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)

Mr. Michael F. Welsh

Professional Experience

I am a lawyer with 40 years of litigation experience, having been lead counsel on over a thousand hearings, trials and appeals in all levels of court in this province and in the Supreme Court of Canada, including some 50 formally reported decisions and well over 100 posted on CanLii. Through my professional experience and as a member of professional, wine industry and community organizations I am well-versed in in problem and dispute resolution and in understanding and working with people in difficult situations toward a positive outcome. An effective communicator, I have the ability to assess problems expeditiously and to relate to people from all walks of life. As one who sees life as an opportunity to learn, I never let my mind get stale, but rather seek to educate myself in a wide range of areas. I have taken that learning and passed it on writing, including articles in the Advocate, Bartalk and Canadian Arbitration and Mediation Journal magazines, as author of the Advocate Wine Column and serving as a faculty member in many continuing legal educational conferences and seminars. I have also authored a number of decisions for the BCCRT and Law Society.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Family Law Arbitration LAW SOCIETY OF BC (July, 2013)
  • Family Law Mediation LAW SOCIETY OF BC (August, 2013)
  • Arbitration Part II – Conduct of Arbitration Proceedings, ADR Institute
    of BC (October 2012) – 95% grade
  • Arbitration Part III – Arbitration Workshop, ADR Institute of BC
    (November 2011) – 98% grade
  • Advanced Civil Mediation, CLEBC (February 1997)
  • Family Law Mediation, CLEBC (July 1997)
  • Numerous other workshops, seminars, conferences, symposiums as presenter
    and participant.
Professional and Other Activities

  • 2017 – Appointed Queen’s Counsel, province of British Columbia
  • 2016-2017 – President, Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch
  • 2015-2016 – President, ADR Institute of British Columbia
  • 2018-present – Bencher, Law Society of British Columbia
  • 2015 – Chartered Mediator (C.Med.) ADR Institute of Canada
  • 2013 – Certified family Mediator (C.Fam Arb.) ADR Institute of British Columbia
  • 2020 – Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb.) ADR Institute of Canada
  • 2011 – Fellow (FCIArb.) International Institute of Arbitrators – London, UK
    Certified family mediator and family law arbitrator: Law Society of BC
Academic Qualifications

B.A. (cum laude in philosophy): Cornell University, 1975
LL.B. University of British Columbia, 1980

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

Carol L. Roberts

Professional Experience

Experienced dispute resolution professional with a strong track record of providing competent and efficient mediation and arbitration services in a variety of areas, including: sports, employment, human rights, workers’ compensation, and real property assessment. Skilled communicator and negotiator with the ability to navigate different legal cultures and agreements when dealing with international arbitration cases. Recognized for degree of professionalism, respect, and compassion shown to tribunal participants. Accrued experience in the area of conflict of interest/ethics, fairness, & conducting harassment investigations.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Arbitrator and Mediator, Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada
  • Arbitrator and Mediator, Court of Arbitration for Sport
  • Ad-Hoc Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) – 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil and 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang
  • Member, British Columbia Employment Standards Tribunal
  • Adjudicator, Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat
  • Grievance Arbitrator, Unjust Dismissal Adjudicator & Wage Recovery Referee under Canada Labour Code
  • Adjudicator, University of Victoria Discrimination and Harassment Policy Roster
  • Member, Yukon and Nunatsiavut Dispute Resolution Boards
  • Mediator, Canadian Human Rights Commission Roster of ADR Specialists with Experience in Aboriginal Communities
  • Law Society of British Columbia, Fee Mediator
  • Member, Ethics Committee, International Floorball Federation

Past Professional Engagements Include:

  • Member, Musqueam Indian Band Board of Review
  • Conflict of Interest Commissioner, Legislative Assembly of the N.W.T.
  • Ethics Advisor, Rapid Transit Project 2000 Ltd. & Vancouver Trade & Convention Centre Expansion Project
  • Vice-Chair, BC Workers Compensation Appeal Tribunal
  • Member, Property Assessment Appeal Board and British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal
Professional and Other Activities

