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Brian Gibbard
Brian L. Gibbard

Brian is a Chartered Mediator and a Qualified Arbitrator who was called to the British Columbia bar in 1981 and has been working in dispute resolution since 1998. He has mediated more than 3000 cases and has been appointed the arbitrator in a number of disputes. He has a particular interest in conflicts involving insurance issues.

As a lawyer, Brian spent 25 years with Greiner Bethell and Company in Burnaby where he practised criminal and civil litigation, focusing on cases involving personal injury, commercial disputes, and building construction. He was the managing partner for 10 years.

Brian's experience as a mediator convinced him that in most cases alternate dispute resolution is the best option for all parties, so he left GBC in 2006 to concentrate on mediation.

Brian is a former member of the Law Society of British Columbia, and is a member of the B.C. Mediation Roster. He is active in the mediation community, and is the past president of the Commercial Mediation Association of British Columbia. He is also a member of the British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute, the Alternate Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada, and he is the former Board Chair of Mediate B.C.

Brian teaches mediation skills. He has worked with paralegals through the Law Courts' Legal Education Centre and coached law students through UBC Law's mediation moot program and the Thompson Rivers University Mediation Moot program.

Brian studied law at UBC, where he also earned a BA in history. His mediation practice is based in North Vancouver, where he grew up and still lives.

In his spare time he sings, plays music, tries to stay fit and coaches high school girls soccer where his mediation skills come in handy.

Paul Taberner
Paul D. Taberner

Paul is a mediator who specializes in commercial mediation. He was called to the B.C. bar in 1971 and has mediated more than 2,500 disputes since 1993. He works in the areas of professional liability, multi-party construction, negligence, insurance, wills and estates, personal injury, franchising, and strata disputes.

Paul is active in teaching dispute resolution techniques within the legal community and to other professional groups.  He has been an adjunct professor at UBC Law and an instructor in the Professional Legal Training Course. He has taught courses through B.C.'s Continuing Legal Education Society as well as mediation workshops for the B.C. Notaries Society and the Union of B.C. Municipalities. And he has been a guest speaker for the B.C. Insurance Adjusters Association and the ADR subsection of the Canadian Bar Association.  

Paul has a particular interest in family business disputes and conflicts that arise in the construction industry. He has been a guest speaker and a panelist at the Canadian Bar Association, speaking to the subsections of construction law and wills and estates.

He sits on the mediators' panel of the Insurance Dispute Resolution Services of B.C. and the B.C. Arbitration and Mediation Institute. Paul is a member in good standing with the B.C. Mediation Roster and a director of Mediate B.C.

Paul is a senior negotiation strategist and trainer with ENS International, an Australian-based group, which provides consulting and training in negotiation for multinational corporations.

After doing a degree in economics at the University of Western Ontario, Paul studied law at the University of British Columbia. He is now a retired member of the B.C. Law Society and makes his home in Vernon, which gives him more time to ski and hike. He does mediation work for clients across the province and in the Yukon.

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