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OAAAS Celebrates 15th anniversary

The Ontario Association for Applied Architectural Sciences (OAAAS) had a lot to celebrate last night during a reception at the Westin Prince Hotel in Toronto. OAA Council, OAAAS Board of Directors, members, staff and supporters came together to acknowledge the organization’s 15 years of work and accomplishments. 
OAAAS President Jean Audette welcomed the guests and introduced Executive Director Garry Neil, who spoke about the history of the Association and his hopes for the future.  
OAA President John Stephenson also spoke at the event, taking the opportunity to emphasize the partnership between the two Associations. 
“I look forward to achieving a bigger vision by working together,” he said. 
The OAAAS promotes the position of the technologist in architecture and in the public; its mission is to increase the knowledge, skill and proficiency of its members and ensure the public interest is served and protected. The Association became the Technology Program of the OAA on July 1, 2011. Since then, there has been a pathway to becoming a Licensed Technologist OAA and holding a Certificate of Practice with terms, conditions and limitations. Each holder must carry mandatory professional liability insurance. Licensed Technologists OAA are not allowed to use the title “architect,” and are required to clearly explain their status to their clients.
Licensed Technologists OAA may provide services as set out in the Licensed Technologist OAA Policy Statement.
There is now a Licensed Technologist OAA who is elected to Council who sits as an elected Member; with a voting seat. The Province amended the Regulations under the Architects Act at the OAA’s request to be inclusive of Licensed Technologists OAA.    
Jeremiah Gammond, the first OAA Council member representing Licensed Technologists OAA, expressed his pride at being the OAAAS immediate past president and graciously acknowledged the help of Neil and Associate Director Rommy Rodrigues. 
“Thank you for your advice and all that I learned,” he said. 
For more information about OAAAS, visit the OAAAS web page.