AOLS In Sight 
Issue 9
May 2017
In This Issue
It Was Worth the Drive to Kingston
by Murray Purcell, Past President
As a member of Council, I have had the opportunity to travel to every Regional Group at some point in my term. Each group has always tried hard to provide items and issues of interest to its regional members. Sometimes the topics are successful, sometimes not so much.
So what does it take to provide insightful sessions that entice the members for more reasons than just CPD points? Regional Chairs often struggle with this question. In my opinion, the answer to a successful Regional Group "business" meeting is membership involvement, whereby the members are making presentations to their group of some experience or knowledge in a topic that will assist in everyone's education. Education, not "trade secrets".
This year I have the privilege of joining the Eastern Regional Group (ERG) as their Liaison to Council. Eastern Regional Group is chaired by Paul Miller. Many of the ERG members have commented to me on how fortunate they are to have Paul as their Chair. Paul gets attendance. Paul combines topical educational meetings with a friendly and fun atmosphere. Paul would modestly tell you that he takes direction from his members on topics of interest, but there is obviously a tremendous effort behind the scene.
On April 25th I experienced an ERG meeting that really hit it out of the park. The meeting was held at the Donald Gordon Conference Centre (Queens University). Attendance was about 75. The topic of the meeting was "Roads". It was a full-day meeting with discussions on Forced Roads, Highway Plans, Road Formulas, Quarter Session By-Laws, and a series of interesting court cases.

Every topic was presented by an ERG member. Some used PowerPoint, and others were less technical, but all were very well presented. My understanding is that the speakers were "voluntold" their topic/case and given time to research and compile the details of their presentation. I would suggest that these presenters have acquired some beneficial Continued Professional Development hours under the Professional Activities category.

Paul had also arranged for two municipal specialty lawyers (Tony Fleming and David Munday), of Cunningham Swan LLP, to attend and add comments on the court cases and presentations. Their fee? A shameless business plug for future municipal real estate law consideration.

The end result was an excellent venue, with an engaged audience, great commentaries and some good friendly banter.
In closing the meeting at 4:30 pm, Chair Paul Miller challenged his members to email him with business meeting ideas for the future. I am sure those will come.
A perfect meeting, and worth the drive to Kingston.

Legislation/Regulation Task Force Update

In the recent Survey Monkey on the In Sight, y ou have asked for more updates from the AOLS committees, and we have listened! We will aim to provide an update from one of our committees or task forces in every In Sight issue going forward.

This issue includes an update from the Legislation/Regulation Task Force, submitted by its chair Eric Ansell, OLS, Past President. Please click here to read the update.

Academic and Experience Requirement Committee (AERC) Needs Volunteers!
by Bill Buck, Registrar

We now have over 90 articling students and will soon have more than 100. This is great news, but it has increased the workload on the current assistants to the Academic and Experience Requirements Committee (AERC). We need more assistants to help with marking our Statutes and Professional written exams as well as to participate on oral examination panels. Answer guidelines are provided to help with marking the written exams and new assistants are joined with experienced members on oral panels.
Please consider becoming an assistant to the Academic and Experience Requirements Committee. The time requirement is not onerous and marking exams or participating on an oral panel can be claimed as Professional Activity CPD time (Committee Participation).

Contact the Registrar at or 416-491-9020 ext. 29 if you want to sign up.

Lassonde Students Win Geomatics App Challenge

Three of York University's Lassonde School of Engineering Geomatics students - Stephen Kosmachuk, Justine Abdelshahid and Benjamin Brunson - have been selected as the winners of the 2017 Esri Canada Centre of Excellence (ECCE) App Challenge The App Challenge is an annual event for students studying at higher education institutes that are members of the ECCE program.  Click here to read more.

Benjamin and  Stephen are AOLS award winners. Justine is the daughter of one of our OLS members, Aziz Abdelshahid.

Photo: Lassonde students Stephen Kosmachuk, Justine Abdelshahid and Benjamin Brunson

URISA BeSpatial 2017
by Maureen V. Mountjoy, Deputy Registrar
On Wednesday, May 3rd, Penny Anderson and I staffed an AOLS exhibit at URISA BeSpatial 2017, which was held at the Markham Convention Centre.

Our main focus at the event was to bring attention to our book Great Lengths - A Celebration of the Surveyors of Ontario. Many of the 270 attendees stopped by to see the book, flip through the pages and chat about some of the stories. A few people said that they were certain that their fathers would be interested in our history and bought a copy as a Father's Day gift.

AOLS booth at URISA BeSpatial 2017 event.

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