Robert V. Wickett

Professional Experience

Mr. Wickett, was born and raised in Vancouver. He is a trial lawyer specializing in commercial and administrative litigation with an emphasis on environmental matters. He also has extensive experience in real estate and leasing litigation and serves as BC real estate litigation counsel for one of Canada’s major food retailers.

Mr. Wickett also acts in employment and human rights tribunal matters and as counsel in the criminal courts for those charged with regulatory and commercial crime offences.

In his environmental law practice he has performed many environmental due diligence and compliance assessments of forestry, mining, fisheries and manufacturing businesses.

Mr. Wickett is also Vice Chair of the Environmental Appeal Board, Vice Chair of the Forest Appeals Commission, and a member of the Oil and Gas Appeal Tribunal of British Columbia. In this capacity he has written numerous judgments on environmental, forestry and First Nations issues.

He has appeared as counsel in all levels of court in British Columbia and before various administrative tribunals.

Mr. Wickett served two terms as managing partner of MacKenzie Fujisawa. His most recent term as managing partner  concluded in April 2020.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Mr. Wickett is a member of the Canadian and B.C. councils of administrative tribunals and have annually, since 2003, taken a variety of dispute resolution courses from these organizations in addition to those offered by the Environmental Appeal Board office including:

Ethics
Decision writing
Conduct of fair hearings
Management of difficult witnesses and parties
Bias, apprehension of bias and conflict of interest

Professional and Other Activities

  • Originating author and continuing editor of the waste management chapter of the Due Diligence Desk Book published by CLE
  • Author of numerous papers presented at CLE and related organizations on the subject of environmental and administrative law.
  • Appointed Queens Counsel in 2013.
Academic Qualifications

Bachelor of Commerce, UBC, 1982
Bachelor of Laws, UBC, 1983
Called to the B.C. Bar, 1984

 

Arlene H. Henry

Professional Experience

Lawyer:

  • General solicitor’s practice in the areas of corporate/commercial, real estate, not-for-profit organizations and wills and estates, with an emphasis on providing legal services to First Nations, specifically involving treaty negotiations, self-government Laws, land management legislation & regulations, land codes, custom land policies, community bylaws, and including corporate organization, commercial leasing, property taxation, locate leasing, joint ventures, acquisition of lands, preservation of natural resources and other commercial ventures.
Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Mediator (October 1998 to present):

  • General mediation practice, including the restructuring of families (divorce, estate litigation, eldercare, child protection), business related disputes and personal injury.
  • Extensive experience as a mediation instructor and coach at courses presented by and for the Continuing Legal Education Society, Provincial agencies, Department of Justice and the National Judicial Institute.
  • Certified Comprehensive Family Mediator (FMC)
  • Chartered Mediator (C.Med): ADR Institute of Canada

Arbitrator (August 2002 to present)

  • General Arbitration practice, including strata, business, real estate, personal injury and family related disputes
  • Current experience as an arbitration instructor for ADRBC and CLEBC

Certifications/Training

  • Arbitration Training: ADRBC and CLEBC
Professional and Other Activities

Current Rosters:

  • Mediate BC Roster Society (Civil, Family & Med-Arb Roster Mediator)
  • BC Parenting Coordinators Roster Society (Roster Member)
  • ADR Institute of Canada (Roster Mediator)
  • ADRBC (Roster Mediator)

Former Rosters:

  • Employment Assistance Appeal Tribunal (Panel Chair and Member)
  • The Law Society of BC (Fee Mediation Roster Member)
  • ADRnet: National EAP Roster (Roster Mediator)
  • Provincial Court Civil Mediator Roster (Ministry of AG)
  • City of Vancouver Building Permit Appeal Board (Law Society appointee)
  • CBA Member Dispute Resolution Committee (Member & Volunteer)
  • Insurance Dispute Resolution Services of BC (Roster Mediator)

Affiliations:

  • Family Mediation Canada
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • ADR Institute of Canada Inc.
  • ABA ADR Section
  • BC Arbitration and Mediation Institute – ADRBC
  • Mediate BC Roster Society
  • Conflict Resolution Network Canada
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian Association of Black Lawyers
Academic Qualifications

University of British Columbia, B. Comm., 1982
University of Victoria, LLB, 1985
Certificate in Conflict Resolution, Justice Institute of British Columbia, 1997
Harvard Negotiation Institute, Advanced Mediation – Mediating Complex Disputes, 2018

Joan Cotie

Professional Experience

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

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

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

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

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

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

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

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