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About Joe

Joe practises commercial litigation and arbitration. He has represented companies in a range of industries, including mining, infrastructure, utilities, financial services and technology.

Joe is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer and has argued before all levels of court in Canada, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He is co-editor (with Claude Marseille, A.E.) of The Law of Objections in Canada: A Handbook (LexisNexis Canada, 2019).

Joe regularly appears in ad hoc and institutional domestic and international arbitrations as arbitration counsel and is available for appointment as arbitrator. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and has been recognized with Chartered Arbitrator status (C.Arb). Joe is a member of the ICC Canadian Arbitration Committee, the American Arbitration Association's International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) Panel of Arbitrators, the panel of neutrals of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR), and the Domestic and International Arbitration Panels of the Vancouver International Arbitration Centre (VanIAC).

Joe is a fellow of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers and was appointed King's Counsel in 2023.

Select Experience

Recent representative matters include:

Counsel Work

  • Counsel to the Owner in defending a C$1.25-billion ICC arbitration claim regarding construction of energy infrastructure, including defending an ICC Emergency Measures Application

  • Counsel to a global mining company in an ad hoc international arbitration regarding royalty interests over certain mining properties

  • Counsel to a Canadian clean energy company in an ad hoc international arbitration regarding development rights of a US counter-party in Australia

  • Counsel to a forest products company in an ad hoc arbitration regarding wood product pricing

  • Counsel to a contractor in a VanIAC arbitration relating to an approximately C$2-billion infrastructure contract

  • Counsel for an active pharmaceutical ingredient supplier in a proposed national class action

  • Counsel for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators before the Supreme Court of Canada in Uber v. Heller

  • Counsel for a mining company in an arbitration regarding a pension wind-up

  • Counsel for a party in an international VanIAC arbitration over a US$50-million loan agreement

  • Counsel for a design/builder of municipal infrastructure in a C$25-million ICC arbitration

  • Counsel for a luxury hotel group in an ad hoc international arbitration involving disputes under a Hotel Management Agreement

  • Counsel for residential owners of a luxury condominium in a BCICAC arbitration involving disputes regarding cost sharing with a luxury hotel owner

  • Counsel in an international arbitration regarding a mining joint venture dispute

  • Counsel in an international arbitration under the ICDR International Rules regarding a dispute in the blockchain technology industry

  • Counsel in an ad hoc arbitration regarding audit rights under a mining joint venture

  • Counsel in an arbitration under the Ontario Arbitration Act regarding a dispute involving the provision of financial technology

  • Counsel in Court proceedings regarding the setting aside of a US$20-million arbitration claim involving a venture capital financing of a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company

  • Counsel for a contractor in a C$100-million arbitration claim regarding the construction of a high voltage transmission line

  • Counsel in an LCIA arbitration among Canadian, Bermudian and Czech entities involving a dispute over the sale of Mongolian mining assets

  • Counsel to Lindt & Sprüngli Canada in court proceedings regarding a contract and agency dispute

  • Counsel for a utility in a C$350-million arbitration claim involving the construction of significant energy infrastructure

  • Counsel in an arbitration regarding a dispute over the operation of municipal infrastructure

  • Counsel in an arbitration regarding public-private-partnership infrastructure financial arrangements

  • Counsel in an arbitration involving the operation of energy infrastructure

  • Counsel to Aon Hewitt in a dispute regarding funding of a public sector long term disability trust

  • Counsel to Suncor Energy Marketing Inc. in a dispute with Suncor's terminal operator

  • Counsel to CHC Helicopters in an arbitration over the purported termination of the Hibernia helicopter contract

  • Counsel to Ermineskin Cree Nation in a lengthy Federal Court trial and before the Supreme Court of Canada alleging breach of a trustee's duty to prudently invest over C$1-billion in trust funds and to prudently manage oil and gas resources

Arbitral Appointments

  • Appointed to a three member panel under the ICC Arbitration Rules involving claims and cross-claims arising from the termination of a hotel operation agreement

  • Appointed sole arbitrator in an ad hoc arbitration involving delay, disruption, force majeure and change claims in the construction of a $200 million facility

  • Appointed sole arbitrator in a VanIAC international arbitration involving claims under a diamond manufacturing agreement

  • Appointed sole arbitrator in a VanIAC arbitration involving a Canadian municipality and a Chinese development company over a development agreement with claims of force majeure

  • Appointed sole arbitrator in an ad hoc arbitration involving claims under a partnership agreement for a major residential and commercial real estate project

  • Appointed sole arbitrator in a VanIAC arbitration involving a dispute over the provision of software services

  • Appointed sole arbitrator in an ad hoc arbitration involving the valuation of shares on a shareholder exit from a financial services company

  • Appointed sole arbitrator in a VanIAC arbitration involving shareholder oppression claims

  • Appointed sole arbitrator in an ADRIC arbitration involving claims of force majeure in a shipping agreement

  • Appointed sole arbitrator in a VanIAC arbitration involving a commercial dispute in the cannabis industry

  • Appointed sole arbitrator in a BCICAC arbitration involving a dispute over sponsorship rights

