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.



2015-2016 OALA Volunteer Recognition

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On behalf of the OALA Council we would like to extend our appreciation to the following volunteer efforts this past year. The OALA greatly appreciates the contribution of all volunteers who have given their valuable time, talents, and advice to promote, improve and advance the profession of Landscape Architecture and maintain standards of professional practice and conduct consistent with the need to serve and to protect the public interest. The Association relies on its volunteers and we appreciate the exemplary volunteer spirit that you have shown!

The OALA would like to thank the following members:

Yasmine Abdel-Hay Ruthanne Henry Cecelia Paine
Chistine Abe Aaron Hill Mirella Palermo
Andrew Anderson Gregory Hill Sabrina Parent
David Antonsen Donna Hinde Robert Parkin
Vicki Armitage Jocelyn Hirtes * Mark Parris
Brian Baird Carmen Hui Juergen Partridge
Shannon Baker Gillian Hutchison Jyoti Pathak
Bryn Barron David Huycke Robert Patterson
Alex Bartlett Mark Inglis Ian Payne
Brian Basterfield Linda Irvine Katherine Peck
Helen Batten Rachel Isaacs Matt Perotto
Yvonne Battista Ryan James Christina Pilz
Geoff Bayne Stephanie Jarvis Denise Pinto *
Jeffrey Beaton Vincent Javet * Nick Pirzas
Robert Beaudin Luke Jefferson Tamar Pister
Michael Bender Andrew Johnson Stephen Popovich
Paula Berketo Jana Joyce Kevin Post
Colin Berman Jonathan Joyce Phil Pothen *
Ron Bernasch Luke Kairys Nina Pulver
Matthew Bernstein Caroline Kasiuk John Quinn
Amanda Berry Jeffrey Kaster Brent Raymond
Rick Bogaert Shannon Kavanaugh Al Regher
Chris Bohme Brad Keeler John Richard
Robert Boltman Sean Kelly Tom Ridout
Sheila Boudreau Gransaull Viive Mai Kittask Fiona Rintoul
Dominique Bourdeau Eric Klaver Jill Robertson
Millie Brandon Sarry Klein Jason Rokosh
Darlene Broderick Henry Kortekaas Marietta Ruhland
Helle Brodie Ron Koudys Haley Sadler
Tiffany Brule Neno Kovacevic Anna Lee Sangster
Paul Brydges Dan Kraszewski Mark Schollen
Arnis Budrevics Werner Kuemmling Maili Sedore
Melissa Cameron Johanna Kyte Le’ Ann Seely
Les Camm Kay Laidlaw Haig Seferian
Sandra Cappuccitti Sue Ann Laking John Shank
Victoria Lister Carley HinTat Lam Elise Shelley
Lei Chang Charles Lanktree Lisa Shkut
Doris Chee David Lashley Jeff Silverthorn
Zixiang Chen Rob Lau Todd Smith
Stephanie Cheng Svetlana Lavrentieva Peter F. Smith
Shawn Chevalier Fung Lee Stephanie Snow
Peggy Chi David Leinster Janet Sperling
Monica Clarke Mallory Lemon Lawrence Stasiuk
John Collver Michael Leonard Mark Steele
Michael Cook Tom Lew Karl Stensson
Bruce Corban Han Liu Craig Stevens
Jay Cranstone Jonathan Loschmann Brendan Stewart
Michael Cullen Paul Lucier Matt Strybos
Sarah Culp Domenic Lunardo Netami Stuart
John Danahy Martha Lush Nina Stultz
Ian Dance Patty Lynes Steven Sunderland
George Dark Lisa Macdonald April Szeto
Liz Davidson Gunta Mackars Matin Tavares
Van Thi Diep Valerie Manica Shane Taylor
Timothy Dobson Shirley Marsh Graham Taylor
David Duhan Sarah Marsh Beatrice Taylor
Jordan Duke Francesco Martire Mark Taylor
Jennifer Duxbury Lucien Marton Linda Thorne *
Nelson Edwards Diane Matichuk Michael Toccalino
Real Eguchi Karen May Michael Tocher
Dan Euser Richard McAvan Dalia Todary-Michael
Alana Evers Brian McCluskey Leila Todd
Stefan Fediuk Tim McCormick Alexander Topps
Todd Fell Stewart McElroy Scott Torrance
Kendall Flower Trevor McIntyre Dan Tregunno
Victor Ford James Melvin Timothy Turner
Kate Fox-Whyte Jake Mete Ben Tymchyshyn
Jeff Fraser Nicola Miele James Vafiades
Sander Freedman Joanne Moran Ed Veldkamp
Marc Garon-Nielsen Leslie Morton * Salvatore Viola
Sarah Geisser Angela Mourao Sibylle von Knobloch
Stefano Giannini Julie Mulligan Maren Walker
Michelle Gignac Jennifer Nagai David Waverman
Amanda Glouchkow Eha Mai Naylor Daniel Weagant
Eric Gordon Don Naylor David Wells
Christine Gracey Sandra Neal Jane Welsh
Cynthia Graham Kate Nelischer Tom Wey
Ian Gray Robert Ng Jennifer Williamson
Dorota Grudniewicz Adam Nicklin Welwyn Wong
Jennifer Hächler Alissa North David Wood
Glenn Harrington Peter North Carolyn Woodland
Christopher Hart David Nosella Eddie Wu
Jennifer Harvey Stephen O’Bright Yvonne Yeung
Gary Heine Glenn O’Connor Joseph Yu
Scott Henderson Inna Olchovski Juanjuan Zhao
Bruce Henry

