Education

  • Royal Canadian Naval Reserve, Commissioned Sub-Lieutenant, 1963

  • University of Alberta, B.A., 1963

  • University of Toronto, LL.B, 1966

  • Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society, Arbitration Course, 1994

  • ICC workshop on international commercial arbitration, Paris, 1997

  • ICC conference on new arbitration rules, Paris, 1997

  • CRP Institute Mediation Course, Chicago, 2003

  • ICDR Arbitrator Training Course, New York, 2017

Call to Bar

  • Alberta, 1967

  • Northwest Territories, 1974

Languages

  • English

Affiliations/Memberships

  • Chair, Alberta Utilities Commission Committee on Mediated Settlements;

  • Member, CPR Institute Dispute Review Board Task Force

  • Member, Ontario IESO Dispute Resolution Panel

  • Member, Canadian Transportation Agency Arbitrators

  • Member, Law Society of Alberta

  • Past Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, 1999-2017

  • Co-founder and Past President, Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society (WCCAS)

  • Member, Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society (TCAS)

  • Member, ICDR Energy Arbitrators List

  • Member, ICDR Canadian Advisory Committee

  • Member, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)

  • Member, CPR Institute Energy Panel

  • Member, ICC Canadian Panel of International Commercial Arbitrators

  • Past Member, ICC Canada Nominating Committee

  • Member, Western Arbitration Chambers (WAC) (formerly Calgary Energy & Commercial Arbitrators)

Representative Work

Arbitration

Arbitrator:

ICC:

  • President, ICC arbitration relating to entitlement to oil and gas emissions credits (Calgary)

  • Chair ICC Tribunal in dispute relating to oil and gas sale (Calgary)

  • party-appointed arbitrator in dispute involving Shareholders’ Agreement (Calgary)

  • party-appointed arbitrator in ICC arbitration relating to Subcontract Agreement for site erection of two components of oil refinery facility (Calgary)

  • sole arbitrator in ICC arbitration relating to oil and gas operations in Cameroun (Houston, 2016)

  • party-appointed arbitrator in ICC dispute relating to oil and gas operations in Colombia (Calgary)

  • sole arbitrator in ICC dispute relating to sale of goods between U.S. supplier and Korean purchaser (San Francisco)

ICDR

  • dispute administered by ICDR under Section R-7 of the AAA’s Construction Arbitration Rules (Calgary)

  • sole arbitrator appointment by ICDR Canada with respect to Customer Service Agreement dispute (Calgary)

LCIA

  • Chair, LCIA arbitration involving overhead costs under oil and gas Partnership Agreement (Calgary)

  • Chair of Panel in LCIA dispute relating to oil and gas operating costs (Calgary)

  • Chair of Panel in LCIA dispute relating to financing of Mexican Mining Project (London)

  • Chair of Panel in LCIA dispute relating to cost overruns on LNG project in New Brunswick (St. John, New Brunswick)

ADRIC

  • Chair, Arbitration under ADRIC Rules involving partition of oil and gas joint venture assets (Calgary)

  • Sole arbitrator in disputes involving participation in oil and gas prospects in Columbia (Calgary)

  • Chair, Tribunal in arbitration governed by ADRIC Rules relating to partition proposal dispute under a Joint Venture agreement

UNCITRAL

  • party-appointed arbitrator in UNCITRAL proceedings relating to operating agreement for offshore oil and gas development* (St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador)

  • Chair, UNCITRAL arbitration relating to worldwide sale of drilling fluids (Calgary)

  • party-appointed arbitrator in UNCITRAL proceeding relating to cost overrun dispute involving gas processing plant construction in British Columbia * (Calgary)

  • party-appointed arbitrator in UNCITRAL dispute between Canadian and Czech corporations involving an aircraft manufacturing business (Stockholm)

CPR Institute

  • Chair, non-administered arbitration with CPR Institute Rules involving sale of oil by Canadian Company to U.S. buyer

  • party-appointed arbitrator in CPR Institute Rules arbitration involving sale of major oil and gas operations in United States

