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

 

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

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

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

John Scott Logan

Professional Experience

John is one of the founding partners of Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP and is the managing partner. John restricts his practice to the areas of construction and commercial litigation and alternate dispute resolution.

Over the last 29 years, John has been counsel on a multitude of complex construction and commercial cases in British Columbia. He is frequently asked to act as a mediator, arbitrator or referee in construction and commercial disputes.

John is a member of a variety of construction, development and legal associations and is a frequent lecturer at conferences organized by those associations, including the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia and the British Columbia Professional Legal Training Program. He is the author of numerous commercial and construction law articles and other publications.

John is committed to the use of alternative dispute resolution and pragmatic, business oriented approaches to the resolution of disputes.

John is included in the 2012 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, has an “AV” rating from Martindale Hubbell in construction and commercial litigation, and is rated as one of British Columbia’s top construction lawyers in Best Lawyers.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • In one of British Columbia’s first high-rise “leaky condo” claims, acted for Vancouver’s largest high-rise residential developer against the designers and constructors of twin high-rise towers in Vancouver.
  • Acting for a large group of unpaid contractors and material suppliers, successfully advanced a claim against a national surety company all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada.
  • Acted successfully for the general contractor against the owner and a sub-contractor in a multi-million dollar dispute involving the refit of Vancouver Grain Terminal.
  • Successfully defended British Columbia’s largest privately owned forest products company against a multi-million dollar claim brought by a private land owner.
  • Acted as a referee in a multi-million dollar dispute between a Crown corporation and a private contractor on an infrastructure project.
  • Acted as counsel for the successful parties in several construction tendering cases, including three leading cases, Fred Welsh v. B.G.M. ConstructionStanco Projects v. Her Majesty the Queen, and Hub Excavating v. Orca Estates.
  • On a well known downtown Vancouver twin high-rise tower project, successfully acted for the developer against the general contractor and the strata corporation in relation to very significant claims for construction deficiencies and delays. Successfully represented one of the two shareholders of a large British Columbia construction company in a multi-year string of disputes arising from the dissolution of the company.
  • Acted successfully for two of the first strata corporations to advance and resolve “leaky condo” claims involving large, multi-unit wood frame construction projects in British Columbia.
  • Regularly acts for lawyers, their clients and insurers in resolving claims arising from errors and omissions.
Professional and Other Activities

  • Fellow of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers
  • Member of the Vancouver Regional Construction Association
  • Member of the British Columbia Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association
  • Member of the British Columbia Construction Association
  • Member of the British Columbia Urban Development Institute
Academic Qualifications

LL.B.: Dalhousie University, 1982
Called to the Bar in British Columbia, 1983
Called to the Bar in Nova Scotia, 1986

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

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

Mr. Mike D. Bowie

Professional Experience

Michael Bowie has over 25 years of experience in the areas of business valuations and corporate finance and has served as an expert witness on numerous occasions before the Courts of BC and Alberta and Arbitration Boards. He has been responsible for numerous valuation engagements of private and public companies in Canada and Internationally, undertaken in connection with mergers and acquisitions, corporate re-organizations and litigation.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Experience as Chair of Arbitration Tribunals in Insurance Disputes.
  • Appointed an Arbitrator in a number of commercial disputes, where the parties have included arms of the provincial government, corporations and individuals.
  • Informal arbitrator/mediator role in a number of family law matters.
Academic Qualifications

CA, Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants
FCBV, Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators
Past President, Past Director and Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators

David R. Haigh

Professional Experience

While David practices in Commercial, Construction & Energy Litigation, his primary focus is in Domestic and International Arbitration both as arbitrator and counsel. David is associated with arbitration centers in Canada and internationally and is regularly involved in both institutional and ad hoc arbitrations.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

David has served as an advocate and arbitrator in the field of international commercial arbitration with extensive experience as an arbitrator on international commercial arbitration and investor-state panels. He has acted as counsel on a wide variety of arbitration claims, including ad hoc, institutional, private and investor-state disputes. David served as the national chairman of the Canadian ICC Committee for 6 years, is a director of the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”), has been a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators for many years and is a Chartered Arbitrator as well as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is also a shareholder of the LCIA and an ongoing member of the ICC Commission.

David is a panellist with numerous well recognized international arbitration centres. Arbitrations in recent years have taken him to Sweden, Bermuda, Singapore, Holland, Switzerland, Dubai, Florida, Texas, New York and California involving parties from the U.S., U.K., Czech Republic, Turkey, Iran, Taiwan, Ukraine, Argentina, Mexico, Russia, Germany, Yemen and China.

David has represented both claimants and states in various investor state matters.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, 2003
  • Member of the Law Society of Alberta
  • Member of the Canadian Bar Association
  • Member of the Calgary Bar Association
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London (1999). (F.C. Arb.)
  • Chartered Arbitrator, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, 2006
  • International Chamber of Commerce – Commercial Arbitration Panelist (Canada) and Chairman since 1995 of the Canadian National Committee for the International Chamber of Commerce
  • Panelist, London Court of International Arbitration (1992)
  • Panelist, British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre (Domestic and International)
  • Panelist, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Commercial
Academic QualificationsUniversity of Toronto, LL.B., 1964
University of Alberta, B.A., 1961