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Running for Council



The OAA exists to protect the public interest and govern the members and practice of architecture in Ontario. The OAA has a governing Council.

The Council sets policy direction for the OAA and is currently composed of 15 architects, 1 Licensed Technologist OAA and 1 Intern Architect (Non-Voting Seat) who are elected, as well as 5 members of the public appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council (LGIC).  

By participating on council, you strengthen the profession’s capacity to self-regulate, and act in the public interest to ensure members maintain the standards of competency and conduct within the profession

1. What is the role of a Councillor?

As a Councillor, you will participate in the decision-making that charts the direction that we will take as a profession. Council must govern the Association and the profession according to the rules set out by the Architects Act, the Regulation, By-laws, and Policy, always keeping the public and their best interest in mind.

2. Why should I run for Council?

Council is an opportunity to share your expertise and help shape the future of the profession. It also allows you to learn about other aspects of the profession, regulation, the Association’s structure, as well as numerous programs and services. Last, but not least, participating in Council strengthens self-regulation, ensuring architects govern architects.

3. Intern Architect Non-Voting Seat

In September 2016 Council approved a Non-Voting Seat for an Intern Architect on Council.

Non-Voting Intern Architect Seat on Council:
a) is for one year term,  from January 1 to December 31
b) able to participate in Council Meetings but not vote; 
c) must be an active Intern Architect;
d) must be in good standing with the OAA; and 
e) Must be a resident in the Province of Ontario.

Responsibilities:

The Intern Architect representative is expected to be present and to participate at every meeting of Council. There are typically 7 full day meetings of Council, 2 full day Council planning sessions, and 2 additional full days required for the annual conference; in total that is 11 full days. These are the minimum number of days each Councillor is required to be present for.  There are additional time obligations required to sit on various committees. Sitting on additional committees is at the Intern Architect’s discretion, except for the Intern Committee with which you would liaise. The majority of committee meetings are held during business hours at the OAA headquarters.  The Intern Architects Committee has been meeting downtown Toronto after regular business hours.

Elected by:
Every active Intern Architect in good standing with the OAA no matter where they live; and
All Architects OAA who are eligible to vote in a Council election

Electoral District:
Province of Ontario (Electoral District Map

The elections take place at the same time and in the same manner as elections of Architects to council.  You will receive the ballot by e-mail.

Please review the Election Procedures page and the technical issues FAQ page to make sure you white list the electronic election provider.

4. Licensed Technologist OAA Seat

Licensed Technologist OAA Seat on Council
a) is for a three year term;
b) able to participate in Council Meetings; 
c) must be a Licensed Technologist OAA;
d) must be in good standing with the OAA; and 
e) Must be a resident in the Province of Ontario.

Elected by
Every active Licensed Technologist OAA in good standing with the OAA no matter where they live and all Architects OAA who are eligible to vote in a Council election

Electoral District
Province of Ontario (Electoral District Map

The elections take place at the same time and in the same manner as elections of Architects to council.  You will receive the ballot by e-mail.

Please review the Election Procedures page and the technical issues FAQ page to make sure you white list the electronic election provider.

5. How many Council seats are available?

There are five seats available for Architects and one Intern Architect Non-Voting Seat available in this election.

The members of Council whose terms expire on December 31, 2018 are:
Jeffrey Laberge (Northern Ontario)
J. Gordon Erskine (Eastern Ontario)
Don Ardiel (Western Ontario)
Vanessa Syt Jing Fong (City of Toronto)
John K. Stephenson (Province of Toronto) 

The Intern Architect Non-Voting Seat, whose term expires on December 31, 2018 is: 
Ana Stefanovic (Province of Ontario) 

6. Are members of Council compensated?

Being a Councillor is a voluntary position. Only the President and Vice-Presidents receive a modest honorarium in recognition of the significantly higher workload of their positions within the Council.  

7. What is the time commitment?

Council generally meets eight times a year for full-day Council meetings, but there are occasions when a special meeting is called to deal with a specific, usually complex issue. Councillors also participate in a yearly retreat, as well as the annual conference. In addition, Councillors participate in the various committees and task groups of the Association. The time commitment for committees and task groups varies widely, from calling in a few times a year to monthly meetings.

8. How long is the term of a Councillor?

Three (3) Year Terms
• Architects OAA
• Licensed Technologist OAA


One (1) year Term
• Intern Architect Non-Voting Seat

9. Who is eligible to run for Council?

An Architect or Licensed Technologist OAA is eligible for election to the Council if he or she:
a) is a Canadian citizen; 
b) is a resident of Ontario;
c) has an address of record in the Electoral District which they want to represent; and
d) is a member in good standing.

An Intern Architect is eligible for election to the council if the Intern Architect:
a) is an active Intern Architect; 
b) is in good standing with the OAA; and 
c) is resident in the Province of Ontario.

10. I’m excited to run! What is the next step?

All candidates seeking to run for Council must be nominated by three members of the electoral district they are running in. You can read more about the nomination process on our Election Procedures page.