Daniel Urbas

Professional Experience

Mr. 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 Training

Mr. 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

 

Geoffrey Plant

Professional Experience

Geoff Plant was the Attorney General of British Columbia and Minister Responsible for Treaty Negotiations from 2001 to 2005. He was first elected to the British Columbia Legislature in 1996 and from 1996 to 2001 was Opposition Justice Critic, as well as serving on a number of legislative and caucus committees. As Attorney General, Mr. Plant was the Chair of the Legislative Review Committee and the Minister responsible for the creation and oversight of the Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform.

Prior to his election to the Legislature, Mr. Plant was a partner in another Vancouver law firm, where he practised as a litigation lawyer with particular emphasis on aboriginal and public law. He was counsel in a number of leading aboriginal rights and title cases, including the landmark case of Delgamuukw v. British Columbia. He has lectured and written extensively on aboriginal law and law reform.

Early in his career, he was law clerk to Mr. Justice Roland Ritchie of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Since joining Heenan Blaikie in 2005, Mr. Plant has been appointed senior advisor to the Government of British Columbia in land and resource negotiations with the Council of Haida Nation, and has provided strategic advice to BC Hydro in relation to the design and implementation of its power acquisition processes. Mr. Plant has also provided advice to a number of private sector businesses on establishing effective relations with First Nations.

In 2006, Mr. Plant was appointed as a Special Advisor to the Premier and Minister of Advanced Education to lead a project called “Campus 2020: Thinking Ahead”, the first comprehensive review of post-secondary education in British Columbia in over 40 years. His report, entitled Access and Excellence: The Campus 2020 Plan for British Columbia’s Post-Secondary Education System, was released in April 2007.

From May 2007 until February 2009, Mr. Plant served as Vancouver’s Civil City Commissioner. In 2010, he was appointed Chair of the Board of Directors of Providence Health Care, one of the largest faith-based health care organizations in Canada, operating 14 sites in Vancouver.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Geoff Plant very well recognized Arbitrator and Mediator. Mr. Plant has undertaken more than two dozen successful mediations in a dispute between investors and a major Canadian mutual fund company. He has acted as both the panel chair and as the single arbitrator in arbitrations through BC International Commercial Arbitration Centre.

Professional and Other Activities

Author, “Shrinking the Black Box, Reforming Administrative Tribunal Appointment Processes”, a paper prepared for the Pacific Business & Law Institute’s Administrative Law: Key Concepts and Thorny Issues conference, Vancouver, February 5, 2009

Author, Access and Excellence: The Campus 2020 Plan for British Columbia’s Post-Secondary Education System, April 2007

  • Business Council of British Columbia
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of British Columbia
Academic Qualifications

University of Cambridge, LL.M., 1989
Dalhousie University, LL.B., 1981
University of Southampton, LL.B., 1980
Harvard University, A.B., 1978

Mr. Paul E. Love

Professional Experience

Paul Love was called to the Bar in British Columbia in 1985. He had a litigation practice up until approximately 2003; started to work as a mediator in 1993 and an arbitrator in 1995. His practice essentially has been as a full time arbitrator/adjudicator since 2003.

Paul Love works as a labour arbitrator, commercial arbitrator and has held a number of different part-time positions adjudicating for administrative tribunals. He has issued decisions or awards in over 500 matters in a wide variety of areas including employment and labour matters, forestry, shareholder and partnership disputes, family property disputes, environmental matters, surface rights disputes, auto collision liability, sexual and physical abuse claims arising from the operation of Indian Residential Schools. He travels extensively for work in Canada.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Chartered Arbitrator (C. Arb) designation from the BCAMI, Fellow (FC .Arb),
  • Panel Member and Chartered Arbitrator (C. Arb) and Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration (DipIC. Arb) with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK).
  • Was selected and trained by the Collective Agreement Arbitration Bureau for labour arbitration and admission to the CAAB list. All these designations involved course work and examinations.

Paul Love has been arbitrating commercial and labour matters since 1995. He is currently a listed arbitrator with the B.C. Collective Agreement Arbitration Bureau and a part-time member of the Public Service Labour Relations Board (for federal public sector grievances and labour practice complaints) and an adjudicator since 2003 with the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat. He has accepted adjudication/arbitration referrals from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service since 1997 for adjudicating labour and employment matters under the Canada Labour Code.

Paul Love has extensive training in mediation. I have been mediating disputes since 1993.

Professional and Other Activities

Paul Love is a member of the Arbitrators Association of British Columbia, Law Society of British Columbia, Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Arbitration and Mediation Institute and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK).

He is a past member of the Environmental Appeal Board, Forest Appeals Commission, Employment Standards Tribunal and past Chair of the B.C. Mediation and Arbitration Board (surface rights disputes oil & gas and mining).

Academic Qualifications

BSc, Honours, University of Victoria, 1980
LL.B. University of Victoria, 1984
C. Arb. Issued by BC Arbitration and mediation Institute, 1996
FCI. Arb, 1997
DIPIC Arb., 1998
C. Arb., issued by the Chartered Institute in UK, 1999

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