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)

Craig A. B. Ferris

Professional Experience

Mr. Ferris has practiced with Lawson Lundell LLP for over 30 years. He has been involved in many (in excess of 20) international and domestic arbitrations as counsel. These arbitrations have covered a wide range of legal issues including most recently (last 2 years) mining, charitable giving, construction, and shareholders rights. For the past 3 years he has been Chair of the Law Society Tribunal and is currently President of the Law Society.


Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • 2017 – Present Law Society of BC, Tribunal Chair
  • 2016 – Present Law Society of BC, Chamber Bencher
  • 2013 – Present Law Society of BC, Panel Member
  • 2018 – Present Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Member (achieved CIArb. Designation)
  • 2013 – BC Council of Arbitrators Tribunals – Completed Tribunal Member training
Professional and Other Activities
  • 2014 – Appointed Queen’s Counsel
  • Best Lawyer in Canada 2010 – 2020
  • Chambers Canada: recommended in Litigation
  • Benchmark Litigation 2020: listed as one of the Top 50 Trial Lawyers in
    Canada
  • Chambers Global: recognized in Dispute Resolution
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Litigation – Corporate Commercial
  • L’expert Zenith Awards 2018
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow

Academic Qualifications
British Columba (1991)
Queen’s Counsel, British Columbia (2014)
University of British Columbia (B.A., 1986)
University of British Columbia
(LL.B., 1989)

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

R. John Rogers

Professional Experience

Mr. Rogers is a Senior Professional with a unique combination of over 45 years of entrepreneurial, financial, legal and operational experience in the high technology, financial and legal industries. Special expertise in commercializing technology and in acquiring, financing, and building technology businesses.

In the approximately 18 years prior to restricting his practice to third party administrative law, Mr. Rogers’ legal practice consisted of an extremely active M&A and corporate finance practice, acting for clients acquiring and financing businesses, and acting for underwriters and issuers working in jurisdictions throughout North America, Mexico, South America and Europe.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Mr. Rogers founded and is the senior partner of R. John Rogers & Associates, a firm focused on providing mediation and arbitration services in the areas of securities and corporate finance, information technology, and biotechnology.

With over 25 years of experience as an arbitrator and chair of administrative hearings, Mr. Rogers has acted as both panel chair and as sole arbitrator in matters ranging from the interpretation of joint venture agreements among public mining companies, to the resolution of disputes among shareholders in private companies, to the application of intellectual property agreements.

His training includes:

  • The Conduct of Arbitration Proceedings course of the BC 1995
    Arbitration and Mediation Institute
  • Advanced Commercial Mediation certificate from the Continuing Legal 1996
    Education Society of BC
Professional and Other Activities

As Chair of Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada disciplinary panels, Mr. Rogers has written numerous decisions on behalf of the panels on which he has served. These decisions are published at IIROC.

Mr. Rogers has served on both three member panels and acted as a single panelist both reviewing and authoring panel decisions as part of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority Domain Dispute Resolution Program. These decisions are published at CIRA.

Mr. Rogers is appointed as a Hearing Delegate by the General Manager of the British Columbia Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch pursuant to section 5 of the British Columbia Liquor Control and Licensing Act for the purpose of hearing on behalf of the General Manager enforcement matters referred to him by the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch. These decisions are published at https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/employment-business/business/liquor-regulation-licensing/bc-liquor-control-compliance-and-enforcement/bc-liquor-enforcement-hearing-search.

Mr. Rogers is appointed as an arbitrator under the Canada-British Columbia Production Insurance Program administered by the Business Risk Management Branch of the British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture pursuant to the Insurance for Crops Act of British Columbia. These decisions are not published.

As a British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre former Trustee, Mr. Rogers actively participated in the drafting of the BCICAC Domestic Commercial Arbitration Rules.

