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VMAA Seminars – Recap of 2016 Events

Not wishing to schedule a special event on the Ides of March, the Vancouver Maritime Arbitrators Association presented two special speakers on Monday, March 7 at the Bentall V Conference room on Burrard Street. As one of four different educational events planned for 2016, it was a big treat to have not one but two maritime arbitrators/mediators, one from Vancouver and one from China.
Both individuals are, in their own rights, well-qualified to hear disputes not only as “maritime” arbitrators but also as “international commercial” arbitrators.
It became obvious that the speakers’ reputations preceded them as the Conference Room was standing room only, with 45 keen participants in attendance. Delicious sandwiches and wraps, with light refreshments were quickly consumed and our current VMAA President, Dennis Pong, addressed the audience with eloquent and condensed bios of both gents. Each resume could have filled a page of accolades and accomplishments related to arbitration AND mediation.
Leading off was Mr. Peter Koh…
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Lunch Seminar – December 2, 2014

On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, the VMAA was pleased to have JJ McIntyre of MW Law Offices present on How to Write an Enforceable Arbitration AwardThe seminar was well-attended and generated excellent discussion on the VMAA rules and the arbitration process.



Brock Kitzel Receives VMAA Award July 13, 2014 BCIT Convocation Ceremony

VMAA Award 2014 Deck Brock Kitzel (2)

The recipient for the 2014 Vancouver Maritime Arbitrators Association award is Deck Officer Brock Kitzel.

Brock received glowing reports from the Masters he has served under during his time aboard Canada Steamship Lines self-unloading and gearless bulk cargo vessels, the M/V Frontenac, M/V Spruceglen, M/V Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin and M/V Salarium. He has acted as a valuable ambassador to the BCIT Nautical Sciences program, volunteering his time to take an active role in speaking about his experience at sea. Academically, Brock is at the top of his class with an aptitude to comprehend navigation concepts at a Masters level in the future. Prior to his marine career, Brock mentored young hockey goalies as part of the CVMHA Goaltender Development Program and received the 2010 slo-pitch tournament Most Valuable Player award. He was also promoted to become a manager at SportMart.

Captain Joseph M. Pero passed along this feedback as part of Brock’s seafarer’s evaluation: “Brock Kitzel has conducted himself well while serving under my command. He has demonstrated his ability as a very quick study, to perform far and beyond the duties of an up and coming young officer in a professional, competent and honest manner. He is eager to learn and executes all company policies. He has a positive attitude, is well disciplined, and gets along well with everyone on board. Brock has presented himself in a clean and sober manner at all times and is a good, reliable young shipmate. He is a pleasure to teach and I welcome him as 3rd or 2nd officer, as soon as he gets his certificate, on board any vessel I command.”

Brock has also been nominated by his peers to act as class valedictorian.

Joint VMAA-ISAC RightShip May 28, 2014

BOD RightShip

On Wednesday May 28, 2014, the VMAA, in conjunction with the International Ship-Owners Alliance of Canada (ISAC), hosted a seminar featuring keynote speaker Captain Anuj Chopra, Vice President (Americas), RightShip Pty Ltd. Mr. Chopra spoke to a sold out crowd at the downtown SFU campus on the topics of vetting and risk management. The event was a rousing success, with many questions from the crowd and great interest in the ship vetting system implemented by RightShip.

Lunch Seminar – April 16, 2014

Please join us on Wednesday April 16, 2014 for a VMAA lunch time seminar on ‘The Evolution of Tanker Safety’. This event will feature key note speaker Mr. Peter Bernard, Q.C. To book your spot please complete and return this form to the email adresss indicated on the form.

Lunch Seminar – October 28, 2013

The VMAA presented ‘Maritime Labour Conventin 2006: The Seafarers’ Perspective’ Monday, October 28, 2013 in the Bentall 5 Conference Room. Key Note Speaker was Mr. Peter Lahay, National Coordinatore for the International Transport Workers Federation with guests Capt. Ranjeet Pawar, Senior Marine Inspector, Transport Canada and Mr. Yutaka Takasu, General manager/Senior Surveyor, Class NK.

Picture of Presenters with Board

From left: Peter Swanson, VMAA Past President; Capt. Ranjeet Pawar, Senior Marine Inspector for Transport Canada; Kaity Arsoniadis-Stein, VMAA President; Peter Lahay, National Coordinatore for the International Transport Workers Federation; Yutaka Takasu, General Manager and Senior Surveyor for Class NK; Daryl Raibl, VMAA Past President and Denis Pong, VMAA Director.

Bryan Stapleton is awarded the 2013 VMAA/BCIT Award


VMAA Director Casey McCawley awards BCIT graduate Bryan Stapleton with teh VMAA/BCIT award at BCIT’s Convocation Ceremony.

August 2013

CoRe’s fall speakers and CreativityZone’s advanced conflict resolution skills training workshops

The VMAA would like to bring to your attention the following seminars presented by the CoRe (Conflict Resolution) Clinic and give you the opportunity to attend. The CoRe Clinic is an approved continuing development provider for the Law Society of BC and the CoRe’s speaker series are pre-approved educational activities for professional development credits. The CoRe Clinic is affiliated with the VMAA by way of an annual scholarship. Speakers will present in person at KPMG’s downtown Vancouver office at 4:30pm on the listed dates. Videoconferencing to Allard Hall, room 335, and to TRU will be provided based on demand. Please RSVP to to confirm your seat.

September 17
Judi Cunningham, Executive Director of the Business Families Centre, Sauder School of Business

October 8 – Toxic Relationships
Panellists: Bob Findlay, Yuki Matsuno and Erica Pinsky

October 17 – Empathy without Caring?
Exploring Different Kinds of Empathy as Tools for Conflict Resolution with Sharon Sutherland and Carrie Gallant

November 6 – Annual Ethics Workshop with Lee Turnbull

Also, coming soon: CreativityZone Training for Mediators and Conflict Resolution Professionals

Carrie Gallant and Sharon Sutherland are delighted to announce a new series of advanced conflict resolution skills training workshops for Fall 2013! Please join us for:
•       “Break on through to the Other Side”: Advanced Tools and Strategies for Impasse Breaking – October 1
•       GET REAL: Advanced Tools for Ethical “Reality Checking” – October 22
•       From Conflict to Confluence: Myers-Briggs Personality Type for Conflict Resolution – November 19

Proceeds will be shared with CoRe and will support CoRe’s own Speaker Series and other educational activities. For more information on these sessions please go to

Arbitration Rules – Time for an Update? Seminar June 11, 2013

Seminar PhotoJ.J. McIntyre of MW Law Offices presented a lunch seminar which took an in depth look at the VMAA Rules.


From left: William Jones (VMAA Director), Dennis Pong (VMAA Vice President), J.J. McIntyre (VMAA Arbitrating Member and Seminar Presenter), Kaity Stein (VMAA President), Daryl Raibl (VMAA Director and Former President).