Administration Contact Info
The AAA headquarters at Duggan House are open Monday to Friday from 8:00 PM - 4:30 PM (MST). AAA staff can be reached at:
The Alberta Association of Architects
10515 Saskatchewan Drive, NW
Edmonton, Alberta T6E 4S1
Barbara Bruce, CAE, Hon. MRAIC
As the Executive Director, Barbara is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the AAA’s day-to-day operations including registration, communications, human resources and finance. She works closely with Council to develop and implement a strategic plan for the AAA and to ensure that the programs and services offered by the AAA reflect the priorities of Council, and that the AAA meets its obligations to regulate the professions under the Architects Act. Barbara also serves the AAA through external relations both provincially and nationally.
780-432-0224, ext. 202
Sheila provides advanced administrative and executive support to the Executive Director, Council and Committees. Sheila’s role is essential to the efficient organization and operation of Council, enabling the realization of strategic objectives and goals. She supports the Executive Director and Council through a number of duties such as coordinating Council elections and nominations, managing schedules for the Executive Director and Council, preparing and editing correspondence, and assisting with the preparation of the Annual Report.
Finance and Administration
Helen Wong, CPA, CMA
Finance and Administration Manager
Phone: 780-432-0224, ext. 212
As a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, Helen oversees the AAA’s finance and accounting duties, office building related activities and office services. She is responsible for administering HR, payroll and employee benefits, annual capital and operating budget, IT and database administration. She is also responsible for ensuring legal and regulatory compliance for all financial reporting functions. Helen leads the work of the AAA’s Office Assistant and Accounting Assistant.
Phone: 780-432-0224, ext. 222
Karen is responsible for all accounts receivable and payable functions and provides support for general office operations such as office service procurement and reception. She also assists the Manager of Finance and Administration with other accounting responsibilities as needed, including account reconciliations and bank deposits.
Penny Stiles, BA (Hons.)
Phone: 780-432-0224, ext. 234
Penny helps to ensure the smooth and efficient operation of the office, contributing to the successful functioning of the AAA. She is responsible for reception duties, general office operations, maintenance and administration. Penny also provides support to the Professional Development Coordinator and the Registration Department.
Communications and Events
Jenine Cerny, B.Mgt
Communications Senior Manager
Jenine manages the Communications Team and develops and executes the AAA’s marketing and communication strategy. She plays a large role in stakeholder engagement and member relations, ensuring sustained positive relationships and high levels of satisfaction for all AAA stakeholders. With the help of the Communications Team, Jenine plans, executes and promotes first-rate events such as Banff Session.
Communications & Graphics Coordinator
Phone: 780-432-0224, ext. 228
As a member of the Communications Team, Heather supports the mandate of the department by assisting with the planning and execution of AAA events, development of content for internal and external audiences and member outreach. She is responsible for the design and production of graphic content for AAA collateral and publications such as reports, eCommunications, brochures and other informative documents. Additionally, Heather oversees the development and maintenance of the AAA website.
Derek Schutz, BA
Marketing & Communications Assistant
Phone: 780-432-0224, ext. 233
Reporting to the Communications Senior Manager, Derek is responsible for writing engaging content for the AAA eBulletin, website, marketing materials and more to ensure cohesive messaging across all AAA platforms. Derek also contributes to the AAA’s strategic initiatives by managing social media activities and assisting with event planning and execution.
Registration and Licensing
Phone: 780-432-0224, ext. 256
Rashida works directly with members to support and coordinate the registration of all AAA members. To efficiently and accurately facilitate registration and licensing, she has a comprehensive understanding of the governing legislation for the profession. In this position, Rashida also ensures regulatory compliance for all member registrations and prepares documents and reports for Council.
Phone: 780-432-0224, ext. 252
Yasmin works closely with the registration team and is responsible for managing all Intern and Student activities and records. She possesses a thorough knowledge of AAA policies and procedures to ensure proper compliance and registration. Some of Yasmin’s duties include intern registration, organizing ExAC examinations and facilitating log-book reviews.
Kathy Saunderson, B.Comm
Professional Development Officer
Working under the Executive Director, Kathy supports the AAA’s strategic objectives by coordinating all professional development activities for the AAA. This includes administering online courses for members, developing and maintaining relationships with course providers, communicating with members regarding professional development requirements, ensuring member compliance for the program and collaborating with the Communications team to plan and execute AAA events.
Policy & Compliance Officer
Phone: 780-432-0224, ext. 254
Nishika plays an integral role in promoting the goals and objectives of the AAA's strategic direction set by governing Council. Nishika manages complaints, provides leadership on governing legislation, and develops policies to support the operational plan and regulatory mandate of the AAA. She also works closely with the Executive Director to identify key issues for Council deliberation and support the work of Council committees and task forces.
Barry Johns, Architect, AAA (Life Member)
Director of Practice
FRAIC HON(FAIA) RIBA RCA LEED AP
Phone: 780-432-0224, ext. 217
Barry works with Council, various committees and administration to review, coordinate, educate and regularly report upon practice matters of the AAA. With support from the Practice Advisory Committee, Barry develops and updates practice-related information, practice bulletins, advisories and professional development course offerings. He possesses extensive experience and understanding of the legislative framework and the practice of architecture and interior design in Alberta; allowing him to effectively provide advice to the membership, the public and others.