International Commercial Arbitration: Is it Cheaper and Better?

The Bar of Montreal and the Philadelphia Bar Association – CAIJ Conference
Training by a recognized provider for the purposes of mandatory continuing education – 2 hours

September 06 2017, from 16:00 to 18:00

Gowling WLG (1, Place Ville-Marie, 37e étage, Montréal)
Montreal, QC

The Bar of Montreal and the Philadelphia Bar Association – CAIJ Conference, organized by the International Relations committee (Bar of Montreal) and the International Law Committee (Philadelphia Bar Association), presentation followed by a cocktail

  Deadline for cancellations with reimbursement: August 31, 2017                             


For those who have missed the conference in Montreal, the event will be repeated in Philadelphia on October 4th.
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International Commercial Arbitration has emerged over the past few years as a tool of choice for resolving international disputes. The finality of decisions and the possibility of seeking enforcement in other jurisdictions greatly contribute to its popularity. But at what cost?

During this panel, Mr. Fabien Gélinas, Ad.E. (Full Professor, Sir William C. Macdonald Chair, Faculty of Law, McGill University, Montreal), Mr. Jeremy Heep (partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP, Philadelphia), Mr. Michael J. Carrato (Vice President, Legal and Compliance Departement for North America,, Alstom, New York), Ms. Annie Lespérance (lawyer, Cabinet Yves Fortier, Montreal) and Mr. Daniel Urbas (arbitrator and lawyer, Urbas Arbitration, Montreal) will provide an overview of international commercial arbitration that will interest both lawyers already practising in arbitration than lawyers who want to discover this area of practice.


  • Mr. Fabien Gélinas, Ad.E. Full Professor, Sir William C. Macdonald Chair, Faculty of Law McGill University (Montreal), member of the Barreau du Québec. Mr. Gélinas teaches and conducts research in the areas of international dispute resolution, common law and civil law contracts, commercial law and legal theory. Arbitrator, expert and consultant on dispute resolution and legal reform, Mr. Gélinas is president of the Arbitration Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and ICC Canada.
  • Mr. Jeremy Heep, partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP (Philadelphia), member of the District of Columbia Bar (Pennsylvania). Mr. Heep’s practice covers the full range of commercial litigation, with particular emphasis on antitrust and international arbitration. Recognized by his peers, Mr. Heep is the co-chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s International Law Committee, and a board member of the French-American Chamber of Commerce (Philadelphia Chapter).
  • Mr. Michael J. Carrato, Vice President, Legal and Compliance Department for North America, Alstom (New York). Mr. Carrato provides legal and compliance support to Alstom’s North American Transport Sector while managing a team of lawyers and contract managers. He has a rich and diversified professional experience, which includes business matters in Canada since he has been involved in all Alstom’s recent key commercial successes and some of their flagship projects like the Montréal metro. Mr. Carrato holds a bachelor of science in civil engineering from Virginia Tech and a juris doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law.
  • Ms. Annie Lespérance, lawyer, Cabinet Yves Fortier (Montreal), member of the Barreau du Québec and Paris bar. Ms. Lespérance practices in international arbitration and, prior to joining Cabinet Yves Fortier, acted as Assistant Legal Counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. Ms. Lespérance sits on the boards of directors of the Canadian Council of International Law and the United Nations Association Canada (Montreal Branch).
  • Mr. Daniel Urbas, arbitrator and lawyer, Urbas Arbitration (Montreal), member of the Barreau du Québec, the Law Societys of Upper-Canada, British Columbia and Newfoundland and Labrador. Mr. Urbas is Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), based in London, as well as a founding director of the CIArb’s new Canada Branch. Experienced arbitrator, lecturer and author, Mr. Urbas was named in the Best Lawyers in Canada editions of 2014-2016.

*Training by a recognized provider for the purposes of mandatory continuing education – 2 hours.
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