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

Diane E. Tucker

 

Professional ExperienceDiane E. Tucker is the sole proprietor of DET et al., in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She holds the Chartered Arbitrator credential issued by the ADR Institute of Canada, and is a member of the arbitrators’ rosters of the ADR Institutes of Canada and of BC, and the Surrey Board of Trade. She is also an arbiter with Just Resolve!, a dispute resolution group located in the San Francisco Bay Area, and a member of the State Bar of California. She holds Certified Information Privacy Professional credentials for both Canada and the US. She also offers workshops on confidentiality, privacy and conflicts of interest as well as training seminars on other arbitration, ethics and privacy issues. Her law practice has included work in intellectual property, privacy and security in the high tech videogames industries.
Dispute Resolution Experience and TrainingAdjudicator
City of Vancouver, Vancouver, BC, 2017-present
Deciding appeals from decisions by the City from homeowners claiming they are not subject to a municipal tax.Arbitrator
Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, 2017-present
Determining the value of damaged or stolen vehicles when their owners reject offers made by the provincial insurance corporation.

Arbitrator
Mandatory Fee Arbitration Section, State Bar of California, San Francisco, CA 1990 – 2005
Mostly acting as sole arbitrator, decided fee disputes between lawyers and clients turning on the value of professional services rendered. As a seasoned member of the roster, I was assigned to more complicated and high-value cases.

Arbitrator
Lemon Law Auto Cases, Golden Gate Better Business Bureau, San Francisco/Oakland, CA 1984 – 2000
As sole arbitrator or a leader of a 3-person panel, decided cases arising under the Lemon Laws of the State of California, i.e. a material defect in a new vehicle arising within a certain period after purchase.

Judge pro tempore/Mediator
Unlawful Detainer Calendar, Superior Court, City & County of San Francisco, 1996 – 2005
Mediated disputes between landlords and tenants whose matters were pending immediate trial in this forum. Any matters settled were removed from the trial queue, making this practice an important step in the court process.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Chartered Arbitrator, ADR Institute of Canada, Toronto, ON
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional/Canada (CIPP/C), International Association of Privacy Professionals, Portsmouth, NH
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional/US (CIPP/US), International Association of Privacy Professionals, Portsmouth, NH
  • Certificate of Qualification, National Committee on Accreditation, University of Ottawa, ON
  • Marvin E. Lewis Award, Most Inspirational Professor, San Francisco Law School
    Certificate of Appreciation, University of San Francisco
  • Marvin E. Lewis Award, Most Inspirational Professor, San Francisco Law School
    Certificate of Appreciation, University of San Francisco
  • Vice-President, Board of Directors, Place des Arts, Coquitlam, British Columbia
  • Member, State Bar of California
  • Arbiter, Just Resolve!, San Jose, CA
Academic Qualifications

  • 2015, Arbitrator Training, Parts II and III, ADRBC, Vancouver, BC
  • 2005, Certificate of Qualifications, National Committee on Accreditation, University of Ottawa, ON
  • 1978, Juris Doctor, Western State University College of Law, Fullerton, California
  • 1976, Certificate of Merit in Comparative /International Legal Institutions and Jurisprudence, McGeorge Law School, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California (classes in Heidelberg, Vienna and Budapest)
  • 1972, Bachelor of Arts, Theology, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio

