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2016 CAMA E-Brief Partner:

CAMA Long Service Recognition Awards Program

 


CAMA’s Long Service Recognition Awards Program recognizes and celebrates CAMA members’ dedication to public service and municipal management. These awards are based on the number of years of full-time, paid employment in municipal government in a management capacity (a Chief Administrative Officer or reporting directly to a Chief Administrative Officer). They are granted at ten years and given in five year increments and presented each Spring (based on the member’s number of years of service as of the previous calendar year – December 31st, 2015).
 
Who is eligible to receive a service award and how will they be recognized?
  • Any Regular Member of CAMA is eligible. Membership dues must be current.
  • CAMA members who have completed ten and fifteen years of municipal service in a management capacity (a Chief Administrative Officer or reporting directly to a Chief Administrative Officer) will receive a recognition pin, appropriate to the number of years of service, with a letter from the CAMA President (and a copy to the head of Council) forwarded by the National Office via Canada Post.
  • CAMA members who have completed twenty years of municipal service (or more) in a management capacity (a Chief Administrative Officer or reporting to a Chief Administrative Officer) will receive a recognition pin, appropriate to the number of years of service and a letter from the CAMA President (with a copy to the head of Council). This presentation will be made at a special ceremony at the Annual CAMA Conference (being held in Winnipeg, MB on May 31st, 2016) with all travel costs being the responsibility of the recipient. If the recipient is unable to attend the Conference the recognition pin and letter will be forwarded by the National Office via Canada Post.
  • All of the awards presented each year will be announced in a running slideshow at the Annual CAMA Conference and will also be featured in e-Brief and on the CAMA website.
How do I know if I am to receive an award?
Each year in January/February, CAMA generates a list of members whose records indicate that they will be eligible for service awards in that year. For the calculations, CAMA assumes that members currently employed by municipal government will still be working for municipal government through the end of that calendar year. If you are eligible to receive an award, you will be receiving notification in the near future from the CAMA National Office.
 
How are service awards calculated?
All full-time appointed service with municipal government counts towards a service award, even if that service was prior to actual membership with CAMA. Please note that service does not have to be consecutive or with the same municipality.
 
Special Long Standing CAO Service Award
Any CAMA member that has been in the position of Chief Administrative Officer or City Manager for twenty-five years or more and who has been a member of CAMA for at least ten years (as of January 1st of the nomination year) will be recognized and presented with a special inscribed plaque signed by the CAMA President at the President’s Dinner at the CAMA Annual Conference being held in Winnipeg on June 1st, 2016 (with all travel costs being the responsibility of the recipient). A letter from the CAMA President will also be sent to the head of Council to be presented to the recipient either at a Council meeting or another form of recognition. If the recipient is unable to attend the Conference, the plaque and letter will be forwarded by the National Office via Canada Post.

This award must be made by application by completing the form found on the CAMA website: http://www.camacam.ca/en/programs/resources/ApplicationFormforLongServiceRecognitionAwards.pdf
Service does not have to be consecutive or with the same municipality.
 
 


Report: Canada’s municipal infrastructure at risk of rapid deterioration
One third of Canada's municipal infrastructure is at risk of rapid deterioration: that is the key finding of the 2016 Canadian Infrastructure Report Card (CIRC). 

Informing the Future: The 2016 Canadian Infrastructure Report Card assessed the state of municipal roads and bridges, public transit, buildings, sport and recreation facilities, stormwater, wastewater and potable water infrastructure. The results indicate that much of Canada's municipal infrastructure is at a critical juncture.  

Investments in repair and upkeep are needed in the short term to prevent a rapid decline in the condition of municipal assets, according to survey findings.  Furthermore, the report uncovered that reinvestment rates in Canada's municipal infrastructure are not meeting target rates, despite continued efforts on the part of municipal governments. If this trend continues, the overall cost for infrastructure repair will increase substantially from where they stand today.

The CIRC project is the continuation of a collaboration established in 2012 between the Canadian Construction Association, the Canadian Public Works Association, the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. The 2016 edition also received support from the Canadian Urban Transit Association, as well as the Federal-Provincial/Territorial Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Committee. Technical support and advice was provided by the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association.

