Craig A. B. Ferris

Professional Experience

Mr. Ferris has practiced with Lawson Lundell LLP for over 30 years. He has been involved in many (in excess of 20) international and domestic arbitrations as counsel. These arbitrations have covered a wide range of legal issues including most recently (last 2 years) mining, charitable giving, construction, and shareholders rights. For the past 3 years he has been Chair of the Law Society Tribunal and is currently President of the Law Society.


Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • 2017 – Present Law Society of BC, Tribunal Chair
  • 2016 – Present Law Society of BC, Chamber Bencher
  • 2013 – Present Law Society of BC, Panel Member
  • 2018 – Present Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Member (achieved CIArb. Designation)
  • 2013 – BC Council of Arbitrators Tribunals – Completed Tribunal Member training
Professional and Other Activities

  • 2014 – Appointed Queen’s Counsel
  • Best Lawyer in Canada 2010 – 2020
  • Chambers Canada: recommended in Litigation
  • Benchmark Litigation 2020: listed as one of the Top 50 Trial Lawyers in
    Canada
  • Chambers Global: recognized in Dispute Resolution
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Litigation – Corporate Commercial
  • L’expert Zenith Awards 2018
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow

Academic Qualifications

British Columba (1991)
Queen’s Counsel, British Columbia (2014)
University of British Columbia (B.A., 1986)
University of British Columbia
(LL.B., 1989

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

 

Michael C. Pryles

Professional Experience

Michael Pryles is one of the leading arbitrators in the Asia/Pacific Region. A recent survey by Cross-border Quarterly (July-September 2006) ranked him in the top 20 arbitration specialists in the world.

He has sat as an arbitrator in over 200 cases in Asia, Europe, North America and Australia.

Michael has experience of both ad hoc and institutional commercial arbitrations under the UNCITRAL, ICC, LCIA, SIAC, HKIAC, CIETAC, SCC, JCAA, KLRCA and Swiss rules, and investor-state arbitrations under the ICSID rules, the ICSID Additional Facility Rules and the UNCITRAL Rules (BITs, NAFTA and state investor protection laws).

These have involved investment, construction, energy, commercial, technology-transfer and joint venture disputes with sums claimed up to US $5 billion.

Michael has published extensively. Previously he was a partner in a major Australian law firm and before that he held a named chair in Australia’s largest law school. He has also held numerous international appointments.

Dispute Resolution Experience and TrainingMichael Pryles has extensive experience in International Arbitration. Selected appointments are: Chairman in a dispute between a US corporation and Chinese individual concerning the office supply industry. UNCITRAL Rules. Place of arbitration: Hong Kong. Amount in dispute: US$100 million, Party appointed arbitrator in a dispute between a US corporation and various Indonesian entities concerning the mining industry. SIAC Rules. Place of arbitration: Singapore. Amount in dispute: US$310 million. For full list, please see Michel Pryles web page.

Michael Pryles has gained invaluable skills and knowledge through his domestic arbitration experience as well as mediation experience during his career (please see Michael Pryles web page).

Professional and Other Activities

  • Who’s Who Legal 2006 considered Michael to be “a level above the rest“.
  • The Practical Law Company Yearbook 2006 ranked Michael as one of the leading lawyers in Australia in dispute resolution.
  • Cross-Border Quarterly 2006 ranked Michael in the top 20 arbitration specialists in the world.
  • Who’s Who Legal 2007 described Michael as “the top dog on international arbitration in Australia” and stated that he is seen as being “head and shoulders above everyone else“.
  • Chambers Global 2007 described Michael as “experienced and extremely sound“.
  • The Practical Law Company Yearbook 2007 rated Michael as a leading individual in dispute resolution in Australia and described him as a “well-known international corporate arbitrator“.
  • Chambers Asia 2008 stated that Michael ‘“works hard, thinks smart and always focuses upon what is important”. He was the founding President of the APRAG, and few have contributed as much to the growth of the regional arbitration community as he has. Commentators champion his “independence, diligence and speed in procedural issues” while also lauding his “swift responsiveness in dealing with parties’ requests. Win or lose Counsel will never leave with any complaints of Pryles”‘.
  • Who’s Who Legal 2008 described Michael as having ‘“an international standing and exposure on commercial arbitration” that makes him the most highly-regarded Australian in the book‘.
  • Chambers Global 2008 described Michael as a ‘world-renowned arbitrator‘ who is ‘[a] strong contributor to the development of arbitration within the Asia-Pacific region‘ and ‘was the founding president of the Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group‘.
  • Michael was recognised as one of Australia’s top lawyers, as judged by their peers, Australian Financial Review, 7 March 2008, and 6 March 2009.
  • Michael was ranked as one of the 5 leading individuals in dispute resolution in Australia by PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook 2008 and 2009.
  • Chambers Asia 2009 described “Full-time arbitrator Pryles” as “perhaps Australia’s most successful export in this field”.
  • Who’s Who Legal, Commercial Arbitration 2010, described Michael Pryles as a “star”.
Academic Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Master of Laws
  • Doctor of the Science of Law
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Laws
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK)
  • Fellow, Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia
  • Fellow, Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand
  • Fellow, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators
  • Chartered Arbitrator (UK)
  • Grade 1 Arbitrator, Australia

