Dalton L. Larson

Professional Experience

Mr. Larson commenced his professional career as a full time member of the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia. After teaching law for five years, he went into practice as Counsel, becoming a partner in a major law firm in Vancouver, now McMillan. After ten years, he left practice to become a full time arbitrator and mediator dealing with disputes in the labour relations, civil and commercial areas. As Counsel, he represented clients dealing with
general civil matters, regulatory, environmental, utilities, transportation, general corporate, labour and employment disputes. He has appeared before the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal of British Columbia, the Federal Court and many different tribunals and arbitration panels.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Mr. Larson is a recognized expert in alternate dispute resolution. He advises clients on structuring dispute resolution processes, including a system involving a proposed large pipeline project and several First Nations groups. He has conducted in excess of 1000 mediations and hundreds of arbitration hearings, of which well in excess of 100 awards have been published. Many have been high profile cases attracting significant media attention. He has published many articles and papers in academic journals and reviews and has lectured widely on many topics relating to dispute resolution.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Member of the Law Society of B.C.;
  • Member of the Canadian Bar Association;
  • Member of the Arbitrators Association of B.C.;
  • Member of ADR Institute of Canada;
  • Member ADR Institute of BC;
  • Past President of the Arbitrators Association of B.C.;
  • Past Member of the Joint Advisory Committee, Collective Agreement Arbitration Bureau.
Academic Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts Degree (History and Economics) -accelerated- University of Alberta, Edmonton
Bachelor of Laws Degree. University of Alberta. Edmonton
Master of Laws Degree. University of London. England (Viscount Bennett Scholar)

Mr. Michael F. Welsh

Professional Experience

I am a lawyer with 40 years of litigation experience, having been lead counsel on over a thousand hearings, trials and appeals in all levels of court in this province and in the Supreme Court of Canada, including some 50 formally reported decisions and well over 100 posted on CanLii. Through my professional experience and as a member of professional, wine industry and community organizations I am well-versed in in problem and dispute resolution and in understanding and working with people in difficult situations toward a positive outcome. An effective communicator, I have the ability to assess problems expeditiously and to relate to people from all walks of life. As one who sees life as an opportunity to learn, I never let my mind get stale, but rather seek to educate myself in a wide range of areas. I have taken that learning and passed it on writing, including articles in the Advocate, Bartalk and Canadian Arbitration and Mediation Journal magazines, as author of the Advocate Wine Column and serving as a faculty member in many continuing legal educational conferences and seminars. I have also authored a number of decisions for the BCCRT and Law Society.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Family Law Arbitration LAW SOCIETY OF BC (July, 2013)
  • Family Law Mediation LAW SOCIETY OF BC (August, 2013)
  • Arbitration Part II – Conduct of Arbitration Proceedings, ADR Institute
    of BC (October 2012) – 95% grade
  • Arbitration Part III – Arbitration Workshop, ADR Institute of BC
    (November 2011) – 98% grade
  • Advanced Civil Mediation, CLEBC (February 1997)
  • Family Law Mediation, CLEBC (July 1997)
  • Numerous other workshops, seminars, conferences, symposiums as presenter
    and participant.
Professional and Other Activities

  • 2017 – Appointed Queen’s Counsel, province of British Columbia
  • 2016-2017 – President, Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch
  • 2015-2016 – President, ADR Institute of British Columbia
  • 2018-present – Bencher, Law Society of British Columbia
  • 2015 – Chartered Mediator (C.Med.) ADR Institute of Canada
  • 2013 – Certified family Mediator (C.Fam Arb.) ADR Institute of British Columbia
  • 2020 – Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb.) ADR Institute of Canada
  • 2011 – Fellow (FCIArb.) International Institute of Arbitrators – London, UK
    Certified family mediator and family law arbitrator: Law Society of BC
Academic Qualifications

B.A. (cum laude in philosophy): Cornell University, 1975
LL.B. University of British Columbia, 1980

Ms. Barbara Cornish

Professional Experience

Ms. Cornish is a partner at Singleton Urquhart, specializing in commercial, property and workplace disputes.

In addition to a litigation practice, Ms. Cornish is actively involved in both mediation and arbitration on behalf of her own clients and as a mediator/arbitrator retained by others.

