In 1974 Steve graduated from McMaster
University, Hamilton, Ontario with an Honours Degree
(B.A.) in Urban Studies. In 1976 he became the President
of a small real estate company responsible for acquisition,
development, coordination, servicing and eventually
sales of residential property and passed the real estate
salesman's licensing program in Ontario. He became a
licensed real estate broker in 1975 and became a certified
teaching instructor for the Ontario Real Estate Association.
In 1978 he was accepted as a provisional member at the
Canadian Institute of Planners. Over the next three
years the firm concentrated on construction of residential
properties, real estate management, sales and appraisal.
Steve obtained an accreditation with the Appraisal
Institute, in 1981 and was granted the designation,
Accredited Appraiser Canadian Institute (AACI). After
The Land Economists of Ontario reviewed his professional
standing in real estate, he was granted the right to
use the designation, Professional Land Economist (PLE).
In 1982 Steve sold his shares in the Ontario companies
and moved his family to Calgary. He purchased an interest
in a local real estate appraisal firm where he became
the President and secured the balance of corporate shares.
From there he started a second firm specializing in
Land Economics and Property Tax reviews.
1985 and 1986 found Steve serving on the Board of
Directors of the Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society
of Alberta and also acting as Chairman of the Calgary
Chapter of the Real Estate Institute of Canada (R.E.I.C.).
From there and in 1987 he served as a National Director
for the Real Estate Institute. The designation Fellow
of the Real Estate Institute (FRI) was granted in 1978;
followed in 1986 with a second designation, certified
in Land Use Planning (CLP).
In 1989 Steve became President of the amalgamated firms,
which had been conducting appraisal and property taxation
review independently, under the new banner of Rickard
Realty Advisors Inc. The firm gained diverse appraisal
experience e.g. town sites (Ocean Falls B.C.) and sixty-four
shopping centres across Canada (Great West Life portfolio).
Planning studies had been conducted on the impact of
neighbourhood down-zoning and available housing stock.
Property taxes were reviewed for individual and multi-property
holdings for pension funds, life insurance companies
and banks. Steve was retained in the field of Land Economics,
to make submissions at the Alberta Local Authorities
More recently Steve has been accepted as an expert
witness at the Court of Queen's Bench, and various assessment
tribunals. In dispute resolution he has performed as
sole arbitrator and advocate in construction disputes
and lease renewals. He has also lectured in the Alberta
Real Estate Association program as a Certified Teaching
Instructor. Steve became a Chartered Arbitrator in 1995
and contributes to the AAMS by marking students’
Steve is a published author. With research assistance,
he has written articles that appeared in Assessment
Journal – November-December 1999 and International
Association of Assessing Officers – March 2003.
Follow this link to read a professional references from the Calgary Real Estate Board and from Alan V. M. Beattie, Q.C., C.Arb..