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Gabriel Somjen, K.C., CPHR

Gabriel Somjen, K.C., CPHR

1200 Waterfront Centre, 200 Burrard St.
Vancouver BC  V7X 1T2
Tel: (604) 290-4606
Fax: (604) 622-5930
Email: gsomjen@shaw.ca
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Primary Jurisdiction

British Columbia

Arbitration Practice

In practice since 1979.


B.A. University of Toronto, 1969; Juris Doctor, 1974, University of Toronto.


Senior Counsel and former Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais, 2004-2017; Associate and Partner, McCarthy Tetrault, 1983-2004; Vice-Chair, British Columbia Labour Relations Board, 1980-83; Associate and Partner, Ladner Downs, 1975-80; Labour Relations Officer, Ontario Hydro, 1969-72.

Standard Fees for Cancellation

$400/hour spent on file; cancellation fee: $800 per day

Lists and Panels

Listed arbitrator for the Collective Agreement Arbitration Bureau for British Columbia and the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre; member, Civil Roster Mediate B.C.; past chair, Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society; past board member, Vancouver Youth Theatre; past board member, Vancouver Art Gallery; named arbitrator for University of Victoria and CUPE; named arbitrator for Thompson Rivers University and CUPE.

Related Adjudication Experience

Included in the 2011 editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada (Labour and Employment Law); Martindale-Hubbell BV Peer Review Rating; Vice-Chair, Labour Relations Board of British Columbia, 1980-83.


Arbitrators Association of British Columbia; Human Resources Management Association; past chair, ADR Vancouver, Subsection of the Canadian Bar Association.

Arbitration Awards on CanLII

For Arbitrator Somjen's awards on CanLII, click here. Note: CanLII, the Canadian Legal Information Institute, offers free access to the full text of recent awards by this arbitrator.

Related Publications

Articles and lectures on various labour relations topics.

Arbitrators are invited to send awards to decisions@lancasterhouse.com. In an effort to facilitate access to justice, Lancaster House forwards all awards it receives from arbitrators to CanLII.