2017 OALA AGM & Conference

Celebrate Canada’s 150th year in Ottawa at the OALA AGM & Conference.

The AGM & Conference will be held in the City of Ottawa Council Chambers, Jean Pigott Place, and Councillors Lounge from March 31 – April 1.

110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 1J1

Registration is now closed

(March 23rd, 12pm)


AGM ONLY – NOTE: there is no charge for members to attend the AGM only (no meals or conference activities). If you would like to attend the AGM only, please email Sarah at the OALA office to register your name. You may also purchase any additional activities such as reception or tour tickets by email as well.

PLEASE NOTE: Photographs may be taken at this event. If you do not consent to your photograph being used in future OALA distributions, please notify this to the OALA office after you have registered. Thank you.


Please travel to the following links for more details:

Conference Schedule and Speaker Bios

Hotel Information

After Party Details

CSLA AGM Information

Saturday Tour Information


Thank you to our sponsors:

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University of Guelph – New SEDRD Director Named

Prof. Sean Kelly, OALA has been appointed as the new director of the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development (SEDRD) effective January 1, 2017.

“I cannot think of a more exciting time to undertake this leadership role for SEDRD,” shares Prof. Kelly. “This school has some of the most reputable programs in Canada and it’s anticipated that the next five years will bring some unprecedented changes with faculty, curriculum and facilities.”

“Working with our current faculty, staff, the College and the University community continues to be very rewarding for me and I am honoured with this new role, as we collectively embrace evolution within SEDRD,” he adds.

Prof. Kelly joined the SEDRD faculty in 2006. As a landscape architect and community planner he focuses on ‘physical design’ supporting community development, public health and leisure services for rural, remote, small destination and amenity communities.

“Sean is an excellent and dedicated teacher. I know he will show the same dedication to this new leadership role,” says Rene Van Acker, Dean of the Ontario Agricultural College. “His professional skills and experience will also support his success in this position and, in turn, the success of SEDRD.”

Prof. Kelly received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) from the University of Guelph in 1989 followed by his M.Sc. in rural planning and development in 1995.  Prior to officially joining the faculty he was a sessional instructor between 1998 and 2006. He has worked as a Landscape Architect and planner for over 25 years and holds full membership with the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects, Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, the American Society of Landscape Architects and is an Associate Member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute.

He has supervised over 40 masters students and served as the BLA Program Coordinator since 2013. Throughout his career he has won many industry awards and honours. Sean recently received the University of Guelph Student Senate Caucus/Undergraduate Academic Award for the Contribution of Teaching in 2014 and the University of Guelph Faculty Association Distinguished Professor Award in 2010.



Grey to Green Conference

Explore the latest performance, economic valuation, design, policy, and technology from Canada, the US, and worldwide. Join fellow green infrastructure professionals and help shape a healthier and more resilient future at the Grey to Green Conference: Quantifying Green Infrastructure Performance, May 8-10, in Toronto, ON.

What can you expect from this year’s Grey to Green Conference?

  • Opportunities to meet and learn from world-renowned landscape designers, policy makers, and green infrastructure leaders.
  • Exceptional networking opportunity on the trade show floor.
  • Exclusive training courses with coordinated tours led by industry experts.
  • A new location that’s easy to get to and from, comfortable break-out rooms, and consolidated trade show so you can see ALL exhibitors easily.
Register Now

The Grey to Green Conference early bird has been extended until next Monday (March 20)!




The AODA Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public Spaces

GAATES is pleased to present & offer a self-directed distance education course to OALA members on recent Ontario regulatory changes that will have a significant impact on landscape architects. Click the image below to learn more. 

Click here for more information.

Click here to register.

Contact: Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES)
Email :
Tel : +1-613-725-0566 (9am – 5pm ET)





Participate in Jane’s Walk

Jane’s Walk is a movement of free, citizen-led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs. The walks get people to tell stories about their communities, explore their cities, and connect with neighbours.

Be a part of Jane’s Walk in a way that goes beyond walking. There are lots of ways you can get involved in the meaningful work we do! Here are three of them:

#1 Lead a Jane’s Walk

Anyone can lead a walk because everyone is an expert in their own experience of the city. Leading a Jane’s Walk is a fun, heart-opening experience. Learn how at our Walkshop on March 23.

Learn more about leading a Jane’s Walk

#2 Donate to Jane’s Walk

Donors like you keep the lights on at the Jane’s Walk Project Office, which supports hundreds of free walking conversations here in Toronto plus thousands more in over 200 cities around the world.

Donate to Jane’s Walk

#3 Volunteer on the Planning Committee

We can’t do the things we do without time and talent of volunteers who help us plan the festival. Volunteers plan and execute festival outreach, publicity, web support, walk documentation, and the May 4 launch party. Interested in being part of the team?

Email Jane’s Walk


Click here for more details about Jane’s Walk and how to find a walk in your area.



