Daniel Urbas

Professional Experience

Mr. Urbas has advised and represented clients in commercial arbitration and litigation across a variety of industries and disputes involving intellectual property (patent, trade-mark, copyright), information technologies (ownership, license, service contracts), energy (wind, bio), natural resources (mining, forestry, fishing), aboriginal law (land claim, treaty disputes), telecommunication, broadcasting, product liability and complex contractual disputes.

He has handled trial and appellate advocacy, urgent and extraordinary applications, appearing in the Provincial and Federal courts and the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as before arbitration tribunals and various administrative tribunals.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Mr. Urbas sits as an arbitrator, both as a sole arbitrator and as a member of a three-member arbitration tribunal. He is fluently bilingual in English and French.

Up until June 2017, Daniel Urbas served as Regional Leader of the International Trade Litigation and Arbitration group and Regional Leader of the Intellectual Property Litigation group of a national law firm. Formerly, until 2013, Daniel was also that firm’s Regional Leader of the Commercial Litigation group and National Leader of the Intellectual Property Litigation group.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) based in London, U.K. and formerly elected to the Executive of the CIArb’s North American branch, founding member of Canadian Branch, director and treasurer
  • Recognized as “Local Litigation Star- Quebec” in the 2013-2017 editions of Benchmark Litigation Canada
  • Recognized in the 2014-2017 editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Corporate and Commercial Litigation)
  • Recognized in the 2013-2017 editions of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Computers IT Law)
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™.
  • Recognized in the business section of La Presse, North America’s largest circulation French-language daily, for being “at the top of his game”
Academic Qualifications

  • BCL/LLB, McGill University. 1991
  • BA, University of Western Ontario, 1984
  • Barreau du Quebec, 1992
  • LSUC Ontario, 1998
  • LSBC British Columbia, 2004
  • LSNL Newfoundland & Labrador, 2016

 

Dawn A. Wattie

Professional Experience

Dawn completed a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Victoria in 1984 where she initially developed an interest in indigenous matters and First Nations governance followed by an LLB from the University of Windsor in 1988. She articled with Clark Wilson in Vancouver and was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1989. Dawn completed her mediation training in 1992 and 1993 and became a qualified mediator in 2019.

Her first position was a 6-month contract commencing in May 1989 to work on the BCGEU’s arbitration backlog project. She was hired by the BCGEU as a staff representative in the Victoria Area office in October 1989 and was assigned responsibility for public service workers in Local 1201 (Administrative Component), Local 201 (Healthcare Component) and Component 401 (Corrections). As part of these responsibilities, Dawn handled grievances up to including arbitration hearings, hours of work umpire hearings, harassment complaints investigations and proceedings and labour board hearings and was responsible for master agreement component and other related sectoral bargaining.

In 1992, Dawn was appointed to the BCGEU’s bargaining integrity project that participated in the Commission of Inquiry in the Public Service and Public Sector (Korbin Commission). She was then assigned to position of Coordinator, Special Projects and participating as the senior BCGEU representative on the restructuring of the Ministry of Health to create the health authorities and the labour adjustment strategy for the transfer of public service employees into the health authorities.

Dawn was also responsible for all labour relation matters associated with restructuring or reorganization activities within public service ministries for the period of 1993 to 1996. She participated as BCGEU labour representative in the Governor General’s study tour in 1995 in which her work group toured Western Quebec to examine employer-employee relationships across private sector, public sector and not-for-profit sector in wide variety of organizations. In late 1996, she left the BCGEU. In January 1997 she established Dawn Wattie Law Corporation. In March 1997, Dawn participated in a review of the contracted Social Services Sector led by Doug Allen, former Deputy Minister.

From 1997 to present, Dawn has continued to provide labour relations and employment law advice, act as counsel on arbitration and Labour Relations Board application matters, undertake private sector collective bargaining and representation continued to undertake investigative and mediation services on harassment complaints for private and public sector clients.

From 2000 to 2005, Dawn lived and worked within the WSANEC peoples territorial lands on Vancouver Island. For this period, she provided advice to the WSANEC peoples (Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum and Pauquachin band and councils) regarding matters related to collective bargaining, employment and policy for the Lauwelnew Tribal School, band and council matters, and for child and family services. She also worked with Nuu-chah-nuth Economic Development Commission on policy matters.

From 2001 to 2006, Dawn was the corporate solicitor for the University of Victoria’s Innovation and Development Corporation working with academics and industry to bring innovation to the market.

