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

Marvin R.V. Storrow

Professional Experience

Mr. Storrow is a senior litigation partner involved in arbitration, mediation, civil and criminal law. His expertise includes general commercial litigation, personal injury, native claims, general commercial litigation, criminal law, environmental law, “White Collar Crime”, anti-dumping and international trade cases

His practice has involved numerous appearances at all levels of the provincial and federal court systems, including numerous appearances before the Supreme Court of Canada. Mr. Storrow was counsel on the leading First Nations cases of Guerin v. Her Majesty the Queen, R. v. Sparrow, Roberts v. The Queen, and R. v. Gladstone at all court levels along with a number of aboriginal rights and other leading Canadian cases including ApsassinDelgamuukwandErmineskin v. Her Majesty the Queen. Three of his cases have been ranked by Canadian legal scholars as among the top 15 most important cases in Canadian legal history.

Mr. Storrow has conducted several trials at all Court levels in the Northwest Territories and in every province of Canada except Prince Edward Island.

Mr. Storrow’s cases appear approximately 500 times in various Canadian legal reports.

Mr. Storrow is recognized annually in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as one of the leading lawyers in Canada.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Mr. Storrow has been involved with a wide variety of litigious matters and alternative dispute resolution matters over the past 47 years.

  • Arbitrator since approximately 1985
  • Chartered Arbitrator – ADR Institute of Canada
  • Member of the arbitrator panels of the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre, the British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada
Professional and Other Activities

  • Recipient of the Chief Justice James Valentine Milvain, Visiting Chair in Advocacy (University of Calgary) in 1987. This Award is awarded to a leading Canadian barrister.
  • The Georges A. Goyer, Q.C. Award for exceptional contributions to the legal profession.
  • Mr. Storrow was awarded the University of British Columbia Alumni Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. This Award is given to recognize an extraordinary individual who through a lifetime of outstanding service and contribution to the community has demonstrated the true spirit of the Association’s mission.
  • Mr. Storrow has received an LL.D. (honoris causa) Doctorate Degree from the Justice Institute of British Columbia.

Mr. Storrow has written and lectured on a number of “White Collar Crime”, “Aboriginal Rights”, “Medicare in Canada” “Child Pornography” and several other matters and acted as defence counsel in one of Canada’s first money laundering cases.

Mr. Storrow has been a frequent lecturer and conference co-ordinator for both the Continuing Legal Education Society of B.C. and the University of British Columbia Law School. He has delivered lectures and chaired panels both inside and outside of Canada as well as at the University of Victoria, School of Public Administration; Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice; The International Centre for Criminal Law Reform & Criminal Justice Policy, Canada; Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia and Pacific Business & Law Institute, the University of Calgary Law School and Pacific Business & Law.

Academic Qualifications

University of British Columbia, LL.B., 1962
Admitted to the British Columbia, Alberta and Northwest Territories Bars

Mr. Robert M. Smith

Professional Experience

Robert M. Smith, Esq., has more than 20 years of commercial litigation and trial experience. He was responsible for overseas litigation worldwide at Bank of America. Subsequently, he had his own commercial litigation firm representing three dozen financial institutions. Prior to law school, Mr. Smith was a correspondent in the Washington Bureau of the New York Times.

Mr. Smith is a Barrister (Inner Temple, Lincoln’s Inn) in the UK. He is admitted to the Bars of California, New York, and the District of Columbia. He is fluent in French and German, and speaks intermediate Spanish.

Mr. Smith has commercial law experience that includes such matters as: high-tech lending, sexual harassment, computer license disputes, project finance, international letters of credit, construction disputes, insurance coverage, and personal injury.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Robert M. Smith has been an arbitrator and mediator for more than 20 years. He has mediated hundreds of complex matters in a wide range of subject areas and in many jurisdictions. He was Director of Mediation at CEDR (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution) in London, as well as a Registered Mediator and Chartered Arbitrator in the UK. He has lectured on ADR widely—at the Law Faculty of Oxford University, the United Nations in Turin, Nairobi, Warsaw, Dublin, Singapore, and Amsterdam. He is the author of ADR for Financial Institutions (West Group, 2d ed. 1998, 1200 pp.).

