AOLS In Sight 
Issue 1
January 2017
In This Issue
Happy New Year 2017!

All the AOLS staff, including Barkley (pictured above) would like to wish our members a very Happy New Year 2017!

This is going to be an exciting year for AOLS with the historic National Surveyors' Conference coming up, the Great Lengths book being published, and a variety of educational and networking events taking place.

We look forward to seeing you and hearing from you this year!

AGM 2017 - National Surveyors' Conference

We are pleased to note that a link to the National Surveyors' Conference 2017 has been added to the Ottawa Tourism website under "Conferences":

As you are planning your visit to Ottawa for the conference, it might be a good idea to check out the Ottawa Tourism website for information on attractions, events, shopping, dining and more -

Online registration for the conference is open:

Prices will go up by 10% on February 12!

We have a very exciting program planned!
Remember that a Meet and Greet will take place the evening of Tuesday, February 28th and the AOLS Business Meeting will be on the morning of Friday, March 3rd.

Please don't delay booking your hotel, as  if you do not book a room by the "cutoff date" in the  attached chart, you may not be able to get a room at a reasonable rate. There are many celebrations for 2017 in Ottawa and those celebrations seem to be driving hotel room rates up to exorbitant rates outside of our room blocks. 

We look forward to seeing you in Ottawa!

Survey Equipment Seminars: Belleville and Toronto
by Julia Savitch, Program Manager

The "Survey Equipment Theory, Use, Maintenance and Adjustment (TUMA)" seminars are coming up in Belleville and Toronto.  The deadline for seminar registration at either location is Friday, January 20, 2017.
Most of Ontario Land Surveyors have just started year 2 of the AOLS 3-year mandatory Continuing Professional Development cycle. The AOLS Continuing Education Committee is committed to providing surveyors with professional development opportunities. The best method of fulfilling the professional development requirements is to obtain 1/3 of the total requirement each year.
The AOLS urges participants to register for this seminar as soon as possible. During January and February 2017, AOLS staff will be heavily involved with the planning and organization of the 2017 Annual General Meeting in Ottawa.

Locations and Dates:

Date (2017) 
February 6
Room 3N11, Kente Building 3rd Floor
Loyalist College
376 Wallbridge-Loyalist Rd.
Belleville, ON, K8N 5B9
February 16
North Toronto
Edward Village Markham Hotel
50 East Valhalla Dr.
Markham, ON, L3R 0A3
(near Hwy. 407 & Hwy. 404)

To register, go to:

Attending this seminar qualifies for 7.5 Formal CPD hours.

The seminars are targeted at OLS's as well as Survey Technicians and Technologists.
Presenter: Paul Wyman, OLS (Ret.)
This seminar will review the Theory of Operation, Practical Usage, Maintenance and User Adjustment of many types of survey equipment commonly used for cadastral field survey. The seminar will review batteries, range poles, prisms, targets, tripods, tape measures, survey levels, theodolites, electronic distance meters (EDM), total stations and GNSS equipment.
The seminar fee (including lunch and breaks) is $275 for AOLS members and associates, $350 for non-members.

Professional Surveyors Canada - Call for Membership

We have received a note from Professional Surveyors Canada that they would like to be distributed to our members:

Join PSC and Together Let's Change The Public's Perception of Surveyors!

Are you interested in contributing to the PSC campaign to change the public's perception of surveyors to that of a trusted professional, and to raise awareness and understanding of the value of the surveying profession? Your Professional Surveyors Canada membership in 2017 will support this and other important initiatives.

Fanshawe College Co-op Students 2017
Civil Engineering/Construction Engineering
by Tom Nesbitt, Co-op Consultant, Fanshawe College

Happy New Year Everyone.
I look after the Co-op students for the Civil Engineering Technology and the Construction Engineering Technology (Management) programs for Fanshawe College.

I am now starting to contact employers for the upcoming co-op year. I would like to thank those who have already contacted me and would like to encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to recruit students who are committed to being very productive workers in your company.
First year students from both programs will be available for a 4 month paid work term from end of April to September and 2nd year students go out for 8 month paid work terms from end of April to December.
If you are interested in posting a Co-op opportunity for these students, please fill in the attached Co-op Employer Job Posting Form. You can either email or fax the posting back to me and we will post your job opportunity to all eligible students.
If you have your own job posting already completed, you can send that to me and I can use that also.
The Co-op Job Site opens to all eligible students to start applying on January 17, 2017.
Generally, we will keep the posting up for 5-10 days. After the deadline, we will send all the applicants to you and you can select any candidates you like and interview at your convenience, either here at the College or at your place of business. I can set up any interviews for you as well.
I post Employer Job Opportunities to students from January to May each year.
Please note that there is a Co-op Tax Credit initiative for all Ontario private sector employers that will pay up to a maximum of $3,000 for hiring a co-operative education student for each 4 month work term to qualifying employers.
Thanks again for considering our Civil Engineering Technology and Construction Engineering Technology Co-operative Education programs. We greatly value your commitment in helping prepare our students for their future careers.
Tom Nesbitt
Fanshawe College
Co-op Consultant-D1063
Civil & Construction Engineering
519-452-4430 ext. 4538 / 519-457-4572- Fax

Free 2017 Parks Canada Discovery Pass

As Canada's gift to go along with the country's 150th celebration, the 2017  Discovery Pass will provide free admission for the entire year to Parks Canada places from coast-to-coast to coast!

Please note that the Alberta and Saskatchewan land surveyors' associations' AGMs this year are to be held in National Parks. Both associations would like to suggest to AOLS members to  take advantage of the above offer and to bring your passes to their wonderful provinces when you come to their AGMs.

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South Western Regional Group Meeting
Wednesday, January 11

South Central Regional Group Meeting
Wednesday, January 18

North Eastern Regional Group Meeting
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Thursday, January 26
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Eastern Regional Group Meeting
Tuesday, January 31

Survey Equipment Seminar - Belleville
Monday, February 6

Survey Equipment Seminar - Toronto
Thursday, February 16

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