Erin Lan-Ying Frew appointed as new chair of BC Property Assessment Board

She has served as the board's acting chair since August 2022

Erin Lan-Ying Frew appointed as new chair of BC Property Assessment Board

The British Columbia government has announced the appointment of Erin Lan-Ying Frew as chair of the provincial Property Assessment Appeal Board (PAAB).

PAAB is an independent tribunal established under the Assessment Act. The board is a second level of appeal for property assessments conducted by BC Assessment following the property assessment review panels.

Frew received her law degree and B.Sc. in ecology from the University of British Columbia. She worked as an arbitrator for the residential tenancy branch, an associate lawyer at a national tax law firm, an intern assisting judges and legal officers at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and a review officer for WorkSafeBC. Frew is a BC Council of Administrative Tribunals (BCCAT) director and sits on the education and roundtable committees. In 2020, Frew received an award from BCCAT for her service.

Frew was appointed to the PAAB as vice chair in 2016 and has served the board as acting chair since August 2022. She replaced Simmi Sandh, the PAAB chair and chief executive officer from 2015 to 2022. Beginning on February 15, Frew will sit as permanent chair for a five-year term.

PAAB receives appeals on assessments for all properties, from single-family dwellings to farms to major industries. The board deals with property assessment at actual market value, property classification, and tax exemption. The provincial government appoints the board members who act independently from BC Assessment, the property assessment review panels, and the government.

“I look forward to continuing to serve the Board and the people of British Columbia in my role as Chair. I thank the Board staff and appointees for their support through this transition,” Frew commented on her appointment. “I am committed to providing British Columbians with access to a fair, efficient, and timely assessment appeal system.”

Recent articles & video

Siemens Canada's GC Richard Brait: 'Run the legal department like a business'

BC Supreme Court deals with complex property and separation agreement dispute

Federal Court criticizes immigration officer for not fully considering depth of abusive relationship

BC Supreme Court rules in favour of obstetrician in preterm birth medical negligence case

BC Supreme Court grants damages to victim in rear-end collision

European Court of Human Rights rules against Switzerland in racial profiling case

Most Read Articles

Alberta Court of King's Bench upholds tribunal decision on Calgary warehouse racking system

Redefining legal services: MT Align president Linda Beairsto on flexible work and diversity

Cross-border M&A will continue to deal with aggressive antitrust enforcement in 2024, says lawyer

Last chance to take part in the legal fees survey