Kent G. Woodruff

 

Professional Experience

  • 1972-1991- General practice in Kamloops
  • 1991-1997-Litigation Counsel, insurance, land compensation, commercial leases, contractual, construction (court & arbitration) and appeared before Federal and Provincial administrative tribunals
  • For the last 21 years restricted his practice to alternate dispute resolution.
Dispute Resolution Experience and TrainingMediation experience:

  • Mediated over 300 commercial disputes – personal injury, estates, insurance, partnership, construction, strata, environmental damage, property, farm & ranch, forestry, intergovernmental, ALR Community Issues, workplace , Work safe Discrimination

Arbitration experience:

  • 1996 – 2008 adjudicated Residential Tenancy Disputes
  • Conducted domestic commercial arbitrations involving strata, employment, sale of businesses, commercial leases (renewals and other disputes), farms, forestry disputes, insurance (including Referee and UMP coverage), joint ventures, partnerships, professional negligence, construction and corporate disputes.
  • The appointed Appeal Arbitrator under the Canada – British Columbia Crop Insurance Program

Alternate Dispute Resolution Training:

  • Provided alternate resolution training to companies, organizations and the government of BC.
  • Developed and taught the Thompson Rivers University course entitled Conflict Resolution in the Environment

Chartered Mediator, 2001
Chartered Arbitrator, 1994
McGowan Award of Excellence –ADR Institute of Canada, 2000

Professional and Other Activities

  • A Past President of the ADR Institute of Canada and of the British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute
  • A British Columbia International Commercial Centre Trustee

Member:

  • British Columbia Arbitration & Mediation Institute
  • Kamloops Fly Fishers Association
  • British Columbia Wildlife Association
  • Kamloops and District Fish & Game Association
  • Wild Sheep Society of BC
  • Kamloops Bar Association
Academic QualificationsUniversity of Ottawa, B. Comm., 1963
University of Western Ontario, B.L., 1972
Called to the British Columbia Bar in 1973

Dhandapani Saravanan

Professional Experience

D. Saravanan completed Degree in Law from University of Madras and enrolled himself as an advocate in the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu in the year 1992 and he was trained under the eminent senior lawyer Sri.K.T.Palpandian. He has been practicing in the Chartered High Court of Judicature at Madras in various fields like, Civil (Original & Appellate Side), Criminal (Limited Area), Constitution, Labour & Service, Insurance, Banking, Consumer, Rent Control Laws, Accident Claims, Arbitration & IPR. Considerable cases, in which he appeared as counsel, were reported in leading Regional Law Journals.

He has appeared as lead and co-counsel in numerous domestic and international arbitration proceedings concerning the disputes relating to construction, joint ventures, financial services, international trade, employment disputes, property, maritime, shipbuilding, franchises, investment, on and Offshore contracts, securities and general contractual matters.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

D. Saravanan has been accredited as Arbitrator/Neutral by various international leading and renowned arbitral bodies, such as, ICDR of American Arbitration Association, WIPO (Switzerland), CRCICA ( Egypt ), NAI (The Netherlands), CEPANI (Belgium), DOMPCA, AIAC (Malaysia), DIAC (Duabi) and many Arbitration Institutions in Poland, Lithuania, Ghana, Philippines, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco and Bahrain including Indian arbitral bodies, such as, CNICA, ICADR, FACT, East Indian Cotton Association, Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, etc., He is also an empaneled arbitrator in various public sector undertakings of the Government of India.

He has been empanelled as Arbitrator by the National Internet Exchange of India (Government of India Organization under the Ministry of Information Technology) and resolving .IN domain name disputes. He has resolved many domain name disputes involving international trade marks, such as, Kellys Blue Book, Kingston, NBA Sports, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Microsoft, etc., under National Arbitration Forum (NAF), USA and Asian Domain Disputes Resolution (ADNDRC).

Professional and Other Activities

D. Saravanan is also one of the founder trustees and Chairman of an arbitration centre, namely, Council for National and International Commercial Arbitration (CNICA- www.cnica.org) and CNICA Mediation Center, under the agies of a non-profit Trust called Trust for Alternative Disputes Resolution.

