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2017 bowling registration

The Social Committee is excited to announce the first Bowling Night at:

The Ballroom
145 John St
Toronto, ON

May 17, 2017

Shine up your bowling balls and work on your form for a night of bowling, pool, prizes, food & drink!

Come dressed in your best retro bowling gear, as there are prizes for best individual or team costume! 

$10 ticket includes shoe rental, access to pool tables, 1 drink ticket and snacks.

Once you have registered PLEASE email Sarah at the OALA with your name for registration (and the names of anyone else you have registered).

Please note: this page is for those who have already reserved a space (and this has been confirmed by Sarah at the OALA). If you are interested in registering and haven’t been confirmed, please email Sarah at the OALA before purchasing as you may have to be waitlisted. 


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.

This online course provides a comprehensive orientation to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public Spaces. It has been specifically developed for design professionals practicing in Ontario. On completion of the course, participants will understand the scope, application criteria and technical requirements of the Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public Spaces, as well as their professional obligations to comply with this regulation.

Click here for more information.



OALA Blue Jays Game – June 9, 2016

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As summer approaches, the days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer. Time now to dust off your caps and mitts, as it’s BASEBALL SEASON!

The OALA will be hosting a “Night at the Ball Park”
on Thursday, June 9, 2016
at the Roger’s Centre in Toronto
as the Blue Jays battle against the Baltimore Orioles.
First pitch is 7:07pm

The pre-game meeting will coincide this year with an OALA office (3 Church Street, Suite 506) OPEN HOUSE (4 – 8pm)! The open house will provide members an opportunity to check out the new suite, meet some councillors and enjoy light food and refreshments. The Rogers Centre is a 22 minute walk from the office. Ticket pick up will be available at the office open house. Participants are also welcome to take other methods of transportation to the stadium once they receive their tickets.

Once again, we are down in the 200 level seats! Due to the better seats, the price is now $46. Tickets can be purchased via Paypal through the OALA website.

Bring your co-workers, friends, family, or any other summer-enthusiasts and come on down for a bat-flipping good time!




April is World Landscape Architecture Month!

About WLAM
WLAMEvery April Canadian landscape architects join their colleagues around the world to celebrate our profession. April is the perfect month to share our profession and reach out to our communities, notable for Earth Day (April 22nd) and the birthday of Frederick Law Olmsted (April 27th), founder of the landscape architecture profession in North America.

The Purpose of the CSLA WLAM program is to provide resources to:

  • bring local and national recognition and awareness to the profession, Landscape Architects, and works of landscape architecture in Canada;
  • encourage public participation and interest in events and activities related to Landscape Architecture; and,
  • encourage people (particularly young people) to consider a career in Landscape Architecture.

 WLAM Initiatives

  • Grow Op 2016 – Cultivating Curiosity (Toronto)
    April 21 – 24, 2016
    This annual event takes place at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto. Click here for more details

What will you do to celebrate WLAM?

Click here to view the winning CSLA WLAM Poster  (will update when posted)

Click here for a list of suggested activities, tips and promotional tools


To celebrate World Landscape Architecture Month, the OALA Social Committee invites everyone to participate in our #OALAWLAM16 Photo Challenge! 

It’s easy! Just post a photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #OALAWLAM16 to fit the theme of that week. A winner will be chosen each week! At the end of the month, we will take the 4 weekly winners and have everyone vote for their favourite.

For more information on how to enter, please click here.


2016 Landscape Architecture Task Analysis



The Task Analysis, conducted by the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) and Professional Testing Inc., is a study of the profession that ensures the content of the Landscape Architect Registration Examination (L.A.R.E) remains current and consistent with changes in the profession. The Task Analysis results are also used to defend your scope of practice as a landscape architect.

The survey will be open from April 4–18. What better way to support the profession during World Landscape Architecture Month than to participate in the 2016 Task Analysis and help defend your scope of practice? To thank you for your time, CLARB is randomly selecting five survey respondents to each win a $250 Visa gift card.