Since 1997, She have built a corporate commercial practice that assists clients, locally, nationally and internationally to bring innovative products and services to the market including providing advice on business structure, restructuring, merger and acquisitions, financing, commercial transactions including licensing, manufacturing and distribution, drafting shareholder agreements, assisting in resolution of shareholder and partner disputes and corporate succession planning.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Family Law Mediation Certification 1993
  • Multiparty Mediation 1994
  • Qual. Arb – ADRIC 2019
  • Introductory Mediation Training completed 2019 – ADRIC
  • 1989 – 1996 BCGEU staff rep/coordinator resolving and settling wide range of grievance, work related disputes, and collective bargaining.
  • 1997 – 2020 employment and corporate commercial dispute resolution with private and public company clients.
Professional and Other Activities

  • Member Law Society of British Columbia
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Member Lawyer Referral Service since 1997
  • ADRIC-BC
Academic Qualifications

  • BA Anthropology (University of Victoria 1984)
  • LLB (University of Windsor 1988)

 

Mr. Mark Kantor

Professional Experience

Mark Kantor currently serves as an arbitrator in international investment and commercial disputes. Until he retired from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, he was a partner in the Project Finance Group of the Firm. He teaches courses in both international arbitration and international business transactions as an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Vale Columbia Center for Sustainable International Investment (a joint undertaking of Columbia Law School and the Earth Institute at Columbia University). Additionally, Mr. Kantor is Editor-in-Chief of the online journal Transnational Dispute Management.

Mr. Kantor is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association, Chair of the DC Bar International Dispute Resolution Committee and a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of Global Arbitration Review, the Board of Editors of the Journal of World Energy Law and Business, and the ADR Advisory Board of the International Law Institute. Among other publications, Mr. Kantor is the author of Valuation for Arbitration: Compensation Standards, Valuation Methods and Expert Evidence (Kluwer 2008).

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Arbitrator in over 50 commercial and investment arbitrations. Member, Board of Directors, American Arbitration Association. Fellow, The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Chair, Washington, D.C. Chapter (2008-2010). Chair,D.C. Bar International Dispute Resolution Committee. Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators. Member, ADR Advisory Board, International Law Institute, Washington, D.C. Member of the AAA Large Complex Disputes, Commercial and International Panels, the ICC database of arbitrators, the AAA/ICDR Energy Arbitrators’ List, the SIAC panel of arbitrators, the HKIAC panel of arbitrators, the LCIA list of arbitrators, the KL Regional Centre for Arbitration, the National Futures Association roster of arbitrators and CPR Panels for Banking and Finance and International Neutrals.

Professional and Other Activities

Until he retired from the Firm at the age of 44, Mark Kantor was a partner in the Corporate and Project Finance Group of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, acting as the lead partner in Milbank’s involvement in a number of prominent domestic and international project financings, including several “Deals of the Year” named by trade periodicals throughout the 1990s. His practice combined Wall Street expertise with Washington experience. Kantor has represented investment banks, commercial banks, sponsors, institutional investors and government authorities in complex financing and investment transactions, and he has considerable experience in the energy, power, telecommunications, aircarrier, satellite, financial services and leasing industries. Kantor also has represented financial institutions and users in connection with numerous complex credit, interest rate and foreign exchange structured finance and derivatives transactions. During the Asian financial crisis in the late 1990’s, he was the U.S. head of Milbank’s Asian Crisis Team, and has represented public sector and private sector parties in numerous transactions, workouts and bankruptcies, both domestic and international. In addition, he has represented U.S., Japanese and Canadian government agencies and multilateral financial institutions in a variety of financing transactions, workouts, bankruptcies and international reschedulings. In 1990, Kantor served as the first outside General Counsel of the RTC Oversight Board, the U.S. Federal agency with policy oversight responsibility for the savings & loan crisis.

