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									                        Vancouver Maritime Arbitrators Association
                        Suite 100 – 1111 West Hastings Street,
                        Vancouver, BC
                        Canada V6E 2J3

                        Ph: 604 681 2351 • Fax: 604 681 4364 • Web: Email:

Douglas G. Schmitt

Alexander Holburn Beaudin & Lang LLP
Suite 2700-700 West Georgia Street,
Vancouver, BC V7Y 1B8
Direct Line: 604 484 1754
Direct Fax: 604 484 9754

Doug Schmitt practices in all areas of maritime, admiralty and transportation law including
commercial and marine insurance disputes. He has extensive courtroom experience at trial and
appellate levels. Mr. Schmitt's preferred areas of practice include ship arrest, marine insurance
subrogation, marine insurance coverage disputes, recoveries for cargo damage or loss, motor
carrier and rail cargo claims, marine casualties (including collisions and personal injuries), marine
mortgages, and drafting of insurance policies, financing and other documents related to the
transportation industry. He has been on the executive of the Canadian Maritime Law Association,
and chairs its Arrest of Ships Committee (since 1998).

In 1999, Mr. Schmitt was a member of the Canadian delegation to the United Nations Diplomatic
Conference on Arrest of Ships in Geneva, Switzerland. He speaks frequently at maritime and
transportation law educational events. For example, in 2010 he presented a paper for the Green
Transportation Panel at the Canadian Transportation Lawyers Association Conference, in 2009
he presented a paper titled “Update on the Canadian Law and Practice of Ship Arrest” at the
Canadian Maritime Law Association seminar on Current Developments in Canadian Maritime
Law at McGill University, Montreal, and he spoke on the Rotterdam Rules at the annual
conference of the Canadian Transportation Lawyers Association; and, in 2003, he co-chaired the
Federal Court Practice Update Seminar of the Continuing Legal Education Society of B.C. He
currently chairs the Canadian Bar Association BC Maritime Law Section Committee on the
UNCITRAL Convention on Contracts for the International Carriage of Goods Wholly or Partly by
Sea (the Rotterdam Rules). In 2008 he was a speaker about the Rotterdam Rules at the
International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) conference. He was a leader of the Canadian
delegation on the Rotterdam Rules at the Committee Maritime International (CMI) conference in
Athens in 2008, and in Buenos Aires in 2010.

Mr. Schmitt has served on the Marine Insurance Association of B.C.’s (MIABC) Drafting
Committee for marine insurance wordings in wide use in the Western Canadian market and was
an Executive Member for the MIABC in 1991.

Mr. Schmitt is the author of "Trans Aspiration and Hudson Bay - Jurisdiction Clauses, and
Carriers" (Int'l. Journal of Shipping Law, 1999), "The Law of Ownership and Control of Meteorites"
(Meteoritics and Planetary Science 37 (Supp.), B5 - B11, 2002), and "The Truth about Global
Warming" The Advocate, page 789, November 2009.

Professional Affiliations:
   • Canadian Bar Association, Member; National Maritime Law Section, Past Chair;
   • BC Maritime Law Section, Past Chair
   • Canadian Maritime Law Association, Executive Committee, Member (1995-2007);
   •   Arrest of Ships Convention Committee, Chair; Comité Maritime International Conference
       Co-chair Program Committee
   •   Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia, Member
   •   British Columbia Trucking Association, Member of Insurance Committee
   •   Transportation Lawyers Association, Member

   •   Canadian Transportation Lawyers' Association, Member

Education:         LL.B. (University of British Columbia 1979 ); Admitted to the B.C. Bar (1980)

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