2017 OALA SKI DAY – Feb. 24!

Thank you to all who attended the OALA Ski Day on February 24th at Alpine Ski Club in Collingwood. Although a lightning storm cut the skiing short, members had a great time indoors participating in many board games all while enjoying food and drinks inside Alpine’s incredible new lodge. It was one of our most attended and successful Ski Days on record and we thank everyone who participated and sponsored the event.

We look forward to seeing many of you again at the next OALA event!

Click here to see more photos of the day.

Thank you to our sponsors:










Construction Lien Act Webinar by Chad Kopach

March 2 @ 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Chad has practiced construction law at Blaney McMurtry LLP for more than 15 years.  In 2015 Chad was certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Construction Law.

During this one hour webinar, Chad will:

  • Review of the operative provisions of the Construction Lien Act.
  • Detail the lien remedy, with particular focus on the strict time requirements for registering a lien.
  • Set out other remedies available, under the CLA and through a carefully drafted contract, that will help design professionals secure payment.

One MCE Credit can be claimed for this webinar.



Call for Nominations for 2017 OALA Honours and Awards

The Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA) Honours and Awards are the highest recognition the association can bestow on its members, and non-landscape architectural individuals, groups and organizations.  These honours and awards not only recognize deserving recipients, but is a program that highlights significant accomplishments in advancing the profession to its members and those in the general public.  Each OALA member plays an important part in the success and integrity of the program by identifying and nominating deserving candidates from the various awards.

The program culminates as a formal presentation at the 2017 OALA AGM & Conference on Friday, March 31st in Ottawa.

The honours and awards to be considered are:

  • Pinnacle Award for Landscape Architectural Excellence
  • The David Erb Memorial Award
  • Public Practice Award
  • The OALA Award for Service to the Environment
  • The OALA Carl Borgstrom Award for Service to the Environment
  • The OALA Research & Innovation Award
  • The OALA Jack Copeland Award for Associate Leadership and Contribution
  • Emeritus Member
  • Honourary Member

For complete details of award criteria and submission requirements, please view the Call for Submissions page on the OALA website.

The deadline for nominations is January 13, 2017.

Thank you for your participation.



OALA Holiday Parties

This December, the OALA enjoyed 3 holiday parties across the province in Toronto, Guelph and Ottawa. Below are summaries of the events with a few photos.

The Toronto Holiday party organized by the OALA social committee on December 7, 2016 was held at the Duke of Devon in downtown Toronto. It was a great success; almost 40 members came together to celebrate the season, while also enjoying networking over a variety of delicious appetizers and refreshments. Special thanks to our sponsor Landscape Forms for their generous support in making this event possible!
Sponsored by:
Landscape Forms

On Wednesday December 7th, Guelph area OALA members gathered at the E-Bar on Quebec street (Also known as the Bookshelf). Sponsored once again by Connons NVK in Waterdown we had a full house of 40+ people, doubling our turn out from the 2015 event at the Albion. Food included gourmet pizzas, kettle chips, a veggie tray and lots of desserts with left over veggies and desserts donated to the local shelter. There was lots of schmoozing, networking, and some great games of pool were played.
Thanks to everyone for your enthusiastic support of this seasonal event. Next year we will work to find a larger venue to accommodate all.
Sponsored by:
NVK / Connon Nurseries


The LAO Holiday Social on December 8, 2016, was a great success, with over 50 people in attendance. The event was held at the Albion Rooms, Novotel Hotel, in downtown Ottawa. Good conversation was enjoyed over a variety of delicious appetizers and refreshments. This year the theme was ‘giving’, over 20 people participated in the White Elephant gift exchange which was a success. We are also happy to announce that we collected a whole box of non-perishables for the Ottawa Food Bank, thank you to all those who donated! Special thanks to our sponsor Greely Sand and Gravel for their generous support in making this event possible!
Sponsored by:
Greely Sand & Gravel



University of Guelph LA Guest Lecture: Marc Ryan

University of Guelph – Landscape Architecture Guest Lecture Series presents
Marc Ryan, Principal and Co-Founder of PUBLIC WORK

“Starting Points”

This lecture is supported by the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects.

Marc Ryan is principal and co-founder of PUBLIC WORK, a Toronto-based office for urban design and landscape architecture focused on one of the foremost public topics today—the intelligent evolution of the contemporary city. Established in 2012, the studio aims to produce transformative works that invigorate the public realm, optimize and enhance the performance of urban and natural systems, and support public life by adding new layers of experience to the city. Marc’s background in both landscape architecture and architecture gives him a synthetic approach to urban design and his design practice focuses on projects for the public realm using landscape as a primary medium. His work seeks connections with the particular qualities of the place and explores the experiential and social dimensions of environments designed for active use and engagement. Marc’s experience includes more than 15 years of practice in Canada, the United States and Europe, where he has provided leadership in the design of the public realm able to capture a dramatic new sense of place. He is currently dedicated to guiding public realm design, planning and infrastructure projects at multiple scales so they relate powerfully to their context and enhance the quality and experience of urban life. Prior to co-founding PUBLIC WORK, Marc was studio director of West 8 Toronto, where he lead some of West 8’s most significant commissions in North America, including Toronto’s Central Waterfront and Governors Island in NYC. Prior to that he worked with Richard Haag Associates, Seattle; Design Workshop, Denver; and Urban Strategies, Toronto.  Marc is also a graduate of the BLA program.


Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
11:45 am – 1:15 pm
Landscape Architecture, Room 125



OALA Office Holiday Hours

Please be advised of the OALA holiday office hours:
9:00am – 12:00pm December 22 – 23
Closed from December 24, opening again on January 3.

Happy holidays, and we look forward to a great 2017.



LARE Study Workshop – Toronto

The OALA Associate Representatives will be hosting a LARE Study Workshop in Toronto on: Saturday, November 19, 2016

John H. Daniels Architecture
Landscape and Design Building – PCL Room
230 College Street
Toronto, ON M5T 1R2

Because we’ve been able to arrange free space, we’re offering this session at no cost.

  • There will be a LARE intro from 10:30 – 11:00am for people new to LARE & CLARB.
  • Section 1 & 3 will be covered in separate groups from 11:00 – 12:00.
  • Lunch will be provided from 12:00 – 1:00pm
  • Section 2 & 4 will be covered from 1:00 – 2:00pm.

After you register, you will be contacted to confirm which sections you are preparing for.



CEC Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Course

The OALA Continuing Education Committee (CEC) has planned a 4-Day Course on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) taught by Tom McKay, President BIO, and Wayne Nishihama, OALA, WGN Collaborative.

CPTED Ontario addresses community safety through the identification of crime issues and promotion of CPTED solutions. A “partnering against crime” approach is the key to the organization’s efforts to establish partnerships, communications and co-ordination with the general public and stakeholders, and ownership of community-based CPTED initiatives.

This course is eligible for Continuing Education Credits. Please contact the Registrar’s office for more details.


Date: November 24-27, 2016 from 9:00am – 4:00pm
Location: The Richmond, 477 Richmond St. W., Toronto
Fee: $425 + HST (Early bird price $375 + HST until September 23).
Please contact the OALA if you have any questions.

PLEASE NOTE: Photographs may be taken at this event. If you do not consent to your photograph being used in future OALA distributions, please contact the OALA office once you have registered. Thank you. If you are registering for someone else, please notify the OALA of who you are registering via email upon submission




OALA 2016 Curling Bonspiel


Sponsored by: Park Street Solutions


The OALA’s annual Halloween themed Curling Bonspiel is back again at the Guelph Curling Club on October 29, 2016. The event will begin at 4:00 P.M. Ticket price is $25/person (you can register as an individual or team) and the price includes your ice fee and a dinner. Please be sure to email OALA Coordinator Sarah with your team member names after registration.

Tickets are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment!
This is a Halloween themed event, prizes will be awarded for best team costumes, but please no glitter, sequins, feathers or anything that could fall off on to the ice.

PLEASE NOTE: Photographs may be taken at this event. If you do not consent to your photograph being used in future OALA distributions, please contact the OALA office once you have registered. Thank you. 


Registration is now closed.




University of Guelph LA Guest Lecture: Charles Birnbaum


Registration is necessary to attend. Please click here to register. 

Wed, November 9, 2016 at 7:00 PM

Lakeside Downtown Church
75 Norfolk Street
Guelph, ON N1H 2W6

“Make Visible, Instill Value and Engage the Public in Our Shared Landscape Heritage”

Charles A. Birnbaum, FASLA, FAAR
President + CEO, The Cultural Landscape Foundation

What is the foundational knowledge that informs stewardship/interpretation of our landscape legacy? Drawing heavily on both the work of The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) with many of our collaborators, this lecture will highlight a diversity of resource types throughout the US and Canada, emphasizing stewardship strategies and opportunities for public engagement.  The interface between historic preservation and natural systems in weighing decisions will provide an armature for new ideas and strategies.

Reception to follow at Royal Electric, 52 Macdonell St. Guelph

Charles A. Birnbaum, FASLA, FAAR, is the President & CEO, as well as founder of The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF). Prior to creating TCLF, Birnbaum spent fifteen years as the coordinator of the National Park Service Historic Landscape Initiative (HLI) and a decade in private practice in New York City with a focus on landscape preservation and urban design. One of his major projects is the Web-based initiative What’s Out There (a searchable database of the nation’s designed landscape heritage). He has also authored and edited numerous publications. Birnbaum is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and is currently a Visiting Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning + Preservation and a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post.

Registration is necessary to attend. Please click here to register. 

Lecture sponsored by Victor Stanley in collaboration with the OALA




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