Our mission is to assist higher education facilities, officers, and staff develop, maintain, and promote high standards

and professional ideals for the management of campus facilities.


Executive Officers


Hugh Briggs

Director Physical Plant
Lakehead University
955 Oliver Road
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 5E1
Phone: (807)343-8790


John Witjes

Associate Vice-President (Facilities) Physical Plant Services
Queen’s University
207 Stuart St.

Rideau Building, 2nd Floor
Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6
Phone: (613)533-3235


Claudia Runciman

Director, Finance and Administration Physical Resources,
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario
Phone: (519) 824-4120 X 52022


Past President

Paul Martin

Director Business Operation, Facilities Management
Western University
1151 Richmond Street
London, Ontario N6A 3K7
Phone: (519) 661-2111 Ext 85421
Fax: (519) 661-3801

Energy Chair

Nathan Splinter

Queen’s University

207 Stuart St.

Rideau Building, 2nd Floor

Kingston ON K7L 3N6

Phone: (613)533-2961



Article 1 – Name

The name of this body shall be: Ontario Association of Physical Plant Administrators (OAPPA). OAPPA is a Chapter of ERAPPA The Eastern Region of the Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers.

Article 2 – Objectives

The objective of the Association is to promote co-operation among Physical Plant Administrators of the Provincially assisted Universities of Ontario, and other groups, on matters relating to staff development, planning, construction, operation and maintenance of the facilities.

Article 3 – Membership

1. Those eligible for membership shall be members of the Physical Plant Departments of Institutions, whose Executive Heads are eligible for full membership or associated membership, in the Council of Ontario Universities. Other institutions may become members with the support of not less than two-thirds of voting members present at the Annual Meeting.

2. Each member institution shall have one representative designated as the official institutional representative who will normally be the managing head of the Physical Plant Department.

3. Member institutions may select any number of additional representatives to take part in the affairs of the Association.

4. The membership may nominate, and elect by two-thirds majority vote, life members to the Association.

Article 4 – Voting

1. Voting on all matters shall be by the Official Institutional Representative. A voting member who is unable to attend a meeting should be represented by a substitute of their choosing who is a member and who will have power to vote at the meeting.

2. Approval of all general matters will be obtained by a simple majority agreement of the voting members present at a regularly constituted meeting except as otherwise specified herein.

3. The adoption of or amendment to the Constitution of the Association shall require a two-thirds majority agreement of the voting members.

4. The election of the officers of the Association shall be by a simple majority agreement of the voting members present at the Annual Meeting.

5. The establishment of standing or special sub-committees shall require a two-thirds majority agreement of the voting members. It is the responsibility of the Chair to establish the committees.

6. Election of members to a standing sub-committee shall be by a simple majority agreement of the voting members present at the Annual Meeting.

Article 5 – Officers

1. A Chair, Vice-Chair/Secretary and Treasurer shall be elected from members of the Association.

2. The Chair and Vice-Chair/secretary shall normally serve for a two year term and the Vice-Chair shall normally advance to the position of Chair at the end of their tenure.

3. The Treasurer shall normally serve for a two year term.

4. The Chair, Vice-Chair/Secretary, Treasurer and Past-Chair shall constitute the Executive of the Association.

5. The Chair and the Treasurer shall be the signing officers of the Association.

6. The Executive Committee will be directed by the Chair to ensure that matters of the Association are dealt with in an orderly fashion and will assist the host institution in organizing the Annual Meeting.

7. The Executive Committee will act as the Nominating Committee for recruiting new officers.

Article 6 – Sub-Committees

1. The Association may establish Sub-Committees from the membership to study, investigate, survey or report upon any matter pertaining to the objectives of the Association.

2. Members of special Sub-Committees may serve for the duration of the assignment.

3. The term for members of standing Sub-Committees shall normally be two years, but may be extended by a majority vote at the annual Meeting.

Article 7 – Meetings

1. A general meeting shall be held once a year and be referred to as the Annual Meeting and is normally held in the Spring. The Chair shall propose a three year location plan for the Annual meetings for consideration at the general meeting.

2. Fall, Winter and Special meetings of the Association may be called by the Chair or Vice-Chair upon giving at least one month advance notice of such meeting.

3. Meetings of the Executive or any Sub-Committee shall be called by the Chair or Vice-Chair, or Chair of the Sub-Committee concerned.

4. A majority of the voting members of the Association or of the members of a Sub-Committee shall constitute a quorum for a meeting of the Association or Sub-Committee concerned.

5. Each member institution may send representatives to Association meetings, whom it feels will benefit from or contribute to the business of any meeting of the Association.

Article 8 – Finances

1. There shall be an annual membership fee of $210.00 (to be sent to the Treasurer).

2. Each member shall be responsible for their own expenses in attending meetings or otherwise participating in the activities of the Association.

3. The Executive and/or any Sub-Committee carrying our activities approved by the Association may present a budget for extraordinary expenses anticipated as arising due to performing such activity and, if approved by the voting members, shall invoice each member institution for a proportionate share of such resulting actual extraordinary expenses. Each member institution will agree to pay promptly such invoices for approved activities or programmes.

4. The Executive may authorize expenditures of up to $1,000.00 from the treasury during the interim between meetings of the Association.

5. The Treasurer will maintain the financial records of the Association and will report the current status of those finances at each meeting of the Association.

6. The Executive shall provide for audits of accounts as may be required, and the appropriate authorizations will be maintained with the Association’s financial institution.

Amended as of March 6, 2006.