Ms. Cornish has a broad range of experience in most types of commercial disputes including:

  • Insurers and claimants in bodily injury, errors and omissions and property claims.
  • Insurers, property owners, lessees, design professionals and others involved in construction, property and commercial leasing disputes;
  • Employers, contractors, and employees involved in employment, WCB, OHS, privacy and discrimination disputes;

In addition to the above, Ms. Cornish is also the supervising lawyer of the BC Human Rights Clinic, an adjunct professor at UBC, and a Justice of the Peace Adjudicator for the Provincial Court of BC.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Practicing Arbitrator/Mediator since 2002, mediates between 200-250 cases per year and arbitrates 10-15 cases per year.

Mediation

  • Chartered Mediator, Alternate Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada.
  • Registrant, BC Mediator Roster Society.
  • Certified Mediator, International Mediation Institute.

Arbitration

  • Chartered Arbitrator, Alternate Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada.
  • Member, British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute.
  • Arbitrator/Mediator, Sports Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada.
  • Appointee, Panel of Arbitrators, American Dispute Resolution Center
Academic Qualifications

BC Court of Appeal – Law Clerk to the Honourable Carrothers & Hinkson J.J.A.: 1988-1989
University of Victoria,LL.B., 1988
University of Alberta, B.A.(Psychology/Linguistics), 1985
University of Leeds, Speech Pathology Licentiateship, 1978

Martin R. Taylor

Professional Experience

Martin Taylor practiced in Vancouver for 15 years as counsel in commercial and other litigation before serving for 17 years in province’s superior courts. Since leaving the bench, he has been engaged in commercial dispute mediation and resolution, providing advice to members of the legal profession and carrying out a number of government assignments.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Has acted in disputes as sole arbitrator, chair or member of domestic or international arbitration panels, special referee and statutory commissioner
  • Mediated a wide variety of disputes
  • Ethics Commissioner, 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games
  • Member of BCICAC, JAA and ICC panels
  • Canadian Public Accounting Officer
Professional and Other Activities

  • Written and spoken on a variety of legal topics
  • Founding Director, BC Law Institute
  • Founding President, Law Courts Education Society
  • Queen’s Counsel, 1996
  • BC Law Society’s Begbie Award for Exceptional Service, 1998
  • UBC Law Alumni Association Achievement Award, 2009
Academic Qualifications

University of British Columbia, LL.B, 196

Kent G. Woodruff

 

Professional Experience

  • 1972-1991- General practice in Kamloops
  • 1991-1997-Litigation Counsel, insurance, land compensation, commercial leases, contractual, construction (court & arbitration) and appeared before Federal and Provincial administrative tribunals
  • For the last 21 years restricted his practice to alternate dispute resolution.
Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Mediation experience:

  • Mediated over 300 commercial disputes – personal injury, estates, insurance, partnership, construction, strata, environmental damage, property, farm & ranch, forestry, intergovernmental, ALR Community Issues, workplace , Work safe Discrimination

Arbitration experience:

  • 1996 – 2008 adjudicated Residential Tenancy Disputes
  • Conducted domestic commercial arbitrations involving strata, employment, sale of businesses, commercial leases (renewals and other disputes), farms, forestry disputes, insurance (including Referee and UMP coverage), joint ventures, partnerships, professional negligence, construction and corporate disputes.
  • The appointed Appeal Arbitrator under the Canada – British Columbia Crop Insurance Program

Alternate Dispute Resolution Training:

  • Provided alternate resolution training to companies, organizations and the government of BC.
  • Developed and taught the Thompson Rivers University course entitled Conflict Resolution in the Environment

Chartered Mediator, 2001
Chartered Arbitrator, 1994
McGowan Award of Excellence –ADR Institute of Canada, 2000

Professional and Other Activities

  • A Past President of the ADR Institute of Canada and of the British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute
  • A British Columbia International Commercial Centre Trustee

Member:

  • British Columbia Arbitration & Mediation Institute
  • Kamloops Fly Fishers Association
  • British Columbia Wildlife Association
  • Kamloops and District Fish & Game Association
  • Wild Sheep Society of BC
  • Kamloops Bar Association
Academic Qualifications

University of Ottawa, B. Comm., 1963
University of Western Ontario, B.L., 1972
Called to the British Columbia Bar in 1973

Kerry Alan Short

Professional Experience

Kerry Short has practiced over thirty years as an insurance defence lawyer and has conducted many trials and appeals. Kerry has been appointed as a mediator and arbitrator on a range of disputes, from two-party personal injury, construction and insurance coverage cases to more complex multi-party litigation.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Kerry has acted as sole arbitrator on a number of matters over the past 15 years. He has acted as mediator over the past 10 years on a wide range of cases. His training has included all civil CLE mediation courses and a one week mediation training course at Pepperdine University in 2017.

