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BC Assessment Authority establishes award for Sauder real estate students

May 31, 2011

In a unique partnership, the BC Assessment Authority has for many years sent their employees to the Sauder School and its Real Estate Division for industry specific education that supports their employees’ career development.

To further this relationship, BC Assessment has recently made an investment in future business leaders with the creation of an annual award for real estate students and contribution towards the revitalized learning environment at the Sauder School.

“Robust partnerships with the business and real estate communities are vital to the School’s ability to create compelling opportunities for learning and engagement for our students,” said Tom Ross, Senior Associate Dean, Faculty and Research. “We are grateful for BC Assessment’s involvement and support of our real estate programs, and we are committed to providing them value as leaders in real estate valuation.”

Beginning this fall, one student in Sauder’s Diploma program in Urban Land Economics (DULE) will receive the annual BC Assessment Authority Award to help support their participation in the program. The award is the highest award currently available for DULE students. In addition, BC Assessment’s investment in the Sauder School’s learning environment will have a significant impact on the learning experience of the 30,000 students Sauder will educate over the next 30 years.

“As a Crown corporation, we are continually working to enhance our services and the quality of our assessments,” says Connie Fair, President and CEO of BC Assessment. “We are able to achieve this commitment through a long-standing successful partnership with the Sauder School of Business. Their education programs have equipped many of our employees with the skills, knowledge, and professional development that help make BC Assessment one of the world’s most highly regarded property assessment organizations.”

Its connection with the Sauder School dates back to 1974 when the BC Assessment Authority was created. A report prepared by Philip White and Stanley Hamilton – two academic leaders at Sauder (then the UBC Faculty of Commerce) – was seen as instrument in leading the charge for a unified, uniform, independent, consistent and reliable property assessment system.