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Council Highlights - March 3 Meeting

A meeting of OAA Council was held on March 3, 2016 and the following priority agenda items were dealt with: 
Report from Council Priority Setting Session
On February 4 and 5, 2016 the OAA Council held its annual Council Priorities and Planning Session, reviewing current projects and initiatives, and discussing the Association’s priorities for the new year. A review of the OAA’s Vision, Mission and Mandate statements was also conducted.  At the March meeting Council reviewed the results of the session and further discussed the Vision, Mission and Mandate. Council also reviewed the implementation of a logic model for assessing new as well as existing programs and services through a draft document which was circulated for consideration. This year’s planning session included the Chairs of the local Societies.
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OAA Annual Audit 2015

The Senior Vice President and Treasurer presented the 2015 report of the OAA’s Auditors noting that Grant Thornton has issued a clean audit once again.

Council received and accepted the 2015 Audited Financial Statements for the Ontario Association of Architects as circulated which will be contained in the OAA Annual Report. The 2015 Annual Report will be posted to the OAA Website in April in advance of the Annual General Meeting.

Society Special project funding

OAA Council approved the allocation of the 2016 Society Special Project Funding at the March meeting. Each year the local architectural Societies of the OAA are invited to submit proposals for consideration under this annual funding. The funding is awarded to carry out projects or events that further the objective of the OAA and the profession as a whole. OAA Council commends the Societies on the level of effort that is being placed on local initiatives and awareness.  The total funding allocation for 2016 is $75,000 and has been distributed among requests from six societies. The individual societies will be notified shortly.  Information and complete details of the funding allocation and activities will be posted to the Societies page of the OAA Website shortly.

OAA Intern Architect attendance at the RAIC Festival

Council has once again set aside funding in the annual budget to cover the cost of Intern representation at the RAIC Festival this year in Nanaimo, BC. Council will be sending one individual from the OAA Interns’ Committee as well as selecting one Intern Architect through a random draw.  Interns interested in this opportunity will be invited to submit their name through OAA News.

Practice Tools Resource Library

OAA Council considered and discussed further the proposal that had been put forward by the Practice Committee regarding implementation of a Web library of practice tools for members. Council did confirm its commitment to further the key principles put forward through the proposal which includes a more robust set of resources on the OAA’s Website for practices and members; a more effective search function; and a new framework through which members would search for and access the resource information and tools posted on the OAA’s site.   Discussion on how best to implement these principles are ongoing; a report will be presented to Council in June with respect to implementation.

Appointments to Committee

OAA Council appointed the following individuals to the Interns’ Committee: Gordon Hunt and John Lee. In addition, the following appointments were made to the OAA Complaints Committee: Mazen Alkhaddam and Rick Bruynson. James Farrow was reappointed as Chair of the Complaints Committee for 2016.

The next Council meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 11 in conjunction with the OAA Annual Conference at the Allstream Centre in Toronto, Exhibition Place. Members are welcome to attend the open session. Please RSVP to Tina Carfa if you plan to attend.