March 23, 2021
As part of our ongoing commitment to our members we are pleased to introduce the CAMA 50th Anniversary Professional Development Series for 2021. This new program is comprised of various webinars that are coordinated for the CAO/City Manager, senior managers and their employees.   Along with our own webinar series, CAMA Partner companies will be providing educational and informative learning opportunities that showcase innovative services and products relevant to municipal management.   Free of charge to all CAMA members this will be a wonderful way to provide an eclectic selection of resources to all your employees. Please forward to your staff members.
March 24: Webinar: Work Unplugged: Keeping Employees Connected - Hosted by Microsoft Canada
How have municipalities adapted over this past year and what technology have they used? Where have we seen not just a pivot but an opportunity as a result of new technologies.  Please join Microsoft Canada and SoftwareONE, a valued Microsoft partner, as they dive into examples of where municipalities have emerged stronger leveraging the right technology, combating digital fatigue and exploring keeping employees safe both mentally and physically.

In this webinar, Cam Smith will discuss the City of Brandon, Regional Municipality of Durham, and their journey into the use of technologies during the pandemic, then passing over the baton to SoftwareONE to talk about employee well being, digital fatigue and how they have helped customers unlock potential using the right technology for the right use cases.
Event Details: 
Date:  March 24, 2021 at 1:00 PM EST
Free to all  CAMA members and their employees
Registration link: Microsoft Event (  
March 31: Webinar: The New Office : Maximize its Potential - hosted by DataVisual
Even before the Covid 19 pandemic there was a growing demand for meetings to include those who wanted to join remotely. The nature of Canadian geography all but demands the need to have remote meetings.   The pandemic hastened the speed in which this goal needed to be achieved as well as adding the dimension of health and wellness concerns for those in the meeting room. The pandemic highlighted weaknesses in existing remote meeting solutions.

There is a growing demand from those joining remotely for a better experience so they can feel fully engaged as they participate in meetings. The technology used in the meeting room must be easy to use for those running the meeting as well as delivering a great experience to those on the far end.   Technology used in meeting rooms needs to be flexible enough to address the multiple conferencing platforms now being used. It is not uncommon to go from a Zoom meeting to a Teams meeting or any other number of platforms.

Technology solutions must reflect the room size. Not all rooms are the same and that means different solutions. Another factor to consider is who is running the meeting. Is it strictly in house or is a visitor driving the meeting? The gear used must be able to accommodate a multitude of circumstances.  And don’t forget the need to ensure power is available in all these situations so devices can run. 
DataVisual is pleased to present an answer to these concerns with presentations from Barco ClickShare, Vaddio, Nureva and FSR. These presentations will highlight how each of these can work on their own or as a powerful all in one solution.

Please join us on Wednesday March 31, 2021 at 1pm EST if you are looking to maximize your meeting space and have effective and efficient meeting that deliver a great experience to both those in the meeting room and those at the far end.  Free registration to all CAMA members and their employees.
Intelligent Public Sector Showcase - FREE registration for municipal employees
The Intelligent Public Sector Showcase has been designed as an all-encompassing event to deliberate over creating and maintaining the public sector of tomorrow. Bringing together thought leaders from across the globe, this three-day virtual event from 26-28 May 2021 will be characterised by engrossing conversations on the future of:
  • Intelligent Cities at the 5th annual Intelligent Cities Summit

  • Healthcare at the 5th annual IoT Big Data Healthcare Summit

  • Emergency Services at the IoT Code Orange Summit

  • Talent Management at the IoT People First Summit

Join the conversation along with Gary Kent,  CAMA Director, Member-At-Large (For Municipalities with a Population Over 100,00) and Commissioner of Corporate Services & Chief Financial Officer, City of Mississauga, ON and use the exclusive code CAMA to get a free ticket before 31st March 2021.   This coupon will expire on 31st March 2021. This code and offer is only for Municipal or public sector employees, if you are not a municipal or public sector employee your registration will not be accepted. If you are an employee of a municipality then use your official job title and work email to ensure smooth registration. Register at
April 7: Webinar: How Your Splashpad Becomes a Reality Through Funding Programs & Community Engagement Hosted by Vortex

Splashpads have been dubbed the new public pool, popping up in cities all over the country. Prevalent in urban and suburban communities alike, Splashpads offer entertainment and value that is attractive to local governments, task forces, fundraising groups, financial contributors, property owners, citizens, visitors and kids! Little else in community development today has such broad appeal.

