Board member backgrounds
Allan Beatty is an Affiliate Appraiser with Kent-Macpherson Appraisals based in Kelowna,
BC. Previously, he was Manager of the Real Estate Division of Suncorp Valuations. Active
in his community, Allan has served on the Board of Directors of the Appraisal Institute
of Canada, as both a member and President, and he was also a Trustee with The Appraisal
Foundation. Alan holds his Accredited Appraiser Canadian Institute designation, and he
studied at the University of Saskatchewan. He was appointed to the Property Assessment
Appeal Board in January 2010.
Patricia Begg is a member of the BC Arbitration and Mediation Institute and the
Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada. She is a Chartered Arbitrator
and a member of the Real Estate Institute of Canada and the Real Estate Institute
of British Columbia. Patricia’s experience includes managing government and private
sector commercial and residential real estate holdings. She is currently employed
with the BC Housing Management Commission as Senior Development Project Manager
and was formerly employed with the Vancouver Police Department as Manager of Facilities
and was a Senior Property Negotiator for the City of Vancouver Real Estate Services.
Patricia is Past President for the Greater Vancouver Chapter of the Real Estate
Institute of Canada. She was appointed to the Property Assessment Appeal Board in
John Bridal is the Associate Director in the Real Estate Division, Sauder
School of Business at UBC. He is responsible for overseeing the development and
delivery of the Division’s distance education real estate courses. He is an Honours
graduate from UBC with a Bachelor of Commerce in Urban Land Economics. He also holds
a Master of Education from UBC. He is a member of the Real Estate Institute of BC
and has been with the Property Assessment Appeal Board since February 2003.
Valli Chettiar received her law degree from UBC, clerked for the Supreme Court of British Columbia, and was admitted to the BC Bar in 1993. Prior to establishing her sole practice in 2007, Valli held senior positions including partner of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and General Counsel to Phillips, Hager & North Investment Management Ltd. Her practice areas included corporate, commercial, securities, real property, estates and trusts, corporate governance and administrative law. Valli has experience in dispute resolution, and served on the BC Health Professions Review Board from 2008 to 2010. Valli has also served on many professional, business, community and governmental organizations. Valli was appointed to the Property Assessment Appeal Board in September 2011.
Larry Dybvig holds professional designations from the Canadian and US Appraisal Institutes and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. He has been in real estate appraisal since 1977 in Saskatchewan and BC. More recently, he worked as a fee appraiser, first with an international valuation-consulting firm and at Grover Elliott & Co. Ltd., where he is presently the President and principal. His work is multifaceted, with an emphasis on appraisal, appraisal review and consulting in matters of dispute or litigation. Larry has also worked as a consultant with UBC on the professional appraisal courses it delivers on behalf of the Appraisal Institute of Canada. Larry is a member of the BC Arbitration and Mediation Institute. He was appointed to the Property Assessment Appeal Board in November 2012.
Dianne Flood is a graduate of the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Law, and has extensive experience in property assessment having served as Vice Chair of Manitoba's Municipal Board and as Vice Chair and subsequently Chair of BC’s Property Assessment Appeal Board. Dianne's career also includes appointments as an Assistant Deputy Minister, Manitoba Intergovernmental Affairs, and as the Executive Director of BC's Administrative Justice Office. She has delivered a wide variety of administrative justice education and training programs within government, at the Universities of Victoria and Manitoba, and various other organizations. Dianne is now semi-retired and is a hearing delegate of the General Manager, BC Liquor Licensing Branch. She was reappointed to the Property Assessment Appeal Board in November 2012.
Jeffrey Hand is a practicing lawyer and Managing Partner at Singleton Urquhart, Legal
Counsel. He has appeared at all levels of Court in BC and has a broad range of experience
in resolving commercial disputes, with particular emphasis on construction and professional
liability. Jeff is a member of the BC Arbitration and Mediation Institute and a Chartered
Arbitrator of the ADR Institute of Canada. He is also a member of the CDRS, International
Panel of Construction ADR Specialists, an organization that provides mediation and
arbitration services to the construction industry. Jeff is on the mediation roster for
WorkSafe BC disputes and is an Adjunct Professor at UBC’s Faculty of Law. He was
appointed to the Property Assessment Appeal Board in January 2010.