Ad Hoc

  • Chair, ad hoc arbitration in dispute involving large Ontario rail infrastructure project

  • Arbitrator in two Final Offer Arbitrations under Canada Transportation Act;

  • Sole arbitrator in dispute relating to major transportation infrastructure project in Manitoba;

  • Arbitrator in dispute relating to alleged conflict of interest of counsel representing party to arbitration;

  • Arbitrator in dispute relating to electric distribution rights in Alberta

  • party-appointed arbitrator in a dispute relating to a breach of Drilling Program Agreement

  • sole arbitrator in oil pricing dispute under ADR Institute Canada Rules

  • Chair, dispute on cost overruns and delay for two bio-mass generation plants

  • sole arbitrator in an ad hoc arbitration in a dispute relating to misuse of confidential information in the sale of a chain of drug stores

  • party-appointed arbitrator in a dispute relating to operation of oil and gas properties in Colorado (Houston, 2016)

  • sole arbitrator of dispute concerning whether a law firm is precluded from representation in an Alberta oil and gas litigation (Calgary)

  • party-appointed arbitrator in ad hoc proceeding relating to right to terminate commercial leases due to flood damage* (Calgary)

  • Chair of Tribunal in ad hoc dispute relating to mining project development in Ontario (Toronto)

  • sole arbitrator in domestic ad hoc arbitration to establish royalties for coal bed methane production (Calgary)

  • sole arbitrator in ad hoc arbitration relating to construction of nuclear power plant in China (Toronto)

  • sole arbitrator in dispute between large independent oil company and income trust relating to valuation issues under Alberta Arbitration Act (Calgary)

  • sole arbitrator in domestic ad hoc arbitration relating to cost overrun on highway construction project in Manitoba * (Winnipeg)

  • sole arbitrator in ad hoc arbitration relating to share valuation under unanimous shareholder agreement * (Calgary)

  • sole arbitrator in ad hoc domestic proceeding concerning a commercial dispute between companies in lumber industry (Calgary)

  • party-appointed arbitrator in BCICAC arbitration relating to mining development in Canada* (Vancouver)

  • Chair, ad hoc arbitration of dispute relating to oilfield services (Calgary)

  • Chair, ad hoc arbitration relating to compressor station cost dispute (Calgary)

  • party-appointed arbitrator in ad hoc arbitration relating to royalty dispute between energy company and Province* (Calgary)

  • party-appointed arbitrator in BCICAC dispute between mining companies relating to the exercise of option under an option and joint venture agreement (Vancouver)

  • party-appointed arbitrator in BCICAC dispute between mining companies relating to breach of a shareholders agreement (Vancouver)

  • sole arbitrator in domestic arbitration regarding termination of a gas transportation and processing agreement (Calgary)

Counsel:

  • Counsel to Arbitral Tribunal relating to appeal to Saskatchewan Court of an Award

  • counsel to Venezuelan parties in royalty dispute with Canadian mining company

  • counsel to energy company in dispute with Government of Canada relating to project cost guarantees *

  • counsel to energy company in dispute with Government of Canada relating to project abandonment costs under UNCITRAL Model Law*

  • counsel to gas aggregators in five UNCITRAL proceedings involving pricing of Canadian gas sold to U.S. purchasers *

  • counsel to oil and gas producer in Philippines in arbitration relating to offshore drilling dispute under ICC rules

  • advice to senior oil producer on dispute in Venezuela governed by ICC arbitration rules*

  • counsel to Canadian oil sands developer in series of arbitrations governed by Model Law and litigation relating to production delay, fire and cost overrun claims*

  • counsel to gas aggregator in dispute with producer over contractual interpretation

  • counsel to gas utility in pricing dispute governed by Model Law for purchase of offshore gas *

  • counsel to industrial contractor in cost overrun dispute relating to fertilizer plant in Manitoba

  • advice to energy service contactor relating to nationalization of Venezuelan operations

  • counsel to energy company in dispute under LCIA Rules with contract operator in Argentina

Referee:

  • appointed commercial referee on multi-billion dollar infrastructure project, Alberta