Mr. Smith has completed more than 400 hours of mediation/arbitration training and teaching, including:

  • Practicum for Experienced Mediators, CDR Associates, Boulder, Colorado, 09/1994, 32 hours
  • Mediation Seminar, Stanford Law School, Palo Alto, California, 06/1994, 20 hours
  • Mediation Training, American Academy of Attorney-Mediators, Oakland, California, 01/1993, 15 hours
  • Mediation Training, American Arbitration Association, San Francisco, California, 01/1993, 15 hours
  • Mediation & ADR Training, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Denver, Colorado, 09/1992, 24 hours

Mr. Smith’s mediation style depends on the wishes of the parties and counsel, and his sense of what is appropriate and likely to be effective.

Mr. Smith has more than 250 references from law firms and corporate and government law departments on five continents. For more representative matters, expanded biography, references and testimonials, please see www.robertmsmith.com

Professional and Other Activities

Mr. Smith serves, or has served, as a mediator or arbitrator on the following panels:

  • UN’s World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, Switzerland
  • the World Bank
  • London Court of International Arbitration
  • Arbitration Subcommittee to the U.S. Council for International Business
  • Centre de Médiation et d’Arbitrage de Paris (CMAP) – Médiateur Agréé
  • Center for Public Resources, Panel of Distinguished Neutrals

Mr. Smith has been elected a Fellow of:

  • the American College of Civil Trial Mediators
  • the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators
  • the International Academy of Mediators
Academic Qualifications

JD, Yale Law School (Board of Editors, Yale Law Journal)
MS in Journalism with High Honors, Columbia University
MA in International Affairs, Columbia University
Diploma Sobresaliente, Centro de Estudios de Español (Barcelona)
Fulbright Scholar, University of Tübingen (Germany)
AB with Honors, Harvard College

Mr. Vincent R. Orchard

Professional Experience

Vincent Orchard was a litigation partner at Borden Ladner Gervais Vancouver office. He was admitted to the British Columbia Bar in 1976. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Manitoba. Vincent started his career at the Federal Department of Justice in Vancouver before joining Ladner Downs. He is a former Supreme Court of Canada law clerk.

Vincent was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 2004.

  • Senior Counsel managing major litigations files for international and national corporations and public bodies
  • Has appeared as counsel at all levels of courts and tribunals in British Columbia as well as the Supreme Court of Canada and Federal Court, Trial Division and Federal Court of Appeal
  • Practice focused in the area of civil litigation, arbitration and mediation of civil disputes including personal injury, insurance, product liability, class actions, professional negligence, media law including defamation and aspects of Aboriginal law and commercial disputes
  • Acted for a broad range of insurers, corporations and individuals. Involved in insurance coverage disputes, casualty claims, contract disputes, property claims, life and disability, product liability and class actions
Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Mr. Orchard is certified as a Chartered Arbitrator. Mr. Orchard is a civil mediator on the Mediate B.C. Civil Roster. Mr. Orchard has participated in hundreds of mediations covering a broad range of civil disputes. Mr. Orchard is also Chair of the panel of Arbitrators and Referees for the Hepatitis C Class Action litigation in British Columbia resulting in many published decisions. Mr. Orchard has forty years of experience in resolving disputes.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Appeared regularly as a speaker at CLE seminars
  • Author of published papers and articles
  • BC Arbitration and Mediation Institute
  • Past Chair of Insurance Law subsection of Canadian Bar Association/ British Columbia Branch
  • Past Chair of Insurance Law subsection of Canadian Bar Association/ Insurance Corporation of British Columbia Liaison Committee
  • Member ADR Institute of Canada
  • ADR WEB arbitrator/mediator
Academic Qualifications

