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2014 CAMA E-Brief Partner: June 13, 2014            

CAMA Remembers Mario Belvedere
 
The Town of Milton is saddened to announce the passing of former Chief Administrative Officer Mario Belvedere on May 27, 2014 after a lengthy illness.  “On behalf of Milton Council and staff, I would like to first and foremost offer our sincerest condolences to the Belvedere family at this difficult time,” said Milton Mayor Gord Krantz. “Mario will be deeply missed by members of Council and staff, and friends and colleagues throughout Milton, Halton Region and the country.”

Mario Belvedere became the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the Town of Milton in 1999.  Prior to this, he worked as a Chief Administrative Officer in the Town of Grimsby and Pittsburgh Township just east of Kingston.  Before moving to career as a Chief Administrative Officer, he worked as the Manager of Economic Development in Markham, Economic Development Officer in Scarborough, Executive Assistant for the City Manager in Edmonton, Project Planner for the Downtown Planning Team in Edmonton and Subdivision Review Planner for the Province of Alberta.

“Mario was instrumental in making a number of key community projects come to fruition, including the Milton Centre for the Arts, Milton Sports Centre Expansion, Milton Education Village Innovation Centre, and the Mattamy National Cycling Centre, to name but a few,” added Mayor Krantz. “His ability to form important partnerships between sectors – private, public and non-profit – made him a true visionary and community builder.  His contributions to the Milton community will be a legacy for many generations to come.”

Mario Belvedere’s professional affiliations included: President, Ontario Municipal Management Institute (1996-1997), Vice-President, Economic Development Council of Ontario (1993-94) and member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Ontario Municipal Managers Association.

In April 2014 Mario was honoured with the Milton Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of 2013 Award and he also received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.  Among his volunteer work, he co-chaired the Milton United Way’s Mayor’s Golf Tournament for many years and was also the United Way campaign chair.

CAMA extends sympathies to his wife Patricia, daughter Jessica, mother Carolina, grandchildren, brothers and sister.  


2014 CAMA Honorary Membership for Life Award: Jim Toye
 
 
Congratulations to Jim Toye, City Manager for Prince Albert, SK, who has been recognized for his contribution to excellence in local government management with an Honorary Membership for Life Award.  This award was presented to Jim at the President's Dinner held on May 28th, 2014 during CAMA’s national conference held in Niagara Falls, ON.

Mr. Toye, who assumed the role of City Manager for Prince Albert in January of this year, has more than 28 years experience in municipal government management, with over 25 years service as a Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).   He has held senior management positions in North Battleford, Kindersley, Leader and Unity, all in Saskatchewan.   He also served as President of CAMA from 2011-2012, having been on CAMA’s Board of Directors from 2006 as the CAMA representative for Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Mr. Toye attended the College of Commerce, University of Saskatchewan.  He received his Local Government Administration Certificate from University of Regina.  He has also received a Certificate in Economic Development from the University of Waterloo.

An active member of the Urban Municipal Administrators’ Association of Saskatchewan (UMAAS) from 1996 to 2006, Mr. Toye held the positions of Division Director, Vice President, President and Past President.  During his time with UMAAS, he garnered the respect and admiration of his fellow colleagues and contacts.  He was a recipient of the 2006 Saskatchewan Centennial Volunteer Medal and the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, both in recognition for his service to the field of local government management.

Mr. Toye has been active in the communities where he has lived, having held executive positions in service clubs such as The Lions, Rotary and the Knights of Columbus.  He enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, camping, and travelling.  He and his wife, Colleen, a registered nurse, have three daughters and four grandchildren. 

“I am very honoured and humbled to be recognized with this prestigious award,” said Mr. Toye.  “I have been very fortunate to work with great employees and supportive Mayors and Councils during my career.  The profession of local government administration is dear to my heart and I feel very fortunate to have led provincial and national associations in this field.  During my tenure in these roles, I have met many peers who have become lifelong friends and I truly value these relationships both personally and professionally.” 
 


Long Service Recognition Awards for 2014

CAMA presented its 2014 Long Service Recognition Awards at the annual conference in Niagara Falls, ON.  In total, 40 municipal administrators from across Canada were recognized, with two Distinguished Service Awards and two 40-years of service awards also being presented.
 
The Distinguished Service Awards, as well as awards for 20, 25 and 30-years of service, were presented at CAMA’s Long Service Awards Luncheon held during the association’s national conference in Niagara Falls, ON.  The two 40-year service pins were presented at the President’s Dinner held on May 28, 2014.  Letters of congratulations and recognition pins were mailed to municipal administrators having completed 10 and 15 years of municipal service in April 2014.

