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Council Highlights: November 1, 2018 Meeting

The most recent meeting of the OAA Council took place on Thursday, November 1, at the Association’s temporary Headquarters at 1 Duncan Mill Road in Toronto. Here is a brief rundown of some of the major highlights that occurred. 
Council approves 2019 budget
The Senior Vice President and Treasurer, on behalf of the Budget Committee, presented the draft 2019 general activities and operating budget, as well as the capital budget. Council approved a balanced budget that included a transfer of specified amounts into the capital and legal reserves. 
The OAA’s new financial year begins December 1, 2018. Council approved an inflationary increase (1.8 per cent) based on the anticipated Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Ontario, which will be reflected in the coming year’s Online Renewal Invoices for individuals and practices. 
Digital seals
The OAA Council agreed to adopt the Notarius electronic seal on a voluntary basis as of January 2019. New requests for seals after this date will be issued solely in this digital format. Further, effective January 2022, all OAA seals will be Notarius electronic seals. 
Awards Program recommendations
The OAA Awards Steering Committee has continued to work on the phased implementation of the 2016 Awards Review Report recommendations in a bid to ensure continual improvement of the program. After its summer meeting, it brought forth a trio of recommendations to Council:
  • remove anonymity as a requirement for the Design Excellence Awards;
  • move the Order of da Vinci to a biennial presentation (similar to the Lifetime Design Achievement Award); and
  • reinforce ‘sustainability’ as an essential component in all Design Excellence Awards by making Energy Use Intensity (EUI) data reporting mandatory.
All recommendations were accepted. 
Logo redesign
Work continues on the redesign of the Association’s 19-year-old logo to ensure it meets current and future needs, as well as accessibility, bilingual and design use requirements. Leo Burnett Toronto, the graphic design firm serving as the OAA’s consultant, presented three different options for the Council to review. After much discussion and exploration of each logo’s merits and challenges, the Council emerged with a clear consensus decision that the consultant should take the first design option and make some slight alterations. 
The Leo Burnett Toronto team is now scheduled to meet with the Logo Redesign Task Group later this month in advance of a final presentation to Council for its approval in December. 
Changes in funding and sponsorship opportunities
Each year, Local Architectural Societies are invited to request special project funding (SPF) for events or publications that “establish and maintain or to assist in the establishment and maintenance of classes, schools, exhibitions or lectures in, and to promote public appreciation of, architecture and the allied arts and sciences.” The Communications Committee recommended revising this program’s administration to improve transparency, clarity and opportunity. The Council accepted the Committee’s proposal of a multiple-deadline submission process to allow societies to ask for funding as the needs arise. 
Similarly, the Council accepted suggested changes to the OAA Sponsorship program for outside organizations, associations and companies. Now called the OAA Public Awareness Sponsorship Program, the new name allows for more clarity to applicants while the revised multiple-deadline submission process enables a more structured and fair administrative process than the previous first-come-first-served basis. 
Architects of Long Standing and Life Members
The OAA Council was pleased to recognize the following members as Architects of Long Standing—a status signifying 50 years of membership as a licensed architect in Ontario:
  • Barry R. Cline;
  • Yuk-Cheung Lee;
  • Terence J. McGowan;
  • Stanley E. Sota;
  • Michael Frederick Thom; and
  • Christopher Z. Tworkowsk. 
Additionally, the following retired individuals were appointed as Life Members of the Association:
  • Rudolph Adlaf;
  • Thomas G. Bentley;
  • Ronald D. Brandon;
  • Lawrence W. Combe;
  • James R. Evans;
  • Robert B. Ferguson;
  • Terence Foord;
  • Howard Lee;
  • Joseph Liff;
  • Paul Martineau;
  • Morris Melamed;
  • Bernard Montgomery Rasch;
  • William E. Rosier;
  • Juergen H. Rust;
  • Andrew M. Spriet;
  • Richard L. Stevens;
  • Robert B. Stiff;
  • Aivars Vinters;
  • W. Carson Woods;
  • James S. Yamashita;
  • E.H. Zeidler; and
  • Michael Zuberec. 
These members will be formally recognized during next year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) during the OAA National Conference in Quebec City in May. 
Update from the national scene
The OAA President reported on his participation at the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA) meeting the previous month, having attended with the Executive Director and the Senior Vice President. The Council approved further funding to support the development of an architecture policy for Canada. It was also discussed that this topic would form the basis of a plenary and series of workshops taking place as part of next year’s OAA conference. 
Next meeting
The next regular meeting of the OAA Council, and its final gathering of 2018, will be held on at the temporary headquarters at 1 Duncan Mill Rd., in Toronto, on Friday, December 14. Members are welcome to attend the open meeting, and should RSVP to Tina Carfa.