Craig Chiasson

Craig R. Chiasson  


Executive Summary

Craig Chiasson is a Partner 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, and construction and energy 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.

Representative Work

  • Appointed Sole Arbitrator in a domestic institutional arbitration arising out of a royalty agreement relating to wind farms, resulting in a final award.
  • 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) with respect to the construction of a highway.
  • Acted as tribunal secretary in an ICC case relating to the dismantling, transportation and re-construction of a steel plant.
  • Represented a Canadian international power company in an SCC arbitration relating to geothermal power generation and the construction of an iron smelter.
  • Represented a joint venture contractor in an UNCITRAL arbitration arising from construction-related disputes for a major project.
  • Represented a contractor in its dispute with a design engineer in a domestic BCICAC arbitration arising from the construction of MSE walls.
  • Represented a government-owned entity in a number of domestic and international arbitration proceedings, including construction disputes relating to site preparation and the purchase and sale of power generation equipment.
  • Represented a turn-key contractor in an international arbitration proceeding arising from the construction of a nuclear power plant.
  • Represented a ship-building contractor in its arbitration with an owner.
  • 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 an UNCITRAL arbitration.
  • Represented a Portuguese cement company in an ICC arbitration.
  • Represented a US satellite manufacturer in an ICC arbitration and ad hoc international 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.

Publications & Presentations

  • Co-Author, "The Arbitration Review of the Americas 2019," Global Arbitration Review (GAR), August 2018.
  • Co-Author, "The Arbitration Review of the Americas 2018," Global Arbitration Review (GAR), September 2017
  • Co-Author, "Ontario Court Confirms Narrow Grounds for Setting Aside NAFTA Award," International Law Office, September 2016.
  • Author, "Canada Chapter," The Arbitration Review of the Americas 2017, Global Arbitration Review,  August 2016 (with Robert J. C. Deane).
  • Co-Author, "Court Addresses Multi-party and Multi-contract Issues to Stay an Action in Favour of Arbitration," International Law Office, July 2016.
  • Co-Author, "Type of Arbitral Error Determines Judicial Discretion to Set Aside International Award," International Law Office, May 2016.
  • Co-Author, "Court Reaffirms Application of Res Judicata and Issue Estoppel to Commercial Arbitrations," International Law Office Newsletter, February 2016.
  • 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 (with Robert Deane).
  • 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 (with Robert J.C. Deane)
  • Author, “Canada” Chapter, Global Arbitration Review (GAR) Investment Treaty Arbitration Know-How, Global Arbitration Review, November 2012 (with Robert J. C. Deane and J. Cameron Mowatt).
  • 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.
  • Author, “Arbitration-Related Litigation: Limits to Courts’ Supervisory Jurisdiction of the Arbitral Process in Canada,” March 2012 (with Gerald W. Ghikas, QC); 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 2020 and 2019 editions of Chambers Canada — Canada's Leading Lawyers (Dispute Resolution: Arbitration). 

  • Recognized in the 2020 (and since 2018) edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (International Arbitration).

  • Recognized in the 2019 edition of Benchmark Canada – The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys (Abitration).
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition of Chambers Global — The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (Dispute Resolution – Arbitration)
  • Recognized in the 2019 (and since 2015) editions of the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (International Commercial Arbitration).
  • Recognized by Global Arbitration Review for inclusion in Who's Who Legal: Arbitration 2019 (and since 2016).
  • Recognized in the 2017 (and since 2014) 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 2018 (and since 2014) editions of the Lexpert®/Report on Business Litigation Special Edition.
  • Recognized as a Litigation Star in British Columbia: Arbitration for 2018 (and since 2016) edition, and a "Future Star in British Columbia " for 2014 and 2015 by Benchmark Canada – The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys (Arbitration).
  • Recognized in the 2018 (and since 2013) editions of Expert Guides as a "Rising Star in Commercial Arbitration."
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated.