Julie Hopkins

Gabriel M. Somjen

Professional Experience

Gabriel Somjen QC is a labour lawyer focusing on neutral work such as arbitration and mediation. Admitted to the British Columbia Bar in 1975. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts in 1969 and a Juris Doctor in 1974.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

He has adjudicated or mediated several hundred cases. He also teaches ADR Techniques to law students. He has experience in all areas of labour and employment law.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Member, Arbitrator’s Association of British Columbia
  • Member and Past chair of ADR Vancouver Subsection of the Canadian Bar Association
  • Listed arbitrator for the Collective Agreement Arbitration Bureau for British Columbia, The British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre and Member of the Civil Roster Mediate BC
  • Past chair: Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society
  • Past board member: Vancouver Youth Theatre, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, Vancouver Art Gallery, The Children’s Foundation and Greater Vancouver Food Bank
  • Published articles and delivered lectures on various topics in labour relations, including mandatory retirement, picketing, collective bargaining, grievances and workplace impairment.
Academic Qualifications

B.A., University of Toronto, 1969
Juris Doctor, 1974

Corey “Hui” Zhang

 

Professional Experience

Ms. Zhang Hui is the founder, director and chief lawyer of PinkMemo Law Firm, a bilingual multicultural lawyer arbitrator and mediator with professional and management experience. In her 16-year legal practice, she mainly serves as a trial lawyer, appellate advocate, arbitration counsel and legal consultant. She has appeared as an advocate in numerous complex cases before Chinese courts, before administrative and regulatory tribunals, and before international and domestic commercial arbitration tribunals seated in China. In addition to the aforementioned, Ms. Zhang Hui is an active arbitrator and mediator practicing in, but not limited to, international and domestic matters in the commercial, corporate, company law, foreign investment, international and real estate fields.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Ms. Zhang Hui’s philosophy and strategy of dispute resolution is — being part of the resolution, this is why she

  • Focus on precautionary measures: assists clients to make and improve management system and regulations to control legal risks
  • When a dispute emerges: based on the causation, helps the client solve the issues effectively and efficiently through negotiation or mediation.
  • When a dispute turns to a suit: while still tries to find a solution to bring the dispute to an end, works closely with the client to get well prepared for trials.

As arbitrator, Ms. Zhang Hui has

  • Been appointed as sole arbitrator and chair by the director of Chengdu Arbitration Commission, 2012-2014
  • Been invited to Panel Discussions for complicated arbitration cases by Chengdu Arbitration Commission, 2011-2013
  • Been invited as a keynote speaker at the Sixth China Arbitration Conference in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China, 2013

Training

  • Continuing education programs for practicing lawyers, 1999-present
  • Arbitrator continuing training programs, 2011-present
  • Immigration consultant program, 2016
Professional and Other Activities

Ms. Zhang Hui is a member of

  • Chengdu Bar Association, Sichuan Province, China, 1999-present
  • China All Lawyers Association, China, 1999-present
  • Chengdu Arbitration Commission, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China, 2011-present
  • Chengdu Financial Arbitration Court, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China, 2012-present

Ms. Zhang Hui becomes

  • Practitioner of foreign law, BC, Canada, in 2015
  • Freelancer Mandarin interpreter, BC, Canada, in 2015

Ms. Zhang Hui published the following articles

  • “The Value of Trials”, in Sichuan Social Sciences Research, 2005
  • “How to Improve the Inner Audit System of Banks”, in Sichuan Audit, 2006
  • “A Comparison of the Arbitration in China and British Columbia of Canada”, in Chengdu Arbitration, 2011
  • “How to Draft High Quality Arbitration Awards”, in Chengdu Arbitration, 2013
  • “The Importance of Avoiding Mechanical Proof-burden Distribution”, in Chengdu Arbitration, 2014

“About the Oncoming China Arbitration Association”, the Seventh China Arbitration Conference, 2015

Academic Qualifications

Southwest University of Finance and Economics, Sichuan Province, China LL.B, 1987-1991
Southwest University of political science & Law, Chongqing Province, China, LL.M, 1999-2001
Certified university teacher, China, subject of teaching: law, 2008

 

Paul E. Love

Professional Experience

Paul Love was called to the Bar in British Columbia in 1985. He had a litigation practice up until approximately 2003; started to work as a mediator in 1993 and an arbitrator in 1995. His practice essentially has been as a full time arbitrator/adjudicator since 2003.

Paul Love works as a labour arbitrator, commercial arbitrator and has held a number of different part-time positions adjudicating for administrative tribunals. He has issued decisions or awards in over 500 matters in a wide variety of areas including employment and labour matters, forestry, shareholder and partnership disputes, family property disputes, environmental matters, surface rights disputes, auto collision liability, sexual and physical abuse claims arising from the operation of Indian Residential Schools. He travels extensively for work in Canada.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Chartered Arbitrator (C. Arb) designation from the BCAMI, Fellow (FC .Arb),
  • Panel Member and Chartered Arbitrator (C. Arb) and Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration (DipIC. Arb) with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK).
  • Was selected and trained by the Collective Agreement Arbitration Bureau for labour arbitration and admission to the CAAB list. All these designations involved course work and examinations.

Paul Love has been arbitrating commercial and labour matters since 1995. He is currently a listed arbitrator with the B.C. Collective Agreement Arbitration Bureau and a part-time member of the Public Service Labour Relations Board (for federal public sector grievances and labour practice complaints) and an adjudicator since 2003 with the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat. He has accepted adjudication/arbitration referrals from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service since 1997 for adjudicating labour and employment matters under the Canada Labour Code.

Paul Love has extensive training in mediation. I have been mediating disputes since 1993.

Professional and Other Activities

Paul Love is a member of the Arbitrators Association of British Columbia, Law Society of British Columbia, Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Arbitration and Mediation Institute and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK).

He is a past member of the Environmental Appeal Board, Forest Appeals Commission, Employment Standards Tribunal and past Chair of the B.C. Mediation and Arbitration Board (surface rights disputes oil & gas and mining).

Academic Qualifications

BSc, Honours, University of Victoria, 1980
LL.B. University of Victoria, 1984
C. Arb. Issued by BC Arbitration and mediation Institute, 1996
FCI. Arb, 1997
DIPIC Arb., 1998
C. Arb., issued by the Chartered Institute in UK, 1999

Robert D. Holmes

Professional Experience

Mr. Holmes is a commercial and civil litigation and arbitration lawyer in private practice with over 37 years experience at the B.C. Bar in complex legal disputes, including business disputes, claims involving the government and its agencies (including constitutional and administrative law reviews), shareholder actions, securities litigation, real estate, insolvency and reorganization, commercial tenancies, partnerships, professional liability, and construction disputes.

He has appeared at all levels of courts in British Columbia, as well as Canada, including several appearances in the Supreme Court of Canada, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, the Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal, Tax Court, as well as numerous tribunals, including the Securities Commission, the Vancouver Stock Exchange, the TSX Venture Exchange, the IDA, IIROC, municipal councils and various professional organizations. He has conducted Arbitration and Mediation proceedings and appeared as counsel for parties in the same.

Mr. Holmes is formerly Adjunct Professor of Law at UBC (Creditors Remedies) and has lectured and published widely on Commercial Law, Shareholder’s Disputes, Professional Liability, Commercial Tenancy Disputes, Dispute Resolution Practice and Procedure, Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • 2016-2018 Chair, Real Estate Council of BC
  • 2015 Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • 2008 – 2019 Appointed member of the Patient Care Quality Review Board for the Fraser Burrard, Vancouver Coastal and BC Provincial Health Authority regions, Chair 2016 – 2019
  • Former Member of the BCICAC Securities Disputes Panel
  • Member of the BCICAC Commercial Panel.
  • 1996 – Associate Membership Examination of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • 1996 – Completed Advanced Commercial Mediation course, Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia.
  • 1991 – Attended Commercial Arbitration – Advanced Practice course, Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia.
  • 1989 – Attended International Commercial Arbitration course offered by the University Of San Diego School of Law in London, England taught by Professor Clive Schmitthof.
  • 1984 – Attended Public International Law course offered by the University Of San Diego School of Law in Paris, France taught by Professor Michael Reisman of the Yale Law School.
Professional and Other Activities

  • Queen’s Counsel, 2010
  • Formerly President of the Trial Lawyers Association of B C (2008-2010)
  • Formerly President of the BC Civil Liberties Association (2008-2012)
  • Formerly Chair of the Vancouver Civil Litigation Section, Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch
  • Formerly Elected Member of Provincial Council, Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch
  • Associate, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Member, Trial Lawyers Association of BC, Canadian Bar Association, Vancouver Bar Association, and Advocates’ Society
Academic Qualifications

LL.B., University of British Columbia, 1981
B.A., University of British Columbia, 1978
LL.M., Yale Law School 1984
Associate, Trinity College of Music, 1976

 

Barry C. Effler

Professional Experience

Currently, Mr. Effler is employed with the Province of Manitoba. Previously, as a lawyer in private practice, Mr. Effler practiced commercial/corporate, franchise and international contract law.

He is a Past President and national director of the ADR Institute of Canada, Inc., formerly known as the Arbitration and Mediation Institute of Canada and the Canadian Foundation for Dispute Resolution.

Barry Effler is a Past Chair, National ADR section Canadian Bar Association.

His past business experience includes serving as Chief Operating Officer of two corporate groups in the security industry and franchising business and as Executive Vice President of a software developer.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Arbitration

  • He is a Chartered Arbitrator designated by the ADR Institute of Canada in 1996, a lecturer in arbitration law, contract, real estate and evidence law, and instructed the Arbitration and Mediation Institute of Manitoba arbitration training program for over 10 years
  • Mr. Effler has conducted arbitrations in a wide range of areas since 1996
  • Appointed as a Chartered Arbitrator (Fellow) by the ADR Institute of Canada in 2008

Mediation

  • He is practicing commercial and labour mediator and was approved by the Law Society of Saskatchewan to practise as mediator in 1992
  • Barry Effler is a past Member of Training Advisory Group for Mediation Services of Manitoba- organised training and training standards for volunteer mediators in court annexed victim offender mediation and community dispute mediation.
Professional and Other Activities

Among Mr. Effler’s activities with the ADR Institute of Canada, he was:

  • Past Chair, National Arbitration Rules drafting committee
  • Past Chair, National Commercial Mediation Rules revision committee
  • Drafted the General Operating By-law and the Discipline Procedures By-law
  • Committee Member, National Chartered Mediator designation standards
  • Committee Member, National Chartered Mediator designation accreditation

Areas of competence include:

  • Conducting arbitrations and mediations
  • Neutral fact finding
Academic Qualifications

Bachelor of Laws, (LL.B.), 1983
Master of Laws, (LL.M.), 2011