He has undergone a training programme in Workplace conflicts in U.S.A. and also a mediation training programme conducted by the High Court of Madras annexed Tamilnadu Mediation and Conciliation. He has been accredited as mediator by the High Court, Chennai, Labour Courts, Chennai, Small Causes Courts for accidents claims, Chennai, Family Courts, Chennai and Courts in Trichy District. As mediator, he was able to assist the disputants to arrive at an amicable settlement in or about 200 disputes so far.

He is a trainer for arbitrators and mediators and trained many in-house arbitrators concerning public sector undertakings of Government of India. He is a regular speaker on arbitration in various institutions, associations, organizations, chambers of commerce, etc. and he has attended several conferences, seminars and workshops. His articles on arbitration have been published in various journals and he is one of the co-authors on the compilation of case laws rendered by Supreme Court of India on Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996.

Academic Qualifications

Degree in Law, University of Madras, India (1992)
Bar Council of Tamil Nadu, Roll No.375 of 1992

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

Joe McArthur

Professional Experience

Joe practises commercial litigation and arbitration. He has represented both public and private companies in a range of industries, including mining, infrastructure, utilities, financial services, and technology.

Joe is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer and has argued before all levels of court in Canada, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

He is National co-leader of the Firm’s Arbitration Group. He regularly advises on domestic and international arbitrations as counsel and is available for appointment as arbitrator. He is a member of the ICC Canadian Arbitration Committee, the American Arbitration Association’s International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) Panel of Arbitrators and the Domestic and International Arbitration Panels of the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre (BCICAC).

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Appointed to three member panel under ICC Arbitration Rules involving a dispute over a breached settlement agreement between Canadian and American companies
  • Appointed to three member panel under ICC Arbitration Rules involving a $70 million claim for energy infrastructure between Spanish and American parties
  • Appointed sole arbitrator in international arbitration involving an intellectual property dispute between Chinese and North American parties
  • Appointed sole arbitrator in BCICAC international arbitration involving a dispute over mining interests in Ecuador
  • Appointed to three member arbitration panel regarding agency dispute
  • Appointed sole arbitrator in ad hoc arbitration involving a franchise dispute
  • Appointed sole arbitrator in BCICAC share valuation dispute
  • Appointed sole arbitrator in a number of ICDR commercial contract disputes
  • Appointed to three member arbitration panel regarding dispute over South American mining concession

Counsel Work

  • Counsel in lengthy arbitration involving the construction of significant energy infrastructure
  • Counsel in arbitration regarding dispute over operation of municipal infrastructure
  • Counsel in arbitration regarding public-private-partnership infrastructure financial arrangements
  • Counsel in arbitration involving the operation of energy infrastructure
  • Counsel to Aon Hewitt in dispute regarding funding of public sector long term disability trust
  • Counsel to Suncor Energy Marketing Inc. in a dispute with Suncor’s terminal operator
  • Counsel to CHC Helicopters in an arbitration over the purported termination of Hibernia helicopter contract
  • Counsel to FinancialCAD Corporation in a dispute regarding the inadvertent triggering of shareholder dissent rights in FinancialCAD as a result of an error by FinancialCAD’s corporate solicitors
  • Counsel to NovaGold Resources Inc. in the appraisal of dissenting shareholder’s shares in the first reported case to consider B.C. Business Corporation Act dissent provisions
  • Counsel to Ermineskin Cree Nation in a lengthy Federal Court trial and before the Supreme Court of Canada alleging breach of a trustee’s duty to prudently invest over C$1-billion in trust funds and to prudently manage oil and gas resources
Professional and Other Activities

  • Member of Bar of British Columbia, 1995 to date
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Member, ICDR Panel of Arbitrators
  • Member, LCIA North America Users Council
  • Member, Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society
Academic Qualifications

B.A. (Political Science), Carleton University – 1991
LL.B., University of Toronto – 1994

Dr. John J. Maalouf

Professional Experience

Dr. John J. Maalouf, Senior Partner of the Firm, is one of Wall Street’s top lawyers and is a globally recognized expert in the areas of International Trade & Finance Law, International Arbitration, Corporate & Business Law, Banking Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Oil & Gas Law, Pharmaceuticals Law, Telecommunications Law, and Intellectual Property Law.