Congratulations to the following 2014 recipients: 
 
10 YEARS/ANS
• Gary Dyke, Chief Administrative Officer, The City of Cambridge, ON
• Don MacLellan, General Manager – Community Safety Services, City of Moncton, NB
• Gary Kent, Commissioner of Corporate Services, City of Mississauga, ON
• Matt Noble, City Manager, City of Moose Jaw, SK
• Peter Tarnawsky, Chief Administrative Officer, Sturgeon County, AB
 
15 YEARS/ANS
• Keith Arns, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Conception Bay South, NL
• William Bennett, Senior Administrative Officer, Hamlet of Ulukhaktok, NT
• Richard Butts, Chief Administrative Officer, Halifax Regional Municipality, NS
• Warren Jones, Administrator, Cowichan Valley Regional District, BC
• Chris MacPherson, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Fredericton, NB
• James Moller, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Colwood, BC
• Mark Phillips, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Kentville, NS
• Barry Romanko, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Osoyoos, BC
• Elizabeth Savill, Chief Administrative Officer, County of Northumberland, ON
• Thomas Webster, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of East Gwillimbury, ON
 
 20 YEARS

Left to right in attendance at the May 27th, 2014 Luncheon:  George Duncan, CAO, City of Richmond, BC; Ted Gillespie, City Manager, City of Wetaskiwin, AB; Richard Kanigan, CAO (Administrator), Town of Comox, BC; Tony Kulbisky, CAO, Town of Devon, AB; Jean Savard, CAMA President
 
• Shelly Armstrong, Chief Administrative Officer, Flagstaff County, AB
• George Duncan, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Richmond, BC
• Cynthia Geldart, Chief Administrative Officer/Clerk, Village of New Maryland, NB
• Ted Gillespie, City Manager, City of Wetaskiwin, AB
• Kevin Greig, County Manager, Rocky View County, AB
• Richard Kanigan, Chief Administrative Officer (Administrator), Town of Comox, BC
• Tony Kulbisky, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Devon, AB

 
 25 YEARS

Left to right in attendance at the May 27th, 2014 Luncheon:   Kathy Rodberg, Town Manager, Town of Calmar, AB; Merlin Dewing, CAO, County of Prince Edward, ON; Ruth Coursey, City Manager, City of Owen Sound, ON; Barry Carroll, CAO, Municipal District of Guysborough, NS; Jim Bowden, Administrator, City of Langford, BC; Keith Robicheau, County Manager, Norfolk County, ON; Robert Coon, Chief Commissioner, Strathcona County, AB; Franklin Wu, CAO, Municipality of Clarington, ON; Jean Savard, CAMA President
 
• Jim Bowden, Administrator, City of Langford, BC
• Barry Carroll, Chief Administrative Officer, Municipal District of Guysborough, NS
• Robert Coon, Chief Commissioner, Strathcona County, AB
• Ruth Coursey, City Manager, City of Owen Sound, ON
• Merlin Dewing, Chief Administrative Officer, County of Prince Edward, ON
• Keith Robicheau, County Manager, Norfolk County, ON
• Kathy Rodberg, Town Manager, Town of Calmar, AB
• Garth Sherwin, City Manager, City of Lethbridge, AB
• Robin van de Moosdyk, Clerk, The Corporation of the Township of Alnwick/Haldimand, ON
• Franklin Wu, Chief Administrative Officer, Municipality of Clarington, ON
 

30 YEARS

Left to Right in Attendance at the May 27th, 2014 Luncheon: 
Robert Heil, CAO, The City of Port Colborne, ON with Jean Savard, CAMA President

 
• Ivan Bruneau, Chief Administrative Officer, Rural Municipality of Victoria, MB
• Robert Heil, Chief Administrative Officer, The City of Port Colborne, ON
• Pierre LaForest, Directeur general-adjoint/Secrétaire municipal
• Robert Moncur, City Manager, City of Burnaby, BC
• Jack Ramsden, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Eckville, AB

40 YEARS
 
Hilda Price, Senior Administrative Officer, Hamlet of Rankin Inlet, NU
Dwight Stanford, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Strathmore, AB
 
CAMA’s Long Service Recognition Awards program, which was implemented in January 2011, is based on the number of years of full-time, paid employment in a local government in a management capacity, either as a Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) or reporting directly to a CAO.  The Long Service Recognition Awards are granted after ten years of service and are then given in five year increments.   Congratulations to all recipients!


Distinguished Member Awards
The Distinguished Member Award recognizes any CAMA member who has been in the position of a Chief Administrative Officer or City Manager position for 25-years or more, and who has been a CAMA member for at least 10 years. 

