Advanced Mediation Course. In 1997 he participated in a Harvard Law School mediation workshop at Simon Fraser University, and in 1998 attended a Defence Practise Mediation and Arbitration Seminar given by DRI in Chicago, Illinois. In June 1999 he attended the Advanced Mediation Course at Osgood Law School, Toronto, Ontario.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Member and former director (2006 to 2010) of the B.C. Mediation Roster Society and alternative dispute resolution sub-sections of the Canadian Bar Association
  • Member of the Defence Research Institute and a past member of the Joint Committee on Dispute Resolution
  • Member of a British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Panel member.
  • In January 2004 Joe spoke on the topic of mediation in Mexico at a Medical-Legal Conference presented by the B.C. Trial Lawyers and Department of Continuing Medical Education, Kelowna Hospital.
  • He gives regular lectures to PLTC students and for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) on the topics of negotiating and mediation.
Academic Qualifications

University of British Columbia, LL.B., 1969
University of British Columbia, B.A., 1965