10 community leaders honoured for impact on landscape architecture in Ontario

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Award of Excellence winner John Hillier

Ontario Construction News staff writer

The Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA) has recognized 10 individuals for their outstanding contributions to the community.

In recognition of 45 years of landscape architectural leadership across Canada and around the globe, John Hillier won the Award of Excellence. Hillier is a principal at DTAH, an architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design firm based in Toronto.

Awards will be presented tonight, Sept. 21, at the joint 2Gether Conference, hosted by the association and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute.

“I have seldom seen a more qualified group of awardees in my many years in the profession,” said OALA President Steve Barnhart. “Many of our winners bring unique understanding of how the modification of physical form when done well can connect people to nature while maintaining balance with the surrounding environment.”

Winners were chosen in the following categories:


  • Paul Brydges from Guelph
  • Stefan Fediuk from Windsor
  • Anne-Claude Schellenberg from Ottawa

Research and Innovation

  • Robert Corry from Guelph
  • Mary Jane Lovering from Toronto

Jack Copeland Award for Associate Leadership and Contribution

  • Chen Zixiang from Toronto. Chen currently works as an intern for Studio TLA in Toronto.


  • Friends of Small’s Creek Ravine


  • photographer Robert Burley and Nina-Marie Lister, a professor at Toronto Metropolitan University.

OALA is a professional association that has proudly been operating in the province since 1968. As the regulator for the title landscape architect in Ontario, OALA serves the public interest, and is a place of community, learning and growth for its members. OALA and its 2,000 members improve and conserve the natural, cultural, social and built environment.


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