You can find more information and a link to the survey at

If you have questions regarding the Task Analysis, please contact Andrea Elkin at CLARB at


LASW February Fest

February Fest 2016

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm
The Wortley Roadhouse (The Village Room)
190 Wortley Road, London Ontario

LASW is the newest Chapter of the OALA. Our inaugural meeting took place in November of 2015, and we are excited about the year ahead. To get us started, we are hosting a social event with a twist – FEBRUARY FEST. Not to worry, you will not need your snow pants or your dancing shoes, but we do ask that you share a little something with the group.
Are you working on a unique project? Have you read an interesting book or article lately? Did you find a funky new product? Have you travelled to a wondrous place? Do you know any good LA jokes? We want to hear all about it.

We ask that you join us prepared to share something in the realm of landscape architecture. It is our chance to get to know each other, share ideas, and learn from our fellow professionals. This will be a very casual affair, but we will have access to presentation gadgetry should you request it.

Please RSVP to and note if you need any presentation technology




OALA Holiday Parties

The OALA Social Committee will be hosting three holiday parties this year.

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December 9, 2015 – 6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
The Duke of Devon, 66 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5K 1H1
(Steps away from the St. Andrew subway station)

This holiday party is sponsored by Landscape Forms.

December 9, 2015 – 7:00 P.M.
Albion Hotel, 49 Norfolk St, Guelph, ON N1H 4J1 – 2nd Floor. Be sure to wear your ugly sweater!

This Holiday Party is sponsored by Connons NVK in Dundas.

If you will be attending any of the holiday parties, please in either Toronto or Guelph please RSVP to

December 16, 2015 – 6:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
Hotel Novotel, 33 Nicholas St, Ottawa, ON K1N 9M7

This holiday party is sponsored by Greely Sand & Gravel.

If you will be attending the holiday party in Ottawa, please RSVP to Sabrina Parent or Welwyn Wong so we can get an idea on numbers.



2015 Holiday Parties

The OALA Social Committee will be hosting three holiday parties this year.

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December 9, 2015 – 6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
The Duke of Devon, 66 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5K 1H1 (Steps away from the St. Andrew subway station)
This holiday party is sponsored by Landscape Forms.

December 9, 2015 – 7:00 P.M.
Albion Hotel, 49 Norfolk St, Guelph, ON N1H 4J1 – 2nd Floor
This Holiday Party is sponsored by MKV Dundas. Be sure to wear your ugly sweater!

December 16, 2015 – 6:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
Hotel Novotel, 33 Nicholas St, Ottawa, ON K1N 9M7
This holiday party is sponsored by Greely Sand & Gravel.

For each event, attendees will receive one free beverage ticket.

If you will be attending any of the holiday parties, please RSVP to


CEC Workshop: Properly Construct LID Stormwater Management


The Seminar

Low Impact Development (LID), an innovative stormwater management approach that treats, infiltrates, filters, and retains runoff at the source, is quickly becoming the new norm in Ontario. Construction of LID practices involves techniques and specifications that differ from traditional stormwater management construction practices.

Failing to follow proper LID construction methods can result in barren bioretention landscapes, clogged infiltration practices, uneven permeable pavements, and ultimately costly post-construction repairs.

This course is applicable to anyone involved in the design, construction, and inspection of LID, whether it is in a large subdivision development or a small parking lot retrofit. Instructors will take participants through each step of the LID construction highlighting potential errors and explaining proper techniques.

Participants will also receive recommendations for specifications and tender contracts. The experienced instructors will present valuable lessons learned from examples in Ontario and similar cold climate regions.

Basic Overview

Date: November 6, 2015
Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm (Registration opens at  8 am)
Location: Novotel Conference Centre, 45 The Esplanade, Toronto, ON M5E 1W2
Member Cost: $110 +HST   OR   $135 + HST (Hard Copy Guide Included – $25 Value)
Non-Member Cost: $130 +HST   OR   $155 + HST (Hard Copy Guide Included – $25 Value)

The digital guide is available online. Click here for digital guide.

Your workshop registration includes:

  • Full day technical workshop
  • Hot buffet breakfast
  • Lunch
  • 8 MCE credits

The OALA is offering this course to you at a 70% discounted price as this course has been offered by other providers at $395.

After Participating in the course you will be able to:

  • Identify how LID construction differs from the construction of a conventional stormwater management site.
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of the LID construction team members.
  • Understand LID construction considerations from mass grading through final assumption.
  • Know the common methods for constructing LID practices and specifying their materials.
  • Effectively stabilize and establish vegetated stormwater management practices .
  • Be aware of common construction pitfalls and how to avoid them.


