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APALA AGM Reminder

Just a reminder to confirm your attendance to the Annual General Meeting, which is being held on Friday, October 25th at:

Dalhousie Campus 
Riverview Room
Jenkins Hall
40 Horseshoe Cres.
Bible Hill NS 

The program can be found here.

If you are unable to attend in person, please complete the proxy form and submit to Laura no later than Monday, October 21st.  

It is imperative that we have quorum, either in person or via proxy. 

Dalhousie Lecture – Updated Schedule

Detailed Schedule now available for Dalhousie lecture.

Monday, October 7, 2019, 12:30-6:00 pm
Exhibition Room
School of Architecture, Dalhousie University
5410 Spring Garden Road, Halifax

CAFÉ Atlantic
A special one-day event of presentations, round-table discussions and debate
View the poster
Regional alumni and professionals are welcome to join. RSVP to
All Dalhousie architecture students and faculty should attend. (No RSVP required.)
The Canadian Architecture Forums on Education (CAFÉs) are part of a year-long outreach project to discuss and debate the role of architectural education and research in shaping Canada’s future.
The knowledge and ideas mobilized through these forums will inform the development of an architecture policy for Canada. The forums enable students, educators and academic researchers to play meaningful roles in articulating the policy’s priorities, ambition and depth of vision.
Five CAFEs will be held at five different schools of architecture during the 2019-2020 academic year. The kick-off CAFÉ is in Halifax on October 7. Don’t miss it!
This CAFÉ initiative is led by the Canadian Council of University Schools of Architecture (CCUSA), representing all CACB-accredited architecture programs in Canada, with the support of a Connection Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Further support is provided by participating university institutions and the Canadian Architecture Students Association (CASA).
The national policy initiative – to which these CAFÉs contribute – is jointly led by the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA), the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), and CCUSA.
For more information – including a detailed schedule; call for manifestos; other ways to participate; and further resources – visit
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2019 Canadian Landscape Architect Compensation and Benefits Study Available Now

The 2019 Canadian Landscape Architect Compensation & Benefits Study provides comprehensive documentation of compensation and benefits currently provided to landscape architects across Canada.

This report investigates all aspects of benefits and compensation and is useful in determining the appropriate level of compensation and benefits for landscape architects. This robust compensation study is the second national level study in Canada to focus on the landscape architect profession (the first study was published in 2015). The study was carried out by The Portage Group, a full-service management consulting firm that specializes in providing research and consulting services to associations.

Download the full report here

The RECONCILIATION issue of LANDSCAPES | PAYSAGES is now available online

“My experiences as an Indigenous man straddling life between my home reserve and Winnipeg has clarified that my role is to strip away the noise in design and focus on the loss and the healing, the devastation and the rebirth, the past and the future, connecting to the wisdom of hundreds of generations and the exuberance of our youth to fully embrace and bring back who we are.” – David Thomas, Architect/Designer/Artist
In the Fall 2019, Reconciliation issue of Landscapes I Paysages, read how David Thomas, other Indigenous designers and landscape architects, as well as many firms across the country are discussing the applying the concepts of reconciliation in their projects and practices.
Learn more…

Architect Week – Newfoundland and Labrador

The Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Architects is hosting Architecture Week October 5th to October 11th. Read more and find out what activities are being offered!

API Annual Conference

The Atlantic Planners Institute is holding it’s annual conference in St. John’s, October 2-4, 2019. 

Registration is now open and more information may be found here:

Halifax Universities Career Fair

When you bring together
over 1,000 of Nova Scotia’s motivated post-secondary students and 150
organizations from both, public and private sectors, great things can happen!

​The Halifax Universities Career Fair presents an opportunity
for students and recent alumni across Nova Scotia to create meaningful
connections with leading organizations, paving the way for exciting
possibilities – full-time, internship, or co-op.

The fair is taking place in Halifax on September
24, 2019 from 12pm-6pm at the Cunard Centre, 961 Marginal Road.  For more
information, please click here:


After a successful show in 2018, we are
excited to announce our annual Reserve Trade Show will take place in Halifax at
Casino Nova Scotia on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. These shows work to
strengthen relationships between public entities and suppliers by creating an
awareness of procurement opportunities. 

  • Engage with other public sector buyers and local suppliers. 
  • Exchange information and ideas. 
  • Explore innovation solutions. 

Nova Scotia Procurement seeks to help small and medium businesses increase their opportunities int he procurement process by encouraging open participation in the event for businesses of all sizes. 