Academic Qualifications

University of Michigan Law School, J.D. 1979 with honors
Research & Development Editor, University of Michigan
Journal of Law Reform
Louis Honigman Award

University of Michigan, Institute for Public Policy Studies
Masters of Public Policy, 1979
University of Southern California, A.B. 1975 with honors (International Relations and Political Science)

Phi Beta Kappa
Blackstonians Honor Society
Undergraduate Year Abroad Honors Program, 1973-74, University College, University of London

Dhandapani Saravanan

Professional Experience

D. Saravanan completed Degree in Law from University of Madras and enrolled himself as an advocate in the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu in the year 1992 and he was trained under the eminent senior lawyer Sri.K.T.Palpandian. He has been practicing in the Chartered High Court of Judicature at Madras in various fields like, Civil (Original & Appellate Side), Criminal (Limited Area), Constitution, Labour & Service, Insurance, Banking, Consumer, Rent Control Laws, Accident Claims, Arbitration & IPR. Considerable cases, in which he appeared as counsel, were reported in leading Regional Law Journals.

He has appeared as lead and co-counsel in numerous domestic and international arbitration proceedings concerning the disputes relating to construction, joint ventures, financial services, international trade, employment disputes, property, maritime, shipbuilding, franchises, investment, on and Offshore contracts, securities and general contractual matters.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

D. Saravanan has been accredited as Arbitrator/Neutral by various international leading and renowned arbitral bodies, such as, ICDR of American Arbitration Association, WIPO (Switzerland), CRCICA ( Egypt ), NAI (The Netherlands), CEPANI (Belgium), DOMPCA, AIAC (Malaysia), DIAC (Duabi) and many Arbitration Institutions in Poland, Lithuania, Ghana, Philippines, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco and Bahrain including Indian arbitral bodies, such as, CNICA, ICADR, FACT, East Indian Cotton Association, Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, etc., He is also an empaneled arbitrator in various public sector undertakings of the Government of India.

He has been empanelled as Arbitrator by the National Internet Exchange of India (Government of India Organization under the Ministry of Information Technology) and resolving .IN domain name disputes. He has resolved many domain name disputes involving international trade marks, such as, Kellys Blue Book, Kingston, NBA Sports, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Microsoft, etc., under National Arbitration Forum (NAF), USA and Asian Domain Disputes Resolution (ADNDRC).

Professional and Other Activities

D. Saravanan is also one of the founder trustees and Chairman of an arbitration centre, namely, Council for National and International Commercial Arbitration (CNICA- www.cnica.org) and CNICA Mediation Center, under the agies of a non-profit Trust called Trust for Alternative Disputes Resolution.

He has undergone a training programme in Workplace conflicts in U.S.A. and also a mediation training programme conducted by the High Court of Madras annexed Tamilnadu Mediation and Conciliation. He has been accredited as mediator by the High Court, Chennai, Labour Courts, Chennai, Small Causes Courts for accidents claims, Chennai, Family Courts, Chennai and Courts in Trichy District. As mediator, he was able to assist the disputants to arrive at an amicable settlement in or about 200 disputes so far.

He is a trainer for arbitrators and mediators and trained many in-house arbitrators concerning public sector undertakings of Government of India. He is a regular speaker on arbitration in various institutions, associations, organizations, chambers of commerce, etc. and he has attended several conferences, seminars and workshops. His articles on arbitration have been published in various journals and he is one of the co-authors on the compilation of case laws rendered by Supreme Court of India on Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996.

Academic Qualifications

Degree in Law, University of Madras, India (1992)
Bar Council of Tamil Nadu, Roll No.375 of 1992

Richard C. Levin

Professional Experience

Richard’s practice is directed to international arbitration disputes. He has served as counsel and arbitrator in numerous disputes under the AAA, ICC, ICDR, and ICSID rules. His primary areas of expertise are antitrust, competition, IP, joint ventures, and construction, with industry expertise in energy, chemical, retail, real estate, arts, and sports. He has also handled in the competition area major M&A deals, having led the negotiations and antitrust analyses of international joint ventures and acquisitions, and antitrust compliance issues as well.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Richard is a member of the International Arbitration Institute, the Association Suisse De L’Arbitrage, International Council for Commercial Arbitration, and other organizations relating to international arbitration, as well as the Arbitration Commission of the International Court of Arbitration (ICC), and a member of the former Task Force on Arbitrating Competition Law Issues and the Task Force on Reducing Time and Expense in Complex Arbitrations.

