Mr. Michael F. Welsh

Professional Experience

I am a lawyer with 40 years of litigation experience, having been lead counsel on over a thousand hearings, trials and appeals in all levels of court in this province and in the Supreme Court of Canada, including some 50 formally reported decisions and well over 100 posted on CanLii. Through my professional experience and as a member of professional, wine industry and community organizations I am well-versed in in problem and dispute resolution and in understanding and working with people in difficult situations toward a positive outcome. An effective communicator, I have the ability to assess problems expeditiously and to relate to people from all walks of life. As one who sees life as an opportunity to learn, I never let my mind get stale, but rather seek to educate myself in a wide range of areas. I have taken that learning and passed it on writing, including articles in the Advocate, Bartalk and Canadian Arbitration and Mediation Journal magazines, as author of the Advocate Wine Column and serving as a faculty member in many continuing legal educational conferences and seminars. I have also authored a number of decisions for the BCCRT and Law Society.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Family Law Arbitration LAW SOCIETY OF BC (July, 2013)
  • Family Law Mediation LAW SOCIETY OF BC (August, 2013)
  • Arbitration Part II – Conduct of Arbitration Proceedings, ADR Institute
    of BC (October 2012) – 95% grade
  • Arbitration Part III – Arbitration Workshop, ADR Institute of BC
    (November 2011) – 98% grade
  • Advanced Civil Mediation, CLEBC (February 1997)
  • Family Law Mediation, CLEBC (July 1997)
  • Numerous other workshops, seminars, conferences, symposiums as presenter
    and participant.
Professional and Other Activities

  • 2017 – Appointed Queen’s Counsel, province of British Columbia
  • 2016-2017 – President, Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch
  • 2015-2016 – President, ADR Institute of British Columbia
  • 2018-present – Bencher, Law Society of British Columbia
  • 2015 – Chartered Mediator (C.Med.) ADR Institute of Canada
  • 2013 – Certified family Mediator (C.Fam Arb.) ADR Institute of British Columbia
  • 2020 – Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb.) ADR Institute of Canada
  • 2011 – Fellow (FCIArb.) International Institute of Arbitrators – London, UK
    Certified family mediator and family law arbitrator: Law Society of BC
Academic Qualifications

B.A. (cum laude in philosophy): Cornell University, 1975
LL.B. University of British Columbia, 1980

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

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

Carol L. Roberts

Professional Experience

Experienced dispute resolution professional with a strong track record of providing competent and efficient mediation and arbitration services in a variety of areas, including: sports, employment, human rights, workers’ compensation, and real property assessment. Skilled communicator and negotiator with the ability to navigate different legal cultures and agreements when dealing with international arbitration cases. Recognized for degree of professionalism, respect, and compassion shown to tribunal participants. Accrued experience in the area of conflict of interest/ethics, fairness, & conducting harassment investigations.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Arbitrator and Mediator, Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada
  • Arbitrator and Mediator, Court of Arbitration for Sport
  • Ad-Hoc Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) – 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil and 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang
  • Member, British Columbia Employment Standards Tribunal
  • Adjudicator, Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat
  • Grievance Arbitrator, Unjust Dismissal Adjudicator & Wage Recovery Referee under Canada Labour Code
  • Adjudicator, University of Victoria Discrimination and Harassment Policy Roster
  • Member, Yukon and Nunatsiavut Dispute Resolution Boards
  • Mediator, Canadian Human Rights Commission Roster of ADR Specialists with Experience in Aboriginal Communities
  • Law Society of British Columbia, Fee Mediator
  • Member, Ethics Committee, International Floorball Federation

Past Professional Engagements Include:

  • Member, Musqueam Indian Band Board of Review
  • Conflict of Interest Commissioner, Legislative Assembly of the N.W.T.
  • Ethics Advisor, Rapid Transit Project 2000 Ltd. & Vancouver Trade & Convention Centre Expansion Project
  • Vice-Chair, BC Workers Compensation Appeal Tribunal
  • Member, Property Assessment Appeal Board and British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal
Professional and Other Activities

  • Northwest Territories Law Reform Committee
  • Northwest Territories Law Society
  • N.W.T. Law Reports Editorial Board, Discipline Committee (Non – Resident)
  • Co‑Chair, Northwest Territories Branch, Canadian Bar Association, Native Law Subsection
  • Law Society of British Columbia, Discipline and Credentials Committee
  • Law Society of British Columbia, Discipline and Credentials Hearing Panel
  • National Steering Committee, National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL), Trustee, NAWL Trust
  • British Columbia Branch, Canadian Bar Association: Administrative Law and ADR Subsections
  • Equality Committee, Advisory Committee to Judicial Council of B.C.
  • Y.W.C.A. Board of Directors, Yellowknife, Judge, Y.W.C.A. Women of Distinction Awards, Victoria, B.C.
  • Director, Belfry Theatre, Victoria, B.C.
  • Law Society of B.C.
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section
  • Member, Mediate B.C.
  • Judicial Justice, Provincial Court of British Columbia
Academic Qualifications

B.A. Political Science Major, University of Calgary
LL.B., University of Calgary

“Get on Board’ Governance Education Program, Intermediate Series, Canadian Board Diversity Council
Cornell University Summer Institute of International & Comparative Law, LL.M. credit courses, Paris, France
Summer Seminar of International Law (International Economic Law), University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

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

Gabriel M. Somjen

Professional Experience

Gabriel Somjen QC is a labour lawyer focusing on neutral work such as arbitration and mediation. Admitted to the British Columbia Bar in 1975. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts in 1969 and a Juris Doctor in 1974.

