International Conference on Assessment Administration


85th Annual International Conference on Assessment Administration

September 8 - 11, 2019 Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada


Submission Process:

Submit potential educational session presentations via the online form by Sunday, February 10, 2019. You will receive an automatic confirmation. Each submission will be reviewed by the IAAO Conference Committee made up of IAAO members appointed by the President and President-Elect. You will be notified by March 30, 2019 on the status of your submission.

Session Description Development:

A short, specific, title (not to exceed 12 words), an accurate two to three sentence description of the proposed session (to be used for publication) and a more fully developed abstract (between 200 and 400 words) are required.

All presenters in the session should be noted at the time of submission.  Provide each presenter’s name, company or jurisdiction, professional designations, email address and phone number.

All sessions will be 60 minutes in length.  Options are available for extended sessions of two one-hour time blocks. 

IAAO business partners are encouraged to submit presentations related to best practices. Presentations cannot be sales pitches or commercials. Presentation submissions by vendors / suppliers to the assessment / appraisal industry must include a jurisdictional assessment office subject matter expert as a co-presenter.

The Exhibitor Solutions track returns in 2019. IAAO business partners may provide information specific to a service or product without an accompanying jurisdiction participating. (Note: These sessions will not qualify for continuing education credit.) Costs for audio visual / technology beyond what is standard for education session rooms will be the responsibility of the business partner.

Standard education session audio visual set:

  • Podium with microphone
  • Lavaliere microphone
  • Laptop computer with PowerPoint
  • LCD projector with remote control
  • Laser pointer

NOTE: Session rooms will not have internet access unless required and arranged for in advance.

Presenter Expectations:

All speakers will be expected to sign a Presenter Letter of Agreement and submit a biographical summary.

Presenters are expected to meet posted dates and deadlines. IAAO reserves the right to make adjustments to any session that does not meet deadlines.

Presenters must use the slide (“PowerPoint”) template provided by IAAO.  A supplemental paper related to the slide presentation is required. This narrative is intended to provide the full scope of the presentation beyond what is developed for the slides at the conference and will be included in the IAAO library for future use by library patrons.

The final slide presentation and paper must be submitted to IAAO via a link provided on this website by Thursday, August 8, 2019. (Conference presentations will be available to attendees via a conference mobile app and the conference proceedings via the IAAO website.)

All presenters are expected to register for the conference and complete a registration form. Presenter registration discounts of up to $200 may be available. If a presenter plans to participate in only his or her own session, registration costs may be waived. The registration form is still required. Complete the hard copy registration form and note “speaker - my presentation attendance only” on the form before submitting. IAAO does not budget funds for presenter expenses.

Scholarships for conference attendance may be available. More information is on the website. Funds are limited. Scholarship applicants should apply early in 2019.

Presentation Areas of Focus:
Presentation submissions are welcomed for both seasoned assessors and those new to the profession. The Conference Committee has defined the following areas of focus. 

Assessment Technology

Emerging Issues



Legal and Legislative

Personal Property

Real Property Valuation (Agricultural, Commercial/Industrial and Residential)

Exhibitor Solutions (Highlighting and demonstrating vendor products)

Potential hot topics include:

  • Changing retail landscape
  • Climate change
  • Collecting data with drones (the assessor’s perspective)
  • Fulfillment/Distribution centers
  • Land Banking
  • Re-defining Fee Simple
  • Rise of data centers
  • Use of remote sensing

Ideas / suggestions for topics based on surveys and research requests.  Other presentation topics are welcomed.                                    

  • Abatements and Incentives
  • Affordable/low income housing
  • Assessing non-profits
  • Broadband/5G Technology
  • Cloud storage
  • Desk-top review
  • Energy efficient homes
  • Ethics
  • Highly unique properties
  • Hotel/motel valuation
  • Hydroponics/Cannabis
  • Industrial plants
  • LEED buildings
  • Legislative oversight
  • Manufactured homes
  • Open source software
  • Politics and the assessor’s office
  • Renewable Energy
  • Rural solutions
  • Safety in the Workplace
  • Senior housing
  • Short-term rentals
  • Spatial modeling
  • Succession planning/developing staff
  • Title and Deeds
  • Training new appraisers
  • Trends in transportation
  • Working with VERY young employees


Before submitting a presentation, read the Submission Instructions.


For questions, contact Conference Committee staff liaison Leann Ritter at or 816-701-8161.



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For 2019: Educational Sessions from the 2019 Annual Conference in Niagara Falls, Ontario
For 2018: Educational Sessions from the 2018 Annual Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota