The Honourable Edward C. Chiasson is counsel in our Vancouver office. As a member of the judiciary, Ed sat on the Court of Appeal for British Columbia, and the Yukon Court of Appeal from September 2006 to December 2015.
Prior to his appointment to the bench, Mr. Chiasson earned an impressive reputation as one of Canada's leading litigators, and as an internationally-renowned arbitrator, practicing in commercial litigation law with Borden Ladner Gervais in Vancouver. He has appeared in all of the courts of British Columbia, Alberta, the Yukon, the Federal Court trial and appellate divisions and the Supreme Court of Canada.
For over 25 years Ed was counsel and an arbitrator, mainly, although not exclusively, in international disputes. Disputes involved all aspects of commercial practice, including construction and shipping and parties from diverse jurisdictions around the world. Known as one of the pioneers of international arbitration in Canada, he was instrumental in building the foundations to the firm's International Trade and Arbitration Group before joining the judiciary.
Mr. Chiasson has previously sat as an arbitrator and acted as counsel in numerous high-profile cases, including investor-state matters under NAFTA and ICSID, as well as commercial disputes in ad hoc proceedings and under all major institutional rules. He has also held academic posts teaching alternative dispute resolution at the University of British Columbia and City University, Hong Kong.
Mr. Chiasson has been a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the roster of a number of institutions, including the American Arbitration Association. He is also a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers.