Changes due to COVID-19
The Land and Property Rights Tribunal is following all public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, while preserving the rights of parties to fair hearings and timely decisions.
Rather than conducting in-person public hearings, the Tribunal contacts impacted parties to determine whether there are unique issues in a particular hearing that could be addressed through postponement or proceeding on the basis of written submissions, telephone or virtual meeting software (Webex).
Certification training for members and clerks of Assessment Review Boards and Subdivision and Development Appeal Boards is currently being done using done virtual meeting software (Webex). For urgent certification requirements, contact the Tribunal at [email protected] or 780-427-2444.
Mission, vision and values
The Tribunal shall deliver fair and impartial quasi-judicial appeal processes for assessment, compensation, land planning, and other matters that impact Albertans and the municipalities in which they live.
The Tribunal will be a leader among tribunals with a reputation for excellence in adjudication.
Albertans will have access to a fair and independent process with strict adherence to the principles of natural justice and in which all individuals are treated fairly and without bias in an open, orderly and impartial manner.
This vision will be attained by:
- providing benchmark decisions
- advocating excellence and providing guidance in decision making to stakeholders
- demonstrating efficiency, effectiveness and timeliness in the appeal process
- respecting rights of individuals, businesses, corporations and municipalities
- ensuring that all property assessments are equitable, fair and correct in accordance with legislation
- striving for consistency and predictability based on evidence presented
In service to stakeholders the Tribunal values:
- Our strength through the diversity of our members and the quality of our staff.
- The right to natural justice and timeliness in the adjudication process.
- Respect for and responsiveness to our stakeholders.
- Provision of quality service to stakeholders.
- Consistent interpretation of legislation.
- Commitment to the Code of Conduct and Ethics.
- Organizational alignment and a team approach to problem-solving.
- Innovative use of automated information services.
- Continuous organizational development, self-improvement and self-evaluation.
- Enriched and rewarding work environment which recognizes productivity.
A mandate and roles document for the Tribunal is currently being drafted.
These documents are available in the Open Government Portal or by searching the list of public agencies:
Tribunal leadership team
The Tribunal leadership team consists of a full time chair, director, manager and 2 board solicitors.
Chair – Susan McRory
Susan McRory spent 20 years as Alberta’s chief environmental prosecutor. During that time, she helped develop and grow the province’s system of creative sentences for environmental offenders. Prior to her work in the environment, she was the first full-time female Crown prosecutor north of Edmonton, the first woman appointed a chief Crown prosecutor west of Ontario, and routinely handled murder cases before being recognized as the Edmonton office’s expert in historical child sexual assault.
Leaving Alberta Justice in 2013, she served as a member of the Environmental Appeals Board for Alberta, a public member with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta, and has co-authored the 2nd edition of Regulatory Offences in Canada with Canadian legal legend John Swaigen. She lives in Edmonton with her husband, Tim; her cats, Charlie, Samantha and Livy; and their new dog, Lily, across the street from the house her grandfather built in 1912.
Director – Mike Hartfield
As the Director of Operations since 2015, Mike has dual responsibilities for over 50 staff members and assists the Chair and assuming the role of Acting Chair in managing 70 board members. This requires a unique skill set combining expertise in finance, people management and administrative law. His background as a Chartered Professional Accountant with over twenty years of business experience spanning private industry, public accounting, federal and provincial governments has helped him navigate the difficult task of successfully amalgamating our four quasi-judicial boards into the Land and Property Rights Tribunal. An exponential increase in the number of appeals and applications to the Tribunal has required innovative and adaptive solutions, which Mike oversees. In his spare time, Mike enjoys golfing and driving his kids to their various sporting events.