  • Appointed sole arbitrator in a BCICAC international arbitration under California law involving a dispute over an agreement for the production and sale of fresh produce

  • Appointed to a three-member panel under the ICC Arbitration Rules involving a dispute over a breached settlement agreement between Canadian and American companies

  • Appointed to a three-member panel under the ICC Arbitration Rules involving a C$70-million claim for energy infrastructure between Spanish and American parties

  • Appointed sole arbitrator in international arbitration involving an intellectual property dispute between Chinese and North American parties

  • Appointed sole arbitrator in a BCICAC international arbitration involving a dispute over mining interests in Ecuador

  • Appointed to a three-member arbitration panel regarding an agency dispute

  • Appointed sole arbitrator in an ad hoc arbitration involving a franchise dispute

  • Appointed sole arbitrator in a BCICAC share valuation dispute

  • Appointed sole arbitrator in a number of ICDR commercial contract disputes

  • Appointed to a three-member arbitration panel regarding a dispute over a South American mining concession

Awards & Recognition

Joe has been recognized as a leading lawyer in a number of publications and awards, including:

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (2019–2024: Dispute Resolution: Arbitration – Nationwide; 2021–2024: Litigation: General Commercial – British Columbia). In the 2023 edition, one client notes: "Joe brings clarity, strategy, leadership and a deep knowledge of the law. He is engaging to work with and leads a responsive, high-performing team." Another client says: "He is always great to work with."

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2024 (Dispute Resolution: British Columbia – Hall of Fame, Construction). Legal 500 notes that Joe's "capability for mining, infrastructure, financial services and utilities proceedings renders him a household name."

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business – 2019–2023 (Dispute Resolution: Arbitration – Nationwide)

  • Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration – 2018–2023

  • Who’s Who Legal: Canada – 2018–2023 (Arbitration) In the 2022 edition, he is noted as "a long-standing fixture in the market who is highly sought after by clients in the mining, infrastructure, utilities and financial services sectors."

  • Who’s Who Legal: Global 2023 (Arbitration and Dispute Resolution)

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys – 2012–2023 (National Litigation Star: Arbitration, International Arbitration, Aboriginal and Securities Litigation; Provincial Litigation Star: British Columbia). Benchmark's analysis quotes a competitor: "Joe can do it all, but his sweet spot is arbitrations and in particular those that cross borders. He's not only a leader in that regard but also kind of cornered a market."

  • Lexpert Special Edition: Litigation 2023

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2019–2023: Commercial Arbitration; 2018, 2020–2022: Litigation – Corporate Commercial)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada – 2013–2022 (Alternative Dispute Resolution, Appellate Practice, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, International Arbitration)

  • Benchmark Canada Awards – 2019 and 2021 (Canadian Arbitration Counsel of the Year)

  • Best Lawyers Awards (2020: Vancouver International Arbitration "Lawyer of the Year"; 2014: Vancouver Appellate Law "Lawyer of the Year")

Professional Activities

Joe is the chair of the board of directors and past chair of the Rules Committee of the Vancouver International Arbitration Centre.

He is also an invited member of the Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society (WCCAS).

Joe regularly acts as a guest instructor on advocacy and British Columbia Supreme Court practice as part of the British Columbia Law Society's professional legal training course.

Publications
  • Co-author : What's New on Canada's West Coast? VanIAC's New International Commercial Arbitration Rules of Procedure
    Kluwer Arbitration Blog, July 8, 2022.
  • Co-author : The Vancouver International Arbitration Centre On Its 35th Anniversary: Evolving to Meet Modern Dispute Resolution Needs
    The Canadian Journal of Commercial Arbitration, Volume 2, Issue 1, October 2021.
Professional Appearances
  • Co-chair : Energy Infrastructure Disputes and Arbitration: Today and Tomorrow
    International Council of Commercial Arbitration and Vancouver International Arbitration Centre, June 2, 2023.
  • Panel Chair : Hot Topics in Mining and Energy Arbitration
    Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society, May 2, 2023.
  • Panel Chair : Procedural Tips, Commercial Arbitration
    CLE BC, February 23, 2023.
  • Guest Lecturer : Jurisdiction, Gold Standard Arbitration Course
    Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society, December 7, 2022.
  • Presenter : News from the Vancouver International Arbitration Centre
    CanArbWeek, October 20, 2022.
  • Panellist : New VanIAC International Commercial Arbitration Rules
    Vancouver International Arbitration Centre, June 15, 2022.
  • Panellist : Arbitration: Everything an In-House Lawyer Needs to Know
    Canadian Corporate Counsel Association - BC, Apr 7, 2022.
  • Guest Lecturer : Gold Standard Arbitration Course
    Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society, December 8, 2021.
Media Activities
  • Quoted : Arbitration disputes in infrastructure increasing in number, size and complexity
    Article by Aiden Mcnab, Lexpert Special Edition: Infrastructure, June 15, 2022.
Education

Admitted to the British Columbia Bar – 1995
LLB, University of Toronto – 1994
BA (Political Science), Carleton University – 1991

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