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June/July 2020

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22 TOP 10 ARBITRATION CHAMBERS process, from evaluative and interest-based neutral mediation to adjudicative arbitration. Its offices are located at Neesons Court Reporting in Toronto. As a collaborative group of retired judges, its services cover arbitration, mediation and complete case management with superior bench strength. Arbitration Place Toronto, Ottawa Arbitration Place is an arbitration hearing centre and arbitrators chambers in Toronto and Ottawa and globally through Arbitration Place Virtual. Featuring a roster of interna- tionally renowned resident and member arbitrators, Arbitration Place offers an "all-encompassing approach:" state-of- the-art hearing rooms, a full suite of administrative services including court reporting and transcription, an on-site commercial kitchen staffed by a team of chefs and in-house legal counsel to act as tribunal secretary. Arbitration Place also serves as a hub of Toronto's and Ottawa's litigation and arbitration communities, and it frequently runs educational programs on domestic and international topics of interest. Bay Street Chambers Toronto, London (U.K.) Founded in 2012, Bay Street Chambers consists of senior barristers practising exclusively as arbitrators and mediators in international and domestic commercial disputes, both ad hoc and administered under the auspices of the leading international arbitration institutions. Bay Street Chambers has three active members, all with more than 40 years of experience as commercial litigators: Brian Casey, former international partner at Baker McKenzie; Joel Richler, former senior litigator and partner with Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP; and Martin Sclisizzi, former senior counsel and partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. The group specializes in infrastructure, energy and complex corporate and commercial disputes. British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre Vancouver The B.C. International Commercial Arbitra- tion Centre is a non-profit organization committed to offering businesses and individuals alternatives to resorting to court for resolving disputes. An initiative of the province of British Columbia in 1986, with the active support of the Canadian federal government, BCICAC guarantees complete neutrality and confidentiality to all parties in the arbitral proceedings. Almost half of BCICAC's 114 panelists serve on its interna- tional panel. Domestic commercial arbitra- tions, internet domain name disputes and underinsured motorist protection disputes involving the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia are the major sources of cases for BCICAC. In February, the B.C. government introduced legislation to modernize the Arbitration Act, which governs commercial arbitration proceedings within British Columbia. The government confirmed BCICAC's "unique and prominent position in the act" as the "designated appointing authority" for various matters relating to the conduct of arbitrations. At the same time, BCICAC announced that it will be re-branded as the Vancouver International Arbitration Centre when the new legislation comes into force later this year. Canadian Commercial Arbitration Centre Montreal, Quebec City A non-profit organization and leader since 1986 in alternative dispute resolution services, Canadian Commercial Arbitration Centre acts as representative and indepen- dent manager of private, public and para- public arbitration programs. CCAC ensures (via the centre's clerk office) that procedural acts, proceedings and choice of arbitrators, in view of costs and time, are proportionate to the nature and purpose of the claim and the level of complexity of the litigation. Because it is a non-profit organization, there is no charge for services related to the opening of the file and associated services, particularly those relating to the study, evalu- ation and material organization of the file, including the preliminary discussions with the parties as well as registry, filing and treasury services. Global Resolutions Inc. Toronto Global Resolutions is a provider of mediation and arbitration services. Its expert panel members are all seasoned counsel retained to resolve complex, commercial, insurance and estate matters, mass torts and class actions. With clients in Canada and the U.S., the firm continues to grow and expand its panel to service clients in all regions of the country. The firm practises in the areas of agriculture, class

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