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March 10-12, 2016

Member: $895* | Non-Member: $995
One or Two Day Registration: $400

*ASA member guests/employees and members of compeer organizations (AAA, AAM and ISA) are eligible for member rate—call (800) 272-8258 for details.
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
900 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA
V6C 2W6

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2016 ASA Personal Property Annual Connoisseurship Conference


The theme for the 2016 conference is "The Sacred and the Profane". Participants will discuss and examine how appraisers deal with sacred objects, the rules and protocols surrounding ritual artifacts, and what we can learn from the turmoil in the contemporary art and collector car markets, plus much more.

In addition to speakers, seminars and panel discussions, there will be featured museum and gallery tours, including the Vancouver Art Gallery and the magnificent Museum of Anthropology.

Appraisers, auctioneers, museum curators, insurance underwriters, estate attorneys and others with an interest in personal property will benefit from this unique opportunity to acquire practical knowledge and insight from highly esteemed experts in dealing with these important segments of the market, all centered within the beautiful city of Vancouver.

Hotel Accommodations

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Reservations:  (604) 684-3131


March 10, 2016
March 11, 2016
March 12, 2016


Vancouver, British Columbia, often referred to as Canada’s San Francisco, offers a unique multi-cultural backdrop to the ASA 2016 Personal Property Conference The Sacred and Profane. Conference attendees will explore sacred and profane traditions across the spectrum of artistic cultures in daily presentations by well-known speakers. They will then have late day opportunities privately arranged to explore the fascinating First Nations People’s cultural history of the northwest region in which the conference is sited. Here are some of the highlights:
March 9, 2016
  • Welcome Reception at the Bill Reid Gallery
    Located conveniently across the street from The Fairmont Hotel in downtown Vancouver is the Bill Reid Gallery, site of the ASA 2016 Personal Property Conference welcome reception from 5-7 PM on Wednesday, March 9. This gallery backdrop features the largest assemblage of Bill Reid’s Haida artisan craftsmanship. This internationally renown preeminent Northwest Coast artist’s iconic imagery can be spotted in the sculpture of The Spirit of Haida Gwaii which graces the forecourt of the Canadian Embassy in Washington D.C, The Chief of the Undersea World at the Vancouver Aquarium, The Jade Canoe viewable upon your arrival at Vancouver International airport, and Raven and The First Men at The University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology AND on the back of the Canadian twenty dollar bill. While reconnecting with your colleagues over specially selected Canadian wines and appetizers at this private event, you may also choose to join our dedicated docent guide or independently stroll among totem poles, masks, and sculptures representing the finest of Northwest Coast Aboriginal Art. This is a wonderful opportunity at the beginning of The Sacred and Profane conference to enjoy the iconography and symbolism of ravens, thunderbirds, orcas, wolves and air spirits of the Haida Nation’s sacred world.
March 10, 2016
  • Tour at the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology
    On Thursday, March 10 with transportation provided, our evening tour will be held from 5-7 PM at the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology where you’ll have an opportunity to stroll around the partial reconstruction of a Haida Village, the longhouse and its towering intricately carved totem poles, all salvaged and preserved through the assistance of Bill Reid. Attendees of the conference will also have private after-hours tours of this world famous museum’s collections. There are artifacts from around the world, including the amazing Koerner Gallery’s collection of rare ceramics. The Museum of Anthropology houses one of the richest collections of First Nations People arts and artifacts in North America.
March 11, 2016
  • Tour at the Vancouver Art Gallery
    Within an easy short stroll from the Fairmont Hotel is the host site for our Friday evening March 11 tour from 5-7 PM. The Vancouver Art Gallery offers another private access for docent led guided tours of its current exhibition entitled MASHUP! This promises to be an explosion of creative contemporary artistic genius brought under one roof for the first time.
March 12, 2016
  • Sacred Closing Ceremonies
    The Sacred and Profane conference concludes at our luncheon on Saturday March 12, 2016 at The Fairmont Hotel with a performance by Spakwus Slolem, translated as the “Eagle Song Dancers.”  The Eagle Song Dancers are members of the ancient Squamish Nation, which has lived in the lower mainland of British Columbia for over 10,000 years. Their songs feature the beautifully carved masks that honor the spiritual powers of the animal kingdom. The leader of the group is Bob Baker, who has been active with his people’s heritage his entire life.

The Sacred and Profane conference promises to be one of the most curiously unique, fun and educational conferences that ASA/PP has ever presented. Come, join your peers, and pique your curiosity.

CE Credits

This event qualifies for 20 ASA continuing education (CE) credits.

Attendees may request reaccreditation credits for attending educational sessions held at the conference. The CE form will be available at the registration desk. You may submit your completed CE form at the conclusion of the conference or to:
  • American Society of Appraisers
    11107 Sunset Hills Road, Ste.
    310, Reston, VA 20190
    Fax: (703) 742-8471
    Attn.: Jennifer Schleining    


U.S. citizens MUST have a valid passport to travel to Canada. Click here for passport information.

Airport Transfers: Taxis from the Vancouver International Airport are readily available at the Arrivals Level. The trip to the Fairmont Hotel will take 30 minutes and the cost is a metered rate of approximately CAD $30 - $35.

Directions & Maps: Click here for directions and map from the Vancouver International Airport to the Fairmont Hotel. Note: If you are using a satellite navigation device to direct your vehicle to hotel, please input street address as 777 Hornby Street for convenient access to hotel driveway.

Parking: Valet parking available CAD $39/night + applicable taxes, including in-and-out privileges. Visitors may also use street parking for a maximum time of two hours. It is metered from 9a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

Pay with Credit Cards: Credit cards are widely accepted by most merchants in Vancouver and often offer the best exchange rates, especially cards with no foreign transaction fees. Notify your credit card company that you will be traveling to avoid any potential problems. Also, ATMs often provide a good way to obtain cash, so check with your bank for the best option for you.



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*Any opinions presented in the sessions are those of the instructor(s) and do not represent the official
position of the firms the individual instructors represent, sponsors or the American Society of Appraisers.


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