The Ontario Chapter of the IAAO is pleased to announce this exciting learning event in 2017! IAAO 312: Commercial/Industrial Modeling Concepts December 4 to 8, 2017 at the MPAC Hamilton Hub $420 per chapter member | $475 non-chapter member fee The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) sponsor the offerings listed above. For more details, contact Kristy Robbins 289/315-1166 or email@example.com. Registration due: September 30, 2017.
During the conference in June of 2017, I had the opportunity to meet and talk with Dave Zabloski, a manager of Valuation and Customer Relations for the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) for the Thunder Bay, Kenora and Rainy River District. He informed me of the District 9 Institute of Municipal Assessors (IMA) Fall meeting and asked me if I or any of our association members would like to attend this event. The meeting will be held at the Clarion Inn Lakeside, in Kenora, Ontario, on September 14th, 2017. This meeting will include the following presentations: B2b2B Boom to Bust
The Municipal District of Taber, Alberta is recruiting for a full-time Assessor position.
Congratulations, New Designees The following AAOM members received the Accredited Assessor Manitoba (AAM) designation on June 27, 2017: Nancy Flockton - City of Winnipeg Assessment & Taxation, AAM #237 Jamie Nield - Provincial Assessment Services Morden, AAM #238 Dwayne Titchkosky - Provincial Assessment Services Morden, AAM #239 Welcome, New Members Tim Austin -City of Winnipeg Assessment & Taxation Eileen Lewis- Provincial Assessment Services - Steinbach New Committee and Boards The following Committees and Boards were appointed at the June 27, 2017 Executive Meeting: [table id=9 /] Past-President Passes the Gavel [caption id="attachment_8715" align="alignleft" width="266"] Michael Cortvriendt, AAM - now Past President of
Report on the IMA ConferenceJune 2017 Submitted by Mirek Frolek, AAMOn June 18-20 2017, I had the opportunity to attend the 61st Annual Conference of the Institute of Municipal Assessors in Ottawa. The Conference provided an excellent opportunity to gain insight into various assessment issues and provided a great opportunity to network and learn about our profession from other experts in the field. From these events, AAOM Conference organizers often find potential speakers.On Monday morning the conference opened with a presentation by retired Globe and Mail journalist, Jeffery Simpson. Mr. Simpson has been a national columnist for the past thirty
2016 IAAO Conference Review Tampa Bay Submitted by Mirek Frolek, AAMThe 82nd Annual Association of Assessing Officers was held at the Tampa Bay Convention Centre starting on Sunday, August 28th to Wednesday, August 31, 2016. The theme of the conference was Charting New Waters and Building Bridges to Assessment Excellence. The conference had over 1200 delegates and Mike Taylor and I were given the opportunity to attend this event as representatives of the AAOM.There were a couple of sessions that I found most enjoyable. The first one titled “Who is Afraid of the Big Bad Cost Approach?” The presenter was William D. Shepherd from Hillsborough County, Florida. His presentation focused on
2017 AnnualAAOM Conference Report Submitted by Marc Connelly, Conference Committee ChairOn Wednesday, May 10th Registration opened at 7:00 am and a full breakfast buffet was available to all delegates. The Opening Ceremonies began at 8:30 a.m. with Michael Cortvriendt, AAOM President, acting as MC.The AAOM was pleased to welcome Sister Association representatives Chandra Reilly– SAAA, Stephen Bannerman – AAA, Mario Vittiglio – IMA, And Tim Boncoskey – IAAO. The representatives brought greetings on behalf of their Associations - all except for Chandra Reilly whose flight into Winnipeg was delayed so Michael Cortvriendt presented greetings from SAAA on her behalf.Lloyd Funk, Provincial
The 2017 Architecture + Design Film Festival (a+dff) is now underway in Winnipeg, running from May 3 to 7. In its sixth year, the Winnipeg festival is the only festival in Canada devoted solely to architecture and design. The five-day festival presents critically acclaimed films covering a range of design-oriented topics, focusing on the importance of architecture and urban design in everyday life. A few of the films: THE ARCHITECT Saturday May 6 at 8:30 pm Cinematheque (100 Arthur Street, Winnipeg) Directed by Jonathan Parker 2016, USA, 95 min Jonathan Parker’s comedy stars indie starlet Parker Posey and the ever-charming Eric McCormack as Drew
The site of the 2017 Conference is an example of modernist architectural design. The Viscount Gort Hotel is located at 1670 Portage Avenue between Kintyre Street and Century Street in Winnipeg.. According to Winnipeg Architectural Foundation, the hotel was constructed in 1960, by Winnipeg architect Roy M. Lev (1930 to 2010). When approaching from the south or the west, the building has a distinctive cubist silhouette. Lev's original scheme featured a modernist design of modular box-like forms staggered across its triangular site. Clad in brick, the building featured an exposed concrete structural grid and extensive glazing. The project was named for the Irish-English Seventh
