Dalton L. Larson

Professional Experience

Mr. Larson commenced his professional career as a full time member of the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia. After teaching law for five years, he went into practice as Counsel, becoming a partner in a major law firm in Vancouver, now McMillan. After ten years, he left practice to become a full time arbitrator and mediator dealing with disputes in the labour relations, civil and commercial areas. As Counsel, he represented clients dealing with
general civil matters, regulatory, environmental, utilities, transportation, general corporate, labour and employment disputes. He has appeared before the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal of British Columbia, the Federal Court and many different tribunals and arbitration panels.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Mr. Larson is a recognized expert in alternate dispute resolution. He advises clients on structuring dispute resolution processes, including a system involving a proposed large pipeline project and several First Nations groups. He has conducted in excess of 1000 mediations and hundreds of arbitration hearings, of which well in excess of 100 awards have been published. Many have been high profile cases attracting significant media attention. He has published many articles and papers in academic journals and reviews and has lectured widely on many topics relating to dispute resolution.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Member of the Law Society of B.C.;
  • Member of the Canadian Bar Association;
  • Member of the Arbitrators Association of B.C.;
  • Member of ADR Institute of Canada;
  • Member ADR Institute of BC;
  • Past President of the Arbitrators Association of B.C.;
  • Past Member of the Joint Advisory Committee, Collective Agreement Arbitration Bureau.
Academic Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts Degree (History and Economics) -accelerated- University of Alberta, Edmonton
Bachelor of Laws Degree. University of Alberta. Edmonton
Master of Laws Degree. University of London. England (Viscount Bennett Scholar)

Ms. Barbara Cornish

Professional Experience

Ms. Cornish is a partner at Singleton Urquhart, specializing in commercial, property and workplace disputes.

In addition to a litigation practice, Ms. Cornish is actively involved in both mediation and arbitration on behalf of her own clients and as a mediator/arbitrator retained by others.

Ms. Cornish has a broad range of experience in most types of commercial disputes including:

  • Insurers and claimants in bodily injury, errors and omissions and property claims.
  • Insurers, property owners, lessees, design professionals and others involved in construction, property and commercial leasing disputes;
  • Employers, contractors, and employees involved in employment, WCB, OHS, privacy and discrimination disputes;

In addition to the above, Ms. Cornish is also the supervising lawyer of the BC Human Rights Clinic, an adjunct professor at UBC, and a Justice of the Peace Adjudicator for the Provincial Court of BC.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Practicing Arbitrator/Mediator since 2002, mediates between 200-250 cases per year and arbitrates 10-15 cases per year.

Mediation

  • Chartered Mediator, Alternate Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada.
  • Registrant, BC Mediator Roster Society.
  • Certified Mediator, International Mediation Institute.

Arbitration

  • Chartered Arbitrator, Alternate Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada.
  • Member, British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute.
  • Arbitrator/Mediator, Sports Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada.
  • Appointee, Panel of Arbitrators, American Dispute Resolution Center
Academic Qualifications

BC Court of Appeal – Law Clerk to the Honourable Carrothers & Hinkson J.J.A.: 1988-1989
University of Victoria,LL.B., 1988
University of Alberta, B.A.(Psychology/Linguistics), 1985
University of Leeds, Speech Pathology Licentiateship, 1978

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

 

Kerry Alan Short

Professional Experience

Kerry Short has practiced over thirty years as an insurance defence lawyer and has conducted many trials and appeals. Kerry has been appointed as a mediator and arbitrator on a range of disputes, from two-party personal injury, construction and insurance coverage cases to more complex multi-party litigation.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Kerry has acted as sole arbitrator on a number of matters over the past 15 years. He has acted as mediator over the past 10 years on a wide range of cases. His training has included all civil CLE mediation courses and a one week mediation training course at Pepperdine University in 2017.

Professional and Other Activities

Kerry is a former fellow of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, is recognized by his peers as a leading lawyer in professional liability with Lexpert, has been recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada in construction law since 2008, and has been named as a leading lawyer in insurance law since 2012.

