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VOL. 76 PART 1 JANUARY 2018
A VIEW FROM
By Pat A. Williams and Gary Fitzpatrick, Q.C.*
FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL BARRY PENNER, Q.C.,
TO LEAD THE CENTRE
By Pat A. Williams*
The British Columbia International Commercial
Arbitration Centre (the “Centre”) is pleased to welcome
Barry Penner, Q.C., to the role of managing
director, effective November 1, 2017.
Barry is an incredible leader, visionary, strategist
and relationship builder. The board of the Centre is
thrilled that he has agreed to come and work with our team. There is no
doubt that Barry will help the Centre reach an even higher level of success.
Barry is well known and well respected for his service to the people of
British Columbia as a former Attorney General, Minister of Aboriginal Relations
and Reconciliation, Minister of the Environment and Member of the
Legislative Assembly for almost 16 years. An accomplished lawyer both
domestically and internationally, Barry is well versed in all forms of alternative
dispute resolution and the advantages it can offer our business and
legal communities. In addition to his legal and government work, Barry is
the immediate past chair of the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia
and a past president of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region.
“I’m really looking forward to this opportunity to move the Centre forward,”
Barry said. “There is an excellent opportunity to grow the type and
amount of arbitrations undertaken by the Centre, both domestically and
internationally. When you consider the increasing court delays facing busi-
* Pat A. Williams is a partner at Clark Wilson, and is the president and a director of the Centre.