Geoffrey Plant

Professional Experience

Geoff Plant was the Attorney General of British Columbia and Minister Responsible for Treaty Negotiations from 2001 to 2005. He was first elected to the British Columbia Legislature in 1996 and from 1996 to 2001 was Opposition Justice Critic, as well as serving on a number of legislative and caucus committees. As Attorney General, Mr. Plant was the Chair of the Legislative Review Committee and the Minister responsible for the creation and oversight of the Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform.

Prior to his election to the Legislature, Mr. Plant was a partner in another Vancouver law firm, where he practised as a litigation lawyer with particular emphasis on aboriginal and public law. He was counsel in a number of leading aboriginal rights and title cases, including the landmark case of Delgamuukw v. British Columbia. He has lectured and written extensively on aboriginal law and law reform.

Early in his career, he was law clerk to Mr. Justice Roland Ritchie of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Since joining Heenan Blaikie in 2005, Mr. Plant has been appointed senior advisor to the Government of British Columbia in land and resource negotiations with the Council of Haida Nation, and has provided strategic advice to BC Hydro in relation to the design and implementation of its power acquisition processes. Mr. Plant has also provided advice to a number of private sector businesses on establishing effective relations with First Nations.

In 2006, Mr. Plant was appointed as a Special Advisor to the Premier and Minister of Advanced Education to lead a project called “Campus 2020: Thinking Ahead”, the first comprehensive review of post-secondary education in British Columbia in over 40 years. His report, entitled Access and Excellence: The Campus 2020 Plan for British Columbia’s Post-Secondary Education System, was released in April 2007.

From May 2007 until February 2009, Mr. Plant served as Vancouver’s Civil City Commissioner. In 2010, he was appointed Chair of the Board of Directors of Providence Health Care, one of the largest faith-based health care organizations in Canada, operating 14 sites in Vancouver.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Geoff Plant very well recognized Arbitrator and Mediator. Mr. Plant has undertaken more than two dozen successful mediations in a dispute between investors and a major Canadian mutual fund company. He has acted as both the panel chair and as the single arbitrator in arbitrations through BC International Commercial Arbitration Centre.

Professional and Other Activities

Author, “Shrinking the Black Box, Reforming Administrative Tribunal Appointment Processes”, a paper prepared for the Pacific Business & Law Institute’s Administrative Law: Key Concepts and Thorny Issues conference, Vancouver, February 5, 2009

Author, Access and Excellence: The Campus 2020 Plan for British Columbia’s Post-Secondary Education System, April 2007

  • Business Council of British Columbia
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of British Columbia
Academic Qualifications

University of Cambridge, LL.M., 1989
Dalhousie University, LL.B., 1981
University of Southampton, LL.B., 1980
Harvard University, A.B., 1978

Robert B. Morton

Professional Experience

Attorney-at-Law (now semi-Retired) formerly engaged in complex civil litigation and Trial and Appeals Court Practice, on behalf of both plaintiffs/claimants and defendants/respondents. Admitted to practice in the State and Federal Courts of Illinois (1982-2008); and admitted practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court Bar, (1983-2008). Formerly, served as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois, and more recently serving in Law Enforcement as a part-time sworn Police Officer. Also, formerly licensed as Real Estate Broker in State of Illinois (1997-2008).

25+ Years of Litigation experience in Trial and Appeals Practice in state and federal courts, and as a certified National/International Commercial Arbitrator.

Litigation and Dispute Resolution Experience includes the following areas: Contracts; Injunctions and TRO’s; Securities and Investments; Finance and Trade; Real Estate; Corporations; Partnerships; Intellectual Property rights — including Trade Secrets, Trademarks, Copyrights and Non-Compete Agreements; Probate/Estate/Will/Trust Contests; Labor and Employment Law — including Discrimination, Civil Rights, Wrongful Discharge; Negligence, Personal Injury and Insurance Coverage disputes — including Automobile Accidents, Product Liability, Malpractice, Construction & Design Defects; Consumer Rights, Creditor, Fraud, RICO; and Class Actions.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Robert Morton is a highly experienced commercial Arbitrator, presided in more than 100++ Arbitration hearings, and has been accredited by these national & international ADR Organizations (past and present):

  • ICC International Court of Arbitration/US Council for International Business (USCIB) – list of approved International Commercial Arbitrators
  • International Bureau of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) – list of approved Arbitrators
  • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) – approved International Arbitrator panelist
  • Indonesian National Board of Arbitration (BANI) – approved International Arbitrator panelist
  • Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA) – approved International Arbitrator panelist
  • Beijing Arbitration Commission – Panel of International Commercial Arbitrators
  • China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) – approved International Commercial Arbitrator
  • British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Center (BCICAC) – approved International Commercial Arbitrator panelist
  • World International Property Organization (WIPO) – approved Int’l Intellectual Property Arbitrator
  • Arbitration Center of Mexico – registered International Commercial Arbitrator Panelist
  • Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC) – approved List of Arbitrator Practioners
  • The Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA)
  • The Association of Arbitrators of Southern Africa – approved Panel member
  • Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre (ADNDRC)
  • American Arbitration Association – certified commercial Arbitrator
  • ADR Systems – approved Commercial and Employment Arbitrator
  • Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry Permanent Court of Arbitration – panelist
  • NASD Arbitrator Training Lecturer – Former invited Speaker at National Arbitrator Skills Training Conference on presiding as Arbitrator/Chair in cases involving Emergency Interim Injunctions, Trade Secrets and Non-Compete Agreements
  • National Future’s Association- certified public Arbitrator
  • New York Stock Exchange – certified (public) Arbitrator
  • Chicago Board Options Exchange- certified (public) Arbitrator
  • Cook County Court Mandatory Arbitration Program- certified Arbitrator and Chairman
  • Illinois State Board of Education – certified Hearing Officer for tenured Teacher dismissal cases
Professional and Other Activities

Arbitrator Training Lecturer – Former invited Speaker at N.A.S.D. National Arbitrator Skills Training Conference – Topic: presiding as Arbitrator in cases involving Injunctions, Trade Secrets, and non-compete agreements.

Honours

  • Judicial Candidate in 2002 Elections for Circuit Court Judge of the 19th Judicial Circuit (Lake & McHenry Counties, IL.). Rated “Well-Qualified” for Circuit Judge by Supreme Court Blue-Ribbon Judicial Screening Committee.
  • Licensed as Attorney in State of Illinois (1982-2008), U.S. District Court for N.D. IL. (Trial Bar), U.S. Court of Appeals for Seventh Circuit, and admitted to the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Law Enforcement experience – former part-time sworn Police Officer – northern Illinois suburbs
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker in State of Illinois (1997 – 2008)
Academic QualificationsB.A., Political Science, University of Michigan, 1978- Summa Cum Laude and Pho Beta Kappa
J.D., Harvard Law School, 1982