Marvin R.V. Storrow

Professional Experience

Mr. Storrow is a senior litigation partner involved in arbitration, mediation, civil and criminal law. His expertise includes general commercial litigation, personal injury, native claims, general commercial litigation, criminal law, environmental law, “White Collar Crime”, anti-dumping and international trade cases

His practice has involved numerous appearances at all levels of the provincial and federal court systems, including numerous appearances before the Supreme Court of Canada. Mr. Storrow was counsel on the leading First Nations cases of Guerin v. Her Majesty the Queen, R. v. Sparrow, Roberts v. The Queen, and R. v. Gladstone at all court levels along with a number of aboriginal rights and other leading Canadian cases including ApsassinDelgamuukwandErmineskin v. Her Majesty the Queen. Three of his cases have been ranked by Canadian legal scholars as among the top 15 most important cases in Canadian legal history.

Mr. Storrow has conducted several trials at all Court levels in the Northwest Territories and in every province of Canada except Prince Edward Island.

Mr. Storrow’s cases appear approximately 500 times in various Canadian legal reports.

Mr. Storrow is recognized annually in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as one of the leading lawyers in Canada.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Mr. Storrow has been involved with a wide variety of litigious matters and alternative dispute resolution matters over the past 47 years.

  • Arbitrator since approximately 1985
  • Chartered Arbitrator – ADR Institute of Canada
  • Member of the arbitrator panels of the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre, the British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada
Professional and Other Activities

  • Recipient of the Chief Justice James Valentine Milvain, Visiting Chair in Advocacy (University of Calgary) in 1987. This Award is awarded to a leading Canadian barrister.
  • The Georges A. Goyer, Q.C. Award for exceptional contributions to the legal profession.
  • Mr. Storrow was awarded the University of British Columbia Alumni Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. This Award is given to recognize an extraordinary individual who through a lifetime of outstanding service and contribution to the community has demonstrated the true spirit of the Association’s mission.
  • Mr. Storrow has received an LL.D. (honoris causa) Doctorate Degree from the Justice Institute of British Columbia.

Mr. Storrow has written and lectured on a number of “White Collar Crime”, “Aboriginal Rights”, “Medicare in Canada” “Child Pornography” and several other matters and acted as defence counsel in one of Canada’s first money laundering cases.

Mr. Storrow has been a frequent lecturer and conference co-ordinator for both the Continuing Legal Education Society of B.C. and the University of British Columbia Law School. He has delivered lectures and chaired panels both inside and outside of Canada as well as at the University of Victoria, School of Public Administration; Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice; The International Centre for Criminal Law Reform & Criminal Justice Policy, Canada; Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia and Pacific Business & Law Institute, the University of Calgary Law School and Pacific Business & Law.

Academic Qualifications

University of British Columbia, LL.B., 1962
Admitted to the British Columbia, Alberta and Northwest Territories Bars

Christopher J. O’Connor

Professional Experience

  • Christopher O’Connor, Q.C. is a former Partner of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Has extensive experience in advising owners and contractors with respect to construction disputes, delay claims and all forms of construction disputes.
  • Advised sureties with respect to contractor defaults and L&M bond claims.
  • Advised fidelity insurers with respect to coverage issues under brokers’ blanket bonds, bankers blanket bonds, and subrogation claims arising from such disputes.
  • Acted for various parties in the leaky condo crisis in British Columbia including the Ministry of Education with respect to leaky schools.
  • Has experience in major matters such as the Capilano Twin Tunnel Project, the Lions gate Bridge Re-Decking, The Millennium Line, the Save-on Foods roof collapse, design and construction of a Potash Plant, design and construction of transmission lines, construction of manufacturing plants, construction of the Expo 86 ALRT guideway, the failure of posttension cables in buildings, claim arising out of the construction of hydro facilities, wastewater treatment plants, and bridges, highways and recreation centres.
Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Christopher O’Connor, Q.C. has extensive experience in arbitrations and mediations, including acting as an arbitrator in a dispute relating to the construction of mine, a dispute relating of a co-generation plant, a dispute with respect to the construction of a transmission line, the annual price under a long term gas supply agreement, a dispute relating to the construction of a school, a dispute relating to the construction of a pipe line, a dispute relating to the construction of a highways bridge, a highways maintenance contract, a hospital, a golf course club house and a hotel, disputes relating to a purchase and sale agreement of shares in number of companies in the food industry, a commission agreement for a loan, the amount of rent payable under a lease, and a real estate partnership dispute, and a law firm’s departure dispute.

