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




Daniels Faculty Graduate Open House | University of Toronto

Friday, October 28, 2016
Location: 230 College Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5T 1R2

Future graduate students are invited to attend a series of events organized to provide information about the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto and its graduate programs in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and visual studies. Future graduate students will have the opportunity to sit in on studio reviews, visit classes in session, tour our facilities, meet our current students and faculty, and attend a program information session.

For further information, please click here.

Graduate admissions-related inquiries can be sent to

Graduate Admissions
John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
University of Toronto
230 College Street
Toronto, ON  M5T 1R2
+1 (416) 946-3897



CEC Low Impact Development Tour led by Credit Valley Conservation Authority

This tour will feature visits to well-established, vegetated LID sites in Mississauga, ON. Participants will see, first-hand, landscape plants at work filtering and cleaning stormwater in private and public lands and road right-of-way applications.  This learning experience focuses on planting design and maintenance of real-world LID projects. Along the way, your tour leader will discuss the aesthetic and environmental benefits of LID and lessons learned from these LID sites and others.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand barriers and issues typically encountered during planting design, installation, and vegetation establishment
  2. Recognize the types of maintenance required to maintain a vegetated LID site.
  3. Identify useful plant materials for LID projects.


Date: September 9, 2016
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Cost: $70

Tour will start and end at:
Port Credit Arena
40 Stavebank Road N,
Mississauga, ON L5G 2T8
(this location is near the GO Station)

This tour is eligible for Continuing Education Credits.

Please contact the Registrar or coordinator if you have any questions.

Schedule for the Day:

Start Time End Time Address
10:00 AM 10:10 AM Port Credit Arena, 40 Stavebank Road
10:10 AM 10:20 AM Driving (10 mins)
10:20 AM 10:40 AM 1015 Alexandra Avenue (Lakeview Neighbourhood)
10:40 AM 10:50 AM Driving (10 mins)
10:50 AM 11:20 AM Unitarian Congregation Mississauga, 84 South Service Road
11:20 AM 11:30 AM Driving (10 mins)
11:30 AM 12:00 PM 100 Elm Drive West
12:00 PM 12:05 PM Driving (5 mins)
12:05 PM 12:35 PM 3411 Mavis Rd, Tim Horton’s
12:35 PM 12:50 PM Driving (15 mins)
12:50 PM 1:20 PM 2525 Speakman Drive, IMAX Corporation
1:20 PM 1:35 PM Driving (15 mins) via QEW
1:35 PM 1:50 PM Kenollie Public School, park near 237 Mineola Rd West
1:50 PM 1:55 PM Driving (5 mins)
1:55 PM 2:00 PM Port Credit Arena, 40 Stavebank Road


SEDRD Graduate Programs Information Night

The School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph will host a Graduate Program Information Night for prospective graduate students on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm in the Landscape Architecture Building Lobby (LA Pit). Pizza will be provided.

This is a chance to learn about the graduate degrees we offer in SEDRD:

  • Landscape Architecture – MLA
  • Rural Planning and Development – MSc, MPlan
  • Capacity Development and Extension – MSc
  • Rural Studies – PhD

Faculty, current students and alumni will be there to answer questions about the programs, career opportunities and give tours of the design studios.

Wed, 11/02/2016 – 17:30 to 19:00
Landscape Architecture, The Pit
University of Guelph

SERD Grad Info Night Invite



OALA Walk – Parkwood Estate, Oshawa, September 8th

Through a visit to a National Historic Site, a treasure in our back yard in Oshawa, become enlightened and engaged on this guided walk while talking shop with peers.

To register:

Contact Jeff Beaton:

Please note: Registration closes after Wednesday, September 7 at 10am


Thursday, September 8, 2016
6:00 – 8:00pm
270 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa, ON

Directions & Parking:

  • GO Station:  take GO Train Lakeshore East to Oshawa, transfer to Durham Transit bus 90, at the mall transfer to bus 412, get off at Simcoe/Adelaide, walk north 100m, destination is on your left
  • Hwy 401:  take Simcoe Street Exit, drive north past downtown until you reach the destination on your left
  • Hwy 407:  take Simcoe Street Exit, drive south past the hospital, destination is on your right
  • Parking is through main gates at the rear.

