Gary S. Snarch

Professional Experience

Gary Snarch is a chartered arbitrator (C.Arb), mediator and lawyer. He has been providing arbitral and mediation services on corporate/commercial, construction professional negligence and insurance related matters for the last 20 years.

Gary has also practiced law as a commercial litigator for 40 years appearing before all Courts including the Supreme Court of Canada and before numerous regulatory bodies. He was a senior partner with the law firm of Snarch and Allen before joining Taylor Veinotte Sullivan as Associate Counsel in 2006. He has been recognized for a number of years by LEXPERT as a leading litigation practitioner, and by Canada Benchmark as a Litigation Star.

As counsel, Gary Snarch has appeared before the:

  • Supreme Court of Canada
  • BC Court of Appeal
  • BC Supreme Court
  • Federal Court of Appeal
  • Federal Court of Canada – Trial Division
  • BC Provincial Court
  • BC Securities Commission
  • Vancouver Stock Exchange Hearing Panels
  • Investment Dealers Association (IDA) and Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) Hearing Panels
  • Market Regulation Services Inc. (the independent regulation service provider for Canadian Equity market including the TSX and the TSX Venture Exchange)
  • BC Labour Relations Board
Professional Qualifications

  • BCL and LL.B., McGill University 1978
  • Member of the Law Society of British Columbia since 1979
  • Associate Counsel with the law firm of Taylor Veinotte Sullivan
  • Chartered Arbitrator with the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre
  • and the ADR Institute of Canada since 2005
  • Mediator with the British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute
  • Member of the ADR Institute of Canada
  • Designated as a Chair for hearings with the British Columbia Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal
  • Previously designated as a Chair for hearings under the Investment Dealers Association, TSX and the Universal Market Integrity Rules
  • Appointed as a Panel member for British Columbia Law Society Conduct Reviews
  • Appointed as a Panel Member for mediations/arbitrations for the National Automobile Dealer Arbitration Program
  • Member of the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre Appeal Panel
  • Appointed as a Panel Chair by IIROC (Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada)
Professional and Other Activities

  • Recognized by LEXPERT as an expert in Securities litigation
  • Chartered Arbitrator (C. Arb.)
  • Member of Law Society of British Columbia since 1979
  • Member of Canadian Bar Association since 1979
  • Chartered Arbitrator and Member of British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute
  • Member of ADR Institute of Canada
  • Panel member of the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre
  • Continuing Legal Education Instructor and contributing author for CLE courses on Securities Litigation –Broker Liability
  • Providing regular seminars to securities industry and to members of the Canadian Securities Institute
Academic Qualifications

BCL, McGill University, 1978
LL.B., McGill University, 1978

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

Dhandapani Saravanan

Professional Experience

D. Saravanan completed Degree in Law from University of Madras and enrolled himself as an advocate in the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu in the year 1992 and he was trained under the eminent senior lawyer Sri.K.T.Palpandian. He has been practicing in the Chartered High Court of Judicature at Madras in various fields like, Civil (Original & Appellate Side), Criminal (Limited Area), Constitution, Labour & Service, Insurance, Banking, Consumer, Rent Control Laws, Accident Claims, Arbitration & IPR. Considerable cases, in which he appeared as counsel, were reported in leading Regional Law Journals.

He has appeared as lead and co-counsel in numerous domestic and international arbitration proceedings concerning the disputes relating to construction, joint ventures, financial services, international trade, employment disputes, property, maritime, shipbuilding, franchises, investment, on and Offshore contracts, securities and general contractual matters.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

D. Saravanan has been accredited as Arbitrator/Neutral by various international leading and renowned arbitral bodies, such as, ICDR of American Arbitration Association, WIPO (Switzerland), CRCICA ( Egypt ), NAI (The Netherlands), CEPANI (Belgium), DOMPCA, AIAC (Malaysia), DIAC (Duabi) and many Arbitration Institutions in Poland, Lithuania, Ghana, Philippines, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco and Bahrain including Indian arbitral bodies, such as, CNICA, ICADR, FACT, East Indian Cotton Association, Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, etc., He is also an empaneled arbitrator in various public sector undertakings of the Government of India.

