Last week, the OAA Council met at the Westin Prince Hotel in Toronto for its annual Planning Session, confirming its priorities for the year ahead.
On the evening of Thursday, February 8, President John Stephenson presented an overview of existing Council initiatives. This included a review of the timelines for projects underway, as well as those committed to.
Cathi Mietkiewicz, an associate with Steinecke Maciura Leblanc, explored “Good Governance: Roles and Responsibilities of Councillors,” discussing subjects ranging from fiduciary duties to the OAA’s important relationship with the public interest.
The next morning, Stephenson introduced a number of topics, updating the current status of each before facilitating discussion and feedback from Councillors. Discussion points included:
- the need for an Architecture Policy to guide all levels of government and the broader municipal sector;
- the OAA’s future as a regulator of the broader practice of architecture;
- OAA engagement with the project management service providers;
- engagement by the profession in strengthening First Nations communities; and
- continued advocacy and regulation of inappropriate RFPs, contract language and procurement practices.
OAA Registrar Nedra Brown provided an update on the progress made on recommendations that stemmed from The Interns Forum (TIF)—the precursor to the existing Interns Committee. This includes the launch of the online Admission Course and the online Canadian Experience Record Book (CERB). A focus on improving communication throughout the internship process and ongoing initiatives were also reviewed.
Adam Tracey, the OAA’s manager of policy and government relations, updated Council on the mandate and work of the Practice Advocacy Coordination Team (PACT). The online Government Relations Portal
and World Architecture Day event at Queen’s Park were highlighted, along with the accomplishments and current initiatives of Policy and Government Relations.
A full report of the 2018 Council Planning Session will be released later in February.