  • Northwest Territories Law Reform Committee
  • Northwest Territories Law Society
  • N.W.T. Law Reports Editorial Board, Discipline Committee (Non – Resident)
  • Co‑Chair, Northwest Territories Branch, Canadian Bar Association, Native Law Subsection
  • Law Society of British Columbia, Discipline and Credentials Committee
  • Law Society of British Columbia, Discipline and Credentials Hearing Panel
  • National Steering Committee, National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL), Trustee, NAWL Trust
  • British Columbia Branch, Canadian Bar Association: Administrative Law and ADR Subsections
  • Equality Committee, Advisory Committee to Judicial Council of B.C.
  • Y.W.C.A. Board of Directors, Yellowknife, Judge, Y.W.C.A. Women of Distinction Awards, Victoria, B.C.
  • Director, Belfry Theatre, Victoria, B.C.
  • Law Society of B.C.
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section
  • Member, Mediate B.C.
  • Judicial Justice, Provincial Court of British Columbia
Academic Qualifications

B.A. Political Science Major, University of Calgary
LL.B., University of Calgary

“Get on Board’ Governance Education Program, Intermediate Series, Canadian Board Diversity Council
Cornell University Summer Institute of International & Comparative Law, LL.M. credit courses, Paris, France
Summer Seminar of International Law (International Economic Law), University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

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 Training

Mediation 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 Qualifications

University of Ottawa, B. Comm., 1963
University of Western Ontario, B.L., 1972
Called to the British Columbia Bar in 1973

Dawn A. Wattie

Professional Experience

Dawn completed a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Victoria in 1984 where she initially developed an interest in indigenous matters and First Nations governance followed by an LLB from the University of Windsor in 1988. She articled with Clark Wilson in Vancouver and was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1989. Dawn completed her mediation training in 1992 and 1993 and became a qualified mediator in 2019.

Her first position was a 6-month contract commencing in May 1989 to work on the BCGEU’s arbitration backlog project. She was hired by the BCGEU as a staff representative in the Victoria Area office in October 1989 and was assigned responsibility for public service workers in Local 1201 (Administrative Component), Local 201 (Healthcare Component) and Component 401 (Corrections). As part of these responsibilities, Dawn handled grievances up to including arbitration hearings, hours of work umpire hearings, harassment complaints investigations and proceedings and labour board hearings and was responsible for master agreement component and other related sectoral bargaining.

In 1992, Dawn was appointed to the BCGEU’s bargaining integrity project that participated in the Commission of Inquiry in the Public Service and Public Sector (Korbin Commission). She was then assigned to position of Coordinator, Special Projects and participating as the senior BCGEU representative on the restructuring of the Ministry of Health to create the health authorities and the labour adjustment strategy for the transfer of public service employees into the health authorities.

Dawn was also responsible for all labour relation matters associated with restructuring or reorganization activities within public service ministries for the period of 1993 to 1996. She participated as BCGEU labour representative in the Governor General’s study tour in 1995 in which her work group toured Western Quebec to examine employer-employee relationships across private sector, public sector and not-for-profit sector in wide variety of organizations. In late 1996, she left the BCGEU. In January 1997 she established Dawn Wattie Law Corporation. In March 1997, Dawn participated in a review of the contracted Social Services Sector led by Doug Allen, former Deputy Minister.

From 1997 to present, Dawn has continued to provide labour relations and employment law advice, act as counsel on arbitration and Labour Relations Board application matters, undertake private sector collective bargaining and representation continued to undertake investigative and mediation services on harassment complaints for private and public sector clients.

From 2000 to 2005, Dawn lived and worked within the WSANEC peoples territorial lands on Vancouver Island. For this period, she provided advice to the WSANEC peoples (Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum and Pauquachin band and councils) regarding matters related to collective bargaining, employment and policy for the Lauwelnew Tribal School, band and council matters, and for child and family services. She also worked with Nuu-chah-nuth Economic Development Commission on policy matters.

From 2001 to 2006, Dawn was the corporate solicitor for the University of Victoria’s Innovation and Development Corporation working with academics and industry to bring innovation to the market.

Since 1997, She have built a corporate commercial practice that assists clients, locally, nationally and internationally to bring innovative products and services to the market including providing advice on business structure, restructuring, merger and acquisitions, financing, commercial transactions including licensing, manufacturing and distribution, drafting shareholder agreements, assisting in resolution of shareholder and partner disputes and corporate succession planning.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Family Law Mediation Certification 1993
  • Multiparty Mediation 1994
  • Qual. Arb – ADRIC 2019
  • Introductory Mediation Training completed 2019 – ADRIC
  • 1989 – 1996 BCGEU staff rep/coordinator resolving and settling wide range of grievance, work related disputes, and collective bargaining.
  • 1997 – 2020 employment and corporate commercial dispute resolution with private and public company clients.
Professional and Other Activities

  • Member Law Society of British Columbia
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Member Lawyer Referral Service since 1997
  • ADRIC-BC
Academic Qualifications

  • BA Anthropology (University of Victoria 1984)
  • LLB (University of Windsor 1988)

 

Mr. John W. Norton

Professional Experience

Mr. Norton has practiced business law for over 30 years and during the last 10 years has also acted as counsel and chair in various arbitrations relating to major business issues and real estate matters.

