In February 2021, the Superior Court Of Justice-Ontario, appointed George to act as umpire. See “Articles“.
George has had a career genuinely balanced for the role of an umpire. He has employed as a claim’s representative, an insurance adjuster for insurers and insureds, a building and contents estimator, general contractor, project manager, and Realtor. He was a police officer in his early career and a certified fraud examiner, later, still holding the designation, CFE – Retired.
Having worked both sides of the fence so to speak, adjusters, appraisers, and umpires who have had dealings with him in the past will attest to George’s ethical nature, knowledge of physical damage claims as they relate to scope and policy coverages. As an umpire, he is neutral, impartial and independent.
While a unanimous appraisal award is always desired, George will review the evidence before the tribunal in briefs, ask questions of witnesses and appraisers to see if any categories or line item in dispute can be resolved, but at the end of that process, George may agree with one of the appraisers or present his own opinion as to amount of loss and see if one or both appraisers agree.
An award will be made in writing when the appraisal is completed.
Keep in mind the appraisal tribunal is limited in its mandate to address only the amount of loss, not an entitlement to coverage.
In order to maintain the efficiency of the process as intended by the policy and to avoid the necessity of litigation or judicial review, the parties may wish to consider clarifying the powers of the appraisal team by way of a written agreement signed by the parties authorizing the tribunal to make determinations that include scope of loss, replacement cost and actual cash value.
As part of George’s retainer agreement to act as umpire, the Parties and their Appraisers will be asked to authorize and
direct the umpire to destroy all notes, documents, information or research tendered to, received or obtained by the
Umpire in conjunction with the Appraisal, and that they will not compel the Umpire to divulge or submit same to any person or court in any subsequent arbitral or judicial proceedings, save and except this Appraisal Agreement and the Appraisal Award.
While appointment to the role of an Umpire is personal, not corporate, George flows income and expenses through STAT11 Inc., a Provincially incorporated company to which he is President and CEO.
Flat-rate fees are charged for George’s time, office expenses, inspections and long-distance travel. Disbursements at cost and mileage added, all subject to HST.
Call George at 905-509-7448 to discuss!
1213 Fawndale Road
Pickering, Ontario L1V 4M4