Professional and Other Activities

Kerry is a former fellow of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, is recognized by his peers as a leading lawyer in professional liability with Lexpert, has been recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada in construction law since 2008, and has been named as a leading lawyer in insurance law since 2012.

Academic Qualifications

University of Victoria, B.A. (History) 1979
University of British Columbia LLB 1982

John H. Shevchuk

Professional Experience

John spent the early years of his career as an associate and then a partner in two corporate commercial law firms located in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia. Between 1990 and 1994, he was a partner in one of Canada’s national firms at its Vancouver office. In 1994, he began his own litigation boutique adopting the name Lex Pacifica Law Corporation in 2002.

John’s professional experience includes arbitrator services, counsel before the British Columbia Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the Provincial Court of British Columbia, and numerous Administrative Tribunals including the Property Assessment Appeal Board, the Environmental Appeal Board, and rent review, construction and expropriation arbitration panels.

While having broad experience in civil litigation and dispute resolution, John’s practice focus is in real property assessment and valuation, construction and environmental law, expropriation, and other real property related dispute resolution.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

John has been a Chartered Arbitrator since 1989 and, in addition to his experience as an arbitrator in commercial arbitrations, has taught courses at the British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute.

Professional and Other Activities

  • BCICAC – Domestic Arbitration Panelist
  • ADR Institute of Canada – Chartered Arbitrator
  • Appraisal Institute of Canada – AACI (Hon.)
  • Appraisal Institute of Canada – Associate Member/Appeals Committee Member
  • Appraisal Institute (U.S.) – Member
  • British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute – Member
  • British Columbia Expropriation Association – Member
  • Canadian Property Tax Association – Member
  • International Association of Assessment Officers – Associate Member
  • Real Estate Institute of British Columbia – Professional Member
Academic Qualifications

  • 1983 – University of British Columbia – Bachelor of Laws
  • 1982 – University of British Columbia – Bachelor of Commerce Degree

Mary M. MacKinnon

Professional Experience

Mary Margaret’s practice focuses on the defence of personal injury and sexual abuse claims. She is counsel to a number of national religious institutions, and provides advice on the formation and implementation of policies for responding to allegations of sexual abuse or sexual harassment.

Mary Margaret also acts for schools and school boards – both defending claims and providing workshops and advice on areas of risk management.

Mary Margaret has also been defence counsel for numerous municipalities for over thirty years. She also acts as defence counsel in complex multi-party aviation litigation. She appears regularly as counsel in the British Columbia Supreme Court and British Columbia Court of Appeal.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Mediator in over 50 disputes.
  • Mediated personal injury, property damage, insurance and professional negligence complaints.
  • Counsel for the Plaintiffs in a complex multi-party lawsuit involving the collapse of a large financial institution.
  • Counsel for a number of religious institutions in a large number of sexual abuse claims including extensive experience in residential school claims.
  • Counsel for various municipalities in person injury and property damage claims. Defence of a number of aviation insurers in British Columbia involving product liability and personal injury claims.
  • Provides advice on employment matters to a number of corporate clients.
  • Appears frequently in the Court of Appeal for this firm and on referral from other firms.
Professional and Other Activities

  • Member, Law Society of British Columbia, Yukon, and also appears in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association – Past President, Insurance Law Section Past Executive Committee Vancouver Bar Association
  • Advisory Committee to the Judicial Council – B.C. Bar Association Lecturer – CLE, PLTC, Canadian Institute
Academic Qualifications

2020 CLEBC, Virtual Conflict Resolution Conference

2019 Harvard University, Advanced Mediation

2017 Northwestern University, Mediation Skills Training

2016 Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University, Mediating the Litigated Case

1984 — 1985 Gonville & Caius College University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England LL.M.

1981 — 1984 University of Victoria Faculty of Law LL.B.

1980 — 1981 Universite de Perpignan, Perpignan, France Diplome des Etudes Francaises

1978 — 1980 University of British Columbia Faculty of Arts B.A.

Rose Keith

Professional Experience

Rose is Associate Counsel with Harper Grey and brings over 25 years of experience to her broad civil litigation practice.

Her focus on Workplace Law has provided her with extensive experience advising both employers and employees on employment related matters including wrongful dismissal, constructive dismissal and human rights.