He has been empanelled as Arbitrator by the National Internet Exchange of India (Government of India Organization under the Ministry of Information Technology) and resolving .IN domain name disputes. He has resolved many domain name disputes involving international trade marks, such as, Kellys Blue Book, Kingston, NBA Sports, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Microsoft, etc., under National Arbitration Forum (NAF), USA and Asian Domain Disputes Resolution (ADNDRC).

Professional and Other Activities

D. Saravanan is also one of the founder trustees and Chairman of an arbitration centre, namely, Council for National and International Commercial Arbitration (CNICA- www.cnica.org) and CNICA Mediation Center, under the agies of a non-profit Trust called Trust for Alternative Disputes Resolution.

He has undergone a training programme in Workplace conflicts in U.S.A. and also a mediation training programme conducted by the High Court of Madras annexed Tamilnadu Mediation and Conciliation. He has been accredited as mediator by the High Court, Chennai, Labour Courts, Chennai, Small Causes Courts for accidents claims, Chennai, Family Courts, Chennai and Courts in Trichy District. As mediator, he was able to assist the disputants to arrive at an amicable settlement in or about 200 disputes so far.

He is a trainer for arbitrators and mediators and trained many in-house arbitrators concerning public sector undertakings of Government of India. He is a regular speaker on arbitration in various institutions, associations, organizations, chambers of commerce, etc. and he has attended several conferences, seminars and workshops. His articles on arbitration have been published in various journals and he is one of the co-authors on the compilation of case laws rendered by Supreme Court of India on Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996.

Academic Qualifications

Degree in Law, University of Madras, India (1992)
Bar Council of Tamil Nadu, Roll No.375 of 1992

Kathryn S. Sainty

Professional Experience

  • Kathryn was called to the Bar of British Colombia in 1986 following which she practiced in a variety of firms in the Vancouver area.
  • While in private practice, Kathryn gained experience in a wide variety of areas including family, corporate/ commercial, real estate, entertainment and securities law.
  • In 1997 Kathryn left private practice to become Legal Counsel to the Chief Justice and Associate Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. In 2001, she was appointed a district registrar of the Court at New Westminster and in 2010 she became the Registrar of the Supreme Court of British Columbia.
  • Kathryn has a long-standing interest in consensual dispute resolution. She obtained her mediation training at Harvard Law School (Program on Negotiation) in 2012 and through the American Arbitration Association University in 2013. Kathryn is an accredited “family dispute resolution professional” (mediator and arbitrator) by the Law Society of British Columbia and a member of the Mediate BC Civil Roster.
  • Kathryn is an experienced adjudicator (former Registrar of the Supreme Court of British Columbia). She is a member of the domestic and mediation panels of the British Columbia International Commercial Centre and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
  • Kathryn retired from the Supreme Court in June 2014 and returned to private practice where she now works full time as a mediator and arbitrator in a wide range of areas including business disputes, personal injury and insurance claims, wills and estates litigation, family law matters, and wrongful dismissal and employment disputes. Kathryn also provides litigation consulting services to lawyers in areas in which she has a particular expertise such as family law, Legal Profession Act matters, and the areas of bankruptcy, costs and wills and estates.
  • Kathryn is a much sought after presenter. She has spoken to groups on many occasions on the subjects of costs, review of lawyer’s bills, bankruptcy, family law, law practice management and client relations. Kathryn has been praised for her “direct yet approachable demeanor”; others have remarked on the excellent quality of her “practical and useful tips and information” and “very concise and thorough” presentations. She brings those skills to her arbitration, mediation, and litigation consulting practice.
Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • CIArb – Chartered Institute of Arbitrators – Member
  • British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre – Panelist – Domestic and Mediation
  • Mediate BC Civil Roster
  • Family Dispute Resolution Professional (Mediator) – Law Society of British Columbia
  • Family Dispute Resolution Professional (Arbitrator) – Law Society of British Columbia
  • Essential Skills for the New Mediator – American Arbitration Association University (December 2013)
  • Domestic Violence Screening Training (June 2013)
  • Mediating Disputes – Harvard Law School, Program on Negotiation (June 2012)
  • Arbitration Training Institute – American Bar Association (February 2011)
Professional and Other Activities