  • Accredited as a Chartered Arbitrator by the ADR Institute of Canada;
  • Accredited for both arbitration and mediation on the National Commercial Panel of the ADR Institute of Canada Inc.;
  • Accredited for the panel of arbitrators and mediators by the World Intellectual Property Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.

Mr. Rogers has published articles and engaged in numerous presentations in his areas of expertise relating to the investment and technology industries. His articles have appeared in the Advocate, the magazine published by the Law Society of British Columbia, in the Monitor, the magazine published by the British Columbia Technology Industries Association, and in Retail Connections, the magazine published by Shelf space, the organization representing retail entrepreneurs in British Columbia and Alberta.

Academic Qualifications

University of British Columbia, B.A., 1965
University of Toronto, LL.B., 1968
The Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators, Course on Valuation I, Valuation II and Taxation in Business Valuation, 1987-1989

William J. McFetridge

Professional Experience

Bill McFetridge has over 40 years of experience as a professional providing advice to clients in a range of industries. Bills practice is focused on acquisitions and divestitures of large and small businesses, shareholder agreements and disputes, joint ventures and limited partnerships.

Prior to entering the field of law, Bill trained and practised as a Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA, FCA), a background that he draws on to deal with a variety of corporate and commercial matters.

He has considerable experience structuring and negotiating joint venture agreements and long term supply agreements. Bill has developed special knowledge and expertise in advising clients on the process of buying and selling businesses.

He works with clients in a wide range of industries such as transportation, marine, real estate, construction, maritime, wholesale distribution and forestry.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Bill is a Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb.) and is recognized as a domestic arbitrator by the British Columbia International Arbitration Centre and has been involved with numerous large and small arbitrations, including acting as the court-appointed arbitrator to resolve a dispute in respect of the sale of a business.
  • Acted as an arbitrator and mediator in numerous disputes:
    • Partnership disputes
    • Business acquisition disputes
    • Working capital adjustment disputes
    • Accounting principles disputes
    • Fee disputes
Professional and Other Activities

  • Immediate Past Chair – Auditing and Assurance Standards Oversight Council (Canada)
  • Former Member – Accounting Standards Oversight Council (Canada)
  • Chair Legal Strategies for Business Acquisitions Continuing Legal Ed
  • Contributor Buying and Selling Business Continuing Legal Ed
  • Editorial Board Advising B.C. Business
  • Chambers Canada, British Columbia: Corporate/Commercial, Chambers and Partners, 2018
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, (2016-2017): recommended in Corporate Commercial Law and Corporate Mid-Market
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Recognized as a leading lawyer in the areas of Corporate Law, Transportation Law, Mergers + Acquisitions Law and Natural Resources Law (2017, 2016)
  • CLEBCs Most Prolific Volunteers (1996 to 2016): Recognized as prolific contributor
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of Transportation: Shipping (2015)
  • LexisNexis – Martindale-Hubbell: AV Peer Review Rated
Academic Qualifications

LL.B, University of British Columbia, 1977
B.Comm., University of British Columbia, 1972
Chartered Accountant, Manitoba and British Columbia, 1974
Chartered Arbitrator, ADR Institute of Canada, 2005

Richard H. McLaren

Professional Experience

McLaren and Innovative Dispute Resolution Ltd. have been in business for over thirty years offering clients arbitration, mediation, facilitation, consulting and investigative services. For over thirty years, McLaren has been involved in labour arbitrations involving both federal and provincial matters.

McLaren has significant experience and expertise in anti-doping including cases involving nandrolone, anabolic agents, identical urine samples, r-EPO, equine growth hormones, blood transfusions, and various illicit substances.
Richard H. McLaren was a consultant to Senator Mitchell’s inquiry into doping problems and relationship to professional baseball (2007). Arbitrator more than 100 cases in anti-doping and sports disputes; 10 cases in international commercial and 25 cases in domestic commercial disputes.

