Welcome, New Members; EAB Congress Report (Part II); Articles, Awards and Events
the CPR
October 1, 2019

Welcome to the "CPR DateBook," in which we periodically provide you with details on CPR's upcoming events in one place for easier planning purposes. These mailings will also contain helpful tips, highlights and links to breaking CPR news and initiatives, as well as CPR resources you may want to explore or revisit. CPR is always hard at work to provide information and other tools to help you advance your dispute resolution goals. To print the DateBook, first open it in your browser here.

On 15 May 2019, CPR held its third annual European Congress on Business Dispute Management, in London. Organized by CPR’s European Advisory Board (the “EAB”) and kindly hosted once more by SwissRe in the Gherkin building, the Congress inspired thought provoking considerations on topics of dispute prevention and resolution. As with last year's summary, we have split this reporting in two parts; Part I summarizing the morning panel sessions can be found HERE

As reported by EAB members, Kathleen Fadden and Vanessa Alarcon Duvanel, our afternoon panelists discussed issues including:

  • How Arbitral Tribunals Operate (keynote)
  • Master Mediators Respond to the Most Intriguing Mediation Questions and Challenges
    • What are the challenges when dealing with cross border mediation and what advice would they offer?
    • Is the concept of a mediated settlement changing?
    • How does one deal with a conflict within a conflict?
  • “The Resolution of Complex, Multi-Stakeholder, Multi-Jurisdictional Disputes”
    • The use of co-mediation in complex disputes
    • Does litigation/arbitration funding have an impact on mediation?

The full post can be accessed on our blog, CPR Speaks, HERE.
Organized in collaboration with CPR's Canada Advisory Board and the CPR Energy Committee, and hosted by McCarthy Tétrault LLP, CPR's 2019 Canada Conference will take place in Calgary on October 17, between 8:30 and 11:30 am (with a welcome reception, hosted by Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, the night before). 

The theme of this year's conference will be "Horses for Courses: Effective Use of Different ADR Mechanisms in the Energy Sector."

Our speakers include:

First Panel: Use of Different ADR Mechanisms in the Energy Sector


Martin J. Valasek – Partner & Head of International Arbitration - Canada, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP (Montréal, Québec)

  • Mary E. Comeau - Calgary Energy and Commercial Arbitrators (Calgary, Alberta)
  • Patricia  Galloway – Galloway Arbitration, Inc., CPR Distinguished Neutral (Cle Elum, Washington)
  • Rahat Godil - Partner, Blakes (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Dan Kolenick – Managing Counsel – Canada, Global Litigation Shell Canada Limited (Calgary, Alberta)
  • John J. Marshall, Q.C. – Mediator & Arbitrator & CPR Distinguished Neutral (Calgary, Alberta)

Second Panel: Practical Tips for Disputes Policies and Drafting Clauses


Kara Smyth – Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP (Calgary, Alberta)

  • Ross D. André – Senior Litigation Counsel, Southern Company (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • Sashe D. Dimitroff – Partner, BakerHostetler (Houston, Texas)
  • Tim Martin – C.Arb, FCIArb, Northumberland Chambers Inc., Fellow at the College of Commercial Arbitrators (Calgary, Alberta)
  • Leanne N. Wichmann -  Legal Counsel, Legal & Compliance, Hexagon (Calgary, Alberta) 

March 27 - 29, 2020
São Paulo, Brazil
As the only international mediation competition held in Latin America, the CPR International Mediation Competition is a unique opportunity for students to learn and practice mediation and negotiation skills through the role-playing of a mediation problem drafted by experienced mediators and practitioners. The competition convenes students and distinguished ADR professionals from around the globe providing exceptional networking opportunities.

The 2020 CPR International Mediation Competition, which will take place for two days on March 28-29, 2020, in São Paulo, Brazil. The competition will be hosted by Demarest Advogados and will be preceded by a training for students, taking place on March 27, 2020. Pre-registration is open until November 15, 2019.
For more information, ground rules, sponsorship opportunities and to pre-register, please click HERE.

CPR's Awards Program honors outstanding scholarship and practical achievement in the field of alternative dispute resolution. Award criteria focuses on processes, techniques, systems, commitment, and scholarship which address the resolution, prevention or creative management of major disputes involving public or business institutions between corporations, between government and corporations, or among multiple parties. The review committee comprises judges and lawyers from leading corporations, top law firms and academic institutions across the U.S. For more information on the awards and how to submit, click HERE.

