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AIC National Conference Program

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All times in the schedule below are shown in Atlantic Standard Time.

6:30am – 12:00pm Pre-Conference Activity: AIC Golf Tournament

Burdenell River Golf Course

Includes: shotgun start, green fees, lunch, shared golf cart, and transportation to/from the Delta Prince Edward.

$205 per person

3:00pm – 8:00pm Registration Opens
5:00pm – 6:00pm New Professionals Networking Reception

Join your fellow candidates for a brief reception prior to the official start of the Conference.

Please note this event is by invitation only.

6:00pm – 8:00pm Welcome Reception

Join us to kick off the conference! Pick up your registration package, make new connections and reconnect with colleagues. Appetizers and drinks will be available!

Dress code: Business Casual

7:00am – 8:00am Breakfast
7:00am – 4:00pm Registration Desk
8:00am – 9:30am Opening Ceremonies & Keynote: Bill Carr

Award Winning Humorist, Writer and Communications Expert: Bill Carr

Bill Carr is known as an artist, an actor, humorist, writer, and speaker. For over 30 years, Bill has been helping groups from 12 to 1200 laugh at what’s trivial while helping them think deeply about what counts. Bill helps people see their world in new and exciting ways. His unique blend of humour and insight inspires laughter and consideration, offering his audience a fresh perspective on what they face everyday. At the root of all of Bill’s work is the use of humour to help people reflect on their own innate human nature and understand who they are in a greater social context.

9:30am – 10:30am Plenary: Commercial Market Overview Panel

A moderated panel discussion to explore industry trends and discuss the challenges – and opportunities – facing the appraisal profession today.

Moderator: Joanne Slaney, P. App., AACI


  • Philip Smith, P. App., AACI and Managing Director of Valuation and Advisory Services, Ontario for Colliers International.
  •  Jonas Locke, P. App., AACI; Vice President of Business Advisory Services, Canada for Altus Group
  • Adam Hannah, P. App., AACI;  Head of Valuation and Advisory Services at CBRE.
10:30am -11:00am Break
11:00am – 12:15pm EDUCATION SESSION: Indigenous Perspectives on Real Estate

Through an Indigenous lens, real estate is a system of dispossession. We are going to unpack that and flow toward the realities of today’s system.

Speaker: Aaron Mullin, P. App., CRA

EDUCATION SESSION: Scheme-related Impacts During 4 phases of Major Transit Projects: Lessons from the Eglinton Crosstown LRT

The presentation will demonstrate land value and market condition functions across four phases: Project Announcement, Expropriation, Construction, and Completion. It will emphasize the connection between these phases and market impacts, assessing their magnitude whether they’re material, minor, questionable, or negligible. Each phase’s market conditions will be analyzed, including metrics like participant profiles, inflation rates, land assembly, development densities, timing, and values. Using the Eglinton Crosstown Project as a case study, these changes will be compared to broader market trends to gauge specific scheme-related impacts. The Ontario Line Projects may undergo similar changes and impacts.

Speaker: Mark Penney, P. App., AACI

EDUCATION SESSION: Property Taxes: Diverse Perspectives on Opportunities to Bring Accredited Expertise into Real Estate Taxation

Professional Appraisers serve an important role within the real estate landscape in Canada, providing trusted, unbiased professional valuations to consumers. The Appraisal Institute of Canada (AIC) is the leading appraisal body that regulates, designates, and ensures consumers receive services from competent, certified, and regulated professionals.

In this presentation, we will outline how the experience of unbiased, knowledgeable appraisers presents an avenue for greater appraiser influence in the area of property tax appeals. Both perspectives from the public assessment and private consultant side will be provided in this presentation. The growth of property tax consultants has seen major growth nationally over the last decade. Additionally, with the implementation of new tax measures such as the Speculation and Vacancy Tax, and Empty Homes Tax, consultants are increasingly entering into these areas of real estate tax advisory.

However, the property tax consulting industry is largely unregulated in Canada. This lack of regulation in the property tax consulting industry raises concerns about potential conflicts of interest and the quality of advice provided to consumers. Without clear guidelines and oversight, it becomes difficult for consumers to determine whether they are receiving unbiased and expert opinions on property tax valuation.

In this presentation, we will bring perspectives from a current property tax assessor, a former assessor and manager with MPAC that is now licensed paralegal and consultant with a strong understanding of property tax case law and finally a private sector tax and appraisal consultant. These professionals bring a unique perspective as two of the panelists have worked on both sides of property tax, as well as within the property tax tribunal system as an advocate with the other as the appeal coordinator for the provincial assessing body.

