Richard H. McLaren

Professional Experience

McLaren and Innovative Dispute Resolution Ltd. have been in business for over thirty years offering clients arbitration, mediation, facilitation, consulting and investigative services. For over thirty years, McLaren has been involved in labour arbitrations involving both federal and provincial matters.

McLaren has significant experience and expertise in anti-doping including cases involving nandrolone, anabolic agents, identical urine samples, r-EPO, equine growth hormones, blood transfusions, and various illicit substances.
Richard H. McLaren was a consultant to Senator Mitchell’s inquiry into doping problems and relationship to professional baseball (2007). Arbitrator more than 100 cases in anti-doping and sports disputes; 10 cases in international commercial and 25 cases in domestic commercial disputes.

Through the Ad Hoc Panel of the Court of Arbitration of Sport, McLaren has proudly participated in four Olympic Games during which he resolved disputes pertaining to, amongst other things, anti-doping cases, athlete eligibility, and intellectual property rights. Specifically, he acted as Arbitrator for the following summer and winter Olympic Games.

McLaren’s mediation practice evolved as a natural extension to his arbitration experience. Parties to disputes often comment on McLaren’s creativity, ability to encourage discussion and identify areas of commonality and, ultimately, to facilitate the resolution of their dispute.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Former co-chief arbitrator for Sports Dispute Resolution Centre for Canada 2001 – 2006
  • Acted as Chairman, President and sole arbitrator for CAS
  • Arbitrator for: United States anti-doping agency
  • AAA Dubai International Arbitration Centre
  • ICC and Singapore International Arbitration Centre
  • Mediator for: Federation Equestre Internationale Commission
  • Acted as a mediator in both professional and elite sports disputes and international and commercial disputes
  • Arbitrator for International commission for Holocaust era insurance claims (2001-2007)
  • 30 years of Domestic labour and Commercial Arbitration experience.
Professional and Other Activities

  • C. Arb. – Chartered Arbitrator, ADR Institute of Canada
    Barrister & Solicitor, Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Member Strauss Institute council of distinguished advisors in dispute resolution (Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA)
  • Vice-Chair of Sports Law Institute (Marquette University)
  • American Arbitration Association
  • Arbitrator’s Institute of Canada
  • Publication include: Innovative dispute resolution; The Alternative!; Commercial Arbitration Law
  • Awards: Lionel J. McGowan award for excellence in ADR in Canada (2010)
Academic Qualifications

LL.M., London School of Economics & Political Science, University of London, 1972
LL.B., The University of Western Ontario, 1971
HB.A., Ivey School of Business, The University of Western Ontario, 1968

Robert D. Holmes

Professional Experience

Mr. Holmes is a commercial and civil litigation and arbitration lawyer in private practice with over 37 years experience at the B.C. Bar in complex legal disputes, including business disputes, claims involving the government and its agencies (including constitutional and administrative law reviews), shareholder actions, securities litigation, real estate, insolvency and reorganization, commercial tenancies, partnerships, professional liability, and construction disputes.

He has appeared at all levels of courts in British Columbia, as well as Canada, including several appearances in the Supreme Court of Canada, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, the Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal, Tax Court, as well as numerous tribunals, including the Securities Commission, the Vancouver Stock Exchange, the TSX Venture Exchange, the IDA, IIROC, municipal councils and various professional organizations. He has conducted Arbitration and Mediation proceedings and appeared as counsel for parties in the same.

Mr. Holmes is formerly Adjunct Professor of Law at UBC (Creditors Remedies) and has lectured and published widely on Commercial Law, Shareholder’s Disputes, Professional Liability, Commercial Tenancy Disputes, Dispute Resolution Practice and Procedure, Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • 2016-2018 Chair, Real Estate Council of BC
  • 2015 Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • 2008 – 2019 Appointed member of the Patient Care Quality Review Board for the Fraser Burrard, Vancouver Coastal and BC Provincial Health Authority regions, Chair 2016 – 2019
  • Former Member of the BCICAC Securities Disputes Panel
  • Member of the BCICAC Commercial Panel.
  • 1996 – Associate Membership Examination of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • 1996 – Completed Advanced Commercial Mediation course, Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia.
  • 1991 – Attended Commercial Arbitration – Advanced Practice course, Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia.
  • 1989 – Attended International Commercial Arbitration course offered by the University Of San Diego School of Law in London, England taught by Professor Clive Schmitthof.
  • 1984 – Attended Public International Law course offered by the University Of San Diego School of Law in Paris, France taught by Professor Michael Reisman of the Yale Law School.
Professional and Other Activities

  • Queen’s Counsel, 2010
  • Formerly President of the Trial Lawyers Association of B C (2008-2010)
  • Formerly President of the BC Civil Liberties Association (2008-2012)
  • Formerly Chair of the Vancouver Civil Litigation Section, Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch
  • Formerly Elected Member of Provincial Council, Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch
  • Associate, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Member, Trial Lawyers Association of BC, Canadian Bar Association, Vancouver Bar Association, and Advocates’ Society
Academic Qualifications

LL.B., University of British Columbia, 1981
B.A., University of British Columbia, 1978
LL.M., Yale Law School 1984
Associate, Trinity College of Music, 1976