  • appointed commercial referee on major infrastructure contaminated soils claim

  • appointed commercial referee on infrastructure delay claim related to COVID-19 pandemic

Electricity

  • Valuation of a distribution system being acquired by a Town from a regulated Distribution Service Provider

  • representation of regulated utility in proceedings relating to Fuel Adjustment Mechanism audit

  • appeared in several proceedings as counsel to TransAlta Utilities in rate and related matters proceedings before ERCB*

  • counsel to TransAlta Utilities in proceedings before ERCB related to de-regulation of electricity generation and development of Power Purchase Agreements*

  • party-appointed arbitrator in ICC dispute relating to supply of uranium to European electric utility *(Geneva)

  • counsel to U.S. electricity trading company in arbitration relating to forward sales of electricity under BCICAC Rules

  • sole arbitrator in a dispute involving valuation of an electric distribution system in the Northwest Territories

  • party-appointed arbitrator in ad hoc arbitration relating to cost of services for electric distribution company* (Calgary)

  • counsel to electric utility in two arbitrations relating to coal royalties*

  • counsel to electric utility on various arbitration matters relating to Power Purchase Agreements under Alberta Arbitration Act*

  • counsel to co-generator in pricing dispute in Ontario for sale of steam under long term contract*

  • mediator in dispute between EPMC Contractor and supplier relating to power project in North Africa

Litigation

Oil and Gas – International:

  • advice to international energy company relating to defence of judgment entered in Ecuador*

  • advice to Canadian energy company on operations in France

  • advice to energy company on operations in Sudan*

  • representation of drilling contractor in dispute with Indonesian subsidiary of Canadian company

  • advice to exploration company relating to offshore boundary dispute South America

  • advice to energy company on operations in Kurdistan*

  • advice to energy company relating to operations in Peru

  • advice to energy company relating to operations in Ecuador

Securities/Corporate

  • independent counsel to Board concerning corporate litigation with shareholder and director

  • representation of Alberta Securities Commission in Court of Appeal in proceedings relating to Confidentiality Order

  • representation of Corporate Trustee in dispute relating to removal of surplus from pension

  • representation of major securities dealer in various matters including fairness opinion, alleged negligence in preparation of research report and alleged interference with economic relations*

  • representation of international banking syndicates in plans of arrangement relating to Dome Petroleum and Canadian Airlines*

  • representation of numerous corporate clients in re-organization and arrangement proceedings under Business Corporations Act, including, Talisman,  EnCana and PetroCanada*

  • representation of mining company in listing dispute with stock exchange

  • representation of independent directors in Alberta Securities Commission proceedings

  • representation of chemical company in dispute relating to operation of ethylene plants*

Other Litigation

  • representation of auditors in litigation relating to foreign exchange transaction losses*

  • representation of energy client in dispute relating to hedging losses*

  • frequent advice to senior management personnel relating to termination of employment and severance arrangement

  • representation in various litigation matters relating to alleged misappropriation of business opportunity

  • representation of mining company in dispute with environmental group relating to development of diamond mine, NWT*

  • representation of chemical company in products liability litigation*

  • counsel to international mining company in dispute relating to the Canadian/United States Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty*

  • representation of developer in dispute relating to sale of land

  • representation of mining companies in dispute in Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal relating to diamond claims, NWT, Canada

  • representation of energy company in trial relating to misuse of confidential well test data

  • representation of energy company in dispute relating to pollution from oil and gas activities

  • counsel to gas aggregator in pricing dispute relating to sale of gas to U.S. buyers under long term contract*

  • counsel to oil sands company in proceedings related to wildfowl deaths

  • representation of public company in action arising from dismissal of senior executive for violation of computer policies pertaining to offensive material

Regulatory

  • from1973-77 served as counsel to Canadian Arctic Gas Studies Limited in Northern Pipeline Hearings in Yellowknife and NEB hearings in Ottawa*

  • appeared frequently in proceedings before the NEB and the ERCB (EUB) on facilities applications, export applications, tariff applications and broad-based reviews of gas supply, demand and deliverability*