Carol L. Roberts

Professional Experience

Experienced dispute resolution professional with a strong track record of providing competent and efficient mediation and arbitration services in a variety of areas, including: sports, employment, human rights, workers’ compensation, and real property assessment. Skilled communicator and negotiator with the ability to navigate different legal cultures and agreements when dealing with international arbitration cases. Recognized for degree of professionalism, respect, and compassion shown to tribunal participants. Accrued experience in the area of conflict of interest/ethics, fairness, & conducting harassment investigations.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Arbitrator and Mediator, Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada
  • Arbitrator and Mediator, Court of Arbitration for Sport
  • Ad-Hoc Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) – 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil and 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang
  • Member, British Columbia Employment Standards Tribunal
  • Adjudicator, Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat
  • Grievance Arbitrator, Unjust Dismissal Adjudicator & Wage Recovery Referee under Canada Labour Code
  • Adjudicator, University of Victoria Discrimination and Harassment Policy Roster
  • Member, Yukon and Nunatsiavut Dispute Resolution Boards
  • Mediator, Canadian Human Rights Commission Roster of ADR Specialists with Experience in Aboriginal Communities
  • Law Society of British Columbia, Fee Mediator
  • Member, Ethics Committee, International Floorball Federation

Past Professional Engagements Include:

  • Member, Musqueam Indian Band Board of Review
  • Conflict of Interest Commissioner, Legislative Assembly of the N.W.T.
  • Ethics Advisor, Rapid Transit Project 2000 Ltd. & Vancouver Trade & Convention Centre Expansion Project
  • Vice-Chair, BC Workers Compensation Appeal Tribunal
  • Member, Property Assessment Appeal Board and British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal
Professional and Other Activities

  • Northwest Territories Law Reform Committee
  • Northwest Territories Law Society
  • N.W.T. Law Reports Editorial Board, Discipline Committee (Non – Resident)
  • Co‑Chair, Northwest Territories Branch, Canadian Bar Association, Native Law Subsection
  • Law Society of British Columbia, Discipline and Credentials Committee
  • Law Society of British Columbia, Discipline and Credentials Hearing Panel
  • National Steering Committee, National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL), Trustee, NAWL Trust
  • British Columbia Branch, Canadian Bar Association: Administrative Law and ADR Subsections
  • Equality Committee, Advisory Committee to Judicial Council of B.C.
  • Y.W.C.A. Board of Directors, Yellowknife, Judge, Y.W.C.A. Women of Distinction Awards, Victoria, B.C.
  • Director, Belfry Theatre, Victoria, B.C.
  • Law Society of B.C.
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section
  • Member, Mediate B.C.
  • Judicial Justice, Provincial Court of British Columbia
Academic Qualifications

B.A. Political Science Major, University of Calgary
LL.B., University of Calgary

“Get on Board’ Governance Education Program, Intermediate Series, Canadian Board Diversity Council
Cornell University Summer Institute of International & Comparative Law, LL.M. credit courses, Paris, France
Summer Seminar of International Law (International Economic Law), University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

Dr. John J. Maalouf

Professional Experience

Dr. John J. Maalouf, Senior Partner of the Firm, is one of Wall Street’s top lawyers and is a globally recognized expert in the areas of International Trade & Finance Law, International Arbitration, Corporate & Business Law, Banking Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Oil & Gas Law, Pharmaceuticals Law, Telecommunications Law, and Intellectual Property Law.

Under John’s leadership, Maalouf Ashford & Talbot has been honored as “Law Firm of the Year” in the United States, Dubai, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, China, Lebanon, Egypt, Qatar, Bahrain, the United Kingdom, and Brazil for 2018 in 54 different categoriesIn addition, John has been ranked as one of the Top 10 International Trade & Finance Lawyers in the United States for the past 14 consecutive years by the United States Lawyer Rankings – 2019 Edition, 2018 Edition, 2017 Edition, 2016 Edition, 2015 Edition, 2014 Edition, 2013 Edition, 2012 Edition, 2011 Edition, 2010 Edition, 2009 Edition, 2008 Edition, 2007 Edition and 2006 Edition.

