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.

“He’s an outstanding arbitrator. He has a lot of depth in terms of his analysis and understanding of commercial issues. He expresses himself clearly and authoritatively.”

Chambers Global, Canada, Band 1


Career Summary

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.