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2020 Annual Report

2019 Annual General Meeting Minutes

(For approval at the 2020 agm)
Wednesday, October 2, 2019   
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Beanfield centre,
Toronto, Ontario

Registered Professional Planners
Informing Choices. Inspiring Communities.

1.  Call to Order and Opening Remarks
OPPI President Jason Ferrigan called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m. with a quorum of voting members present, including a total of 6 proxies. Members eligible to vote and the voting procedure were reviewed with members attending the meeting. 
OPPI Council and Staff were introduced. Invited guests from OALA, OCCIAR and CIP were acknowledged.

2.  Adoption of Agenda
The meeting notice and agenda were sent to all members in accordance with the OPPI General By-law and it was noted that no substantive motions were received by the Registrar by the deadline of July 16, 2019. As such, the agenda was adopted as circulated.

Moved that the agenda be adopted as presented. Carried.

3.  2019 AGM - Approval of AGM Minutes of October 11, 2018
There were no changes or corrections to the minutes and they were accepted as presented.

4. Reports
4.1 Treasurer’s Report
Paul Lowes presented the Treasurer’s report, on the financial statement for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2018, providing an overview of revenue and expenses. He noted that the Institute is meeting all its financial targets and goals, in keeping with a high-performance organization. Each year OPPI prepares an Annual Business Plan 2018 with benchmarks and indicators that measure progress on implementation of our strategic Plan INSPIRE OPPI.

4.2 President’s Report
J. Ferrigan provided the President’s report making special mention that OPPI was celebrating and honoring 25 years of the Registered Professional Planners designation. Marking the celebration, he made note of the RPP time capsule, commemorative benches to be placed throughout all seven districts in Ontario, and the City of Toronto proclamation marking October 1, 2019 as Registered Professional Planner Day. He acknowledged and thanked members- Tony Usher, Mark Dorfman, George Rich (deceased), Barbara Dembeck, and Philip Wong who worked tirelessly to advance Bill Pr129 An Act Respecting the Ontario Professional Planners Institute.  He went on to highlight accomplishments from INSPIRE OPPI in Action 2019, making special note of the current work underway on Bill 70 Registered Professional Planners Act. He respectfully asked all members to read OPPI’s newly released Indigenous Planning Perspectives Report and recognize our responsibility as a profession to participate in the discussion on truth and reconciliation and play a significant role in reconciliation to help build a better future. Guided by the vision and strategic directions of INSPIRE OPPI Strategic Plan, volunteers, Council members and staff were recognized for their contribution in realizing many of the significant accomplishments. 
All reports will be placed on file at the office of the Institute. Highlights of the reports can be found in the Annual Report and Meeting web page on OPPI’s web site.

4.3 Discussion
There were no questions or discussion of the reports.

5. Items for Membership Consideration
5.1 Appointment of Auditor
Moved that the firm Kriens~ LaRose, Chartered Accountants be appointed as the Auditor to audit OPPI’s financial records for the fiscal year ending 2019. Carried.

5.2 Approval of Actions
Moved that the membership of the Institute approve of the actions of Council taken during 2018-2019. Carried.

5.3 Motions submitted by Members
Request for submission of substantive motions for the Annual General Meeting was sent to all members by way of the members e-newsletter in June 2019 and posted on the OPPI website. No motions were received by the Registrar by the deadline of July 16, 2019. Motions concerning substantive issues that were not provided in writing by the above date were not considered at the AGM.

6. Other Business
There was no other business.

7. Election Results and Introduction of Council for 2017-2018
J. Ferrigan thanked the Governance and Nominating Committee, chaired by Bruce Curtis.  He called on B. Curtis to provide a report on the results of the election for the 2019-2020 Council.  B. Curtis acknowledged and thanked all the members of the Governance and Nominating Committee.  He acknowledged and thanked all the members who submitted a nomination and who stood for election and all of the candidates who submitted an application for the appointed position of the Public Interest Representative. 

The 2019-2020 Council is as follows:

  • President -  Justine Giancola
  • President Elect - Paul Lowes
  • Director, Secretary/Treasurer - Claire Basinski
  • Director - Kelly Weste
  • Director - Calvin Brook
  • Director - Jeffrey Port
  • Director - Bruce Curtis
  • Director - Andria Leigh
  • Director - Eldon Theodore
  • Director - Rob Dowler
  • Director, Public Interest Rep - Curry Clifford
8. Acknowledgements
J. Ferrigan thanked all OPPI members, Council, volunteers and staff for their work and support throughout the year. He acknowledged his friends, family and employer for their support of his work and responsibilities as OPPI’s President.

The following outgoing Council members were presented with a gift of acknowledgement and appreciation:
  • Matthew Cory, RPP- Director 2017-2019
  • Adam Wright, RPP- Director 2016-2019, Chair Indigenous Planning Perspectives Task Force 2018-2019
  • Nathan Hyde, LLB – Public Interest Representative 2017-2019
  • Jason Ferrigan, RPP – Director 2013-2015, President Elect 2015-2017, President 2017-2019
J. Ferrigan introduced the new President, Justine Giancola. J. Giancola acknowledged the leadership and work of Jason during his tenure on Council, beginning in 2013, as a Director, then President Elect, and as OPPI’s 17th President from 2017-19. In a tribute, she noted Jason’s commitment to OPPI and the planning profession, and as such, OPPI will recognize his leadership by awarding the T.P. Jason Ferrigan 2020 President’s Student Scholarship at the 2020 OPPI Conference. 

9. Adjournment
J. Giancola thanked all members for attending the AGM and provided highlights of strategies that OPPI will embark on during her term as President.  She concluded here remarks, inviting members to attend the next OPPI Conference on October 7-8, 2020 in London, Ontario. She called for a motion to adjourn the meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:00 p.m.