Through the Ad Hoc Panel of the Court of Arbitration of Sport, McLaren has proudly participated in four Olympic Games during which he resolved disputes pertaining to, amongst other things, anti-doping cases, athlete eligibility, and intellectual property rights. Specifically, he acted as Arbitrator for the following summer and winter Olympic Games.

McLaren’s mediation practice evolved as a natural extension to his arbitration experience. Parties to disputes often comment on McLaren’s creativity, ability to encourage discussion and identify areas of commonality and, ultimately, to facilitate the resolution of their dispute.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Former co-chief arbitrator for Sports Dispute Resolution Centre for Canada 2001 – 2006
  • Acted as Chairman, President and sole arbitrator for CAS
  • Arbitrator for: United States anti-doping agency
  • AAA Dubai International Arbitration Centre
  • ICC and Singapore International Arbitration Centre
  • Mediator for: Federation Equestre Internationale Commission
  • Acted as a mediator in both professional and elite sports disputes and international and commercial disputes
  • Arbitrator for International commission for Holocaust era insurance claims (2001-2007)
  • 30 years of Domestic labour and Commercial Arbitration experience.
Professional and Other Activities

  • C. Arb. – Chartered Arbitrator, ADR Institute of Canada
    Barrister & Solicitor, Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Member Strauss Institute council of distinguished advisors in dispute resolution (Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA)
  • Vice-Chair of Sports Law Institute (Marquette University)
  • American Arbitration Association
  • Arbitrator’s Institute of Canada
  • Publication include: Innovative dispute resolution; The Alternative!; Commercial Arbitration Law
  • Awards: Lionel J. McGowan award for excellence in ADR in Canada (2010)
Academic Qualifications

LL.M., London School of Economics & Political Science, University of London, 1972
LL.B., The University of Western Ontario, 1971
HB.A., Ivey School of Business, The University of Western Ontario, 1968

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

Mr. Angus M. Gunn

Professional Experience

Angus Gunn is a partner at the Vancouver office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. His practice emphasizes commercial dispute resolution. He has supplemented extensive arbitral training and education with a range of dispute resolution experience:

  • Appointments as sole arbitrator in various domestic commercial disputes
  • Retainer as co-counsel in domestic commercial arbitration disputes
  • Retainer as counsel and co-counsel in litigation arising out of domestic and international arbitration disputes
  • Frequent appearances as counsel in Canadian courts including the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the Court of Appeal for British Columbia, the Court of Appeal for Alberta, the Federal Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada
  • Litigation experience extends to such substantive areas as administrative law, appellate practice and procedure, commercial law, constitutional law, construction law, employment law, expropriation, freedom of information, insurance law, local government and municipal matters, media law, negligence, personal injury, and damages law, real property, securities litigation, and workers’ compensation
  • Appointment as mediator in commercial matters
Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Arbitrator since 2002
  • Appointments as sole arbitrator in domestic commercial disputes
  • Retainer as counsel and co-counsel in domestic and international commercial arbitrations, and related litigation
  • Arbitration training through such organizations as the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London (CIArb), the British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute (BCAMI), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • Speaker at arbitration conferences and symposia organized by such organizations as the Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners (YCAP) and the ICC Canadian Arbitration Committee
  • Appointment as mediator in domestic commercial dispute
Professional and Other Activities

  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London: associate since 1999 and Fellow (FCIArb) since 2006
  • ADR Institute of Canada, Inc. (ADRIC): member since 1999, Director from 2006 to 2009, and current member of its Rules Committee
  • Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners (YCAP): member from 2004, and Director since 2007
  • London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA): member from 2002
  • ICC Canadian Arbitration Committee: member from 2011
  • Rapporteur on “New York Convention Workshop” at IBA Annual Conference on 03-08 October 2010, Vancouver
  • Author of various arbitration-related articles in International Law Office web-based newsletter
Academic Qualifications

University of British Columbia, BA, 1990
University of Toronto, LLB, 1993
University of Cambridge, LLM, 1998