We’re Still Open & Helping to Resolve Disputes

We’re Still Open & Helping to Resolve Disputes

May 2020

These are strange times. It seems like everything has changed…but in fact some things are still the same.

For example, disagreements and disputes still occur. This is an unfortunate fact of life. However, the good news is that help is still available.

Here at the BC International Commercial Arbitration Centre (BCICAC), we have made some adjustments in response to COVID-19 and continue to be open for business.

Arbitration cases continue to be administered, and new cases are being accepted for administration.

Since regular court operations have been suspended (as announced by Chief
Justice Hinkson on March 18, 2020), parties with unresolved disputes may wish to consider agreeing to submit those disputes, including interlocutory matters, to arbitration under BCICAC’s administration.

Most civil matters that are currently before the courts can be submitted to
arbitration for an award that can be enforced in court. Parties can choose their own procedure, including selecting the BCICAC domestic commercial arbitration rules or a set of rules that mimics those that would apply in a court proceeding, where the arbitrator acts effectively as a private judge.

Our roster of highly-qualified arbitrators are able to provide top-level service while still maintaining social distancing measures by conducting hearings by teleconference, video conference or in writing.

Parties submitting litigation matters to arbitration have the ability to preserve appeal rights.  BCICAC’s domestic commercial rules offer the ability to opt into an appeal process internal to BCICAC.  Alternatively, parties may include in their arbitration agreement a provision to preserve the appeal rights they would have had if the dispute had been litigated in court.

Those who are interested in submitting disputes to arbitration or who seek further information are invited to contact us at admin@vaniac.com or 604-684-2821.

Barry Penner, QC
Managing Director



Former Attorney General Barry Penner Q.C. to lead BCICAC Arbitration Centre

Former Attorney General Barry Penner Q.C. to lead BCICAC
Arbitration Centre (now VanIAC)


VANCOUVER – The British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre (BCICAC) is pleased to welcome Barry Penner Q.C. to the role of Managing Director, effective November 1. “Barry is an incredible leader, visionary, strategist and relationship-builder,” said Patrick Williams, BCICAC President. “The BCICAC Board is thrilled that he has agreed to come and work with our team, and I have no doubt he will bring the Centre to an even better level of success.”

Barry is well known and well respected for his service to the people of British Columbia as a former Attorney General, Minister of Aboriginal Relations & Reconciliation, Minister of the Environment and Member of the Legislative Assembly for almost 16 years. An accomplished lawyer, both domestically and internationally, Barry is well versed in all forms of alternative dispute resolution and the advantages it can offer our business and legal communities.

“I’m really looking forward to this opportunity to move the Centre forward,” said Penner. “There is an excellent opportunity to grow the type and amount of arbitrations undertaken by the Centre, both domestically and internationally. When you consider increasing Court delays for businesses and individuals who are embroiled in litigation, the Centre is ideally positioned as a less costly, far speedier and confidential alternative to the Courts for resolving disputes.”

In addition to his legal and government work, Barry is the immediate Past Chair of the Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC) and a Past President of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER).

BCICAC provides alternative dispute resolution services for Canadian and International businesses with a streamlined administrative process upholding the highest standards in the domestic and international arbitration arenas.

For more information, contact Patrick Williams, President, BCICAC at 604 643 3171.