AOLS In Sight 
Issue 4
February 2017
In This Issue
National Surveyors' Conference (AOLS AGM) Update
by Blain Martin, Executive Director

The National Surveyors' Conference is just over a week away!!! It is shaping up to be a fabulous event with great speakers, great social events and great opportunities for networking. If you have not already signed up, you should do it now!!
Shaw Centre is waiting for US!

The deadline for the price change for registration is close at hand. If you do not get registered by end of day on February 19th, then you will end up paying an additional $150! We have had several people call and ask if the registration is on the AOLS Website. The registration is on the conference website below and not on the AOLS website:

  CPD Hours at the National Surveyors' Conference
The Continuing Professional Development hours will be added to the program on the conference website early next week.

Friday Program
ACLS is having a Technical Session about Indigenous People Advancing through Collaboration and Capacity Building
OAGQ is having a speed networking session that is open to business people who wish to present their professional services to other survey or geomatics firms with a place of business in Quebec, Ontario or elsewhere in Canada.
AOLS is having their usual Friday morning session with reports from the President, the Finance Councillor, the Surveyor General and the Executive Director. There will also be some other updates along with the viewing of two new videos that will help us present our profession to the world. Of course, this AOLS session will conclude with the Open Forum.
Each of the above sessions is open to all registrants of the National Surveyors' Conference.

13th Annual Hockey Game at the AGM!

submitted by Pat Hills

It was a clear, cold day in Huntsville at the AOLS AGM in February, 2005. The sun was setting and someone said, "Hey, who brought their hockey gear?" Ten intrepid surveyors strapped on the skates and took part in the first annual hockey game at the AGM. Many people have taken credit for asking that question. I thought it was me. But then again, Ted Williams makes a good case. Just try and tell that to Tom Czerwinski - when Ron Berg is present! Regardless, the hockey game has become a tradition... like no other.
This year will be special. I have arranged for commemorative hockey jerseys to be made, which the participants will be able to keep after the game. Leftover jerseys will be auctioned off to benefit the educational foundations of our three associations. We will be taking orders for additional jerseys at the registration desk. The cost will be roughly $100 per jersey. Because of the nature of the event, this year I am asking that participants express their interest to play ahead of time. You can contact me directly to secure your spot:
This year's game will be played at the Richcraft Sensplex Rink at 813 Shefford Road from 6:45 to 7:45 on Thursday, March 2. I will arrange for a bus to take everyone over between 6:00 and 6:15. We ask that in the very least, all players wear helmets. For those of you who haven't played with us before, most of us wear full gear for this game. We will have two goalies. You won't want to miss the opportunity to hear Julia Meldrum scream, then giggle, when you score on her - or when she makes a save. Her reaction is the same.
Format will be as always. I will randomly throw a home or away jersey at you in the dressing room to choose teams. We very much look forward to our counterparts from Quebec and ACLS joining us this year, and in the spirit of the occasion, the teams will be a mix of all the conference participants.
I look forward to seeing everyone in March. Remember to let me know if you plan on attending!

AOLS February Webinar Slides
by Julia Savitch, Program Manager

Our February webinar, "Council Candidates' Presentations", took place earlier this week. Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties, it could not be recorded. However, all of the presenters' slides can be reviewed here.

All of the Council Candidates will be attending the AGM, so please feel free to approach them to discuss their platforms and any other issues you would like them to bring to Council's attention! 

Once again, the 2017 Council Candidates are:
Russell Hogan, President
Dan Dzaldov, Vice-President
Eric Ansell, Senior Councillor
Trevor McNeil, Junior Councillor
Gavin Lawrence, Junior Councillor

6th Annual Geomatics Career Fair Hosted by the Geomatics Club @ York
by Maureen Mountjoy, Deputy Registrar

The 6th Annual Geomatics Career Fair, which was organized by students from the Geomatics Club of York University, was held at the Bergeron Centre at York University on February 3rd. I was invited to give a presentation about our association and the steps to becoming an Ontario Land Surveyor during the morning session. Throughout the rest of the day, Bob Pearson, OLS and I staffed an AOLS exhibit. 

Photo: AOLS Exhibit 

Many students visited our booth to ask questions about the profession, and particularly, about employment opportunities, both summer and full time. We recommended that they regularly check the Employment Opportunities in the Classified section on the AOLS website and also post their resumes in the Employment Wanted and Summer Student section as well.

A large contingent of undergraduate students from the Geomatics Club will be attending the AGM. If you can, please take a moment to talk to the students and perhaps share some of your career experiences with them.

See you in Ottawa!

Photo: Exhibitors, Geomatics Club Organizers and Volunteers

May 2017 Statutes and Professional Exams

Attention Articling Students:

Please click here for the May 2017 Statutes and Professional Exam Notice and Registration Form.
You can write the Statutes Exam anytime in the following ways:
  • On the regularly scheduled dates and times in May and November at the location specified by the AOLS,
  • In the AOLS office on a date and time to be agreed upon with the AOLS, and
  • At a remote location, using an Invigilator approved by the AOLS.
Please feel free to contact Lena Kassabian if you have any questions at or 416-491-9020 ext. 25.

News from Our Suppliers:
LandPRO Conference 2017
by Chris Kamarianakis, Executive Director, Protect Your Boundaries

LandPRO 2017 is just 3 Weeks Away!
LandPRO is the premier learning event for land professionals in Ontario - developers, planners, surveyors, engineers, architects, municipal managers, lawyers and others.
Event Details:
When: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 8 am to 4:30 pm
Where: Paramount Conference Centre, Vaughan
Breakfast, Lunch, Refreshments included. Free parking and wifi.
Attend In Person or via Live Webcast
In Person: $299 per person
Live Webcast: $249 per person
Use discount code LP17-AOLS to get 10% off
CPD time: 4 Formal hours
We've assembled an all-star lineup of ten speakers, each of whom will deliver a 20-minute presentation, "TED-Talks" style, on a topic that will impact and shape the land, condo and real property industries in 2017.
Speakers include Ron Stewart (OLS and Water Boundary Expert), Benjamin Tal (Deputy Chief Economist, CIBC), Audrey Loeb (Miller Thomson), Chas Cormier (Cormier Aviation), Craig Carter (Fasken Martineau), Tracey Cook (City of Toronto), Adam Brown (Sherman Brown), Julian McNabb (First Service Residential), Mansoor Kazerouni (IBI Group) and Harry Herskowitz (DelZotto Zorzi) leading a panel discussion on emerging condo issues.
For land surveyors, this conference represents an opportunity to see how the profession relates to the multi-billion dollar juggernaut that is the Ontario real estate and land development markets, and discover the opportunities that are re-emerging for surveying in this rapidly evolving industry.
See the full list of speakers and presentations and register at
Space is limited... Please register soon!

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