April 2023 Update: The anticipated timeline for the “Council” to “Board” terminology change coming into effect is now late May/early June.
Since the AIBC’s transition to the Professional Governance Act (PGA) on February 10, the AIBC has continued updating and refining regulatory documents and resources, as well as the website, to meet PGA requirements. This work will continue over the coming months, with several upcoming updates regarding terminology, bylaw amendments, and a Town Hall to help Registrants navigate the transition.
Here is what Registrants can expect over the coming months:
Upcoming PGA Terminology Update, “Council” to be Renamed to “Board”
All regulators under the PGA are required to update their terminology to better reflect their roles as regulatory bodies. Registrants will have already noticed some changes in terms – such the word “Member” being replaced with “Registrant”. Many of the AIBC’s volunteer groups have also been renamed to meet PGA requirements – for example, the Registration Board is now the Credentials Committee.
It is anticipated that in mid-May, more terminology changes will be coming into effect. One of the biggest changes is that ‘AIBC Council’ will be renamed to ‘Board’. In addition, the head of the Board will become the ‘Board Chair’ (instead of the President), ‘Board Vice Chair’ will replace the title ‘Vice President’, and the term ‘Councillor’ will be replaced with ‘Board Member’. It is important to note that the core purpose and function of the Board remains the same – only titles are changing.
Registrants should keep these terminology changes in mind, particularly with the upcoming 104th Annual General Meeting in June. To align with PGA and bylaw requirements, the meeting agenda will be slightly adjusted, and new terminology will be used throughout the meeting. However, the meeting remains largely unchanged from previous years, including the ability of Architects in Good Standing to vote.
Upcoming Bylaw Amendments
Along with the terminology changes, other bylaw updates will be coming into effect in the coming months. AIBC Staff and the Board are preparing minor amendments relating to continuing education and reinstatement requirements. An AIBC Notice with further information about the amendments will be sent to Registrants in the coming weeks.
PGA Townhall on April 27 – Registration Now Open, Submit Questions in Advance
To give Registrants an opportunity to hear more about the AIBC’s transition to the PGA, the AIBC is hosting a Town Hall on Thursday, April 27. The event will be taking place online from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., and will feature a presentation about the transition, followed by a comprehensive question and answer period. We want to hear from you – the AIBC is highly encouraging Registrants to submit their questions in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that the deadline to register for the Town Hall is April 26, and those who are interested in attending must register in advance.
Have a Question?
We appreciate Registrants patience as we work through the first phases of PGA implementation. The AIBC is committed to helping Registrants navigate the transition, and are available to respond to questions through the Practice Advice Program and dedicated email@example.com email address.
Learn more about the AIBC’s transition to the Professional Governance Act