Tina received her Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) from Simon Fraser University in 1996 and her law degree from the University of British Columbia Law School in 2000 and then clerked at the British Columbia Court of Appeal. She completed her articles at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP (Fasken) and was called to the bar of British Columbia in 2002.
Before joining VAC, Tina was a partner of Fasken, a Global Arbitration Review top 100 firm (GAR 100) in 2016 and 2017. Tina has more than 15 years of experience in the resolution of complex commercial disputes. From the beginning of her career, her focus has been on arbitration as a means of dispute resolution. As an associate, she acted as tribunal secretary on many high-value international arbitration cases. From 2003 to 2011, Tina taught international commercial disputes as an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law. She is regularly asked to speak on the topics of arbitration and alternate dispute resolution, and has authored several articles on the subjects. Since 2012, Tina has been a member of the Editorial Board of the Commercial Litigation and Arbitration Review.
Tina has advised Canadian and international clients on dispute resolution provisions for their commercial contracts and acted as counsel in numerous domestic (Canadian) and international arbitration proceedings. She represented clients in mining, energy, forestry, transportation (rail, aviation), telecommunications, manufacturing (automotive), real estate development, information technology, construction and infrastructure (ports, hydro facilities), among others. Tina has resolved numerous types of commercial disputes, including post-merger and acquisition claims, joint venture and shareholder disputes, breach of contract (including fraud allegations), construction contracts and investment disputes for claims of direct and indirect expropriation and breach of fair and equitable treatment standards.
She has advised on matters under various arbitration rules including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), American Arbitration Association (AAA), International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA), Swiss Rules, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre (BCICAC).
Tina has been ranked by clients and peers in Chambers Global and Chambers Canada for Arbitration. Tina was named the Best Lawyers® 2018 Vancouver International Arbitration “Lawyer of the Year” and selected by her peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers® in Canada for her work in International Arbitration. She has also been recognized by Who’s Who Legal – Arbitration, Who’s Who Legal Arbitration – Future Leaders and Who’s Who Legal Canada – Arbitration. In 2017, Tina was also named as a “Litigation Star” for Arbitration in British Columbia by Benchmark Canada. Since 2014, Tina has been consistently recognized by Lexpert®, including the Lexpert® Guides Leading US-Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers for International Commercial Arbitration.
Tina is fluent in English and has reading knowledge of French, Spanish and Italian.