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2019 OAA Committee Vacancies

Deadline to Apply is October 12

Volunteers are vital to the work of the OAA, and a diversity of voices, opinions, skills and knowledge is critical to its decision-making processes. Consider volunteering on one of the eight Committees that have vacancies for the 2019–2021 term. 
The OAA recognizes the inherent benefit of encouraging the active participation of all members in its volunteer opportunities and is committed to having committees that are representative of the profession now and in the future. 
Recognizing that the number of women in the profession is increasing, and that the profession is becoming more diverse, the OAA commits to greater diversity and inclusion as well as working toward gender parity in its appointments process. Last year, OAA Council formally adopted a policy that strives for inclusion, diversity and gender parity on all Committees. 
For 2019, there will be vacancies on the following OAA Committees/Task Groups: 
  • Complaints Committee;
  • Discipline Committee;
  • Practice Committee (PC);
  • Policy Advocacy Coordination Team (PACT);
  • Project Administration Resource Committee (PARC);
  • Registration Committee;
  • Sub-Committee on Building Codes and Regulations (SCOBCAR); and
  • The Interns Committee. 
Read below for more information about the role of each Committee and what is required of its members. Architects interested in serving on any of the following committees are encouraged to e-mail the staff member for the committee (e-mail links below), including a completed Indication of Interest form and a CV. 
The deadline is Friday, October 12. 
Complaints Committee
The Complaints Committee is a statutory body established under the Architects Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. A. 26, s. 29, that considers and investigates complaints made by members of the public or members of the Association regarding the conduct or actions of any architect licensed by the OAA or holder of a Certificate of Practice or Temporary Licence. 
The Committee is seeking five new members for a three-year term to begin January 2019. 
The Committee meets monthly, with the majority of meetings held by conference call and one or two per year held in-person at the OAA. For the purpose of reviewing case material, the Committee is divided into teams, with one member of each team leading the review and preparing a written report to the Committee. All Committee members are expected to review the documents of all cases prior to the meeting and participate in Committee deliberations. All Complaints Committee matters are strictly confidential. 
Several years of experience in a broad range of architectural activities is ideal. 
Architects interested in joining the Complaints Committee should send a completed Indication of Interest form and CV to Jakanah Sambavalingam in the Office of the Registrar at jakanahs@oaa.on.ca
Discipline Committee
The Discipline Committee is a statutory body established under Section 33 of the Architects Act to hear allegations of professional misconduct against a member of the Association or a holder of a Certificate of Practice or Temporary Licence. 
The Act requires that members of the Discipline Committee have a minimum of 10 years of experience in the practice of architecture. The Discipline Committee is seeking a member to begin January 2019 for a three-year period. 
Committee membership involves sitting as a member of a Tribunal selected for a particular matter, hearing evidence presented by legal counsel to the Association and legal counsel to the member and rendering a decision. 
Architects interested in joining the Discipline Committee should send a completed Indication of Interest form and CV to Tina Carfa, Executive Assistant, Executive Services, at tinac@oaa.on.ca
Practice Committee
The Practice Committee (PC) is a non-statutory Committee that reviews practice-related issues, both regulatory and business-related, that have an impact on day-to-day architectural practice, including material for Regulatory Notices and Practice Tips, as well as practice matters. First-hand experience in a broad range of architectural practice activities provides the appropriate background for the work of the Committee. 
Architects interested in a three-year term on the PC, beginning in January 2019, should send a completed Indication of Interest form and CV to Gaynor Kim-Sing, Administrative Assistant, Practice Advisory Services, at gaynork@oaa.on.ca
Policy Advocacy Coordination Team (PACT)
PACT coordinates the means to address specific issues and concerns that are political in nature (i.e. requiring discussion with various levels of governments). It identifies emerging issues in the industry specifically related to the practice of architecture in Ontario and coordinates the advancement of those issues in order that practices have a fair and transparent condition in which to operate. 
The Committee coordinates existing and future ongoing OAA committees’ and sub-committees’ work toward achieving maximum effectiveness through the monitoring of priories and inter-communication. It identifies methods of gathering information about issues, advancing concerns, and initiatives to governments and the membership. 
The Committee meets approximately eight times per year at the OAA with a summer hiatus. Architects who would like to be considered for a term on PACT, beginning in January 2019, should send a completed Indication of Interest form and CV to Courtney Meagher, Architectural Graduate, at courtneym@oaa.on.ca
Project Administration Resource Committee (PARC)
The primary goal of PARC is to facilitate the identification and promotion of best practices in the areas of management of an architectural project. This Committee fills a need for the exchange of information and ideas related to the areas of professional services that fall under the management of an architectural project. PARC also takes responsibility for its webpages, which include articles and commentaries on the Canadian Handbook of Practice (CHOP). 
Six meetings a year are held at OAA Headquarters, with e-mail correspondence occurring throughout the year as necessary. 
Applicants interested in a three-year term on the PARC, beginning in January 2019, should send a completed Indication of Interest form and CV to Gaynor Kim-Sing, Administrative Assistant, Practice Advisory Services, at gaynork@oaa.on.ca
Registration Committee
The Registration Committee is the statutory committee under the Architects Act responsible for holding a hearing and making a determination where: 
(1) the Registrar serves notice to a party that its application for licence or Certificate of Practice is being refused or its licence or Certificate of Practice is being revoked; and 
(2) the applicant or member requests a hearing before the Registration Committee. 
The Committee hears the matter and makes a determination as to the proposal by the Registrar. 
The Registration Committee requires one new member whose term would begin January 2019. Members serve for three-year terms and may sit for a maximum of three terms. The Committee meets as needed and does not hold regular meetings, but there is training by outside legal counsel to ensure Committee members are well-informed about the process. 
Those architects interested in pursuing membership on the Registration Committee should send a completed Indication of Interest form and CV to Gail Hanselman in the Office of the Registrar at gailh@oaa.on.ca
Sub-Committee on Building Codes and Regulations (SCOBCAR)
This Sub-Committee was established under the OAA Practice Committee to re-establish and maintain the architectural profession’s leadership role in the development of building codes and regulations in order to ensure that the public interest and safety is paramount and that the architectural profession continues to be solely responsible for its own self-regulation. 
SCOBCAR meets at OAA Headquarters when national and provincial code reviews occur. There are generally one or two meetings a year, usually from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The majority of the work is performed at the meetings, with e-mail correspondence occurring throughout the year as necessary. 
Architects interested in a three-year term on SCOBCAR beginning January 2019, should send a completed Indication of Interest form  and CV to Gaynor Kim-Sing, Administrative Assistant, Practice Advisory Services, at gaynork@oaa.on.ca
The Interns Committee
The Interns Committee reports to the OAA Council about issues of importance to Intern Architects and Student Associates. To date, the issues raised relate to supporting the integration of Intern Architects and Student Associates into the profession, improving the path to licensure and gaining experience. The Committee meets every two months for approximately three hours. Sub-committees meet independently and report back at the bi-monthly meetings. 
The Interns Committee is seeking two Intern Architects and two Student Associates enrolled in the graduate program of a school of architecture in Ontario to begin January 2019. Intern Architects serve a three-year term, while Student Associates serve for one year. 
Members of the Interns Committee are involved in improving the path to the profession from school through to licensure. Intern Architects and Student Associates interested in volunteering should send a completed Indication of Interest form and CV to Catherine Reyes in the Office of the Registrar at catheriner@oaa.on.ca.