Mark Lee Tweedy

 

Professional Experience

Mark was called to the BC Bar in 1982. He practiced as a trial lawyer for many years. He has worked exclusively as mediator, arbitrator, and adjudicator since 2014.

Mark has mediated hundreds civil claims in a wide variety of subject areas. He has particular expertise in, and enjoys, mediating disputes where there is high emotional content. He received his Chartered Mediator designation in 2017.

Mark’s arbitration experience includes under insured motorist claims, and commercial, and insurance disputes. He also has substantial experience sitting as a court appointed adjudicator in class action matters.

Mark also has also frequently served as a locum, which has more often engaged his skills as a mediator than his skills as counsel. His involvement in this work came about as a result of his volunteer work with the Lawyers Assistance Program, which he commenced in 2002. In that capacity he has also assisted in interventions, acted as counsel to lawyers in discipline, credentials, and practice standards matters before the Law Society of British Columbia, and acted as a peer counselor to other lawyers.

Mark is a frequent lecturer to professional and industry groups on ADR topics, and has co taught CLEBC’s “Fundamentals of Mediation” to lawyers wishing to become mediators.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Law Society of British Columbia, 1982 to date, currently non-practicing
  • Mediate BC, Civil Roster Member, 2004 to date
  • British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Center, Mediation, Domestic Arbitration, and UMP Panel Member, 2013 to date
  • ADRBC, Mediation Panel Member, 2016 to date
  • Volunteer, St. James Music Academy, 2017-2018
  • Board Member, Lawyers Assistance Program of BC, 2015 to date
  • Volunteer, Lawyers Assistance Program of BC, 2004 to date
  • Volunteer, First United Church, Hastings and Gore, Vancouver, BC, various dates
  • Board Member, Canadian Memorial United Church, Vancouver, BC, 2007 to 2010
  • Board Member, the grunt gallery, Vancouver, BC, 2010 to 2012
Academic Qualifications

  • Justice Institute of British Columbia, various courses in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, 2004 and 2007
  • University of British Columbia, B.A. (Hons.), 1978
  • University of British Columbia, LL. B., 1981
  • United World College of the Atlantic, South Wales, UK, International Baccalaureate, 1975

 

Corey “Hui” Zhang

 

Professional Experience

Ms. Zhang Hui is the founder, director and chief lawyer of PinkMemo Law Firm, a bilingual multicultural lawyer arbitrator and mediator with professional and management experience. In her 16-year legal practice, she mainly serves as a trial lawyer, appellate advocate, arbitration counsel and legal consultant. She has appeared as an advocate in numerous complex cases before Chinese courts, before administrative and regulatory tribunals, and before international and domestic commercial arbitration tribunals seated in China. In addition to the aforementioned, Ms. Zhang Hui is an active arbitrator and mediator practicing in, but not limited to, international and domestic matters in the commercial, corporate, company law, foreign investment, international and real estate fields.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Ms. Zhang Hui’s philosophy and strategy of dispute resolution is — being part of the resolution, this is why she

  • Focus on precautionary measures: assists clients to make and improve management system and regulations to control legal risks
  • When a dispute emerges: based on the causation, helps the client solve the issues effectively and efficiently through negotiation or mediation.
  • When a dispute turns to a suit: while still tries to find a solution to bring the dispute to an end, works closely with the client to get well prepared for trials.

As arbitrator, Ms. Zhang Hui has

  • Been appointed as sole arbitrator and chair by the director of Chengdu Arbitration Commission, 2012-2014
  • Been invited to Panel Discussions for complicated arbitration cases by Chengdu Arbitration Commission, 2011-2013
  • Been invited as a keynote speaker at the Sixth China Arbitration Conference in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China, 2013

Training

  • Continuing education programs for practicing lawyers, 1999-present
  • Arbitrator continuing training programs, 2011-present
  • Immigration consultant program, 2016
Professional and Other Activities

Ms. Zhang Hui is a member of

  • Chengdu Bar Association, Sichuan Province, China, 1999-present
  • China All Lawyers Association, China, 1999-present
  • Chengdu Arbitration Commission, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China, 2011-present
  • Chengdu Financial Arbitration Court, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China, 2012-present

Ms. Zhang Hui becomes

  • Practitioner of foreign law, BC, Canada, in 2015
  • Freelancer Mandarin interpreter, BC, Canada, in 2015

Ms. Zhang Hui published the following articles

  • “The Value of Trials”, in Sichuan Social Sciences Research, 2005
  • “How to Improve the Inner Audit System of Banks”, in Sichuan Audit, 2006
  • “A Comparison of the Arbitration in China and British Columbia of Canada”, in Chengdu Arbitration, 2011
  • “How to Draft High Quality Arbitration Awards”, in Chengdu Arbitration, 2013
  • “The Importance of Avoiding Mechanical Proof-burden Distribution”, in Chengdu Arbitration, 2014

“About the Oncoming China Arbitration Association”, the Seventh China Arbitration Conference, 2015

Academic Qualifications

Southwest University of Finance and Economics, Sichuan Province, China LL.B, 1987-1991
Southwest University of political science & Law, Chongqing Province, China, LL.M, 1999-2001
Certified university teacher, China, subject of teaching: law, 2008

 

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

Mr. Lawrence A. Kahn

Professional Experience

Larry Kahn graduated from UBC Law School in 1971 and was called to the British Columbia Bar in May 1972.
Larry Kahn formed his own firm and has been practicing in Richmond since 1974. He is a founding partner at Kahn Zack Ehrlich Lithwick LLP.