Details about the Gardens:

The gardens were designed by Harries and Hall in the 1910s, Dunington-Grubb in the 1920s, and John Lyle in the 1930s inspired by the English Arts & Crafts gardening movement. They have been restored to represent their appearance in the 1930’s.

The site features an Italian Garden, Sundial Garden, Sunken Garden, Formal Garden, Japanese Garden and a greenhouse containing palms, orchids, and other tropical plants.


An additional post-event social following the walk may occur. Details to follow.

To register:

Contact Jeff Beaton:

Please note: Registration closes after Wednesday, September 7 at 10am



OALA Begins Meeting Outreach to Government

After many months of hard work, OALA has made tremendous strides in increasing government outreach capabilities through:

  • Mapping out key MPPs important to helping establish a Practice Act.
  • Hosting the first 1:1 MPP meeting to gain strategic advice and increase awareness.
  • Increasing partnerships with other allied stakeholders who share similar values and goals.
  • Building relationships through attendance at almost a dozen events; and
  • Hosting five training sessions across Ontario, with the goal to educate landscape architects about building government relations and OALA’s own lobbying efforts to achieve a Practice Act.

Now ready to share its message broadly, OALA has begun the process of reaching out to key Ministers, government MPPs and Opposition Critics relevant to its goals.  These meetings include:

  1. MilczynPeter Milczyn, MPP (Etobicoke-Lakeshore), Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Infrastructure, to the Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, and to the Minister of Labour. OALA members have had the opportunity to speak with him on a number of occasions, and he has been very receptive of the Association’s goals and offered his help.



  1. maccharlesAs the Women’s Issues and newly appointed Accessibility Minister, Tracy MacCharles, MPP (Pickering-Scarborough East) is key to OALA’s success. OALA would welcome the opportunity to work with Minister MacCharles and her Ministry to make Ontario communities more accessible. We know that landscape architects have the knowledge and experience to design spaces with accessibility in mind.




  1. pottsEnvironment and Climate Change Minister Glen Murray, MPP (Toronto Centre) is focused on creating sustainable development for present and future generations. His portfolio is aligned with the primary objectives of landscape architects to promote safe and sustainable environments. Arthur Potts, MPP (Beaches-East York), Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, is also a possible ally in this respect.


  1. NaqviAttorney General and Government House Leader Yasir Naqvi, MPP (Ottawa Centre), oversees the administration of public affairs is in accordance with federal and provincial law. He will be instrumental to OALA in obtaining a Practice Act. OALA has made three requests of Minister Naqvi:
    1. A constituent meeting, either in Ottawa or Toronto;
    2. Hosting a Queen’s Park lobby day and MPP reception as well as being the keynote speaker; and
    3. Be a guest speaker at the 2017 annual meeting and conference in Ottawa next spring.

These five Ministers and MPPs are just the first few OALA has reached out to. Others include:

Daiene Vernile, MPP (Kitchener Centre), Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation, and Sylvia Jones, MPP (Dufferin-Caledon), Deputy Leader and PC Children & Youth Services Critic, have already been secured for meetings. Natural Resources and Forestry Minister Kathryn McGarry, MPP (Cambridge) and Tourism, Culture and Sport Minister Eleanor McMahon, MPP (Burlington) have been identified as potential allies because of their past work and current portfolios, and Associate Finance Minister (Ontario Retirement Pension Plan) Indira Naidoo-Harris, MPP (Halton) is being approached to attend an OALA hosted event.

OALA has made progress letting Queen’s Park know its present. Let’s keep the momentum going!



SBE16Toronto: Sustainable Built Environment Conference of the Americas

OALA is proud to partner with SBE16Toronto ‘Sustainable Built Environment Conference of the Americas’, the only North American stop of an established global series. On September 19 & 20, experience two remarkable days to connect, listen and learn about Regenerative & Resilient Urban Environments, while earning Professional Development Hours and experiencing the dynamic Toronto market.

Conference programming features a unique value-packed schedule of keynote speakers, plenary panels, technical presentations and collaborative workshops plus plenty of time to network, tour, and celebrate at the Green Building Reception. CEC Credits are available for this 2 day event.

A special 15% discount for OALA members by using this code: SBE16PARTNER and registering at and save with Early Bird rates (until August 19th, 2016).