Academic Qualifications

University of Victoria, B.A. (History) 1979
University of British Columbia LLB 1982

Mr. Robert Neron

Professional Experience

Robert Neron is a Senior Lawyer, a Chartered Arbitrator, a Qualified Mediator, a Labour Arbitrator and a Workplace Complaint Investigator who has completed more than 70 workplace investigations and rendered more than 1,000 quasi-judicial and arbitral decision in the last 20 years. Mr. Neron is the Founder and CEO of Simner Corporation, an Ottawa-based bilingual Arbitration Firm.

Robert has been admitted to the Law Society of Ontario and the Law Society of Nunavut. He is also a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada, that accredited him as a Chartered Arbitrator and a Qualified Mediator.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Robert is a respected senior bilingual lawyer who has shifted his legal practice to full-time neutral work as Arbitrator, Mediator, and Workplace Investigator (harassment complaints, misconduct and wrongdoing).

He has twenty years of professional experience in adjudicating various cases and has presided over matters at the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB); at the Indian Residential School Adjudication Settlement Process; at the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada and has handled many labour disputes. His areas of expertise are workplace investigation, labour, sport and international commercial and trade disputes.

In 2000, the Parliament of Canada appointed him as a full-time member of the IRB in 2000 and in 2004, he was appointed Assistant Deputy Chairperson of the Immigration Appeal Division (IAD), a position that he held for seven years. In 2013, he was appointed by the Government of Ontario as a negotiator to settle Residential, Commercial and Industrial land expropriation disputes. In 2019, he was selected by the Canadian Government as a Member of Expert Arbitrators in International Trade under Chap. 19 of the USMA (NAFTA). In 2015, Robert published: Investor-State Arbitration (NAFTA and CAFTA) in the Comparative Law Yearbook of International Business, Wolters Kluwer.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Construction Finance; Construction Management & Cost Control, Columbia University, 2018
  • Doping: Sports, Organizations and Sciences, University of Lausanne, 2016
  • Labour Arbitration Law and Practice, University of Quebec, 2014
  • Ombudsman Certificate, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2014
  • Conducting Administrative, Oversight and Ombudsman Investigations, Ottawa, 2012
  • International Commercial Arbitration Law, Boston University School of Law, 2011
Academic Qualifications

  • Master of Law in International Business Law (LL.M.), Boston University School of Law, 2015
  • Executive Program in Leadership, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, 2014
  • Bachelor of Law (LLB.), University of Moncton, Faculty of Law, 1995
  • Bachelor of Political Science (B.A.), Laval University, 1987

Robert B. Morton

Professional Experience

Attorney-at-Law (now semi-Retired) formerly engaged in complex civil litigation and Trial and Appeals Court Practice, on behalf of both plaintiffs/claimants and defendants/respondents. Admitted to practice in the State and Federal Courts of Illinois (1982-2008); and admitted practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court Bar, (1983-2008). Formerly, served as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois, and more recently serving in Law Enforcement as a part-time sworn Police Officer. Also, formerly licensed as Real Estate Broker in State of Illinois (1997-2008).

25+ Years of Litigation experience in Trial and Appeals Practice in state and federal courts, and as a certified National/International Commercial Arbitrator.

Litigation and Dispute Resolution Experience includes the following areas: Contracts; Injunctions and TRO’s; Securities and Investments; Finance and Trade; Real Estate; Corporations; Partnerships; Intellectual Property rights — including Trade Secrets, Trademarks, Copyrights and Non-Compete Agreements; Probate/Estate/Will/Trust Contests; Labor and Employment Law — including Discrimination, Civil Rights, Wrongful Discharge; Negligence, Personal Injury and Insurance Coverage disputes — including Automobile Accidents, Product Liability, Malpractice, Construction & Design Defects; Consumer Rights, Creditor, Fraud, RICO; and Class Actions.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Robert Morton is a highly experienced commercial Arbitrator, presided in more than 100++ Arbitration hearings, and has been accredited by these national & international ADR Organizations (past and present):

