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

Marvin R.V. Storrow

Professional Experience

Mr. Storrow is a senior litigation partner involved in arbitration, mediation, civil and criminal law. His expertise includes general commercial litigation, personal injury, native claims, general commercial litigation, criminal law, environmental law, “White Collar Crime”, anti-dumping and international trade cases

His practice has involved numerous appearances at all levels of the provincial and federal court systems, including numerous appearances before the Supreme Court of Canada. Mr. Storrow was counsel on the leading First Nations cases of Guerin v. Her Majesty the Queen, R. v. Sparrow, Roberts v. The Queen, and R. v. Gladstone at all court levels along with a number of aboriginal rights and other leading Canadian cases including ApsassinDelgamuukwandErmineskin v. Her Majesty the Queen. Three of his cases have been ranked by Canadian legal scholars as among the top 15 most important cases in Canadian legal history.

Mr. Storrow has conducted several trials at all Court levels in the Northwest Territories and in every province of Canada except Prince Edward Island.

Mr. Storrow’s cases appear approximately 500 times in various Canadian legal reports.

Mr. Storrow is recognized annually in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as one of the leading lawyers in Canada.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Mr. Storrow has been involved with a wide variety of litigious matters and alternative dispute resolution matters over the past 47 years.

  • Arbitrator since approximately 1985
  • Chartered Arbitrator – ADR Institute of Canada
  • Member of the arbitrator panels of the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre, the British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada
Professional and Other Activities

  • Recipient of the Chief Justice James Valentine Milvain, Visiting Chair in Advocacy (University of Calgary) in 1987. This Award is awarded to a leading Canadian barrister.
  • The Georges A. Goyer, Q.C. Award for exceptional contributions to the legal profession.
  • Mr. Storrow was awarded the University of British Columbia Alumni Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. This Award is given to recognize an extraordinary individual who through a lifetime of outstanding service and contribution to the community has demonstrated the true spirit of the Association’s mission.
  • Mr. Storrow has received an LL.D. (honoris causa) Doctorate Degree from the Justice Institute of British Columbia.

Mr. Storrow has written and lectured on a number of “White Collar Crime”, “Aboriginal Rights”, “Medicare in Canada” “Child Pornography” and several other matters and acted as defence counsel in one of Canada’s first money laundering cases.

Mr. Storrow has been a frequent lecturer and conference co-ordinator for both the Continuing Legal Education Society of B.C. and the University of British Columbia Law School. He has delivered lectures and chaired panels both inside and outside of Canada as well as at the University of Victoria, School of Public Administration; Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice; The International Centre for Criminal Law Reform & Criminal Justice Policy, Canada; Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia and Pacific Business & Law Institute, the University of Calgary Law School and Pacific Business & Law.

Academic Qualifications

University of British Columbia, LL.B., 1962
Admitted to the British Columbia, Alberta and Northwest Territories Bars

Gabriel M. Somjen

Professional Experience

Gabriel Somjen QC is a labour lawyer focusing on neutral work such as arbitration and mediation. Admitted to the British Columbia Bar in 1975. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts in 1969 and a Juris Doctor in 1974.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

He has adjudicated or mediated several hundred cases. He also teaches ADR Techniques to law students. He has experience in all areas of labour and employment law.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Member, Arbitrator’s Association of British Columbia
  • Member and Past chair of ADR Vancouver Subsection of the Canadian Bar Association
  • Listed arbitrator for the Collective Agreement Arbitration Bureau for British Columbia, The British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre and Member of the Civil Roster Mediate BC
  • Past chair: Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society
  • Past board member: Vancouver Youth Theatre, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, Vancouver Art Gallery, The Children’s Foundation and Greater Vancouver Food Bank
  • Published articles and delivered lectures on various topics in labour relations, including mandatory retirement, picketing, collective bargaining, grievances and workplace impairment.
Academic Qualifications

B.A., University of Toronto, 1969
Juris Doctor, 1974

Deborah M. Howes

Professional Experience

Ms. Howes, President and CEO of High Clouds Incorporated, is a facilitator, arbitrator, mediator, and trainer. She works in commercial, consumer, municipal, workplace and labour relations, consumer, and condominium. Deborah trains administrative tribunals on best practices. She was the Executive Director of the Foundation of Administrative Justice.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Her mediation practice includes two-party and multi-party matters. She is a roster mediator for Alberta Employment & Immigration – Mediation Services and Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association,

She is an arbitrator on a number of Canadian panels, including the Alberta New Home Warranty Arbitration Plan, Alberta Labour Grievance Arbitration Roster, Alberta Municipal Affairs – arbitration and med/arb rosters, Automobile Insurance Dispute Resolution Committee, AMEX Dispute Resolution Roster, Canadian Panel for Domestic Commercial Arbitration – BCICAC, Service Alberta, American Dispute Resolution Center, Inc., International Dispute Resolution Center and American Arbitration Association. She has been appointed by the Alberta courts as arbitrator. Ms. Howes was a member on the Public Service Labour Relations Board, and Vice Chair on the Alberta Labour Relations Board; she practiced law with Duncan & Craig.

  • Practicing arbitrator since 1991 – sole or chair of panels
  • Practicing med/arb since 2002
  • Practicing mediator since 1993
  • Roster arbitrator or mediator on various provincial, national and international rosters.
  • Certificate in Arbitration
  • Certificate in Conflict Management
  • 30 + years’ experience developing and instructing arbitration, mediation, conciliation programs
Professional and Other Activities

  • Chartered Arbitrator
  • Chartered Mediator
  • International Mediation Institute Certified
  • Fellow of the Canadian Condominium Institute
  • Co-author – Condominium Management & Labour Relations Legislation: Practitioner’s Manual
  • Advisor on Let’s Talk -guide to resolving disputes
  • Co-founder – Foundation of Administrative Justice – training administrative tribunals
  • Trainer for the Siksika Nation for the Aiskapimohkiiks Tribunal
Academic Qualifications

  • Diploma in Chemical Research Technology (Hon.), 1972
  • Bachelor of Arts, 1987
  • Bachelor of Laws, 1988
  • Certificate in Arbitration
  • Certificate in Conflict Management
  • Certificate in Tribunal Administrative Justice