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

Mr. John Tackaberry

Professional Experience

During his career at the Bar, John Tackaberry, Q.C. has undertaken a wide range of work. In more recent years as an advocate he has had a substantial degree of experience in building and civil engineering work, adjudication and DRB work.

As well as work in the UK, he has a great deal of expertise in international disputes throughout Europe, the USA, the West Indies, Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, India and South America. He is a member of, or has been admitted to the Bars of California, Ireland, Hong Kong (ad hoc), Trinidad & Tobago (ad hoc) and New South Wales and is heavily involved in ICC arbitrations.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Work at the UNCC involved five years of intensive dispute resolution on a paper only basis utilising a locally base legal team. 196 construction claims were addressed. The total value of the claims exceeded $3 billion.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Past President of the Society of Construction Arbitrators
  • Vice President of the Arbitration Club
  • Past Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and first Chairman of its Executive Committee
  • Founding President of the Society of Construction Law
  • Recorder of the Crown Court: 1988-2005
  • Commissioner of the United Nations Compensation Commission: 1998-2003
  • Past or present member of many international arbitration panels
  • Member of ADR Chambers
  • A Principal Editor of Bernstein’s “Handbook of Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Practice”
Professional and Other Activities

B.A., University of Cambridge, 1962
LL.B., University of Cambridge, 1963
M.A., University of Cambridge, 1969
LL.M., University of Cambridge, 1988

 

Daniel Urbas

Professional ExperienceMr. Urbas has advised and represented clients in commercial arbitration and litigation across a variety of industries and disputes involving intellectual property (patent, trade-mark, copyright), information technologies (ownership, license, service contracts), energy (wind, bio), natural resources (mining, forestry, fishing), aboriginal law (land claim, treaty disputes), telecommunication, broadcasting, product liability and complex contractual disputes.

He has handled trial and appellate advocacy, urgent and extraordinary applications, appearing in the Provincial and Federal courts and the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as before arbitration tribunals and various administrative tribunals.

Dispute Resolution Experience and TrainingMr. Urbas sits as an arbitrator, both as a sole arbitrator and as a member of a three-member arbitration tribunal. He is fluently bilingual in English and French.

Up until June 2017, Daniel Urbas served as Regional Leader of the International Trade Litigation and Arbitration group and Regional Leader of the Intellectual Property Litigation group of a national law firm. Formerly, until 2013, Daniel was also that firm’s Regional Leader of the Commercial Litigation group and National Leader of the Intellectual Property Litigation group.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) based in London, U.K. and formerly elected to the Executive of the CIArb’s North American branch, founding member of Canadian Branch, director and treasurer
  • Recognized as “Local Litigation Star- Quebec” in the 2013-2017 editions of Benchmark Litigation Canada
  • Recognized in the 2014-2017 editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Corporate and Commercial Litigation)
  • Recognized in the 2013-2017 editions of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Computers IT Law)
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™.
  • Recognized in the business section of La Presse, North America’s largest circulation French-language daily, for being “at the top of his game”
Academic Qualifications

  • BCL/LLB, McGill University. 1991
  • BA, University of Western Ontario, 1984
  • Barreau du Quebec, 1992
  • LSUC Ontario, 1998
  • LSBC British Columbia, 2004
  • LSNL Newfoundland & Labrador, 2016

 

Mr. Mark Kantor

Professional Experience

Mark Kantor currently serves as an arbitrator in international investment and commercial disputes. Until he retired from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, he was a partner in the Project Finance Group of the Firm. He teaches courses in both international arbitration and international business transactions as an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Vale Columbia Center for Sustainable International Investment (a joint undertaking of Columbia Law School and the Earth Institute at Columbia University). Additionally, Mr. Kantor is Editor-in-Chief of the online journal Transnational Dispute Management.

Mr. Kantor is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association, Chair of the DC Bar International Dispute Resolution Committee and a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of Global Arbitration Review, the Board of Editors of the Journal of World Energy Law and Business, and the ADR Advisory Board of the International Law Institute. Among other publications, Mr. Kantor is the author of Valuation for Arbitration: Compensation Standards, Valuation Methods and Expert Evidence (Kluwer 2008).

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Arbitrator in over 50 commercial and investment arbitrations. Member, Board of Directors, American Arbitration Association. Fellow, The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Chair, Washington, D.C. Chapter (2008-2010). Chair,D.C. Bar International Dispute Resolution Committee. Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators. Member, ADR Advisory Board, International Law Institute, Washington, D.C. Member of the AAA Large Complex Disputes, Commercial and International Panels, the ICC database of arbitrators, the AAA/ICDR Energy Arbitrators’ List, the SIAC panel of arbitrators, the HKIAC panel of arbitrators, the LCIA list of arbitrators, the KL Regional Centre for Arbitration, the National Futures Association roster of arbitrators and CPR Panels for Banking and Finance and International Neutrals.

