Board Members Background

Justin Allin
Justin Allin is the Regional Team Leader of the BC/Yukon Real Estate Appraisal Program with the Canada Revenue Agency. He has been a member of the Appraisal Institute of Canada since 2011 and now holds the Accredited Appraiser Canadian Institute (AACI) designation. Before joining the Canada Revenue Agency, he worked in the private fee sector for nine years. He specializes in commercial real estate appraisal working with a diverse array of property types throughout BC. He has experience analysing/appraising such properties as low to high density residential, commercial, and industrial development land, single-family and multi-unit residential dwellings, improved office, retail, and industrial properties, self-storage facilities, waterfront properties and associated riparian rights, environmentally sensitive lands, contaminated sites, agricultural land, institutional, cemetery, statutory right-of-way encumbered lands, mobile home parks, and First Nations lands. He was first appointed to the Property Assessment Appeal Board in 2022.

Allan Beatty
Allan Beatty is an Associate Appraiser with Kent-Macpherson Appraisals based in Kelowna, BC. Previously, he was Manager of the Real Estate Division of Suncorp Valuations. Active in the appraisal community, Allan has served on the Board of Directors of the Appraisal Institute of Canada (AIC), as both a Director and National President, and he was also a Trustee with The Appraisal Foundation. He currently serves as Chair of the National Appeals Committee and is an approved lecturer for the Professional Standards seminar.  Allan holds his Accredited Appraiser Canadian Institute (AACI) designation, and carries the rank of Fellow of the AIC.  He is re-appointed to the Property Assessment Appeal Board in January 2018.

John Bridal
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 awarded an Honorary AACI designation by the Appraisal Institute of Canada. John has been with the Property Assessment Appeal Board since February 2003.

Larry Dybvig
Larry Dybvig has held professional designations from the Canadian, US and UK Appraisal Institutes. He holds the rank of Fellow with the Royal Institute of Charter Surveyors and the Appraisal Institute of Canada. He has been in real estate appraisal since 1977 in Saskatchewan and since 1989 in BC, where he worked as a fee appraiser with an international valuation-consulting firm and since 1993 at Grover Elliott & Co. Ltd. where he was president from 2001 to 2018. His work is multifaceted, with an emphasis on appraisal, appraisal review and consulting in matters of dispute or litigation. Since 1996, Larry has worked as a consultant with UBC on the professional appraisal courses it delivers on behalf of the Appraisal Institute of Canada, and since 1992 has been the editor of the Canadian edition of The Appraisal of Real Estate, the standard text. Larry was on the Tangible Assets Board of the International Valuation Standards Council from 2016 to 2019. He was appointed to the Property Assessment Appeal Board in November 2012.

Dianne Flood
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.

Erin Frew (Acting Chair)
Erin Frew was appointed Vice Chair to the PAAB in 2016. She holds her Juris Doctor and her Bachelor of Science (Ecology) from the University of British Columbia. Previously she held positions as an arbitrator for the Residential Tenancy Branch, an associate lawyer in a national tax law firm, an intern assisting judges and legal officers at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and a review officer for WorkSafeBC. Erin has served as a director with the BC Council of Administrative Tribunals and currently sits on the Education Committee and Conference Committee. Erin received an award in 2020 from BCCAT in recognition of her service.

Steven Guthrie
Steven Guthrie has been with the Property Assessment Appeal Board since 2001. Prior to his appointment as a Board Member, Steven was the Board’s Registrar and Executive Director for 18 years.  In this role, he facilitated appeals with the goal to reach agreement without the need for adjudication.  Steven also led the development of innovative online services including Online Dispute Resolution.  Previously, he held senior positions in the public and private sectors concentrating on finance and administration.  This included corporate lending at a major bank, involving extensive financial analysis and asset evaluation.  Steven has an MBA from UBC and was appointed as a Board Member in July 2019.

Mandy Hansen
Mandy Hansen is presently the Principal of Insight Specialty Consulting, a project management and real estate strategy firm. Previously, she was a Senior Associate for Ernst & Young, a Senior Portfolio Analyst for BC Housing and an Appraiser for BC Assessment. Mandy carries her RI designation as a real estate professional from the Real Estate Institute of BC. She has a Master of Science (Public Administration and Development) from the University of Birmingham and a Bachelor of Business (Real Estate) and Diploma in Urban Land Economics from UBC. Mandy was appointed to the Property Assessment Appeal Board in December 2014.

James Howell (Vice Chair)
James Howell obtained his law degree from UBC. He worked for a public interest organization involved in the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry and National Energy Board hearings before he was admitted to the BC Bar in 1979. James practised law and appeared at all levels of court in BC as well as before a variety of administrative tribunals. He was a vice chair at the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal and an arbitrator at the Residential Tenancy Branch for the past 10 years. James was appointed to the Property Assessment Appeal Board in February 2017.

Kimberly Jakeman
Kim Jakeman is a partner with Harper Grey LLP.  She sits on the firm’s management committee and is Assistant Chair of the firm’s Health Law practice group. She graduated from the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law, in 1989, was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1990, and the Washington State Bar in 1994.  Kim has had a broadly based litigation practice over the last 30 years.  More recently she has focused on professional liability, general insurance and major property loss disputes.  She also maintains a busy administrative law practice where she provides legal advice to a broad spectrum of professionals on regulatory matters. In 2016 she became a mediator.  She is a rostered mediator with Mediate B.C. and has an active mediation practice.  

