Author: OALA Coordinator

2018 OALA Holiday Socials

Coming to a city near you!

All are welcome! Mix and mingle with members from the OALA.

Click each city’s RSVP button below for more details.
Please be sure to RSVP as space may be limited.


Saturday, December 1, 2018
6:00pm – 11:00pm
Albion Hotel
49 Norfolk St
Guelph, ON  N1H 4J1

Sponsored by NVK / Connon Nurseries




Wednesday, December 5, 2018
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Duke of Devon
66 Wellington Street West
(Concourse/PATH level of the TD Building)
Toronto, ON  M5K 1H1

Sponsored by Park Street Solutions




Thursday, December 13, 2018
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Vittoria in the Village
309 Richmond Road
Ottawa, ON  K1Z 6X6

Sponsored by Greely Sand & Gravel



Municipal elections: time for landscape architects to speak up

Across Ontario, 444 municipal council elections will take place on Monday, October 22, 2018.

The election period provides the perfect occasion for landscape architects to reach out to local leaders and talk about the value that the profession brings to communities.

Municipalities are critical stakeholders for landscape architecture. Not only do they employ landscape architects directly, their leadership on local issues connects them closely to both public and private sector land development.

It is vital for Mayors, Councillors, Reeves and others to understand the value that landscape architects bring to the table.

OALA Council is encouraging members to contact their local candidates, set-up meetings and talk to them about landscape architecture.

Don’t worry about what to say. Materials are available for you. The information we have includes:

Simply contact Executive Director Aina Budrevics at 416.231.4181 ext.1 or to report on the meetings you arrange or any engagement you already have with local candidates.  You may even want to take photos and so we can share them with your OALA colleagues.

More information on these elections – such as voting locations, advance poll dates and names of registered candidates – can generally be found on your local municipality’s website.

You can find out if you are on your local voters list at

Please participate by going to vote on October 22 (or at an advance poll).


2018 Curling Bonspiel

November 17, 2018
Guelph Curling Club
816 Woolwich St. R.R.#5

The OALA’s annual Curling Bonspiel is back again at the Guelph Curling Club on a NEW DATE: November 17, 2018.

The event will begin at 5:00 P.M. Ticket price is $25/person (you can register as an individual or up to a team of 4) 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.

Never curled before?
Practice runs and training are available when you arrive.
Don’t have a team or a partner to join you?
No problem – you will be placed on a team with other members for a great evening on the ice.

Although we are curling after Halloween, we still welcome you to dress up in costume, with the potential to win team prizes! 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. The OALA will not accept cancellations after registration is purchased. 

Registration is now closed.



Ground 43 – fall 2018 – Legacy

To read individual articles in this issue, please click the titles below:

President’s Message
Celebrating 50 years of landscape architecture in Ontario

Publisher’s Message
Celebrating 10 years of Ground: Landscape Architect Quarterly

A 150-year timeline of the profession of landscape architecture in Ontario and beyond

Ten years of Ground

Five Decades of Outstanding Landscape Architecture in Ontario

What drew you to landscape architecture?

Interviews conducted by members of the OALA Legacy Task Force and the Ground Editorial Board

Delving into the History of Edwin Kay, a CSLA Founder

Hancock Woodlands
A legacy in landscape

Preserving Our Past for the Future
The Centre for Canadian Landscape Architecture Archives

Building the Cultural Landscape of Tomorrow



PLC Response to More Member Questions

September 2018

The following questions were submitted to the Practice Legislation Committee via email submission as well as the Webinar on March 15, 2018. 

This Q&A builds on the questions and answers that were received from the membership and posted online on June 22, 2017.

This post is structured in the following sections:

  • Section A: Responding to Questions received from members at the March 2017 Webinar
  • Section B: Implications of a Practice Act. Answering questions received from members by email.
    This section is organized by the following themes:

    1. Practitioners supervising the landscape architectural work of others;
    2. Practitioners working under the supervision of others who are not members of the association;
    3. Responsibility of practitioners for their landscape architectural work that is done as part of projects conducted in collaboration with those in other professions;
    4. Potential restrictions, if any, on practitioners preparing planting designs in the public realm.


