Resolution 2021

Our 2021 Resolution featuring articles written by our directors can be viewed below:

2021 VMAA Annual General Meeting

VMAA hosted the 2021 AGM virtually at noon on June 29, 2021.

In the AGM, Dennis Pong, President of VMAA reported VMAA activities during the period of June, 2020 to June 2021 including the hosting of a virtual seminar and attending a virtual CIETAC Cup held in Beijing in November, 2020 as a warm up on the William C. Vis International Arbitration Moot. Mr. Pong also mentioned VMAA has published the 2021 Resolution, an VMAA magazine and is in the process of mailing to the members by the secretary.

Mr. JJ McIntyre, Vice President and treasurer reported on the financial which is in healthy condition due to less expenses and advertisement income.

Mr. John Young, Secretary of the Association reported on the membership situation and suggested that VMAA should promote more commercial expert as well as legal profession to join the membership. Membership including Arbitrating member, Individual Supporting member and Corporate Member. Mr. Young suggested that VMAA should start a membership drive starting in the 2021 fall session.

In the AGM, VMAA has nominated Ms. Lindsay Sutton of Pangea Logistic to be an Arbitrating member. VMAA also nominated two new directors to the board, they are Ms. Lindsay Sutton of Pangea Logistic and Ms. Shelley Chapelski of Norton Rose & Fulbright.

The 2021 VMAA board is as follow:


Dennis Pong                       President

JJ McIntyre                         Vice President & Treasurer

John Young                         Secretary and Membership


Alex Smith

Catherine Liang

David Read

Geoff McNeill

Lindsay Sutton

Peter Koh

Peter Swanson                  Past President

Shelley Chapelski

In addition, both Peter Wright and Daryl Raibl are Honorary Life President

VMAA Gives BCIT Student Annual Award

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). It’s a rigorous four year program that takes registrants from ‘students’ and turns them into sea ready ‘cadets.’ BCIT is proud to offer students hands-on experience,  as shipowners such as Fednav, CSL, B.C. Ferries, DesGagnes, Oak Maritime, Algoma Central and at least two cruise lines, happily get involved, offering internships for many cadets aboard their vessels.

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

The VMAA offers an annual award to the student that stands out in their studies with particular merit in areas related to maritime law, arbitration and mediation. This year, at the Convocation Ceremony held at the Downtown BCIT Campus, proud parents crowded the room to see their young maritimers accept their certificates and awards.

This year, the VMAA Award was presented to Deck Officer Ali Hassan. Ali joined the Nautical Sciences Diploma program in September of 2013.  During the program he had the opportunity to work aboard ships with BC Ferries in his first sea phase and subsequently with Algoma Central Corporation on the Great Lakes. Prior to coming to BCIT, he attended UBC from 2006 to 2011 studying Engineering Physics.  Hassan has also volunteered for the UBC UNICEF organization where he organized fundraisers, helped in the planning of events and contributed at executive meetings.  He also was involved in the Reading Buddies Program assisting children with their reading and communication skills. Truly a hard-working, genuine young student. In his spare time, he is a fan of hockey, cricket, Formula One, chess and football.

Along with the BCIT Chair of the Board of Governors, the Associate Dean, the instructors, past Chair of the VMAA, Daryl Raibl, presented Cadet Ali Hassan his 2017 VMAA Award.  The Board wishes Ali the best of luck with his future pursuits within the maritime industry.

VMAA’s Arbitration Rules now available in Chinese

The 2016 VMAA Arbitration Rules have been translated into Chinese: 

2016 VMAA Arbitration Rules – Chinese: 规则–中文版

Sign up for the next VMAA Luncheon Series on June 8!

Don’t miss the next VMAA & ICS Luncheon Series on June 8, 2017. Please fill out the registration form to secure your spot by June 5, 2017.

The Standard Club’s Canada Forum

It was a bright, sunny Thursday afternoon on April 27th, 2017 when a combined group of members from the Vancouver Maritime Arbitrators Association and Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers Canada Branch  made their way to the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver for a marvelous presentation called The Standard Club’s Canada Forum. Every two years, Charles Taylor & Co. Limited, acting as managers of The Standard Club Europe Ltd host this gathering, in one or two major North American centres.

This year they started in Montreal, with speakers from Montreal, London, New York, Vancouver and Seattle polishing their theatrical talents to enhance the presentation. Each speaker highlighted the potential impact that might arise out of a fabricated scenario of a major catastrophe involving a collision between a ferry operating between Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and a bulk carrier leaving the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

As the major casualty scenario develops, each of the 10 speakers highlighted insights into allocation of liability, major casualty response, insurance coverage, the role of the P&I club, pollution considerations and loss prevention issues. They also touched on potential local and international governing bodies who may also need to be involved and how specific authorities may have to be appointed and established at any accident or incident, regardless of how large or small.

The Standard Club has been in existence since 1884 and is one of 13 “Clubs” offering insurance and underwriting to ship owners around the world. They boast an impressive clientele of over 10% of global shipping. Every vessel in the water must be insured against potential unforeseen incidents, whether they’re at sea or in port.

A unique part to the event was the panel’s use of electronic polling devices. Each attendee was given a hand held ‘clicker’.  At the end of each individual’s presentation, they would pose a question on the main screen and ask the audience to “choose the correct answer” by selecting the corresponding button on the clicker. From the four or five answers displayed on the screen the crowd was given 10 seconds to make their selection and the results were immediately displayed, showing the correct answer and the percentage of how many got it right. We were told the Vancouver crowd definitely surpassed the results of Montreal!

Immediately following the 3 hour presentation, the magnanimous hosts sponsored a reception allowing for extensive visiting and follow up questions with the presenters. A great opportunity to hear very knowledgeable professionals present an assortment of aspects facing the people and companies operating in the maritime industry.

The full presentation can be viewed here.