D.A. Aberdeen & Associates Ltd. has been retained by the Provincial government and various Municipal governments on numerous occasions to provide project management and negotiation services to settle claims for compensation for losses relating to land, buildings, timber, gravel, minerals, flooding and contaminated ground water.
These services include:
developing cost estimates | refining design options to mitigate damages | developing and monitoring schedules and milestone dates and activities | forecasting expenditures | developing approval and quality control systems | reviewing and approving acquisitions | overseeing registration | surveys, demolitions and construction issues as well as preparing terms of reference for and coordinating reports to be prepared by other experts | preparing appraisal reports, reviewing reports and making recommendations regarding settlement proposals and strategies.
Our staff has completed assignments in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario.
Appraisal and Expert Witness Services
The company’s appraisal services are mainly focussed on assignments for litigation purposes or those involving complex valuation issues. Appraisal reports prepared by our firm are exclusively narrative type reports which meet the full requirements of the Canadian Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice as adopted by the Appraisal Institute of Canada. Appraisal reports have been prepared for a variety of functions including expropriations (full and partial takings, damages for development delay), professional liability insurance claims, easements, assessment appeals and a range of other litigation purposes.
These appraisal assignments have ranged from relatively straightforward expropriations for road widenings from vacant land to actions against appraisers and other professionals, to valuations of complex, phased development properties. We have also provided review appraisal services on a wide variety of matters to assist in settlement or the preparation for litigation. We have appeared as expert witnesses in property valuation on related matters before the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the Expropriation Compensation Board of British Columbia (ECB) and arbitration hearings.
Our experience has shown that preparation and presentation of thoroughly researched, accurate information is of utmost importance in order to achieve a successful result before an adjudicating body. The area of practice of our firm and staff has always been focused on complex valuation issues relative to litigation in some form. We have attended a number of trials, hearings and arbitrations and have prepared for a great many more that settled prior to the commencement of proceedings. We have never been rejected as an expert witness and no report prepared by our firm or staff has ever been refused as evidence.
Property Acquisition and Negotiation Services
D.A. Aberdeen & Associates Ltd. has been retained by the Provincial government, Crown corporations, various Municipal governments and private parties on numerous occasions to provide negotiation services to settle claims for compensation for losses relating to land, buildings, timber, gravel, minerals, flooding and contaminated ground water.
These services include preparing terms of reference for and coordinating reports to be prepared by other experts, preparing appraisal reports, reviewing reports and making recommendations regarding settlement proposals and strategies.
Our staff have well developed skills in the areas of research, analysis and drawing logical conclusions based on fact. These analysis and conclusions provide a solid base from which we are able to present well founded positions to representatives of all parties to a dispute.
Since 1994 we have been retained on over 2,500 separate negotiation or acquisition files.
The firm has undertaken negotiation projects of various sizes from single files to bulk assignments of up to approximately 1,300 files, requiring travel over a wide geographic area. Our assignments have involved compensation claims ranging in value from less than $5,000 to over $25,000,000. During the course of these assignments we have successfully negotiated settlements under the threat of litigation with private individuals, corporations, lawyers, property appraisers and other representatives.
Many of our assignments have involved complex valuation issues and sensitive public and political issues, including First Nations issues, and we are familiar with the risks and challenges these situations can present. In most instances we have also been required to work under strict time requirements due to impending hearing or trial dates or construction schedules.
D.A.ABERDEEN & ASSOCIATES LTD.
We are located in Victoria on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada