Demystifying the Property Assessment Appeal Process Workshop

October 30, 2014

Victoria Chapters of the Real Estate Institute of BC and Appraisal Institute of Canada - BC invite you to a panel discussion with experts in the appeal process.

When:    Thursday, October 30, 2014

Time:     5:30 p.m. doors open - food/drinks  
              6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Panel Discussion

Where:  BC Assessment Head Office - 400 - 3450 Uptown Blvd., Victoria (above Future Shop at Uptown shopping Centre)

Note:    2 CPD Credits


Rick McMahon

Rick McMahon will be our moderator for this evening's discussions. 

Rick recently retired from BC Assessment after 33 years.  Rick was Deputy Assessor of the Capital Region Office with primary responsibility for most appeals in the region.  He has prepared countless appeals and appeared before the Property Assessment Review Panel, The Property Assessment Appeal Board and the BC Supreme Court.  Rick has retired from BCA but not from an active work life.  He has switched from property valuation to property renovation and construction.

Rick is a long time member of the AIC.  He has a passion for the outdoors including playing golf, badly!

Steve Feldman

Steve Feldman currently holds the position as the Administrator of the Province’s Property Assessment Review Panels which fall under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.  Mr. Feldman has been working for the Province since January of 1990 and has worked in the area of property assessment since 2003.  Prior to taking on the responsibility as PARP Administrator in 2008, he worked in the areas of Education, Treaty Negotiations, and Lands and Resources Policy. 
Mr. Feldman is proud of the achievements that have been made in integrating the use of technology during Panel hearings and for Panel member training and public education.  These include the development of the Web-based Calendar System (WCS) and the PARP Online Evidence Submission System (POESS); continued enhancements to the PARP Expense Claim System (ECS), Computer Based Training (CBT) and a variety of public education materials.

Gib Small

Gib has been a Member of the Property Assessment Review Panel (PARP) since 2007, with the last 3 years as Panel Chair.   Gib has been employed by Municipality of Esquimalt for 27 years, presently in the role of Assistant Fire Chief.  Post Secondary education includes Fire Officer Certificate from Justice Institute of BC.  Volunteer as member of transportation committee in the City of Colwood.

Matthew Andrews, RI

Matthew Andrews is currently a Real Estate Appraiser with BC Assessment.  Matthew specializes in the research and resolution of both commercial and residential property appeals which sit before the Property Assessment Appeal Board (PAAB).  Prior to joining BC Assessment in 2010, Matthew worked in sales and marketing with a global enterprise software provider, and co-founded a small tech-venture specializing in streamlined communication solutions for post-secondary institutions.   Matthew has also supported Victoria’s brain injury community as a care worker with the Cridge Centre.  

John Sheldrake

John Sheldrake is a practicing fee appraiser associated with Coast Appraisals in Victoria. He started his 45 year appraisal career with CMHC and after 5 years was hired by West Coast Savings for a 25 year career managing Coast Appraisals the appraisal arm of the Credit Union. Upon the sale of Coast Appraisals and for the past 10 years John has practiced as an independent fee appraiser in association with Coast Appraisal.

A strong supporter of the Appraisal Institute of Canada John has served on the Professional Practice Committee, Adjudicating Committee, Standards Committee and Insurance Committee.

As an owner /manager of several outside real estate interests John has represented both himself and fee clients in the assessment appeal process.

Ed Furlan, Senior Director, Western Canada, Altus Group

Ed is one of the most experienced and most active property tax agents practicing in British Columbia with a long track record of success at the various levels of Appeal Boards.  He has appeared as a witness and advocate for landmark Appeal Board cases and other related Provincial tribunals.

He has achieved property assessment reductions into the billions of dollars for clients and over his career has reduced thousands of property tax bills. His focus has been on major real estate projects including office buildings, shopping centres, big box retail, large warehousing and specialty property such as airports and purpose built facilities.

Ed is an active member of the Real Estate Institute of BC, the Appraisal Institute of Canada, Building Owners and Managers Association, and is on the Board of the Vancouver Downtown Business Association.