2022 WCCAS Conference

Our 15th WCCAS Commercial Arbitration Conference was held on May 3, 2022.
The Conference was a hybrid event with attendances both in person at the Ranchmen’s Club Calgary and virtually via Zoom and Webinar, technically hosted by Encore.

WCCAS is an organization that brings together senior arbitrators and counsel with experience in commercial, energy, mining and resources disputes, both domestic and international.

The list of speakers for this event featured experienced panelists from Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton, Los Angeles, New York City, Toronto and Dallas.

See the Program below, including links to presentations where available.

Watch these recordings of the entire Conference:

WCAS 2022 Pt 2 Hot Topics 1

[other videos to follow soon]


The agenda for this full day event consisted of the following presentations:

Update on Legal Developments

Julie Hopkins, FCIArb
Western Arbitration Chambers, Calgary

Joanne Luu, FCIArb
Partner, Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer, Calgary

Expedited Procedures, Emergency Arbitrators, Dispute Resolution Boards and Referees

Alexandra Mitretodis (Chair),
Partner, Fasken and VanIAC, Vancouver

Steve K. Andersen, Esq.
Vice President, ICDR, Los Angeles

Marek Krasula
Director Arbitration & ADR, North America, ICC, New York

Deborah Bovarnick Mastin
CPR Institute, New York

Hot Topics #1

Mary Comeau, Sr. Counsel (Chair)
Western Arbitration Chambers, Vancouver

Olivia Dixon
Partner, Osler, Calgary

Allison Kuntz
Partner, Stikeman Elliott, Calgary

Kelly Moffet-Burima
Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright, Calgary

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Stanford Blade, Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Science, University of Alberta, Edmonton

Topic: Exciting Developments across the AgTech Spectrum

Dispute Resolution in the Age of COVID-19 and Beyond

Laura Cundari, FCIArb (Chair)
Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Vancouver

Karen O’Keeffe
Sr. Litigation Counsel, Coastal GasLink, Calgary

Ramneek Padda
Associate General Counsel, TELUS Legal Services, Vancouver

Rachel Howie
Partner, Dentons, Calgary

Intellectual Property and Technology Disputes

Nikolas Purcell, (Chair)
Associate, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP, Calgary

Hon. Roger T. Hughes, QC
JAMS, Toronto

Doak Horne
Partner, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP, Calgary

Timothy St. J. Ellam, QC, FCIArb
Partner, McCarthy Tetrault LLP, Calgary

Michael Erdle, FCIArb, C.Arb, C.Med
Practical Resolutions, Toronto

Robert Deane
Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Vancouver

Hot Topics #2

Bryan C. Duguid, QC, FCIArb (Chair)
Partner, JSS Barristers, Calgary

David E. Gruber, FCIArb
Partner, Bennett Jones LLP, Vancouver

Tina Cicchetti, Independent Arbitrator
Vancouver Arbitration Chambers & Arbitration Place, Dallas

Concluding Remarks

Dan McDonald, QC, FCIArb
Western Arbitration Chambers, Calgary

Jack Marshall, QC
Western Arbitration Chambers, Calgary