Joe is National co-leader of the Blake's Arbitration group. He regularly advises on domestic and international arbitrations as counsel and is available for appointment as arbitrator. He is a member of the ICC Canadian Arbitration Committee, the American Arbitration Association's International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) Panel of Arbitrators and the Domestic and International Arbitration Panels of the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre (BCICAC).

Recent representative matters include:

Arbitral Appointments

•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 BCICAC international arbitration involving a dispute over mining interests in Ecuador
•Appointed to a three-member arbitration panel regarding 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

Counsel Work

•Counsel in LCIA arbitration between Canadian, Bermudian and Czech entities involving dispute over the sale of Mongolian mining assets
•Counsel to Lindt & Sprüngli Canada in court proceedings regarding contract and agency dispute
•Counsel in lengthy arbitration involving the construction of significant energy infrastructure
•Counsel in arbitration regarding dispute over operation of municipal infrastructure
•Counsel in arbitration regarding public-private-partnership infrastructure financial arrangements
•Counsel in arbitration involving the operation of energy infrastructure
•Counsel to Aon Hewitt in dispute regarding funding of 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 Hibernia helicopter contract
•Counsel to FinancialCAD Corporation in a dispute regarding the inadvertent triggering of shareholder dissent rights in FinancialCAD as a result of an error by FinancialCAD's corporate solicitors
•Counsel to NovaGold Resources Inc. in the appraisal of dissenting shareholder's shares in the first reported case to consider B.C. Business Corporation Act dissent provisions
•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

Joe has been recognized as a leading lawyer by a number of publications including:

•The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2018 (Litigation - Corporate Commercial)

•Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Commercial Arbitration Lawyers (Commercial Arbitration)

•The Best Lawyers in Canada (Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, International Arbitration and Appellate Practice; named Best Lawyers' 2014 Vancouver Appellate Law "Lawyer of the Year")

•Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (Dispute Resolution: British Columbia)

•Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Dispute Resolution: British Columbia - One client noted that Joe "is a great counsel; he works very well with evidence and is good at presenting a complicated matter in a short period of time.")

•Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys (Litigation Star: Arbitration, Aboriginal, General Commercial and Securities)

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Arbitration, Domestic Arbitration, International Arbitration
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