Engaging a Landscape Architect Guides

We are pleased to announce the roll out of the new OALA business guides for landscape architectural services and fees.

To access the guides, please go to the PROFESSION tab on the OALA toolbar at the top of the screen, and click “ENGAGING A LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT” or CLICK HERE


OALA Bowling Night

The OALA Social Committee is excited to announce that the OALA Bowling Night is back by popular demand! The second annual event will once again take place at The Ballroom on Wednesday, September 26. Shine up your bowling balls and work on your form for a night of bowling, pool, food & drink. Bring your friends or join a team, or buy a ticket to hang out with colleagues!

This event is organized by the OALA Social Committee.


Registration is now closed. Please contact Sarah if you have any questions about the event. 

Tickets are first come, first served and may sell quickly. The OALA will not accept cancellations after registration is purchased. 

Bowling Teams are made up of 8 players, and can be registered 4 at a time. To promote networking and socialization, groups of four will be matched with others.

We request that supplier companies only attend if they are sponsors of the event.

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.





OALA Golf Day 2018

The 16th annual OALA Golf Day took place on Friday, August 17th at the Royal Ontario Golf Club, and was another successful event. This year, we had record attendance of over 135 golfers registered for the event! A big thank you is also extended to our volunteers during the day: Corin Latimer, Don Parsons, and Jacqueline Viscardi.

The rain held out for most of the day, and a great round of golf was able to be had. OALA members were welcomed by Attorney General Caroline Mulroney MPP (York-Centre) and MPP Stephen Crawford (Oakville) during lunch, with conversation and photo opportunities, as well as a special greeting from Minister Mulroney.

The event ended with the Unilock sponsored dinner where Aina Budrevics, OALA Executive Director, and Sarah Manteuffel, OALA Coordinator, announced prize winners and giveaways. The prize tables were full of items donated from our sponsors, and we would like to thank them for their contributions as many went home as winners.

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. OALA Vice President Kendall Flower accepted the cheque on behalf of the University of Toronto, and presented the University of Guelph cheque to Brendan Stewart, OALA Council Representative for the University of Guelph, who accepted the cheque on behalf of the University and shared a few words of thanks. Thank you to all golfers, volunteers, and sponsors as well as the staff at the Royal Ontario Golf Club who made this day possible.

And the day’s winners were:

Best Score: Jeff Burnett, Chris Baker, Brandon Clark, Andrew Kun
2nd Best Score: Kevin Holms, Paul Gardner, Jon Joyce, Mike Harris
3rd Best Score: Mark Parris, Brett BeBastiani, Matt Deegan, Kevin Gelata
Most Honest: Brendan Stewart, Nadia Amoroso, Martin Holland, Michael Laszczuk

Closest to the Sprinkler: Donna Sobil  (Sponsored by: VandenBussche Irrigation)
Longest Drive (Women): Janis Olbina (Sponsored by: Oaks Landscape Products)
Longest Drive (Men): Brandon Clark (Sponsored by: Salex)
Closest to the Pin (Women): Eha Naylor (Sponsored by: Openspace Solutions)
Closest to the Pin (Men): Joe Morello (Sponsored by: Azek Building Products)
Straightest Drive: Sean Hayes (Sponsored by: Gametime with Park N Play)
Putting Contest: Steve Van Meer (Sponsored by: Hauser)
Chipping Contest: Calen Hamelin (Sponsored by New World Park Solutions)

Click here for more photos! Stay tuned: OALA’s 2019 Ski Day will be on February 1st!!

Thank you to our SPONSORS:



Ground 42 – summer 2018 – Somatics

President’s Message
A message from Jane Welsh, OALA President

Editorial Board Message
A message from Real Eguchi, Ground Advisory Panel Member

Re-imagining the Landscape
Skateboarding as somatics

Round Table
Embodied design

Parcon in the Park

A miscellany of news and events

Rethinking hydro lands

Felt Sense

Somatic Engagement and Health

CSLA Awards

OALA Awards

Looking at the land

Design by Detail
Gas up

Looking through portals