He has been awarded as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators as well as “Chartered “status and is on the Presidential Panel of Arbitrators of the CIArb. He has been named to the Panel of International Arbitrators for the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, AAA, and ICC. He is also a member of the Center for American and International Law’s List of Energy Arbitrators and a member of the American Arbitration Association Roster of Neutrals, as well as the LCIA database of arbitrators in London and several other institutions throughout the world, including the HKIAC (Hong Kong), WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization),KLRCA/AIAC (Kuala Lumpur),CRCICA (Cairo),VIAC (Vienna) and the Arbitration Center at the Institute of Modern Arbitration (Moscow). He has been selected as an arbitrator to Court of Arbitration for Art in the Netherlands. Richard has also been named to the Tech List at the SVAMC (Silicon Valley), a peer vetted selection of “the world’s leading technology neutrals,” and is profiled on the Global Arbitration Review Arbitrator Research Tool (GAR ART).

Richard has been a member of three person tribunals and acted as sole arbitrator in a number of disputes at the ICDR, ICC, and AAA. He has arbitrated several cases under US and foreign antitrust and competition regimes. He has extensive training through courses sponsored by the AAA, ICDR, ICC and other institutions. As counsel, he has been at the cutting edge in many cases he has handled, including one of the first Chapter 11 NAFTA disputes under ICSID rules and one of the first arbitrations of antitrust/competition issues under ICC rules.

He has substantial pro bono experience representing children with learning disabilities in their legal issues with their schools. He is a member of COPAA (Parents, Attorneys, and Advocates).

Professional and Other Activities

International Bar Association and other organizations.
See http://www.richardlevinarbitration.com

Academic Qualifications

Richard received his B.A. from Tulane University in 1967 and his J.D. in 1970 from Georgetown University, where he was a member of the law journal Law and Policy in International Business. Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable John C. Godbold, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. After his clerkship, he was an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City where he practiced in the Litigation Section. He is a member of the Texas Bar and the Dallas Bar Association.

Mr. David L. Kreider

Professional Experience

Mr. Kreider’s 30+ year legal career includes 14 years as general counsel to telecommunications giants China Mobile and Vodafone, respectively, senior securities regulatory roles in New York and Hong Kong, and more than a decade as a trial lawyer with a major Wall Street law firm.

He has been appointed presiding arbitrator, sole arbitrator or co-arbitrator in more than 30 international arbitration references, including ICC, HKIAC, SIAC and ICDR administered and ad hoc proceedings. He has also served as panelist in more than 130 Internet domain name cases, resolving more than 350 disputed domain names. Many of his panel decisions were written by him in Chinese.

Currently the Chairman of the New Zealand National Committee of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, he was an Alternate Member on the Court from 2014 to 2017.

Mr. Kreider is a licensed solicitor and attorney-at-law in England, Hong Kong, New York, New Jersey, California, Florida and Washington, D.C. He speaks and reads Mandarin Chinese in addition to English.

Arbitration Experience

  • Presiding arbitrator in a Singapore-seated dispute between Asian parties arising out of a trademark license agreement.
  • Emergency arbitrator in a Hong Kong seated shareholder dispute between P.R. China and offshore parties arising out of a corporate restructuring agreement.
  • Appointed president upon joint nomination by the co-arbitrators in a Seoul seated dispute between Asian parties arising out of a technology licensing agreement.
  • Sole arbitrator in a Hong Kong seated dispute between Japanese and Chinese parties arising out of agreements for the sale and purchase of precision scientific equipment.
  • Co-arbitrator in a Singapore seated dispute between Asian parties arising out of various hotel management agreements.
  • Co-arbitrator in a Macao seated dispute between Macanese and Indochinese parties concerning a gaming joint venture.
  • Co-arbitrator in a Hong Kong seated dispute arising from a settlement agreement between shareholders.
  • Co-arbitrator in a Singapore seated dispute between Bermudan and Indonesian parties arising out of an agreement for the sale and purchase of telecommunications equipment.
  • Co-arbitrator in Hong Kong seated arbitral proceedings involving a dispute between Dutch and Chinese parties to a hotel management agreement.
  • Sole arbitrator in a Hong Kong seated trademark licensing dispute between Japanese and Chinese parties.
  • Co-arbitrator in 4 Hong Kong seated references between a Singapore claimant and Asian and off shore respondents alleging breach of a share purchase agreement and related guarantees.
  • Co-arbitrator in 5 Singapore seated references by a U.S. based securities broker alleging breach of customer agreements by multiple Asian respondents.
  • Sole arbitrator in a trademark licensing dispute seated in Hong Kong between Dutch and Chinese parties pertaining to the manufacture and distribution of luxury clothing and household furnishing products.
  • Sole arbitrator and chairman, respectively, in 2 related Hong Kong seated proceedings involving a trademark licensing dispute between Singapore and Chinese parties pertaining to a luxury hotel brand in China.
  • Co-arbitrator in a dispute seated in Toronto over a trademark licensing and product distribution agreement for water treatment technologies.
  • Chairman in a dispute seated in Singapore between Australian and Malaysian parties to a software distribution and trademark licensing agreement.
  • Co-arbitrator in a Hong Kong seated dispute between a UK telecommunications company and a Chinese telecommunications VAS (Value Added Services) provider for breach of an acquisition agreement.
  • Co-arbitrator in a Hong Kong seated ad hoc arbitration between U.S. and Chinese parties involving a failed acquisition agreement and telecommunications and IP licensing issues.
  • Sole arbitrator in a Singapore seated dispute arising under an agreement between a Singapore ISP (Internet Services Provider) and a Singapore hotel management company for the installation of a VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) telecommunications network.
  • Sole arbitrator under a contract between Singapore parties for the construction and testing of a POS (Point-Of-Sale) computer system.
Professional and Other Activities

