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Valuation Division



Vice President - Nigel Turner, B.Comm., DULE, BBRE, MRICS, AACI, P. App.

Nigel joined Turner Drake in 2002 after graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Saint Mary's University, Halifax. He was granted a Diploma in Urban Land Economics by the University of British Columbia in 2007 and graduated with their Bachelor of Business in Real Estate Degree in 2010. Nigel gained accreditation with the Appraisal Institute of Canada in 2008. He was admitted into the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 2014. 

He has undertaken valuation assignments throughout Atlantic Canada on apartments, offices, industrial, retail, automotive, farms, etc. for property tax, insurance, financing, foreclosure, sale, purchase, capital gains tax and other purposes.  Nigel has substantial experience valuing resource property. An acknowledged expert in this field, he has conducted seminars in Kingston, Ontario, and Banff, Alberta, for the Canada Trust Alliance, as well as a seminar on Conservation Easements for the Nova Scotia Real Estate Association.

Formerly Manager of our Lasercad® Division, Nigel also has extensive experience in our Property Tax Division.

Nigel was heavily involved in the expansion and integration of our CompuVal® family of intelligent databases. He joined us initially to implement the launch of our photographic database. Since then, in concert with our programmer, he has implemented and tested several new databases, including our Market Survey database which captures information on office and warehouse space. He undertook much of the fieldwork for the initial Market Survey whilst working in our Counselling Division.

e-mail nigelturner@turnerdrake.com

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Vice President, Valuation Division - Nigel G. Turner


Vice President - Louis Poirier, BAA, AACI

Louis brings over 30 years of experience to the Turner Drake team.  He is a second generation AACI and has extensive experience valuing most types of real estate.

In addition to having valued office towers and retail properties in excess of 1 million square feet, various light and industrial properties, and speciality properties such as islands and conservation properties; Louis has significant experience in property assessment and tax matters, lease audit services, litigation and arbitration support.  His practice area covers Eastern Canada and Quebec, although he has completed valuation and consultative assignments in all Canadian provinces.  Louis' litigation support experience covers matters related to quantification of damages, expert witness representation, assisting in preparing expert witnesses, and providing appraisal review services.

Fluently bilingual with a Bachelor in Business Administration from the Université de Moncton, Louis has prepared valuations and expert witness reports and testified in both official languages before numerous legal tribunals and courts.

Louis is an avid volunteer with the Appraisal Institute of Canada (AIC) and the Canadian Property Tax Association (CPTA), regularly participating in annual conferences as a presenter or moderator.  Louis is currently a member of the National Board of Directors for the Appraisal Institute of Canada and the Provincial Board of the New Brunswick Association of Real Estate Appraisers. He is an active instructor of the Professional Practice Seminar, attendance at which is a requirement for all AIC members, and is a former Counsellor Professional Practice for the AIC.

e-mail lpoirier@turnerdrake.com

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Manager, Lasercad Division - Nathan Hewitt



Senior Manager - Richard Escott, B.E.S., MRICS, AACI, P. App.

Rick joined Turner Drake in 1981 and has extensive property valuation experience in Atlantic Canada and Ontario. These assignments include resource land, airport and marine port facilities, CCG bases, lead smelters and mining operations; investment properties such as shopping centres, office buildings, industrial properties, and apartment buildings.

He was awarded a Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree from the University of Waterloo, Ontario in 1976. He gained accreditation (Urban Option) with the Appraisal Institute of Canada in 1985 and subsequently passed the Rural Option in 1988. He was admitted into the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 2011.


Rick is our Food Processing and Agricultural Specialist and is well versed in valuing food processing facilities (juice, meat packing, fish plants) as well as farms, poultry and hog operations, feedmills, fertiliser plants and woodlots.

He is an experienced expert witness and has personally provided advice and concluded several thousand assessment appeals and valuation assignments throughout Atlantic Canada, Ontario and British Columbia. He has appeared as an expert witness before the New Brunswick Assessment and Planning Review Board, the Nova Scotia Public Utility and Review Board, the Nova Scotia Regional Assessment Appeal Court, the Newfoundland Assessment Review Commission and the Ontario Assessment Review Board.

e-mail rescott@turnerdrake.com

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Senior Manager Valuation Division - Richard J. Escott




Manager - Mitchell Jones, B.Comm.

Mitchell joined Turner Drake in 2017 upon graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce from Saint Mary’s University.  He is currently enrolled in the University of British Columbia's Diploma in Urban Land Economics (DULE) and Bachelor of Business in Real Estate (BBRE) degree.

Mitchell was appointed Manager of our Valuation Division in 2020 initially working under the guidance of Vice President, Nigel Turner. Mitchell's experience has taken him throughout Atlantic Canada and as a lead consultant he is responsible for working on various assignments for financing, sale, purchase, expropriation and other purposes and across a myriad of property types (office, retail, industrial, nursing homes, apartments, etc.).  Mitchell has also assisted with Valuation work in Ontario on several industrial buildings.

Mitchell was formerly Manager of our Lasercad® Division and has extensive experience supervising the measurement of office, industrial, retail and residential space to the appropriate BOMA, BOMA/SIOR, ULI, and CREA standards, in buildings located through the Atlantic Provinces.  He also has experience in our Economic Intelligence Unit gathering market survey data throughout Atlantic Canada, as well as assessment appeal experience in our Property Tax Division.

e-mail mjones@turnerdrake.com

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Manager, Valuation Division - Patrick Mitchell