Thursday, October 17, 2019

Calgary, Canada


October 16-17, 2019


Organized by the CPR Canada Advisory Board in collaboration with the CPR Energy Committee 

October 16, 2019, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Welcome Reception hosted by Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP 

October 17, 2019, 8:30 - 11:30 am

Conference hosted by McCarthy Tétrault LLP

The next CPR conference in Canada, organized by the CPR Canada Advisory Board in collaboration with the CPR Energy Committee, will take place in Calgary, Alberta.  It will start with a Welcome Reception hosted by Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP from 6-8 pm on Wednesday, October 16, 2019.  The conference will take place from 8:30-11:30 am on Thursday, October 17, 2019, at the offices of McCarthy Tétrault LLP. 

The conference will explore an important series of questions relating to the effective use of different ADR mechanisms in the energy sector:  What are the differences between arbitration, mediation, and expert determination?  Are some types of disputes in the energy sector best resolved by one of these mechanisms, or does the success of any particular ADR technique depend less on the subject-matter of the dispute and more on the skill and experience of the neutral selected to resolve the dispute?  Should energy companies adopt a systematic approach to handling and resolving disputes?  What techniques work best for multi-stakeholder consensus-building?  What are the latest tips on drafting and implementing multi-step and/or split dispute-resolution clauses?


8:30 - 9:00 am – Registration & Breakfast

9:00 - 9:20 am – Welcome Remarks

9:20 – 10:10 am – Use of Different ADR Mechanisms in the Energy Sector

10:10 – 10:30 am – Break

10:30 – 11:20 am – Practical Tips for Disputes Policies and Drafting Clauses

11:20 – 11:30 am – Closing Remarks


Welcome Remarks:

  • Olivier P. André – Senior Vice President, International, CPR
  • Allen Waxman – President & CEO, CPR

First Panel: Use of Different ADR Mechanisms in the Energy Sector


  • Martin J. Valasek – Partner & Head of International Arbitration - Canada, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP (Montréal, Québec)


  • Mary E. Comeau - Calgary Energy and Commercial Arbitrators (Calgary, Alberta)
  • Patricia  Galloway – Galloway Arbitration, Inc., CPR Distinguished Neutral (Cle Elum, Washington)
  • Rahat Godil - Partner, Blakes (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Dan Kolenick – Managing Counsel – Canada, Global Litigation Shell Canada Limited (Calgary, Alberta)
  • John J. Marshall, Q.C. – Mediator & Arbitrator & CPR Distinguished Neutral (Calgary, Alberta)

Second Panel: Practical Tips for Disputes Policies and Drafting Clauses


  • Kara Smyth – Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP (Calgary, Alberta)


  • Ross D. André – Senior Litigation Counsel, Southern Company (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • Sashe D. Dimitroff – Partner, BakerHostetler (Houston, Texas)
  • Tim Martin – C.Arb, FCIArb, Northumberland Chambers Inc., Fellow at the College of Commercial Arbitrators (Calgary, Alberta)
  • Leanne N. Wichmann -  Legal Counsel, Legal & Compliance, Hexagon (Calgary, Alberta) 

For registrants wanting to make the most of their travel, note that there are other arbitration events being planned in Banff on October 17 right after our conference. For details of these events, visit the 2019 ICC Canada International Arbitration Conference and YCAP Fall Symposium.

Continuing Professional Development (British Columbia & Ontario CPD):

This program qualifies for up to 1.75 hours of CPD credit under the mandatory education regimes in British Columbia and Ontario.

New York CLE:

This program has been approved for 2 New York CLE Credits (Skills). This course is for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys. The CPR Institute has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as an Accredited Provider of continuing legal education in the State of New York. CPR is a non-profit organization. Under financial hardship guidelines, at its discretion, CPR may waive the fee for attorneys who demonstrate that they are not currently employed (not retirees). CPR may also provide a special discounted price to attorneys, full-time judges and administrative law judges practicing in the non-profit and public sectors full time. E-mail info@cpradr.org for more information.