August letter from the president
Greetings and hope your plans for the summer are coming along well!
Firstly, on behalf of AIA I thank you for your membership with AIA Canada Society and I am happy to inform you that we have made good progress in launching operations for our newly formed chapter.
Earlier in the year, AIA Canada Society successfully adopted byelaws in line with the Council of the American Institute of Architect and incorporated the chapter as a non-profit society in Canada. We are now a registered entity in Canada, ready to conduct operations on behalf of our members.
Following the incorporation, we were successful in securing a domain (www.aiacanadasociety.org) and establishing our presence on the internet. The domain will allow us to better communicate with our members and to be readily available resource to them. We are working to populate the website with information on AIA Canada Society bylaws, certificate of incorporation and policy & procedures. Stay tuned!
Based on the feedback received from our members, we also have defined a preliminary draft of the committees and their roles that are intended to carry out the various efforts of the chapter.
Meanwhile delegations representing AIA Canada Society at the Annual Convention in New York 2018 voted for two important resolutions that were successfully adopted by the Council of AIA. These resolutions make the Institute more supportive of differences, more steadfast in inclusiveness and more explicit in justice. There were also notable AIA bylaw Amendments regarding Honorary Fellowship members, Emeritus Members and sections of chapters of the Institute. You will find more details about these resolutions and amendments here.
The next step for the Canadian Chapter will be establishing mechanisms for delivery of AIA member services across Canada. To achieve this goal, we need active volunteers from across Canada and work together towards securing sponsorship to support chapter’s operation. On behalf of the founding board, I invite you to join as a volunteer in the growth of AIA Canada Society. You may also volunteer depending on your availability to serve as a board member or in roles on committees. To assist in selecting a committee where you can volunteer, refer to the terms of reference for the operation of the committees. Along with many other resources, this document is now available on our website.
On behalf of AIA Canada Society, I invite you to get in touch with the board members
- Som Bose, AIA–President
- Stephanie Calvet, AIA-Vice President
- Stuart Howard, AIA-Treasurer
- Reza Asadikia, Int.Assoc. AIA-Secretary
AIA continues to represent the profession and its interests across the world. We welcome you to actively explore the opportunities available for members in enriching the profession through AIA Canada Society.