British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre (BCICAC)

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[edit] General Information

  • Official name: British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre (BCICAC)
  • Country: Canada
  • City: Vancouver
  • Type of organization: Not-for-profit organization
  • Date of creation: 1986
  • Interests: Mediation – Arbitration
  • Fields of expertise: Commercial disputes

[edit] Description

The Centre is a not-for-profit organization established in 1986 with the support of the governments of British Columbia and Canada.

The Centre is available to provide information and assistance in the efficient and cost-effective resolution of commercial disputes.

Parties can request that the Centre administer a mediation or arbitration. The Centre helps to select and appoint an appropriate and qualified mediator or arbitrator. The Centre's services ensure the smooth and efficient conduct of the mediation or arbitration, and include:

  • Rules of Procedure.
  • Assistance in determining where and when proceedings are held.
  • Providing guidelines and resources, such as written material.

BCICAC is an organization committed to offering businesses alternatives to litigation. Alternative Dispute Resolution includes mediation and arbitration which are effective and cost-efficient methods for achieving resolution of commercial disputes. Unlike litigation, these processes are also confidential.

The Centre is available to provide information and assist in the smooth conduct of the arbitration or mediation. As an administrator, the Centre provides Rules of Procedure, establishes timelines, and appoints independent and qualified mediators and expert arbitrators. Parties who use the Centre's services can be confident in the quality and neutrality of the dispute resolution process.

Mediation is an entirely voluntary, no-risk process in which a neutral person helps the parties involved in a dispute negotiate their own settlement. The mediator encourages communication, assists in the identification of areas of disagreement, as well as agreement, and then works to bring the parties to a resolution.

The strength of mediation is that it can be a natural extension of negotiations already attempted but that have broken down- negotiations that the disputing parties now agree to resume in a structured setting. These structured negotiations are particularly effective in settling differences that arise between people who have ongoing business relationships or who want assurance that the agreements reached will be effectively carried out. Why? Because the parties, assisted by the mediator, craft their own settlement agreement.

Mediation can be useful not only when negotiations to settle have come to a standstill - but also at any stage of a litigation or arbitration process.

The BC International Commercial Arbitration Centre can help bring disputing parties back to the negotiating table. If mediation is advisable and one party to a dispute is reluctant to engage in that process, our function is to inform that party of the value of mediated negotiations and persuade him or her to participate. Generally, these reluctant parties are persuaded by the simple fact that mediation works. They learn that the process is structured and managed in order to ensure that all parties make the most effective and productive use of their negotiating time.

The Centre handles all the logistics of mediation. We explain the details of the process, appoint skilled mediators and offer flexible procedures to facilitate negotiations. We coordinate all administrative details: scheduling conferences, arranging translation services when necessary and handling any necessary follow-up. The Centre can also book a neutral location where disputes can be settled efficiently and effectively International Commercial Arbitration provides an effective means of dispute resolution and is an important element in the orderly growth and encouragement of international investment and trade.

Foremost among the many benefits of international arbitration as a means of resolving conflicts is the enforceability of arbitral awards in the more than one hundred countries which are signatories to the 1958 UN Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (The New York Convention).

The BCICAC provides the international community with an important service for the effective resolution of commercial conflicts. These include rules of procedure, rosters of qualified arbitrators and administrative services to facilitate an efficient, fair, and economical dispute resolution process.

[edit] Contact

348-1275 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6H 1A6 - Canada

Phone: 604-684-2821

Fax: 604-736-9233

Toll Free: 1-877-684-2821


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