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August 31, 2015            


Advance Your Career. Advance Our Profession with an ICMA membership.



 








  Dear Colleagues:


In less than one month, thousands of city and county managers and their staffs from around the world will convene in Seattle, Washington, to discuss new ideas and successful practices on the critical issues we face every day. I invite all CAMA members to join me either in person or virtually for the International City/County Management Association's (ICMA's) 101st Annual Conference, September 27-30. This is a unique opportunity to learn and connect with others from around the world who share our passion for public service. My ICMA conference attendance has played a vital role in my professional development, and I always return home with some great ideas and feeling better informed, reconnected, and reenergized.
 
If you’re not already a member, I also encourage you to consider ICMA membership as an important and affordable (only US$135) complement to your participation with CAMA. Canadian and U.S. CAOs face many of the same issues, challenges, and opportunities. My ICMA membership offers me best practices on a global scale and provides me with access to ideas and solutions applicable across North America, to help me and my community. My involvement (since 2008) has also extended my professional network, connecting me with people who have contributed to my growth as a municipal manager—people who have given me sound advice, helped me problem-solve, and served as my mentors as well as my friends.
 
ICMA has played a vital role in my career, and I believe that it can be professionally (and personally) rewarding to everyone in local government management.
 
To learn more, visit icma.org/CAMA. Please don't hesitate contacting me or ICMA staff if you need additional information or details.

Marc
 
Marc Landry
Director, CAMA (Representative for Alberta and Northwest Territories)
Regional Vice President, ICMA
Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Beaumont
Marc.Landry@beaumont.ab.ca
 
P.S. I hope to see you and many other friends and colleagues, new and old, in Seattle!
 
 
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Dans moins d’un mois, des milliers de gestionnaires et directeurs de villes ou de comtés ainsi que leur personnel de partout dans le monde se réuniront à Seattle, dans l’État de Washington, pour discuter d’idées nouvelles et de méthodes réussies pour régler des questions qui font partie de notre quotidien. J’invite tous les membres de l’ACAM à se joindre à moi, en personne ou virtuellement, pour la 101e conférence annuelle del'International City/County Management Association (ICMA), qui se déroulera du 27 au 30 septembre. L’occasion idéale d’apprendre et de tisser des liens avec des cadres d’ailleurs qui partagent notre passion de la fonction publique municipale. Pour ma part, participer à la conférence annuelle de l’ICMA fait partie intégrante de mon perfectionnement professionnel, et je reviens toujours à la maison avec d’excellentes idées et la certitude d’être mieux informé, branché et stimulé.
 
Si vous n’êtes pas déjà membre, je vous encourage à demander votre adhésion à l'ICMA à titre de complément important et abordable (seulement 135 $US) à votre appartenance à l’ACAM. Dans l’ensemble, les problèmes, possibilités et défis des administrateurs municipaux du Canada et des États-Unis se ressemblent beaucoup. Mon adhésion à l’ICMA me donne accès aux meilleures pratiques qui soient à l’échelle mondiale et à des idées et solutions applicables en Amérique du Nord. J’y puise une aide précieuse pour moi-même et ma communauté. Depuis ma première participation, en 2008, j’ai pu élargir mon réseau professionnel, tisser des liens avec des gens qui ont contribué à ma croissance en tant que gestionnaire municipal — des gens qui m’ont donné de solides conseils, m’ont aidé à résoudre des problèmes et ont été pour moi des mentors aussi bien que des amis.
 
L’ICMA a joué un rôle vital dans ma carrière, et je crois qu’elle peut apporter un enrichissement professionnel et une gratification personnelle à ceux et celles qui travaillent dans le domaine de l’administration municipale.
 
Pour en savoir plus, allez à icma.org/CAMA, puis n’hésitez pas à communiquer avec moi ou le personnel de l'ICMA si vous avez besoin de précisions ou d’information complémentaire.
 
Salutations cordiales,
 
Marc
 
Marc Landry
Administrateur au conseil de l’ACAM, représentant de l’Alberta et des Territoires du Nord-Ouest,
Vice-président régional de l’ICMA
Directeur général de la municipalité de Beaumont
Marc.Landry@beaumont.ab.ca
 
P.-S. : Au plaisir de vous voir à Seattle avec beaucoup des amis et collègues, anciens et nouveaux!


Canadian Dinner at the 2015 ICMA Conference
CAMA members who are attending the upcoming ICMA Conference on September 27-30, 2015 in Seattle, Washington are invited to the Canadian Dinner which will be held on Monday, September 28th, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.  Please watch for more details from the CAMA National Office on the confirmed location.  We look forward to seeing you there!


Clean Energy Pilot Deadline – September 4
The Getting to Implementation (GTI) in Canada initiative is accepting expressions of interest until September 4, 2015 from municipalities that wish to pilot the implementation of a Community Energy Plan.  A Community Energy Plan is a tool that helps to define community priorities around energy with a view to improving efficiency, reducing emissions, and driving economic development. The plan typically contains an energy and greenhouse gas inventory, targets for reduced consumption and emissions, and key actions to realize the targets.

