AOLS In Sight 
Issue 2
January 2017
In This Issue
Survey Equipment Seminars: Registration Deadline Is Today!
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 TODAY - Friday, January 20, 2017.

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.

National Surveyors' Conference (AOLS AGM) Update
by Blain Martin, Executive Director

I have been sending out regular updates about the National Surveyors' Conference and these updates are having a positive impact on registration, hotel room uptake, sponsorship and booth rental. Joining with two other Associations has made planning this year's conference both challenging and exciting. We have taken the traditions of each organization and combined the best of each to come up with an agenda that is truly spectacular and which celebrates our rich history.

There are several examples of this and I want to speak about two of them in this issue of In Sight. The first example is the Veterans' Dinner, an AOLS tradition for over 100 years! This year all AOLS members with the OLS#1725 or earlier or CR111 or earlier are invited. We will be joined by Canada Lands Surveyors and Ordre des arpenteurs-géomètres du Québec members who have had their licenses for 25 years or more. Accompanying persons are welcome to attend.

The second example is the Presidents' Gala. The Québec Association has had great success with this event and the driver of that success seems to be a "particular show" they have each time. We will take a page from Québec and provide those who attend the gala with spectacular food and a British Invasion, which is a musical show that provides music and dancing from the 60s. It sounds like it will be a lot of fun.

I also want to mention the availability of hotel rooms for our conference. Both the Westin and Novotel are fully booked, but the other hotels mentioned on the conference website have rooms available. Patricia, our event coordinator, has secured a two week extension on those hotels that are holding rooms for us, so if you do not have a room booked already... Please do it NOW!  Registration is progressing nicely and if you have not already registered... Please do that now too.

Registration and hotel room information can both be found at

AOLS February Webinar: "Council Candidates' Presentations"
by Julia Savitch, Program Manager

The AOLS 2017 webinar series starts with a February webinar. You might have noticed that we did not have a webinar in January - this was partially due to the holiday break, but mostly because we are so busy here in the office getting ready for the National Surveyors' Conference!

The next AOLS webinar will take place on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 12:00-1:00 pm, and will have the 2017 Council Candidates present their platforms and answer your questions.

To read the candidates' platforms, please click here.

Attending this webinar qualifies for
1 Meeting Attendance CPD hour.

AOLS 2017 Council Candidates and Webinar Presenters:

Russell Hogan, President
Dan Dzaldov, Vice-President

Eric Ansell
Senior Councillor 
Trevor McNeil
Junior Councillor
Gavin Lawrence
Junior Councillor

"Great Lengths" Book Update
by Blain Martin, Executive Director

"Great Lengths" is finished and has been sent to the printer!

The fundraising to support the creation of this book for our 125th year has been incredibly successful and I want to thank all those who contributed to the project. Overall, we raised $208,125.00.  

Now I am looking forward to getting the finished copy, and our publisher assures me that it will be ready well in advance of our Conference in the first week of March.

The names of the sponsors that will be listed in the book are now locked down. However, if others would like to contribute, they can still do so and receive the same number of book copies that sponsors at the same level of contribution will (except their  names will not be listed in the list of sponsors in the book).

Applications for Articles

Please note: candidates wishing to article must submit the completed forms   to the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors by no later than  Friday, February 3, 2017.

Do not hesitate to contact Lena Kassabian, AOLS Office Manager if you have any questions or concerns:

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

Announcing the LandPRO Conference 2017
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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