Administrative Assistant AA-SK-18-03

Administrative Assistant (2 Available Positions)

Headquartered in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Suncorp Valuations is a dynamic growth-oriented leader in the valuation industry, providing full service appraisal and valuation consulting services. Through offices in Canada and the U.S.A., we offer a range of valuation and costing services for land, buildings, machinery and equipment, and for intangible assets such as patents, copyrights and franchises.  Utilizing robust research methodologies, valuation consultants develop reports that provide an opinion of value for assessed property and other assets. Clients utilize reports for a variety of needs including regulatory compliance, financing, litigation support, mergers and acquisitions, purchase price allocation, insurance placement and claims settlement. Our risk management department assists clients by identifying and mitigating risks such as the potential for accidents, property damage and theft.  For further details please refer to our website at www.suncorpvaluations.com.

THE ROLE

Reporting to the Managing Director, this position is pivotal in sustaining business operations through internal and external client support activities in the Saskatoon office. The focus of the role is to support a group of appraisers, predominantly by completing file set ups and the compilation and delivery of client reports.

Additional responsibilities include general office administration, scanning, and providing support to other team members with the completion of appraisal reports. The role is fast paced, with a variety of responsibilities, and provides the opportunity to grow and expand within and beyond the role requirements.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE

Along with the required credentials, you are friendly and enjoy communicating on the phone. You excel at time management, are able to balance conflicting priorities, problem solving, manage a high workload, and be a strong team player. You are naturally focused on providing high levels of client service and ensure accuracy of your work through inquiry and well-honed proofreading skills. You are able to work independently and communicate openly with business partners to ensure work is completed to required standards and within given timelines. You are flexible and adapt easily to new procedures. You enjoy finding efficiencies within systems and learning new skills. You are detail focused and comfortable performing work that requires high levels of accuracy in a high volume environment.

THE REQUIREMENTS

  • A certificate or diploma from a recognized administrative program or equivalent.
  • Two to three years office administrative or related experience.
  • Extensive experience using Microsoft Office Suite; expertise with Word and Excel.
  • Exceptional written and oral English language skills.
  • Proficient, accurate and fast keyboarding skills (60 wpm minimum).
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new software applications.

  THE ROLE COMPETENCIES: 

  • Outgoing and friendly with pleasant and professional phone manners.
  • High attention to detail.
  • Active listening, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Genuine interest in providing high levels of internal and external customer service.
  • Outstanding organizational and time management skills.
  • Able to multi task with constant interruptions.
  • Can work competently with minimum supervision.
  • Proactive, with a desire to drive results and exceed goals.
  • Determined and hard working.
  • High personal and professional standards.
  • Team player able to support and collaborate with internal stakeholders.
  • Effective problem solving.

We pride ourselves in offering flexible work arrangements that allow our employees to balance work and life commitments.

THE APPLICATION PROCESS: 

  • Send your resume and cover letter to the email provided
  • In the Subject Line place the competition number, then your first and last name.
Email: HR@suncorpvaluations.com
Subject: AA-SK-18-03 Followed by your first & last name

Example: AA-SK-18-03 Fred Doe

Deadline: June 1, 2018

We thank all applicants for their interest in this position, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

 

Apply Now

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Inspection Tip: Fire Safety Plans

Learning Objective: Understanding the requirements of a Fire Safety Plan

In simple terms, a Fire Safety Plan involves the sounding of a fire alarm, the notification of the fire department and instructing occupants on how to exit the building safely. The requirements & recommended practices for the development and maintaining of Fire Safety Plans in buildings are found in the various National and Provincial Fire Codes. A building owner and/or agent is responsible to develop and implement the provisions of a Fire Safety Plan and should include specific information on the building and its contents.

Fire Safety Plans – Design

  1. A full risk assessment should be provided for each building to determine the potential risk exposures and/or emergency situations.
  2. The Fire Safety Plan for a building must itemize all fire protection equipment, emergency lights, shut-offs, evacuation routes, etc. in place at each facility.
  3. The building safety or management committee should be involved to assist with the design and implementation of an emergency fire safety response plan.
  4. The Fire Safety Plan should be designed based on the requirements of the local Fire Department and may require to be approved by them once complete.
  5. The Fire Safety Plan should be reviewed on a regular scheduled basis.
  6. Documented practices/drills should be completed as required by the Fire Code.
  7. A de-brief discussion should take place with all involved after a practice or drill to answer any questions or make any changes if required.

