The OAA Council met at the Westin Prince Hotel in Toronto for its annual Planning Session, reviewing the current state of Association initiatives and projects, and also exploring its priorities for the year ahead.
On the evening of Thursday, February 7, guest speaker Cathi Mietkiewicz (Mietkiewicz Law) spoke about good governance as it pertains to the roles and responsibilities of OAA Councillors. This theme was continued by Hari Panday, Chair of Pro-Demnity Insurance Company, with his presentation on the work of ProDem Board members.
The following day, OAA President Kathleen Kurtin led the assembled Councillors and OAA staff in a look back at the previous year’s accomplishments, goals and strategies. The four Vice Presidents—Mélisa Audet (Regulatory), Amir Azadeh (Communications), J. Gordon Erskine (Strategic) and David Sin (Practice)—also provided quick overviews of their portfolios. The Association’s various projects were then considered in the context of the OAA’s Vision, Mission and Mandate to ensure their appropriateness.
Kurtin then discussed what was on the horizon for both the Council and the profession. Big-picture discussions and brainstorming took place, with Councillors examining various aspects of ensuring a strong future for not only the OAA, but also Ontario architects on the whole. Conversations ranged from how to engage the diversity of the membership in decision making to other subjects like supporting practices, a need for improved financial literacy and how to best work with municipal and provincial bodies.
Topics such as the internship program, the OAA’s role in addressing climate change and sustainability and the profession’s impact on the economy were also addressed.
The discussions were used to help create a list of what the major priorities would be for the coming year. A full report of the 2019 Council Planning Session, including this list of priorities, will be released shortly.