* Designates non-member volunteers.

The OALA endeavours to recognize all volunteers. If we have inadvertantly missed anyone who volunteered in the 2015 – 2016 term, please notify the OALA office.



Preparation is Key and Landscape Architects are Ready

Over 70 Landscape Architects attend government relations training


Having a Practice Act is one of OALA’s primary goals in advancing landscape architects as recognized professionals and respected leaders in their industry. Once in place, it will play an essential role in linking the public interest to the regulated practice and accredited practitioners of landscape architecture in the province. It will also prohibit unqualified individuals from working as landscape architects in Ontario, avoiding the costly, time‐consuming and slow-moving public court system when disciplining misconduct or negligence among OALA’s members.

An extensive grassroots campaign is most effective when those participating are deeply involved and able to accurately articulate key messages. Engaging politicians is a team effort and we know that OALA’s members are up to the challenge.

To that end, over the last three months OALA hosted five training sessions across Ontario. The goal of the training is to educate landscape architects about building government relations and OALA’s own lobbying efforts to achieve a Practice Act.

Brown & Cohen led the training through interactive presentations that both informed and engaged participants through role playing. Members were given a crash course about Queen’s Park and the MPPs most important to OALA. The presentation covered information on relevant Ministers and opposition critics, as well as what other regulatory legislation U.S. states and provinces have in place for landscape architects.

Once participants are exposed to the fundamental information about Queen’s Park, they are introduced to a five-step program on how to interact with their MPPs: identifying a meeting opportunity or event, preparing for the meeting/event, engaging the MPP at the event, follow-up, and sharing the success.

With their newly learned skills, participants are encouraged to practice through a series of role playing scenarios, to help prepare for any political activity they may attend. Potential scenarios range from a meeting with the Attorney General, an annual summer event hosted by the Premier, and community events run by opposition critics.

Knowing that hard work is the only way to achieve results, OALA has seen a swell of interest from its members. With over 70 participants spread over five distinct training sessions. Both the Brown & Cohen and OALA teams would like to thank each and every person who took time out of their busy schedules to come join us for these important sessions. If you missed these session, don’t worry – more information to come! You can also find the training decks here.

For any questions about building government relations or follow-up from the training sessions, please contact Howard Brown at or 416-783-1140.



OALA Making Inroads with Government

Since you last heard from us in February, the OALA Executive, Council and Practice Legislation Committee (PLC) members have been busy working with Brown & Cohen to build and strengthen our relationships with government. We are raising awareness of landscape architects, OALA and our desire to have a Practice Act.

Events Attended

OALA PLC Chair Eha Naylor attended the 20th Annual Ontario Liberal Heritage Dinner on March 30. The Heritage Dinner brings together community and business leaders to celebrate accomplishments during the previous year. Premier Kathleen Wynne MPP (Don Valley West) delivered the keynote address.

