Waterloo Wins National Award for Municipal Innovation
Left to Right: Jean-Marc Nadeau, 2017 CAMA Awards Chair/CAMA Board Representative for Manitoba & Saskatchewan; Tim Anderson - CAO, City of Waterloo, Marie-Hélène Lajoie, CAMA Past President; Jim Zuber - Project Lead, City of Waterloo; Mark Dykstra - Community Services Commissioner, City of Waterloo; His Worship Mayor Dave Jaworsky, City of Waterloo; Keshwer Patel - Corporate Services Commissioner, CFO & Treasurer
The City of Waterloo, ON has received national recognition for its PickUpHub online sport booking platform from the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA). The City was presented with the 2017 CAMA Willis Award for Innovation, in the 20,000 to 100,000 population category, during CAMA’s national conference in Gatineau, QC.
This technology allows people to participate in team sports on a game by game basis, while the application takes care of everything from payment and waivers to team organization.
Waterloo leveraged newly-developed, local technology to address a gap in sport service delivery. Historically, sports fans have had two options for participating in municipally-run sports – join Community Adult Recreation Leagues or attend a pre-scheduled drop-in program.
The leagues offer longer term participation with pre-established team members, but not all participants can commit long-term or afford the costs. Drop-in programs offer short-term opportunity at a lower cost, but participation is limited to specific time frames and the outcomes can be sporadic, sometimes with too many or too few participants.
PickUpHub allows players to register online to play in drop-in sports programs. Access to PickUpHub is provided via a link on the City’s website, which allows staff to set up and post games. PickUpHub processes all online registrations and provides a monthly remittance to the City.
Originally designed as an adult use program, PickUpHub has been modified to allow for parent controlled accounts that let them register their youth in sport. Sports include soccer, basketball and hockey, with access volleyball and Ultimate Frisbee coming soon. Participation in sports is up, and overall, approximately $15,000 was generated in new revenue in 2016.
For additional information, contact Tony Iavarone, Communications & Marketing Director at 519-747-8513 or tony.Iavarone@waterloo.ca
DID YOU KNOW ABOUT THIS CAMA MEMBER SERVICE?
Looking for a change in your career? CAMA National Job Scene e-mail broadcast is the go-to place for CAO job openings. Members also receive a discount for job postings.
Our Jobscene service provides exceptional value, and it is simply one of the best ways available to find the right person for your organization. When you post with CAMA:
- Your job is posted on the CAMA website.
- Your job is distributed to all CAMA members via our Jobscene Broadcast.
- Your job is cross-posted immediately on the CivicJobs.ca website.
- Your job is seen by job seekers who subscribe to the weekly CivicJobs.ca e-mail bulletin.
Through the CAMA Jobscene service, your posting reaches our members in every Province and Territory. And through CivicJobs.ca, your posting also reaches a broad, public audience. CivicJobs.ca is Canada's largest online source for municipal postings. An initiative of CivicInfo BC in Victoria, British Columbia, CivicJobs.ca is made possible through a partnership between Canadian local government professional organizations, including CAMA. For more details, please visit www.civicjobs.ca.
Also, did you know that CAMA offers Unlimited Posting Packages through civicjobs.ca. The positions listed in CAMA’s Jobscene are usually at a senior level. We recognize, however, that many of our members wish to advertise other positions as well. Through CivicJobs.ca, CAMA members have that opportunity. For $4,999, your local government can purchase a "One Year – Unlimited Postings" package, allowing you to post as many jobs as you wish on CivicJobs.ca for a period of 12 months. Post any job, from accountant to zamboni driver, for one single price. Visit this link to find out more.
We are pleased to feature members of the 2017-2018 CAMA Board of Directors over the summer months:
CORY BELLMORE, Director
Representative for Northwest Territories,
Yukon Territory & Nunavut
CAO - Village of Carmacks, YT
Cory Bellmore has been the Chief Administrative Officer for the Village of Carmacks, YT since 2006. She has also served as a director for the Carmacks Development Corporation since 2003. From 2003-2006, she served as a Council Member for the Village. She was the Director of the Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation from 2001-2006.
Her career started by learning about and building a government structure in the early years after the settlement of Land Claims and Self Government. She has represented Yukon communities on the renegotiation and restructuring of the annual territorial grant for municipalities in 2013, as well as the review and updating of the Yukon Government Municipal Act in 2016.
She earned an Arts and Science Certificate from Mount Royal College in 1999 and a Commerce Degree from the Hayskane School of Business, University of Calgary, in 2001. She and her partner have three boys and love the fact they can grow up in a great small community, experiencing lifelong friendships, traditional culture and amazing wilderness.
