A disciplinary inquiry is a formal hearing by a Disciplinary Committee into the charges against an AIBC registrant that have been approved by AIBC Council. A Disciplinary Committee is comprised of three or more members of AIBC Council, and is a separate entity from the Investigations Committee.
At an inquiry, the AIBC and the respondent present evidence, call and cross-examine witnesses, and make arguments about the case. Inquiries are open to the public and those interested in attending are asked to confirm their attendance in advance via email to the contact below.
At the end of the inquiry, the Disciplinary Committee makes a decision whether the allegations have been proven or should be dismissed, and issues written reasons for its decision. The Disciplinary Committee may also order that the unsuccessful party pay the costs of the inquiry.
If a finding against the registrant is made, the Disciplinary Committee will reconvene for a second stage to hear submissions and determine an appropriate penalty. Penalties vary with the circumstances of the case. A range of penalties are authorized under the Architects Act, including one or more of a reprimand, a fine, conditions imposed on a certificate of practice, suspension from practice, or removal from the register.
A Disciplinary Committee does not have authority to grant compensation to a complainant, even where a finding of unprofessional conduct has been made against a registrant. The remedies available to the Disciplinary Committee are prescribed by the Architects Act and are different than the outcomes available in a lawsuit brought through the courts.
Additional information about disciplinary inquiries can be found in sections 45 to 51 of the Architects Act and AIBC Bylaws 37.29 to 37.33.
Upcoming Disciplinary Inquiries
None at this time.
Pending Disciplinary Inquiries – Waiting for Decision
None at this time.
Current Disciplinary Decisions
View other disciplinary decisions on the AIBC website.
For additional information on the AIBC’s complaints, investigation and discipline process, please contact Meagan Sands, Paralegal, Regulator Compliance Officer firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.305.2691.