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March 10, 2015            


 


2015 CAMA Conference Open for Registration - Early Bird Rate Available until April 1st, 2015
Registrations are now being accepted for CAMA's 44th Annual Conference being held in Jasper, Alberta from June 1-3, 2015 at The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. The Conference theme is "Celebrating Municipal Leaders”.  To view the full 2015 Conference Program, including the Companion activities, visit:  http://www.camacam.ca/en/conference/2015Conference.asp
 
Register for the Conference by April 1, 2015 you will receive the Early Bird Rate.  Please note that CAMA members who are attending their first CAMA Conference are also eligible for a $150.00 discount off the registration fee.

 
Delegate Type Early Bird Registration Fee
by April 1, 2015 (+ 5% GST)
Registration Fee after
April 1, 2015 (+ 5% GST)
*CAMA Member (Municipal) $675.00 + $33.75 GST = $708.75 $725.00 + $36.25 GST = $761.25
*First Time Attendee Members (Municipal) $525.00 + $26.25 GST = $551.25 $575.00 + $28.75 GST = $603.75
*Non-Member (Municipal) $875.00 + $43.75 GST= $918.75 $925.00 + $46.25 GST = $971.25
**Affiliate CAMA Member (Non-Municipal) $975.00 + $48.75 GST= $1023.75 $1025.00 + $51.25 GST = $1076.25
**Non-Member (Non-Municipal) $1175.00 + $58.75 GST = $1233.75 $1225.00 + $61.25 GST = $1286.25
Retired Member $375.00 + $18.75 GST= $393.75 $425.00 + $21.25 GST = $446.25
Municipal Intern $575.00 + $28.75 GST = $603.75 $625.00 + $31.25 GST = $656.25


The registration fee for members, non-members, and municipal interns includes all Conference sessions, a complimentary delegate gift, tradeshow, opening reception, breakfasts, refreshment breaks, lunches, Casual Night Out at Trefoil Lake, the President’s Dinner and the hospitality suites.  Additional tickets to the Casual Night Out ($115.00) and the President’s Dinner ($125.00) can be purchased for companions not participating in the full Companion Program.
 
An additional fee of $25.00 (plus GST) will be charged for the Study Tours.
 
The registration fee for retired members includes all Conference sessions, a complimentary delegate gift, tradeshow, opening reception, breakfasts, refreshment breaks, Casual Night Out at Trefoil Lake, and the hospitality suites.  At an additional cost, tickets can be purchased to the lunches ($40.00), the Study Tours ($25.00), and the President’s Dinner ($125.00).
 
Links to Registration
 
Using the links below, members can register for the Conference, the Golf Tournament, the Companion’s Program, and purchase additional event tickets.  Have your credit card ready.  For those wishing to pay by cheque, register online then forward payment to the CAMA National Office. Registering online is the only way to sign up for this year’s Conference.  CAMA members must register with their e-mail address.
 
Delegates Registration: http://www.civicinfo.bc.ca/event/2015/cama.asp
Partners Registration: http://www.civicinfo.bc.ca/event/2015/cama_partners.asp
Golf Registration: http://www.civicinfo.bc.ca/event/2015/cama_golf.asp
 
Please note that CAMA delegates will be provided complimentary access (with their CAMA Conference name badge) to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Tradeshow being held on Friday, June 5th, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Shaw Convention Centre in Edmonton, AB.   The FCM Conference will be held from June 5-8, 2015 with nearly 2,000 municipal leaders coming together to discuss key issues and challenges their communities are facing.  For more information visit http://www.fcm.ca/home/events/annual-conference-and-trade-show.htm
 
Transportation from Airports to Jasper Hotels
 
Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver all have international airports that are serviced by major national and international carriers.  Delegates can get to Jasper by vehicle, rail or by bus.  Further details on transportation can be found at the following link:  http://www.jasper.travel/discover-jasper/getting-to-jasper-alberta
 
Sundog Tours operate a daily shuttle from the Edmonton Airport:  http://sundogtours.com/airport-shuttle/  There are departures from the Airport at 3:15 p.m. arriving in Jasper at approximately 8:00 p.m. and departures from Jasper at 7:15 a.m. and arriving at the Airport at 12:30 p.m.  Please note that this is not a direct route and there are brief stops at the West Edmonton Mall, Edson and Hinton.  The cost for this service is $99.00 one-way or $189.00 return.  Delegates will receive an additional 10% discount on one-way or return fares.  To make a reservation on this shuttle call Sundog Tours directly at 1-888-786-3641 and mention the CAMA Conference or register on-line at http://www.sundogtours.com/ and enter CAMA2015 in the DISCOUNT CODE section of the reservation system.  This will automatically calculate a 10% reduction. The bus leaves from door #10 on the arrivals level at the Edmonton Airport.  Please look for the SunDog Edmonton-Jasper Connector Sign.
 