  • Lectured at University of British Columbia Law School in ADR Course
  • Participated in seminars conducted by Insight, the Canadian Institute, and The British Columbia Continuing Legal Education with respect to arbitration issues and mediation issues
  • Participated as a lecturer at Forbes Conference on the Americas in Miami, Florida: The Enforcement of International Arbitration Awards in Canada and Association of Professional Engineers Annual Conference: Arbitration
  • Accredited the designation Chartered Arbitrator by the Arbitration and Mediation Institute of Canada
  • Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London, England
  • Accredited mediator and arbitrator at the British Columbia International Arbitration Centre
Professional and Other Activities

  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in Canada as the 2011 Vancouver Construction Lawyer of the Year
  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in Canada as the 2015 Vancouver Construction Lawyer of the Year
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in Chambers Canada (construction law) and Best Lawyers in Canada (construction law; director and officer liability; insurance law)
  • Recognized in Benchmark Canada – The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys (local litigation star – British Columbia)
  • Recognized in the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (construction law)
  • Listed in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (construction law; international commercial arbitration; litigation – commercial insurance)
  • Featured in Who’s Who Legal: Construction and Who’s Who Legal: Canada, as well as the construction chapter in the compendium edition of Who’s Who Legal
  • One of the top 500 lawyers in Canada
  • Accredited AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Past Governor of the College of Canadian Construction Lawyers
Academic Qualifications

Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto, 1976
BA with Distinction from Carleton University, 1973

Contact

O’Connor Dispute Resolution Inc.
1887 Bonito Crescent,
Nanoose, BC, Canada V9P 9J1
Email: chris@oconnoradr.com
Phone: 778-229-1708

David S. C. Ngai

Professional Experience

David Ngai has over 30 years experience as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor in North America, Asia and Europe. David also has over 30 years experience in Building and Civil Engineering Projects.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • ICBC Arbitrator, 2003
  • Arbitrator since 2000
  • BCAMI – Part 1, 2000, Part 2, 2001, Part 3, 2002
Professional and Other Activities

  • Instructor at BCIT since 1999 – Excellence Award 2009
  • Professional Fellowship – Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (U.K.)
  • Professional Member of Quantity Surveyor of British Columbia
  • Professional Member of Canadian Institution of Quantity Surveyors
  • Member of American Association of Cost Engineers (U.S.)
  • Gold Seal Certified of Canadian Construction Association
  • Chartered Member of British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute
  • Chartered Member of Vancouver International Arbitration Centre
  • Chartered Member of ADR Institute of Canada
Academic Qualifications

Bachelor of Law – Honors 1995

 

Carl Nilsen

Professional Experience

Carl Nilsen founded the firm of Nilsen Realty Research Ltd. (which subsequently became part of Altus Group) after gaining real estate qualifications and experience in London (England) and Toronto. Mr. Nilsen came to Vancouver in 1973 since when his professional practice has involved the preparation of specialized studies and appraisals for both the public and private sector including financial institutions, pension funds, government agencies and development companies as well as legal and accounting firms.

Mr. Nilsen is retained on a regular basis to provide expert evidence before courts and arbitration boards concerned with the establishment of rental value or market value under expropriation, property assessment and other proceedings. He has given evidence before the BC Assessment Appeal Board, the BC Supreme Court, the BC Expropriation Compensation Board and the Federal Court (Trial Division).

He has been appointed as a Valuator under the B.C. Hydro and Power Authority Act. He also frequently sits as a single arbitrator or as the member of arbitration panels.

Mr Nilsen has been engaged on many occasions to speak to professional organizations on real estate valuation matters. His presentations have included topics relating to the role of the professional as expert witness and as arbitrator.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Examples of experience as single arbitrator determining market or rental value include:

  • Restaurant premises in Chinatown
  • Commercial premises on Kingsway, Burnaby
  • Telecommunication facilities in Richmond
  • Industrial lands leased by First Nation on Vancouver Island
  • Bank premises in Vancouver
  • Land in the BC Interior subject to expropriation proceedings

Experience as member or chair of arbitration panels in connection with the following matters:

  • Determination of market value of commercial property involved in partnership dispute
  • Rental value of restaurant premises in Kelowna
  • Rental value of restaurant premises in Burnaby
  • Rental value of commercial premises in Kitsilano
Professional and Other Activities

  • Member of Lambda Alpha International.
  • Member and past director – B.C. Expropriation Association.
  • Presentations of Professional organization include:
    • Lease Dispute Arbitration – The Appraiser as Expert and Arbitrator (Appraisal Institute of Canada National Conference 2002)
    • Commercial Leasing Disputes – 2001 Update (Continuing Legal Education Society of BC)
    • Valuations for IFRS (Washington State Appraisal Institute Conference, 2010)
    • Arbitrating Commercial Lease Disputes – A Valuation Perspective (ADR Institute of Canada, 2004)
    • Contaminated Lands – Valuation and Current Legal Issues (Canadian Property Tax Association Conference 2008)
    • Volumetric Parcels – Valuation Issues (BC Expropriation Association Conference 2010)
Academic Qualifications

BSc (Estate Management) London University
Accredited Appraiser of the Canadian Institute (AACI)
Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS)

 

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

Alfred H. Field

Professional Experience

Alfred Field is a retired lawyer.

