Appraiser’s professional profile

Stephen P. Sweeting, MA, MRICS 


Stephen P. Sweeting began his career in the dealer and auction sectors of the art and antiques business in the early 1980s and has been a full-time personal property appraiser since 1990. As a founding valuer of Toronto-based Appraisal Associates, he contributed to over 2,400 formal written appraisals for clients such as private collectors, businesses, professional services firms, insurance companies, and public institutions. Most major museums and public galleries in Canada were clients of the firm between 1993 and 2023. Appraisals were issued for Certified Cultural Property donations, charitable (gifts-in-kind) donations, insurance coverage, insurance claims review, sale advisory and other purposes. 

Trained as a Personal Property valuer by the American Society of Appraisers, Mr. Sweeting was an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) with the society from 1999 until 2010. In 2009 he qualified as a member of the globally-recognized Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). In that same year he was elected into the Institution as a Chartered Arts & Antiques Surveyor (MRICS designation). This accreditation requires relevant continuing professional development hours to be logged and submitted to RICS annually. He has maintained this qualification every year since 2009, and it is up-to-date.

Stephen P. Sweeting holds a Master of Arts — Integrated Studies with a specialization in Cultural Studies from Athabasca University and a BA (Hons) from the University of Toronto. He has received academic and professional scholarships from the American Society of Appraisers, Athabasca University, and the province of Alberta.. 


In addition to practicing as a full-time personal property appraiser for over 30 years, he taught an on-line, Masters-level course on the intersection of art and crime at Athabasca University in the early 2010s. He has held senior editorial positions at the Journal of Integrated Studies and The Art & Crime Gazette. As well, he has authored a wide range of valuation and collectable-related articles in trade, academic and other publications.


Mr. Sweeting founded S. P. Sweeting Appraisals in early 2024 following the passing of his business partner of nearly 30 years, the late Ms. Edie Yeomans, FASA, in 2022. S. P. Sweeting Appraisals works together with several qualified colleagues and consultants to serve clients.

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