OALA 2018 Membership Dues Emailout

At the 2017 AGM OALA members approved that membership dues amounts for 2018 remain unchanged.  Dues invoices will be emailed during the first week of November to all members with an email address on-file. Payment is due by December 31st.

If you do not have an active email account, we will post the invoice to your attention. If you would prefer to receive your invoice by conventional mail, or have not received your dues via email by November 13, 2017 please email your request to

You are able to pay dues via credit card online by clicking here, or by mailing a cheque or credit card details to the OALA Office.

Please contact the Registrar if you have any questions.



OALA Holiday Parties


Coming to a city near you!

All are welcome! Mix and mingle with members from the OALA.
Please be sure to RSVP as space is limited.


Sponsored by: NVK Commons

Friday, December 1st
Albion Hotel
49 Norfolk St
Click here to RSVP!



Sponsored by: Park Street Solutions

Thursday, December 7th
Duke of Devon
66 Wellington St W (in the basement of the TD Centre)
Click here to RSVP! 


Sponsored by: Greely Sand and Gravel

Thursday, December 14th
Vittoria in the Village
309 Richmond Road
Click here to RSVP!



OALA MCE Reporting Period Ending

REMINDER: The OALA MCE 3-Year Reporting Period will end in 2017. If you have not reported your credits, please do so before January.

To submit your credits, please log into to the Member’s Area of the website and click on “Mandatory Continuing Education” or click here and then click “Add a New MCE Activity”.

Still need to earn credits?

The OALA has prepared a reference guide which outlines 80 relevant continuing education activities that can be completed by Members and Associate Members (of 7 Years-or more), in order to obtain the required continuing education credits.

Please click here for 80 ideas to earn your CE Credits.



Call for Nominations: OALA Honours & Awards 2018

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.

The program culminates as a formal presentation at the 2018 OALA AGM & Conference on Friday, April 6th in Toronto.

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 & Contribution
  • Emeritus Member
  • Honourary Member

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

The deadline for nominations is November 30, 2017.

Thank you for your participation.



2018 CSLA-OALA AGMs and Conference

The 2018 CSLA and OALA Conference will be held from Thursday, April 5th, 2018 to Saturday, April 7th, 2018 at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto, ON.

More information including a provisional program,  sponsorship/exhibitor information, hotel information and attendee pricing details can be found on the Conference website.

Registration will be open in January 2018.

Click here for more details. 


Conference Theme:

Moving Forward: Addressing Society’s Challenges Through New Paradigms in Landscape Architecture

The profession of landscape architecture in Canada is over 100 years old. In 2018, the OALA will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Canadian landscape architects were associated and organized as early as 1934; they celebrated the profession’s achievements, promoted its benefits and grew the profession into a force for better communities, healthy societies and greener infrastructures.

The profession of landscape architecture is critical to creatively resolving important emerging societal issues. These include increased infrastructure demands, the need for resiliency and sustainability in design, new uses of landscapes, and protecting, preserving and respecting historical places. By learning from the past, this conference aims to explore how landscape architects will contribute to solving these issues in the future. Questions to explore include:

  • the expanding role of the landscape architect in a quickly urbanizing world;
  • establishing new paradigms of collaboration as a model for good solutions, including working in interdisciplinary teams;
  • the increasing role of the city region, including its place and ecologies in our landscape;
  • re-defining placemaking, particularly as it applies to the issue of land ownership and indigenous rights;
  • the use of new technology and innovation in contemporary landscape architecture;
  • the need and desire for increasingly resilient and aesthetic urban design to respond to our changing climate.


OALA 50th Anniversary Logo Competition

In July 2017, the Legacy Task Force shared a Logo Competition with the membership, to select a commemorative logo to be used for the OALA’s 50th Year in conjunction with the 2018 AGM & Conference. Thank you to those who entered and were a part of the 15 submissions, and thank you to all who voted.

The membership voted in August, with the winning design was submitted by OALA associate member, Hillary Eppel.

Congratulations Hillary!

To read more about the OALA’s 50th and other projects by the OALA Legacy Task Force, please click here to go to the OALA at 50 page.



2017 OALA Curling Bonspiel

The OALA’s annual Halloween themed Curling Bonspiel is back again at the Guelph Curling Club on October 21, 2017. The event will begin at 4:00 P.M. Ticket price is $25/person (you can register as an individual or 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.

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. 



CSLA Legacy Project Award – University of Guelph’s Master Plan

The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) announced that the University of Guelph’s Master Plan and Implementation has won the CSLA Legacy Project Award (2017). The CSLA Legacy Project Award is intended to recognize distinguished landscape architecture projects which were forward-thinking for their time, contribute significantly to their communities, showed leadership and innovation, and are still relevant examples of excellence in the profession of landscape architecture. The Legacy Project Award honours projects which have left and continue to leave a lasting impact on Canada’s landscape.

The landscape architecture firm of Project Planning Associates Limited (Macklin Hancock, Walter Kehm, Owen Scott, Ken McFarland, Gary Heine, Garry Hilderman, John Consolati) developed the University of Guelph Master Plan and executed its implementation.

The University of Guelph’s Master Plan and Implementation emphasized context, history, the natural environment, pedestrianization and creation of social spaces, construction innovation, sustainability and reinforced the University as an important place in the City of Guelph. Of the eight new universities started in the mid 1960s in Ontario, the University of Guelph remains singularly unique and significant. The fundamental reason for this is the core principle the designers gave to pedestrian primacy and the notion that a university should be an urban complex with streets, open spaces and buildings intertwined into a unified conception. The 1965 campus plan is now 51 years old and remains a vital document that will guide the university for many years to come.

The award will be presented at the CLSA Awards Ceremony at the World Design Summit on October 19th.

Click here for more information on the CSLA Website, including the entire press release.



Reducing The Risk of Public Harm: The Practice of Landscape Architecture in Ontario

Attorney General and Government House Leader Yasir Naqvi, MPP (Ottawa Centre), met with Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA) representatives on January 27 and gave them some homework.

The Minister asked OALA how a Landscape Architect Practice Act would reduce public harm.

Over the last five months, OALA, under the direction of the Practice Legislation Committee, prepared an excellent response which has now been given to the Attorney-General and his officials for review.

The document titled: Reducing The Risk of Public Harm: The Practice of Landscape Architecture in Ontario, provides background on the practice of profession related to public safety, and specific examples of where strengthened legislation would add protection of the public.

This paper has been particularly helpful in subsequent discussions with the government and will be used in future meetings.

OALA Members may also access the document in the Members Area under the Practice Act Section.



OALA in Canadian Landscapes Portfolio Collections

Underpass Park
Nathan Brightbill

The Ontario Portfolio is as varied as the province’s many regions and although there is not a typical landscape, Ontarians will recognize and respond to the deeply engrained symbolism expressed in the collection. The designed landscapes of Ontario provide powerful ideas about place and identity.

To view the selected images is to see the interaction of humans and their environment through the lens of ‘landscape’. These are designed and constructed landscapes, resulting from cumulative and shared values. The places are expressions of cultural values that layer, change and evolve over time.

A landscape architect’s work is to understand and shape environments. The profession improves the land by applying aesthetic and technical rigor. Marginal sites are enhanced and a new future is made possible through design. Sites like highway underpasses, former shipping, warehousing and manufacturing lands, abandoned properties, forgotten floodplains; these landscapes become valued and valuable – significant – through the practice of landscape architecture.

The OALA featured site, Underpass Park, transformed a previously underused and derelict highway underpass into an urban amenity. The park features a number of areas designed to encourage both passive and active recreation and incorporates public artwork, sculpture and landscape plantings. It responds to the nature of the site in a new way that results in the betterment of the well-being of the community.

The Ontario Portfolio highlights a re-thinking and re-imagining of landscape in order to create connections, forge new links, transform, renew and inspire. These are some of the considerations behind this year’s selections for the Canadian Landscape Portfolio. This collection of images recognizes the significance of designed landscapes that make up the great cities, streets, parks and open spaces that protect vital and resilient natural environments and healthy communities in the province we call ‘home’.

–  Sarah Culp – CSLA Board Member (Ontario)

Click here to view all of the OALA Entries.

Click here to view the entire CSLA collection. 

The third edition of the Canadian Landscape Portfolio is now accepting submissions.

For more information on the theme and how to submit, click here. 



OALA Golf Day – August 11, 2017

The 15th annual OALA Golf Day took place on Friday, August 11th at the Royal Ontario Golf Club, and was a great success. With a brief spout of rain just after the golfers started, the clouds passed over and left us with beautiful afternoon for a great game of golf. Thank you to our volunteers Corin Latimer, Lauren White and Don Parsons 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) attend the lunch and say a few words before tee-off.

