Overview of the 2014 Professional Development Symposium

The 58th Annual AAOM Professional Development Symposium was held May 1st and 2nd, 2014 at the Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites, in Winnipeg, Manitoba.


The theme of the Symposium was Navigating Valuation. The Speakers and Presenters at the 2014 Conference included:


Dianne Himbeault, Senior Market Analyst, CMHC – she provided a summary of the 2013 Manitoba Housing Market and Regional Outlook.  The presentation delivered up to date housing market information on Manitoba as well as an overview of smaller markets outside Winnipeg.


Larry Dybvig, President – Grover Elliott & Co. Ltd. Real Estate Appraisers and Counselors, Vancouver, B.C.  – Larry’s presentation focused on valuation work related to tribunals.  It also entailed expert witness services and related activity of appraisal review and working with counsel.


Denise Pambrum, Lawyer, City of Winnipeg along with Lori Lavoie, Lawyer and Vice Chair of the  Manitoba Municipal Board, Rose Gibbons, Secretary, Manitoba Municipal Board and Kevin Ternes, CAE, ND Certified General Appraiser, Minot, North Dakota Assessment Office demonstrated a mock tribunal hearing.  Denise cross examined a weak appraisal which was both informative and humorous.

[pullquote] The executive has received positive feedback from our speakers:


Catherine Kloepfer: “Thanks for inviting me – I like it best when the audience had questions. Knowledgable group :)”


Lori Lavoie: “It was Rose’s, the Board’s and my pleasure to participate.

We were very pleased with the attentiveness and interest of the attendees and the great questions posed by the assessors.”[/pullquote]


Catherine Kloepfer, Senior VP Corporate Services and CEO, Winnipeg Airports Authority brought Airports are Economic Engines to the conference.  Catherine focused on what has been accomplished so far at the Winnipeg Airport and where it is headed.


Kevin Ternes, CAE, ND Certified General Appraiser, Minot, North Dakota Assessment Office.  Kevin spoke of the oil boom in western North Dakota and the affect it has had on the property tax environment along with the impact of the Souris River Flood of 2011 impact within the Minot area.


John Spacek, V.P. Planning and Development CentrePort Canada Inc spoke of the planning and development of CentrePort Canada bringing a vision to reality. John highlighted CentrePort’s unique approach to “onestop” shop services to connect investors, land owners and real estate brokers, transportation, land development, and working with all levels of government.  He also focused on CentrePorts impact on land prices.


Wayne Johnson, owner and author “The Johnson Report” presented a review of the Industrial, Retail and Office market in Winnipeg and the data collection methods.


The Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites’ staff was very accommodating and the delegates enjoyed the two days. The end of conference prize for those in attendance, a $50 Keg Gift card went to Irene Toth. 


Thoughts or suggestions?  Email admin@aaom.mb.ca or contact  the executive.


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Snapshots from the Symposium

May 1-2 (Winnipeg Hilton Airport Suites)

Photography courtesy of Jaime Pagsuyuin

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