Mr. Field’s work focused on business law matters including succession planning. Represented shareholder shot gun purchase. Attended society meetings to act as chair or legal advisor.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Certification –Advanced Civil Mediation from Continual Legal Education, 1997
  • Member, British Columbia Mediator Roster Society, 1999
  • Certification, Arbitrator, British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute, 1997
  • Chartered Arbitrator, BC Arbitration & Mediation Institute of Canada, 2000, confirmed by its successor ADR Institute of Canada, 2001
  • Former Member Board of Variance for City of Burnaby

Mr. Field arbitrated matters including breach of contract and faulty repairs, contractual disagreements, service disagreements, and installation disagreements, Partnership dissolution, statutory challenges of application of taxing statute including written decision, sale of goods, loss of property, salary disputes, and debt collection.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Panelist for British Columbia International Arbitration Centre
  • Member of British Columbia Arbitration & Mediation Institute
  • Member of ADR Institute of Canada
  • Teacher of Law Office Management to the Articling Student Professional Legal Training Program
  • Assisted Special Fund Claimant Law Society of British Columbia
  • Past President of Burnaby Minor Hockey Association
  • Past Vice-President Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal
  • Past Secretary for Law Practice Management Subsection of the Canada bar Association
  • Past teacher of Real Estate Course with the Law Society Tutorial Program
  • Past Secretary for Investment Club affiliated with the Canadian Shareholder Association
  • Previous member of Kiwanis Club of Vancouver activities included Secretary and various committee work including modifying bylaws of the Vancouver Kiwanis Welfare Foundation
  • Past Director of St. Matthews Day Care Society, activities included modifying bylaws of this Society
Academic Qualifications

University of British Columbia, B. Comm., 1972
University of British Columbia, B.L., 1973

Graham Allen

Professional Experience
Graham Allen has enjoyed three separate but intersecting professions. He started his career as a Chartered Valuation Surveyor, then enhanced his appraisal qualifications with a M.Sc. in Urban Land Appraisal. He later became a lawyer, practising from 1979 until his retirement from law in 2013. He holds LL.B., J.D. and LL.M. Degrees. Graham has a long relationship with the Real Estate Institute of British Columbia. He first became a professional member in 1972, and served as President from 1978 to 1982. He was honoured to receive the Institute’s 2017 Award of Excellence for “outstanding leadership and contribution within the real estate industry, the community and the broader society.” His sole practice today is as a Chartered Arbitrator, focusing on land valuation disputes, particularly rent reviews and lease renewals. He has worked as an arbitrator and mediator for over 30 years, being involved with over 160 arbitrations and a dozen mediations.
Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Graham Allen has served in all capacities in arbitration proceedings during the past 30 years, as counsel, sole arbitrator, nominee and Chairman of the panel. During this period, he has been involved in more than 160 arbitrations, 90% of which were concerned with rental or land valuation disputes. He has also been involved in more than a dozen mediations.

Sept. 1973 –
Jul. 1978
President, Graham Allen Limited, Land Management Consultants
Jul. 1978 –
Jul. 1979
Articled Law Student with Shrum, Liddle & Hebenton
Aug. 1979 -Mar. 1984 Sole practitioner as W. Graham Allen, Barrister and Solicitor
Apr. 1984 –
Sept. 1986
Partner in the firm of Gardner, Snarch & Allen
Oct. 1986 –
Feb. 2006
Partner in the firm of Snarch and Allen
Mar. 2006 -Dec. 2013 Associate Counsel, Boughton Law Corporation
Jan. 2014 –
Current
Retired member of Law Society. Available for mediations and arbitrations.

Graham Allen is available for arbitrations and mediations through W. Graham Allen Management Corporation.

Academic Qualifications

  • Awarded the Degree of LL.B. (Honours) by the University of London on September 25, 1970.
  • Accepted for Membership in the Professional Division of the Real Estate Institute of British Columbia (R.I.(B.C.)) on January 24, 1972.
  • Awarded the degree of M.Sc. in Urban Land Appraisal by the University of Reading on December 15, 1973.
  • Awarded the Degree of J.D. by the University of British Columbia in May, 1978.
  • Elected a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (F.R.I.C.S.) on January 22, 1980.
  • Accepted for Membership in the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (M.C.I. Arb.) on October 1, 1984.
  • Accepted as a Chartered Arbitrator by the Arbitration and Mediation Institute of Canada (C.Arb.) on January 18, 1997.
  • Awarded the Degree of LL.M. by the University of British Columbia on May 26, 2011.
  • Resigned from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.