Chris Hope is a practicing lawyer in Vancouver. He is originally from the Kispiox
Valley in northern B.C. He attended the University of Victoria and was called to
the Bar of British Columbia in 1999. He worked as a lawyer for several years in
Squamish and Whistler before moving to Vancouver in 2003, where his practice currently
focuses on litigation and insurance matters. Chris regularly appears as counsel
at all levels of court in British Columbia. He was appointed to the Property Assessment
Appeal Board in 2008.
Bob Kasting has over 30 years experience as legal counsel. His current practice
encompasses civil and estate litigation, administrative law and related public law.
He has represented private and public clients before the superior courts and administrative
tribunals and in private arbitrations and mediations. He has also appeared in the
Federal Courts and the Supreme Court of Canada. Bob practices law in Vancouver,
BC, where he is associate counsel to Stewart Aulinger & Company. He is also associate
counsel to Ahlstrom, Wright, Oliver & Cooper LLP in Yellowknife, NWT. Bob was appointed
to the Property Assessment Appeal Board in 2008.
David Lee is a retired Deputy Assessor for the City of Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Squamish, Whistler, various Indian Bands, and other jurisdictions for BC Assessment. Previously, he was the Deputy Assessor for Coquitlam, Port Moody, and Port Coquitlam. Dave has taught courses over the years on the topics of advocacy, expert witness, golf course valuation, and office building valuation. Mr. Lee is a retired accredited Professional Appraiser. He was appointed to the Property Assessment Appeal Board in June 2010.
Bruce Maitland has worked in real estate consulting, appraisals, sales and development
in both the public and private sectors since his 1971 graduation from UBC with a
Bachelor of Commerce and Business Administration majoring in Urban Land economics.
He is a member of the Professional Division, Real Estate Institute of B.C. He is
a past Vice President of the International Right of Way Association Chapter 10 and
a past member of the Association of Professional Economists of B.C. Bruce was Director
of Real Estate Services for the City of Vancouver responsible for land acquisition,
sales, leasing, development and economic analysis. He was appointed to the Property
Assessment Appeal Board in March 2006.
Brian McConnell has been in private appraisal practice since 1979. He has been published
in The Appraisal Institute Of Canada's national magazine on numerous occasions and
has lectured on the appraisal process. He has been called as an expert witness before
federal and provincial courts as well as other tribunals on many occasions. Mr.
McConnell holds his Bachelor Of Arts degree from the University Of Victoria (1973)
and the AACI designation (1979) from The Appraisal Institute Of Canada. He was
appointed to the Property Assessment Appeal Board in March 2008.
Garfield (Garry) Morgan is a retired businessman with extensive industrial experience in the set up and operation of heavy industrial facilities. He has been involved in Fraser Valley Commercial Real Estate, primarily in development, land assembly and business analysis. Garry has an MBA and Diploma of Technology in Resources and Environment Technology. He is completing the Post Graduate Certificate in Valuation at UBC leading to an AACI designation. Garry has served on the Property Assessment Review Panel and was appointed to the Property Assessment Appeal Board in June 2012.
Harvey Pearson is a retired senior appraiser formally with the BC Assessment. Active
in the community, he has been involved with the Alberni Valley Outdoors Club, the BC
Federation of Mountain Clubs, the Island Ramblers, Central Island Caving Club, and the
Port Alberni and Nanaimo snowmobiling clubs. He also operated a commercial fishing charter
business in Port Alberni for a number of years. Harvey holds a Bachelor of Science in
Geography from the University of Victoria and an Accredited Appraiser Canadian Institute
designation. He was appointed to the Property Assessment Appeal Board in November 2009.
Dale Pope QC is an experienced Counsel having practised before Courts and Administrative Tribunals for over 35 years. His expertise involves regulatory and administrative board proceedings, civil litigation and public affairs advice. Dale has been appointed Standing Agent of the Attorney General of Canada and has been the Presiding Officer to many Competition Act administrative proceedings. Active in the community, he served as Chair for the Vancouver Public Library Trust, as a member of the Molson Indy Vancouver Advisory Group and as a board member of the Touchstone Theatre Society. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Odd Squad Productions an organization educating youth about the dangers of drug use. Dale holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor. He was appointed to the Property Assessment Appeal Board in June 2010.