Fire Safety Plan – Performance Objectives

  1. The Fire Safety Plan should include documented/practiced procedures to follow in the event of a fire emergency.
  2. The Fire Safety Plan development & implementation should account for all local emergency services including fire, police, ambulance, municipal, utilities (gas, power & water), etc.
  3. Keep up-to-date on all Code, Standards and Regulation changes.
  4. Update changes to the Fire Safety Plan as required.

For additional information, contact: Doug Taylor, CRM, CCPI, Managing Director, Risk Management Group
doug.taylor@suncorpvaluations.com or 1-800-764-4454

About Suncorp Valuations

Suncorp Valuations is a leading provider of independent valuation, appraisal, and advisory services. Suncorp’s valuations and appraisals have been relied upon by leading insurance companies, public and private companies, property owners and managers, tax authorities, accounting bodies, courts, municipalities and financial institutions from all over the world.

Our valuation and appraisal staff consist of professionals that are highly accredited in the fields of engineering, real estate and equipment appraisal, business valuation, risk management and loss control. Our multi-disciplinary, multi-regional and multilingual staff take an interactive team approach and have been involved in some of the most complex valuation assignments across the globe.

For questions or comments, please Contact Us.

How can we help you?

Appraisal Services

  • Insurance Placement
  • Financial Reporting
  • Financing
  • Mergers/Acquisitions
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Corporate Planning
  • Litigation
  • Post Loss Damage Qualification

Advisory Services

  • Loss Control Surveys
  • Implementation and Administration of Property Record Systems
  • Reserve Fund Studies

Arbitration for Real Estate Disputes

The real estate business, by its nature, is complex and therefore ripe for misunderstanding and disagreement.  When there is a dispute, the parties have a choice.  They can go through the public courts which are expensive, time consuming, rigid, and offers no privacy.  Or they can engage the services of a qualified and skilled Real Estate Arbitrator.

Arbitration for Real Estate Disputes

POP QUIZ:  You are a busy business owner.  You are ten years into a 20 year lease for the building that your business operates out of.  The lease has a clause that the rental rate renews at “Market Rent” every five years.  It is renewal time.  Your landlords’ appraiser says that your rent is to go from $15,000/month, to $21,000/month plus all occupancy and common area costs, for the next five years.  But your appraiser says that Current Market Rent is actually $17,000/month plus utilities only.  What do you do?

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ARBITRATION?

Arbitration is a private dispute resolution service.  As compared to the public courts, arbitration has five significant advantages including speed, cost, privacy, flexibility, and expertise.

Faster:  Disputes going through the public court system can often take many years.  The courts are a public institution that typically has a backlog of cases with long wait times.  An arbitration on the other hand is much faster, often completed within a few months.  That is important, because time is money.

Cheaper:  Arbitrations are very cost effective as compared to the expense of a public trial which may often cost in the tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars.  The cost of a particular arbitration depends on the scope and complexity of the issues, however it is often a fraction of the cost of a court action.

Private:  The privacy advantage of an arbitration is often very attractive to many parties especially when the nature of the dispute is sensitive, or some evidence is confidential or proprietary.  The arbitrator is bound by confidentiality and ethics rules to not disclose any details of the dispute, or even that there is a dispute.

Flexible:  The public courts have rigid procedures including the rules of court and the rules of evidence.  The procedures for an arbitration however can be custom designed for the particular nature of each dispute.  For example, for some disputes a fast track “documents only” arbitration may be appropriate.

Expertise:  In the public court system judges are assigned at random.  However, with an arbitration the parties choose the decision maker.  Parties often engage a qualified arbitrator (Q.Arb or C.Arb) that also has additional specialized qualifications, such as an professional appraiser (AACI or CRA) to arbitrate real estate disputes.

ENFORCEABILITY

Arbitration awards are enforceable.  Provided that all procedures were correctly followed by the arbitrator an arbitration award is often legally enforceable by the courts, very much like a judgement.

POP QUIZ:  You are an investor and you have hired a general contractor to build an apartment building for you.  Your payments to the general contractor are due at certain stages of completion.  The contract says that “a payment of $175,000 is due once the project reaches 25% complete.”  The general contractor says they are at 26% and they want their money now.  You say no, it is at 15% because it isn’t correct to include the delivered but uninstalled material in the percent complete calculation.  Construction has stopped until this dispute is settled.  What do you do?