CAMA has also booked three private direct shuttles through Sundog Tours on the following dates:

  • Departing Edmonton (to Jasper) on Sunday, May 31st, 2015 at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  • Departing Jasper (to Edmonton) on Thursday, June 4th, 2015 at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.
 
The cost for this service is $75.00 one-way or $140.00 return.  These private shuttles can be booked through CAMA when you register on-line for the Conference.
 
We look forward to seeing you in Jasper!

Robert Hughes
CAMA President



CAMA Conference Companion Program
The Companion Program includes the Opening Reception, Opening and Closing Keynote Speakers, Casual Night Out, President’s Dinner, and Hospitality Suites.  The Companion Program does not include breakfasts or lunches with the delegates.

Cost
 
Delegate Type Early Bird Registration Fee
by April 1, 2015 (+ 5% GST)
Registration Fee after
April 1, 2015 (+ 5% GST)
*Companion of a CAMA Member (Municipal) $275.00 + $13.75 GST= $288.75 $325.00 + $16.25 GST = $341.25
*Companion of a Non-Member (Municipal) $300.00 + $15.00 GST = $315.00 $350.00 + $17.50 GST = $367.50
**Companion of an Affiliate CAMA Member (Non-Municipal) $325.00 + $16.25 GST = $341.25 $375.00 + $18.75 GST = $393.75
**Companion of a Non-Member (Non-Municipal) $375.00 + $18.75 GST = $393.75 $425.00 + $21.25 GST = $446.25

*“  Municipal” refers to an individual who is currently employed with a municipal organization.
**“ Non-Municipal” refers to all other individuals.


Companions have the option of joining the delegates for the Pre-Conference Events (Golf Tournament and Rafting Excursion) and the Study Tours for an additional cost.  The following activities are not part of the official Companion Program and additional fees apply:

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.:  Columbia Icefield Tour ($115.00/person + GST with an Optional Picnic Lunch for $19.00 + GST)
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.:  Maligne Valley Boat Cruise and Interpretive Hike ($99.00 + GST)

To register for the Companion Program:  http://www.civicinfo.bc.ca/event/2015/cama_partners.asp



Election of the CAMA Board of Directors – E-Voting Process - Deadline Friday, March 13th, 2015
The election of the CAMA Board of Directors is governed by an e-voting process.  This new process, adopted in 2013, will no longer allow for nominations from the floor at the Annual General Meeting.  Once you are elected to the Board by your colleagues, you do not have to stand for re-election each year.  All nominees that meet the criteria are listed on the election ballot.
 
The CAMA Board of Directors shall be comprised of ten (10) Regular Members who are elected by the membership.  The Immediate Past-President shall serve on the Board of Directors and shall have voting privileges.  The ten (10) elected Members of the Board of Directors shall be regionally represented as follows:
  • British Columbia and Yukon Territory (1 Member)
  • Alberta and Northwest Territories (1 Member)
  • Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Nunavut (1 Member)
  • Ontario (1 Member)
  • Québec (1 Member)
  • New Brunswick (1 Member)
  • Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island (1 Member)
  • Newfoundland and Labrador (1 Member)
  • Members at Large (2 Members)
Only Regular Members resident in each region are eligible for election in that region.  Member at Large positions are open to Regular Members from any part of the country.  The Nominating Committee shall appoint the Executive consisting of the President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President and Treasurer from among the members of the Board of Directors. 
 
Elected members of the Board of Directors shall serve for a four (4) year term except where the member is to serve as the President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, Treasurer or Immediate Past President.  After an absence from the Board of Directors for a period of two consecutive years, members who have previously served shall again be eligible for office.  The term of office of directors shall commence immediately following the CAMA Annual General Meeting being held this year in Jasper, Alberta on June 2nd, 2015, at which time they are elected, and shall conclude upon the election of their successors.
 
 
Call for Nominations for the 2015-2016 CAMA Board of Directors
 
In accordance with the requirements of the CAMA by-laws, two positions have opened up for the CAMA Board of Directors for the 2015-2016 year:  the position for Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island currently being filled by President Robert Hughes and the Newfoundland and Labrador position currently being filled by Keith Arns. 
 
The Nominating Committee invites all Regular CAMA members to express their interest in letting their name stand for the election of the above noted positions by completing the nomination form (which can be found on the following website link:   http://www.camacam.ca/en/about/2014BoardNominations.asp) accompanied by a photo, a one-page bio, and the names and signatures of two nominators who are Regular members of the Association.  Photos and bios will be posted to the CAMA website.  Please note that only Regular Members resident in each region are eligible for election in that region. 
 
Nominations should be sent to Ms. Jennifer Goodine, CAMA Executive Director (and Returning Officer), via e-mail (admin@camacam.ca) by the end of the day on Friday, March  13th, 2015.

Further information regarding the procedures for voting will be distributed electronically to all CAMA members eligible to vote, prior to the commencement of the voting period.  Please also note that only CAMA members in good standing with membership fees paid for the current fiscal year (April 1st, 2015 to March 31st, 2016) will be eligible to vote.
 