The snow has melted. And in Winnipeg, the month of May is book-ended by two popular events: Jane’s Walk and Doors Open Winnipeg. [caption id="attachment_7978" align="alignnone" width="584"] some Jane's Walks really draw a crowd[/caption] For 2017 Jane’s Walk runs May 5 to 7th. This year their walks include a trip to West Kildonan for” The Ghosts of Seven Oaks”. Or to Whittier Park in St Boniface for “The Wild Edibles of Whittier”. Or to East Kildonan for “Who’s Who in Elmwood Cemetary”. Jane’s Walks are free, locally organized walking tours where people can come together to explore and talk about
It was before the crack of dawn on Tuesday, September 27th that Shirley Bomak and I headed down the highway to the big City of Regina for the Saskatchewan Assessment Appraisers Association 14th Annual Workshop and AGM. Arriving just in time for lunch, we were greeted by the kind SAAA executive. The first afternoon session speakers were two detectives with the Regina Police Service. They educated the delegates on gang members and what to look out for on the streets and when inspecting. The afternoon presenters were Home Inspectors, who educated us as to what they look for
The City of Medicine Hat has posted the position of Assessor III (Senior Assessor). This posting remains open until Wednesday December 7, 2016 at 4:30 pm.
Congratulations to the latest AAM Designates: Michael Boyle (AAM #232) – Provincial Assessment Services – Accredited June 23, 2016 Ariel Jentsch (AAM #233) – City of Winnipeg Assessment & Taxation Dept. – Accredited Sept. 14, 2016 New Member: Welcome to Clayton Diachun who joined the AAOM in October 2016. (City of Winnipeg Assessment & Taxation Department). Clayton’s dad (Dan) is currently working for Provincial Assessment Services and was on the Executive of the Association in various capacities for many years. Farewell to: Kevin Brite, A.A.M. a Director on the AAOM Executive has left the employ of the City of Winnipeg
Red River College is again offering opportunities for anyone interested in getting into our valuation profession. Being offered are BUSI 121 & BUSI 330 (slight name change at RRC) which are the courses needed to start the Certificate in Real Property Assessment; the Diploma in Urban Land Economics or the two courses needed in combination with a post-secondary Diploma or Degree for the Field Assistant position with the City of Winnipeg. Course BUSA-1330 will be offered in September on Tuesday evenings from 6-10 at RRC downtown campus. This will provide “students” the opportunity to attend a once a week class
AAOM Annual Golf Event--CANCELLED Welcome, New Member Angel Melnychenko - from the Dauphin Assessment Office.
The 60th Annual AAOM Professional Development Conference was held May 4th and 5th, 2016 at the Best Western Plus Winnipeg Airport Hotel (Greenwood Conference Centre) on Wellington Avenue. The theme of the 2016 Conference was The Changing Landscape of Assessment 1956-2016. Seventy-five delegates registered for the two days. Day One--Opening Ceremonies On Wednesday, May 4th, Registration began at 8:00 a.m. and included a continental breakfast to welcome the delegates. The Opening Ceremonies followed at 8:30 a.m. with AAOM President Michael Cortvriendt as the master of ceremonies. Sister Association Representatives John Lindsay (Alberta Assessors’ Association - AAA), Chandra Reilly (Saskatchewan Assessment
A Reception to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the AAOM was held on Wednesday May 4th, 2016 from 4:30 to 7:00 at the Best Western Plus Winnipeg Airport Hotel, with the AAOM Conference (May 4 & 5). Presentation of Life Memberships Seventy plus former Members, current Members and/or Conference Delegates and several invited guests were in attendance. During the Reception AAOM President Michael Cortvriendt presented Life Membership Certificates to two former members of the Association who had retired from active service in the assessment field. [caption id="attachment_7407" align="aligncenter" width="317"] Michael Cortvriendt and Tammie Sainsbury[/caption] The first recipient was Tammie Sainsbury.
When yours truly was first hired by the Assessment Department in 1965 (called the Metro Corporation of Winnipeg back then), I was part of the clerical staff. There were no female assessors until 1977 when some of the ladies in the Department started to wonder why it was supposedly just a “man’s” job. After we protested, we were told if we took the required courses we could apply. We enrolled in blue print reading and a construction course at Red River, and the only other qualification back then was grade 12. Once we got the job, we joined the Association