Craig Chiasson

Partner

Vancouver
CChiasson@blg.com
604.640.4221

Craig has extensive experience in international and domestic 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 British Columbia Appeal Court, Provincial Courts of British Columbia and Supreme Court of Canada.

Craig began his practice with BLG in 2002. From 2006 to 2011, he worked in the International Arbitration Group of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in Paris before returning to BLG.

 

Experience

  • 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 reconstruction 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.
  • Represented domestic and international parties in an ad hoc arbitration related to health and nutrition products.
  • Represented a Chinese manufacturing company in a dispute with a North America distributor of construction-related materials in an international arbitration under the BCICAC Rules.
  • 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 turnkey 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 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.

Beyond Our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Americas' Initiative Vice-Chair and Advisory Board Member, Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA)
  • Member, ICC Canada Arbitration Committee, including as a listed arbitrator
  • Member, International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)
  • Advisory Board Member, Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA)
  • Member, Panel of Arbitrators, British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre (BCICAC)
  • Member, and included in Database of Arbitrators, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • Member, International Bar Association, International Arbitration Section

Community Involvement

  • Current Member of the Board of Directors of Vancouver United Football Club

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2021 edition (and since 2018) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (International Arbitration).
  • Recognized in the 2021 and 2019 edition of Chambers Canada — Canada's Leading Lawyers (Dispute Resolution: Arbitration - Nationwide).
  • Recognized in the 2020 edition of Chambers Global – The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Dispute Resolution – Arbitration).
  • Recognized in the 2020 (and since 2015) editions of the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (International Commercial Arbitration).
  • Recognized in the 2020 edition of Benchmark Canada – The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys (Arbitration).
  • Recognized by Global Arbitration Review for inclusion in Who's Who Legal: Arbitration 2019 (and since 2016).
  • Recognized in the 2018 edition (and since 2016) of Benchmark Canada – The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a Litigation Star in British Columbia: Arbitration, and as a "Future Star in British Columbia" in 2014 and 2015 (Arbitration).
  • Recognized in the 2018 (and since 2013) editions of Expert Guides as a "Rising Star in Commercial Arbitration".

Bar Admission & Education

  • England and Wales, 2011 (non-practising member of the roll of solicitors)
  • British Columbia, 2002
  • LLB, University of Alberta, 2001
  • B.Ed., University of British Columbia, 1995
  • BA, University of British Columbia, 1992