The 2016 CIRC survey gathered more detail on inventory, condition and replacement value than the survey developed for the 2012 edition. There was a marked increase in the number of questions answered by participants. There was therefore an improvement in the availability and quality of data that informed the findings of this new report. As a result, the 2012 and 2016 CIRC sshould be viewed as separate snapshots in time.   



CAMA CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
In recognition of the importance of promoting professional development opportunities for members, the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators has established a CAMA Scholarship Program.
 
Through the Scholarship Program, CAMA will provide six scholarships for the registration fee (in the amount of $725.00) for the 2016 Annual Conference (two to young professionals pursuing a career in local government; two to members working in municipalities located north of the 60th parallel; and two to members from smaller municipalities).  Individuals are only eligible to receive a scholarship once to provide an opportunity to others to access this scholarship.
 
For more details on this program and to access our application form please visit the CAMA website: http://www.camacam.ca/en/conference/ConferenceScholarship.asp



Public Sector Digest Special Offer for CAMA Members!
CAMA members get 25% off all Publilc Sector Digest (PSD) webinars and 10% off PSD membership. Use discount code "CAMA" to receive your discount on the webinars.   Call Public Sector Digest at 519-690-2565 to register your municipality for membership.

Improving Procurement Processes in the Public Sector - 
February 4th at 1pm ET 
Register at: https://publicsectordigest.com/products/view/822

In order to make procurement more efficient, while ensuring that decisions are made as openly and fairly as possible, governments are turning to new innovative solutions and practices. This PSD webinar will feature trail blazers in municipal government who have saved money and time through new or evolving procurement processes. 

Panelists

  • Mike Gerrior, Purchasing Manager, York Region

  • Barb D'Avignon, Manager of Materials, City of Winnipeg

  • Marcheta E. Gillespie, Director of Procurement, City of Tucson, AZ








February 22nd at 1pm ET
Register -- https://publicsectordigest.com/products/view/822 


In this PSD Webinar registrants will learn how to develop an Open Data Policy for their respective public sector organizations. Our expert panelists from across North America will discuss how they approached the creation of an Open Data Policy, what elements they incorporated into their policy, and the challenges they've encountered from development to implementation.

Panelists

  • Niki Virani, Product Manager - Open Data & Innovation, City of Houston

  • Open Data Office, Government of Ontario (invited)




Positive Results for City of Phoenix’s Customized Organizational Review
What do an onion, fire pumpers and public records have in common for the City of Phoenix?   These are just a few of the topics that have been deeply discussed and examined for the past year as part of Phoenix’s “CORE” – Comprehensive Organizational Review Evaluation.   CORE is a citywide program involving staff at all levels who are charged with reviewing key areas such as how we are doing business, what can be improved and what’s hindering us from success.  Organizational reviews are not new. Numerous governments and corporate entities use organizational reviews to examine structure and processes in terms of efficiency.  
 
Read the complete article, Positive Results for City of Phoenix’s Customized Organizational Review Process by Ed Zuercher, City Manager and Milton Dohoney, Assistant City Manager, City of Phoenix, AZ at http://transformgov.org/en/Article/106567/Positive_Results_for_City_of_Phoenixs_Customized_Organizational_Review_Process

 

Welcome New Members
Welcome to the following new members:
 
  • Lori Parker, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Wembley, AB
  • Mark Roberts, Acting Chief Administrative Officer, City of Pitt Meadows, BC
  • Lynn Webster, Director of Corporate Services, Town of Rocky Mountain House, AB
  • Kerry Hilts, General Manager, Community & Protective Services, Town of Beaumont, AB
  • Wayne Ritchie, City Manager, City of Owen Sound, ON
  • Harold Northcott, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Didsbury, AB
  • Shawn Stuckey, Senior Administrative Officer, Hamlet of Gjoa Haven, NU
  • Ron Poole, Chief Administrative Officer, District of Mission, BC



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