ICC Canada Arbitration Conference

17-18 Oct 2019

Banff English Law Society of British Columbia / Barreau du Québec / Law Society of Alberta / Law Society of Upper Canada credit hours

ICC Canada's annual International Arbitration Conference gathers Canadian and others practising international arbitration around the world, in-house counsel, leading arbitrators and representatives from the ICC International Court of Arbitration to share practical insights on key issues in international arbitration. Under the theme of this year's conference: "Re-energizing in the Mountains" speakers will engage the audience in discussions relating to emerging substantive issues in the oil and gas, and climate change/environment-related disputes as well as procedural matters regarding the user's experience and witness evidence.

Who should attend?

Practising lawyers, corporate counsel, arbotrators, mediators, business professionals and academics.


Day 1

Time: 17:30-19:00

Welcome Reception & Registration


Riverview Foyer, Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, 405 Spray Ave.


Day 2



Time: 08:15-08:45

Registration and Continental Breakfast


Alhambra Room, Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel


Time: 08:45-09:00

Welcome and Opening Remarks


Time: 09:00-10:00

Tour d’horizon: New Developments in International Arbitration


Start the day off with an around-the-world tour of recent developments in international arbitration.


Time: 10:00-11:00

The Future of Oil and Gas Arbitrations in Canada and Abroad


Against the background of depressed oil and gas prices and the challenges of getting pipelines to market in Canada, this panel will focus on what they are seeing in oil and gas arbitrations today, and will give their views on what is on the horizon tomorrow—both in Canada and abroad.


Time: 11:00-11:30

Morning Coffee


Time: 11:30-12:30

Users Speak: What Works (and What Really Doesn’t)


Ever wonder what users of arbitration really think? Our esteemed panel of "clients" provide their candid views on the arbitration process.


Time: 12:30-14:00



Time: 14:00-15:00

The Advent of Climate Change & Environment-related Disputes


Climate change is the “hot topic” of the day. This panel will provide different perspectives on the increasing relevance of climate change and the environment in arbitrations and disputes in Canada and around the world.


Time: 15:00-16:15

The Probative Value of Witness Evidence


A judge turned arbitrator, fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and experienced arbitration counsel weigh in on the probative value of witness evidence and how to best maximize written and oral evidence in an arbitration hearing.


Time: 16:15-16:30

Concluding Remarks


Time: 18:00-22:00

Reception & Dinner


Alberta Room, Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel


Ian Binnie, CC, QC

Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP, Toronto

Laura Cundari

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Vancouver

Peter Dinnick

Imperial Oil Limited, Calgary

David Haigh, QC

Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP, Calgary

Clarke Hunter, QC

Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, Calgary

Michael Kotrly

United Kingdom

Jung Lee

Encana Corporation, Calgary

Scott Little

Global Affairs Canada, Ottawa

Jennifer Haworth McCandless

Sidley Austin LLP, Washington, DC

Isabelle Michou

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, Paris

Alexandra Mitretodis

Fasken Matineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver

Elizabeth Montpetit

Mishcon de Reya LLP, United Kingdom

Eric Morgan

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Toronto

Ramneek Padda

TELUS Communications Inc., Vancouver

Cynthia Randall

Microsoft Canada Co., Vancouver

Ann Ryan Robertson

Locke Lord LLP, Houston

Bob Rooney

Enbridge Inc., Calgary

Patricia Snell

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, United Arab Emirates

Patrick Tieffry

ICC Task Force on Climate Change, Paris

Elizabeth Whitsitt

University of Calgary, Calgary

Venue: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

Travel info:

Air Canada - Exclusive and Official Airline

To obtain a discount on your travel with Air Canada, access the website and enter the promotion code, HDVAXCW1, in the search pane.

The booking is to be made to the following city: Calgary, YYC (AB)

The travel period begins Thursday, October 10, 2019 and ends Saturday, October 26, 2019.

Travel is valid Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

No discount will apply to Tango bookings for travel within Canada or between Canada and the U.S. For International travel (destinations outside North America), discounts apply to all fares including Tango.

Shuttle from Airport

More information will be provided shortly on transportation between the Calgary airport and Banff.

To register for the event please follow the link or send us an email



Law Society of British Columbia

This program may be eligible by the Law Society of British Columbia for 6.25 hours of continuing professional development.

Barreau du Québec

This training activity may be eligible by the Barreau du Québec for 6.25 hours of continuing professional development.

Law Society of Alberta

For Alberta lawyers, consider including this program as CPD learning activity in your mandatory annual Continuing Professional Development Plan as required by the Law Society of Alberta.

Law Society of Upper Canada

This program may be eligible toward the Law Society of Upper Canada’s CPD requirement as substantive hours. Please note this program is not accredited for professionalism hours.

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For more information, please contact :

Kristy Murray

Secretary to the ICC Canada Arbitration Committee

Tel: 613-238-4000 x2238

Joanne Luu

Conference Co-Chair

John Siwiec

Conference Co-Chair