Assessment Town Halls with MPAC
Assessment Town Halls with MPAC
While the 2016 Assessment Update was characterized by many changes in approach, further enhancements and reforms to Ontario’s assessment system are on the horizon with a view to ensure a more stable and accurate assessment base for all stakeholders. The purpose of this webinar series is to provide a forum for municipalities to learn about key factors affecting the assessment and property landscape in 2017 including: (1) Assessment Base Management Practices, (2) the new two-way Service Level Agreement between MPAC and municipalities and, (3) Assessment Appeals - Big Box Appeals Case Study, (4) Changes to the Appeal Process.

Who Should Attend:
Municipal representatives, including: CFO’s, Treasurers, and Assessment Review officers.

Forum 1 - Assessment Base Management Practices

Forum 2 - The new two-way Service Level Agreement between MPAC and Municipalities

Forum 3 - Assessment Appeals - Big Box Appeals Case Study

Forum 4 - Changes to the Appeal Process

About your Speakers:
Forum 1 - 3
Carla Y. Nell, Vice-President, Municipal & Stakeholder Relations, MPAC
Carla joined the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) in October 2015 as Vice-President of Municipal and Stakeholder Relations. With more than 25 years of working in the municipal sector, Carla brings a unique blend of experience in municipal finance, taxation and assessment matters. Throughout her career, she has also worked with and provided policy support to municipalities, school boards and provincial governments.

Carla is a regular contributor to various publications and periodicals serving practitioners in these industries and she has spoken at numerous conferences and workshops. She is also an Associate of the Institute of Municipal Assessors, has been awarded the Professional Land Economist designation and is closely aligned with numerous professional associations serving both the public and private sectors. Carla is also a paralegal licensed by the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Forum 4
Dirk VanderBent, Vice Chair, Assessment Review Board
Dirk ran his own private practice in family law for 10 years, which led to him becoming a Mediator and Arbitrator in the No-Fault Insurance Dispute Resolution Group and then a Senior Manager of the Office of the Chief Justice for the Ontario Court of Justice.  It is in this position that Dirk developed his skills in courts administration and change management.  He conducted several major change management projects related to resource scheduling and complement management for Justices of the Peace.   He was then appointed as Vice Chair of the Environmental Review Tribunal where he further expanded his adjudication and mediation experience.  When his term at this Tribunal ended, he was appointed as Vice Chair of the Assessment Review Board. Dirk holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, and a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School.  He also holds a Certificate in Advanced Mediation Skills from Ryerson, and a certificate in Advanced Arbitration Skills from the Arbitration and Mediation Institute of Ontario.

Tim Harrison, Director, Case Management, Legal, Policy and Compliance, MPAC
Tim is the Director of Case Management for MPAC’s Legal, Policy and Compliance Department.  He has 20 years of experience working for the Ministry of Finance and the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (formerly the Ontario Property Assessment Corporation until its divestment in 1998). Tim is an Associate Member of the Institute of Municipal Assessors, a Licensed Paralegal with the Law Society of Upper Canada and he holds an Executive Certificate in Conflict Management from the University of Windsor.
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