Joel Richler

Professional Experience

Mr. Richler has over 35 years of experience in commercial dispute resolution as a litigation counsel, arbitration counsel, mediation counsel, arbitrator (domestic & international) and mediator.

Before establishing his independent arbitration and mediation practice, Mr. Richler was a senior partner in Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP and was, for a number of years, co-chair of that firm’s Toronto litigation group.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Mr. Richler has long been an advocate of the use of arbitration as an efficient means of resolving commercial disputes. He obtained a Diploma in International Arbitration from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and he has been admitted as a Fellow of that organization. Amongst other accomplishments, Joel is on the Canadian and International Rosters of the ICDR, a member of the ICC International Arbitration Committee, a member of the ADRIC, a member of the North American Users’ Counsel of the LCIA, a founding member of TCAS and a founding Fellow of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers.

Mr. Richler has been counsel in numerous ad hoc and institutional domestic and arbitrations and he has acted as an arbitrator in several arbitrations, as chair of arbitral panels and as sole arbitrator. For several years he has been listed in several categories in Chambers Global, Chambers Canada, Lexpert, Best Lawyers in Canada, Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration and Who’s Who. Joel is currently listed in Lexpert’s Directory of Leading Litigation Lawyers, Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada and its 2016 Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada.

Mr. Richler firmly believes that arbitration and mediation are the best means through which commercial disputes can be resolved. He is committed to working with counsel and clients in order to “tailor make” processes designed to meet their cases and their interests.

Professional and Other Activities

Mr. Richler has been recognized for many years in several professional directories and publications, in litigation, arbitration and other categories, including:

  • Resident Arbitrator at Arbitration Place, Toronto
  • Chambers Global
  • Chambers Canada
  • Lexpert
  • Best Lawyers in Canada
  • Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration
  • International Who’s Who of Commercial Litigation Lawyers
  • Who’s Who Canada (Litigation)
  • Who’s Who Commercial Mediation
  • Benchmark Canada

Most recently, Mr. Richler was listed in:

  • Best Lawyers Alternative Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year (Toronto)(2013)
  • Best Lawyers International Arbitration Lawyer of the Year (Toronto)(2015)
  • Best Lawyers Procurement Lawyer of the Year (Toronto)(2016)
  • Lexpert Directory of Leading Litigation Lawyers
  • Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers
  • Lexpert Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
Academic Qualifications

Civil and Common Law degrees at McGill Law School LL.B., 1977-78
Called to the Bar in Ontario, 1980

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

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

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

Jamal Chaykhouni

Professional Experience

Jamal has over 33 years of success as a Civil Engineer in Transport, Land, Sea Ports & Airports expertise, a world proficient in Project Management, Feasibility studies projects, ADR & International Arbitration, Certified Contracts Experts , in Construction, Real Estate & Energy Expert Witness, Claim Preparation & delay dispute Analyst, Contract & Dispute Resolution, President founder of Canada Quality Experts CQE since 2005 and active member of ICCA , ICC and IBA the International Bar Association.

A Certified Adjudicator from Malaysian KLRCA, a Certified Construction & Real Estate Arbitrator & Expert at Dubai Courts & Ministry Of Justice Engineering Expert. A Certified Arbitrator from Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at Leiden University and the Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague, The Netherlands in 2017. A Certified Mediator from School of Law International University of Business& Economy in Beijing-China, a Chartered Arbitrator, a Construction & Real Estate Valuer from the Dubai Real Estate Institute and an Engineer Expert in Dubai and UAE Federal Court in Construction and Real Estate Disputes with over 800 cases since 2006, an Active Arbitrator and Member of DIAC-DIFC with over 39 cases as an Arbitrator since 2007.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Jamal has over 12 years of arbitral experience. He has worked with DIAC –DIFC as an active member and arbitrator from 2006 to present day.

He is an Expert in:

  • Dubai Court since 2006
  • Abu Dhabi & Al Ain Courts since 2013
  • UAE Federal Courts since 2013

He has arbitrated over 39 cases as an Arbitrator and over 850 cases in Expert Witness Report in UAE Courts.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Certified International Property Specialist CIPS Expert & Real Estate Valuation Certified MENARES
  • Member of the International Commercial Arbitrator ICCA
  • International Civil Aviation Organization
  • Expert Consultant on Missions 2001-2015
  • Dubai Real Estate Institute Valuer
Academic Qualifications

LLM Master of Law (Dispute Resolution) – Kings College University of Aberdeen-UK 2018
MBA Degree with Distinction (Dean List), City University – USA, (1998-2001)
MIS Degree (GPA 3.97/4) Dean List , Washington – USA (2000)
Bachelor Degree of Science in Civil Engineering (Airport Design), N.H – USA (1985).