The President will speak on the topic of ‘CIArb and Its courses'. There will be an opportunity to ask questions after her presentation.
This online event will include a small panel presenting on the progress made by the Branch in developing a legislative framework and the opportunities that are available in the current environment.
Each panelist will speak for 5 mins each followed by about 20 minutes for Q&A.
Who can attend?
Arbitrators, Mediators, Students and anyone involved or with an interest in training courses and opportunities in ADR.
Cost(s): Attendance to this event is free of charge, but pre-registration is required.
Ann Ryan Robertson, Chartered Arbitrator, FCIArb, is the global President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrator. An International Partner in Locke Lord LLP’s Houston office, Ann acts as arbitrator and counsel in a wide variety of complex business disputes. She holds a J.D., as well as an LL.M in International Economic Law. Ann has been named to Global Arbitration Review’s “Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration” since 2015 and to “The Best Lawyers in America, International Arbitration/Governmental” since 2014. She is a member of a number of arbitral institution panels, including the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), the Asia International Arbitration Centre (AIAC), the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB), the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR), the British Virgin Islands International Arbitration Centre (BVI-IAC), the Maldives International Arbitration Centre (MIAC) and the Court of Arbitration for Art (CAfA). She is an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center and a frequent author and speaker on arbitration issues. A recipient of many awards and honors, most recently, the United States Department of Trade selected Ann as one of ten arbitrators appointed by the United States to serve as a dispute settlement panelist pursuant to Chapter 31 of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Long a supporter of diversity in arbitration, Ann is also a founding member of Arbitral Women.
Ms Rengin Johnson is an FCIArb, Member of CIArb Bahamas Branch since 2012, the former 1st Vice-Chair and the current Chair. She is also a member of ADR Bahamas. Her occupation includes Barrister-Counsel and Attorney-at-Law, Former Deputy Chief Magistrate and Circuit Justice. Rengin was admitted to the Honorable Society of Lincoln’s Inn in 1981 and called to the degree of an Utter Barrister in 1983. In 1992 she was admitted to the Bahamas Bar. In 2017 Ms Johnson represented the Judicial Department of the Bahamas in San Salvador. She attended the International Law Enforcement Academic (ILEA) Public Ethics Course. She is a Life Member of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) and represented the Bahamas in 2017 as Country Vice President. Ms Johnson is accredited to the Bahamas delegation to attend UN in Commission on Women CSW in 2017-2018. In 2017-2019 Director and Chairman, Ethics & Legislative Committee of Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce. Ms Johnson is a Rotarian since 1996, former and present President of the Rotary Club of Freeport and the Rotary Club of Grand Bahama, respectively. Former Assistant District Governor of Rotary District 6990. Since the late 90s provided Legal aid through her radio show titled “Scales of Justice”. She is a Senior Attorney at the law firm of Ayse Rengin Dengizer Johnson & Co.
Cherise Cox-Nottage is presently the Head of the Legal, Compliance & Operational Risk Departments for UBS Trustees (Bahamas) Ltd., which is a role that entails similar responsibilities for the other UBS Regional Group Trust Company, namely, UBS Trustees (Cayman) Ltd.
Cherise is a graduate of the University of Kent at Canterbury, (UKC), Canterbury, Kent, England and The London School of Economics Political Science (LSE), London University qualifying with an LLB and LLM (Master of Laws) degrees respectively.
Cherise is a Member of the Bars of England and Wales and The Bahamas, a TEP (Trust and Estate Practitioner) with the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP); Certified CAMS, with the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists; She holds an International Diploma in Compliance (with distinction),Int. Dip (Comp), and an International Diploma in Anti-money laundering (with distinction) Int.Dip (AML) from the ICA (International Compliance Association) in the U.K. and the University of Manchester U.K.
In 2013 Cherise obtained the certification of CAMS-Audit Specialist and was elevated to the level of Fellow of the ICA. In 2016 Cherise completed a certification programme on Utilities Regulatory Oversight with PURC (Public Utility Research Center - Warrington College of Business) and in 2018 she was also P3 Level One Certified.
On 2 occasions, (2002 and 2012) Cherise was elected as President of BACO, (The Bahamas’ Association of Compliance Officers). Notably, under her leadership BACO spearheaded the formation of the CRCA (The Caribbean Regional Compliance Association), established the Northern Bahamas Compliance MLRO Annual conference.
Cherise is a Past Chair and a Fellow of CIArb, The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Bahamas Branch. She is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and a Director of the New Providence, Bahamas Chapter of FIDA, an international association of Women lawyers.
Rubie M. Nottage, LL.M., M.A. (Oxon), FCIArb.
Justice of the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas (Retired); Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of The Bahamas, Nassau, Bahamas.
