Our Team

Property DNA Group & Consulting Inc. believes in challenging the status quo with everything we do!

We listen, we advise, we provide our professional opinion to our clients, so they can make an informed decision.

Our industry leading credentials and reputation enable us to decode ‘n’ analyze (DNA) the details of your property or equipment.

We are an all-inclusive appraisal company. We are diversified. We are an evaluation team that offers comprehensive services.

Our Team

Professional Summary – James Brown

Jim Brown is the owner/founder of PropertyDNAGroup and has more than twenty years of valuing and consulting experience across Western Canada appraising land, buildings and equipment. Jim has experience as a property assessor, commercial building inspections and reserve studies/depreciation reports. Jim and the team of specialist have provided both appraisal and consulting services to numerous businesses in different industries. We have prepared appraisal and consulting reports for numerous Assessment Appeal Boards, Alberta Infrastructure and Local and Provincial Boards.


  • • Certificate in Commercial Building Inspection Course via Carson Dunlop Weldon & Associates Ltd
  • • Achieved a CPPA Designation, Canadian Personal Property Appraisers Group.
  • • AACI, P.App Designations, the Appraisal Institute of Canada.
  • • Part of numerous boards, contributing to business and community development.


  • • Completed the Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment course, Associated Environmental Site Assessors of Canada Inc.
  • • Completed ME201-000 – Machinery & Equipment Valuations – American Society of Appraisers (ASA)
  • • Commercial Building Inspection Course completed via Carson Dunlop Weldon & Associates Ltd.
  • • Advanced courses in real estate negotiations, creative financing & property management
  • • Business Administration Diploma, Appraisal & Assessment major, Lakeland College, AB.
  • • Urban Land Economics Certificate, Lakeland College.
  • • Business Management Program – Assiniboine Community College, MB.


  • • Complete appraisals and building condition reports for commercial properties.
  • • Conducting inspections and valuations of numerous industries including aquaculture and poultry hatcheries, dairies, cattle/horse operations, abattoirs, orchards, vineyards and wineries.
  • • Valuing assets and leasehold improvements of numerous businesses.
  • • Valuations on numerous specialized processing plants such as lumber mills, mines, oil and gas facilities.
  • • Appraising development land, going-concern properties such as hotels/motels, car washes, restaurant, commercial/industrial warehousing, office and retail and right-a-way projects for government and lawyers.
  • • Assisting clients with brokerage focusing on business entities and unique properties.
  • • Residential and acreage appraisals.
  • • Conducting reviews of Condo/Strata Documents for realtors, purchasers and law firms.


  • • AACI, P.App and CPPA

Memberships and Affiliations

  • • Appraisal Institute of Canada.
  • • Canadian Personal Property Appraisal Group.
  • • Associated Environmental Site Assessors of Canada Inc.
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Professional Summary – JoAnn Rennick Brown

JoAnn commenced her role with Property DNA Group & Consulting Inc. in February, 2018. She has a BA Honours in International Studies and Political Studies from the University of Saskatchewan. She brings a wealth of knowledge to her role as Director, Operations and Strategic Planning. A hardworking and conscientious individual with a passion for project management and strategic planning.

Specialties: Strategic planning, project and event management, international relations, community/public relations and office management.

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Professional Summary – Michael Walker, BSc

Michael began his career in environmental assessments in England from 2002 to 2004. He moved to Canada in 2004 and has been conducting environmental assessment in Alberta from 2004 to present day.  During this period, he has completed over 500 Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs).  He has completed assessments on various properties including farmland, rural and urban residential properties, single-tenant and multi-tenant commercial properties, and light to heavy industrial properties.  Michael has a well-rounded skillset from which to carry out his duties as a Phase I ESA provider. He is the sole proprietor of Halewood ESA. His background includes research, technical writing, and project management. These skills complement his environmental assessment experience and education.


  • Sc. Environmental Science, University of Central Lancashire, England.


  • Completing Phase I ESAs throughout Alberta on properties ranging from cultivated land to heavy industrial facilities; and
  • Completing Phase II ESAs, including project design and budgeting, managing contractors, data collection and interpretation, and report writing.

Professional Summary – Biegel & Perra

Biegel & Perra Appraisals is an independent real estate appraisal firm proudly affiliated with the Appraisal Institute of Canada (AIC) serving the Peace Country of Alberta, and the Dawson Creek area of northeastern British Columbia from our office in Grande Prairie, Alberta for over 20 years.

Real estate appraisal is the process of developing an opinion of the market value for real property. Real estate transactions often require appraisals because they occur infrequently and every property is unique. Appraisal reports form the basis for mortgage loans, refinancing, staff relocations, foreclosure / power of sale proceedings, settling estates, divorces, taxation, and so on. Sometimes an appraisal report is used to establish a sale price for a property as well.

Christian and Dirk Schotz became co-owners of Biegel & Perra Appraisals in 2012 and are excited about building the company brand as a customer service leader. They understand the value of conducting business in a courteous and professional manner in a time sensitive and price conscious market place.