Bob Groves

BGBrief Introduction:

Robert E. ("Bob") Groves is a lawyer in private practice in Kelowna, having been called to the bar in British Columbia in 1980. Since 2066, much of Bob's professional time has been spent delivering services as a mediator, chartered arbitrator, and tribunal adjudicator. In 2012, following several years in which he taught course as a term instructor, Bob became a professor on continuing appointment at Okanagan College in the Okanagan School of Business. 

Professional Credentials and Education:

  • Bachelor of Laws, University of British Columbia, 1979 (Juris Doctor 2008)
  • Master of Arts, University of British Columbia, 1976
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons.), Trent University, 1973
  • Member, Law Society of British Columbia, 1980 to present
  • Member, British Columbia Employment Standards Tribunal, 2004 to present
  • Member, British Columbia Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal, 2003-2006
  • Adjudicator and Referee under the Canada Labour Code, 2005 to 2013
  • Chartered Arbitrator, ADR Institute of Canada, Inc., 2005 to present
  • Member, British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute, 2001 to present
  • Member, Mediate BC (formerly BC Mediator Roster Society), 2003 to present
  • Member, BC Branch, Canadian Bar Association, 1978 to 2014
  • Chair, Alternate Dispute Resolution Sub-section (Okanagan), BC Branch, Canadian Bar Association, 2006-2008
  • Member, Kelowna Bar Association, 1999 to 2014 (President 2001-2002)
  • Member, British Columbia Human Resources Management Association, 2000 to present


Industry Experience:

Previously Bob acted as a partner, civil litigator, mediator, and arbitrator in law firms from 1983 to present. 


Past and Current Courses Taught:

  • BUAD 123 - Management Principles
  • BUAD 209 - Business Law
  • BUAD 248 - Occupational Health and Safety
  • BUAD 279 - Industrial Relations
  • BUAD 339 - Case in Business Ethics
  • BUAD 374 - Employment Law
  • BUAD 425 - Business and Canadian Government Policy


Bob has prepared multiple judgement and policy papers as a member of the British Columbia Employment Standards Tribunal. ​​

Research and Community Involvement:

  • Governor, Law Foundation of British Columbia, 2009 to 2014
  • Board Member, Kelowna Museums Society, 2003 to 2013
  • Director, Central Okanagan Land Trust, 2013 to present