Harveen has cemented her over 27 years of experience in private practice and regulatory environments with a thriving arbitration practice. She is a Chartered Arbitrator who has had conduct of a variety of subject matters, many of which have been complex, contentious or both. She has adjudicated cases, provincially, nationally and internationally.

Harveen is regarded by colleagues and peers as a person of high ethical standards and integrity. Her view is that transparency and accountability play an integral role in fostering strong moral values and honesty. She understands the importance of assessing issues in an impartial and respectful manner.

Harveen has worked in collaborative team settings where she has demonstrated her active listening skills. She is more than comfortable writing decisions. She prepares her written work in plain English with particular attention to accuracy and detail. Harveen is particularly proud of her ability to take an idea and explain it in understandable language. This is a skill that she tries to impart on articles students when she teaches the Professional Legal Training Course (PLTC) for the Law Society of British Columbia.

Harveen is more than comfortable with presenting. She has taught securities law to junior lawyers and legal assistants and she regularly teaches the PLTC, a mandatory ten week program that articled students must complete for admission to the Bar of British Columbia.

Harveen is available for arbitrations, including commercial matters between private parties. Her broad experience in arbitrations is listed below:

International Arbitrations

Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Tribunal

November 2017 to Present

  • The FEI is the international governing body for equestrian sport. The FEI’s General Assembly consists of 136 National Member Federations and governs the overall direction, development and management of the FEI’s six equestrian disciplines worldwide.
  • Harveen was elected by the FEI’s General Assembly for a third term to the FEI Tribunal. She is the first Canadian member of the FEI Tribunal. The FEI Tribunal adjudicate cases related to breaches of the FEI rules and regulations and have the authority to issue fines, disqualify horses or equestrians from competitions or events, and suspend equestrians for any period of time up to and including life suspensions.
  • Harveen was specifically selected as one of three ad hoc Arbitrators of the FEI Tribunal for Tokyo 2020, the 2021 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

Sport Resolutions (UK)

April 2021 to present

  • Harveen is an appointed member to the International Tribunal of Sport Resolutions, a UK-based independent dispute resolution service for sport operating globally.
  • Harveen was specifically selected as an ad hoc Arbitrator of the Federation Court for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Burmingham, England.

World Athletics

September 2023 to present

  • Harveen is an appointed member to the Disciplinary and Appeals Tribunal of World Athletics, the international governing body for the sport of athletics, including track and field, cross country running, road running, race walking, mountain running and ultra running.

National Arbitrations

Sports Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC)

May 2021 to present

  • Harveen is a roster arbitrator for the Ordinary and Doping Tribunals of the SDRCC, which offers dispute resolution solutions for participants in the Canadian sport system.

 

Provincial Arbitrations

British Columbia Farm Industry Review Board (BCFRIB)

November 2019 to August 2023

  • Harveen was appointed by Order in Council, a directive issued by the Lieutenant Governor on the advice of the Province’s Cabinet, as a member of the BCFIRB for two terms.
  • Harveen adjudicated a variety of matters, including:
    • Appeals of orders and decisions rendered by BC’s regulated agricultural and commodity boards and commissions;
    • Appeals of animals seized under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (BC) to determine custody and costs; and
    • Complaints of farm practices arising from disturbances of odour, noise, dust and other nuisances arising from agriculture operations.
  • Harveen served as a panel member of the supervisory committee reviewing the pricing uncertainty in the hatching egg and chicken sectors.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of British Columbia

January 2022 to present

  • Harveen is appointed under section 177 of the Insurance (Vehicle) Regulation to decide on disputes over valuations of vehicles declared a total loss.