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Running for Council

The province has entrusted the OAA to protect the public interest through the regulation of the profession, recognizing our members’ specialized knowledge and the capacity of architects to govern themselves. This means architecture is self-regulated in the Province of Ontario.

The OAA Council sets policy direction for the Association. It is currently composed of 15 architects elected by the membership, and five publicly appointed Councillors (LGIC). The legislation allows for Council to be composed of up to 20 architects elected by the membership, and up to five members of the public appointed by the Province of Ontario. Council created a Non-Voting Seat for Licensed Technologist OAA and Intern Architects.

By participating in council, you are strengthening the profession’s capacity to self-regulate, ensuring architects are the ones setting and maintaining standards of competency and conduct within the profession.

1. What is the role of a Councillor?

As a Councillor, you will participate in the decision-making that charts the direction that we will take as a profession. Council must govern the Association and the profession according to the rules set out by the Architects Act, the Regulation, By-laws, and Policy, always keeping the public and their best interest in mind.

2. Why should I run for Council?

Council is an opportunity to share your expertise and help shape the future of the profession. It also allows you to learn about other aspects of the profession, regulation, the Association’s structure, as well as numerous programs and services. Last, but not least, participating in Council strengthens self-regulation, ensuring architects govern architects.

3. Intern Architect Non-Voting Seat

In September 2016 Council approved a Non-Voting Seat for an Intern Architect on Council.

Non-Voting Intern Architect Seat on Council:
a) is for one year term;
b) able to participate in Council Meetings but not vote; 
c) must be an active Intern Architect;
d) must be in good standing with the OAA; and 
e) Must be a resident in the Province of Ontario.

Elected by:
Every active Intern Architect in good standing with the OAA no matter where they live; and
All Architects OAA who are eligible to vote in a Council election

Electoral District:
Province of Ontario (Electoral District Map

The elections take place at the same time and in the same manner as elections of Architects to council.  You will receive the ballot by e-mail.

Please review the Election Procedures page and the technical issues FAQ page to make sure you white list the electronic election provider.

4. Licensed Technologist OAA Non-Voting Seat

In 2017 Council approved a Non-Voting Seat for a Licensed Technologist OAA on Council.

Non-Voting Licensed Technologist OAA Seat on Council
a) is for a three year term;
b) able to participate in Council Meetings but not vote; 
c) must be a Licensed Technologist OAA;
d) must be in good standing with the OAA; and 
e) Must be a resident in the Province of Ontario.

Elected by
Every active Licensed Technologist OAA in good standing with the OAA no matter where they live and all Architects OAA who are eligible to vote in a Council election

Electoral District
Province of Ontario (Electoral District Map

The elections take place at the same time and in the same manner as elections of Architects to council.  You will receive the ballot by e-mail.

Please review the Election Procedures page and the technical issues FAQ page to make sure you white list the electronic election provider.

5. How many Council seats are available?

There are five seats available for Architects OAA, one Non-Voting Seat for a Licensed Technologist OAA and there is one Intern Architect Non-Voting Seat available in the next election.

The members of Council whose terms expire on December 31, 2017 are:
Barry Cline (Province of Ontario)
Sheena Sharp (Province of Ontario)
Toon Dreesen (Eastern Ontario)
David Rich (City of Toronto)
Andre Sherman (City of Toronto) 

The Licensed Technologist OAA Non-Voting Seat - new

The Intern Architect Non-Voting Seat, whose term expires on December 31, 2017 is: 

Gordon Hunt (Province of Ontario) 

6. Are members of Council compensated?

Being a Councillor is a voluntary position. Only the President and Vice-Presidents receive a modest honorarium in recognition of the significantly higher workload of their positions within the Council.  

7. What is the time commitment?

Council generally meets eight times a year for full-day Council meetings, but there are occasions when a special meeting is called to deal with a specific, usually complex issue. Councillors also participate in a yearly retreat, as well as the annual conference. In addition, Councillors participate in the various committees and task groups of the Association. The time commitment for committees and task groups varies widely, from calling in a few times a year to monthly meetings.

8. How long is the term of a Councillor?

Three (3) Year Terms

• Architects OAA
• Licensed Technologist OAA Non-Voting Seat


One (1) year Term

• Intern Architect Non-Voting Seat

9. Who is eligible to run for Council?

An Architect or Licensed Technologist OAA is eligible for election to the Council if he or she:
a) is a Canadian citizen; 
b) is a resident of Ontario;
c) has an address of record in the Electoral District which they want to represent; and
d) is a member in good standing.

An Intern Architect is eligible for election to the council if the Intern Architect:
a) is an active Intern Architect; 
b) is in good standing with the OAA; and 
c) is resident in the Province of Ontario.

10. I’m excited to run! What is the next step?

All candidates seeking to run for Council must be nominated by three members of the electoral district they are running in. You can read more about the nomination process on our Election Procedures page.