Learn more:




OALA Golf Day, August 12, 2016

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The 14th annual OALA Golf Day took place on Friday, August 12th at the Royal Ontario Golf Club, and was a great success. With a brief but torrential downpour during registration, the storm passed over, and left us with a hot, humid and sunny afternoon for a great game of golf. Thank you to our volunteers, Samar Zarifa and Patricia Lowe for helping with the event!

We started the day off with a Permacon sponsored lunch as players made their way in. The OALA was grateful to have Honourable Indira Naidoo-Harris, MPP (Halton) as well as Mayor Gord Krantz of Milton attend the lunch and say a few words before tee-off.

The event ended with the Unilock sponsored dinner where MC Glenn O’Connor and Luke Kairys announced prize winners and give-aways. The prize tables were full of prizes donated from our sponsors, and we would like to thank them for their contributions as many went home as winners.

Our feature hole winners were:

Closest to the Pin: Mike Flint
Closest to the Sprinkler: Henry Kortekaas, Tyler Main, Jeff Roddick and Sean Mealand
Closest to the Bench: Jeff Fraser
Men’s Longest Drive: Colin Baddley
Women’s Longest Drive: Trish Clarke
Straightest Drive: Brent Dunseith
Putting Contest: Matt Deegan and Eric Nadeau who both scored 120 out of a possible 150 points!
Best Score: Kevin Holmes, Jon Joyce, Paul Gardner and Dave O’Hara
2nd Best Score: Mark Parris, Brett DeBastiani, Matt Deegan, Kevin Gelata
3rd Best Score: Jeff Burnett, Brandon Clark, Chris Baker
Most Honest: Maren Walker, Trish Clarke, Kate Webb, Gillian Hutchison

Most importantly, we were able to donate $5,000 and $10,000 cheques to both the University of Toronto and the University of Guelph Endowment Funds. This annual Golf Day event as well as our Ski Day event raise funds to help the Landscape Architecture programs at these Universities. Thank you to all golfers, volunteers, and sponsors who made this day possible.

Thank you to Maglin for taking some great photos at the event.

OALA Members click here to view the rest of the photos.

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2016 CSLA Congress Recap 

Left: Lawrence Stasiuk, Victor Ford, Doris Chee, Robert Norman, Doug Carrick. Middle: CSLA College of Fellows Inductees Right: Doris Chee and Scott Torrance

Left: Lawrence Stasiuk, Victor Ford, Doris Chee, Robert Norman, Doug Carrick.
Middle: CSLA College of Fellows Inductees
Right: Doris Chee and Scott Torrance

The 2016 CSLA Congress took place from June 23rd to 25th in Winnipeg, Manitoba, hosted by the Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects (MALA) at the historic Fort Garry Hotel and Conference Centre.  It was a well-run conference, revolving on the theme of Home: Locally Inspired.

The conference started with Ken Greenberg as the Keynote speaker and ended with a fantastic Awards Gala, a black tie affair.  It was my first CSLA Congress and I was truly amazed by the event and the participants. What was very eye opening for me was how strong the landscape architectural community in Canada is and how engaged we are with what is happening in our country. The work of CSLA members and their passion for the profession was very apparent.

There were many memorable moments: the social event on a historic rail bridge over the Assiniboine River that was interrupted by lightning and rain, causing us to take shelter for fear of being struck walking to the Winnipeg Art Gallery for the 10x20x20 presentations (10 presenters, 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide); and, of course the exciting awards event.

What gave me great pleasure was seeing OALA members being honoured during the investiture ceremony of the College of Fellows: Doug Carrick, Victor Ford and Lawrence Stasiuk – all very deserving individuals. Additionally, it was exciting to see many OALA members receiving awards that evening for jobs well done, including those from Urban Strategies Inc., The Planning Partnership and PFS Studios, Plant Architect Inc., Scott Torrance Landscape Architect Inc., Schollen & Company Inc., The Landscape Collaborative Ltd., and the Forest and Field Landscape Architecture of the City of Toronto. I was very proud of our membership.  With so many fine examples of how Landscape Architects in Ontario are focused on the health, safety and the well-being of Ontarians and Canadians, I am more assured that our journey to obtain professional practice legislation will be well accepted.

You can read more about the CSLA and OALA awards in the summer issue of Ground Magazine – Question, Issue 34.



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