Solicitor – Mike D' Alquen
Mike D’Alquen was counsel for the Municipal Government Board and the New Home Buyer Protection Board from 2007 to 2021, when they amalgamated with the Surface Rights Board and the Land Compensation Board. He continues to serve as counsel to the Land and Property Rights Tribunal, with particular emphasis on land planning and assessment matters. Mike also worked with the Municipal Government Board from 2004 to 2007 as case manager for Linear Property and Assessment Appeals.
Solicitor – Karen Sinclair-Santos, Q.C.
Karen obtained her LL.B. from the University of Alberta in 1989 and was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1990. In addition to her law degree, Karen has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with a minor in political science from the University of Calgary. Karen practiced law for 14 years prior to joining the Boards and has argued cases at all levels of Court in Alberta. Karen has also completed various continuing education courses in administrative law as well as Mediation of Civil Disputes through the Legal Education Society of Alberta. Karen joined the Boards in 2004, as a Board Member on the Land Compensation Board and Solicitor for the Surface Rights Board. Karen has been senior counsel for both Boards since 2007.
Karen is currently Chair of the Canadian Bar Association National Administrative Law Section. She co-chaired the CBA 2013 National Administrative Law and Labour and Employment Law Conference in Ottawa and has served as Chair the Canadian Bar Association Alberta Administrative Law (North).
Karen has delivered numerous presentations and lectures on expropriation, surface rights and related topics to such organizations as the Legal Education Society, Canadian Bar Association, Expropriation Association of Alberta, Alberta Surface Rights Federation and various Surface Rights Groups throughout Alberta, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen (CAPL) AAMDC, Municipal Government Board of Alberta , Alberta Energy Resources and Conservation Board ( now AER) and the Energy Regulatory Forum.
Karen has also been an active member of her community for many years. In addition to sitting as a Director on several boards, Karen has served as President of the Stony Plain & District Chamber of Commerce and President of the Stony Plain and Spruce Grove RCMP Victim Services Society.
Manager – Jennifer Chabot
Jennifer Chabot began with the Tribunal in 2010 and has risen through the ranks to become the Manager of Operations. In this role she is responsible for coordination of all aspects of Tribunal administration, to support staff and Members and assist Albertans. She has a wide and varied background, with a BSc in Nutrition and Food Sciences, a Certificate in Human Resources and Labour Relations, and she is a member of the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR Alberta). Her work experience includes the private, non-profit and public sectors as a manager, human resource specialist, administrative assistant, benefits representative, insurance underwriter, and coach/fitness instructor. Jennifer describes herself as a ‘translator’ to help communicate business needs and coordinate projects between IT, management and staff. On a personal note, she is certified as a Life and Success Coach and a Health Coach.
The Tribunal consists of a chair and 55 members. All members are appointed by Order in Council based on their experience and knowledge of assessment, compensation, planning, development and quasi-judicial processes.
For new Tribunal member recruitment opportunities and information on how to apply, go to current board opportunities.
Tribunal panels generally consist of a presiding officer and 2 members, or a single member, at the discretion of the Chair.
- Member Listing and Biographies (PDF, 673 KB)
- Surface Rights Rules
- Annexation Rules
- Subdivision and Development Appeal Procedure Rules
- Intermunicipal Dispute Rules
- MGB Designated Industrial Property and Equalized Assessment Complaint Procedure Rules
- Residual Rules
The following boards amalgamated into the Land and Property Rights Tribunal. Download their compensation disclosure up to 2020:
- Surface Rights Board and Land Compensation Board (CSV, 11 KB)
- Municipal Government Board (CSV, 28 KB)
- New Home Buyer Protection Board (CSV, 10 KB)
- QJB's Chair Disclosure (CSV, 2 KB)
The first compensation disclosure for the Land and Property Rights Tribunal will be posted in June 2022.
Connect with the Land and Property Rights Tribunal:
Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed noon to 1 pm, closed statutory holidays)
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: [email protected]
Land and Property Rights Tribunal
2nd Floor, Summerside Business Centre
1229 91 Street SW
Edmonton, Alberta T6X 1E9
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