The panel will look to provide insight on the following topics:

  • Overview of the current property tax appeal landscape in Canada.
  • Addressing the unregulated nature of the industry: What are the impacts of the growing cost of appeals on ratepayers, municipalities, the public and other stakeholders? Including administration, longer appeal hold-up times, increasing legal costs, qualifying impartial valuation experts etc.
  • How can the AIC potentially act in an advisory, knowledge-based manner that will advance the public good in the capacity of real estate taxation and valuation.
  • How can appraisers move principally from the role of expert witnesses to consultants, providing unbiased advisory services to address the complicated interplay of Fee Simple valuation, local legislation, and expertise on complicated matters of property valuation.
  • The value of appraisers to bring knowledge and insight to make property tax appeals understandable to the general public. Outlining the case for appraisers to be seen as the primary experts and potentially cut down on increased administrative delays and costs that are a result of a growing industry of advisors who are not required to present any accreditation when representing clients.
  • Differences in communication and approaches between appraisers, regular citizens, corporate owners, and unregulated tax agents.


  • Arunan Sivalingam, P. App., AACI
  • Dayna Griffin, Licenced Paralegal
12:15pm – 1:15pm Lunch
1:15pm – 2:30pm EDUCATION SESSION: You think the property is worth HOW much? Tips for dealing with difficult situations or where client expectations don’t match what the market data is indicating.

Discussion of strategies for working with clients (and potential clients) from the initial contact through the site visit and report writing phase. The session will include suggested communication tactics and items to include (or not include) in reports when working with divorce clients and for dealing with files where the client has a very high (or low) expected value that is quite different than the market evidence indicates. The session will include case studies and examples of how we handled these situations for positive outcomes.

Speakers: Jason Schellenberg, P. App., AACI and Alana Jennings Coutts, P. App., CRA.

EDUCATION SESSION: Interpreting the ESG Regulation in Valuation for Canada and around the world

Sustainability and evevironmental, socal and gvernance (ESG) is a growing field in which more and more companies are becomng involved. This session will provide information on the global ESG directives, give status of the Canadian market, and present the approaches of other valuation organizations in other markets.

Speakers: Allan Beatty, P. App., AACI, Fellow and Ayda Chamcham, P. App., AACI.


EDUCATION SESSION: Valuing Complex Going Concern Operations (Agricultural, Industrial and Other Special Purpose Assets)

The valuation of complex properties including agricultural and going concern assets.

The session will review agricultural, industrial and food processing special purpose property valuation including a review of specialty storage facilities such as grain, aggregate and oil.

Speaker: Scott McEwen, P. App., AACI


2:30pm – 3:00pm Break
3:00pm – 4:15pm EDUCATION SESSION: Appraising the Obscure – A Case Study

Many AIC members wish to diversify their practice yet have not been exposed to the types of files that will exploit their full potential. Take a deep dive and learn how to apply basic valuation theory to complex valuation problems. This seminar will use the Case Study technique and walk participants through the valuation of a Place of Worship (Sikh Temple) and Complex Commercial Lease Arbitration (Retail Market Rent Study). In addition, a Technical Review of a single-family residential report will illustrate the issues to be mindful of when the appraiser is called to appear before the Court. Residential and Commercial practitioners will walk away with an expanded understanding of advanced valuation theory as it applies to unique situations and better position themselves to compete in non-secured lending files.

Speaker: Demitry Omrin, P. App., AACI.

EDUCATION SESSION: Valuation of Park Lands

This presentation will provide a brief introduction of appraisal methodology of park lands interests, from both acquisition and disposition perspectives. It will also share methodology of valuation of partial interests of park lands, such as statutory right of way interest, lease and licence tenures. A case study of acquisition of a park land from real life experience will be shared.

Speakers: Melanie Shi, P. App., AACI.

EDUCATION SESSION: First Nation Property Taxation and Assessment (Conference Session)

For the last forty-five years, First Nations in Canada have been developing property tax jurisdiction on their lands, and since the early 1990’s it has witnessed remarkable growth: from five First Nations in two provinces, to now over 180 First Nations in every province except PEI. This growth has been coupled by increased commercial and residential development, especially in urban areas where there is often a shortage of developable land. Development and tax jurisdiction provides a significant economic and fiscal benefit for First Nation communities and adjacent jurisdictions.

The growth in First Nation property taxation is largely attributable to the work of First Nations leadership that are leading the way in expanding jurisdiction, the First Nations Tax Commission, which has provided leadership and regulatory support, and the involvement of key regional assessment service providers such as BC Assessment.