Professional and Other Activities

Until he retired from the Firm at the age of 44, Mark Kantor was a partner in the Corporate and Project Finance Group of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, acting as the lead partner in Milbank’s involvement in a number of prominent domestic and international project financings, including several “Deals of the Year” named by trade periodicals throughout the 1990s. His practice combined Wall Street expertise with Washington experience. Kantor has represented investment banks, commercial banks, sponsors, institutional investors and government authorities in complex financing and investment transactions, and he has considerable experience in the energy, power, telecommunications, aircarrier, satellite, financial services and leasing industries. Kantor also has represented financial institutions and users in connection with numerous complex credit, interest rate and foreign exchange structured finance and derivatives transactions. During the Asian financial crisis in the late 1990’s, he was the U.S. head of Milbank’s Asian Crisis Team, and has represented public sector and private sector parties in numerous transactions, workouts and bankruptcies, both domestic and international. In addition, he has represented U.S., Japanese and Canadian government agencies and multilateral financial institutions in a variety of financing transactions, workouts, bankruptcies and international reschedulings. In 1990, Kantor served as the first outside General Counsel of the RTC Oversight Board, the U.S. Federal agency with policy oversight responsibility for the savings & loan crisis.

Academic Qualifications

University of Michigan Law School, J.D. 1979 with honors
Research & Development Editor, University of Michigan
Journal of Law Reform
Louis Honigman Award

University of Michigan, Institute for Public Policy Studies
Masters of Public Policy, 1979
University of Southern California, A.B. 1975 with honors (International Relations and Political Science)

Phi Beta Kappa
Blackstonians Honor Society
Undergraduate Year Abroad Honors Program, 1973-74, University College, University of London

Prof. Doug Jones

Professional Experience

Doug Jones is an international infrastructure and dispute resolution lawyer, and a Sydney-based partner in the Australian Law firm of Clayton Utz, where he heads the International Arbitration Group. He is a Chartered Arbitrator and door tenant at Atkin Chambers, London. He is a Professorial Fellow at Melbourne University and an Adjunct Professor at Murdoch University, Australia.

Doug Jones is one of the leading arbitrators in the Asia-Pacific region having experience of both ad hoc and institutional commercial arbitrations under the UNCITRAL, ICC, LCIA, AAA, SIAC, KLRCA, HKIAC, ACICA, DIAC and other International Rules. He sits regularly as Arbitrator in London; in addition to many other jurisdictions, from Singapore to California, Dubai to Kuala Lumpur.

The arbitrations in which he has been involved include Infrastructure, Energy, Commodities, Intellectual Property, Commercial and Joint Venture disputes with sums claimed up to US$1 billion.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Doug has had over 30 years experience in project work, as Counsel in international and domestic arbitrations and mediations, and as an Arbitrator (sole, party appointed and chair). Recent arbitral appointments include (Please refer to website for complete listing):

Position Seat Rules Dispute
Member 3 person Tribunal Hong Kong ICC Construction Supply dispute
Member 3 Person Court Panel London LCIA Appeal against arbitrator
3 Person Tribunal Kuala Lumpur UNCITRAL Oil and gas dispute
Chairman Dubai ICC Construction dispute
Member 3 person Tribunal London ICC Sewerage Plant Construction Dispute

Doug Jones uses a flexible approach as the key to success in ADR procedures.

  • Chartered Arbitrator and Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK)(2007)
  • Graded Arbitrator and Foundation Fellow, Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia (1985)
  • Fellow, Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand, (AMINZ) (2012)

Certificate of Completion (Dispute Resolution Board Australasia Inc, Lessons Learned Workshop) 2010

Professional and Other Activities

Doug Jones has published and spoken extensively and holds Professorial appointments at two Australian Universities. Highlights of Mr. Jones’s litigation career include (Please refer to website for complete listing):

  • President, Australian Centre of International Commercial Arbitration
  • Past President (2011) Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London)
  • Member of the LCIA Court
  • President of the Dispute Resolution Board of Australasia Inc.
  • Honorary Fellow, American College of Construction Lawyers
  • Vice President, Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group
  • Member, Australian Council of International Project Finance Association
  • Honorary Fellow, Canadian College of Construction Lawyers
  • Editorial Board Member, Global Arbitration Review
  • Member, ICC Australia Arbitration Committee
  • Arbitrator member, Society of Construction Arbitrators (London)
    • Recognized locally and internationally for dispute resolution and project expertise. Doug sits as an international commercial and investor/state arbitrator. His experience in International Arbitration and Construction has regularly been recognized by his peers.
    • Doug Jones has been described as “a phenomenon” and “the statesman of the industry'” by Chambers Asia Pacific (2012). He is recognized as one of the most in demand arbitrators and received a band one ranking in the International Arbitration Category.
    • He was also ranked in the Projects category and was ranked band one for dispute resolution (Arbitration) in Australia by Chambers Asia Pacific (2012)
    • Doug Jones is named one of only five ‘star individuals’ in Australia, by Chambers Asia Pacific (2011)
Academic Qualifications

B.L., University of Queensland, 1972
B.A., University of Queensland, 1974
M.L., University of Queensland, 1977

 

Thomas Manson

Professional Experience

Thomas Manson, QC is a Foreign Expert Instructor at Peking University working from North Vancouver instructing courses.

