Gerald Ghikas


Gerald W. Ghikas Law Corporation
HSBC Building
1650 885 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, Canada V6C 3E8

Tel: +1 778 724 4147
Fax: +1 604 725 8862


Gerald Ghikas, Q.C. is a nationally and internationally recognized Canadian commercial arbitrator who practices as an independent Resident Neutral at Vancouver Arbitration Chambers (VAC). He has served as sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator or tribunal chair in numerous international and non-international commercial arbitrations, both ad hoc and institutional. He has also served as mediator of complex commercial disputes. He has over 40 years of experience as arbitrator, mediator and as counsel in disputes concerning a range of industries and involving amounts ranging from tens of thousands to billions of dollars.

Before establishing an independent arbitration practice (effective January 1, 2013) Gerry Ghikas was a partner of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. He was a former managing partner and head of litigation. He chaired the firm’s highly regarded International Trade and Arbitration Group.

Gerry was elected by peers in 2008 to Chair ICC Canada, where he presided over an unprecedented growth in membership. He is a member of the ICDR Canadian advisory committee. He is a Vice-President of the North American Users Council of the LCIA. He was the founder and first Chair of the Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society, which holds an annual user-focused Energy Industry Arbitration Conference in Calgary, Alberta. He is Chair of a national project of the Uniform Law Conference of Canada to update Canada’s international and non-international arbitration laws. He has served two terms as a Canadian delegate to UNCITRAL Working Group II.

Construction Industry –Arbitrator in disputes relating to construction and infrastructure projects, including construction of power generating facilities, floating production, storage and off-loading vessels (FPSO’s), roads, dams, pipe-lines, boilers, marine facilities, residential and industrial complexes.

Energy Industry – Arbitrator in disputes concerning operating agreements, processing agreements for offshore oil and gas, disputes concerning FPSO construction,  long-term LNG supply agreements, off-gas agreements, operation of gas fractionation plants, options and joint-venture agreements, geothermal power plants, coal-fired power plants, Power Purchase Arrangements, force majeure, termination and HILP events, the construction or repair of petrochemical towers, turbines, boilers, pipelines, access roads, tunnels and dams, and the sharing of revenues. Extensive experience with economic analysis, market forecasting, cost-estimating, discount rates, good operating practices and similar issues.

Manufacturing and Distribution Arbitrator in disputes involving manufacturers and distributors of various products, including heavy equipment, health-food products, pharmaceutical products, alcoholic beverages, vegetables and computer software, including patent and trade-mark disputes, antitrust disputes, franchise, marketing, strategic alliance and distribution agreements. Arbitrator of numerous disputes under licensing agreements.

Mining Industry Arbitrator in disputes involving gold, diamond, copper and poly-metallic properties in North America, Latin America and Africa. Good working knowledge of the industry and its practices, including option agreements, joint ventures and public and private financing alternatives.

Partnerships and Joint Ventures– Arbitrator in disputes concerning joint venture arrangements, particularly in the mining, construction, energy and real estate industries. Arbitratorof several highly contentious disputes among former law partners arising upon partnership dissolution. Also arbitrator and counsel in oppression and oppression-related corporate proceedings. Issues have included questions of dilution, responsibility for capital contributions, carried-interests, third party financing obligations and related matters.

Real Estate, Local Governments and Leasing – Arbitrator in numerous arbitration and court proceedings concerning real estate issues, including rent renewals and reviews, joint venture agreements, sale and purchase issues. Good working knowledge of appraisal and business valuation issues and practice. Arbitrator of several statutory arbitrations to resolve disputes among local governments under the Community Charter and the Local Government Act. Arbitrator of disputes between local government and waste disposal service provider.

Technology Industry and Intellectual Property Matters Arbitrator in numerous disputes relating to technology and intellectual property issues, including patent and trade-mark issues, allegations of misappropriation of source code, disputes under license agreements, software development agreements, sponsored research agreements, marketing and distribution agreements.

Transportation IndustryCounsel and advisor to transportation industry on a range of issues including arbitration of disputes between coal producers/shippers and operators of a port terminal facility, arbitration of disputes between a carrier and a shipyard concerning ferry construction issues, counsel in the court of appeal concerning ferry rate determinations made by a regulator, involving competition law considerations, advisor to shippers of coal and other minerals concerning contract disputes with marine carriers, counsel to a rail carrier in court and arbitration proceedings concerning various issues, including issues arising from the disposition of container terminal facilities and inland ferry services.

Gerry Ghikas was appointed Queens Counsel (QC) in 2001 and was made a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb.) in 1999. Shortly thereafter he was made a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

In 2006, the ADR Institute of Canada awarded Gerry Ghikas its National Award for Excellence in the Field of Alternative Dispute Resolution. He has consistently been recognized by his peers as a leading arbitrator both nationally and internationally

  • Chambers Global – The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Dispute Resolution: Arbitration; Dispute Resolution: British Columbia)
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada®  (Bet-the-Company Litigation; Corporate and Commercial Litigation; International Arbitration)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rating
  • PLC Which lawyer? (Dispute Resolution – International Arbitration)
  • Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Arbitration – International)
  • International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration
  • International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation
  • Who’s Who Legal: Canada  (Arbitration)
  • International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2013 (Commercial Mediation)
  • Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration
“Sole practitioner Gerald Ghikas QC is “a nationally and internationally recognised practitioner with extensive experience as both arbitration counsel and as a neutral. He is practical and gets the job done.”
Chambers & Partners, 2016