  • ICC International Court of Arbitration/US Council for International Business (USCIB) – list of approved International Commercial Arbitrators
  • International Bureau of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) – list of approved Arbitrators
  • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) – approved International Arbitrator panelist
  • Indonesian National Board of Arbitration (BANI) – approved International Arbitrator panelist
  • Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA) – approved International Arbitrator panelist
  • Beijing Arbitration Commission – Panel of International Commercial Arbitrators
  • China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) – approved International Commercial Arbitrator
  • British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Center (BCICAC) – approved International Commercial Arbitrator panelist
  • World International Property Organization (WIPO) – approved Int’l Intellectual Property Arbitrator
  • Arbitration Center of Mexico – registered International Commercial Arbitrator Panelist
  • Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC) – approved List of Arbitrator Practioners
  • The Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA)
  • The Association of Arbitrators of Southern Africa – approved Panel member
  • Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre (ADNDRC)
  • American Arbitration Association – certified commercial Arbitrator
  • ADR Systems – approved Commercial and Employment Arbitrator
  • Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry Permanent Court of Arbitration – panelist
  • NASD Arbitrator Training Lecturer – Former invited Speaker at National Arbitrator Skills Training Conference on presiding as Arbitrator/Chair in cases involving Emergency Interim Injunctions, Trade Secrets and Non-Compete Agreements
  • National Future’s Association- certified public Arbitrator
  • New York Stock Exchange – certified (public) Arbitrator
  • Chicago Board Options Exchange- certified (public) Arbitrator
  • Cook County Court Mandatory Arbitration Program- certified Arbitrator and Chairman
  • Illinois State Board of Education – certified Hearing Officer for tenured Teacher dismissal cases
Professional and Other Activities

Arbitrator Training Lecturer – Former invited Speaker at N.A.S.D. National Arbitrator Skills Training Conference – Topic: presiding as Arbitrator in cases involving Injunctions, Trade Secrets, and non-compete agreements.

Honours

  • Judicial Candidate in 2002 Elections for Circuit Court Judge of the 19th Judicial Circuit (Lake & McHenry Counties, IL.). Rated “Well-Qualified” for Circuit Judge by Supreme Court Blue-Ribbon Judicial Screening Committee.
  • Licensed as Attorney in State of Illinois (1982-2008), U.S. District Court for N.D. IL. (Trial Bar), U.S. Court of Appeals for Seventh Circuit, and admitted to the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Law Enforcement experience – former part-time sworn Police Officer – northern Illinois suburbs
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker in State of Illinois (1997 – 2008)
Academic Qualifications

B.A., Political Science, University of Michigan, 1978- Summa Cum Laude and Pho Beta Kappa
J.D., Harvard Law School, 1982

John J. McIntyre

Professional Experience

J.J. McIntyre has more than 35 years experience as a trial lawyer, appellate counsel, arbitration counsel, commercial arbitrator and mediator in international and domestic disputes. He has served as party appointed arbitrator and chair of triumvirate panels as well as sole arbitrator in institutional and ad hoc arbitrations. He authored the Vancouver Maritime Arbitrators Association (“VMAA”) 2016 Arbitration Rules.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Over 35 years of experience as counsel, arbitrator and mediator

  • Completed the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London) Accelerated Route to Fellowship Course
  • Attended Introduction session for new panel members and the 2017 Sport Dispute and Resolution Centre of Canada (“SDRCC”) conference
  • Arbitrator (Sole, Chair and co-arbitrator) in international and domestic disputes concerning contracts for purchase and supply of goods, services, construction, and repair
  • Adjudicator (Sole, Panel member, Chair) in national and provincial sports federation hearings and appeals under their bylaws; reviewing officer athlete appeals
  • Counsel for parties in disputes before Court of Arbitration for Sport and the SDRCC
Professional and Other Activities

  • Fellow Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London) (FCIArb)
  • Member of CBA, Law Societies of BC and Yukon
  • Past Chairman CBA National Sections Council, National Civil Liberties Section, BC Civil Liberties Section
  • Director and Chair of Rules Revision Committee of VMAA
  • Arbitrating Member of the VMAA, International Commercial Court (“ICC”) Canada, the Canadian Transportation Agency (“CTA”) and the SDRCC
  • Author of papers and speaker at conferences and seminars for BCAMI, International Congress of Maritime Arbitrators and VMAA at Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Copenhagen and Vancouver
Academic Qualifications

University of Saskatchewan, Bachelor of Laws, 1980
University of Saskatchewan, Bachelor of Science (High Honours Chemistry), 1977

Anton M.S. Melnyk

Professional Experience

Principal of Melnyk Law, Barristers and Solicitors.