Thomas Manson, QC was working for the Vancouver office of Forstrom Jackson. His law practice includes dispute resolution in connection with commercial disputes and environmental disputes. He has acted as soled arbitrator and as a member of an arbitration panel in commercial, environmental, and other disputes.

In addition:

  • Extensive experience with Securities Act proceeding (BCSC/ASC/MSC) and SRO proceedings (including IIROC (formerly IDA and RS) and MFDA matters).
  • Experience with Environmental Management (formerly Waste Management) Act regulatory proceedings.
Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Arbitrator (2000-present), Mediator (2002-present)

Member of arbitration panels of the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre and British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute

Director of the British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute (2010 – Present)

Professional and Other Activities

  • Chair – “Securities Litigation” Courses, 2000 and 2005,
  • Continuing Legal Education Society of B.C.
  • Course Lecturer – DLE, Canadian Securities Institute,
  • BC Compliance Officers’ Forum,
  • Association of Canadian Compliance Professionals,
  • Canadian Institute, Insight, and BCAMI
  • Author/Contributor – Numerous papers for CLE;
  • CLE’s Supreme Court Chambers Orders, 2005, 2007, and 2010 Updates;
  • CSA Insider Trading Task Force Report, 2003
Academic Qualifications

LLB., University of Victoria, 1980
M.A. University of London (School of Oriental & African Studies), 1977
B.A., University of British Columbia, 1976

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

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

Gerald W. Ghikas

Professional Experience

Gerry Ghikas has over 35 years of experience as a trial lawyer, appellate advocate, arbitration counsel and commercial arbitrator. He has appeared as an advocate in numerous complex cases before Canadian courts, before administrative and regulatory tribunals and before international and domestic commercial arbitration tribunals seated in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia. Gerry Ghikas has also served as an arbitrator in approximately 100 international and domestic cases. His experience spans a broad range of business and legal subject matters including, but not limited to, mining, oil and gas, electrical energy, forestry, banking, corporations and shareholders, securities regulation, officers and directors liability, intellectual property, technology, real estate, manufacturing and distribution, competition and anti-trust, partnerships, joint ventures and other contractual arrangements.

Gerry spent the first three years of his legal career as a solicitor, drafting leases, joint venture agreements, limited partnership agreements, financing and other documents. He is former managing partner of the Vancouver law firm Ladner Downs, and for many years chaired its Compensation Committee.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • 35 years of experience as counsel and commercial arbitrator, and occasionally as mediator
  • Advocate in numerous complex cases
  • Completed the Fellowship Accreditation course in International Arbitration of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London) to be qualified as a Fellow
  • Completed accreditation course of BCAMI/ADRIC to be accredited as a Chartered Arbitrator
  • Arbitrator (sole arbitrator, chair or co-arbitrator) in over 100 international and domestic cases, either ad hoc or administered by BCICAC, ADRIC, ICC, ICDR etc.
  • Completed Commercial Mediation training offered by the CLE Society of British Columbia and served as mediator of complex commercial and partnership cases.
Professional and Other Activities

  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb.)
  • Chartered Arbitrator (CArb.)
  • Queens Counsel (QC)
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (FACTL)
  • Recipient of National Award for Excellence in Dispute Resolution
  • Chair, Canadian National Arbitration Committee of International Chamber of Commerce
  • Canadian Delegate to UNCITRAL Working Group (Arbitration Rules Revision)
  • Member, CBA, ABA, IBA, ICC, LCIA, ICDR, ADRIC
  • Author of numerous articles on dispute resolution
  • Chambers Global, World’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Martindale Hubbell, AV Peer Review Rating
Academic Qualifications

University of Calgary, Bachelor of Arts with Distinction, 1970
University of British Columbia, Bachelor of Laws, 1973

Glen W. Bell

Professional Experience

Glen Bell practised law for 42 years in the fields of civil litigation, administrative law and environmental law

He is an experienced arbitrator, mediator and med – arb practitioner in a wide variety of commercial and non-commercial disputes.

Glen Bell believes that Mediation and Arbitration can be an economical, speedy and just approach to commercial dispute resolution.

Glen Bell is also an experienced ADR teacher. He is the director and chief lecturer in the Arbitrator Training Program of the BCAMI. He trains arbitrators in contract law, arbitration procedure and award writing.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Past President of British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute
  • Board Member and Vice-President of ADR Institute of Canada
  • Panel Member of British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre
  • Member of Canadian Bar Association
  • Chartered Arbitrator, 2005
  • Called to the Bar in 5 Canadian provinces and territories (British Columbia, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Yukon)
Academic Qualifications

Queen’s University, B.A., 1967
Queen’s University, LL.B., 1970