Mediation

  • mediator of a dispute relating to electricity charges in Ontario;

  • mediator in dispute between organizations in the real estate industry

  • mediator appointed by AUC for rates application by Direct Energy and AltaLink

  • Chair of Committee advising regulatory body on mediation

  • mediator in dispute between Canadian Chartered Bank and former executive

  • mediator in a dispute between oil and gas company and First Nations land owner*

  • mediator in dispute between shipper and oil terminaling facility

  • mediator in a dispute relating to valuation of inventory in Texas warehouse fire and related insurance issues

  • counsel to chemical company in dispute with co-owner relating to ethylene plant operations*

  • counsel to large energy company related to options backdating claims*

  • counsel to energy company in mediation of pipeline cost overrun claims

  • counsel to gas aggregator in dispute over gas deliveries by producer

  • mediator in oil and gas litigation

  • mediator in dispute between pipeline and engineering contractor

  • mediator in dispute involving supply of equipment in forestry industry

  • mediator in dispute involving failure of shoring in major construction project

  • mediator in dispute involving recreational property in Alberta

  • mediator in dispute involving soil contamination by refinery

  • mediator in dispute involving breaches of Consulting Agreement

  • mediator in dispute involving termination of senior officer by public company

  • mediator in dispute relating to breach of shareholder agreement

 

Publications and Presentations

  • Conference Chair and Panelist, WCCAS 14th Arbitration Conference, “Costs in Arbitration” (2021)

  • Panelist, Arbitration Place/ICDR Canada Arbitration Week Conference, “Virtual Hearings” (2020) 

  • Panelist, Energy Law Forum 2021, “Rate Case and Regulatory Efficiencies” (2021)

  • Panelist, Society of Construction Law webinar, “The Role of the Expert” (2020)

  • Panelist, ICDR webinar, “Predicting the Future of Commercial Dispute Resolution” (2020)

  • Conference Chair and Panelist, “Expert Witnesses – Perspective of Arbitrator”, WCCAS 13th Annual Energy & Mining Arbitration Conference, Calgary (2019)

  • Conference Chair, WCCAS 12th Annual Energy & Mining Arbitration Conference, Calgary (2018)

  • Panelist, “Arbitration Session: The Conduct of an Arbitration”, CCCL, Banff (2018)

  • Conference Chair, WCCAS 11th Annual Energy & Mining Arbitration Conference, Calgary (2017)

  • Panelist, “Resolving International and Domestic Commercial Disputes in Canada”, ICDR Canada, Toronto (2017)

  • Author, “The Arbitrator’s Dilemma When Counsel Fails to Address Relevant Legal Authority” (2017)

  • Panelist, “Procedural issues and Controlling Costs”, Law Society of Saskatchewan Seminars, Commercial Arbitrations, Saskatoon, Regina Saskatchewan (2017)

  • Presenter, “Controlling the Arbitration process to Keep Costs in Line and Achieve timely Issuance of the Award”, CBA Alternative Dispute Resolution (South) Section Meeting (2017)

  • Presenter, ICDR Dispute-Wise Canada Study, Alberta General Counsel Association (2017)

  • Panelist, “The View of the Arbitrators/Decision-Makers”, Arbitration Advocacy Program, Calgary (2016)

  • Conference Chair and Speaker, “Expert Testimony and Proving Damages in Arbitration”, WCCAS 10th Annual Energy and Mining Conference, Calgary (2016)

  • Speaker, Oil & Gas Disputes Course, “US and Canada Disputes”, Texas Bar CLE, Houston (2016)

  • Conference Chair, WCCAS 9th Annual Energy and Mining Arbitration Conference, Calgary (2015)

  • Author, 'Time is Money: Arbitrate Don't Litigate', ADR Perspectives, (2014)

  • Speaker AIPN/ICDR oil and gas dispute resolution conference, Calgary (2014)

  • Conference Chair and Speaker, WCCAS 8th Annual Energy and Mining Arbitration Conference, Calgary (2014)

  • Speaker, Arbitration Ethics teleconference, Calgary (2013)