 

WHAT KIND OF REAL ESTATE DISPUTES CAN BE ARBITRATED?

A Real Estate Arbitrator can help with just about any type of real estate dispute, such as:

  • Lease disputes including interpretation of clauses, rental rate renewals and terms, common area expense allocations, etc.
  • Disputes regarding the interpretation and enforcement of condo/strata rules and regulations.
  • Disputes involving market value, market rent, or other types of value or cost estimates.
  • Issues relating to the allocation of value or cost, such as during creation or dissolution of partnership agreements or other types or shared equity arrangements.
  • Disputes relating to tangible or intangible real estate or property damages and claims.
  • Family disputes over the shared ownership of assets such as cottages, farmland, or revenue properties.

HOW DO I GET STARTED?

If all parties to the dispute are open to arbitration then the first step is to engage a qualified and skilled Real Estate Arbitrator.  A professional with the Q.Arb or C.Arb designation is trained and qualified in all aspects of arbitration services.

It is recommended that your Real Estate Arbitrator also has expertise in the real estate industry.   For example, a qualified real estate appraiser (AACI or CRA) has in-depth training and years of experience in all types of real property valuation issues, as well as expertise in a wide variety of real estate consulting and advisory services.  AACI’s and CRA’s are bound by very strict ethical standards which ensure objectivity and confidentiality.

Once you have engaged a qualified and skilled Real Estate Arbitrator the next step is for the parties and the arbitrator to develop an Arbitration Agreement which establishes the scope, jurisdiction, and procedures for the arbitration.

POP QUIZ:  You are a tenant in a condo/strata strip mall.  Your unit is open storage space only, and all the other units are fully developed offices.  The leases say each tenant must pay “…a proportionate share of the total property tax…”  You think “proportionate” means that the tax bill is divided up based on the assessed value of each unit, and on that basis your share of the tax bill is $3,500/year.  However your landlord and all the other tenants say no, the total tax bill is divided up equally based on occupied square feet, and on that basis your share of the tax bill is $7,500/year.  What do you do?

Real estate disputes are often very complex and can involve a lot of money.  Do you have the time and patience to wind your way through the public courts for all to see?  Or would you be better served to engage the services of an objective, qualified and skilled Real Estate Arbitrator from Suncorp Valuations that has expertise in the real estate industry and speaks your language?

 

About Suncorp Valuations

Suncorp Valuations is a leading provider of independent valuation, appraisal, and advisory services. Suncorp’s valuations and appraisals have been relied upon by leading insurance companies, public and private companies, property owners and managers, tax authorities, accounting bodies, courts, municipalities and financial institutions from all over the world.

Our valuation and appraisal staff consist of professionals that are highly accredited in the fields of engineering, real estate and equipment appraisal, business valuation, risk management and loss control. Our multi-disciplinary, multi-regional and multilingual staff take an interactive team approach and have been involved in some of the most complex valuation assignments across the globe.

For questions or comments, or to be added or removed from this distribution list please Contact Us.

How can we help you?

Appraisal Services

  • Insurance Placement
  • Financial Reporting
  • Financing
  • Mergers/Acquisitions
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Corporate Planning
  • Litigation
  • Post Loss Damage Qualification

Advisory Services

  • Loss Control Surveys
  • Implementation and Administration of Property Record Systems
  • Reserve Fund Studies

Appraisals in the Settling of an Estate or Managing a Trust

Settling an Estate, or Managing a Trust? The role of a professional, accredited appraisal

An Executor or Executrix has many responsibilities and legal obligations. One is to ensure that the assets of the estate are valued accurately. Appraising assets is a complicated affair. Regardless if the estate is small and the assets are few, or if the estate has vast holdings, the Executor/Executrix has a legal responsibility to ensure that the appraisals are accurate, credible, and reliable.

Appraisals when managing trust or estate - featured

With many estates, the assets must often be appraised as of two different dates: as of the date of death for the estate’s tax return; and as of the date of distribution to ensure that the estate is receiving fair Market Value for its assets.

Estate laws and regulations have changed in recent years in many jurisdictions. There can be a higher level of responsibility on an Executor/Executrix as legislatively mandated. The caution therefore is making a mistake and being personally liable. Alternatively, there could be fines or even jail time.

“Executors can be held personally liable for the decisions they make in the course of estate administration. Although you will be acting in good faith, errors – or disagreements and the perception of errors – can result in the executor and the estate being sued by beneficiaries.” -Scot Dalton, President, ERAssure Executor/Insurance.

