Academy Member Inducted 2020

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James E. Dorsey K.C., Arbitrator, North Vancouver, British Columbia.

James E. Dorsey K.C.

James E. Dorsey, Law Corporation
3380 Redfern Place
North Vancouver, BC V7N 3W1
Tel: (604) 980-7225
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Recognized to British Columbia Chapter for:
Labour Arbitration Specialist

Other ADR Services: Facilitation, Fact Finding, Med-Arb, Mini-Trial, Neutral Evaluation

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Arbitrator since 1977 (Town of Hope v. C.U.P.E., Local 411 (1977), 14 LAC (2d) 176); Past President, Arbitrators' Association of B.C.; Adjudicator, Yukon Teachers Labour Relations Board (2017-21); Non-Bencher Lawyer Member, Law Society of BC Credentials and Discipline Hearing Panel Pool (2011-17); Nova Scotia Health Labour Relations Restructuring Mediator-Arbitrator (2014-15); Reviewer, Metro Vancouver Labour Relations Function (2011); British Columbia class size and composition arbitrator for school years 2006-10; Chair, Saskatchewan Workers' Compensation Review Committee (2006-07 and 2001);Chair, Nova Scotia Workers' Compensation Review Committee (2001-02); Queen's Counsel (2001); Ministerial Representative Reviewing Saskatchewan Workers' Compensation Board (2000); Saskatchewan Health Sector Labour Relations Reorganization Commissioner (1996-97); British Columbia Health Sector Labour Relations Commissioner(1995); Chair, Governors of B.C. Workers' Compensation Board (1990-94); Interim President / CEO B.C. Workers' Compensation Board (1993-94); Member, Vancouver Police Board (1989-91); Vice-Chair, Canada Labour Relations Board (1977-82)

Case Experience

  • Employment
  • Labour/Unions
  • Workplace Rights


1969 B.A. (St. Dunstan's University); 1973 LL.B. (Dalhousie University) – Honours: Appointed Queen's Counsel (2001); 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal (1992)

Memberships & Affiliations

Law Society of British Columbia; National Academy of Arbitrators; Arbitrators' Association of B.C.; Register of Arbitrators under B.C. Labour Relations Code; Referable Arbitrator status with BC Arbitration and Mediation Institute; Domestic Commercial Panel, B.C. International Commercial Arbitration Centre; ADR Institute of Canada

Rates Information

$275 per hour: Actual costs are billed for disbursements. For air travel and hotels, economy rates and available discounts are sought and booked. Only in an exceptional circumstance is there any charge for photocopying, postage or mileage.
Decisions are issued within the time specified in the agreement or another time agreed by the parties. At the end of the proceedings a specific decision date, usually three weeks later, is identified. If an unavoidable delay occurs, a new date is identified.

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