Dartmouth College, BA
University of Manitoba, LLB

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

Christopher J. O’Connor

Professional Experience

  • Christopher O’Connor, Q.C. is a former Partner of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Has extensive experience in advising owners and contractors with respect to construction disputes, delay claims and all forms of construction disputes.
  • Advised sureties with respect to contractor defaults and L&M bond claims.
  • Advised fidelity insurers with respect to coverage issues under brokers’ blanket bonds, bankers blanket bonds, and subrogation claims arising from such disputes.
  • Acted for various parties in the leaky condo crisis in British Columbia including the Ministry of Education with respect to leaky schools.
  • Has experience in major matters such as the Capilano Twin Tunnel Project, the Lions gate Bridge Re-Decking, The Millennium Line, the Save-on Foods roof collapse, design and construction of a Potash Plant, design and construction of transmission lines, construction of manufacturing plants, construction of the Expo 86 ALRT guideway, the failure of posttension cables in buildings, claim arising out of the construction of hydro facilities, wastewater treatment plants, and bridges, highways and recreation centres.
Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Christopher O’Connor, Q.C. has extensive experience in arbitrations and mediations, including acting as an arbitrator in a dispute relating to the construction of mine, a dispute relating of a co-generation plant, a dispute with respect to the construction of a transmission line, the annual price under a long term gas supply agreement, a dispute relating to the construction of a school, a dispute relating to the construction of a pipe line, a dispute relating to the construction of a highways bridge, a highways maintenance contract, a hospital, a golf course club house and a hotel, disputes relating to a purchase and sale agreement of shares in number of companies in the food industry, a commission agreement for a loan, the amount of rent payable under a lease, and a real estate partnership dispute, and a law firm’s departure dispute.

  • Lectured at University of British Columbia Law School in ADR Course
  • Participated in seminars conducted by Insight, the Canadian Institute, and The British Columbia Continuing Legal Education with respect to arbitration issues and mediation issues
  • Participated as a lecturer at Forbes Conference on the Americas in Miami, Florida: The Enforcement of International Arbitration Awards in Canada and Association of Professional Engineers Annual Conference: Arbitration
  • Accredited the designation Chartered Arbitrator by the Arbitration and Mediation Institute of Canada
  • Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London, England
  • Accredited mediator and arbitrator at the British Columbia International Arbitration Centre
Professional and Other Activities

  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in Canada as the 2011 Vancouver Construction Lawyer of the Year
  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in Canada as the 2015 Vancouver Construction Lawyer of the Year
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in Chambers Canada (construction law) and Best Lawyers in Canada (construction law; director and officer liability; insurance law)
  • Recognized in Benchmark Canada – The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys (local litigation star – British Columbia)
  • Recognized in the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (construction law)
  • Listed in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (construction law; international commercial arbitration; litigation – commercial insurance)
  • Featured in Who’s Who Legal: Construction and Who’s Who Legal: Canada, as well as the construction chapter in the compendium edition of Who’s Who Legal
  • One of the top 500 lawyers in Canada
  • Accredited AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Past Governor of the College of Canadian Construction Lawyers
Academic Qualifications

Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto, 1976
BA with Distinction from Carleton University, 1973

Contact

O’Connor Dispute Resolution Inc.
1887 Bonito Crescent,
Nanoose, BC, Canada V9P 9J1
Email: chris@oconnoradr.com
Phone: 778-229-1708

Mr. John W. Norton

Professional Experience

Mr. Norton has practiced business law for over 30 years and during the last 10 years has also acted as counsel and chair in various arbitrations relating to major business issues and real estate matters.

He is known for his practical and strategic approach to legal and business problems. Mr. Norton practices law in the area of mergers & acquisitions and divestitures, corporate governance and commercial law.

Mr. Norton has extensive experience in real estate development law and venture capital law.

He also acted Counsel on behalf of the Vancouver International Airport Authority, Department of Justice, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, and United Van Lines. He was finance Chairman for Doug Mowatt, and he is Chairman of Universal Packaging Inc.

