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2012 CAMA E-Brief Partner: March 6, 2012            

2012 Conference Information - Book Your Flights Early!

Registrations are now being accepted for CAMA's 2012 Annual Conference being held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan from May 28-30, 2012 at TCU Place. The Conference theme is "Thriving in Turbulent Times".  

The City of Saskatoon has very high air traffic volumes at all times, so plan to book your flights early to ensure you can get the best prices, and arrive on the date that suits your plans especially with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Conference taking place immediately following the CAMA Conference.  

Registration Fees:

  • CAMA Member (Municipal) $575.00 + $28.75 GST = $603.751/4
  • Non-Member (Municipal) $675.00 + $33.75 GST = $708.75 1/4
  • Affiliate CAMA Member (Non-Municipal) $875.00 + $43.75 GST = $918.75 2/4
  • Non-Member (Non-Municipal) $975.00 + $48.75 = $1023.75 2/4
  • Retired Member/Municipal Intern $150.00 + $7.50 GST = $157.50 3

 “Municipal” refers to an individual who is currently employed with a municipal organization.
2   “Non-Municipal” refers to all other individuals.
3    Registration fee for Retired Members and Municipal Interns includes all conference sessions, a complimentary delegate gift, Trade Show, Opening Reception, breakfasts, breaks, Casual Night Out at the Western Development Museum, and the Hospitality Suites. Tickets can be purchased for an additional cost to the lunches, the Study Tours, and the President’s Dinner.
4   Registration fees include all conference sessions, a complimentary delegate gift, Trade Show, Opening Reception, breakfasts, breaks, lunches, Casual Night Out at the Western Development Museum, President’s Dinner and the Hospitality Suites.

Note:  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 will be charged for the Study Tours as follows:

$10.00 + $0.50 GST = $10.50 for CAMA Members (Municipal) and Non-Members (Municipal)

$25.00 + $1.25 GST = $26.25 for Affiliate CAMA Members (Non-Municipal)

$35.00 + $1.75 GST = $36.75 for Non-Members (Non-Municipal)

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.

To register as a Delegate: http://www.civicinfo.bc.ca/event/cama2012.asp

To register as a Companion: http://www.civicinfo.bc.ca/event/cama2012_partners.asp

To register for the Golf Tournament: http://www.civicinfo.bc.ca/event/cama2012_golf.asp

The full Conference Program is also available on the CAMA Conference website at http://www.camacam.ca/en/conference/2012AnnualConference.asp or it can be accessed from any of the registration web pages noted above. This year's Conference features a variety of professional development sessions and networking activities that CAMA members won't want to miss!

2012 Conference Accommodations

The CAMA block of rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn (located a half block from TCU Place where the Conference sessions will be held), has sold out.  Other hotel recommendations located approximately five blocks from TCU Place are as follows:

  • Delta Bessborough, 601 Spadina Crescent East, 306-244-5521
  • Sheraton Cavalier, 612 Spadina Crescent East, 306-652-6770
  • Radisson Hotel Saskatoon, 405 20th Street East, 306-665-3322

Also located directly across from TCU Place is the new Holiday Inn opening on April 1, 2012. Accommodations can be booked by visiting the website (www.holidayinn.com) and searching for the Holiday Inn on Pacific Avenue or by calling 1-306-986-5000 (Select Option #1 or #3).

Plan to stay a little bit longer in Saskatoon! Visit www.tourismsaskatoon.com to find information on all of the amazing things to see and do before or after the CAMA Conference!

2012 CAMA TRADE SHOW EXHIBITORS

We are pleased to present the following Trade Show Exhibitors. 

1. FAME Asset Management Solutions

FAME is a Canadian firm providing solutions to municipalities for over 13 years. FAME provides expert consulting and technology resources to assist clients with their infrastructure asset management planning, analysis, reporting, site auditing, energy management and knowledge management technology. Currently, there are over 4,300 clients using the FAME Asset Management Software Suite.

2. Direct Energy Business Services Limited

Direct Energy Business Services provides energy solutions to municipalities throughout Canada through heating, ventilation and air conditioning services. We are experts in extracting energy savings from existing buildings to reduce overall energy consumption and maximize cost savings through energy retrofits, installation, Preventative Maintenance Program, service, and repair; Building Automation Services, Energy Performance Contracting, and capital intensive projects financing. We are committed to assist the municipal market meet their energy efficiency needs for today and for the future.

3. Schulich Executive Eduction Centre (SEEC)

York University’s Schulich Executive Education Centre(SEEC) has a proven history of providing Municipal executives and managers with powerful learning experiences. We have delivered breakthrough Masters Certificate programs to thousands of managers and staff enrolled in our public, customized, and in-house programs.

