Since 2011, the AIBC has been engaged in a comprehensive bylaw review process to address both substantive bylaw subject matter areas and more routine amendments. In the fall of 2015, the Bylaw Review Committee (BRC), supported by AIBC Council, introduced the Investigations & Discipline bylaw initiative.
Member feedback from the two phases of consultation and the subsequent review by the Bylaw Review Committee influenced the final draft bylaws. In May, council approved a member vote on the bylaws. The voting period ran June 13 – July 8.
Consultation on the Investigations & Discipline bylaw initiative began in the fall of 2015. Throughout the consultation process, architects and associates have provided valuable feedback on the draft bylaws. A number of the comments received centered on a concern that the proposed remediation was too disciplinary in nature.
After consideration of the feedback, the BRC and AIBC staff have recommended several drafting changes to the initial version of the proposed Investigation and Discipline bylaws. These “Phase 2” amendments better reflect the underlying intention of the remedial process and provide more flexibility to both the Investigations Committee and respondents. These changes have been supported in principle by AIBC Council for consideration by members.
Members were encouraged to review the material, attend the consultation sessions, and provide feedback for consideration by the Bylaw Review Committee and AIBC Council by May 2, 2016.
Powerpoint PresentationsInvestigations & Remedial Recommendation Bylaw Amendments PPT (April 2016)
Member Vote & Results
AIBC Council supported the bylaw amendments and encouraged all members and honorary members to cast their vote during the June 13-July 8, 2016 voting period. An electronic ballot was emailed directly to eligible voters.
The AIBC’s administrative bylaw amendments received strong approval from the institute’s voting members, with 97 per cent of voters in support. The requisite 2/3 support for each of the three bylaws was received.
Twenty-three per cent of all members and honorary members cast their vote during the voting period. This was close to the 27 per cent turnout at the previous electronic vote.
The Investigations & Discipline bylaws have successfully passed the provincial government’s “disallowance” period and are now in effect. The AIBC Bylaws document was updated to include the new bylaws on August 26, 2016.