 
 
Jean Savard
CAMA Past President/
Chair of Nominating Committee

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Élection du conseil d’administration de l’ACAM - Vote électronique
 
L'élection du conseil d'administration de l'ACAM est régie par une procédure de vote électronique. Cette nouvelle procédure, adoptée en 2013, ne permettra plus que les mises en candidature viennent des participants pendant  l’assemblée générale annuelle. Une fois élue au conseil par ses collègues, une personne n’aura pas besoin représenter chaque année. Tous les candidats qui remplissent les conditions seront inscrits sur le bulletin de vote.
 
Le conseil d’administration de l’ACAM doit comprendre dix membres titulaires élus par les membres. Le président sortant siège au conseil d’administration et a le droit de voter. Les dix membres du conseil d’administration élus sont représentés comme suit sur le plan régional :

Colombie-Britannique et Territoire du Yukon (1 membre)
Alberta et Territoires due Nord-Ouest (1 membre)
Manitoba, Saskatchewan et Nunavut (1 membre)
Ontario (1 membre)
Québec (1 membre)
Nouveau Brunswick (1 membre)
Nouvelle-Écosse et Île-du-Prince-Édouard (1 membre)
Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador (1 membre)
Membres à titre particulier (2 membres)
 
Seuls les membres titulaires résidant dans chaque région sont éligibles dans cette région. Les postes de membres à titre particulier sont ouverts aux membres titulaires de n’importe où au pays. Les nominations à des postes de direction sont effectuées par le Comité des candidatures; ces postes sont ceux de président, premier vice-président, deuxième vice-président et trésorier, dont les titulaires sont choisis parmi les membres du conseil d’administration. 
 
Un membre élu au conseil d’administration remplit un mandat de quatre (4) années, sauf si le membre est appelé à siéger en tant que président, premier vice-président, deuxième vice-président, trésorier ou président sortant. Après une absence de deux années consécutives du conseil d’administration, les membres ayant siégé précédemment redeviennent éligibles. Le mandat des administrateurs prend effet dès la fin de l’assemblée générale de l’ACAM pendant laquelle ils ont été élus (elle a lieu cette année à Jasper le 2 juin 2015), et il vient à échéance à l’élection de leurs successeurs.
 
 
Appel de candidatures au conseil d’administration de l’ACAM 2015-2016
 
Conformément aux exigences des règlements de l’ACAM, deux postes du conseil d’administration de l’ACAM deviennent vacants pour 2015-2016 : celui du Nouvelle-Écosse et à l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard, qu’occupe actuellement le président Robert Hughes, et celui de la Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador, actuellement occupé par Keith Arns. 
 
Le Comité des candidatures invite tous les membres titulaires de l’ACAM intéressés à présenter leur candidature à l’élection aux postes indiqués ci-dessus à remplir le formulaire de mise en candidature (http://www.camacam.ca/fr/about/2014BoardNominations.asp), à y joindre une photo, des notes biographiques tenant sur une page et les noms et signatures de deux membres titulaires de l’association qui présentent la candidature. Les photos et notes biographiques seront affichées sur le site web de l’ACAM. À noter que seuls les membres titulaires résidant dans une région donnée sont éligibles pour la représenter. 
 
Les candidatures doivent parvenir à Mme Jennifer Goodine, directrice générale de l’ACAM (et directrice du scrutin), par courriel (admin@camacam.ca) au plus tard à la fin de la journée du vendredi 13 mars 2015.

Tous les membres votants admissibles de l’ACAM recevront un complément d’information sur la procédure du vote par voie électronique avant le début de la période de scrutin. Il faut préciser que seuls les membres en règle de l’ACAM pourront voter, c’est-à-dire ceux dont la cotisation pour l’exercice en cours (1er avril 2015 au 31 mars 2016) aura été payée.
 
 
Jean Savard
Président sortant de l’ACAM /Président du Comité des candidatures



Balancing the Municipal Budget
 
Today every municipality in Canada is looking for additional revenue channels to help balance the budget. Corporate sponsorship is one of those channels. In fact in the corporate sponsorship industry, which is a $1.8 billion industry in Canada, municipalities are the fastest growing sector.  As we all search for such additional revenues like the $35M+ that Toronto generates or the additional $100,000 a small rural community may generate, these dollars are critical to balancing budgets.

The Partnership Group – Sponsorship Specialists ™ helps municipalities undertake successful sponsorship programs.  Go to http://www.partnershipgroup.ca/balancing-the-budget/ for a few tips on how to get started.


Welcome New Members
Welcome to the following new members:

Michael D. Glavin, Chief Administrative Officer, District of Houston, BC
Michele Peach, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Mount Pearl, NL
John Dumont, Deputy City Manager, City of Coquitlam, BC
Lisa Nitsiza, Assistant Senior Administrative Officer, Community Government of Whati, NT
Larry Baran, Senior Administrative Officer, Community Government of Whati, NT
Kent McVittie, Commissioner of Community Services, City of Cambridge, ON



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