Speaking Engagements


Speaker - "The Strategic Use of Expert Witnesses in Commercial Arbitration"
Vancouver, British Columbia, May 31, 2017

Expert Witness Forum West, The Canadian Institute

Key Note Speaker - "Adventures of the Arbitrators of the Roundtable"
Toronto, Ontario, May 18, 2017

Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society Annual Meeting

Delegation Leader - "Presentation of the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society to the Legislative Standing Committee of the Ontario Legislature on the new International Commercial Arbitration Act"
Toronto, Ontario, February 22, 2017

Ontario Legislature

Panel Chair - "Emergency Arbitrators and the Courts: Where Should Parties Seek Interim Measures?"
New York, October 14, 2016

Fordham International Arbitration and Mediation Conference

Panelist - "Appeals, Dissents and Judicial Reviews"
Toronto, Ontario, October 13, 2016

ADRIC Annual Conference

Panelist - "The International Arbitrator`s Point of View"
New York, June 10, 2016

Practicing Law Institute

Panelist - "Integrity of the Arbitration Process"
Vancouver, British Columbia, October 23, 2015

ICC Conference on International Arbitration

Speaker - "Practical Tips on Written Advocacy and Cross-Examination Skills"
Vancouver, British Columbia, October 22, 2015

Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners 2015 Fall Symposium, International Arbitration Advocacy Workshop

Panelist - "The View from the Arbitrators/Decision Makers"
Toronto, Ontario, October 7, 2015

Advocates’ Society

Panelist - "Experiences on Enforcement of Judgments and Awards in the NAFTA Region"
Mexico City, August 27-29, 2015

NAFTA 2022 Conference of the Advisory Committee on Private Commercial Disputes

Panelist - "International Arbitration Basics: A Comparative View"
Colorado Springs, Colorado, July 9, 2015

International Association of Defence Counsel, Annual Conference

Panelist - "International Arbitration Hearings"
Toronto, Ontario, January 28, 2015

Advocates Society, Civil Justice Symposium

Panelist - "Institutional and Ad Hoc Arbitration"
Toronto, Ontario, January 6, 2015

Osgoode Hall Law School, Joint Law and International Business LLM Course

Speaker - "Making the Most of Arbitration"
Toronto, Ontario, November 6, 2014

Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society

Lecturer - "Ad Hoc Arbitration"
Toronto, Ontario, October 28, 2014

Osgoode Hall Law School, LLM Program

Lecturer - "Arbitration Brings Change"
Calgary, Alberta, October 17, 2014

Canadian Bar Association, Alberta Branch, Business Law Section

Panelist - "Mediation Ethics and Professionalism"
Toronto, Ontario, September 16, 2014

Osgoode Hall Law School OPD Program on Mediation Advocacy

Panelist - "Meet the Canadian Arbitrators"
London, Ontario, January 20, 2014

Western Law School

Speaker - "Resolving Differences in Damages Claimed"
Ottawa, Ontario, June 20, 2013

Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators Annual Conference

Moderator - "Panel Discussion on Ethics in Arbitration"
Calgary, Alberta, May 14, 2013

Western Canadian Commercial Arbitration Society 7th Annual Energy, Mining and Resources Conference

Moderator - "Panel Discussion on Rule of Law and Human Rights in the Arab Spring"
Toronto, Ontario, February 27, 2013

University Club.

"Lecture on “Ad Hoc Arbitration”"
January 25, 2013

Osgoode Hall Law School, International Arbitration Course.

Organizer & Panelist - "Program on Arbitration and Litigation: What’s the Difference?"
January 23, 2013

Neeson Arbitration Chambers.

Panelist - "The Use of ADR Mechanisms in the NAFTA Region"
Puebla, Mexico, October 30, 2012

NAFTA 2022 Committee Conference.

Speaker - "Report on the Cargill v Mexico decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal"
Puebla, Mexico, October 29, 2012

NAFTA 2022 Committee Conference.

Chair - "Panel Discussion on International Dispute Resolution – Trends and Developments"
Halifax, Nova Scotia, October 25, 2012

ADR Institute National Conference.

Organizer - "International Speakers Dinner"
Toronto, Ontario, October 2, 2012

With Kathy Bryan, CEO of CPR Institute for Dispute Prevention and Resolution hosted by the University Club of Toronto.

Panelist - "Settlement Negotiation 360°"
Toronto, Ontario, September 21, 2012

Canadian Institute Class Action Forum.

Organizer & Co-Chair - "Arbitration Ethics Conference"
June 7, 2012

Simultaneously and interactively conducted in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Chaired panel discussion on ” Financial Issues in Arbitration”.

Organizer - "International Speakers Series Dinner"
May 8-9, 2012

With Peter Rees QC, global Legal Director of Shell Oil, hosted by University Club of Toronto and Ranchmen’s Club of Calgary

Speaker - "Using Arbitration and Mediation to Settle Class Actions"
Toronto, Ontario, April 19, 2012

Canadian Institute Class Actions Boot Camp.

Speaker - "Tribute to Brian Wheatley and Glenn MacPherson"
Toronto, Ontario, April 4, 2012

Roger Fisher Lifetime Award.

Panelist - "The View from the Arbitrators"
Toronto, Ontario, March 27, 2012

Advocates Society.

Speaker - "Mediation and Arbitration in Commercial Disputes"
Toronto, Ontario, March 20, 2012

Certified General Accountants Conference.

Speaker - "Ad Hoc Arbitration: Thoughts Tips and Trial Balloons"
Toronto, Ontario, January 20, 2012

Canadian Centre for Environmental Arbitration and Mediation.

Speaker - "Ad hoc arbitration: Should you commit yourself to an institution?"
Toronto, Ontario, December 7, 2011

Osgoode Hall Law School Intensive Arbitration Program.

Panelist - "Effective Mediation Briefs and Tactics"
Toronto, Ontario, November 12, 2011

Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers Annual Conference.

Panelist - "Strategies and Best Practices for the Early Resolution of Insurance Coverage Disputes"
Toronto, Ontario, November 3, 2011

Osgoode Hall Law School Professional Development Program on Commercial Insurance Law and Coverage Disputes

Moderator & Panelist - "New Procedural Rules for International Commercial Arbitrations"
Vancouver, BC, October 27, 2011

ADR Institute of Canada Annual Conference.

Organizer - "International Speakers Dinner"
October 20, 2011

With Lord Collins of the UK Supreme Court hosted by the University Club of Toronto.

Moderator - "The Public Interest and Investor State Arbitration"
Ottawa, Ontario, October 14, 2011

ICC Canada Conference.

Panelist - "Settlement Think Tank: Planning, Negotiating and Structuring Complex Class Action Settlements"
Toronto, Ontario, September 21, 2011

Canadian Institute Conference on Class Actions Litigation.

Speaker - "Arbitration Town Hall on ad hoc Commercial Arbitration"
Toronto, Ontario, September 20, 2011

ASAP Arbitrator of the Month Series.

Panel Chair - "The Art (& Science) of Arbitration"
Toronto, Ontario, June 16, 2011

Annual Conference of the ADR Institute of Ontario.

Panelist - "The New Battlefield: How Settlement is Transforming the Practice of Law"
Toronto, Ontario, May 6, 2010

Toronto Lawyers Association 125th Anniversary Conference.

Panelist - "Regulating Attorney Conduct in Arbitration: The Search for Transnational Ethical Standards"
New York, New York, April 16, 2010

American Bar Association Spring Meeting.

Panelist - "Practical Tips from Leading International Arbitrators"
New York, New York, March 23, 2010

International Arbitration 2010 Conference of the Practicing Law Institute.

Speaker - "Ontario Model of Contingency Fees"
London, England, February 11, 2010

Herbert Smith Seminar on “Civil Litigation Costs: the final report of Lord Justice Jackson”.

Speaker - "Improving Efficiency in Arbitration"
Gatineau, Quebec, October 23, 2009

Annual Conference of ADR Institute of Canada.

Co-Chair - "Managing International Risk Through Commercial and Investment Treaty Arbitration"
Toronto, Ontario, October 16, 2009

Conference of the Arbitration Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

Panel Chair - "Canada and the United States: A Comparison of Trends in Arbitration Practice"
Toronto, Ontario, October 16, 2009

Conference of the Arbitration Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

Panelist - "Recent Jurisprudence Affecting Domestic/International Arbitration"
Calgary, Alberta, May 13, 2009

Western Canada Arbitrators Round Table.

Counsel in Mock Arbitration - "Lessons From International Commercial Arbitration"
Toronto, Ontario, June, 2009

International Association of Procedure Law Conference 2009.

Speaker - "Resolution of Commercial Disputes"
Toronto, Ontario, February 26-27, 2009

Insight Conference: 3rd Annual In-House Counsel Forum.

Speaker - "International Dispute Resolution Mechanisms"
Toronto, Ontario, December 2008

Federated Press Conference on International Joint Ventures.