Under John’s leadership, Maalouf Ashford & Talbot has been honored as “Law Firm of the Year” in the United States, Dubai, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, China, Lebanon, Egypt, Qatar, Bahrain, the United Kingdom, and Brazil for 2018 in 54 different categoriesIn addition, John has been ranked as one of the Top 10 International Trade & Finance Lawyers in the United States for the past 14 consecutive years by the United States Lawyer Rankings – 2019 Edition, 2018 Edition, 2017 Edition, 2016 Edition, 2015 Edition, 2014 Edition, 2013 Edition, 2012 Edition, 2011 Edition, 2010 Edition, 2009 Edition, 2008 Edition, 2007 Edition and 2006 Edition.

Dr. Maalouf regularly counsels clients on matters involving international business transactions, international arbitrations & mediations, mergers & acquisitions, oil & gas transactions, compliance issues, international banking, and foreign investment in the Middle-East. In addition, John specializes in representing multinational companies in connection with intellectual property law matters, pharmaceutical law matters, and technology, media and telecommunications law matters.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

In addition to being one of the world’s leading lawyers, Dr. Maalouf is also an International Arbitrator with the following Courts of International Arbitration and International Arbitration Centers:

  • London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC)
  • Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)
  • Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC)
  • International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA – The Hague, The Netherlands)
  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA – United States of America)
  • Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA)
  • British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre (BCICAC) and
  • GCC Arbitration Centre (Bahrain)

As an International Arbitrator, Dr. Maalouf has over 12 years of experience deciding large international commercial disputes between multinational companies around the world.

Professional and Other Activities

Dr. Maalouf has been ranked as one of the Top 10 International Trade & Finance Lawyers in the United States for the past 13 consecutive years by the United States Lawyer Rankings – 2006 to 2018 Editions. In addition, under his leadership, Maalouf Ashford & Talbot has been honored as “Law Firm of the Year” in the United States, Dubai, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, China, Lebanon, Egypt, Qatar, Bahrain, the United Kingdom, and Brazil for 2018 in 54 different categories

Academic Qualifications

Bachelors of Science (Economics), Boston University, 1990
Juris Doctor, Suffolk University School of Law, 1993
LL.M. (International Banking and Financial Services Law), Boston University School of Law, 1994

While in law school, John received the American Jurisprudence Award for Academic Excellence and was on the Dean’s List.

Michael P. Carroll

Professional Experience

Michael Carroll, QC, is counsel to the firm DLA Piper. Throughout his career he has practised general litigation with an emphasis on commercial and corporate disputes. He has appeared in cases at all trial and appellate levels including the B.C. Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Canada, Federal Court of Canada, Superior Court and Court of Appeal of Québec, Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta and the Supreme Courts of the Northwest Territories and Yukon. He has also appeared before an international panel of arbitrators in Washington, D.C., in a dispute under the North American Free Trade Agreement. Since January 2007, his practice has focused on domestic arbitration and mediation. Originally from Montréal, Michael began practicing in Québec in 1968 where he was a partner in the firm of Martineau Walker until 1980 when he moved to Vancouver. Michael was the managing partner of DLA Piper (Canada) LLP from 1986 through 1989.

Dispute Resolution Experience and TrainingMediation Experience

Michael has acted as Mediator in over 100 disputes in a wide variety of commercial matters including claims involving multiple Plaintiffs and Defendants. Some examples are Real Estate ( REDMA, Strata Property Act claims) construction law, Professional Liability of accountants and lawyers, claims for breach of contract, fiduciary duties, negligent and fraudulent misrepresentation, Forestry Act disputes, and bankruptcy and insolvency priority claims.

Arbitration Experience

Michael has acted as a sole arbitrator and chaired arbitration panels in Alberta and British Columbia in numerous commercial disputes. Examples are claims for breach of contract or fiduciary duties, negligent and fraudulent misrepresentation claims, Professional Partnership disputes, employment law matters, and disputes between doctors and Provincial Health Authorities.

Training

Has attended mediation training sessions conducted by CLE and Dispute Resolution Inc and Arbitration training sessions conducted by the Western Canadian Commercial Arbitration Society.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Appointed Queen’s Counsel, 1996
  • Best Lawyers in Canada (Alternative Dispute Resolution), 2006-2017
  • Expert Guides: Guide to the World’s Leading Litigation and Product Liability Lawyers, 2014
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • President, Golf Canada, 2013
  • Chair, Air Canada Championship (PGA Tour golf tournament), 2000-2002
  • Director, Physical Medical Research Foundation, 2000-2003
  • Director, Tantalus Management Inc., 2000-2005
  • Member, Advisory Board, Willis Canada Inc., 2002-2006
  • Member, Arbutus Club, Vancouver, B.C.
  • Member, Pt. Grey Golf Club, Vancouver, B.C.
Academic Qualifications

LL.L., Laval University, 1967
B.A., McGill University, 1964