He is known for his practical and strategic approach to legal and business problems. Mr. Norton practices law in the area of mergers & acquisitions and divestitures, corporate governance and commercial law.

Mr. Norton has extensive experience in real estate development law and venture capital law.

He also acted Counsel on behalf of the Vancouver International Airport Authority, Department of Justice, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, and United Van Lines. He was finance Chairman for Doug Mowatt, and he is Chairman of Universal Packaging Inc.

Professional and Other Activities

Mr. Norton is a member of a number of Canadian and International Associations, and is an International Associate of the American Bar Association;

  • The Law Society of British Columbia
  • The Canadian Bar Association
  • ADR Institute of Canada
  • British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre

Mr. Norton has been a director of numerous companies and advisory boards, including B.C. Housing Management Commission, Downtown Vancouver Association, Yaletown Housing Society, Vancouver Neurological Centre, Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club, St. George’s School Foundation, Shawnigan Lake School Board of Governors, Thunderbird Golf Society, Pacific Parkinson Research Institute, Air Canada Championship, Order of St. John Palliative Care Foundation, as well as many closely held corporations.

Academic Qualifications

B. Comm., University of British Columbia, 1968
LL.B., University of British Columbia, 1969
Chartered Arbitrator, 1990

Herbert S. Silber

Professional Experience

Herb Silber was the senior litigation partner with Kornfeld Mackoff Silber and is now Associate Counsel at Kornfeld LLP. Herb’s career in litigation has primarily focused on real estate and contract litigation, lease arbitration and employment law. He co-counselled one of the largest commercial fraud cases in Canadian history, which included precedent-setting decisions on directors’ liability. Herb’s securities and corporate litigation experience includes shareholder oppression actions, proxy fights, and fraud claims. His successes in this area have resulted in decisions that have influenced corporate law and damage recovery principles. Herb’s employment law practice includes appearances as counsel in many wrongful dismissal trials and appeals, negotiations for severance packages and advising on group terminations. Herb has regularly appeared in both the Supreme Court of British Columbia and the British Columbia Court of Appeal.

Herb has increasingly taken on the role of arbitrator and mediator in commercial disputes. He is a graduate of an intense five-day mediation workshop organized by the Harvard University, School of Negotiation. Herb brings to an arbitration or mediation a strong combination of experience, knowledge and understanding of the goals to be achieved.

Herb was a member of the Board of Governors of the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) from 2013 to July 31, 2018. He has been a long time member of the Audit and Finance Committee and a representative of the Board on the BCIT Foundation, which both manages assets for BCIT and raises private donations. In 2014, on the recommendation of the Justice Minister for the Government of British Columbia, Herb was appointed Queen’s Counsel in recognition of his distinguished legal career. From 2012 to 2018, Herb was a member of the BC Health Professions Review Board, appointed by the Province of B.C. The Review Board is an Administrative Tribunal established to provide independent reviews of certain decisions of self-governing health professional colleges.

Herb has also served for many years on the boards and as an executive of a variety of non-profit organizations.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Counsel on many Arbitration cases involving Real Estate and Contract law in particular.
  • Has also been either the sole Arbitrator or part of a panel on many cases in those practice areas as well as a Mediator.
  • Graduate of Harvard Negotiation Institute on Mediation.
  • As a member of the Health Profession Review Board was Chair and member of a panel on both written and oral hearings,  he wrote many decisions, and participated in successful mediations.
  • Admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, FCIArb.
Professional and Other Activities

  • Rated by peers as BV by Martindale and Hubbell for many years.
  • Designated Queen’s Counsel in 2014.
  • Lectured at CLE program on Directors Liability.
  • Edited several articles published in the Advocate and other Publications.
  • A long time member of the Canadian Bar Association.
  • Organized and appeared as panel participant at BCMAI Symposium on arbitration-related topics.
  • Written a Blog for several years for clients and lawyers on Dispute Resolution issues.
  • Organized seminars with law firms to present on benefits of arbitration.
  • Written articles on Arbitration for VanIAC (formerly BCICAC) published in the “Advocate”.
Academic Qualifications

Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, FCIArb.