This presentation is designed to provide information to real estate professionals who are interested in real estate development occurring on First Nation Land and those specialize in many valuation sectors on the regulatory frameworks that support First Nation taxation. Special focus will be provided on the BC experience which has over 100 taxing First Nations, and recent expansion in Ontario.

Speakers: Bill Dawson, P. App., AACI and Jesse James​​​​, Regional Outreach Manager, First Nations Tax Commission.

4:30pm – 5:30pm Women Networking Event

This year, the AIC National Conference will once again feature a women-only, drop in networking event on Thursday June 6, 4:30-5:30pm! Stop by and connect with other women in the profession over complimentary wine and cheese.

Interested? Please email us at Protected Email to send your RSVP along along with any dietary restrictions.

6:00pm – 9:00pm Networking Night: Confederation Centre of the Arts

145 Richmond Street, Charlottetown

Join us in Charlottetown’s cultural and historical hot spot for a casual evening of networking and local flavours. Enjoy a moment with the Centre’s famed Heritage Players as they walk us through Canada’s diverse history or take a stroll through the Centre’s exclusive art gallery (open until 8:00pm).

Located in downtown Charlottetown, the Confederation Centre of the Arts explores the origins and evolution of Canada through a rich variety of arts and heritage programming. We inspire Canadians to consider our country’s past, present, and future through performing arts, visual arts, and interactive learning experiences.

This event is open to all full conference registrants, and registered guests. Additional tickets may be purchased in advance or onsite at registration.

7:00am – 8:30am Breakfast
7:00am – 4:00pm Registration Desk
8:30am – 9:45am Candidate Path Town Hall

Join us to discuss the Candidate path to designation. Take this opportunity to offer your insights and hear updates on the program.

(Open to Candidates only)

EDUCATION SESSION: So you’ve been served

Starting from the initial client engagement to and including what to do when you’ve been served with a Subpoena or a Court Claim; Brief review of professional liability Insurance Policy, Defences to claims and Hypothetical scenarios to illustrate the applicable principles.

Speaker: Antoine F. Hacault, Associate Member and Darcie Daines, HUB International.

EDUCATION SESSION: Valuing Carbon: Measuring – and appraising – carbon sequestration capacity in land

Carbon markets should, and will, affect land values based on the capacity of the land and soil to sequester carbon. However, traditional appraisal techniques require an update to accomodate the complex models which measure and predict carbon sequestration. This presentation provides an overview of current research by the Ecological Forestry Research Institute which is examining how best to integrate carbon modelling and measurement within land appraisal.

Speaker: James Stephens, P. App., AACI, MRICS, P.Ag.

CANCELLED – EDUCATION SESSION: Quantifying the Quality of Mass Appraisal

Unfortunately, due to uncontrollable circumstances, this session has been cancelled.

This presentation will engage the audiences in a discussion about why and how to measure the quality of Mass Appraisal quantitatively. Across Canada, jurisdictions rely on indicators such as the Median Assessment to Sales Ratio (Med ASR) and the Coefficient of Dispersion (COD) to assess the quality of property valuations. In some regions, additional metrics like the Price Related Differential (PRD) and the Price Related Bias (PRB) are employed to address equity concerns in assessments. In the Province of Alberta, a comprehensive approach is adopted, considering all of these indices to evaluate the quality of property assessments. Furthermore, the province has introduced a new web-based system that quantifies the quality of property assessments of each municipality and generates results in the form of percentages.

Speaker: Ning Zheng, P. App., AACI.

9:45am – 10:15am Break
10:15am – 11:30am EDUCATION SESSION: Mock Complaint Resolution Session — Dancing with Adjudicating

This session will provide an in-depth overview of the Professional Practice process demonstrated through a “mock” hearing based on a fictionalized by typical residential form report.


  • Allan Beatty, P. App., AACI
  • Daniel Doucet, P. App., AACI
  • Deana Halladay, P. App., CRA
  • Charles Johnstone, P. App., AACI
  • Andre Pouliot, P. App., AACI
EDUCATION SESSION: ICI Report Review & CUSPAP Compliance

This presentation is based on my experience in reviewing 100s of appraisal reports, my work on AIC’s Peer Review Committee and through working on litigation files as an expert witness. There are many common problems we see with narrative appraisal reports in terms of consistency, CUSPAP compliance and clearly conveying the data and analysis to support our value conclusions. The seminar will highlight many common issues found in appraisal reports (including CUSPAP Compliance) and identify best practices to help improve your work product. Ultimately, the intent of this presentation is to provide practical tips to AIC members which can lead to more clearly written, consistent and credible appraisal reports, which in turn can help limit liability through better report writing.

