The AIA Canada Society has made significant progress in launching operations. Earlier in the year, AIA Canada Society successfully adopted byelaws in line with the Council of the American Institute of Architect and incorporated the chapter as a non-profit society in Canada. The chapter is now a registered legal entity in Canada, ready to conduct operations on behalf of our members. Post incorporation, the chapter was successful in securing a domain www.aiacanadasociety.org and establishing our presence on the World Wide Web. The chapter intends to use the website to inform its members of the chapter events as well as policies and procedures adopted by AIA Canada and post updates and inform of upcoming events. The website will also be a platform to offer sponsorship opportunities for sponsors of AIA Canada Society.
Som Bose AIA President and Stuart Howard AIA Treasurer represented AIA Canada Society at AIA Grassroots 2018 in San Diego March 12th - 14th March. AIA Grassroots is a leadership conference in providing learning opportunities to chapter executives in chapter governance.
As learning from Grassroots 2018, The chapter is developing working document to guide Ethics, Whistleblower policy, conflicts of interest, records retention and destruction for the smooth operation of the chapter.
As an unstaffed chapter, AIA Canada Society board members were invited to attend two-day training at AIA Headquarters in Washington, DC between May 30th –June 1st organized by the CACE team. Som Bose AIA President and Stephanie Calvet AIA Vice President attended the training on behalf of AIA Canada Society along with more than 24 participants from various chapters. Training topics covered resources available with the AIA for supporting chapters operation in areas like Social media and web hosting, member registry, Advocacy, risk management tools, etc.
Based on member feedback, the chapter has defined a preliminary draft of the committees and their roles that will carry out the various efforts of the chapter.
Som Bose; AIA