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BCQS attends RICS/IPTI Conference in Trinidad and Tobago


BCQS International recently sponsored the RICS/IPTI Conference in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

The conference, entitled 'Challenges and Recent developments in Valuation and Construction – Perspectives from the Public and Private Sector' was hosted jointly by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, (RICS) and the International Property Taxation Institute, (IPTI).

BCQS International had four delegates at the conference, which was held on the 22nd and 23rd May 2013 and each was involved in one of sessions. Associate Director Mark Hodkinson, from the Barbados office gave a plenary presentation on the trending of construction costs throughout the Caribbean and Head of Valuations, Michael McGrath, from the Cayman Office presented on leveraging technology for valuations. Managing Director, Liam Day, moderated a session entitled 'Current Practices in Construction' and Director, Sanjay Amin, moderated a session entitled 'The Caribbean Real Estate Market – a Bankers View.'

Other notable speakers at the event included Mr. Sean Tompkins, CEO of the RICS and Mr. Paul Sanderson, President of IPTI.

Well over two hundred delegates attended the conference. The majority of those attending were from within the Caribbean region.

BCQS International Director and Chairman of the RICS Caribbean Sanjay Amin commented 'The conference gave us a great opportunity to market the company in our newest location by demonstrating the strength and breadth of our expertise with four presenters speaking to four very different subjects. Overall the conference has been a great success and we look forward to participating and supporting similar events in the future.'

BCQS Head of Valuations Michael McGrath commented 'it's really good to attend an event like this actually hosted in the Caribbean which gives professionals from the region the opportunity to meet, learn, network, exchange ideas whilst at the same time gaining those all important CPD hours that are not always easy to come by in our island environment.'

Image (left to right):
BCQS Head of Valuations based in the Cayman Islands, Michael McGrath
Director, International at NAS Valuations Inc., Shawna Jovanovic
BCQS Director based in Barbados, Sanjay Amin
Regional Manager, Caribbean, RICS, Melissa Salyk
BCQS Associate Director and Manager based in Trinidad and Tobago, Ken A. Callender