Learn more about the contributing writers to the Arbitration Matters Case Notes.
Eric Bédard – Woods LLP
An accomplished trial and appellate lawyer, Eric has developed a particular expertise in domestic and international arbitration. His experience includes acting for Canada in the NAFTA Chapter XI arbitration Lone Pine v. Canada, and representing parties and serving as Tribunal Assistant in both ad hoc and institutional arbitration proceedings. Eric was appointed to the Arbitration Place’s NextGen Roster of Arbitrators in 2021 and is a member of the ICC Canada’s Arbitration Committee and an executive of the Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners.
A partner at Woods LLP, Eric serves a wide range of industries, including financial services and natural resources. He also handles employment-related matters for employers as well as senior management. Eric is a frequent author and speaker on topics such as evidence, civil procedure and international arbitration.
Laura Cundari – Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Laura is a Partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in Vancouver. She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and an Arbitration Place NexGen Arbitrator with expertise in the arbitration of complex domestic and international disputes. She was appointed in 2021 by the Government of British Columbia to serve a five-year term as a roster member for BC’s Bid Protest Mechanism and Dispute Resolution panels established under the New West Partnership Trade Agreement and the Canadian Free Trade Agreement. Laura is a director of the Canada Branch of the CIArb, the Vancouver International Arbitration Centre and CanArbWeek.
Julie Hopkins – Western Arbitration Chambers
Julie Hopkins is an independent arbitrator based in Calgary, Alberta and member of Western Arbitration Chambers. For over 26 years, she practiced commercial litigation, arbitration and administrative law at a national law firm where she focussed on complex and technical disputes. Julie is on the panels of a number of arbitral institutions including the CPR’s Panels of Distinguished Neutrals (Global Panel), ICDR Canada, the Vancouver International Arbitration Centre and the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada. She is the Chair of the Canada Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Rachel Howie – Dentons Canada LLP
Rachel (She/Her/Hers) is a partner at Dentons Canada LLP where she is the deputy lead of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution group in Canada and co-leader for the national ADR and Arbitration group. Her clients are primarily in the energy, mining and natural resources industries, and she is frequently counsel on matters that have an international or multi-jurisdictional aspect. Rachel also acts as arbitrator and is a member of the NextGen Roster of Arbitrators at Arbitration Place, and the Western Canadian Commercial Arbitration Society, among other involvements in the arbitration community.
Cynthia Kuehl – Lerners LLP
Cynthia is a Certified Specialist in Civil Litigation and a partner in the Toronto office of Lerners LLP, where she practices commercial litigation and arbitration, health law and appellate advocacy. She has appeared at all levels of court in Ontario, in arbitrations, before various tribunals and at the Supreme Court of Canada. From 2018 to 2021, Cynthia was one of the Assistant Program Directors for TCAS’ Gold Standard Course in Arbitration. Cynthia has held a number of leadership roles internal and external to the firm, including as one of the first leaders of the Arbitration and Mediation Practice Group of the Advocates Society. Cynthia is listed in Chambers, Best Lawyers in Canada, Lexpert and Benchmark for her work in corporate and commercial litigation and/or in health care law/medical negligence litigation.
Joanne Luu – Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP
Joanne Luu is a partner at Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP in Calgary, Alberta. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and has been named to the Arbitration Place NextGen and VanIAC arbitrators rosters. Joanne is recognized as a leader in her field by Legal 500 Canada, Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration, and Best Lawyers in Canada. Her practice focuses on complex and high stakes commercial disputes, where she has appeared before arbitral tribunals seated in Canada and abroad. Joanne served on YCAP’s executive, co-chaired the ICC Canada national conferences, and co-authored chapters in arbitration textbooks.
Marie-Claude Martel – Arnault Thibault Cléroux Avocats
Marie-Claude specialized in arbitration matters and is acting in contractual, construction, co-ownership and shareholders litigation matters. She completed a master’s degree in ADR modes. She is currently teaching arbitration at Sherbrooke University. She is regularly implicated in high level arbitration files and participated in many cases that set precedent.
Marie-Claude is a member of IMAQ and Canadian Bar Association – Quebec ADR division. She represented IMAQ in front of a Parlementary Commission (Quebec National Assembly) to comment the legislative reform on the CCP – arbitration sections. She also participated in the reform of the Arbitration Rules of ADRIC. She is currently acting as President of IMAQ’s Arbitration Committee. Recently, she created the Forum des arbitres de l’IMAQ. She is regularly called to act as speaker in ADR events.
Eric Morgan – Kushneryk Morgan LLP
Eric Morgan is a partner at Kushneryk Morgan LLP, a boutique dispute resolution firm in Toronto. He has acted in complex, multi-party litigation and arbitration involving commercial disputes, corporate governance matters, shareholder disputes, and commercial and investor-state arbitrations. Eric sits on the advisory board of Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners, where he co-chaired the Policy and Advocacy Committee. He was previously a representative for the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum. Eric is available to act as an arbitrator in disputes. He was selected as a member of the inaugural NextGen Roster of Arbitrators at Arbitration Place and has been appointed to the Vancouver International Arbitration Centre’s panels of arbitrators.
James Plotkin – Caza Saikaley srl/LLP
James Plotkin maintains a litigation and disputes practice focusing on commercial arbitration and litigation (including arbitration-related court proceedings), intellectual property and administrative law. He also acts as both counsel and neutral in domain name disputes. James has written extensively on arbitration and intellectual property matters. He co-authors commentaries and annotations of Ontario and B.C.’s arbitration legislation. In his spare time, James coaches the University of Ottawa’s Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Team, acts as Associate Editor of the Canadian Intellectual Property Review, plays guitar and hangs out with his baby girl, Devon.
Liz Roberts – Arbitration Place
Liz Roberts is General Counsel at Arbitration Place. She advises on a full range of legal services and provides legal and enterprise risk management expertise and strategic advice. Liz is a qualified arbitrator and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She regularly acts as Tribunal Secretary to Tribunals in domestic and international commercial arbitrations. Prior to moving in-house, Liz maintained a diverse commercial litigation practice at a boutique law firm in Toronto and has appeared at all levels of court in Ontario and in numerous arbitration hearings.
Myriam Seers – Savoie Laporte
Myriam Seers is a partner at international arbitration boutique Savoie Laporte LLP. She specializes in investment treaty arbitration and international commercial arbitration, with a particular focus on disputes arising from the mining, electricity (including renewable energy), oil & gas and transportation sectors, with a particular emphasis on Latin America. She also appears in proceedings to set aside or enforce arbitral awards. She is a member of Arbitration Place’s NextGen roster of arbitrators, the Vice-Chair of the ICC Canada Arbitration Committee and the Vice-Chair for Canada of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration’s Americas Initiative. She is listed as a Future Leader in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration and ranked “Up and Coming” in Dispute Resolution by Chambers Canada.
John Siwiec – Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP
John Siwiec is Partner at Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP in Ottawa. His practice focuses on commercial disputes, including in international arbitration and intellectual property. He has appeared before all levels of court in arbitration-related matters, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and has extensive experience as arbitrator and counsel in ICC, LCIA, ICDR, and ICDR Canada arbitrations. John is a roster member of NextGen Arbitrators at Arbitration Place and is a member of the AAA Roster of Arbitrators and Mediators. John is a former President of YCAP, and has been recognized by Global Arbitration Review as a Future Leader in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration.