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Council Highlights: March 8, 2018 Meeting

On Thursday, March 8, OAA Council gathered for its second meeting of 2018. The following are the highlights of the meeting, which took place at the OAA’s temporary Headquarters at 1 Duncan Mill Road in Toronto. 
Report from Council Priority Setting Session
On February 8 and 9, the annual Council Priorities and Planning Session was held, reviewing and setting projects and initiatives for the year. Presented at the March meeting, the key Council actions include: 
  • looking for opportunities for supporting Indigenous architecture and strengthening First Nations communities;
  • continuing to support the efforts of Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA) in drafting, validating and adopting a National Architecture Policy as a means for strengthening the value proposition of the profession and guiding procurement and delivery of building and infrastructure projects;
  • collaborating with the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) in developing a framework to regulate the provision of interior design services under the Architects Act;
  • maintaining the reviewing of RFP and contract language, including issuing a ‘Top 10’ list of objectionable clauses, participating in panel discussions with the Ontario Bar Association (OBA), completing the conversation with Infrastructure Ontario (IO), and developing further direction and recommendations aimed at more systemic solutions;
  • promoting membership in the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC);
  • exploring the issue of transparency and publication of disciplinary decisions, and the OAA’s role as the regulator in this regard;
  • addressing a strategy—through collaboration of the Policy Advocacy Coordination Team (PACT), Practice and the Continuing Education committees—to respond to the emergence of Project Management Service Providers; and
  • refreshing the mandates of all standing committees to align with the Vision, Mission and Mandate of the OAA and Council priorities outlined for the year.
At the March meeting, Council received the report from this planning session, voicing support. 
OAA annual audit
The Senior Vice President and Treasurer presented the 2017 report of the OAA’s auditors, which was then received and accepted by council. These financial statements will be contained in the forthcoming OAA Annual Report, which will be posted to the Association’s website in April in advance of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held as part of the Annual Conference in May. 
Society special project funding
Following consultation by the Communications Committee, Council approved the allocation of the 2018 society special project funding (SPF) requests. Each year, the local architectural societies of the OAA are invited to submit proposals for consideration under this annual funding source. 
The program is intended to help societies carry out projects or events that further the objective of the OAA and the profession as a whole, including engagement with the general public. OAA Council commends the societies on the level of effort being placed on local initiatives and awareness. The total funding allocation for the year has been distributed, with the relevant societies to be notified shortly. Information and complete details of the funding allocation and activities will also be posted to the Societies page of the OAA Website later this month. 
Conference 2019: Approval of title and theme
Working with the OAA’s external communications agency, Proof (formerly known as Environics), the Conference Committee has finalized the title for the 2019 event as “Empowering Change. To be held in Quebec City, the conference will have the following theme: 
“At its core, architecture is about solving problems. From climate change to housing affordability to social cohesion, architects are catalysts for transformation, leading change from where we are today to where we need to be tomorrow.” 
Sponsoring intern architects at the OAA Annual Conference and 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, the event is being held in Saint John, New Brunswick. However, in addition to sponsoring two individuals for this event, Council also had a motion carried that would support two more interns (for up to $2000 each, covering registration, travel, accommodation and meals) to attend the OAA Annual Conference. Last week, an e-mail was sent to all intern architects, advising them of this opportunity and the timelines for the random draw. 
Appointments to Committees
Intern architect Gordon Hunt was appointed to the Practice Committee for a two-year term. 
Next meeting
The next Council meeting will take place on Wednesday May 23, at the Toronto Delta Hotel as part of the OAA Annual Conference. The event begins at 8:30 am, with members welcome to attend the open session. Those intending to participate should RSVP to Tina Carfa.