Barb Cornish

PHONE: 604 639 3174

Barb was called to the bar in 1990. As a litigator, she has appeared at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada and a wide variety of statutory and appellate tribunals.

For the last 15 years Barb has focused her practice on mediation and arbitration and has experience in a broad range of areas including:

  • Insurers and claimants in bodily injury, errors and omissions and property claims
  • Insurers, property owners, lessees, design professionals and others involved in construction, property and commercial leasing disputes
  • Employers, contractors, and employees involved in employment, WCB, OHS, privacy and discrimination disputes

Through her work, Barb has been honoured as a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators. From 2011 to 2016 she was named in both the Canadian and International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation and included in the Best Lawyers in Canada for Alternative Dispute Resolution. In 2014, she was named Lawyer of the Year (Alternative Dispute Resolution) by Lawyer Monthly.


  • Speech Sciences Licentiateship, University of Leeds, United Kingdom 1978
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology/Linguistics), University of Alberta 1985
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence, University of Victoria 1988
  • BC Court of Appeal – Law Clerk to the Honourable Carrothers & Hinkson J.J.A. 1988-1989
  • Called to the Bar of British Columbia 1990






ADR-Related Affiliations, Activities & Recognition

  • Judical Justice of the Peace for the Provincial Court of British Columbia
  • Chartered Arbitrator, Alternate Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada
  • Member, British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute
  • Appointee, Panel of Arbitrators, American Dispute Resolution Center
  • Governor (2016-17), International Academy of Mediators
  • IMI Certified Mediator

  • Chartered Mediator, Alternate Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada
  • Registrant, BC Mediator Roster Society
  • Distinguished Fellow, International Academy of Mediators
  • Certified Mediator, International Mediation Institute


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