Three communities across Canada will be selected from the expressions of interest. These communities will receive in-kind support to advance the implementation of their Community Energy Plan over an 8-12 month period in the form of 600+ hours of GTI expert staff time ($75,000 value/ per community), including:
  • Involvement of GTI senior advisors;
  • in-person and teleconference meetings with the GTI project team;
  • Participation in GTI events; and
  • A case study profiling your community published online
To learn more about the GTI Pilot Communities Initiative and to submit your expression of Interest, visit the GTI website.



ALBERTA MEMBERS: September 15 Deadline for Recreation & Physical Activity Grants
Recreation and Physical Activity Grants for Community Organizations
 
Municipalities are encouraged to advise non-profit organizations about the opportunity to apply for a new provincial grant relating to recreation and physical activity programs.  The Recreation and Physical Activity Project Micro-Grant supports projects that foster innovative and collaborative approaches to improving Albertans’ physical well-being in alignment with efforts to create a more active Alberta. A maximum grant of $25,000 is available per initiative.  The application deadline is September 15, 2015. View the grant application



CAMA Awards of Excellence Presented by Ravenhill Group Inc.
 
Ravenhill Group Inc. proudly presented the CAMA Awards of Excellence at the 44th Annual Conference held in Jasper, Alberta. Ravenhill Group is Canada’s municipal search specialists, meeting the growing demand for excellent Chief Administrative Officers and other municipal leaders through ethical head-hunting™. Ravenhill does this by bringing the very best men and women face to face with the opportunity in a municipality … an opportunity that they were unaware of because - simply put - they weren't thinking of a job change. Please visit: www.ravenhillgroup.com for more information.



Congratulations to the City of Markham: Winner of the 2015 CAMA Willis Award for Innovation (Population over 100,000)
Jake Rudolph, Chair of the CAMA Awards/CAMA Board Representative for British Columbia and Yukon;
Bruce Malcolm, President of Ravenhill Inc, Awards Partner; 
Mayor Frank Scarpitti, City of Markham;
Nasir Kenea, Chief Information Officer, City of Markham; Robert Hughes, CAMA President


Markham Portal – Digital Services for Citizens

The City of Markham has succeeded in providing interactive, universally-accessible municipal services to citizens through the Markham Portal – Digital Services for Citizens initiative.

Known as Canada’s high tech capital, Markham is Canada’s most diverse city with over 1000 high tech life science industries and 400 corporate head offices. A thriving city of 330, 000 it embodies award winning urban architecture, heritage communities and international cultural festivals.

Markham’s web portal used a multi-phased development approach, deploying over 60 interactive online services available to citizens 24 -7 to meet the expectations of a highly educated workforce and diverse community.

Responsive design allows easy content display and access to interactive services on all sized devices.
The single login function streamlines access to personalized information and multiple online City services.
eSSENTIAL accessibility software and Google translator provide barrier free access for residents of all abilities and backgrounds. The portal has optimized business processes, improved staff productivity and responded to the need for a positive user experience.  Online transactions increased 33% in three years, and the top 20 online transactions increased by 26% in the last two years.  The robust platform is scalable and will host the City’s re-designed mobile app and additional services shortly. Through the partnership with York Region, the Portal has saved money and the platform can now be leveraged by other municipalities.

Congratulations to the City of Markham on this outstanding achievement!
 
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Portail Markham – Services en ligne destinés aux citoyens
La Ville de Markham est parvenue à fournir à ses citoyens des services municipaux interactifs et universellement accessibles au moyen de l’initiative Portail Markham – Services en ligne destinés aux citoyens.

Capitale de la haute technologie du Canada et ville la plus diversifiée du pays, Markham compte plus de 1000 entreprises en haute technologie et sciences de la vie et 400 sièges sociaux. Cette ville prospère de 330 000 habitants se démarque par une architecture urbaine primée, des communautés patrimoniales et des festivals culturels internationaux.

Mis en œuvre par étapes, le portail web de Markham a déployé plus de 60 services interactifs accessibles en tout temps pour répondre aux besoins d'une main-d'œuvre très instruite et d’une communauté diversifiée.

De conception adaptée, il facilite l’affichage et l’accès aux services interactifs sur des appareils de toute taille.  Un seul identifiant de connexion suffit pour obtenir des renseignements personnalisés et de multiples services municipaux en ligne.  Enfin, le logiciel d'accessibilité eSSENTIAL et le traducteur de Google assurent un accès sans obstacle aux résidents de tous niveaux et tous milieux. Ce portail a optimisé les processus d'affaires, amélioré la productivité du personnel et répondu au besoin d'une expérience utilisateur positive. En trois ans, les transactions en ligne ont augmenté de 33 % et les 20 plus importantes, de 26 % ces deux dernières années.  Robuste et évolutive, la plate-forme hébergera bientôt l'application mobile remaniée et d’autres services municipaux.  Grâce au partenariat avec la région d’York, le portail a permis de faire des économies et la plate-forme peut être utilisée par d'autres municipalités.


Retired CAO Corner

CAMA is pleased to offer retired CAMA members the opportunity to advertise their business/consulting services in the Member’s Section of the CAMA website.  The CAMA website sees approximately 27,000 hits per month with 500 being in the Member’s Section which is password protected, and only available to our membership of Chief Administrative Officers and senior managers across the country.  For information on specifications, costs and the policy on website advertising please contact Jennifer Goodine at admin@camacam.ca.




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