Alberta Expropriation Association Executive


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 North

Crystal Hawryluk

As a Chartered Business Valuator and President of Hawryluk Valuations, Crystal has over fifteen years of experience providing business valuation and litigation support services. Her valuation expertise includes valuations for expropriation matters, corporate tax planning purposes, purchase or sale of a business, shareholder and partnership disputes, and matrimonial matters. Crystal also has experience in the preparation of loss quantification reports for litigation support purposes with a focus on business losses arising from expropriation. Crystal has appeared as an expert witness at the Alberta Land Compensation Board and the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta.


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VP South

Derek King


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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Courtney Knude

Courtney Knude has over 20 years of experience in the real estate appraisal industry focusing primarily on the appraisal of rural property. Courtney obtained her AACI designation in 2001 and has prepared reports on a wide variety of properties including farm land, ranch land, future development sites, recreational properties, acreages, equestrian properties and intensive livestock operations. Courtney’s reports have been prepared for expropriation purposes, the Surface Rights Board, the Ecological Gift Program, foreclosure purposes, divorce proceedings, financing and estate and tax settlement. Courtney has appeared as an expert witness for the Surface Rights Board and the Court of Queen’s Bench.


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Past President

Churyl Elgart

Churyl Elgart practices law in the areas of expropriations and land development. She is Counsel with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in the Commercial Litigation Group (Calgary). Churyl has appeared before various appeal boards, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, and the Alberta Court of Appeal.


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