  • Over 40 years practice in a wide range of law, including commercial, corporate, tax, labour, and administrative law.
  • Appeared before the Alberta Trial and Appeal Courts, Tax Court and Federal Court of Canada Acted as Counsel to the Classification Appeal Board, Public Service Appeal Board, Occupational Health & Safety Council, the Alberta Labour Relations Board and Environmental Council of Alberta.
  • Acted as Vice-Chairperson of the Alberta Board of Industrial Relations.
  • Acted as Chairperson in numerous labour, commercial, landlord-tenant, automobile and electrical industry arbitrations.
  • Taught labour law, arbitration law, and tax law in the Law and Business Administration Faculties of the University of Alberta.
Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Appointed Queen’s Counsel 1981 and Awarded the Chartered Arbitrator designation 1990. Arbitral and ADR appointments include:

  • Grievance Arbitration Roster under the Labour Relations Code of Alberta (1994 – )
  • Arbitrator under the Canadian Motor Vehicle Arbitration Plan (1994 – 2008)
  • Sahtu Arbitration Panel (1995 – )
  • Arbitrator under the Western Grain Transition Payments Program (1995)
  • Part IV of the Canada Transportation Act Arbitrations (1998 – )
  • Domestic Canada Panel of the BCICAC (1998 – )
  • IDA – Alberta Securities Dispute Resolution Panel (2000 – 2009)
  • Province of Alberta Bid Protest Roster (2001 – 2009 )
  • Referee and Adjudicator under the Canada Labour Code (2002 – )
  • Gwich’in Arbitration Panel (2005 – )
  • Automobile Insurance Arbitrators Roster – Alberta (2005 – )
  • CIRA Domain Name Resolution Panel of the BCICAC (2006 – )
  • Arbitration Panel of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (2007 – 2010 )
Professional and Other Activities

  • Alberta Arbitration & Mediation Society
  • ADR Institute of Canada
  • Canadian Bar Association – Member of National and Provincial Councils (2000 – 2010)
  • Canadian Tax Foundation
  • Selected Publications (for full list, please contact Melnyk Law):
    • Ch. 3 Tax Law – Principles of Farm Law for Alberta Farmers, University of Alberta (1974)
    • Taxation of a Shareholder – TAX 2 – Canadian Bar Association, Intermediate Course on The Income Tax Act (1975)
Academic Qualifications

Harvard Law School, LL.M.,1963
University of Alberta – LL.B., Silver Medalist, 1962
University of Alberta, B.A., 1961

William C. Kaplan

Professional Experience

Bill now focuses his practice on arbitration and mediation work as a neutral. He has been engaged on a variety of matters reflecting his experience in corporate/commercial matters, restructuring, securities legislation, real estate and development, and a broad range of business-related issues. Bill has appeared before all levels of the Court system in British Columbia, including the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as appearing before numerous administrative tribunals, private arbitration panels, and mediations. He is experienced in alternative dispute resolution and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Bill provides legal services through WCK Law Corporation.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Appeared before all levels of court in British Columbia, and the Supreme Court of Canada, on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters.
  • Acted as counsel for many arbitration hearings over the last 30+ years and engaged as counsel for labour relations arbitration hearings earlier in career.
  • Attained FCIArb in 2016 and continue to hold FCIArb designation.
  • Counsel for many mediations and have acted as mediator on 7 matters in the last 6 months.
Professional and Other Activities

  • Bill is a member of Insolvency Institute of Canada, and a past chairman and a member of the board of directors of the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia. He was a founding member of the Dean’s Advisory Committee to the National Centre for Business Law at the University of British Columbia.
  • Bill was an adjunct professor of law at the University of British Columbia for over 25 years, where he instructed a negotiations course.
  • Bill was appointed Queen’s Counsel (British Columbia) in 2001. Admitted to FCIArb: 2016
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: 2008, 2010 – 2019 (Appellant Practice, Construction Law and Insolvency)
  • Legal 500 Canada: 2014 – 2019
  • Chambers Global: 2009 – 2018
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: 2008 – 2018
  • I FLR1000: 2014 – 2018 (Leading Lawyer)
  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada: 2013 – 2015, 2017
  • Benchmark Canada: 2013 – 2018
Academic Qualifications

Admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators – 2016
LL.M., Harvard University – 1981
Admitted to the British Columbia Bar – 1980
LL.B., University of British Columbia – 1979
B.A., University of British Columbia – 1975

Mr. Scott D. Marrs

Professional Experience

Scott Marrs has over 20 years of experience in arbitration, litigation and legal counseling in international, energy (oil and gas exploration, production, transportation, storage, power, petrochemical, energy marketing, well service), intellectual property (patent, trademark, copyright, trade secrets and covenant not to compete litigation), commercial, product liability and international matters in state and federal courts, and in national and international arbitrations.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Arbitrator in complex commercial contract matter involving engineering, design and project management issues in mining and energy industries.
  • Arbitrator in multi-million dollar energy matter regarding commercial contract in natural gas recycling, extraction, green energy business and allegations of contract breach and fraud.
  • Arbitrated 9-figure international disputes involving complex contractual and governmental issues regarding acquisition and divestiture of oil and gas interests in South America.
  • Arbitrator on energy panel in multi-million dollar action involving contract and financial issues relating to acquisition and divestiture of numerous producing oil and gas properties.
  • Arbitrator on commercial panel in breach of commercial contract action with associated fraud counterclaims involving stock and insurance issues.
  • Arbitrated claims by independent oil and gas producers in multi-million dollar action involving drilling companies in commercial transaction disputes.
  • Represented international oil field services company in disputes involving Middle Eastern contracts.
  • Represented natural gas pipeline company regarding $200 million acquisition dispute with energy a company.
  • Arbitrated multi-million dollar intellectual property disputes between an international medical device company and an inventor/surgeon.
  • Represented investors in disputes with exploration company involving foreign oil and gas fields.
  • Arbitrated a major investment matter for an international brokerage house involving alleged losses by a group of high net worth businessmen.
  • Represented energy client in disputes involving Russian oil interests.
  • Retained as intellectual property expert in a copyright and trademark arbitration involving two competing international chair manufacturers.
  • Represented oil and gas company in disputes involving allegedly defective land rigs.
  • Represented exploration & production company in various royalty lawsuits.
  • Represented French supplier of industrial gases in federal jury trial involving commercial contract disputes.
  • Represented a Dutch equipment manufacturer to resolve various international and commercial issues.
  • Represented international chemical company in $30 Million commercial contract dispute
Professional and Other Activities

Arbitrator with: BCICAC, AAA, ICC, CPR, and LCIA
International Institute for Energy Law – Advisory Board
International Association of Defense Counsel – ADR Committee (Co-Chair)
American, Texas and Houston Bar Foundations – Fellow
Speaker: “Harness the Power of Arbitration to Obtain A Successful Award,” 2013 ALM Course, High Stakes Litigation (NYC)
Speaker: “Comparing and Contrasting Major European and American Arbitral Forums,” 2013 IADC Annual Meeting (Hawaii)
Speaker: “Getting Your Mojo Back Regarding Arbitration,” 2012 Trial Network Litigation Mgmt Supercourse (NYC)
Author: AAA, JAMS and CPR Comparison Chart, Practical Law Jrnl (Feb 2014)
Author: “Arbitration Confidentiality,” Texas Bar Journal (Feb. 2014)
Author: “10 Major Arbitration Issues Recently Addressed By Courts,” Dispute Resolution Jrnl (Aug 2009)

Academic Qualifications

2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Alternative Dispute Resolution, American Lawyer Media
Texas’ “Top Rated Lawyer,” Martindale, 2012, 2014
“Texas Super Lawyer,” 2004, 2006-2014
“Houston’s Top Lawyers,” H Texas Magazine, 2007-2012, 2014
“Top 40 Texas Lawyers Under 40,” Texas Lawyer, 2001
Houston Lawyer Award, Outstanding Legal Article of the Year, 1993
Hirsch, Glover, Robinson & Sheiness Award, Excellence in Insurance Law, 1989