Dr. Maalouf regularly counsels clients on matters involving international business transactions, international arbitrations & mediations, mergers & acquisitions, oil & gas transactions, compliance issues, international banking, and foreign investment in the Middle-East. In addition, John specializes in representing multinational companies in connection with intellectual property law matters, pharmaceutical law matters, and technology, media and telecommunications law matters.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

In addition to being one of the world’s leading lawyers, Dr. Maalouf is also an International Arbitrator with the following Courts of International Arbitration and International Arbitration Centers:

  • London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC)
  • Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)
  • Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC)
  • International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA – The Hague, The Netherlands)
  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA – United States of America)
  • Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA)
  • British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre (BCICAC) and
  • GCC Arbitration Centre (Bahrain)

As an International Arbitrator, Dr. Maalouf has over 12 years of experience deciding large international commercial disputes between multinational companies around the world.

Professional and Other Activities

Dr. Maalouf has been ranked as one of the Top 10 International Trade & Finance Lawyers in the United States for the past 13 consecutive years by the United States Lawyer Rankings – 2006 to 2018 Editions. In addition, under his leadership, Maalouf Ashford & Talbot has been honored as “Law Firm of the Year” in the United States, Dubai, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, China, Lebanon, Egypt, Qatar, Bahrain, the United Kingdom, and Brazil for 2018 in 54 different categories

Academic Qualifications

Bachelors of Science (Economics), Boston University, 1990
Juris Doctor, Suffolk University School of Law, 1993
LL.M. (International Banking and Financial Services Law), Boston University School of Law, 1994

While in law school, John received the American Jurisprudence Award for Academic Excellence and was on the Dean’s List.

Joan Cotie

Professional Experience

Joan is committed to working with clients to create dynamic, healthy relationships for families and organizations. Joan’s work is multi-disciplinary. She is trained as a social worker, mediator and arbitrator with more than 35 years of experience. Joan is able to apply her skills and knowledge from these professions to build agreements that are unique and meet the needs of all clients. She believes that the parties self-determination and the creativity of people working together is the basis of conflict resolution. Her approach is respectful, facilitative and flexible to the parties needs while working collaboratively toward mutually beneficial solutions.

Joan’s experience with the not-for-profit sector, union and labour sector, and with children, youth and families gives her a multi-faceted perspective and knowledge.

Formally educated in Child Care Work (diploma), Social Work, (Bachelor and Masters degrees) Law, Women’s Studies (Bachelor’s level) and Conflict Resolution (certificate) (mediation, negotiation, parent coordination and arbitration).

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Mediator 20 years; Arbitrator 12 years; Parent Coordinator 8 years
  • Conflict Resolution Certificate ICAM (308 hours)
  • JIBC Mediated Agreements/Court Orders; Substance Use Issues; Multi-Cultural Issues
  • CLEBC Parent Coord; Interviewing Children
  • Mediate BC Mediating Insurance/Personal Injury; Ethics/Standards for DR professionals
  • ADRIC Managing Mental Health in the Workplace
  • ADRBC Cyber Security Risk; Workplace Bullying; Arbitration Civil, Family, Strata
Professional Qualifications

  • Chartered Arbitrator (ADR Institute of Canada)
  • Chartered Mediator (ADR Institute of Canada)
  • Registered Social Worker (BC College of Social Workers)
Professional and Other Activities

  • Family Mediation Canada Elder Mediation Committee member
  • Appointed Member of the B.C. Property Assessment Review Panel (6 yrs.)
  • Appointed Member of the Employment & Assistance Appeal Tribunal (6 yrs.- 2008 – 2014 – maximum appointment & reappointed 2018)
  • Ministry of Attorney General – Mediate B.C. Member – Civil & Family Mediation Rosters
  • BC Hear the Child Society Member
  • BC Parent Coordination Roster Society Member
  • Ministry of Education Student Appeals Board Mediator and Adjudicator Rosters
  • Association of Family & Conciliation Courts Member
  • South Island Dispute Resolution Centre Member & Contractor
  • ADRBC Roster, Member, Board & Committee Member, Chartered Mediator, Chartered Arbitrator & ICBC Arbitration Roster Member
  • Chair – ADR Canada Designations Marketing Sub-Committee
  • B.C. Association of Social Workers
  • B.C. Non Profit Housing Association – Certified Instructor
  • Family Mediation Canada
Academic Qualifications

