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

Mr. Fazal Bhimji

Professional Experience

Mr Bhimji has been involved with conflict resolution since 1991. He is an active mediator/arbitrator, a Provincial Court Mediator and a member of several mediation rosters including the Mediate BC Civil Roster and the Public Service Labour Relations Board (Fed.). He has handled hundreds of disputes as a mediator/arbitrator for various clients, as well as other arbitrations for the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. He is a conflict resolution coach at the JIBC Centre for Conflict Resolution and an instructor at the Centre for Leadership. He has prepared and delivered training programs for BCIT, Canadian Air Traffic Control Association and other clients in the Lower Mainland.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Mr. Bhimji holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the U of S, a certificate in Public Sector Management from the U of M, Certificates in Conflict Resolution Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Third Party Mediation from the Justice Institute of BC and holds the Chartered Mediator and Chartered Arbitrator designations from ADR Institute of Canada. He is a faculty instructor at the Centre for Conflict Resolution of the Justice Institute of BC and frequently lectures on Leadership, Conflict Resolution, Communication, Labour Relations and Employee Relations.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Member of the Mediate BC Civil Roster
  • Awarded C. Med. And C.Arb. – Nationally recognized designations by the ADR Institute of Canada
  • Director with CoRe, Conflict Resolution Clinic UBC (2011 to Current)
  • Member of the Health Professions Review Board (2013 to Current
  • Member of the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada (2018 to Current)
  • Arbitration Roster for the Canadian Transportation Agency (2018 to Current)
  • Arbitrator for Canadian Motor Vehicle Arbitration Plan (CAMVAP) (Pending)
  • Chair of the (BC) Regional Chartered Mediator Accreditation Committee for BCAMI (2005 – 2010)
  • Member of the Advisory Committee of the Justice Institute of BC, Centre for Conflict Resolution
  • Director of the British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute (2006-2011)
  • Property Assessment Review Panel since 2006, Chair of Delta Panel (2007-2011), Chair of Richmond Panel (2011-2014)
Academic Qualifications

BSc – U of S (Chemistry), 1983
Certificate in Public Sector Management – U of M, 1992
Certificate in Conflict Resolution Negotiation – JIBC, 2004
Certificate in Conflict Resolution Third Party Mediation – JIBC, 2004