  • Appointed to the New Zealand Markets Disciplinary Tribunal, which hears and determines matters relating to the conduct of parties regulated by the NZX Participant Rules, the NZX Listing Rules, the NZX Derivatives Market Rules and the Clearing and Settlement Rules of New Zealand Clearing Limited (2013-present)
  • Chartered Arbitrator / Fellow / Panel Arbitrator, The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (2006 – present)
  • Director / Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association (2010-present)
  • Director / Arbitrator, Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (2011-present)
  • International Council for Commercial Arbitration
  • Association Suisse de l’ Arbitrage
  • London Court of International Arbitration, Asia Pacific Users’ Council
  • Fellow, Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators
  • Fellow (Arbitration), Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand
Academic Qualifications

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators’ Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration, 2007
Doctor of Law, University of Miami School of Law, 1981
Bachelor of Arts, East Asian Studies, Muhlenberg College, 1978
Oberlin-in-Taiwan Intensive Program in Chinese Studies, 1975-76

Gerald W. Ghikas

Professional Experience

Gerry Ghikas has over 35 years of experience as a trial lawyer, appellate advocate, arbitration counsel and commercial arbitrator. He has appeared as an advocate in numerous complex cases before Canadian courts, before administrative and regulatory tribunals and before international and domestic commercial arbitration tribunals seated in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia. Gerry Ghikas has also served as an arbitrator in approximately 100 international and domestic cases. His experience spans a broad range of business and legal subject matters including, but not limited to, mining, oil and gas, electrical energy, forestry, banking, corporations and shareholders, securities regulation, officers and directors liability, intellectual property, technology, real estate, manufacturing and distribution, competition and anti-trust, partnerships, joint ventures and other contractual arrangements.

Gerry spent the first three years of his legal career as a solicitor, drafting leases, joint venture agreements, limited partnership agreements, financing and other documents. He is former managing partner of the Vancouver law firm Ladner Downs, and for many years chaired its Compensation Committee.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • 35 years of experience as counsel and commercial arbitrator, and occasionally as mediator
  • Advocate in numerous complex cases
  • Completed the Fellowship Accreditation course in International Arbitration of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London) to be qualified as a Fellow
  • Completed accreditation course of BCAMI/ADRIC to be accredited as a Chartered Arbitrator
  • Arbitrator (sole arbitrator, chair or co-arbitrator) in over 100 international and domestic cases, either ad hoc or administered by BCICAC, ADRIC, ICC, ICDR etc.
  • Completed Commercial Mediation training offered by the CLE Society of British Columbia and served as mediator of complex commercial and partnership cases.
Professional and Other Activities

  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb.)
  • Chartered Arbitrator (CArb.)
  • Queens Counsel (QC)
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (FACTL)
  • Recipient of National Award for Excellence in Dispute Resolution
  • Chair, Canadian National Arbitration Committee of International Chamber of Commerce
  • Canadian Delegate to UNCITRAL Working Group (Arbitration Rules Revision)
  • Member, CBA, ABA, IBA, ICC, LCIA, ICDR, ADRIC
  • Author of numerous articles on dispute resolution
  • Chambers Global, World’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Martindale Hubbell, AV Peer Review Rating
Academic Qualifications

University of Calgary, Bachelor of Arts with Distinction, 1970
University of British Columbia, Bachelor of Laws, 1973

