THE ADVOCATE 395
VOL. 77 PART 3 MAY 2019
A VIEW FROM
By Richard Olson*
In this edition of “A View from the Centre”, we turn to two important matters.
First, we welcome a new member to the board of directors of the British
Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre (“BCICAC” or the
“Centre”). Second, BCICAC panelist Herb Silber, Q.C., provides commentary
on the role of the appointee of a party in a three-person arbitration panel.
WELCOME TO SUZANNE ANTON, Q.C.
The Centre is pleased to announce the appointment of the Honourable
Suzanne Anton, Q.C., to our board of directors.
Ms. Anton recently served as the Attorney General and Minister of Justice
for British Columbia. She also served as Minister Responsible for Public
Safety, for Emergency Management and for Liquor Policy. As Attorney
General, she led with the central theme of access to justice. Her leadership
included implementation of the Civil Resolution Tribunal, the world’s first
online dispute resolution tribunal for strata and small claims matters, innovative
legal aid programs and extensive involvement with First Nations
As Leslie E. Maerov, the Centre’s interim chair, notes: “We are privileged
to welcome the Honourable Suzanne Anton to the board. She was a staunch
supporter of the Centre’s activities while in public office, and her depth of
experience and contacts in both private and public life will be of great value
to the organization.”
Ms. Anton has always been interested in economic development in B.C.
As Attorney General, she led a new initiative to increase Vancouver’s profile
as a centre for international arbitrations, resulting in the 2018 changes
to the International Commercial Arbitration Act.
Ms. Anton began her political career in 2002 as an elected Park Board
commissioner and served as a Vancouver city councillor from 2005 to 2011.