The event ended with the Unilock sponsored dinner where OALA member Luke Kairys with 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.

Our feature hole winners were:

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: Brandon Clark, Chris Baker, Andrew Kun, Barrett Brook
Most Honest: Chris Hauser, Ashley Turney, Eriks Kalvins, Stephanie Campbell

Closest to the Sprinkler: Pete Marlow  (Sponsored by: VandenBussche Irrigation)
Mystery Prize: Leanne Hunter (Sponsored by: VandenBussche Irrigation)
Longest Drive (Women): Stephanie Campbell  (Sponsored by: Kompan)
Longest Drive (Men): Mark Parris  (Sponsored by: Azek Building Products)
Closest to the Product: Luke Kairys (Sponsored by: Paris Site Furnishings)
Closest to the Pin (Men): Dean Armstrong (Sponsored by: Park N Play Design Co. Ltd.)
Closest to the Pin (Women): Sierra Harkins (Sponsored by: Oaks Landscape Products)
Putting Contest: Matt Deegan (Sponsored by: Hauser)
Guess the Tees: Bryce Miranda (Sponsored by: Hauser)

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 President Doris Chee accepted the cheque on behalf of the University of Toronto, reading a statement from Liat Margolis, Director of the University of Toronto Master of Landscape Architecture Program. Justin Whalen, Senior Associate Rep on the OALA Council accepted the cheque on behalf of the University of Guelph and shared a few words of thanks. Thank you to all golfers, volunteers, and sponsors who made this day possible.

Click here for more photos! Stay tuned: OALA Ski Day will be scheduled for February 2018!

Thank you again to our Sponsors:



LARE Study Group July 15th Session

LARE Study Group

Organised and presented by OALA Associate Representatives Justin Whalen and Trish Clarke

When: 10 am – 3:00 pm

Location: ROOM 240 – University of Toronto, NEW BUILDING –
1 Spadina Crescent Toronto, ON M5S 2J5

  • East Side entrance off of Russell St.When you enter turn left down the corridor until you go through a door which will take you to the old part of the building, head left and you can either take the main stairs or elevator to the 2nd floor.  ROOM 240 is in the right hand side in the corner.
  • Remote Option via AdobeConnect


10:15 – 10:55 Intro to the LAREs

11:00 – 11:45 / Section 1

11:55 – 12:40 / Section 2

12:45 – 1:15 / Lunch

1:20 – 2:05 / Section 3

2:15 – 3:00 / Section 4

TO REGISTER (FREE OF CHARGE) please email the registrar, Ingrid Little, at


We will send a confirmation email to all those that registered during the week of July 10-14.

MORE INFO: for more information contact the registrar, Ingrid Little.



2017 World Design Congress and Summit

IFLA, CSLA, AAPQ and the World

October 16October 25

The World Design Summit – Montréal 2017 (WDS) is an unprecedented international gathering of diverse disciplines with a common focus: how design can shape the built environment of the future. Montréal will host design professionals, government and business leaders, industry representatives, media and NGOs from around the world. For 10 days, attendees will come together to transcend silos, foster cooperation and enhance professional development. More than a mere celebration of design, the summit will demonstrate the tremendous power of design to create viable solutions to global social, economic, cultural and environmental challenges.

The Summit will be an occasion for design professionals to enhance the visibility of their respective disciplines, to promote design as a key social and economic driver, and to engage with decision-makers, industry representatives, the media and the general public.

Click here for more information and registration details: 



A Night at the Ballpark 2017

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 Social Committee will be hosting a “Night at the Ball Park”
on Wednesday, June 28, 2017
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 and ticket pickup will return to the Steamwhistle Brewery located across from the Rogers Centre. Attendees are welcome to join the group for before the game, starting at 5:30pm.

Once again, we are down in the 200 level seats!

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

Click below to purchase your tickets:


2017 OALA Blue Jays Game:
$55 (includes HST)




OALA Bowling Night

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

The Ballroom
145 John St
Toronto, ON

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! 

$20 ticket includes bowling, shoe rental, 1 drink ticket and snacks.

Please note: this event is now sold out and registration is now closed.

Spots may still open up over the next week!
Please email Sarah at the OALA to be put on a wait list and we will notify you if spots become available.

If you wish to attend and not bowl, please email Sarah and she can register you at a ticket rate of $10.  

Thank you to our sponsors:





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