The Institute was incorporated under the Societies Act of British Columbia in March 1980. Its name was changed in March 1988 to British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute, and then formally adopted the name the ADR Institute of British Columbia (ADRBC) in September 2017.
Comprised of almost 300 arbitrators and mediators throughout the province, experienced in all professional fields, the Institute is a multifaceted organization that provides:
- A multi-level training program for ADR practitioners
- Accreditation for its members
- A referral and appointment service for users, arbitrators and mediators
- Information on ADR
- A Speakers Bureau
- In-house training programs
The Institute has a Branch on Vancouver Island and two Branches in the Interior. All members must abide by the Institute's ADRBC Code of Ethics .
The Institute is a Regional affiliate of the ADR Institute of Canada Inc. Check out the ADRIC web site at www.adrcanada.ca
NB: The Institute does not set rates for its members, except where the arbitrator or the mediator has been accepted for a specific program and has agreed to a set fee; SMPP (Strata Mediation Pilot Program), BBB (Better Business Bureau), SCC (Surrey Chamber of Commerce), ICBC (Insurance Corporation of BC) if appointed for that program.