We mourn the passing of Dallas E. Maynard and his bigger than life persona and presence. Dallas was a beloved friend and colleague to many current and past members of the Alberta Expropriation Association.
Over the course of a career that spanned fifty years, Dallas worked on a variety of interesting and challenging assignments across Canada, from cold war bunkers and RCMP tower sites to valuing special use properties such as Banff National Park. He criss-crossed the Territories in Twin Otters and flew all-over the Yukon, Western Canada, and Ontario at the controls of his Cessna 182.
In 1991, Dallas founded a company that grew into a diversified real property services team employing appraisers, land agents, anthropologists, assessors, agronomists, and engineers. He loved going to work and mentoring such a diverse and talented team. He enjoyed the numerous life-long personal and professional connections he made through the Appraisal Institute of Canada, IRWA, and AEA.
As well as being involved with expropriation files, Dallas made significant contributions as an adviser and independent expert in Indigenous Specific Claims across Canada.
In addition to being a long standing member of the Alberta Expropriation Association, Dallas was the past President of the Alberta Association of the Appraisal Institute of Canada, past Chairman of the Edmonton Chapter of the Appraisal Institute of Canada and was a past member of the National Education Committee, responsible for Faculty Certification of Universities and Colleges across Canada, on behalf of the Appraisal Institute of Canada. It was his honour to serve as past president of the International Right of Way Association, Chapter 62 in Edmonton, a past IRWA Region 10 Chairman and as past President of the Canadian Education Foundation.
Dallas’ strength, kindness and generosity was felt by anyone lucky enough to cross paths with him. He was a respected professional who rose by lifting up those around him. He was the definition of generosity and kindness without exception and he never expected anything in return, instead he would simply say “pay it forward”. He was a student and teacher of life. He led by example, teaching respect, patience and understanding. He invested in people and gave back professionally. We are immensely proud of his dedication and professionalism. He will be greatly missed by friends and family.
Dallas E. Maynard
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