looking for a little adventure and a future limited only by your own efforts? A change from climate, Covid, Boris, Brexit and warm beer? Interested in expanding your horizons: professionally and geographically? Discard those preconceptions about Canada. Sure, we have pristine forests, sunlight dappled rivers and a coast line of coves and wooded inlets (the pirates of the Caribbean used to take their R & R here). But we also have vibrant cities, an expanding economy and population …and a valuation practice that offers greater variety and challenge than you will find in the UK (we have included a small sample of our assignments on our Valuation [www.turnerdrake.org] and Property Tax [www.turnerdrake.net] web sites). The Atlantic Region, where we live and work, is diverse, geographically, linguistically and culturally. It is also rather beautiful; endless white sand beaches and gently rolling farmland in Prince Edward Island, vineyard clad slopes in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley or wooded inlets on that province’s South Shore, the “flower pots” on New Brunswick’s Fundy Shore, the majesty of the Atlantic hurling itself against Newfoundland’s coastal cliffs. The Region’s urban areas continue to blossom too. Over the past forty-five years we have witnessed, and participated in, the transformation of many of the region’s central business districts from bland, decaying eyesores to interesting, vibrant centres with a character that, for some reason, is only found in coastal cities. This is a growing and dynamic region that welcomes the world. Join us on that journey.
Nine of our thirty strong staff are Chartered Surveyors. We were founded in 1975 and started with a simple vision: (1) be the benchmark by which others are measured, (2) offer clients a unique product whose whole is greater than the sum of its parts. To do so, we have assembled a multi-disciplinary team, with diverse but complimentary skills, created a common training program, nurtured a collegiate culture of working together, developed an industry leading IT system, and implemented an ISO 9001:2015 registered quality control system company-wide. We invest in people; they truly are our greatest asset. From our headquarters in Halifax we now undertake consulting assignments from British Columbia to Newfoundland and all provinces and territories in-between.
Our consulting team provide a smorgasbord of complementary skills, whose whole is greater than the sum of its parts. They provide clients with unique, seamless solutions to their real estate problems: Valuation & Appraisal, Property Tax (Rating), Urban and Rural Planning, Economic Intelligence (Geographic Information Systems), Counselling (Infrastructure Acquisition, First Nations’ Land Claims, Hydro Electric Projects…), Lasercad® Space Measurement and Brokerage (Sales & Leasing).
We have offices in five provinces: Nova Scotia (Halifax), Newfoundland (St. John’s), Prince Edward Island (Charlottetown), New Brunswick (Saint John) and Ontario (Toronto). They are presently staffed from Halifax but are fully equipped with desks, work stations (tied into our Virtual Private Network) and printers to serve as a base whilst working in those cities.
We have been operating electronically for decades: we installed our first computer terminal in 1978, started working remotely in the early 1980s, and our files have been electronic since 1990. When the pandemic burst onto the scene we pivoted seamlessly to working from home. However, we recognise that work of a creative or collaborative nature benefits from personal interaction, ideas are frequently the result of chance meetings, impromptu remarks and the accidental clash of opinion. The ability to readily bounce ideas off colleagues often opens up the pathway to a more optimum solution and relieves “writer’s block”. Social interaction with peers reduces stress, and the opportunity to leave the workday behind after leaving the office is important to a civilised work-life balance. We pass this way once and family time lost to work can never be recovered. Work should be enjoyable, satisfying, social, enable self-esteem and contribute to society, as well as providing financial support for oneself and family. Our operating model is therefore firmly “office based” with the flexibility to work remotely when the situation demands it.
Skills and Qualifications
You will be a Chartered Surveyor (MRICS) interested in moving to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. 75% of your work will be valuation, the remainder counselling and property tax (rating). This isn’t a typical valuation or property tax (rating) position grinding out cookie cutter assignments. We need somebody with vision who can see the forest, not just the trees. A professional focused on assisting clients meet their strategic goals, not just their immediate needs.
Fluency in French as well as English is an advantage but not essential. You will have a strong desire to work in a professional environment with colleagues of like mind and will enjoy the responsibility and challenges that flow from it. You will value the security of a salary but will gain satisfaction from seeing the results of your efforts reflected in bonuses. Our success is built on long-term relationships with clients rather than a transactional approach so you must have a genuine interest in people, be a good listener and communicator, an excellent networker, and be comfortable conversing with your peers and those senior or junior in age to yourself. You will be a strong negotiator, preferably with a university level course in the subject. You will be at ease conversing with CEO's, mechanics, construction workers, budding entrepreneurs… or the guy that cleans our offices (he does a great job by the way, a real professional). You will enjoy building relationships through problem solving. You will be interested in a career rather than just a job, something that will get you up on the morning with a spring in your step. You will prefer to work in a team environment with colleagues who share your enthusiasm. You will have a keen interest in the welfare of colleagues who report to you and will take “ownership” of their training and career advancement. You will enjoy variety and merit the respect of your peers and those colleagues who report to you. You will have an eye for detail, be thorough, trustworthy, energetic, reliable and will benefit from the opinions of your colleagues. You will have an enquiring and open mind coupled with a sense of humour. We have great expectations of you but will reciprocate with solid professional, marketing, information technology and administrative support. There will be a lot to learn initially but you will not do it alone.
While the exigencies of some assignments may sometimes require work outside normal office hours it is our view that this should be the exception rather than the rule: we believe strongly in a civilised work-life balance and conduct the firm’s operations accordingly. Most of the work will be in Atlantic Canada and does entail some travel. The properties are diverse and range from airports to papermills, fish plants to vineyards, bottling plants to brothels, fortresses to …. well you get the idea. The assignments are varied and often challenging: Expropriations (Compulsory Purchase), First Nations Land Claims, Fire Insurance claims (often of fish plants in far flung lands), Balance Sheet, Acquisition, Disposal, Finance, Estate Settlement, Portfolio and Rental valuations; HST (VAT), Capital Gains Tax and IFRS valuations; Infrastructure valuation and acquisition negotiations (we successfully negotiated the acquisition of the 200 kilometer long Muskrat Falls Hydro Electric Project right of way through Nova Scotia and up the west coast of Newfoundland)…. and of course, the negotiation of property tax (rating) assessments for all types of property.
Base Salary plus potential for quarterly Performance Bonus. Medical, dental and eye care benefits. Pension package (Registered Retirement Savings Plan) after a vesting period.
Enjoy a central urban office location and a culture that promotes a professional work style and a civilised work-life balance.
Our focus is on finding the right candidate. Whilst we have a current need, we hire for life and will take the time and provide the flexibility if the talent is worth it.
Submit your CV (with proof of your professional qualifications) together with a letter (500 words) explaining why you believe you are suited for this position by email to:
Michael S Turner M.Sc., MBA, FRICS, MAI, CRE
Turner Drake & Partners Ltd.
Real Estate Counsellors
6182 North Street
Halifax NS Canada B3K 1P5
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call Mike Turner at (902) 429-1811 Ext. 312 or by email at email@example.com