International Arbitration Guide
Canada – Vancouver
Describe the international arbitration governing bodies/structure in your jurisdiction.
There is no official governing body for international arbitrations in British Columbia. The Vancouver International Arbitration Centre does offer administration services and provides a set of arbitration rules, which are typically used. However, the International Commercial Arbitration Act in British Columbia gives the parties the freedom to agree on their own procedure.
Describe any unique circumstances in your country that affect international arbitration (i.e., change in government, etc.).
Canada and British Columbia recognize the critical importance of a stable and reliable alternative forum for the efficient and effective resolution of international commercial disputes. It is a signatory to the New York Convention and has enacted domestic legislation to ensure that this province is seen as a fair and reliable jurisdiction for arbitrations and to ensure that arbitration awards are recognized and enforced in the same manner as an order of the court would be.
Please provide a brief overview of your firms international arbitration capabilities (team members, experience as litigators in arbitration as well as experience as arbitrators).
Kornfeld LLP has extensive experience in both domestic and international commercial arbitration. Shane D. Coblin, Dan Parlow, Nils Preshaw, and Howard Shapray regularly act as arbitration counsel on a broad range of commercial disputes. Shane D. Coblin, Herbert Silber, and Howard Shapray also act as arbitrators and are each Fellows of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
In which areas does your firm handle arbitration? (i.e., international investment, infrastructure, public works, energy, construction, etc.)
Kornfeld LLP does not restrict its arbitration practice to any specific area. We have experience in all manner of commercial disputes.
Which industries does your firm serve in this area (i.e., energy, insurance, public concessions, etc.)?
Kornfeld LLP does not restrict its arbitration practice to any specific industry. We have experience in a wide range of different industries.
Does your firm provide lawyer representation or certified arbitrator resources, or both? Please describe.
Kornfeld provides both representation as arbitration counsel and arbitrator services. Shane D. Coblin, Dan Parlow, Nils Preshaw, and Howard Shapray have extensive experience as arbitration counsel. Shane D. Coblin, Herbert Silber, and Howard Shapray each act as arbitrators and are Fellows of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.