Speaker: Jim Rokeby, P. App., AACI.

EDUCATION SESSION: Highest and Best Use – Navigating Reasonable Probability

A portion of the presentation will address the legal aspects of HBU and the importance of establishing reasonable probability for each of the four tests. A focus may be within the national expropriation context on compensation claims where HBU is a primary area dispute. Another portion of the presentation will address the challenges of establishing reasonable probability in a changing prospective market and/or a retrospective market without hindsight bias.


  • Robert Robson, P. App., AACI
  • Jerald Greenidge, P. App., AACI
  • Ward Lansink, P. App., AACI
  • Frank Sperduti, LLB
EDUCATION SESSION: Rentals vs Sales vs Appraisals Trends


A Three-Way Showdown: Rentals vs Sales vs Appraisals Trends

Some relationships are simple, some are complicated. With the rise of rent appraisals in the last few years, you may wonder how the residential property rental and sales market relateto appraisal transactions. How does rent price affect sales numbers? Perhaps, how rent price affects property appraisal transactions? Join us to validate your assumptions on how trends in property rental, residential sales and appraisal transactions affect one another and what it means for your business planning considerations.



  • Hamidreza Etebarian, CEO, Offerland
  • Katelin Volpi, Director Appraisal Partners, Offerland
11:30am – 12:30pm Lunch and awards ceremony
12:30pm – 1:45pm EDUCATION SESSION: Strategic Diversification: Navigating Certification Terrain for the CRA Designation

An insightful presentation for appraisers seeking to expand and diversify their appraisal practice. In today’s rapidly evolving market, versatility is key to staying competitive and maximizing your earning potential. We will explore the avenues for candidate and designated appraisers to branch out and tap into new areas of opportunity, overcoming challenges and navigating regulatory considerations when diversifying your appraisal practice. From niche markets to specialized appraisal practices such as machinery & equipment, appraisal review, and non-fee opportunities. Don’t miss this opportunity to unlock new possibilities and take your appraisal career to the next level!

Moderator: Dan Brewer, P. App., AACI, Fellow


  • Arlene Blake, P. App., CRA
  • Ida Miceli-Constant, P. App., CRA
  • Troy Davidson, P. App., CRA
EDUCATION SESSION: Best Practices on Acquiring Land for Global Infrastructure Projects

The presentation will focus on best practices for right of way projects through out the world based on my experience servicing on the International Relations Committee as Chair and Vice Chair for the International Right of Way Association. Best practices will be focused on Australia, Great Britain, Mexico, Canada, US, Nigeria, and South Africa.

Topics will include the importance of using empathy and compassion when dealing with affected property owners and a discussion on how compensation is paid when securing the necessary property rights, Differences in the market value standard versus the value to the owner standard and challenges associated in recruiting experienced right of way, land access and infrastructure real estate agents will also be addressed.

Speaker: Gordon E. MacNair, P. App., AACI, SR/WA.

EDUCATION SESSION: Decoding the Unconventional Appraisals from the Client’s Perspective

In this insightful fireside chat, Michael Murphy, P. App., AACI, P.Ag., B.Sc.(Ag.), B.Sc.(For.), will handle conversational questions and prompts from Shayne Maynard, P. App., AACI, SR/WA, to delve into the subtleties of property appraisal from the client’s perspective. Shayne will draw on Mr. Murphy’s extensive experience as the client who has seen numerous examples of how different appraisers tackle the same problem. Re-frame your understanding from that of the appraiser to a large Government Ministry dealing with property acquisitions, disposal, and expropriations of atypical properties. In this session, we will decode the unconventional and learn how to approach challenging assignments with a new perspective. With over 15 years of professional experience in appraisal and agrology, specializing in valuation services for agricultural, unconventional institutional, and remote properties, Michael brings a wealth of knowledge and unique insights from both the client’s and appraiser’s perspectives.

Key Discussion Points enlivened with real world examples:

1. Narrative in Appraisal Reports: Emphasizing consistency and the importance of putting the narrative story back into full narrative appraisal reports. Highlight the importance of telling a cohesive story so that your opinions, data, and rationale are understandable and meaningful to your reader, client and decision-maker.

2. Highest and Best Use Analysis: The opinion of Highest and Best Use is often misunderstood and can’t be overlooked as part of the appraisal process. The critical role of this concept is to ensure report consistency and relevance. Providing real-world examples where the highest and best use analysis was pivotal in determining the credibility of the appraisal report.