New for Exhibitors
We encourage you to check out the Social enterprise Trade Show!  Same building, same day. 

Social enterprises are businesses owned by non-profit organizations directly involved in procuring or selling goods and services for the purpose of generating income and achieving social, cultural or environmental aims.  


BEAA Film Screening Series

With the generous support of the APALA Advocacy Grant, and our sponsors, Building Equality in Architecture Atlantic (BEAA) is proud to present the film City Dreamers in four Atlantic Cities in October, as the second film in the BEAA film series:

October 6, 2019: Halifax, NS  
October 7, 2019: Saint John, NB
October 10, 2019: Wolfville, NS
October 28, 2019: St. John’s, NL

About the film:
Phyllis LambertBlanche Lemco van GinkelCornelia Hahn Oberlander,Denise Scott Brown – four trailblazers who became accustomed to being the only woman in the room. Each has an extensive list of accomplishments in architecture, planning and landscape architecture dating back 60+ years and has taught, mentored and inspired generations of professionals. How have they envisioned our cities? 

Through original interviews, archival material and stunning cinematography, documentary filmmaker Joseph Hillel uncovers how each of these strong, independent thinkers has shaped the cities we live and work in. As the world becomes increasingly urbanized, the insights of these forward-looking women who have built social and environmental values into their work seem more relevant now than ever.

Stay tuned for more information about venues, times, and registration.

CSLA Bulletin – August 2019

Read the CSLA Bulletin

The Government of Canada is seeking the views of Canadian professional associations in the context of two potential distinct Canadian initiatives. World Trade Organization (WTO) General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) discussions on market access for professional services; and The Professional Services Working Group enacted by the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE NATIONAL (CSLA) RESPONSE TO THESE INITIATIVES, PLEASE CONTACT MICHELLE LEGAULT AT BY AUGUST 15TH, 2019.
Information on the Consultations
Consultation 1: WTO GATS Market Access Discussions

The Government of Canada is interested in receiving views from Canadian associations involved in the area of Professional Services, in order to better understand barriers and challenges faced by the industry while doing, or seeking to do, business abroad. 

Since 1995, Canada has been participating in WTO GATS negotiations in order to promote better market access for Canadian companies in other WTO markets. However, the Doha Round, the latest round of trade negotiations among the WTO Membership, is currently at an impasse and some WTO Members, including Canada, are exploring various ways to re-ignite the discussions on market access in several sectors, including the Professional Services sector.

The Professional Services sector constitutes an important priority for Canada, as we are one of the top exporters globally. While Canada’s firms are already active around the world, the sector has further potential to grow as the vast majority of services firms are SMEs, and a stable and predictable global trade environment is necessary for them to pursue new markets.

While extensive consultations were undertaken when the Doha Round was launched in the early 2000s, a significant period of time has elapsed since then and interests/issues may have evolved. In this context, our team is now consulting Canadian stakeholders in order to better understand the opportunities and challenges currently faced by your industry. For that reason, we would welcome your views on issues your members are facing, such as:

Any barriers or experiences faced by the Professional services industry, including: Identification of barriers to the temporary entry and stay of business persons faced by Canadian service providers in foreign countries, such as impediments to entering or working in a country on a temporary basis, including licensing, certification, work permit and other work authorization requirements. Identification of investment barriers faced by Canadian service providers in foreign countries, including restrictions imposed on foreign ownership or entry to market, questions of transparency of regulation, performance requirements (e.g. local content requirements, use of local labour and services), and any other impediments/barriers. Experiences regarding barriers to services provided electronically by Canadian service providers, such as licensing or residency requirements. Other barriers (e.g. availability and transparency of information) when selling or attempting to sell services in other countries.  Consultation 2: CPTPP Professional Services Working Group Discussions

The CPTPP entered into force in December 2018 and under this Agreement Parties established a Professional Services Working Group to facilitate further collaboration on issues such as the recognition of qualifications, licensing or registration. I have attached a copy of the CPTPP Professional Services Annex, for your reference.

A meeting of the Professional Services Working Group could take place as early as fall 2019. This meeting would present an opportunity for Canada to propose ideas and discuss potential partnerships regarding professional services trade beyond the bound obligations of the CPTPP. For example, one idea could be a non-binding guidelines document to facilitate the drafting of Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs) by regulatory authorities, similar to those that were included in the recent Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) outcome.

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