  • Speaker, Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society, Toronto (2013)

  • Chair and Speaker, WCCAS 7th Annual Energy & Mining Arbitration Conference, Calgary (2013)

  • Speaker, “Arbitrate Don’t Litigate”, Regulatory Conference, Cambridge, Ontario (2013)

  • Speaker, "Ethics in Arbitration - Witness Preparation", Video Conference, Calgary (2012)

  • Conference Chair, WCCAS 6th Annual Energy & Mining Arbitration Conference, Calgary (2012)

  • Lecturer, Arbitration Awards, University of Calgary, Faculty of Law (2011)

  • Conference Chair and Speaker, WCART 5th Annual Energy Dispute Resolution Conference, Calgary (2011)

  • Speaker, " Energy Arbitration," Energy Law Forum, Salt Spring Island (2011)

  • Conference Chair and Speaker, 4th Annual Energy Dispute Resolution Conference, Calgary (2010)

  • Speaker, "Recent Developments in Energy Arbitration," Association of International Petroleum Negotiators/ICDR Conference, Houston (2010)

  • Panelist, "ADR in Alberta: Where We've Been, Where We're Going and What We've Learned," ADR 2010: Resourceful ADR Conference (2010)

  • Speaker, "Developments in Arbitration Law and Practice," TCAS Conference, Toronto (2010)

  • Speaker, "Recent Developments in International Arbitration in Canada and England: A Comparative Review”, British Institute of International and Comparative Law, London, England (2009)

  • Conference Chair, Western Canada Arbitrators Roundtable, 3rd Annual Energy Dispute Resolution Conference, Calgary (2009)

  • Panelist, "Canada and The United States: A Comparison of Trends in Arbitration Practice North and South of the 49th," ICC and The Canadian Chamber of Commerce, International Arbitration Committee Annual Conference, Toronto (2009)

  • Moderator, Western Canada Arbitrators RoundTable, 2nd Annual Energy Dispute Resolution Conference, Calgary (2008)

  • Speaker, AAMS Conference and AGM, Edmonton (2008)

  • Author, "Six Degrees of Separation: Arbitrator Independence in International Arbitration," Transnational Dispute Management.Com (2008)

 

Awards and Recognition

  • Chambers Canada 2021: Dispute Resolution: Most in Demand Arbitrators in Nationwide – Canada, Band 1

  • 2020, Who’s Who Legal: Mediation, selected as one of World’s Leading Commercial Mediators

  • 2019 Edition, Chambers and Partners, Dispute Resolution: Most in Demand Arbitrators in Nationwide – Canada, Band 1

  • 2019 Edition, Chambers Global, Arbitration Canada, Band 1

  • 2019, Who’s Who Legal, selected as one of the World’s Leading Commercial Arbitration Experts

  • 2019, Who’s Who Mediation, selected as one of World’s Leading Mediators

  • 2018 Edition, Chambers Global, Arbitration Canada, Band 1

  • 2018 Edition of Best Lawyers in Canada (12th Ed) in the areas of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bet-the Company Litigation, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Director and Officer Liability Practice, Energy Regulatory Law, International Arbitration, Natural Resources Law, Product Liability Law and Securities Law

  • 2018, Who’s Who Legal, selected as one of the World’s Best Arbitration Lawyers

  • 2017 Edition of Best Lawyers in Canada (11th Ed) in the areas of: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Director and Officer Liability, Energy Regulatory Law, International Arbitration, Natural Resources Law, Product Liability Law and Securities Law

  • Canadian Who’s Who, 2017 Chambers Canada, Arbitration Canada, Band 1

  • 2016 Lexpert®ROB Special Edition on Canada’s Leading Litigation Lawyers

  • 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers in Canada (10th Ed) in the areas of: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Director and Officer Liability, Energy Regulatory Law, International Arbitration, Natural Resources Law, Product Liability Law and Securities Law

  • 2016 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, recommended as 2016 Leading Practitioners in the area of Arbitration;

  • 2016 Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration: “among the world’s leading arbitration specialists”

