Alberta Expropriation Association Executive


Ryan Archer

Ryan D. Archer is an Accredited Appraiser Canadian Institute (AACI) and possesses over thirteen years of appraisal and consulting experience. Ryan is a graduate of the University of Alberta School of Business where he earned a Bachelor of Commerce Degree, Majoring in Finance. He has also earned a Post Graduate Certificate in Valuation from the University of British Columbia on route to obtaining his AACI designation. Over the course of Ryan’s career, he has gained experience in valuing a diverse array of property types including industrial, commercial, multi-family, development land, rural land, and single family dwellings. Ryan’s appraisal assignments have been utilized for financing, expropriation, estate settlement, lease negotiation, and foreclosure, as well as for various decision making purposes. Ryan has also made appearances as an Expert Witness in front of the Surface Rights Board, the Alberta Utilities Commission, the Court of Queen’s Bench and the Metis Land Access Panel.


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VP North

Paul Barrette

Paul Barrette is an expropriation lawyer. He defends landowners’ property rights in forcible takings of land by governments and industry. He has acted extensively in both land compensation and surface rights settings. He also practices commercial litigation including director and shareholder disputes, corporate governance issues and civil fraud. He has appeared in the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, the Provincial Court, the Federal Court and before various boards and tribunals.

VP South

Churyl Elgart

Churyl Elgart is an associate in the Commercial Litigation Group in the Borden Ladner Gervais LLP Calgary office. Churyl practises exclusively in the areas of municipal and planning law, and expropriations. Her experience ranges from development permit matters through land use redesignation, municipal policy, subdivision, expropriation, injurious affection, enforcement, and assessment and taxation issues. Her clients include land developers, community associations, individuals and corporations in municipalities across Alberta.


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Mr. Brian S. Gettel

Obtained Bachelor of Commerce Degree from University of Alberta in 1974. Attained AACI designation in 1981 and has been actively appraising since 1974. President of Gettel Appraisals Ltd since 1981. Specializes in expropriation Litigation appraisal work (urban & rural) province wide and has numerous appearances as an expert witness in appraisal matters.

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Mr. Bruce Simpson


B.Sc. in Agriculture, University of Alberta, 1975
Professional Agrologist, 1981
Accredited Appraiser - Appraisal Institute of Canada, 1989. Mr. Simpson has met the re-certification requirements of the Appraisal Institute of Canada. 


  • Agricultural Economics
  • Farm Finance and Management
  • Real Estate Appraisals
  • Land Use Impacts
  • Litigation Support 


Bruce Simpson has over 26 years of experience as a professional working in agriculture. After working for Farm Credit Corporation in a number of capacities from 1975 to 1980, he joined Deloitte & Touche in 1980 and Serecon Valuation & Agricultural Consulting Inc. in 1991. He has completed numerous real estate appraisals relating to expropriation and surface rights situations throughout Canada and provided expert testimony concerning real estate appraisal and agrology before the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench, Alberta Surface Rights Board and the Alberta Land Compensation Board. Mr. Simpson has carried out numerous land use studies on Native Land Claims. He currently manages a large irrigation farm in southern Alberta and in the past has managed feedlots, grain and livestock operations on several farm management projects. He has also worked on numerous feasibility studies, viability assessments, and land use studies relating to agriculture.

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Past President

Marlena (Marny) Paul

Marny is an associate with the Municipal Team at Brownlee LLP in Calgary. Her primary area of practice is municipal law, where she provides advice to many municipalities throughout Alberta on matters such as general corporate governance, real estate, planning and development, expropriation and enforcement. Marny obtained her LLB from the University of Alberta in 2011 and was called to the Bar in Alberta in 2012.


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