JACK BENZAQUEN, Director
Representative for Québec
Directeur Général - City of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC
Jack Benzaquen has a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the École Polytechnique and an MBA from the HEC Montreal. For the first seven years of his career, he was project engineer at GoodYear Canada and Johnson & Johnson.
In 1991, Benzaquen was hired as Director of Technical Services at the Jewish General Hospital, where he oversaw 500 employees. His achievements were recognized by the Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal who named him 'Jeune cadre du Québec' in 1995, and in the following year, the HEC honoured him with an achievement award.
In 2000, he was appointed City Manager of the City of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, a city in the West Island of Montreal which has a population of 50,000. In 2002, he became Manager of the Borough of Dollard-des-Ormeaux/Roxboro, within the new City of Montreal. In 2006, the City of Dollard-des-Ormeaux demerged and once again, Benzaquen was named City Manager, a position he has held since then.
Jack is a Past President with the Association des Directeurs Généraux des Municipalités du Québec (ADGMQ) and is still actively involved.
The ICMA Coaching Program -- FREE WEBINAR
CAMA is pleased to partner with ICMA on their Coaching Program. ICMA invites you and your team to this free webinar "Effective Communication of Complex Issues to the Public" -- ICMA Coaching Program at 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Pacific Time, Thursday, September 7, 2017.
Register now for this no-charge webinar!
1. What's working to communicate complex issues effectively?
2. How do you choose the right approach for the topic?
3. What are helpful examples of concrete applications and do's and don'ts?
* Mike Ekey, Communications Director, Raymore, MO
* Yocelyn Galiano, Village Manager, Pinecrest, FL
* Greg Hermann, Assistant to the City Manager, San Luis Obispo, CA and Cal-ICMA President
Audience: All employees, especially those with public contact
Meets Practice 8 (Democratic Advocacy and Public Engagement), 15 (Presentation Skills), and 16 (Media Relations) of ICMA's Practices for Effective Local Government Leadership.
Click on the direct link to registration for this no-charge webinar open to all persons interested in local government:
Enjoy these and other resources to thrive in local government. If you are not already subscribed to the ICMA Coaching Program email list, we encourage you to sign up for free (whether you are an ICMA member or not). It will give you notices of upcoming events and resources.
August 13-16 – Association of Municipalities of Ontario AGM and Annual Conference Ottawa ON. www.amo.on.ca
August 20-23 – Institute of Public Administration of Canada Annual Conference Charlottetown PE.
September 4-7 – Canadian Property Tax Association Annual National Workshop Ottawa ON. https://cpta.org
September 6-8 – Ontario Association of Community Futures Development Corporation - London, ON, 2017. https://www.cfontario.ca/24th-annual-conference-2017/registration
September 10-13 – Ontario Municipal Tax and Revenue Association Annual Fall Conference Ottawa ON. www.omtra.ca
September 13-15 – Ontario East Municipal Conference Kingston, ON. http://ontarioeast.ca/events/ontario-east-municipal-conference-2017-registration-now-open
September 13-15 – International Downtown Association Annual Conference and Tradeshow Winnipeg MB. https://www.ida-downtown.org/eweb/Dynamicpage.aspx?webcode=17Winnipeg
September 13-15 – Ontario Municipal Human Resources Association Fall Workshop The Blue Mountains ON. www.omhra.ca/en/events/index.asp
September 13-16 – Communities in Bloom National Symposium on Parks & Grounds and National & International Awards Ceremonies Ottawa ON. www.communitiesinbloom.ca/symposium-awards
September 16-17 – International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation Toronto ON. www.globalclimate.info/
September 17-20 – International Economic Development Council Annual Conference Toronto ON. http://www.iedcevents.org/Toronto/index.html
September 18-20 – Compost Council of Canada Annual National Conference, Niagara Falls, ON. http://www.compost.org/English/attend_events.htm
September 19-22 – Western Canada Water Annual Conference Saskatoon SK. http://wcw17.wcwwa.ca
September 20-22 – Municipal Finance Officers’ Assocation of Ontario Annual Conference The Blue Mountains ON. www.mfoa.on.ca
September 20-24 – Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Conference Nelson BC. http://kootenays2017.crrf.ca/
September 24-27 – International Association of Assessing Officers Annual Conference Las Vegas NV. www.iaao.org
September 24-27 – Transportation Association of Canada Conference St. John’s NL. www.tac-atc.ca
September 25-29 – Union of BC Municipalities 2017 Convention Vancouver BC. www.ubcm.ca
September 26-28 – Compost Council of Canada Annual National Conference Niagara Falls ON. http://www.compost.org/English/attend_events.htm
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