Ms. Naylor spoke with many MPPs and engineering industry leaders, including Attorney General Madeleine Meilleur MPP (Ottawa–Vanier), Tourism, Culture, Sport and Anti–Racism Minister Michael Coteau MPP (Don Valley East), Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca MPP (Vaughan), Yvan Baker MPP (Etobicoke Centre), Parliamentary Assistant to the President of the Treasury Board, Ann Hoggarth MPP (Barrie), Parliamentary Assistant to the Ministry of Labour and Arthur Potts MPP (Beaches–East York), Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

OALA PLC Chair Eha Naylor (front row, right) attended the 20th Annual Ontario Liberal Heritage Dinner on March 30. With her in the photo are (left to right, back row) PEO Registrar Gerard McDonald, P.Eng., Consulting Engineers of Ontario (CEO) Chair of the Board Bruce Potter, P.Eng., CEO CEO Barry Steinberg, Tourism, Culture, Sport and Anti–Racism Minister Michael Coteau MPP (Don Valley East), Professional Engineers Government of Ontario (PEGO) President Ping Wu, P.Eng; (front row) Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) CEO Sandro Perruzza and PEO 2015-2016 President Thomas Chong, P.Eng.

Peter Milczyn MPP (Etobicoke—Lakeshore), Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure (Infrastructure), hosted an event on April 19. Labour Minister Kevin Flynn MPP (Oakville) and Aboriginal Affairs Minister David Zimmer MPP (Willowdale) were both in attendance.

Former OALA President and PLC member Glenn O’Connor and PLC member Tim Dobson are both constituents of MPP Milczyn and were able to discuss OALA at length with him, as well as PR-37 (1984) Bill, the need for new legislation, public interest and protection. Both also enjoyed an in-depth conversation with Minister Flynn, who is familiar with landscape architects and is interested in the concept of “working in the public interest” with safety first.

Former OALA President Glenn O’Connor (left photo and right photo, centre right) and Tim Dobson (left photo, right/right photo, left) with Peter Milczyn MPP (Etobicoke—Lakeshore), Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure (Infrastructure), (left photo, centre left) and Labour Minister Kevin Flynn MPP (Oakville) (right photo, centre left) on April 19.

Mr. Dobson also attended the Conservative party of Ontario’s special Gala to celebrate the one year leadership anniversary of PC Leader Patrick Brown MPP (Simcoe North), PC Education Critic, on May 18. Mr. Brown delivered a compelling speech and outlined the party’s mandate on economic development, focusing on the need to make sure education and training match current jobs available in the market.

Mr. Dobson sat at a table with PEO and shared a conversation with PEO President George Comrie, P.Eng. The two discussed regulation of their respective industries in relation to Mr. Brown’s speech on Ontario businesses maintaining competitiveness.

Mr. Dobson had the opportunity to meet with Gila Martow MPP (Thornhill), PC Francophone Affairs, Anti–Racism Secretariat and GTA Issues Critic as well as Mr. Brown himself.

Tim Dobson (left) with MPP Patrick Brown (right)

Tim Dobson (left) with MPP Patrick Brown (right)

OALA Acting Executive Director Aina Budrevics and President Doris Chee had the pleasure of attending the PEO’s Order of Honour Awards Gala at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel on April 29.

At PEO’s 94th AGM on April 30, Ms. Chee presented a short introduction of OALA to PEO members, as well as some of its work.

Ms. Budrevics recognized the work PEO has done as a regulatory body and in building relationships with the government.

OALA President Doris Chee with PEO 2016-2017 President George Comrie, P.Eng., at PEO’s AGM on April 30.




OALA Walk: Rouge Crest Park (Richmond Hill), June 18 2016

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Rouge Crest Park is a community park located on Rothbury Road in Richmond Hill.

The park’s design is based on patterns that are found in nature and its name reflects its geographical location at the crest of the Rouge river valley, with many features and amenities for the public.

Interesting facts about Rouge Crest Park:

  • The park is not connected to a storm water system. Storm water percolates through the site to replenish groundwater.
  • The waterplay area has a recirculation system. Every drop is cleaned, filtered, and sanitized with ultraviolet light before being sprayed!
  • The custom senior play structure is the first of its kind in Canada. It is a vertical playground where they can climb, explore, or just hang out with their friends.
  • As part of this park development approximately 150 trees, 760 shrubs, and 6,500 herbaceous plants were installed.

This walk will be hosted by Mark Schollen and James Condron. On June 18, starting at 10:00 am, the walk will transpire over a few hours covering the different features of the park.

This walk is eligible for CE credits.

To RSVP, please email Sarah at

As the park will be busy on the weekend, we suggest that attendees carpool if available to them.



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