Dispute Resolution Experience and TrainingHe has adjudicated or mediated several hundred cases. He also teaches ADR Techniques to law students. He has experience in all areas of labour and employment law.
Professional and Other Activities

  • Member, Arbitrator’s Association of British Columbia
  • Member and Past chair of ADR Vancouver Subsection of the Canadian Bar Association
  • Listed arbitrator for the Collective Agreement Arbitration Bureau for British Columbia, The British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre and Member of the Civil Roster Mediate BC
  • Past chair: Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society
  • Past board member: Vancouver Youth Theatre, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, Vancouver Art Gallery, The Children’s Foundation and Greater Vancouver Food Bank
  • Published articles and delivered lectures on various topics in labour relations, including mandatory retirement, picketing, collective bargaining, grievances and workplace impairment.
Academic Qualifications

B.A., University of Toronto, 1969
Juris Doctor, 1974

Mr. Alan Scott Rau

Professional Experience

  • 1968-1971: Practicing Attorney, Coudert Frères, Paris, France
  • 1971-1974: Assistant Professor, University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
  • 1975-Present: Professor of Law, University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
  • 1974-1975: Visiting Professor, University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Toronto
  • 1985-1986: Fulbright Professor, China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, People’s Republic of China
  • Spring 1992: Fred Paulus Chair in Public Policy and Visiting Professor of Law, Willamette University College of Law, Salem, Oregon
  • Spring 1996, Spring 2000- 2006, Visiting Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Geneva
  • Spring 2004: Visiting Professor, Université de Paris-I (Sorbonne) and Université de Paris-II (Panthéon-Assas)
  • Fall 2007 : Visiting Professor, Université de Paris-I (Sorbonne) and Université de Paris-II (Panthéon-Assas)
  • 2010 – Present: Mark G. & Judy G. Yudof Chair of Law, University Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Board of Directors, Dispute Resolution Center of Austin-Travis County, 1987-1991
  • (Mediator training, DRC 1985; Advanced Mediator Training, Texas Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution, 1999)
  • Board of Advisors, The Texas Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution, 1993- present (Under contract with the Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution designed a dispute resolution system and drafted dispute resolution clauses for construction contracts entered into by Texas General Services Commission, Summer 1993)
  • Member, Commercial Panel, American Arbitration Association (AAA Advanced Arbitrator Training, March 1991; AAA Commercial Arbitrator Training Workshop, October 1998; AAA Commercial Arbitrator II Training, December 2001; AAA Arbitrator Continuing Education: Chairing a Panel, December 2005)
  • Member, Panel of Arbitrators, British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre
  • Member, Commission on Settlement in Arbitration, CEDR
  • Member, Editorial Committee, Stockholm International Arbitration Review
  • Member, Advisory Board, Journal of International Dispute Settlement (The Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva and Geneva University Law School)
  • Member, Academic Council, Institute for Transnational Arbitration
  • Member, Court of Arbitration for Sport, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Member, Advisory Council, American Law Institute, Restatement of the Law of International Commercial Arbitration
Academic Qualifications

Harvard College, B.A., 1963, Phi Beta Kappa
Harvard Law School, LL.B., 1967, Magna Cum Laude

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Hon. Walley Oppal

Professional Experience

Wally is an experienced counsel and strategic advisor. His practice focuses on alternative and traditional dispute resolution as well as Aboriginal law.

After graduation from the University of British Columbia Law School, Wally went into private practice for a number of years. During this time he was appointed as a Special Prosecutor on many high profile criminal and commercial cases.

In 2005, he was appointed as Attorney General of British Columbia and served as Minister Responsible for Multiculturism until 2009. Wally was involved in many significant reforms of the justice system, including the establishment of Canada’s first community court to deal with chronic offenders, developing new Rules of Court in order to promote quicker resolution of disputes and developing new initiatives in dealing with violence against women.

A lifetime resident of British Columbia, Wally has dedicated his entire working life to the pursuit of social justice and community safety. His landmark report on policing in British Columbia led to many policing reforms after its publication in 1994. Wally’s service to the public of this province, most recently as Commissioner of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry, is of special significance.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Trial and Appellant Judge for 23 years. As a Supreme Court Judge mandatory to attend Dispute Resolution Workshops.

Professional and Other Activities

Wally has been recognized with several awards, including the Georges A. Goyer, QC, Distinguished Service Award (2000), the Lawyers Assistance Program of B.C., Lawyer Helping Lawyer Award (2007) the Anthony P. Pantages, QC, Medal for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Public Safety (2005) the RBC Mehfil Magazine, Lifetime Achievement Award (2010), and with an Honorary Doctor of Laws, University of the Fraser Valley (2010).

Wally has recently been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation. He is Chairman of the Simon Fraser University India Advisory Council and a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. He was appointed Commissioner of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry in September 2010 and as Chancellor of Thompson River University in February 2011.

Academic Qualifications

University of British Columbia, LL.B. 1967
Year of Call: 1967 (B.C.)