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Understanding Your Role as a Licensed Professional

Time: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

There are two sides to the self-regulation coin. Self-regulation affords regulated professionals valuable privileges, but also imposes important professional responsibilities. This session will explore the benefits and duties that come with being a licensed professional. It will be presented by the Registrar of the OAA and a lawyer who focuses exclusively on professional regulation.

What are the privileges associated with being a licensed professional? How do they benefit you? Architects and other licensed professionals enjoy many benefits, including exclusive use of title and a protected scope of work. Regulators also protect the public by preventing unlicensed individuals from holding themselves out. In this session, we will consider the privileges of licensure and how they benefit licensed professionals. 

What is expected of a licensed professional? What are the consequences of not meeting your professional responsibilities? The privileges of self-regulation have corresponding responsibilities, which include maintaining registration requirements, professionalism, and the standards of the profession. We will discuss the responsibilities of licensed professionals and how they operate to better serve the public interest. We will also review some of the methods of enforcing these responsibilities.

This webinar will be available with live closed captioning.

Learning Objectives

1) Gain a better understanding of the general objectives of self-regulation.

2) Learn about the privileges associated with being a licensed professional, including exclusive use of title and a protected scope of work.

3) Learn about the responsibilities of a licensed professional, including maintaining registration requirements and the standards of the profession, and the methods in place to enforce these responsibilities.

4) Gain a better understanding of how these privileges and responsibilities operate to better serve clients, while ensuring the protection of the public.


Speaker(s)

Anastasia-Maria HountalasJD

Anastasia-Maria Hountalas is an associate at Steinecke Maciura LeBlanc, where she advises and represents clients in all aspects of professional regulation. Prior to joining the firm, Anastasia-Maria summered and articled in the litigation department of a leading national law firm, with a focus on health law.

Anastasia-Maria completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History at McGill University and obtained her law degree from Queen’s University. During law school, Anastasia-Maria was actively involved in the Queen’s Law community, participating in the Prison Law Clinic and several study abroad programs. Anastasia-Maria serves as the President of Young Women in Law.


Claire Hepburn, Hons. B.A., L.L.B.

Claire is a lawyer with over 17 years of experience working in the area of professional regulation, family law, and civil litigation.  Before joining the Ontario Association of Architects as the Deputy Registrar, Claire worked at the Law Society of Ontario, as manager of Experiential Training.    Prior to that, she oversaw the Family Law and Tenant Housing Division at the University of Toronto’s Student Legal Clinic, Downtown Legal Services.

Claire obtained her law degree at the University of Windsor and has an honours degree in French and English from McMaster University.


Registration Fee

OAA Architect, LTOAA:  $39 + HST
OAA Interns:  $29 + HST
Non-Members: $59 + HST  

To register, click here

** Registration will be closed on February 10 at 11:59 PM. **

NOTE: 


  • Once your registration goes through, an automatically generated email confirmation will be sent as well.
  • The webinar will take place via Zoom and the OAA will email the Zoom Access Link to you one day prior.
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