Kathryn Sainty is an experienced lawyer specializing in arbitration, mediation and litigation consulting. She has a broad mix of skills and background from private practice in family, corporate/commercial, real estate entertainment and securities law and 14 years experience as a registrar of the Supreme Court of British Columbia presiding over hearings dealing with a wide range of subject matters.

Kathryn has a passion for consensual dispute resolution (CDR), for learning and training others. Kathryn strives to continually learn and to assist others in their own professional growth.

Kathryn has recently published (with Christopher Hope) a book on costs and disbursements and has contributed to several Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia publications.

Kathryn believes in giving back to her community. She is a member of several professional organisations and has been and is a director of a number of non-profit organisations. She is recognised by her peers as an effective presenter and is often called upon to speak to groups, including on the areas of professional ethics and responsibilities.

Academic Qualifications

University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law, JD (1985)
University of Toronto, Trinity College, BA (Economics) (1981)
International Baccalaureate Diploma (1977), Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific, Victoria, BC

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

Pierre Brossoit

Professional Experience

With over 30 years’ experience, Pierre Brossoit is frequently involved in complex, high-stakes cases.

Business clients also appreciate his rich experience and consult him for strategic advice or to review, interpret and negotiate commercial agreements.

Since 2015, Mr. Brossoit is regularly retained by law firms to act as arbitrator in various private litigation matters. He is accredited as an arbitrator by the Institut de médiation et d’arbitrage du Québec (IMAQ).

In January 2019, he was appointed as one of the 13 Experts authorized to rule on contested claims filed by contractors and sub-contractors pending the completion of construction contracts with the Quebec Government.

Although arbitration and mediation are an important part of his practice, Mr. Brossoit also maintains his litigation practice.

Dispute Resolution Experience and TrainingHis diversified experience allows Mr. Brossoit to respond assuredly and rapidly to a variety of situations:

  • acting, for plaintiff or defendant, in emergency proceedings such as injunctions, applications for safeguard orders and seizures before judgment;
  • filing complex claims in areas such as construction and real estate;
  • representing businesses and institutions in their defence against class actions;
  • preparing and pleading lengthy cases;
  • setting the stage for the negotiation of amicable settlements.

For instance, Mr. Brossoit:

  • provides counsel and judicial representation to passenger transportation companies;
  • assists a major Quebec real estate financing player in setting up and implementing real estate projects;
  • represents plaintiffs and defendants alike, in major and complex claims related to construction;
  • advises contractors and cities on all aspects related to call for tenders;
  • appears on behalf of education institutions in injunctions or claims arising from allegations of discrimination and responsibility towards students.

As an accredited arbitrator, Mr. Brossoit is a member of the Groupe d’arbitrage — Juste décision (GAJD), specializing in alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation and arbitration.

He has frequently sat as an arbitrator, especially in cases arising from Quebec’s guarantee plan for new residential buildings. His decisions are available on GAJD’s website, at <www.gajdarbitrage.ca>.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Bar of Quebec: member of the Arbitration committee on advocates’ fee invoices (2015–)
  • Bar of Quebec: member of the Discipline committee (2000–2010)
  • Bar of Montréal: chairman for the election of the bâtonnier and council members (2004–2005)
  • Institut de médiation et d’arbitrage du Québec (IMAQ)
  • Accredited mediator and arbitrator, British Columbia Commercial Arbitration Centre
Academic QualificationsLicentiate of Laws (LL.L.), University of Ottawa, 1986

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