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2019 Conference Highlights

This year's Conference was held in Quebec City, at the Quebec City Convention Centre and the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac from May 22– 24. Almost 600 people attended the three days of Continuing Education, Special Events and Tours. See the stories below for highlights and slideshows to relive what you experienced, see what you missed or get ready for next year when the Conference returns to Toronto.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

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The 129th AGM was held on Wednesday, May 22. The winner of the G. Randy Roberts Service Award was recognized. The event also served to announce the Members of Long Standing and present Certificates of Appreciation...

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WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY

The Lounge and Happy Hours

This year the Lounge returned. This space served not only as a place for attendees to register, but also an area to network, and see some of the services and materials offered by our exhibiting sponsors. The lounge was also the location for two special Happy Hour events to close off Wednesday and Thursday...

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THURSDAY, MAY 23

Plenary - Architecture Policy for Canada

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A special morning plenary session allowed attendees to learn a little more about the “Architecture Policy for Canada” initiative which is still in development. This session was one of the largest awareness events during the year-long consultation period. ...

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THURSDAY, MAY 23

Keynote Luncheon

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Charles Fishman, award-winning journalist and best-selling author, delivered a thought-provoking talk based on his research for his book, The Big Thirst, which looks at our relationship with water. He stressed a sense of urgency with water conservation showing how every problem associated with climate change is also related to water...

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FRIDAY, MAY 24

Recognition Lunch

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This joint Celebration event recognized OAAAS Student Award winners and celebrated the newest Honorary members and members of the Honour Roll. The teams behind the new SHIFT Infrastructure were also recognized as well as the newly licensed Architects and Licensed Technologists OAA...

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FRIDAY, MAY 24

SHIFT 2019 Presentation

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On Friday evening, the free SHIFT 2019 Infrastructure/Architecture Challenge presentation took place at the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac’s Salle de Bal. Robin Mazumder  was the guest moderator.  A panel of the selected SHIFT teams presented ther innovative ideas chosen to represent the inaugural SHIFT Challenge...

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FRIDAY, MAY 24

Archifête

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The Archifête, held at the breathtaking Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, was the perfect way to cap off the Conference. OAA members and their guests, as well as industry leaders and other allied professionals, came together for a night of food, drink, music and fun...

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WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY

ConEd Sessions

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More than 60 Continuing Education (ConEd) sessions were offered this year, including modules from the Admission Course (AC)...

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WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY

Tours

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This year’s Conference marked the first time the OAA visited Quebec City. There was a myriad of options, from the technical to the tourist, which enabled attendees to network and have fun while also earning Continuing Education (ConEd) hours...

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