3. Scope of Work and Client Dialogue: The benefits of understanding and addressing client needs through effective communication.

The session will also draw on Michael’s extensive experience in areas like Appraisal Review, Real Property Appraisal, Litigation Support, Market Analysis, and Specific Claims, providing a comprehensive view of the appraisal process and its impact on various stakeholders.

Speakers: Michael Murphy, P. App., AACI, P.Ag., B.Sc.(Ag.), B.Sc.(For.) and Shayne Maynard, P. App., AACI, SR/WA.

1:45pm – 2:30pm Break
2:30pm – 5:00pm AIC Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The 2024 Annual General Meeting of the Appraisal Institute of Canada (AIC) will be held at Delta Hotel Prince Edward on Friday, June 7, 2024, starting at 2:30PM Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT). AIC Members unable to attend the AGM in person can easily participate online.

Click here for more information and to register to attend online:

6:30pm – 11:59pm 2024 President’s Gala Dinner

Delta Prince Edward

Join us for a night of dinner and entertainment. Network with colleagues and enjoy an evening of live music.

Reception: 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Dinner: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Live performance: 9:00 pm – Late

This event is open to all full conference registrants, and registered guests. Additional tickets may be purchased in advance or onsite at registration.

7:00am – 8:30am Breakfast
7:00am – 2:00pm Registration Desk
8:30am – 9:45am EDUCATION SESSION: Developing judgment using qualitative and quantitative reasoning

What are the theories behind choices? We will be making lateral explorations into some decision-making theories.

Speaker: Aaron Mullin, P. App., CRA


Unfortunately, due to uncontrollable circumstances, this session has been cancelled.

Technical advances today can be somewhat daunting for our “senior” appraisers. No reason to feel left behind. The old adage that “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” does not hold true. With the current lack of sufficient new candidates to take over for the old dogs, many appraisers are still appraising well past the traditional retirement age. Here’s how to continue like a pro and have fun with your work.

Speaker: Fred J. McAvoy, P. App., CRA.

EDUCATION SESSION: Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles – all about them and their impact on real estate value

We have entered the new era of energy consumption in transportation sector, and along came the electrification of cars and of course, the chagrins stations. Not many thought of this when the houses or condos were built, even going back 3 years ago. Now, the owners have to adapt their real estate to accomodate the extra charge that is needed for the chargins stations.

What does it mean from the cost prospectives?

What does it mean from feasibility point of view?

Will adding the charging station would increase the market value of the property?

If so, how much?

What types of charging stations exist and what are the basic differences?

All these questions and more will be covered in this presentation.

Speaker: Natalia Kourant, P. App., AACI.

9:45am – 10:15am Break
10:15am – 11:30am EDUCATION SESSION: So you’ve been served – PART TWO!

Starting from the initial client engagement to and including what to do when you’ve been served with a Subpoena or a Court Claim; Brief review of professional liability Insurance Policy, Defences to claims and Hypothetical scenarios to illustrate the applicable principles. Join us for part two!

Speaker: Antoine F. Hacault, Associate Member.

EDUCATION SESSION: Trauma, Appraisers and Valuation

The recent pandemic, death of a loved one, divorce, residential schools, and abusive relationships – all can be a source a trauma.

With people being close to their tipping point, being “Trauma Aware” and managing the impacts of trauma can not only reduce complaints, but can raise the level of our professionalism.

Some common appraisal practices can reinforce trauma in the lives of the property contact.

This presentation will equip the appraiser with practical steps that can be applied to improve their daily interactions with others.

Speaker: Preston A. Hartwig, P. App., AACI, M.A., RFPP.

EDUCATION SESSION: Ecological Gifts Program – Appraisal Review, Tips and Tricks

The presentation will provide background on the Ecological Gifts Program with Environment and Climate Change Canada as well a explain the role of the Appraisal Review Panel. Appraisers will have a better understanding of the role of the appraisal review process and gain insight in the process that each proposed ecological gift must follow prior to obtaining the certificate from ECC Canada.

Speaker: Andréanne Lavallée, P. App., AACI, É.A.

11:30am – 1:00pm Closing lunch promoting 2025 Conference
4:30pm – 9:00pm Post-Conference Lobster Dinner

Fisherman’s Wharf Lobster Supper

Includes: Full lobster dinner, and transportation to/from the Delta Prince Edward.

$95 per person

With thanks to our registration sponsor, Offerland.