AOLS In Sight 
Issue 6
March 2017
In This Issue
April Webinar:  The Life Cycle of an Investment Plan

The next AOLS webinar will take place on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 12:00-1:00 pm and will talk about " The Life Cycle of an Investment Plan".

This webinar will be presented by  Julie Brough, Executive Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Logan Wealth Management, whom many of you might have met in the Exhibit Hall at the National Surveyors' Conference earlier this month.

This session is designed to help people better use the tools available in Canada to maximize the value of their savings. Financial success comes from doing a lot of little things right. We will discuss ideas on using the different tax rules relating to account types while accumulating assets. The session will evaluate the tools available for saving, such as a TFSA and an RRSP and evaluate when and how to best use each. It will then go on to discuss the impact that volatility in the rates of return earned on your investments has on your accumulation.

To round out the life cycle, we will examine ways to structure your retirement income, using the different account profiles available. Which assets should you use first? How does volatility in your investment returns impact the sustainability of your asset base while withdrawing? We will also evaluate the value of taking your Canada Pension Plan early versus deferring it until later.

Attending this webinar qualifies for 1 Formal CPD hour.

Please note: The statements made and the views expressed in this webinar are those of the presenter and do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors. All copyright, trademark and Intellectual Property rights are reserved. For educational use only.

David Thompson National Geomatics Awards 2017

The Association of Canada Lands Surveyors and Professional Surveyors Canada are proud to announce the winners of the ninth annual David Thompson Awards! The awards were presented during the National Surveyors' Conference in Ottawa on March 2, 2017.

Celebrating excellence in the field of geomatics in Canada, the David Thompson National Geomatics Award was introduced in the winter of 2006-2007. The program was developed to recognize projects that exemplify the innovation and contribution to society that surveyors make every day to bring successful projects about for the betterment of all Canadians. The program has the following two categories:
  • Challenging Cadastral Survey Project
  • Challenging Non Cadastral Survey Project
In the category Challenging Non Cadastral Survey Project, the winner was James Ferguson, OLS (pictured below) from Tulloch Engineering, for the project entitled: "Engineering Survey of Metrolinx's Go Transit Electrification Project".

This project used a unique hybrid surveying approach to accommodate surveying 270 km of railway corridors that were consistently in use. This was accomplished by using mobile LiDAR surveying primarily at night to collect visible features, followed by conventional ground surveys to fill in missing features and static LiDAR surveys for bridges inaccessible by mobile LiDAR.

Congratulations to our member Jamie!
Runners up for this award were G.C. Friesen of Underhill Geomatics Ltd. for the project entitled: "Whitehorse Erik Nielsen International Airport Obstacle Limitation Surfaces Survey" and David Gurnsey of Altus Geomatics Ltd. for the project entitled: "Augmented Reality System".

To see the full press release on this year's  David Thompson National Geomatics Awards, please click here.

REACH Bulletins
by Penny Anderson, 
Member Services Coordinator  

Dear Members,

Please note the following information in regards to the AOLS REACH Bulletins.
  • The REACH Bulletin service is exclusive to OLS Members Only for a fee of $50.00 + HST.
  • The REACH Bulletin will circulate to all Membership, including Retired and Associate Members.
  • We accept formats preferably in Word Document or PDF Document. We will then format it to conform to our REACH Bulletin style template. When your document is ready, just send it to
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  • Your REACH Bulletin may be queued if there is a circulation scheduled ahead. You will be advised as to the best time for circulation.
  • Please note that all submissions will be subject to screening for approval.

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Canadian Generally Accepted Land Surveying Principles

The Canadian Generally Accepted Land Surveying Principles and associated poster are now posted to the NRCan website. These are intended to be "evergreen" documents and can be amended as our operating environment evolves. Although formal approval from all jurisdictions has not been received, there is general acceptance.

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.

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