  • University of Victoria, Certificate in Adult & Continuing Education Program
  • Justice Institute of BC, Section 211 Report Writing Course
  • BC Arbitration & Mediation Institute, Arbitration Training Certificates, Strata; Arbitration & Family
  • University of Victoria, Multi-Disciplinary Masters-Masters in Social Work (MSW) degree
  • Nanaimo Small Claims Court, Small Claims Court Mediation Practicum
  • Institute of Conflict Analysis, Conflict Resolution Certificate and Management
  • University of Victoria, Bachelor of Social Work Degree (With Distinction)
  • American Correctional, Legal Issues for Probation & Parole Officers
  • Carleton University, Combined Majors – Law and Women’s Studies
  • Mohawk College A.A.T., Child Care Worker Diploma (Honours)

Colleen Cattell

 

Professional Experience

Ms. Cattell was called to the Bar in 1986 and practised with the Vancouver law firm Douglas, Symes & Brissenden, and subsequently McKechnie & Company. Her practice focussed on commercial and construction litigation and professional negligence claims. She started mediating in 1998 and was appointed Queens Counsel in 2006.

She now works as a full-time mediator and arbitrator in a wide range of areas including construction and business disputes, personal injury and insurance claims, and wills & estates litigation.

Ms. Cattell is a Chartered Mediator of the ADR Institute of Canada and a member of Mediate B.C. (Civil and Child Protection Rosters), the Law Society of British Columbia, Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Arbitration and Mediation Institute, and the Commercial Mediation Association.

She served from 2003 to 2007 as President of Mediate B.C, and taught Mediation Advocacy as an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law. She also acted as Manager of the Small Claims Court Pilot Project launched in 2007 for the Dispute Resolution Office of the Ministry of Attorney General, and as a Mentor in the Child Protection Mediation Practicum Program.

A frequent CLE presenter, Ms. Cattell has written and spoken extensively on construction and commercial litigation and alternate dispute resolution and teaches the Fundamentals of Mediation course for CLE. Since 2003 she has provided negotiation consulting and training to clients around the world with ENS International based in Sydney, Australia, a global consulting network in over 48 countries and 10 languages.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Completed mediation training through CLE and started mediating in 1998 and arbitrating in 2006
  • Completed mediation practicum with CDRC (Canadian Dispute Resolution Corporation)
  • Completed professional negotiation training and certification with ENS International in 2003
  • Served from 2003 to 2007 as President of Mediate BC
  • Taught Mediation Advocacy at the UBC Faculty of Law from 2003 to 2007, has taught the Fundamentals of Mediation course for CLE since 2013, and is a frequent presenter and author on ADR
  • Co-chaired the CLE Annual ADR Conference in 2006, 2012, 2014, and was a speaker in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2015
  • Became lead instructor of the CLE Fundamentals of Mediation course in 2013
Professional and Other Activities

  • Appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2006
  • Chartered Mediator of the ADR Institute of Canada
  • President of BC Dispute Resolution Practicum Society, now Mediate BC, from 2002 -2007
  • Member of the Law Society of BC and the Canadian Bar Association
  • Member of the Commercial Mediation Association
  • Appointed to the Health Professionals Review Board in 2013 and the Civil Resolution Tribunal in 2015
  • Past Board member of the B.C. Civil Resolution Tribunal, Health Professions Review Board and the West Vancouver Community Foundation
  • Past National Chair of the Women’s Legal Education & Action Fund (“LEAF”), Director and Vice-President of West Coast LEAF
  • Past President of Mediate B.C. and Executive Member of the CBA (BC Branch) Women Lawyers Forum
Academic Qualifications

LL.B., University of Victoria – 1985
B.A., Honours, University of Victoria – 1982