Mr. Joseph A. Boskovich

Professional Experience

Joe has more than 30 years experience as a civil and criminal law litigator with a diverse range of experience in the Provincial, Supreme and Federal Courts. His practice has focussed in the area of personal injury, insurance law and commercial litigation. He also has extensive experience with fishing and maritime law, a natural outgrowth of his family’s long involvement with the British Columbia fishing industry.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

In 1985 Joe qualified as a mediator, completing the Mediation Training course given by the B.C. Justice Institute and National Centre for Mediation Education in Washington, D.C. Since 1987, Joe has had an active practice as an Arbitrator and Mediator. He has mediated over of 3,500 cases involving personal injury, insurance disputes, commercial disputes, contracts, professional negligence, construction (“leaky condo”), family, partnership matters, estate matters, corporate shareholder disputes, and disputes involving Crown corporations and Ministries. He has acted as an Arbitrator and as Counsel in domestic commercial arbitrations involving insurance issues, franchising, construction, partnerships and general commercial disputes.

In 1993 Joe took part in a lengthy multi-party Mediation Institute seminar orientated towards the design of multi-party negotiation processes, aboriginal interests, cross-cultural dynamics and the structuring of the complex multi-party agreements. This training also included institutional and public conflict resolution. His training with multi-party mediation was extended in 1995 to include environmental disputes.

In 1995 Joe participated in a course, ADR & Negotiation for the Defence, given by the American Defence Research Institute (DRI) in San Francisco. In 1996 he attended Harvard Law School’s Advanced Mediation Course. In 1997 he participated in a Harvard Law School mediation workshop at Simon Fraser University, and in 1998 attended a Defence Practise Mediation and Arbitration Seminar given by DRI in Chicago, Illinois. In June 1999 he attended the Advanced Mediation Course at Osgood Law School, Toronto, Ontario.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Member and former director (2006 to 2010) of the B.C. Mediation Roster Society and alternative dispute resolution sub-sections of the Canadian Bar Association
  • Member of the Defence Research Institute and a past member of the Joint Committee on Dispute Resolution
  • Member of a British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Panel member.
  • In January 2004 Joe spoke on the topic of mediation in Mexico at a Medical-Legal Conference presented by the B.C. Trial Lawyers and Department of Continuing Medical Education, Kelowna Hospital.
  • He gives regular lectures to PLTC students and for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) on the topics of negotiating and mediation.
Academic Qualifications

University of British Columbia, LL.B., 1969
University of British Columbia, B.A., 1965

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