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For expert witnesses in property valuation disputes, the ability to draft a clear, competent and cohesive expert report is critical. This interactive and practical program will take your skills to the next level as you will hear from top lawyers, adjudicators and experts who will share knowledge and tips gained from extensive experience drafting, evaluating and reading expert reports.

Topics covered include:

  • Learn the critical sections of the Assessment Act, Municipal Act, 2001, the Statutory Powers and Procedures Act, and the basic law of assessment and procedural issues related to expert reports
  • Understand the expert’s duties to the court or tribunal, and the often complex relationship to parties and counsel
  • Understand the processes and procedures of the of the Assessment Review Board, particularly as they relate to expert reports
  • Learn the elements of an expert report that are most important to a judge or tribunal
  • Comprehend the USPAP/CUSPAP rules as they relate to expert report writing
  • Recognize and apply the distinction between opinion evidence and advocacy
  • Understand the importance of plain language when drafting clear and concise reports
  • Learn how to work effectively with counsel without sacrificing objectivity in the report writing process
  • Be able to identify and address assumptions, alternate possible assumptions, and limitations in relation to an expert report
  • Be able to effectively critique and draft an appraisal report
  • Obtain critical drafting skills and effective writing tips for creating valuation reports to be used as expert evidence


Program Director

  • Kenneth West, C.S., Walker West Longo LLP

Program Faculty

  • David Butt, Barrister
  • David Campbell, Rogers Partners LLP
  • Paul Muldoon, Associate Chair, Assessment Review Board
  • Paul Sanderson, President, International Property Tax Institute (IPTI)
  • Jack Walker, Q.C., Walker West Longo LLP

Advisory Board

  • Robert Butterworth, Q.C., Walker West Longo LLP
  • Jerry Grad, Chief Executive Officer, International Property Tax Institute (IPTI)
  • Jane Griesdorf, The Writing Consultants
  • Larry Hummel, Director, Assessment Services, International Property Tax Institute (IPTI)
  • The Hon. Justice Peter Lauwers, Ontario Court of Appeal



Fees include attendance, program materials, continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments for each of the 5 days of the program. The price does not include accommodations. Please inquire about group discounts and financial assistance. Payment plan details below. Dress is business casual.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the certificate program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the dates, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Substitutions, Cancellations and Refunds

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute, a full refund is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 21 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 21 days notice, a $150 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.


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Program Lawyer

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact:
Stéphane McRoberts

Program Details

Date & Time

August 15, 16 & 17, 2017
(3 days)


Osgoode Professional Development Centre,
1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor Toronto, ON

Fee per Delegate

$2,495 plus HST

Government Rate
$1,995 plus HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Property Valuators
  • Property Assessors
  • Valuation and Property Assessment Consultants
  • Property Tax Consultants

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“The speakers were all informative and very good.”
Jim McAdam

(May 2015)

“Superb course! It was very professional and academic. Great variety of topics that are related to each other. This course has expanded my thinking, both in my professional and personal writing.”
Melissa Vanderzande

(August 2014)

“Great speakers – extremely knowledgeable. Feel like they got the ‘cream of the crop’ presenters.”
Kathryn Cole
(February 2014)

“As with the Expert Witness Program [the Certificate in Expert Evidence in Property Valuation Disputes], all presenters are highly qualified and good educators.”
Frazer Pearson

(February 2014)