Kicking off a new Splashpad® project can be overwhelming. And certainly, one of the first questions you – and everyone else – will be asking is, “How on earth can we afford this?” Well, the good news is, there are many ways to get where you are going!

The first piece of the puzzle is searching out grants. And you may be surprised to discover that there are a lot of grants available right now! We’ll spend time discussing grants such as the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative. With a focus on community-level innovation and improvements in the quality of life for residents, your new Splashpad project is exactly what they are looking for.

If you’ve prepared the paperwork for a government grant, the sheer volume of information required can be daunting! During this webinar we’ll discuss:

  • How to identify the grants that are right for your community
  • How to demonstrate your project’s eligibility and community engagement
  • How to coordinate local permits, permissions and approvals to apply for funding
  • How to prepare your budget
  • How to work with your Splashpad provider to prepare the application, including the design and 3D rendering submissions

If grants are the first piece of the puzzle, then community engagement and local fundraising are the second piece. We’ll be sharing examples of communities across Canada that have used a wonderful variety of tools to engage community stakeholders and citizens, including regional events, and corporate sponsorship. You’ll see some really fun, creative, and effective campaigns that have helped even the smallest towns reach their Splashpad fundraising goals.
Last but not least, we’ll review some creative strategies to manage your budget itself including:

  • Phasing the project
  • Future replacements
  • Swapping features between parks

Event Details: 
Date: April 7, 2021       Time: 1:30 pm EST        Register today!

April 15: Webinar: Off to a Good Start – Best Practices for New City Managers Hosted by CAMA
Stepping into the role of city manager for the first time is a challenging, exciting time. There are many “firsts” including employment contracts, multiple bosses, a new organization and a new community.  While it may be new to you, there are many colleagues who have made this step before.  You are invited to attend this interactive webinar and learn some best practices to ensure that your new venture is successful.  Join ICMA representatives, Karen Daly and Patricia Vinchesi, as they walk through employment contracts and establishing positive relationships with the elected body, the staff and the community.  Whether you are ready to become a city manager and know it is in your career path or you are planning on becoming a city manager in the future, it’s always a good to know about how to make a good start.
Event Details: Thursday, April 15th, 2021 / 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST
Who Can Attend this Webinar?: CAMA Members and Their Employees. Non-Members are also welcome to attend.
Who Will Benefit from this Webinar: New CAOs, Directors, Commissioners, Managers, Senior Management, Front Line Employees
Registration Cost: FREE but registration required 
Contact Jennifer Goodine at CAMA at [email protected] if you have any questions about this opportunity.
Mental health and Addictions in the Workplace and PTSD - IN the Unlikely Event featuring Police Chief Roger Brown held on January 21, 2021 can be found in the CAMA Member's Section under "Conference Presentations"

Responding to Complex Social Issues: Municipal Roles and Promising Solutions to Homelessness, Addictions and Social Disorder – By Dr. Alina Turner and Dena Kae Beno" on February 11, 2021 can be found in  CAMA Member's Section under "Conference Presentations". 

Webinar Hosted by Microsoft: Work Unplugged - Meeting Employees Where They Already Are on January 24, 2021 can be found on the CAMA website.

Webinar Hosted by FlashVote:  The Surprising Science of Community Input: What’s Helpful? What’s Useless? What’s Dangerous? And What To Do Differently Tomorrow on February 18, 2021 can be found on the CAMA website.

Webinar Hosted by RSM: Economic Recovery from COVID-19 and Impact on Municipalities on February 24, 2021 can be found on the CAMA website.
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