Back row (l-r): Derek Schutz, Jenine Cerny, Helen Wong, Penny Stiles, Kathy Saunderson
Middle row: Nishika Kalupahana, Barbara Bruce, Yasmin Tejpar, Heather Pack
Front row: Karen Seto-Wagg, Sheila Nitti, Rashida Dhariwalla Absent: Barry Johns, Grant Moore

Administration Contact Info

The AAA headquarters at Duggan House are open Monday to Friday from 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (MST). AAA staff can be reached at:

The Alberta Association of Architects
Duggan House
10515 Saskatchewan Drive, NW
Edmonton, Alberta  T6E 4S1

Phone: 780-432-0224
Fax: 780-439-1431

Executive Office

Barbara Bruce, CAE, Hon. MRAIC

Executive Director

Phone: 780-432-0224

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.


Sheila Nitti

Executive Assistant

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.


Minn Va Wong

Accounting Assistant

Phone: 780-432-0224, ext. 222

Minn Va is responsible for all accounts receivable and payable functions and provides support for general office operations. She also assists the Finance and Administration Manager with other accounting responsibilities as needed, including account reconcilation and preparation of the annual dues billing.


Diane Dysievick

Administrative Assistant

Phone: 780-432-0224, ext. 234

Diane 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. The Administrative Assistant also provides support to the Professional Development Coordinator and the Registration Department.

Communications and Events

Jenine Cerny, B.Mgt

Communications Senior Manager

Phone: 780-432-0642

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.


Heather Pack

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 Coordinator

Phone: 780-432-0224, ext. 233

As a member of the Communications Team Derek is responsible for planning and writing engaging content for the AAA eBulletin, website, and marketing materials to ensure cohesive messaging across all AAA platforms. Derek further contributes to the AAA’s strategic initiatives by managing the AAA's social media presence and is always looking for new channels to communicate the AAA's message. Derek also assists with event planning and execution. 

Registration and Licensing

Grant Moore, Architect, AAA


Phone: 780-432-0224, ext. 257

The Registrar is mandated under the Architects Act and is designated by Council as the position responsible for receiving, reviewing, and making recommendation regarding the registration of all categories of membership. As the Registrar, Grant acts in a leadership and advisory role to manage registration, licensing, and continuing competence of AAA members. Grant also researches and advises Council on various legislative issues and manages regulatory projects that are intended to advance the professions.


Rashida Dhariwalla

Registration Administrator

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.


Yasmin Tejpar

Intern Administrator

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.

Professional Services

Kathy Saunderson, B.Comm

Professional Development Officer

Phone: 780-432-0619

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.



Nishika Kalupahana

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

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.