Zahra Jimale (Vice Chair)
Zahra H. Jimale is a Vice Chair at the Property Assessment Appeal Board. Previously Ms. Jimale was a Quality Manager and a Senior Policy and Legal Advisor for WorkSafeBC, Director of Law Reform for West Coast LEAF, and an Associate Faculty in the School of Humanitarian Studies at Royal Roads University. Active in her community, Ms. Jimale is the President of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers - BC Chapter, Member and the former Chair of the Access to Justice Committee CBABC and a Board Director for the International Institute for Child Rights and Development. Ms. Jimale holds a Master of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School, Bachelor of Laws from the University of Victoria, and a Restorative Justice Certificate from Simon Fraser University.

Howard Kushner
Howard Kushner is a practicing lawyer in Vancouver. He is a member of both the Law Society of British Columbia and the Law Society of Alberta. Howard has extensive experience in administrative law, having taught at the Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia and the Faculty of Law, University of Alberta and practiced in the area for over 15 years. Howard was the first Chief Legal Officer of the Law Society of British Columbia and the Deputy Executive Director – Regulation with the Law Society of Alberta. Prior to that, Howard was the Ombudsman for the Province of British Columbia. He was appointed to the Property Assessment Appeal Board in February 2014.

David Lee
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.

Howard Mak
Howard Mak is the Vice President of Investment Sales and Marketing at Gammon International Real Estate Corporation, where he oversees the valuation and sale of commercial investment properties, redevelopment sites and land assemblies. He is a licensed realtor with the Real Estate Council of British Columbia and a member of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver.  Howard holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Victoria and a Master of Business Administration from the Segal Graduate School of Business at Simon Fraser University.

Bruce Maitland
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 past 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.

Robert Metcalf
Bob Metcalf currently works in the Metro Vancouver area as an independent appraiser and consultant. He was previously a Senior Appraiser and Area Assessor at BC Assessment for over 30 years. Bob holds a diploma in Urban Land Economics from UBC. He is a professional member of the Real Institute of BC, and past member the Appraisal Institute of Canada, the International Association of Assessing Officers and the Canadian Property Tax Association. Bob is also an author of numerous publications in his field.

Edwina Nearhood
Edwina Nearhood is the Principal of Nearhood Appraisal Services and has been involved in the appraisal industry since 1989.  She holds the AACI, P.App designation with the Appraisal Institute of Canada, is an active Board Member of AIC-BC and holds the RI designation as a real estate professional from the Real Estate Institute of BC.  Edwina is an active community champion.  She is involved with numerous steering committees with Northern Health, a member of the UNBC-CDI-Fort St. John Advisory Committee and is a certified KYY teacher. 

Dale Pope
Dale Pope KC is an experienced Counsel having practised before Courts and Administrative Tribunals for over 45 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, as a board member of the Touchstone Theatre Society, and as a member of the Board of Odd Squad Productions an organization educating youth about the dangers of drug use. He is currently a member of the Cedar's Society Board.  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.

Audrey Suttorp (Vice Chair)
Audrey is an accredited appraiser (AACI) who has worked in the appraisal field since 1995.  She graduated from UBC with a Commerce degree, specializing in Urban Land Economics. She worked as a commercial real estate appraiser in Vancouver, covering a wide range of appraisal assignments throughout British Columbia.  For the past 25 years, Audrey has worked with the UBC Sauder School of Business Real Estate Division as a consultant and course educator for various Appraisal Institute of Canada courses.  Audrey was a member and chair of the Advisory Planning Commission in the City of New Westminster and, more recently, she worked with the Applied Experience examination committee with the Appraisal Institute of Canada.  She was appointed as a part-time member of the Property Assessment Appeal Board in 2006 and appointed as a Vice Chair in December 2019.     

Kenneth Wm. Thornicroft
Kenneth Wm. Thornicroft is Professor of Law and Employment Relations with the Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria. 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 2003.

Bruce Turner
Bruce Turner is President of Heuristic Consulting Associates, providing property assessment, policy and technical advisory services. Previously, he was a vice president with BC Assessment responsible for assessment policy, valuation & legislative services. Bruce works with UBC in developing senior level course materials for their Bachelor of Business in Real Estate program. He received his Master of Business Administration from Royal Roads University. He is a fully accredited member of the Appraisal Institute of Canada and serves as a director on the Comox Valley Economic Development Society. Bruce was appointed to the Property Assessment Appeal Board in December 2014.

Candace Watson
Candace Watson has a BA in History from SFU. She entered the real estate appraisal field in 1972 working initially for Macaulay, Nicolls, Maitland (now Colliers) and moved to Cumberland Realty Group as a senior appraiser in 1978 becoming the first female ICI appraiser in Vancouver. Candace set up her own company in 1983 appraising a wide range of ICI property types with a particular focus on the valuation of development land. In 2005, she incorporated a separate company specializing in the valuation of self storage. She took retired status with the Appraisal Institute of Canada in December 2015 and took retired status with the Real Estate Institute of B.C. in December 2017. Candace is a former governor of the Real Estate Institute of B.C. and a former member of the National Appeal Board of the Appraisal Institute of Canada. Candace was appointed to the Board in February 2016.