“In Ontario, penalties include fines ranging from $1,000 to twice the value of the EAT payable, or incarceration for up to two years, or BOTH. On an estate of $1 million, the maximum fine is $29,000.” -Canadian Institute of Certified Executor Advisors

As an Executor/Executrix, you can protect yourself by engaging the services of a qualified professional appraiser; essentially the valuation liability is transferred.

Are You Managing a Trust?

There are many different types of trusts, and many reasons why an individual or family may want to establish a trust. Most trusts hold assets such as investments or property that increase in value over time.

As a trustee, you may be personally liable for any breach in your duties. This responsibility includes establishing the Market Value of each asset in the trust as of the date it was added to the trust, and as of the date it was sold or at other prescribed dates of pertinent legislation.

When it comes to determining the Market Value of the assets in a trust, are you willing to assume the risks and estimate the values yourself, or possibly use an unqualified appraiser? Alternatively, do you ensure that you meet your legal obligations and engage the services of a qualified professional appraiser?

How Suncorp can help?

At Suncorp Valuations we have decades of experience and a staff of highly qualified appraisers. We routinely provide appraisal services across North America and around the world, from the largest cities to the most remote locations.

We will provide you with appraisal reports that are accurate, credible, and reliable. Our qualifications, and the appraisal procedures and standards that we follow, are recognized by Canadian and US tax authorities.

About Suncorp Valuations

Suncorp Valuations is a leading provider of independent valuation, appraisal, and advisory services. Suncorp’s valuations and appraisals have been relied upon by leading insurance companies, public and private companies, property owners and managers, tax authorities, accounting bodies, courts, municipalities and financial institutions from all over the world.

Our valuation and appraisal staff consist of professionals that are highly accredited in the fields of engineering, real estate and equipment appraisal, business valuation, risk management and loss control. Our multi-disciplinary, multi-regional and multilingual staff take an interactive team approach and have been involved in some of the most complex valuation assignments across the globe.

For questions or comments, or to be added or removed from this distribution list please Contact Us.

How can we help you?

Appraisal Services

  • Insurance Placement
  • Financial Reporting
  • Financing
  • Mergers/Acquisitions
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Corporate Planning
  • Litigation
  • Post Loss Damage Qualification

Advisory Services

  • Loss Control Surveys
  • Implementation and Administration of Property Record Systems
  • Reserve Fund Studies

Senior Software Developer IT-AB-18-02

Senior Software Developer, IT-AB-18-02

Headquartered in Saskatoon, Suncorp Valuations is a dynamic, growth-oriented leader in the global valuation industry. Through offices in Canada and the U.S.A., we offer a full range of valuation, consulting and costing services for land, buildings, machinery and equipment, and for intangible assets such as patents, copyrights and franchises.

Utilizing robust research methodologies, valuation consultants develop reports that provide an opinion of value for assessed property and other assets. Clients utilize reports for a variety of requirements including regulatory compliance, financing, litigation support, mergers and acquisitions, purchase price allocation, insurance placement and claims settlement. Risk Management Services assist clients by identifying and mitigating risks such as the potential for accidents, property damage and theft. For further details please refer to our website at www.suncorpvaluations.com. Suncorp provides employee benefits, transit allowance, along with incentive and RRSP programs.

The Role

The position can be located in our Edmonton office and will be reporting to the Director of IT Services. The Senior Software Developer is pivotal to our software development team. As a technical leader, the Senior Software Developer will work with a small team of developers in our Saskatoon office, to enhance, maintain, and develop software that is critical to sustaining and streamlining business operations.

In this role you will participate in all phases of the software development lifecycle including determining requirements, design, development, testing, deployment, maintenance, and support. The Senior Software Developer will work closely with stakeholders to identify requirements and set priorities and deadlines. Along with software development, the incumbent will be responsible for the maintenance and expansion of our reporting systems including client-facing and internal management reports. Supporting the existing and new software post deployment is also a key part of this role.

The Ideal Candidate

Along with the required credentials and impressive technical skills, you are excited about joining a dedicated, passionate team that creates innovative software solutions. You are an accomplished software developer with a deep understanding of developing software in a multi-tiered environment. Although you are able to work independently, you thrive in a team environment and are able to appropriately leverage the knowledge of coworkers to overcome difficult challenges. You enjoy working in an office environment, while collaborating with stakeholders in other offices. You easily manage multiple projects and are naturally focussed on providing internal stakeholders with high quality service. You are forward thinking and resilient when faced with setbacks. On a personal note, you are interested in developing your career through on-going professional development.

