Fall/Winter 2011 News           

Debriefing process under review

CAA reps have been meeting with Alberta Infrastructure to discuss issues related to the debriefing process. Together we are working to enhance the system for the benefit of both the client and the consultants. In the coming months we expect to see some positive changes with more clarity around the evaluation criteria as well as more constructive and detailed feedback provided to the consultants. We will keep our members informed as to the progress of these discussions. Thank you to those of you who provided valuable input to assist us in this process!


Design Build and Design Bid Build advisory committees initiated

Alberta Infrastructure has established two short term working groups and invited CAA to participate: Design Build Advisory Committee, and Design Bid Build Advisory Committee. The purpose of these groups is to look at the process and contract conditions used by Infrastructure with their DB and DBB projects. The RFQ and RFP processes as well as the form of RAIC 6 (and supplementary conditions) will be reviewed with a view to identifying areas for improvement.

CAA Members win awards!

CAA member firms took home several awards at the recent Mayor's Urban Design Awards in Calgary.  Congratulations to BKDI Architects, Marshall Tittemore Architects and Simpson Roberts Architecture Interior Design.  More. . .

The Manasc Isaac Architects team had the honor of winning the People's Choice Award for their poster submission at the recent Infrastructure Partners Conference. Read more . . . 

Kudos to all the winners!


CAA Annual Report now available 

The 2010 - 2011 Annual Report gives an overview of our second year of operations and our expectations for the future.

Click here to download a PDF copy


VRAES enhancements on the horizon

In response to user input and in consultation with the CAA and other industry representatives, Alberta Infrastructure is planning some IT enhancements to the VRAES system. The goal is streamlining of the input process and reduction of frustration points. Enhanced functionality to be rolled out in the near future includes: 

  • More complete screen layout
  • Easier to complete EOI - pre-populated fields
  • System processing icon to indicate activity
  • Ability to continue to work without completing all mandatory fields
  • Login button for easy re-entry from the Log Out screen. 
  • Flexibility to recall the EOI submission
  • Summary of recent and historical EOI submissions
  • Search function moved to top of screen

Request for Proposal Template now online

Our Procurement Committee has developed a standard RFP template that is now available online.   This document is intended to help owners put together requests for proposal that are consistent with industry standards. The editable Word document may be downloaded for use by any owner (public or private sector) that would appreciate a reference document.  We encourage you to share this document with your contacts.

Contract Considerations

Our Contracts Committee has developed a list of 10 Principles to Consider when signing consulting contracts. These are intended to help architects analyze contracts presented to them and negotiate with clients for fair agreements. Read more . . .


Infrastructure Partners Conference Follow Up


Thank you to all those firms who sent representatives to the second annual Infrastructure Partners Conference held at the Edmonton Expo Centre November 14 - 15th.  The total number of attendees was 410, with a much stronger showing of architects this year compared to last.

Overall conference evaluations showed 90% of respondents felt the conference was either good or excellent. We received some very constructive feedback and are looking forward to continuing to refine the format, programming and venue components so that this annual conference can continually grow and offer value to attendees.

The CAA is an active partner on the conference planning committee, so if you want to have an impact on how this conference is delivered, please let us know!

Copies of conference presentations may be found online here.

Sponsor profile . . .       

Quadrant Insurance Services work exclusively with design professionals and has been providing professional liability insurance, risk management and loss prevention services to Alberta’s consultants since 1995.

Quadrant is the exclusive regional broker for the XL Design Professional (XLDP) Insurance program and is a member of the PLAN (Professional Liability Agents Network), an association of almost 50 brokerages across Canada and the US.  PLAN members provide service to more than 15,000 design firms.

Get involved!

The CAA is working hard on behalf of its member firms, but we cannot do it all alone. You can get involved and help us make a difference for our industry as a whole. Get informed, provide your input, or roll up your sleeves and join a working committee. Read more.


Feedback, ideas, questions, concerns, kudos?

Please contact us!

Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday and a prosperous New Year!

Member Survey Results

Thank you to everyone who shared valuable time discussing your firm's business challenges with one of our board members and offering suggestions how the CAA can assist you!

A summary of the key questions is available for you to view HERE.

Upcoming events

City of Edmonton - Partnering with  Industry - January 17

City of Calgary - Partnering with Industry - January 26

U of A - Partnering with Industry - February 7

Check out our events page for more industry events!

New CAA Board Elected

The following members were elected to the 2011 - 2012 Board on October 27, 2011:

Past Chair: Tom Tittemore

Chair: Daryl Procinsky

Vice Chair: Doug Cinnamon

Sec/Treasurer: John Webster

James Andalis

Bill Chomik

Andrew Tankard

Craig Webber


Chair of External Relations,
Craig Webber speaking at the
Oct 27 AGM

There are also three non-voting positions on the board:

AAA Liaison - Scott Pickles
RAIC Liaison - TBA
CEA Liaison - Manoj Mistry

A HUGE thank you again to those departing board members who served admirably on the CAA Board the past year or more: Vivian Manasc, Doug Campbell and Doug McConnell.

New Directors Appointed

Subsequent to the AGM, the board appointed Ms. Keesa Hutchinson of ft3 and Mr. Linus Murphy, from S2 Architecture to the board of directors.

Pursuant to our society's bylaws, directors so appointed (outside the election process) are welcome to serve the board in a non-voting capacity.

A hearty welcome to Keesa and Linus!


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