Rubie Nottage is currently an Associate Tutor at the Eugene Dupuch Law School, Nassau, and holds the post of Associate Professor, Law Department, University of The Bahamas, where she lectures in Constitutional & Administrative Law, and Caribbean Environmental Law.
Mrs. Nottage has also served as a Justice of the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, and Chancellor of the Anglican Church in the Province of the West Indies (CPWI) and in the Diocese of Nassau, Turks & Caicos Islands.
She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK, and holds academic degrees from Queen’s University, Canada (B.A.); King’s College, London (LL.B.); University College, London (LL.M.); Queen Mary College, London (PGDip); University of Cardiff, Wales (LL.M.); and Oxford University, England (M.A.).
Justice Nottage seizes every opportunity to teach the principles of alternate dispute resolution. She sees the human resource development of the Bahamian people in community dispute resolution as a principal objective of any government. Her hope is that every Bahamian community will have persons trained in the basics of ADR. Her vision is of a Bahamas recognized world-wide for its talented and experienced pool of Arbitrators and Conciliators working both domestically and internationally.
Kelphene is a Barrister of Gray’s Inn and Counsel and Attorney of The Bahamas Bar since 1981.
She holds a Master of Laws Degree (LLM) in International Dispute Resolution from the University of London, a Bachelor of Laws degree LL.B (Hons.) also from the University of London. She also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Commercial and Corporate Law and a Post Graduate Certificate in Equity and Trust, both from the University of London. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London (FCIArb) and holds an ADR Certification Certificate in Mediation from the University of Windsor, Canada. She hails from an illustrious career In the Public Service which spans over thirty years, as Judge of The Industrial Tribunal (Retired), Registrar of the Court of Appeal, Registrar General, Sr. Counsel at the Office of The Attorney General and Ministry of Justice and Legal Advisor to The National Insurance Board. She is presently Sr. Partner in the Law Firm of Kelphene Cunningham & Company Chambers and is the Chief Executive Office of the The Alternative Dispute Resolution Centre. The Firm specializes in Mediation, Arbitration, Adjudication, and Negotiation. Mrs. Cunningham is a recognised leader in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution having spent the last twelve years of her career in the Public Service as a Judge of the Industrial Tribunal of The Bahamas. In this capacity, she had a 98% ninety-Eight percent success rate in Reconciling cases that were brought before the Tribunal. Her Law Chambers provides both Domestic and International services.
Caryl is a Barrister of more than 40 years' standing with experience in Litigation, Family, Corporate, Employment and Trust matters. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, she is proficient both as an Arbitrator and a Mediator.
Her professional memberships include: FIDA (International Federation of Women Lawyers); The Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP); Mediators Beyond Borders International; mediate.com; Mediator Academy; International Bar Association; Bahamas Bar Association, where she served as Secretary from 1992 – 1995, and as Chairperson of Ethics Committee, 2000 – 2017. She is currently Chairperson of the ADR Committee of the Bahamas Bar Association. She has been a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators since 2012, and in 2014 she obtained an advanced certificate in Trust and Estate Mediation from STEP.
Having been designated by The Bahamas Government to serve on the Panel of Arbitrators and of Conciliators, Caryl was re-designated so to serve for the next six (6) years. Additionally, Caryl was selected to participate in ICSID’s first Mediation Training in June 2017 at the World Bank in Washington D.C. Most recently, she undertook Train the Trainer Mediation Training with Ken Cloke in April 2018, and similar training offered by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators earlier this year.
Peter Maynard, Senior Partner of Peter D. Maynard, Counsel & Attorneys, is highly regarded in the fields of international commercial arbitration, litigation and asset tracing and recovery. He has practiced law as a litigator for 42 years and acted as an arbitrator and arbitration counsel for over 4 decades. His bio includes: Member of the Latin American and Caribbean Council of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), Fellow and Former Chair of the Bahamas Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), and sole, presiding and party-appointed arbitrator, counsel or adviser in domestic and international commercial arbitrations (ad hoc, LCIA,ICC and UNCITRAL) relating to, inter alia, banking, construction, financial services, hotels, labour, maritime, provident funds, resorts, tourism and trusts.
He was acting Bahamas Supreme Court Justice, well known for implementing efficient case management, dealing with cases without delay, and completely eliminating the pre-existing backlog of civil and commercial cases for Freeport and the Northern Region of the Supreme Court for which he was responsible. As a public service, he is currently Head of the Law Department of the University of The Bahamas, and course director of Arbitration. He was formerly a law lecturer at other institutions such as the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill) and the Eugene Dupuch Law School (Nassau). He was the Deputy Chairman of the Regional Judicial and Legal Services Commission of the Caribbean Court of Justice. He was also an economist at the United Nations, New York, and later a diplomat there before turning to practice in commercial arbitration and civil litigation. He was Legal Adviser, Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution Washington D.C., President of the Bahamas Bar Association and of the Organization of Commonwealth Caribbean Bar Associations.