Mrs. Edna Sussman

Professional Experience

Edna Sussman is a full time arbitrator and mediator, the Distinguished ADR Practitioner in Residence at Fordham University School of Law and the principal of SussmanADR LLC. She was formerly a litigation partner at the law firm of White & Case LLP and of counsel at Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney LLP. Represented clients and served as an arbitrator and mediator in complex international and domestic commercial disputes involving claims or determinative of transactions ranging in value from $1 million to $3 billion.

Professional Qualifications

Served as an arbitrator (chair, panelist and sole arbitrator) in over 100 complex multi-million dollar arbitrations and over 100 complex mediations. Handled arbitrations under various institutional rules and adhoc. Serves as a court certified mediator.

  • Conducts semi- annual two day training for new American Arbitration Association arbitrators (1 of less than 10 trainers nationwide) and serves as faculty for other trainings.
  • Member of arbitration and mediation institutional panels in multiple jurisdictions around the world.
Professional and Other Activities

  • Best Lawyer every year since 2007 for Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Super Lawyers every year since 2009 for Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Selected based on peer review as Best Lawyer’s “2012 New York City Mediation Lawyer of the Year” (one selected annually)
  • Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation 2011
  • Certified mediator, International Mediation Institute
  • Board of Directors, American Arbitration Association, College o f Commercial Arbitrators
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
    • Co- Chair, Arbitration Committee and Member of Council, Dispute Resolution Section
    • Co-Chair, Arbitration Committee, Section of International Law
  • New York State Bar Association (NYSBA)
    • Co-Editor-In-Chief, New York Dispute Resolution Lawyer
    • Former Chair, 2010-2011, Dispute Resolution Section
  • Author of numerous articles and frequent speaker
Academic Qualifications

Columbia Law School (J.D. 1973); Barnard College (B. A. 1970)
Bar Admissions: New York 1974; United States Supreme Court.; U. S. District Court Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; United States Court of Appeals, 2nd and 3rd Circuits.

Leslie E. Maerov


Professional Experience

Leslie E. Maerov was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in British Columbia in 1975, and as a solicitor of England & Wales in 1991. He is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto and also obtained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta in Edmonton. He was in private practice in Vancouver from 1975 until 1997, initially as a litigator and then as a corporate and commercial lawyer, and became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 2011.

Between 2001 and 2014, Mr. Maerov was Chief Executive Officer and President as well as a founder of a public-listed telecom company. Between 2014-2018 he was Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel of the company until it was sold. As CEO he leveraged his commercial law expertise and business mindset to develop and implement the company’s strategic growth plans. He was responsible for financing the company’s operations, mergers and acquisitions, all contractual negotiations and regulatory compliance. Since July 2018, he has resumed full time practice as a commercial arbitrator and solicitor.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Leslie E. Maerov has numerous domestic and international arbitrations as sole arbitrator and as member of three-person panels under ICDR (International Centre for Dispute Resolution) and FINRA (U.S. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) and ad hoc rules.

Fellowship training by CIArb. (Chartered Institute of Arbitrators).

Professional and Other Activities

  • 2012 to Present – Director, presently Governing Director & Chair, BC International Commercial Arbitration Centre (BCICAC)
  • 2004 to Present – Director & Past Chair, Childhood Cancer Family Support Society
  • 2004 -2017, Director and presently Treasurer, Pacific Coast Baseball Umpires Association
  • 2018 to Present – Director and presently Secretary, British Columbia Baseball Umpires Association
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
  • Panelist, International Centre for Dispute Resolution Canada (ICDR Canada)
  • Member, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Canada Arbitration Committee
  • Member, Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of BC (ADRBC)
  • Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of B.C. (1975)
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales (1991)
  • 1997 to 1998 – Past Chairman, School Consultative Committee Academic Committee on Curriculum, Kitsilano Secondary School, Vancouver
  • 1978 to 1995 – Lecturer, Law Society of British Columbia, Bar Admission Course: Company Law
  • 1978 to 1995 – Lecturer, UBC Faculty of Commerce, Certified General Accountants program: Commercial Law
  • 1980 to 1985 – Member-at-large, Advertising Standards Council: B.C. Region
  • 2011 to present – National-level umpire, Baseball Canada
  • 1994 – Author, Bare Bones WordPerfect 5.1 for DOS, Publication by Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia
Academic Qualifications

LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, Ontario (1974)
B.A., University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta (1971)

Murray A. Clemens

Professional Experience

Mr. Clemens has practised as counsel in the field of civil litigation and administrative law since being called to the Bar in British Columbia in 1976. His practice has included appearances in all of the Superior Courts of British Columbia and the Supreme Court of Canada and before arbitration panels involving shareholders and partnership disputes, professional negligence claims, real estate, employment, securities, banking, insurance and maritime litigation.