Mr. Kahn has practiced exclusively in the area of Family Law for the past 39 years, including divorce, custody, child and spousal support, property division, complex financial matters, business valuations, corporate reorganizations and pension division issues, separation, cohabitation and marriage agreements. As part of his family law practice, Mr. Kahn has substantial experience in adoption and reproductive technology law.

He has provided expert opinions to other family law lawyers and the bar.

Mr. Kahn has extensive appellate court experience and has provided expert testimony in complex fee disputes.

He has chaired and is a frequent contributor to CLE programs, including the introduction to the Family Relations Act in 1980 and was a founding editor of the Family Law Agreement Manual.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Mediator for over 27 years
  • January 25, 2008 – Justice of the Peace- Adjudicator (Small Claims Pilot Project)
  • November 2007-Arbitrator-Supreme Court Order-Custody and Access
  • Spring 2001-Special Referee-Supreme Court Order-Custody and Access
Professional and Other Activities

Mr. Kahn has been listed in the Canadian edition of the Best Lawyers in America since 2007. This publication is regarded as the preeminent referral guide to the legal profession in North America, with lawyers appearing in it having been recommended by their professional peers.
Law Society of British Columbia

  • Canadian Bar Association – Family Law Subsection
  • American Bar Association – Family Law Section
  • American Bar Association – Genetics and Reproduction Technology Committee
  • American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
  • Association of Family Conciliation Courts
  • Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Family Mediation Canada
  • B.C. Mediation Roster Society (Family Roster)
Academic Qualifications

Queen’s Counsel, 2008
University of British Columbia, LL.B., 1971
Called to the Bar of British Columbia, 1972

 

Joan Cotie

Professional Experience

Joan is committed to working with clients to create dynamic, healthy relationships for families and organizations. Joan’s work is multi-disciplinary. She is trained as a social worker, mediator and arbitrator with more than 35 years of experience. Joan is able to apply her skills and knowledge from these professions to build agreements that are unique and meet the needs of all clients. She believes that the parties self-determination and the creativity of people working together is the basis of conflict resolution. Her approach is respectful, facilitative and flexible to the parties needs while working collaboratively toward mutually beneficial solutions.

Joan’s experience with the not-for-profit sector, union and labour sector, and with children, youth and families gives her a multi-faceted perspective and knowledge.

Formally educated in Child Care Work (diploma), Social Work, (Bachelor and Masters degrees) Law, Women’s Studies (Bachelor’s level) and Conflict Resolution (certificate) (mediation, negotiation, parent coordination and arbitration).

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Mediator 20 years; Arbitrator 12 years; Parent Coordinator 8 years
  • Conflict Resolution Certificate ICAM (308 hours)
  • JIBC Mediated Agreements/Court Orders; Substance Use Issues; Multi-Cultural Issues
  • CLEBC Parent Coord; Interviewing Children
  • Mediate BC Mediating Insurance/Personal Injury; Ethics/Standards for DR professionals
  • ADRIC Managing Mental Health in the Workplace
  • ADRBC Cyber Security Risk; Workplace Bullying; Arbitration Civil, Family, Strata
Professional Qualifications

  • Chartered Arbitrator (ADR Institute of Canada)
  • Chartered Mediator (ADR Institute of Canada)
  • Registered Social Worker (BC College of Social Workers)
Professional and Other Activities

  • Family Mediation Canada Elder Mediation Committee member
  • Appointed Member of the B.C. Property Assessment Review Panel (6 yrs.)
  • Appointed Member of the Employment & Assistance Appeal Tribunal (6 yrs.- 2008 – 2014 – maximum appointment & reappointed 2018)
  • Ministry of Attorney General – Mediate B.C. Member – Civil & Family Mediation Rosters
  • BC Hear the Child Society Member
  • BC Parent Coordination Roster Society Member
  • Ministry of Education Student Appeals Board Mediator and Adjudicator Rosters
  • Association of Family & Conciliation Courts Member
  • South Island Dispute Resolution Centre Member & Contractor
  • ADRBC Roster, Member, Board & Committee Member, Chartered Mediator, Chartered Arbitrator & ICBC Arbitration Roster Member
  • Chair – ADR Canada Designations Marketing Sub-Committee
  • B.C. Association of Social Workers
  • B.C. Non Profit Housing Association – Certified Instructor
  • Family Mediation Canada
Academic Qualifications

  • University of Victoria, Certificate in Adult & Continuing Education Program
  • Justice Institute of BC, Section 211 Report Writing Course
  • BC Arbitration & Mediation Institute, Arbitration Training Certificates, Strata; Arbitration & Family
  • University of Victoria, Multi-Disciplinary Masters-Masters in Social Work (MSW) degree
  • Nanaimo Small Claims Court, Small Claims Court Mediation Practicum
  • Institute of Conflict Analysis, Conflict Resolution Certificate and Management
  • University of Victoria, Bachelor of Social Work Degree (With Distinction)
  • American Correctional, Legal Issues for Probation & Parole Officers
  • Carleton University, Combined Majors – Law and Women’s Studies
  • Mohawk College A.A.T., Child Care Worker Diploma (Honours)