The Requirements

  • Post-secondary Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Five to eight years professional software development experience.
  • One year of experience in a related position demonstrating technical leadership.
  • Project management experience in some aspects of the software development lifecycle.
  • Experience designing and developing multi-tiered software applications.
  • Expertise in .NET programming (VB or C#), and TSQL
  • Expertise with ADO.NET in a stateful mode.
  • Experience with Winforms development in Visual Studio
  • Knowledge of MS SQL Server.
  • Experience with source control tools.
  • Knowledge of Crystal Reports or similar report writer.
  • Strong Database skills with understanding of SQL, relational databases, and SQL optimization.
  • Experience in the creation of stored procedures/functions, triggers and other database objects.
  • Understanding of networking protocols and technologies.
  • Proficiency with Windows operating systems and domain environments.
  • This position is restricted to those legally entitled to work in Canada.

The Competencies 

  • A genuine desire to go above and beyond to provide excellence in client service.
  • Proactive, with a desire to drive results and exceed goals.
  • Strong planning, organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to balance competing priorities between project and non-project work.
  • Strong problem solving skills with ability to analyze and understand data.
  • Detail oriented and organized with robust analytical skills.
  • Self-motivated with solid oral and written communication skills.
  • A strong team player that demonstrates integrity and ownership.
  • Proven experience working in a cross-functional team environment.
  • Capable of writing clear and complete technical and functional specifications.

The Application Process 

Please send an email to address below providing the following information:

In the Subject Line place the competition number, followed by your first and last name.

Email: HR@suncorpvaluations.com
Subject: IT-AB-18-02 First Name Last Name
Deadline: March 5, 2018 (position may be filled prior to deadline date)

We thank all applicants for their interest in this position, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

 

Apply Now

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Wood Dust & Carcinogens – Risk Mitigation Considerations

Over the past several years there has been an increase in inspection activity and updates of dust collection systems for Industrial Arts (“IA”) facilities located in many high schools and middle schools. Exposure to wood dust has long been associated with a variety of adverse health effects, including dermatitis, allergic respiratory effects, mucosal, and non-allergenic respiratory effects.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (“IRAC”) has classified wood dust as a carcinogenic to humans. A study completed in 1965 observed that a large number of furniture workers and other wood workers exposed to wood dust in England developed a rare form of nasal cancer (Adenocarcinoma).

Wood dust & Carcinogens - Feature

Controlling exposure

All safety programs should have policies and procedures, as well as references to documentation such as local Occupational, Health & Safety Act’s and Regulation’s. Safety programs should include an ongoing risk analysis system, which accumulates information progressively, noting potential risky and hazardous operations with specific plans in place to mitigate potential injury and property loss.

Basic Safety – Reducing exposures to wood dust

  • Standard ventilation (dust-control systems) should be provided.
  • Dust-control systems should be cleaned, inspected, and maintained on a regular basis.
  • Filter masks should be worn.
  • Eye and face protection should always be provided.
  • Type of wood (species) should be investigated before use to ensure it is safe to use in a school environment.

Stay informed. Many changes take place on a regular basis relative to safety equipment, dust mitigation practices and identified health concerns. Talk to risk management professionals – people in your industry and various other organizations. Suncorp Valuations has experienced personnel that can assist with Loss Control inspection and implementation.

About Suncorp Valuations

Suncorp Valuations is a leading provider of independent valuation, appraisal, and advisory services. Suncorp’s valuations and appraisals have been relied upon by leading insurance companies, public and private companies, property owners and managers, tax authorities, accounting bodies, courts, municipalities and financial institutions from all over the world.

Our valuation and appraisal staff consist of professionals that are highly accredited in the fields of engineering, real estate and equipment appraisal, business valuation, risk management and loss control. Our multi-disciplinary, multi-regional and multilingual staff take an interactive team approach and have been involved in some of the most complex valuation assignments across the globe.

For questions or comments, or to be added or removed from this distribution list please Contact Us.

How can we help you?

Appraisal Services

  • Insurance Placement
  • Financial Reporting
  • Financing
  • Mergers/Acquisitions
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Corporate Planning
  • Litigation
  • Post Loss Damage Qualification

Advisory Services

  • Loss Control Surveys
  • Implementation and Administration of Property Record Systems
  • Reserve Fund Studies