4. Local Government Administrators of the NWT

The Mission of LGANT is to strive for and promote excellence and professionalism in the field of local government administration in the Northwest Territories through education and career development programs and to create awareness of the Senior Administrative Officers (SAO) role in the community.

5. 33Strong Northwest Territories

The Government of the Northwest Territories and the 33 community governments of the NWT with LGANT and the NWTAC have committed to building public service capacity in the NWT creating an initiative called 33Strong. The showcase is supported by Northwest Territories Tourism, representing over 200 NWT tourism business members and promoting pan-territorial tourism, industry education and the marketing of all tourism sectors in the NWT.

6. Esri Canada

Founded in 1984, Esri Canada provides enterprise geographic information system (GIS) solutions that empower businesses, governments and educational institutions to make timely, informed and mission-critical decisions by leveraging the power of geography. The company distributes the world's leading GIS software from Esri, Telvent, Cityworks – Azteca Systems, Inc. and other technology partners. Headquartered in Toronto, the company serves over 10,000 customers from 16 regional offices across Canada. Information about Esri Canada can be found at esri.ca.

7. MHPM Project Leaders

MHPM is Canada’s premier project management company, providing project management and strategic consulting services on thousands of facility projects since 1989. With our extensive experience, no project is too big, too complicated or too budgeted for MHPM. We promote participation and ensure that all stakeholders are informed and involved. We strive to achieve innovative, sustainable and added-value solutions. Equipped with lessons learned from more than 5,000 facility projects, we ensure risk is anticipated and managed. MHPM Project Leaders represent the owner’s interest with one simple objective: delivering successful projects, which means on time, on budget and as planned.

8. Itron Canada Inc.

Itron is the leading provider of energy and water management solutions for nearly 8,000 utilities around the world. We offer innovative, end-to-end solutions that include electricity, gas, water and heat measurement and control technology; communication technologies; data collection and analysis software; and professional services. With nearly 10,000 employees doing business in more than 130 countries, Itron empowers utilities to responsibly and efficiently manage energy and water resources. To realize a sustainable future, start here: www.itron.com

We Need Your Input: Railway-Roadway Grade Crossings Regulations and Standards Consultations

Railway-Roadway Grade Crossings Regulations and Standards have been revised to address owners’ concerns from previous consultations, and to provide a safer crossing environment for pedestrians and motor vehicles and improve rail safety across the country.  Mr. Luc Bourdon, Director General of Rail Safety of Transport Canada is inviting CAMA members to participate in a consultation process to obtain comments on the draft Railway-Roadway Grade Crossings Policy prior to publishing the Regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part I.  The consultations will be conducted in two phases:

  1. An online consultation process, where comments can be submitted through a written submission and complete a registration form to confirm attendance on the second phase. Deadline date is March 30, 2012.
  2. A series of targeted consultation meetings with grade crossing owners across Canada.

The CAMA Board of Directors is inviting your participation to sit on a Sub-Committee to work together to develop a strategy/unified position on the Railway-Roadway Grade Crossings Regulations and to work with Transport Canada to participate in the future consultation meetings.  If you are interested in participating in this opportunity please contact Ms. Jennifer Goodine, Executive Director, at the CAMA National Office at admin@camacam.ca as soon as possible.

For more information on Transport Canada's consultation meetings (dates and locations) visit the Consultations website: http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/railsafety/grade-crossing-consultations.htmttp://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/railsafety/grade-crossing-consultations.htm    

LGMA Spring 2012 E-Learning Series - March Schedule

CAMA is pleased to continue its partnership with LGMA BC (Local Government Management Association of British Columbia) to deliver webinar-based professional development opportunities for local government managers across Canada.  This webinar series will be delivered by Tracey Lorenson, Paragon Strategic Services & Jan Enns Communications.  Web based E-Learning courses provide the ability to participate via either internet and audio, or audio only. The technology allows participants to ask questions or comment via either voice or a “chat” feature.  The webinars are scheduled to run over two consecutive weekdays from:

  • 10:00 am - 11:30 am Pacific Time
  • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Mountain Time
  • 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Central Time
  • 1:00 pm -  2:30 pm Eastern Time
  • 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm  Atlantic Time
  • 2:30 pm -  4:00 pm Newfoundland

If an attendee misses a session, the recording will be available for viewing for seven days after the course is offered.  If an attendee misses a session, the recording will be available for viewing for seven days after the course has been offered. The cost for each session is $150 plus 12% HST per person. All fees must be paid at the time of registration by credit card and are non-refundable.

March Courses:

·        Interpersonal Skills:  Making the Most of Your Communication with Others – March 6 &7

·        Planning for Successful Citizen Engagement in 10 Easy Steps – March 27 & 28

For further program information and to register online please visit: http://www.camacam.ca/en/programs/Webinars.asp 


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