To provide participants with practical LID construction knowledge to avoid failures, reduce risks, and avoid costly post-construction repairs.


Participants should have a basic understanding of the principles of Low Impact Development

The course is available to OALA Members and other professionals.

The Instructor


Samantha Paquette is a Water Resources Specialist at Credit Valley Conservation (CVC). She has a Masters of Landscape Architecture with a focus on soil, water and plant relationships in LID practices. She developed a tool that helps designers choose the right plants for the right LID practice. At CVC, she provides LID landscape design and maintenance guidance and support to consultants, contractors, municipal staff and property owners. She is also an instructor for the Making it Work: How to Properly Construct Low Impact Development (LID) Stormwater Management course.



OALA Curling Bonspiel

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With team names like “Curl Jam,” ”Sweeping Beauties,” “Sheet Disturbers” and the cheekily named ” I Swept with your Wife,” 56 registrants signed up for this year’s OALA Curling Bonspiel  at the Guelph Curling Club on the evening of Saturday, October 24th.

The afternoon began with a Learn To Curl, hosted by Curling President and OALA member Amanda Gebhart and two members of the University of Guelph’s Varsity Curling Team. Then things got off to a “rockin” start and several ends were played before everyone came in to warm up and fuel up with a lovely buffet dinner and a beverage.

With the event being Halloween themed once again, prizes were given out for best team costume: first prize went to the “Bloodied and Battered Blue Jays” followed by the “Cool Runners” (remember the Jamaican Bobsled Team?) and finally the “House of Commons” representing all four official political parties.  There were many notable mentions and people really got into the theme–thanks for your enthusiasm!

The actual tournament was hotly contested with the “Killer Butterflies” ( Amanda Gebhart, Patrick Rees, Ben Vander Veen and Jason Parks) pulling ahead at the end with a winning 15 points (Congrats!). Two teams “House of Commons” and “TBD” finished tied with 14 points, oh so close!

Thanks to Aaron Hachey (BLA 2017) for his help behind the scenes, including taking photos and to Kathy Brown (manager of the club) and Rod Pollock (caterer.)

Next year’s date is on Saturday, October 29th, same location. Images from this year can be found in the Member’s section of the OALA website, here.



OALA Fall Mount Pleasant Cemetery Plant Walk

MountpleasantSaturday, September 26 – 10:00 A.M.

Thank you for your interest in attending the Mount Pleasant Cemetary Plant walk. Please note that the current group in now full.

Mount Pleasant Cemetery was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 2000. It is the final resting place of over 168,000 persons in a lush landscape of old growth trees, botanical gardens, fountains, status and a system of paths.  Known for its assortment of tree species, Mount Pleasant Cemetery is home to mature and rare species, including species characteristic of the Carolinian Zone.

Visit Canada’s Historic Places website for additional information here.

Join Aaron Fox, Walk leader, on Saturday, September 26th at 10am. The walk is open to all members of the OALA.  Participation in this walk may be recorded for Continued Education credits.

Aaron Fox is a horticulturist and landscape architect who has worked on a diverse range of projects in both the private and public sectors over the past fifteen years.  He is a graduate of the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture and a member of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects. Aaron has taught a variety of landscape and horticulture courses at several Colleges over the past seven years. 
Please RSVP by September 24th, 5pm by e-mailing Inna Olchovski at are limited.


Green Building Festival – October 1, 2015

OALA is proud to partner with the Green Building Festival!

The Green Building Festival is Canada’s most comprehensive conference on green building design, operations, technologies, and materials.

Since its inception in 2005, the Festival has brought together industry leaders from across the country and around the world to transform the building industry through educational presentations, technical training, and interactive workshops featuring the design, construction, and operation of sustainable buildings and communities.
Each year, our Planning Committee carefully curates Festival speakers and featured projects according to an overarching theme that supports a ‘continuum of sustainability’ – building each year towards bigger ideas and a larger scope.

Hear from Resilient Communities experts at Green Building Festival

On October 1st in Toronto, attend the Green Building Festival, Canada’s most comprehensive conference on green building design, operations, technologies, and materials. Hear from today’s leading practitioners on community-scale planning and development for a more resilient urban landscape.  Register today!

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Click here to see who else will be speaking at the Green Building Festival.


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