Her general civil litigation practice has included plaintiff’ s personal injury matters relating to sexual abuse claims, UMP claims, defamation, misappropriation, contractual breaches and sales of businesses. Her commercial litigation experience has exposed her to a broad spectrum of maters including real estate disputes, shareholder and partnership disputes, injunctions, fraud and product liability litigation.

Rose is a member of the Mediate BC roster and has experience adjudicating claims through being a member of the CRT. Rose also has experience arbitrating claims both as counsel and as an arbitrator.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Roster member of Mediate BC
  • Extensive experience acting as a mediator in a diverse range of claims including personal injury, contractual breach, workplace matters and estate claims
  • Experience in mediating multi party claims
  • Extensive experience as counsel representing clients in mediations and arbitrations
  • Past member of the Civil Resolution Tribunal with experience adjudicating strata claims and other small claims
Professional and Other Activities

Member, CBA Government Relations Committee
Roster Member, Mediate BC
Admitted to the Bar, 1993
Board Member, Trial Lawyers Association of BC
Chair, CBA Auto Insurance Committee
Editorial Board Member, CIVJI
Past Part Time Member, Civil Resolution Tribunal
Vice Chair, CBA Women’s Lawyer Forum
Past President, Trial Lawyers Association of BC
Member, Chartered Professionals in Human Resources
Member, Law Society of British Columbia
Member, Canadian Bar Association

Academic Qualifications

Appointed Queen’s Counsel, 2019
Justice Institute of BC, Separate Meetings – Pre-mediation and Caucusing, 2018
Justice Institute of BC, The Art of Reframing, 2018
Continuing Legal Education of BC, Med-Arb Training for the DR Professional, 2018
Continuing Legal Education of BC, Advanced Skills for Non-Family Mediators, 2017
Justice Institute of BC, Foundations of Collaborative Conflict Resolution, 2017
Continuing Legal Education of BC, Fundamentals of Mediation, 2016
University of Saskatchewan, J.D., 1992
University of Saskatchewan, B.A., 1989

 

Hon. Neil A. Brown

Professional Experience

The Hon Neil Brown QC is a Queens Counsel in Australia and has had a long and distinguished career in government and the law. He was a Minister in the Federal Government in Australia in charge of portfolios in Attorney-General’s, Communications and Employment and Youth Affairs. In the law, he has appeared in every jurisdiction in Australia and has had experience in commercial, intellectual property, town planning and taxation matters. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Murdoch University in Western Australia. He is a qualified arbitrator and mediator practicing in international and domestic matters in the commercial, communication, intellectual property and governmental fields. He is a leading arbitrator and adviser on internet domain name disputes. Representative cases include:

  • International arbitrations on the sale of goods.
  • A long series of arbitrations, advice, lecturing and tutoring on domain names.
  • Two arbitrations on GST (VAT) relating to small business.
  • Arbitration of a dispute on the international sale of goods between India and the United States.
  • Arbitration of a dispute on the sale of Australian wine to the USA.
  • Arbitration of a dispute between NSW /overseas principal and Victorian agent.
  • Alternative dispute resolution hearing on the price of electricity.
  • Mediation of a dispute on competing proposals for the development of a large tract of land in New South Wales.
  • Mediation of dispute on the provision of fringe benefits under a group of remuneration contracts relating to Fringe Benefits Tax.
  • Mediation on breach of service contract involving IP.
  • Mediation of large construction dispute over steel fixing.
  • Mediation of a dispute on restraint of trade on former employees and directors.
  • Mediation of dispute between lender and shareholders and directors of company.
  • Dispute on the terms of a consultancy agreement.
  • Numerous mediations on quality of work, claims for extras and delays in works.
  • Mediation of several disputes between a private health insurer and groups of private hospitals on the degree of reimbursement to be paid by the insurer to the hospitals.
  • Mediation of several disputes between universities/research institutions and investors on the commercialization of inventions.
Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Practiced in dispute resolution tribunals, arbitration and mediation since 1964
Qualified Arbitrator and Mediator of The Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators, Australia since 2004
Fellow and Chartered Arbitrator of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Intellectual property, Society of Australia and New Zealand

Professional and Other Activities

Maintaining website on domain name arbitration at www.domaintimes.info
Extensive writing and lecturing on arbitration and mediation, including domain name arbitration.

Academic Qualifications

University of Melbourne, LLB 1963