Ninth International Conference on Maritime Law

From 28th to 31st of  October, 2018, Ms. Catherine Hua Liang, member of the Board of Directors and arbitrator with the Vancouver Maritime Arbitrators Association (VMAA) was invited to speak at The Ninth International Conference on Maritime Law (The Ninth ICML) in Shanghai. The Ninth ICML was hosted by the China Maritime Law Association (CMLA) and co-hosted by the Supreme Peoples Court of the Peoples Republic of China, the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited, China Merchants Group, the Peoples Insurance Company (Group) of China Limited, the All China Lawyers Association and organized by the Shanghai Maritime University.

The theme of the conference was Development, Reform and Innovation of the Concept, System and Regime of Maritime Law in the New Era. During the Conference, Ms. Liang delivered an excellent speech on the topic of  “The Enforcement of International Arbitral Awards in Canada”, sharing with the attendees, Canada’s legal structure and court practices on arbitration. She shared the session with Ian Gaunt, President of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association and other distinguished scholars and law practitioners from UK, H.K. and Mainland China on the  topic of “Innovation of Maritime Disputes Resolution Mechanisms”. There were more than 300 guests, including experts and professors on Maritime Law and in-house counsels from different enterprises.

During the conference, Ms. Liang met with Mr. Chao Gu, the General Secretary of CMAC, Ms. Bo Chen, Vice General Secretary of CMAC and exchanged views on issues related to cooperation and development of the two institutions. She also visited CIETAC Shanghai Sub-commission and discussed some case admistrative issues with Ms. Yani Jiao, General Secretary of CIETAC Shanghai Sub-commission.

CIETAC sets up Arbitration Centre in Vancouver

CIETAC help a signing ceremony on July 1, 2018 to commemorate their plans to establish an Arbitration Centre of their own in Vancouver. On July 2, 2018 they met with the VMAA to discuss a successful partnership going forward in the hopes of establishing Vancouver as a prominent arbitration centre within North America and around the world. Read more here.

VMAA holds a Joint Seminar with CMAC and signs Cooperation Agreement 

The VMAA organized a comprehensive maritime seminar on May 14th, 2018 with speakers from CMAC and Vancouver presenting on a range of topical matters from within the shipping industry. Read more here about the VMAA’s newly signed Cooperation Agreement with the Chinese Maritime Arbitration Arbitration Commission.

Last Joint ICS-VMAA Seminar of the year held on October 11th, 2017  

For a full report about the event, visit our News section here

Past VMAA President and ICS Director Daryl Raibl awards seminar speakers JJ McIntyre (VMAA Director and Partner at MW Law Offices) and Jason Kostyniuk (VMAA Member and Partner at Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang) with a token of appreciation for their presentations at the last Joint Luncheon of the year.

Sign up for the next VMAA-ICS Joint Luncheon Seminar on October 11th, 2017

Please fill out this registration form and return to alisha@cosbc.ca:

October Registration Form – Luncheon Series 

VMAA Directors attend ICMA in Denmark

The International Congress of Maritime Arbitrators (ICMA), held in Copenhagen from September 25th – 29th, 2017 and hosted by the Danish Institute of Arbitration, offers maritime arbitrators and lawyers a unique opportunity to examine and discuss the most important issues currently affecting maritime law and the greater shipping industry. Directors JJ McIntyre, Peter Koh and Peter Swanson are in attendance representing the Vancouver Maritime Arbitrators Association. In addition to functioning as a forum for discussion and showcasing compelling papers within the field, ICMA also provides delegates with the chance to connect socially and network with international colleagues.

JJ McIntyre, Peter Koh and Peter Swanson participate in the ICMA XX in Copenhagen


VMAA BCIT Award 2017

Each year for more than a decade, the Vancouver Maritime Arbitrators Association (VMAA) has recognized the hard work and effort of a single student graduating from the Nautical Sciences and Marine Engineering program, at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). This year, the VMAA Award was presented to Deck Officer Ali Hassan. For more information about this year’s recipient, please visit our News section here.

VMAA Director Daryl Raibl presents the 2017 VMAA Award to BCIT Graduate, Cadet Ali Hassan



Fill out and return this registration form to secure your seat!

Kindly RSVP to secretary@vmaa.org and CC alisha@cosbc.ca 



The VMAA and the ICS Canada Branch teamed up to put on a joint Luncheon Seminar on May 8th, featuring John Bromley (Norton Rose Fulbright) and Gary Wharton (Bernard LLP). Stay turned for a recap in our News section.



VMAA and ICS Members were given the opportunity to participate in this coveted industry event on April 27th, sponsored by The Standard Club — read more here in our News section.


The VMAA recently updated its Arbitration and Mediation Rules to make them more responsive to the needs in the 21st century of the transportation community which trades in the carriage of goods to or from Canada and the businesses serving that community.

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“Advocating education and standards which foster reasoned and cost effective arbitrations, mediations and others forms of dispute resolution that will result in impartial and efficient solutions for parties involved in maritime disputes”


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