  • The 2016 Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada

  • Who's Who Legal: Arbitration 2015/Who’s Who Legal 2015 – Compendium edition

  • Best Lawyers’ 2015 Calgary Director and Officer Liability Practice "Lawyer of the Year"

  • Expert Guides – Guide to the Word’s Leading Commercial Arbitration Experts

  • Best Lawyers’ 2015 Calgary Director and Officer Liability Practice “Lawyer of the Year”

  • Best Lawyers in Canada (9th Ed) in the areas of: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bet-the Company Litigation, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Director and Officer Liability, Energy Regulatory Law, International Arbitration, Natural Resources Law, Product Liability Law and Securities Law

  • The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration 2014/The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2014

  • Chambers Global, 2014 (Canada) in the area of Dispute Resolution: Arbitration, Band 1 – Canada

  • Best Lawyers in Canada (8th Ed) in the areas of: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Director and Officer Liability, Energy Regulatory Law, International Arbitration, Natural Resources Law, Product Liability Law and Securities Law

  • Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" for 2014 in the area of Bet-the-Company Litigation

  • Who's Who Legal: 2013 - Expert in the area of Commercial Litigation

  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2013, Recommended in the areas of Arbitration; Litigation - Corporate Commercial; Litigation - Directors' & Officers' Liability; Litigation – Securities

  • Chambers Global, 2012 (Canada) in the area of dispute resolution - Arbitration (Band 1)

  • Benchmark Canada 2012, recommended as litigation star in Alberta

  • Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" for 2012 in the area of Bet-the-Company Litigation

  • Best Lawyers 2012 in the areas of Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Director and Officer Liability, Dispute Resolution, Energy Regulatory Law, International Arbitration, Natural Resources Law and Product Liability Law

  • Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 2011, Most Frequently Recommended in the area of Arbitration and Corporate Commercial Litigation

  • Best Lawyers 2011 in the areas of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Director and Officer Liability, Energy Regulatory, International Arbitration, Natural Resources Law and Product Liability Law

  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2011, Consistently Recommended in the area of Litigation - Securities; Most Frequently Recommended in the areas of International Commercial Arbitration, Litigation - Directors' & Officers' Liability, Litigation - Corporate Commercial; Repeatedly Recommended in the area of Litigation - Product Liability

  • Chambers Global 2011 (Canada) in the area of Dispute Resolution: Alberta (Band 2)

  • Chambers Global 2011 (Canada) in the area of Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (Band 1)

  • Expert Guide 2011 in Commercial Arbitration

  • PLC Which Lawyer 2011 (Alberta) in the area of Dispute Resolution

  • PLC Which Lawyer 2011 (Canada) in the area of Dispute resolution: international arbitration

  • The International Who's Who of Commercial Litigation Lawyers 2011

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2011 in the area of Commercial Litigation

  • Listed in Global Counsel 3000 as highly recommended in fields of Litigation and Arbitration

  • Martindale & Hubble rating AV

  • Past Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

 

Representative Clients

Among the clients Jack has represented are Imperial Oil Limited, Talisman Energy Limited, Murphy Oil, BP, TransAlta, Shell Canada, Cargill, Nova Chemicals, Agrium, Vermillion Resources, Petro Canada, Ernst and Young, El Paso, Burlington Resources, EnCana, Ovintiv, Bechtel, Western Oil Sands, Churchill Corporation, Syncrude, Pan-Alberta Gas, Chevron and Alberta Securities Commission.

 

Community Involvement

  • Founding Member, Canadian Foundation for Dispute Resolution (now ADRIC)

  • Past Chairman, Fort Calgary Preservation Society

  • Past Member, Board of Governors and Chair Finance Committee, St. Mary's University, Calgary

  • Founding Member and Past-President of Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society (WCCAS)

  • Member, Southern Alberta Pioneers Association

  • Past Board Member, Palix Foundation

  • Past Board Member, Honens International Piano Competition

  • President’s Circle, University of Toronto,

  • Past President University of Calgary Alumni Association

  • Past Member, Senate, University of Calgary

  • Honourary Professor, University of Calgary, Faculty of Law