Mr. Clemens is experienced in administrative hearings including proceedings before the Securities Commission and Disciplinary and Credential Committees of self-governing professional associations both as counsel and as legal advisor to the decision maker.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Mr. Clemens is a recognized leader in a field of alternate dispute resolution, accepting appointments as arbitrator or mediator in commercial disputes. He has conducted multi-party interest arbitrations as well as complex commercial arbitrations. He has assisted parties in refining their dispute resolution processes to meet the specific requirements presented in particular disputes.

Professional and Other Activities

Murray Clemens, Q.C. held the following positions:

  • Listed Arbitrator, Canada Transportation Agency pursuant to Section 56 of the Canada Transportation Act, 1987 to present
  • Member of the Executive Committee, Vancouver Bar Association, 1985-1986
  • Member of the Provincial Council of the Canadian Bar Association, 1987 – 1990
  • Appointed Queen’s Counsel, December 22, 1993
  • Member American Academy of Attorney-Mediators, 1995 to present
  • Director, Vancouver Bach Choir 1995 to 1999
  • Trustee, British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre, 1996 to 2002
  • Senior Litigation Partner, Campney & Murphy, 1980–1999
  • Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, 2003 Member of American Academy of Attorney-Mediators, 1995

Mr. Clemens was appointed Queen’s Counsel, 1993. Recognized by Lexpert 2010 as a “consistently recommended leading Practitioner” in Corporate-Commercial Litigation.


  • Author – “The Lawyer – Expert Relationship From Initial Consultation Through Post Trial” paper presented to the Continuing Education Association of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia, 1991 Canadian Correspondent for the International Insurance Law Review, Sweet & Maxwell London, 1993 to 1999
  • Editorial Board, Credit and Banking Litigation, Federated Press, Montreal, 1994 to 1999
  • Co-author of materials for International Commercial Arbitration Training Course presented by the American Arbitration Association and the North American Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Vancouver, B.C., May 1996
  • Author – The Advocate – “Jurisdiction to Grant Relief From Forfeiture in Commercial Arbitration”, September, 1999
  • Contributor – “The British Columbia Trial Handbook” (CLE 2003)
Academic Qualifications

University of Toronto, B.A. (Political Economy), 1972
Queen’s University, LL.B., 1975
Called to British Columbia Bar, 1976

Glen W. Bell

Professional Experience

Glen Bell practised law for 42 years in the fields of civil litigation, administrative law and environmental law

He is an experienced arbitrator, mediator and med – arb practitioner in a wide variety of commercial and non-commercial disputes.

Glen Bell believes that Mediation and Arbitration can be an economical, speedy and just approach to commercial dispute resolution.

Glen Bell is also an experienced ADR teacher. He is the director and chief lecturer in the Arbitrator Training Program of the BCAMI. He trains arbitrators in contract law, arbitration procedure and award writing.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Past President of British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute
  • Board Member and Vice-President of ADR Institute of Canada
  • Panel Member of British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre
  • Member of Canadian Bar Association
  • Chartered Arbitrator, 2005
  • Called to the Bar in 5 Canadian provinces and territories (British Columbia, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Yukon)
Academic Qualifications

Queen’s University, B.A., 1967
Queen’s University, LL.B., 1970

The Hon. Edward C. “Ed” Chiasson

Professional Experience

Ed Chiasson is a retired Judge of the Court of Appeal for British Columbia as of December 11, 2015.

He has thirty nine years of civil litigation experience, including twenty plus years in arbitration. He has appeared in all courts of British Columbia, Alberta, the Supreme Court of the Yukon Territory, all divisions of the Federal Court of Canada and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Ed has appeared as counsel and acted as an arbitrator or mediator in domestic and international proceedings in Canada, France, England, United States, Hong Kong and Singapore involving parties from Eastern and Western Europe, North America, the Pacific Rim and India. The arbitrations have been both ad hoc and institutional, including proceedings under UNCITRAL Rules, the American Arbitration Association, the International Chamber of Commerce, the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre and the International Centre of Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Mediations include acting under the Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Centre for the Americas (CAMCA).

He sat on FTA Chapter 19 bi-national panel – two as chair. He was also an Arbitrator in a NAFTA Chapter 11 arbitration and was an administrative panellist in over 100 proceedings under the ICANN Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy the STOP procedure as a sole panellist, presiding panellist and co-panellist.

He completed mediation training in a program sponsored by the Centre for Public Resources (CPR), over four days, including extensive role-playing.

Professional and Other Activities

Ed Chiasson has spoken at many conferences and had many publications on the topic of ADR.

He was the Hunter Professor of Arbitration and Dispute Resolution, City University of Hong Kong 1995-1996 and taught an ADR seminar at UBC School of Law for 12 years.

Ed was an associate at Harper Grey Easton – 1967-1969; associate and partner Ladner Downs (Borden Ladner Gervais LLP) -1969-2006.

He as been involved in a number of community activities including Chair of the Vancouver Symphony Society Board.

Academic Qualifications

B.A., Notre Dame College and University of British Columbia, 1963
LL.B., University of British Columbia, 1966