Carl Nilsen

Professional Experience

Carl Nilsen founded the firm of Nilsen Realty Research Ltd. (which subsequently became part of Altus Group) after gaining real estate qualifications and experience in London (England) and Toronto. Mr. Nilsen came to Vancouver in 1973 since when his professional practice has involved the preparation of specialized studies and appraisals for both the public and private sector including financial institutions, pension funds, government agencies and development companies as well as legal and accounting firms.

Mr. Nilsen is retained on a regular basis to provide expert evidence before courts and arbitration boards concerned with the establishment of rental value or market value under expropriation, property assessment and other proceedings. He has given evidence before the BC Assessment Appeal Board, the BC Supreme Court, the BC Expropriation Compensation Board and the Federal Court (Trial Division).

He has been appointed as a Valuator under the B.C. Hydro and Power Authority Act. He also frequently sits as a single arbitrator or as the member of arbitration panels.

Mr Nilsen has been engaged on many occasions to speak to professional organizations on real estate valuation matters. His presentations have included topics relating to the role of the professional as expert witness and as arbitrator.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Examples of experience as single arbitrator determining market or rental value include:

  • Restaurant premises in Chinatown
  • Commercial premises on Kingsway, Burnaby
  • Telecommunication facilities in Richmond
  • Industrial lands leased by First Nation on Vancouver Island
  • Bank premises in Vancouver
  • Land in the BC Interior subject to expropriation proceedings

Experience as member or chair of arbitration panels in connection with the following matters:

  • Determination of market value of commercial property involved in partnership dispute
  • Rental value of restaurant premises in Kelowna
  • Rental value of restaurant premises in Burnaby

Rental value of commercial premises in Kitsilano

Professional and Other Activities

  • Member of Lambda Alpha International.
  • Member and past director – B.C. Expropriation Association.
  • Presentations of Professional organization include:
    • Lease Dispute Arbitration – The Appraiser as Expert and Arbitrator (Appraisal Institute of Canada National Conference 2002)
    • Commercial Leasing Disputes – 2001 Update (Continuing Legal Education Society of BC)
    • Valuations for IFRS (Washington State Appraisal Institute Conference, 2010)
    • Arbitrating Commercial Lease Disputes – A Valuation Perspective (ADR Institute of Canada, 2004)
    • Contaminated Lands – Valuation and Current Legal Issues (Canadian Property Tax Association Conference 2008)
    • Volumetric Parcels – Valuation Issues (BC Expropriation Association Conference 2010)
Academic Qualifications

BSc (Estate Management) London University
Accredited Appraiser of the Canadian Institute (AACI)
Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS)


Graham Allen

Professional Experience
Graham Allen has enjoyed three separate but intersecting professions. He started his career as a Chartered Valuation Surveyor, then enhanced his appraisal qualifications with a M.Sc. in Urban Land Appraisal. He later became a lawyer, practising from 1979 until his retirement from law in 2013. He holds LL.B., J.D. and LL.M. Degrees.Graham has a long relationship with the Real Estate Institute of British Columbia. He first became a professional member in 1972, and served as President from 1978 to 1982. He was honoured to receive the Institute’s 2017 Award of Excellence for “outstanding leadership and contribution within the real estate industry, the community and the broader society.”His sole practice today is as a Chartered Arbitrator, focusing on land valuation disputes, particularly rent reviews and lease renewals. He has worked as an arbitrator and mediator for over 30 years, being involved with over 160 arbitrations and a dozen mediations.
Dispute Resolution Experience and TrainingGraham Allen has served in all capacities in arbitration proceedings during the past 30 years, as counsel, sole arbitrator, nominee and Chairman of the panel. During this period, he has been involved in more than 160 arbitrations, 90% of which were concerned with rental or land valuation disputes. He has also been involved in more than a dozen mediations.

Sept. 1973 –
Jul. 1978
President, Graham Allen Limited, Land Management Consultants
Jul. 1978 –
Jul. 1979
Articled Law Student with Shrum, Liddle & Hebenton
Aug. 1979 -Mar. 1984 Sole practitioner as W. Graham Allen, Barrister and Solicitor
Apr. 1984 –
Sept. 1986
Partner in the firm of Gardner, Snarch & Allen
Oct. 1986 –
Feb. 2006
Partner in the firm of Snarch and Allen
Mar. 2006 -Dec. 2013 Associate Counsel, Boughton Law Corporation
Jan. 2014 –
Retired member of Law Society. Available for mediations and arbitrations.

Graham Allen is available for arbitrations and mediations through W. Graham Allen Management Corportation.

Academic Qualifications

  • Awarded the Degree of LL.B. (Honours) by the University of London on September 25, 1970.
  • Accepted for Membership in the Professional Division of the Real Estate Institute of British Columbia (R.I.(B.C.)) on January 24, 1972.
  • Awarded the degree of M.Sc. in Urban Land Appraisal by the University of Reading on December 15, 1973.
  • Awarded the Degree of J.D. by the University of British Columbia in May, 1978.
  • Elected a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (F.R.I.C.S.) on January 22, 1980.
  • Accepted for Membership in the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (M.C.I. Arb.) on October 1, 1984.
  • Accepted as a Chartered Arbitrator by the Arbitration and Mediation Institute of Canada (C.Arb.) on January 18, 1997.
  • Awarded the Degree of LL.M. by the University of British Columbia on May 26, 2011.
  • Resigned from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.