Graduate of the Harvard Negotiation Institute on Mediation

Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, LLB

University of British Columbia, BA

Mary M. MacKinnon

Professional Experience

Mary Margaret’s practice focuses on the defence of personal injury and sexual abuse claims. She is counsel to a number of national religious institutions, and provides advice on the formation and implementation of policies for responding to allegations of sexual abuse or sexual harassment.

Mary Margaret also acts for schools and school boards – both defending claims and providing workshops and advice on areas of risk management.

Mary Margaret has also been defence counsel for numerous municipalities for over thirty years. She also acts as defence counsel in complex multi-party aviation litigation. She appears regularly as counsel in the British Columbia Supreme Court and British Columbia Court of Appeal.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Mediator in over 50 disputes.
  • Mediated personal injury, property damage, insurance and professional negligence complaints.
  • Counsel for the Plaintiffs in a complex multi-party lawsuit involving the collapse of a large financial institution.
  • Counsel for a number of religious institutions in a large number of sexual abuse claims including extensive experience in residential school claims.
  • Counsel for various municipalities in person injury and property damage claims. Defence of a number of aviation insurers in British Columbia involving product liability and personal injury claims.
  • Provides advice on employment matters to a number of corporate clients.
  • Appears frequently in the Court of Appeal for this firm and on referral from other firms.
Professional and Other Activities

  • Member, Law Society of British Columbia, Yukon, and also appears in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association – Past President, Insurance Law Section Past Executive Committee Vancouver Bar Association
  • Advisory Committee to the Judicial Council – B.C. Bar Association Lecturer – CLE, PLTC, Canadian Institute
Academic Qualifications

2020 CLEBC, Virtual Conflict Resolution Conference

2019 Harvard University, Advanced Mediation

2017 Northwestern University, Mediation Skills Training

2016 Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University, Mediating the Litigated Case

1984 — 1985 Gonville & Caius College University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England LL.M.

1981 — 1984 University of Victoria Faculty of Law LL.B.

1980 — 1981 Universite de Perpignan, Perpignan, France Diplome des Etudes Francaises

1978 — 1980 University of British Columbia Faculty of Arts B.A.

Rose Keith

Professional Experience

Rose is Associate Counsel with Harper Grey and brings over 25 years of experience to her broad civil litigation practice.

Her focus on Workplace Law has provided her with extensive experience advising both employers and employees on employment related matters including wrongful dismissal, constructive dismissal and human rights.

Her general civil litigation practice has included plaintiff’ s personal injury matters relating to sexual abuse claims, UMP claims, defamation, misappropriation, contractual breaches and sales of businesses. Her commercial litigation experience has exposed her to a broad spectrum of maters including real estate disputes, shareholder and partnership disputes, injunctions, fraud and product liability litigation.

Rose is a member of the Mediate BC roster and has experience adjudicating claims through being a member of the CRT. Rose also has experience arbitrating claims both as counsel and as an arbitrator.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Roster member of Mediate BC
  • Extensive experience acting as a mediator in a diverse range of claims including personal injury, contractual breach, workplace matters and estate claims
  • Experience in mediating multi party claims
  • Extensive experience as counsel representing clients in mediations and arbitrations
  • Past member of the Civil Resolution Tribunal with experience adjudicating strata claims and other small claims
Professional and Other Activities

Member, CBA Government Relations Committee
Roster Member, Mediate BC
Admitted to the Bar, 1993
Board Member, Trial Lawyers Association of BC
Chair, CBA Auto Insurance Committee
Editorial Board Member, CIVJI
Past Part Time Member, Civil Resolution Tribunal
Vice Chair, CBA Women’s Lawyer Forum
Past President, Trial Lawyers Association of BC
Member, Chartered Professionals in Human Resources
Member, Law Society of British Columbia
Member, Canadian Bar Association

Academic Qualifications

Appointed Queen’s Counsel, 2019
Justice Institute of BC, Separate Meetings – Pre-mediation and Caucusing, 2018
Justice Institute of BC, The Art of Reframing, 2018
Continuing Legal Education of BC, Med-Arb Training for the DR Professional, 2018
Continuing Legal Education of BC, Advanced Skills for Non-Family Mediators, 2017
Justice Institute of BC, Foundations of Collaborative Conflict Resolution, 2017
Continuing Legal Education of BC, Fundamentals of Mediation, 2016
University of Saskatchewan, J.D., 1992
University of Saskatchewan, B.A., 1989