CPR is thrilled to welcome its newest law firm members, Bradley and Fierville Ziadé. CPR membership offers law firms the opportunity to differentiate their practice by: accessing practical resources, solutions and best practices for their corporate clients; leveraging targeted business development opportunities to maximize business results; and elevating their dispute resolution skills with CPR’s CLE accredited training programs. Learn more and join CPR today.
Quality - Not all rules are the same—ours have won awards for innovation. All neutrals aren’t the same either—CPR’s panel of almost 550 mediators, arbitrators and other neutrals is distinguished and dynamic, increasingly diverse and responsive, adjusting in real time to meet the continuously changing needs of our users. And CPR offers personalized, concierge-level consulting and case management services, by highly experienced, accessible and multilingual attorneys. LEARN MORE.

Efficiency and Lower Costs - You may have heard that arbitration isn’t all that different from litigation—that it takes too long and costs almost as much. Well, not all arbitrations are the same. CPR has addressed many of the criticisms and concerns people may have about arbitration. LEARN MORE.

Integrity - CPR offers integrity, neutrality and a commitment to the rule of law, to ensure a fair and just process for all parties to the arbitration. Arbitrators must be independent and neutral—No exceptions. LEARN MORE.



Upcoming CPR events and trainings


October 3, 2019, 12:30 pm - CPR Energy, Oil & Gas Committee Meeting at Quinn Emanuel Urqhart & Sullivan in Houston, TX, either in person or via dial-in. CPR Members only. 

October 11, 2019, 12:30 pm - CPR Arbitration Committee Meeting at Hughes Hubbard & Reed in New York

October 22, 2019 -
CPR Construction Advisory Committee Meeting, Panel Presentation & Networking Event, "Innovative Construction Projects: Philadelphia Edition" in Philadelphia.  Program and Networking Reception – Open to Public.
Construction Advisory Committee Meeting – CPR Members Only.

NEW: October 22, 2019, 2-3:30 pm Eastern / 7-8:30 pm GMT (via Skype/Phone) - CPR Digital Transformation Committee meeting. CPR members only. To RSVP, email

October 24, 2019, 12:30 pm - Banking and Financial Services Committee meeting at KPMG in New York, in person or via dial-in. CPR members only.

October 30, 2019, 12:30 pm - CPR Government & ADR Task Force Meeting at BakerHostetler, Washington, D.C., either in person or via dial-in, on ADR approaches to DOL enforcement actions.

November 6, 2019, 5:30 pm - "Fomenting Change: International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution at Work in Brazil and Mexico," a James F. Henry Speaker Series Event at New York Law School

November 12, 2019, 12:30 pm -
CPR Diversity in ADR Task Force Meeting in NY, in person or via dial-in. Location TBD. 

NEW: November 13, 2019 -
Miami Tech/IP Seminar, "Arbitrating Technology and Intellectual Property Cases: Latin American and European Approaches" at Florida International University, Downtown Campus, Miami. CPR's Olivier André will be discussing CPR's Data Security Protocol.

November 15, 2019 -
Submission deadline for CPR's 2019 Annual Awards

November 15, 2019, 12:30 pm - CPR Arbitration Committee Meeting at White and Case in New York

November 20, 2019 - CPR Corporate Leadership Award Dinner honoring Ford Motor Co. and General Counsel, Bradley M. Gayton, at Ziegfeld Ballroom, New York.

November 21, 2019, 8:30 to 10:00 am - CPR Breakfast Program at NYIAC
, part of NY Arbitration Week. View the full agenda for NY Arbitration Week 

November 22, 2019 -
Fordham International Arbitration and Mediation Conference 

December 3, 2019, 12 pm - CPR Environmental Committee Webinar via webinar and dial-in. CPR members only.

December 4, 2019 - CPR Mediation Committee Meeting. Location TBD. CPR members only.

February 27-29, 2020 - CPR's Annual Meeting at The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club, St. Petersburg, Florida. Meeting website launching soon.

March 9-10, 2020 - 13th Annual ABA Annual Arbitration Training Institute at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Phoenix, AZ. CPR members are eligible to receive the lowest registration rate. CPR's SVP, International, Olivier André, will be speaking.


October 2, 2019 - CEDR Mediator Skills Training, London* 

October 16, 2019, 6:00 - 8:00 pm – CPR Canada Conference Welcome Reception Hosted by Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in Calgary, Canada

October 17, 2019, 8:30 -11:30 am – CPR Canada Conference "Horses for Courses: Effective Use of Different ADR Mechanisms in the Energy Sector" organized in collaboration with CPR Canada Advisory Board and CPR Energy Committee hosted by McCarthy Tétrault LLP in Calgary, Canada

November 22-24, 2019 - CPR is a supporting entity for the "8th NLIU INADR International Law School Mediation Tournament, 2019" which will be held at the National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal, India

March 27 to 29, 2020 -
CPR's International Mediation Competition in São Paulo, Brazil

*Through CPR's collaboration with CEDR, CPR members and Distinguished Neutrals can receive a 10% discount on CEDR Mediation Skills and Employment and Workplace Courses. Before registering, contact sslattery@cpradr.org to receive your discount code.