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2016 OAA Committee Vacancies

DEADLINE: October 16, 2015

The following OAA Committees/Task Groups require your assistance: 
  • Complaints Committee
  • Construction Contract Administration Committee (CCAC)
  • Discipline Committee
  • Experience Requirements Committee (ERC)
  • Honours & Awards Committee
  • OAA Perspectives Editorial Committee
  • Practice Committee (PC)
  • Sub-Committee on Building Codes and Regulations (SCOBCAR)

Read below for more information about the role of each Committee and what is required as a Committee member. Architects interested in serving on any of the following committees are encouraged to do the following: 
1. Send a quick e-mail to the staff member for the committee, saying you are interested (e-mail links below).
3. Fax or e-mail your CV with the Indication of Interest form to the staff member for the committee; FAX: 416-449-5756 
Deadline: Friday, October 16, 2015 
Complaints Committee  
The Complaints Committee is a statutory body established under the Architects Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. A. 26, s. 29,  that considers and investigates complaints made by members of the public or members of the Association regarding the conduct or actions of any architect licensed by the OAA or holder of a Certificate of Practice or a Temporary Licence. 
The Committee is seeking new members to begin January 2016 for a three-year term. 
The Committee meets monthly, with the majority of meetings being held by conference call and 2-4 meetings per year held in-person at the OAA. For the purpose of reviewing case material, the Committee is divided into teams and one member of each team leads the review and prepares a written report to the Committee. All Committee members are expected to review the documentation of all cases prior to the meeting and participate in Committee deliberations. All Complaints Committee matters require strict confidentiality. 
Several years experience in a broad range of architectural practice activities provides the appropriate background for the work of the Complaints Committee. 
Architects interested in joining the Committee or who require further clarification should contact Kshamalee Wirekoon in the Office of the Registrar at kshamaleew@oaa.on.ca.
Construction Contract Administration Committee (CCAC) 
The primary goal of the Construction Contract Administration Committee (CCAC) is to facilitate the identification and promotion of best practices in the area of construction contract administration which account for approximately 25% of an architect’s professional fees.  
The CCAC fills a need for the exchange of information and ideas related to this area of professional services. This Committee also takes responsibility for a specific web page on this topic on the OAA’s Website. This web page allows for questions and answers relative to this area of service. Through that exchange, best practices can be identified and communicated to the members as a whole. 
Six meetings a year are held at OAA Headquarters.  Much of the work is performed at the meetings, with some e-mail correspondence occurring throughout the year as necessary.
Expressions of interest are being sought from Architects who would like to be considered for a three-year term on the CCAC, beginning in January, 2016. For further information, please contact Christine Chow, Executive Assistant, Practice Advisory Services, at christinec@oaa.on.ca.  
Discipline Committee
The Discipline Committee is a statutory body established under Section 33 of the Architects Act to hear allegations of professional misconduct against a member of the Association or a holder of a certificate of practice or a holder of a temporary licence. 
The Act requires that members of the Discipline Committee have a minimum of ten years experience in the practice of architecture. The Discipline Committee is seeking several new member to begin January, 2016 for a three year period. 
Committee membership involves sitting as a member of a Tribunal selected for a particular matter, hearing evidence presented by legal counsel to the Association and legal counsel to the member, and rendering a Decision. 
Architects interested in joining the Discipline Committee or who require further clarification should contact Tina Carfa, Executive Assistant, Executive Services at tinac@oaa.on.ca for an information package. 
Experience Requirements Committee
The Experience Requirements Committee is a statutory body established under the Architects Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. A. 26, s. 13, to review the experience of applicants for licence who request a review or that are referred by the Registrar. The Committee is empowered to determine whether the experience obtained by applicants is sufficient to meet the standards of skill and knowledge considered necessary for the practice of architecture in Ontario.
The Experience Requirements Committee is seeking two new members to begin January 2016 for a three year term. 
Architects interested in joining the Experience Requirements Committee or who require further information may contact Kim Wray in the Office of the Registrar at kimw@oaa.on.ca. 
Honours and Awards Committee 
The Honours and Awards Committee evaluates the annual OAA Awards program and makes recommendations for changes and improvements to the program. Be part of the decision making team and help in the jury selection process. The highlight of the annual program is the Celebration of Excellence awards dinner and presentation held as part of the OAA annual conference. For more information, contact Tamara King at tamarak@oaa.on.ca
OAA Perspectives Editorial Committee
The OAA Perspectives Editorial Committee produces a high quality quarterly journal of significant interest to the public, the profession, client groups, and the media. The journal educates, promotes, inspires and provides a forum for dialogue on architecture. 
The Committee typically meets at OAA Headquarters 8 times a year. If you are a creative, enjoy writing and would like to get your work published, this is the committee for you. This might be of particular interest to those who are now members of the OAA Perspectives Regular Contributors Group, or have provided material to OAA Perspectives in the past. For more information, contact Tamara King at tamarak@oaa.on.ca.

Practice Committee
The Practice Committee (PC) is a non-statutory Committee that reviews practice related issues, both regulatory and business-related, that impact on day-to-day architectural practice, including material for Regulatory Notices and Practice Tips, as well as practice matters. First-hand experience in a broad range of architectural practice activities provides the appropriate background for the work of the Practice Committee.
Architects interested in a three-year term on the PC beginning in January, 2016, are invited to fill out an Indication of Interest form and submit it, along with an updated CV to Christine Chow, Executive Assistant, in Practice Advisory Services at christinec@oaa.on.ca.
SCOBCAR (Sub-Committee on Building Codes and Regulations)
The Sub-Committee was established under the OAA Practice Committee to re-establish and maintain the architectural profession’s leadership role in the development of building codes and regulations in order to ensure that the public interest and safety is paramount and that the architectural profession continues to be solely responsible for its own self-regulation.
The Sub-Committee typically meets at OAA Headquarters when National and Provincial Code reviews occur, usually from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. There are generally one or two meetings a year. The majority of the work is performed at the meetings, with email correspondence occurring throughout the year as necessary.
Architects interested in a three-year term on SCOBCAR are invited to fill out an Indication of Interest form and submit it, along with an updated CV to Christine Chow, Executive Assistant, in Practice Advisory Services at christinec@oaa.on.ca.