Craig R. Chiasson: Lawyer with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Craig R. Chiasson

Vancouver,  BC  Canada

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Practice Areas

  • International Trade Litigation and Arbitration
  • Investment Treaty Arbitration
  • International Construction Projects
  • Domestic Commercial Arbitration
  • Corporate Commercial Litigation and Arbitration
University University of British Columbia, B.A., 1992; University of British Columbia, B.Ed., 1995
Law SchoolUniversity of Alberta, LL.B., 2001
Admitted2011, England and Wales (non-practising member of the roll of solicitors); 2002, British Columbia

Professional Involvement

•Member, ICC Canada Arbitration Committee, including as a listed arbitrator
•Member, International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)
•Advisory Board Member, Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA)
•Member, Panel of Arbitrators, British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre (BCICAC)
•Member, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
•Member, International Bar Association, International Arbitration Section


Craig Chiasson is Counsel in our International Trade and Arbitration Group. Based in Vancouver, Craig has extensive experience in international commercial arbitration and investment treaty arbitration, as well as considerable experience in complex commercial disputes. He has appeared as counsel in ICC, UNCITRAL, ICSID, SCC, SIAC, BCICAC and ad hoc arbitration proceedings, and in the Appeal, Supreme, and Provincial Courts of British Columbia.

Craig began his practice with BLG in 2002, then from January 2006 to October 2011 worked in the International Arbitration Group of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in Paris before returning to BLG in November 2011.

Publications & Presentations

•Co-Author, Court Refuses to Set Aside International Award Despite Breach of UNCITRAL Model Law, International Law Office, July 2015.
•Co-Author, Country Chapter: Canada, The Arbitration Review of the Americas 2015.
•Co-Author, Canada Ratifies Investment Agreement with China, BLG International Trade and Arbitration Bulletin, September, 2014.
•Author, “Canada's Highest Court Affords Substantial Deference to Arbitral Process”, International Law Office - Arbitration - Canada, September 2014
•Author, A Friendly Place to Seek Enforcement of International Arbitral Awards, International Law Office - Arbitration - Canada, April 2014.
•Co-Author, Privilege Attaches to Dispute Funding Agreements in British Columbia, International Law Office - Arbitration - Canada, October 2013.
•Co-Author, “Canada” Chapter, Global Arbitration Review (GAR) Investment Treaty Arbitration Know-How, Global Arbitration Review, November 2012.
•Speaker, “Canada - Latest Initiatives Impacting International Arbitration”, Fourth Annual ICC Asia Pacific Conference (Seoul, Korea) - May 2014
•Speaker, “ICDR Rule Developments”, Third Annual Joint LACBA and ICDR International Arbitration Conference - (Los Angeles) - May 2014
•Speaker, “What do They Really Want?: Exploring Commercial Arbitration Myths”, Eighth Annual WCCAS Conference - May 2014
•Speaker, “Practical Solutions to Ethical and Professional Issues that Arise in International Commercial Arbitrations, ” ICC Canada Conference, November 2012.
•Author, “Best Practices: The Importance of Experienced Arbitration Counsel, ” International Law Office, April 2012.
•Co-Author, “Arbitration-Related Litigation: Limits to Courts' Supervisory Jurisdiction of the Arbitral Process in Canada, ” March 2012; also presented at CLE BC's 2012 Commercial Arbitration Conference (by Murray Clemens QC, Kenneth McEwan QC, and Mr. Justice Edward Chiasson of the Court of Appeal for British Columbia). ?

Rankings & Recognitions

•Recognized in the 2014 and 2015 editions of the Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada (International Commercial Arbitration).
•Recognized as a leading litigator in the 2015 edition of the Lexpert /Report on Business Litigation Special Edition.
•Recognized as a Future Star in British Columbia in the 2015 edition of Benchmark Canada - The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys (Arbitration).
•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated.
•Recognized in the 2015 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (International Commercial Arbitration).
•Recognized as a leading Canadian lawyer in the 2014 edition of the Lexpert Special Edition on Litigation Lawyers.
•Nominated in the 2013 edition of Expert Guides as a “Rising Star in Commercial Arbitration.”

Reported CasesRepresentative Work: Represented a Canadian international power company in an SCC arbitration; Represented a Canadian pharmaceutical company in an ICC arbitration.; Represented a UK marine procurement company in an ICC arbitration.; Represented a Canadian mining company in a UNCITRAL arbitration.; Represented a Portuguese cement company in an ICC arbitration.; Represented a US satellite manufacturer in an ICC arbitration and ad hoc proceedings.; Represented a British Columbia government-owned entity in a number of domestic arbitration proceedings.; Represented an international mining company in a British Columbia Supreme Court proceeding brought by a company from a South American state.; Represented an engineering company in a British Columbia Supreme Court proceeding in which there was a parallel proceeding in Europe.; Represented an engineering company in a British Columbia Supreme Court proceeding against a contractor.; Represented a Russian energy company in an ICC arbitration.; Represented a Canadian software company in two international arbitrations under the BCICAC rules.; Represented an international energy company in an ICSID proceeding against a South American State.; Represented an international energy company in two ICSID proceedings against a former CIS State.; Represented States in Europe and Africa in ICSID proceedings arising out of the Energy Charter Treaty and an investor's claims relating to mining rights, respectively.; Appointed Sole Arbitrator by the BCICAC in an international arbitration in relation to a dispute over the termination of a consultancy agreement between parties from New York and Vancouver.; Acted as tribunal secretary to Jan Paulsson in Pantechniki S.A. Contractors & Engineers v. Republic of Albania (ICSID Case No ARB/07/21); Acted as tribunal secretary in an ICC case relating to the dismantling, transportation and reconstruction of a steel plant.

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Canadian-Based Arbitration Rules:
Craig R. Chiasson, March 24, 2015
As of January 2015, Canadian parties seeking to submit potential or existing disputes with Canadian counterparties to arbitration (i.e., domestic disputes) have two new options, where previously their Canadian-based rules options were limited and largely outdated.

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Craig R. Chiasson

200 Burrard Street
VancouverBC V7X 1T2

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