Don Risk has extensive experience as a senior corporate commercial lawyer and as
a member and chair of boards of directors of a number of business and not for profit
entities. Prior to his retirement from the active practice of law at the end of
2006, Mr. Risk concentrated his practice on matters of corporate governance, serving
on and advising boards of directors and management on best practices, as well as
on issues affecting day to day operations, major transactions and business initiatives,
locally, nationally and internationally. Mr. Risk continues to provide strategic
business advice to executives and boards of firms engaged in harvesting timber,
manufacturing, pulp, paper and lumber, and distribution and ocean shipping of forest
products. He also advises executives and boards of client firms in the property
and casualty and life insurance industries, and clients involved in other aspects
of the financial services sector and other industries. He was appointed to the
Property Assessment Appeal Board in March 2008.
Simmi Sandhu is a lawyer, called to the BC Bar in 1990. Her areas of practice included
administrative law, civil litigation, corporate/commercial law and real estate transactions.
In addition, she has extensive experience in quasi-judicial proceedings, having
acted as a chair of the Board of Referees for over six years. She also has training
and experience in conflict resolution and mediation. Simmi is on the Board of Directors
of the British Columbia Council of Administrative Tribunals. She was appointed as
a Vice Chair of the Property Assessment Appeal Board in 2001.
For 30 years, Brian Sharp owned and managed a real estate brokerage comprised of 180 real estate agents and 20 staff, with offices in Victoria, Westshore, Sidney, and Duncan, BC. During this time, he served on many committees for the Victoria Real Estate Board including mediation and arbitration of real estate disputes. Brian was the first recipient awarded the Victoria Real Estate Board Managing Broker of the Year in recognition of his role in mediating disputes between the real estate industry and the public. Since 2009, Brian has been the Vice Chairperson of the Parks and Recreation Commission for the Municipality of Oak Bay. He was appointed to the Property Assessment Appeal Board and the Surface Rights Board in November 2012.
Audrey Suttorp is a tutor in the Real Estate Division of the Sauder School of Business,
UBC. She was a Senior Appraiser at Burgess Cawley Sullivan and Associates until
July 2004. Audrey holds a Bachelor of Commerce with honours, specializing in Urban
Land Economics from UBC and is an Accredited Appraiser (A.A.C.I and R.I. (BC)).
She has also served on the Advisory Planning Commission for the City of New Westminster.
She was appointed to the Property Assessment Appeal Board in March 2006.
Kenneth Wm. Thornicroft
Kenneth Wm. Thornicroft is Professor of Law and Labour Relations and Academic Director
(MBA Programs) with the University of Victoria's Faculty of Business and is a member
of the teaching faculty at UBC's Sauder School of Business. He holds a law degree
from UBC and a doctorate in Labour and Human Resource Policy/Employment Law from
the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland,
Ohio. Ken's professional practice is restricted to arbitration and alternative dispute
resolution. He has been a member of the Property Assessment Appeal Board since February
Cheryl Vickers is a lawyer and formerly practiced in a variety of fields, including
administrative law. She was active in the development of the British Columbia Council
of Administrative Tribunals (BCCAT), and has served as member of that organization's
Board of Directors since its inception including as Secretary from 1996 to 1998
and as President from 2004-2006. Cheryl has assisted in curriculum development for
BCCAT courses offering training to appointees of quasi-judicial boards and tribunals
and is an instructor of the Administrative Justice for Decision Makers, Foundations
of Administrative Justice for Professional Regulatory Tribunals, and Staff Foundations
courses, and the Decision Writing and Hearing Skills workshops. She has delivered
workshops on Case Management and Alternate Dispute Resolution for Tribunals at Annual
Conferences of BCCAT and the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals. Appointed
in January 2003 as Chair, Cheryl served on the Property Assessment Appeal Board
as Vice-Chair since 1995 and as a part-time Board member from 1993 to 1995.