At the 2015 AIBC Annual Meeting, a member brought forward a motion, approved by those in attendance, requesting council to introduce Professional Liability Insurance (PLI). In support of this motion, council triggered a comprehensive review of the topic, with members being kept apprised at each step of this preliminary stage.
Based on the recommendations resulting from the review, earlier this year council approved, in principle, the proposed PLI bylaws as well as the draft supporting council rules.
The thrust of the proposed bylaws is to introduce mandatory PLI for certificate of practice holders (i.e., architectural firms). Council rules would establish minimum amounts of coverage as well as the mechanism by which evidence of insurance is provided.
On March 1, a President’s Message launched the next phase of the bylaw review process: consultation with members. As with all bylaw initiatives, council seeks member feedback and strongly recommends participation.
Five ways to get informed and get involved during the consultation phase:
- Read the material available on the website. An overview section is complemented by an extensive FAQ, links to the proposed language for the bylaws, council rules and other relevant material.
- Attend the information and consultation sessions and share your concerns. Choose from the online and in-person sessions available.
- Take the PLI Questionnaire, your answers will contribute to providing a snapshot of the AIBC landscape.
- Call the PLI Hotline at 604.682.8588 x 333 with your specific questions about insurance. The hotline is staffed Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. Leave a message any time.
- Email the Bylaw Review Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org and share your thoughts about this important initiative.
The consultation phase is scheduled for March, April and May, and may be extended if warranted by feedback.
Bylaw Review Process
Since 2011, the AIBC has been engaged in a comprehensive bylaw review to address both substantive bylaw subject matter areas and more routine amendments. In the past six years, AIBC members have voted on six bylaw initiatives, all have passed with the last three conducted by electronic vote. Currently, the AIBC is in the consultation phase of the Professional Liability Insurance bylaw initiative.