Speaker - "Dispute Resolution for International Transactions"
Toronto, Ontario, December 9, 2008

Federated Press Conference on International Joint Ventures.

Speaker - "Judicial Contributions to Arbitration and Mediation – An Analysis of Cases"
Montreal, Quebec, October 17, 2008

ADR Institute of Canada Annual Conference.

Speaker - "Enforcement of Arbitration Awards"
October 8, 2008

Arbitration Roundtable of Toronto Seminar: An Arbitration Primer for Corporate Counsel and Business Lawyers

Panel Chair - "Building Effective Business Relationships"
Vancouver, BC, April 2008

A discussion examining business relationships through the lens of culture, sustainability and indigenous relations,  NAFTA 2022 Committee Conference.

Arbitrator and Memoranda Evaluator - "2008 Vis Moot"

Chicago Mini-Vis February 9; Leuven Mini-Vis March 10; Vienna March 17-19, Quarter-Final Panel Member.

Lecturer - "Canadian Legal Culture and the Common Law"
Namur, Belgium, March 11, 2008

University of Notre Dame de la Paix.

Moderator - "International Commercial Arbitration in China: CIETAC Practice and Procedure"
Toronto, Ontario, December 11, 2007

Conference presented by China International Economic Trade and Arbitration Commission.

Speaker - "Federated Press Conference on Negotiating and Drafting International Business Agreements"
November 2007

“Dispute Resolution for International Transactions” and Participant in panel discussion on:  “Best practices for negotiating and drafting international business agreements.”

Speaker - "The Decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in the Dell Computer case: Is it good for arbitration? Is it good for consumers"
Charlottetown, P.E.I., September 24, 2007

ADR Institute of Canada Conference.

Conference Co-Chair & Speaker - "Expert Witness Evidence in Civil Cases"
Toronto, Ontario, September 19-20, 2013

Presented paper at the Fourth Annual Conference on Evidence Law, Osgoode Hall Law School.

Panel Chair - "How Class Actions Really Work in Practice"
Rome, Italy, May 24-25, 2007

IBA/ABA Conference on Class Actions at the Crossroads.

Panel Chair - "Transnational Class Actions"
Chicago, Illinois, September 19, 2006

IBA Chicago 2006.

Speaker - "Procedural Issues in Arbitration Clauses"
Toronto, Ontario, September 14, 2006

Arbitration for the In-House Counsel: Essentials for an Effective Arbitration Clause, Arbitration Roundtable of Toronto.

Co-Lecturer/Co-Presenter - "Resolving Transnational Disputes: International Arbitration and Arbitration Agreements"
Toronto, Ontario, September 6, 2006

Negotiating and Drafting International Business Agreements Course, Federated Press.

Quoted - "The Future of International Law – The ILA Comes to Canada"
Summer 2006

Interviewed by Jim Tobler for NUVO Magazine, P. 48. Click here to download the PDF.

Evaluator/Mock Hearing Judge - "Diploma In Forensic Accounting (DIFA) Capstone Course"
Mississauga, Ontario, August 27, 2006

Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto at Mississauga.

Quoted - "Canadians Planting Seeds of ADR Worldwide"
June 5, 2006

Article by Derek Hill, Law Times, Vol. 17, No. 19, P. 11. Click here to download the PDF.

Speaker - "Arbitration Clauses in International Agreements"
May 16, 2006

Blakes Seminar.

Panel Chair - "Computer Based Forensic Investigations"
Toronto, Ontario, May 8-9, 2006

8th Annual Fraud Conference, Association of Forensic Investigators of Canada.

Speaker - "Differential Liability: What is a Director to Do?"
Toronto, Ontario, May 1, 2006

Threats and Opportunities: Litigating under the OBCA/CBCA, Ontario Bar Association.

Moderator & Panelist - "Strategic Considerations in Creating the Team and Taming the Documents"
Toronto, Ontario, April 24, 2006

Managing Complex Litigation, The Canadian Institute.

Chair - "Use of Financial Experts in Shareholder Class Actions"
Toronto, Ontario, March 7, 2006

Blakes Conference.

Memorial Judge - "13th Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot"
Vienna, Austria, April 7-13, 2006

Program Co-chair - "72nd Biennial Conference of the International Law Association"
Toronto, Ontario, June 4-8, 2006

Quoted - "Raising the Profile of Arbitration: Competitors Band Together"
December 12, 2005

Article by Kristen McMahon, Law Times, Vol. 16, No. 38, P. 1 & 4. Click here to download the PDF.