Professional and Other Activities

Mr. Norton is a member of a number of Canadian and International Associations, and is an International Associate of the American Bar Association;

  • The Law Society of British Columbia
  • The Canadian Bar Association
  • ADR Institute of Canada
  • British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre

Mr. Norton has been a director of numerous companies and advisory boards, including B.C. Housing Management Commission, Downtown Vancouver Association, Yaletown Housing Society, Vancouver Neurological Centre, Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club, St. George’s School Foundation, Shawnigan Lake School Board of Governors, Thunderbird Golf Society, Pacific Parkinson Research Institute, Air Canada Championship, Order of St. John Palliative Care Foundation, as well as many closely held corporations.

Academic Qualifications

B. Comm., University of British Columbia, 1968
LL.B., University of British Columbia, 1969
Chartered Arbitrator, 1990

Mr. John R. Singleton

Professional Experience

Mr. Singleton has practiced law since 1969. He has concentrated on the areas of insurance, construction, professional liability and environmental matters, on behalf of property owners, architects, engineers, contractors, regulatory agencies and insurers. He has acted as counsel in several precedent-setting cases involving insurers, architects, engineers and other participants in the construction industry and has been counsel on a wide variety of problems related to environmental issues.

Mr. Singleton is also a chartered arbitrator and mediator of complex commercial disputes, and is actively involved in both mediation and arbitration on behalf of his own clients and as a mediator/arbitrator retained by others. He also acts as a fairness advisor/monitor of procurement activities in a variety of settings.

Mr. Singleton is an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University Law School and the University of British Columbia Law School.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Forty-two years of practice in dispute resolution.
  • Counsel at all levels of courts and before Administrative Tribunals.
  • Fairness Advisor on multiple construction and infrastructure projects.
  • Arbitrator/Mediator multiple disputes.
  • Professor of Law, including ADR, at UMB and Stanford.
Professional and Other Activities

  • Fellow, Canadian College of Construction Lawyers
  • Member, Federation of Defence and Corporate Counsel
  • Member, Defence Research Institute
  • Member, Arbitrators Institute of Canada
  • Arbitrator, American Dispute Resolution Center
  • General Counsel, Municipal Insurance Association of British Columbia
  • Member, Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
  • Member, Panel of Arbitrators of China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration
  • Adjunct Professor, UBC and Stanford
Academic Qualifications

B. A., University of Alberta, 1966
LL.L., University of Alberta, 1969
University of London, London School of Economics and Political Science, England, Master of Laws, 1970

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 J. McIntyre

Professional Experience

J.J. McIntyre has more than 35 years experience as a trial lawyer, appellate counsel, arbitration counsel, commercial arbitrator and mediator in international and domestic disputes. He has served as party appointed arbitrator and chair of triumvirate panels as well as sole arbitrator in institutional and ad hoc arbitrations. He authored the Vancouver Maritime Arbitrators Association (“VMAA”) 2016 Arbitration Rules.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Over 35 years of experience as counsel, arbitrator and mediator

  • Completed the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London) Accelerated Route to Fellowship Course
  • Attended Introduction session for new panel members and the 2017 Sport Dispute and Resolution Centre of Canada (“SDRCC”) conference
  • Arbitrator (Sole, Chair and co-arbitrator) in international and domestic disputes concerning contracts for purchase and supply of goods, services, construction, and repair
  • Adjudicator (Sole, Panel member, Chair) in national and provincial sports federation hearings and appeals under their bylaws; reviewing officer athlete appeals
  • Counsel for parties in disputes before Court of Arbitration for Sport and the SDRCC
Professional and Other Activities

  • Fellow Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London) (FCIArb)
  • Member of CBA, Law Societies of BC and Yukon
  • Past Chairman CBA National Sections Council, National Civil Liberties Section, BC Civil Liberties Section
  • Director and Chair of Rules Revision Committee of VMAA
  • Arbitrating Member of the VMAA, International Commercial Court (“ICC”) Canada, the Canadian Transportation Agency (“CTA”) and the SDRCC
  • Author of papers and speaker at conferences and seminars for BCAMI, International Congress of Maritime Arbitrators and VMAA at Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Copenhagen and Vancouver
Academic Qualifications

University of Saskatchewan, Bachelor of Laws, 1980
University of Saskatchewan, Bachelor of Science (High Honours Chemistry), 1977