Hilda Price, Senior Administrative Officer, Hamlet of Rankin Inlet, NU. 
 
 
 
Hilda worked as a CAO in the following municipalities:
  •  From 1989 to 1999 in the LGO of Gilliam, Manitoba
  •  From 1999 to 2005 in the Town of Watson Lake, Yukon
  •  From 2005-2010 in the Town of Swan Hills, Alberta
  •  And from 2010 to present in the Hamlet of Rankin Inlet, Nunavut
Keith Robicheau, County Manager, Norfolk County, ON
 
     
 
Keith's career as a CAO is as follows:
  • From 1983 to 1989 in the Town of St. Andrews, New Brunswick
  • From 1994 to 2008 in the County of Annapolis, Nova Scotia
  • From 2008 to 2011 in the Town of Kentville, Nova Scotia
  • And from 2011 to present Norfolk County, Ontario
Congratulations to Hilda and Keith on this outstanding honour!

 

Sister City Program Request: Lenoir, North Carolina
The city of Lenoir, NC would like to participate in a Sister City exchange with a similar sized (19,000 population) Canadian city.  Located in the foothills of western North Carolina, Lenoir is in a very beautiful area; about 1 ½ hour drive from Charlotte the location of the upcoming 2014 ICMA conference.

Facts about Lenoir:
  • Lenoir is located in Caldwell County in northwestern North Carolina and is the second largest municipality in the Hickory, Lenoir, Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area.
  • The climate features four distinct seasons with exceptionally pleasant spring and fall seasons.
  • The economic base for Lenoir is transitioning from an economy dominated by furniture manufacturing and textiles to a more diversified economy featuring biotechnology, food processing, plastics, data centers, alternative energy/green technology, and custom furniture design and manufacturing.
  • Google opened a large data center in Lenoir in 2008, and in April of 2013, announced a 600 million dollar expansion of its current facility in Lenoir.
  • Lenoir has a rich cultural heritage in the arts. In its 29th year, the annual Sculpture Celebration attracts sculptors and visitors from around the world.
  • The Pop Ferguson Blues Festival each June features blues performers including Lenoir’s own Pop Ferguson and his son, Clyde Ferguson, Jr.
  • Caldwell County Schools are dedicated to growing 21st Century learners. Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute provides technical training and Associate in Arts degree programs for both youth and adult learners.  Appalachian State University, a short drive from Lenoir, has a teaching center located on the Community College campus.
 What Lenoir Hopes to Find in a Sister City:
  • We hope to have a delegation from our Sister City to visit us and we hope to send a delegation from Lenoir to visit our Sister City.
  • We hope that school children in our Sister City will have Skype phone exchanges and become Pen Pals with school children in Lenoir.
  • We hope to have visual and performing artists from our Sister City visit us and visual and performing artists from Lenoir visit our Sister City.
  • We hope to share information about our arts and crafts with our Sister City.
  • We hope to have AFS students from our Sister City visit Lenoir and AFS students from Lenoir to visit our Sister City.
  • We hope to have members of our Caldwell County and Lenoir Rotary clubs visit our Sister City and have members of our Sister City’s Rotary clubs, or other civic organizations, visit Lenoir.
If this sounds interesting, please contact:  W. Lane Bailey, ICMA-CM, City Manager, City of Lenoir
phone:  828-757-2199 or email:  lbailey@lenoir-nc.gov.  Additional info at: www.cityoflenoir.com


Members on the Move

Congratulations to:   
  • Patrick Moyle, former CAO of Halton Region, and a seasoned municipal leader, who became Burlington's Interim City Manager effective May 1, 2014.
  • City Manager Jeff Fielding, former CAO for the City of Burlington who became the CIty Manager for Calgary on May 16th.
  • Congratulations to Past CAMA President Mr. Jacques DesOrmeaux on his upcoming retirement from the City of Bromont on July 15th!


Welcome New Members
Welcome to the following new members:
  • Kowesa Etitiq, Senior Administrative Officer, Hamlet of Repulse Bay, NU
  • Michael Rudkin, Senior Administrative Officer, Hamlet of Pond Inlet, NU
  • Jean-Pierre Ouellette, Town of Cochrane, ON
  • Joe Creron, Divisonal Director, City of Kelowna, BC
  • Kim Neill, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Hanna, AB
  • Brent Olynyk, Chief Administrative Officer, R. M. of West St. Paul, MB
  • Jacob Ellis, Senior Policy Advisor, Cowichan Valley Regional District, BC
  • Dave Dmytryshyn, Manager of Community and Protective Services, Town of Beaumont, AB



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