An appraiser is a professional who specializes in providing opinions of value (appraisals) and valuation services in an independent, impartial and objective manner.



2017 Reviewer for the Specialty and Advanced Studies Committee of the International Society of Appraisers (volunteer)

2017 Producer & Research Director, Canadian Museums Association, 70 th  Anniversary Video “Remembering the Future”

2016 – 2017 Lecturer, Centre for Initiatives in Education, Carleton University ( Caring for Collections 2016; Fakes and Forgeries 2017)

2012 Founder, Erica Claus and Associates / Erica Claus et associés

2008 – 2011 Secretary to the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board, Department of Canadian Heritage, Government of Canada

2005 – 2008 Counsellor & Section Head, Culture, Academic Relations and Public Affairs, Embassy of Canada, Berlin, Germany

2001 – 2005 Director, International Trade and Development, Department of Canadian Heritage, Government of Canada

1999 – 2001 Director, Arts Policy National Round Tables, Department of Canadian Heritage, Government of Canada

1995 – 1999 Director, Multiculturalism Department, Department of Canadian Heritage, Government of Canada

1986 – 1995 Director, Evaluation and Audit Branch, Department of Canadian Heritage, Government of Canada




2013 Graduate Diploma in Mediation and Conflict Resolution, Faculty of Law, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

2012 Accredited Member, International Society of Appraisers, Chicago, USA

1982 Master of Arts in Anthropology, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

1980 Certificate in Tamil Language and Culture, Madurai Kamaraj University, South India

1978 Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Museology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

1973 Diploma of College Studies in Fine Art, Vanier College, Montreal, Quebec, Canada



ISA Appraisal Requalification Certificate (2018), “link to certificate here”.

Assets 2018: Innovation and Valuation Annual Conference (2018). International Society of Appraisers. Pasadena.

Leveraging Art Market Trends (2017). International Society of Appraisers. Webinar.

Modernism: Prints, Photographs and Multiples (2017). International Society of Appraisers. Dallas.

Modernism: Design, Furniture and Decorative Arts (2017). International Society of Appraisers. Dallas.

Scholarship for Education (2017). Foundation for Appraisal Education.

Requalification Course (2017). International Society of Appraiser. Chicago.

Assets 2017: The Architecture of Appraising Annual Conference (2017). International Society of Appraisers. Chicago.

Keeping the Legacy Alive Conference (2016). The Institute for Artists’ Estates. Berlin.

Association of International Photography Art Dealers Conference (2016). New York.

Fakes and Forgeries Seminar (2016). Foundation for Appraisal Education. Philadelphia.

Core Course in Appraisal Studies (2016). International Society of Appraisers. Montreal.

Ambrotypes: Photography on Glass Workshop (2016). Genesee Libby Studio. Rochester. New York.

Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). Boston (2012); Toronto (2014); Online (2016).

Art from the Ground Up Symposium (Authentication) (2013). Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, Stony Brook. New York.

Assets 2013: Appraising in Chicago Annual Conference (2013). International Society of Appraisers. Chicago.

Fine Art Specialty Course (2012). International Society of Appraisers. Chicago.

Elevated to Accredited Member status 2012. International Society of Appraisers .

Conflict Resolution Workshop (2012). Institute for Conflict Resolution. St. Paul’s University. Ottawa.

Public Service Award of Excellence in Citizen-Focused Service Delivery. Nomination Cultural Property Export Review Board and cultural institutions across Canada (2010).

Core Course in Appraisal Studies (2009). International Society of Appraisers.

Program Managers Abroad Course (2005). Centre of Learning for International Affairs and Management, Canadian Foreign Service Institute. Gatineau.

International Visitor Leadership Program Study Tour-Cultural Heritage Preservation (2000). Invitation of the US Secretary of State. Multi-city USA.

Certificate of Recognition (1999). The Secretary of State (Multiculturalism) (Status of Women). Ottawa.

Rethinking Policy Course (1994). Canadian Centre for Management Development. Ottawa.

Deputy Minister’s Outstanding Contributions Awards (5) (1993-2004). Ottawa.

Effectiveness Reporting & Auditing Conference (1992). Canadian Auditing Foundation. Ottawa.

Graduate Scholarship and Teaching Assistantship (1982). Carleton University. Ottawa.

Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute One-Year Tamil Language Study Scholarship (1980-1981). Madurai.

Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute Summer Scholarship (1979). Multi-city India.  


Association of Independent Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD), New York (2016)

Berlin Biennale 2006, 2008

Documenta, Kassel 2007

The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF), New York (2016)

Toronto Art Fair (TAF) 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2016

Venice Biennale 2011, 2013




2017 Compassionate Ottawa

2016-2017 Ottawa Center Refugee Action

2011-2019 Royal Ottawa Hospital Awareness & Fundraising for  Women for Mental Health

2014-2016 Mediation Coach, Carleton University Mediation and Conflict Resolution Graduate Students




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