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THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 1 J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 7 79 VOL. 75 PART 1 JANUARY 2017 A VIEW FROM THE CENTRE By Edward Chiasson, Q.C., FCIArb* THIRTIETH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION On October 20, 2016, the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre (the “Centre” or “BCICAC”) held a reception at the Law Courts Inn to mark its 30th anniversary. The event was honoured by the attendance of Attorney General Susan Anton, Q.C. She praised the Centre and advised that the government is committed to taking steps to obtain better recognition of British Columbia as an ideal site for commercial arbitrations, particularly international commercial arbitration. To that end, she has established an advisory task force to provide guidance for the way forward. President Pat Williams advised that on December 1, 2016, the Centre will be moving into new premises at 500–666 Burrard Street in Vancouver. The move is part of the Centre’s initiatives to expand its influence. The program included a panel discussion of the Centre’s new rules. Those new rules provide for a panel of experienced arbitrators to rule on procedural applications made to the Centre and to form appeal divisions in appropriate cases. Details of the rules were discussed by Richard Olson1 and Leslie Maerov. I provided an overview of the appellate process which, somewhat edited and embellished, is reproduced here. THE BCICAC’S NEW INTERNAL APPEALS PROCESS The internal appellate process, introduced by the Centre’s new rules is a controversial topic: some sound the clarion call of finality; others seek to provide administrative redress for errors. * The Honourable Edward C. (“Ed”) Chiasson, Q.C., FCIArb. is a former judge of the Court of Appeal who acts as an arbitrator and mediator in domestic and international disputes and is a consultant in the Vancouver office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.


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