Panel Member - "Cross Border Perspective: What Can We Learn From the U.S. Experience?"
November 29, 2005

Are you ready? Secondary Market Liability, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP client seminar.

Speaker - "Drafting the International Arbitration Clause"
Toronto, Ontario, November 9, 2005

Canadian Bar Association, Business Dispute Resolution Committee (National Section on International Law), Teleconference.

Co-author - "The Use of Expert Witness Evidence in Civil Cases"
Toronto, Ontario, November 7, 2005

Presented at the 7th Annual Investigative and Forensic Accounting Conference.

Panel Chair - "Users in Focus"
Toronto, Ontario, November 4, 2005

Gold Standard ADR Conference, ADR Institute of Canada.

Speaker - "Procedural Issues in Arbitration Clauses"
Toronto, Ontario, October 26, 2005

Presented at Arbitration for the Corporate Lawyer: Essentials for an Effective Arbitration Clause, Arbitration Roundtable of Toronto.

Speaker - "Ipperwash Discussion Circle"
University of Toronto, Law Faculty, October 12, 2005

Speaker - "Injunctions: A Practice Primer"
Toronto, Ontario, October 11, 2005

Co-authored with Allison Thornton. Presented at Walking the Tightrope: Pre-Trial Remedies in the Age of High Costs and Low Budgets, Ontario Bar Association.

Judge - "Young Lawyer’s Writing Competition"
Prague, Czechoslovakia, September 27, 2005

International Bar Association Conference 2005.

Speaker - "The Admissibility of Evidence Based on “Novel Science”"
Toronto, Ontario, September 23, 2005

2nd Annual Conference Evidence Law for the Civil Litigator, Osgoode Hall Law School Professional Development.

Interviewed - "Supreme Court Makes Limitations On Deals More Difficult"
September 5, 2005

Article by Julius Melnitzer, P. 12, Law Times.

Mock Hearing Judge - "Diploma In Forensic Accounting (DIFA) Capstone Course"
Mississauga, Ontario, August 21, 2005

Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto at Mississauga.

Quoted - "Duty Chills Underwriters"
June 22, 2005

Article by Sandra Rubin, National Post – Legal Post, FP 9. Click here to download the PDF.

Presenter - "Expert Evidence in a Civil Law Context"
Toronto, Ontario, May 5, 2005

Superior Court of Justice (Ontario) Spring Education Seminar, National Judicial Institute.

Moderator and Speaker - "Resolution of Business Disputes with Chinese Parties: What are the Alternatives?"
Toronto, Ontario, April 25-26, 2005

Legal & Strategic Guide to Doing Business in China, The Canadian Institute.

Quoted - "Novel Science Gets Extra Scrutiny at Trial"
March 14, 2005

Article by Nora Rock, Law Times, Vol. 16, No. 8, P. 11. Click here to download the PDF.

Final Panel Judge - "The Wilson Moot"
Toronto, Ontario, February 18-19, 2005

Annual Mooting Competition for Canadian Law Schools

Speaker - "Forth Commandment: Writing for the Reader"
Toronto, Ontario, November 10, 2004

New Lawyer Essentials Series Part III: Write to Persuade! The Advocates’ Society.

Speaker - "Negotiating and Drafting Effective Arbitration Provisions in Commercial Agreements"
Toronto, Ontario, October 7, 2004

Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

Mock Hearing Judge - "Diploma In Forensic Accounting (DIFA) Capstone Course"
Mississauga, Ontario, August 16-22, 2004

Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto at Mississauga.

Presenter - "Canadian Court System and Litigation Process"
Nanjing, Jiangsu, China, May 21, 2004

Presented at Dispute Resolution in North America, held jointly by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (Jiangsu) and Blakes.

Panelist - "Judgment Writing Seminar for Appellate Court Judges"
Toronto, Ontario, April 19-22, 2004

National Judicial Institute.

Mentioned - "Arbitrator Should Enforce Human Rights Code: SCC"
September 26, 2003

The Lawyers Weekly, P.1.

Presenter - "Protecting Business Rights With Arbitration Clauses"
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 22, 2003

The ‘Whys’, ‘Whens’ and ‘Hows’ of ADR: A Practical Look at the Effective Decision Strategy for Dispute Resolution in North America and Europe, Techlaw Group. Inc.

Arbitration Moot Judge - "Tenth Annual Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Commercial Arbitration Moot"
Vienna, Austria, April 12-17, 2003

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