Mr. Duarte G. Henrique

Professional Experience

  • 2013 – (present) – Member of the Portuguese Panel of Arbitrators of the International Film and Television Alliance
  • 2013 – (present) – Arbitrator at “Arbitrare – Arbitration Centre” (Lisbon, Portugal): ARBITRARE is a Portuguese Institutionalized arbitration Centre, legally able to resolve disputes over industrial property (trademarks and patents), “.PT” Domain names, trade names and corporate names as well as compulsory arbitration to resolve disputes over generic drugs (www.arbitrare.pt).
  • 1990 – (present) – Lawyer
  • 1988 – 1990 – Trainee and Lawyer at Jardim, Sampaio, Magalhães e Silva e Associados
  • Lawyer, Arbitrator and Legal consultant, with vast experience on Litigation and Arbitration, IT Law, IP Law, Copyright Law, Corporate Law, Commercial Law and Civil Law.
  • As lawyer has experience with major Portuguese IT / IP companies, insurance companies and others, dealing with corporate and commercial law, IT / IP law, litigation and arbitration.
  • As arbitrator and lawyer at arbitration procedures has experience with domestic and international arbitration on Copyright Law, IP Law, Contracts Law and Corporate Law, both institutionalized and ad hoc arbitration.
Professional and Other Activities

  • Professional License nº 8830L – Portuguese Bar Association (since 1990)
  • Member of “APA” Portuguese Arbitration Association
  • Member of the London Court of International Association European Users’ Council
  • Member of International Bar Association
  • Member of the ICCA – International Council for Commercial Arbitration
  • Member of the International Arbitration Institute – Paris
  • Member of ASA – Swiss Arbitration Association
Academic Qualifications

Advanced PIDA Training – International Commercial Arbitration – ICC Paris (Oct. 2013)
Graduate in International Trade Law (Contracts and International Arbitration) – 2004-2005
Graduate in Accounting, Financial Analysis and Business Assessment at “Universidade Nova de Lisboa” – 1998
Law degree at Faculty of Law of University of Lisbon, 1988

Michael Erdle

Professional Experience

Michael Erdle co-founded Practical Resolutions Inc. in 2011, to help parties resolve business and commercial disputes in an efficient, cost-effective way, through facilitated negotiation, mediation and arbitration. Michael is one of Canada’s most experienced and qualified commercial dispute resolution professionals. He has more than 25 years’ experience as a commercial lawyer, specializing in technology and intellectual property. Michael has negotiated countless agreements and assisted clients in resolving a wide variety of commercial disputes.

He is a trained and experienced facilitator, mediator and arbitrator.

Since 2005, Michael has successfully mediated resolutions in shareholder and joint venture matters, computer software development and implementation projects, copyright, trademark, patent and trade secret disputes. He has acted as sole arbitrator in cases involving ownership of intellectual property, software licensing, system implementation, and other commercial and contract issues. He has acted as mediator/arbitrator in several matters.

Michael is a director of the ADR Institute of Ontario and the ADR Institute of Canada. He is a past president of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, a past director of the Canadian IT Law Association and a past chair of the Toronto Computer Lawyers Group. Michael has written and spoken on many current issues in technology and intellectual property law, including: dispute resolution; software development and licensing; electronic commerce; domain names; and outsourcing. He has lectured at Osgoode Hall Law School and McGill University. He currently teaches a course in “Powerful Negotiation Skills” at University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Advanced Mediation Workshop, World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Center, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Advanced Mediation Course, Stitt Feld Handy & University of Windsor Law School, Toronto, Ontario
  • International Commercial Arbitration (Accelerated Path to Fellowship), Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Intensive IP Arbitration Course, Canadian Bar Association & ADR Institute of Canada
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution, Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Ontario
Professional and Other Activities

  • 2015 Best Lawyers in Canada®– Alternative Dispute Resolution, Information Technology Law, Technology Law
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory – Leading Practitioner, Computer & IT Law
  • Lexpert / American Lawyer Guide to the Leading Lawyers in Canada – Technology Transactions
  • IAM 250: The World’s Leading Patent and Technology Licensing Lawyers
  • Who’s Who Legal Canada – Internet & E-Commerce
  • The International Who’s Who of Internet, e-Commerce & Data Protection Lawyers
Academic Qualifications

Osgoode Hall Law School, LLB, 1986
Carleton University, Bachelor of Journalism, 1978

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