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2012 CAMA E-Brief Partner: July 31, 2012            

2013 CAMA Conference and Annual General Meeting
The 42nd Annual CAMA Conference will be held in Victoria, British Columbia at the Fairmont Empress (for accommodations) and the Victoria Conference Centre (for Conference sessions) from Monday, May 27, 2013 to Wednesday, May 29, 2013.  The Full Conference Program and on-line registration will be available at the end of February 2013.

CAMA has secured a block of rooms at the Fairmont Empress located at 721 Government Street which is adjoining to the Victoria Conference Centre.  The following special Conference rates will be offered:

Type of Room                   Single and Double Rate
Fairmont                                     $219.00
Deluxe                                        $289.00
Harbourview Deluxe                      $339.00
Signature  Room                           $399.00
Junior Suite                                  $369.00
**Please note that the above rates are subject to 12% HST and a 2% Hotel Room Tax.

To make a room reservation, please contact the Hotel at 250-384-8111 or through the toll free number at 1-800-441-1414. To ensure the special rate quoted above, please identify yourself as attending the CAMA Conference.  The room block will be open until April 23, 2013.  Reservations can also be made by using the following link:

Victoria is a unique blend of old world charm and new world experiences.  As an island destination, Victoria offers visitors an escape from the hurried world and beams with ambience.  Boasting the mildest climate in Canada they are green and beautiful year-round.  In fact, Vancouver Island, where Victoria is located, is rated the top island in the Continental US and Canada and one of the Top Ten Islands in the World by the 2012 Travel+Leisure World’s Best Awards.   In Victoria, heritage architecture, colorful gardens and traditions like afternoon tea mix with a plethora of outdoor adventure, world-class culinary experiences and a vibrant arts and culture scene.  This combined with the wild beauty of the Pacific Ocean and old-growth rainforests set against a backdrop of the Olympic Mountains makes Victoria the perfect getaway.   For more information on the City of Victoria visit their website at or call 250-953-2044 or Toll-Free 1-800-663-3883, or email


The CAMA Conference Trade Show provides an excellent opportunity for suppliers to promote their products and services to hundreds of municipal managers.  For further information or to request an Exhibitor Prospectus please send an e-mail to Ms. Rose Fernandes, Partnership and Exhibitor Manager, at or phone 1-866-771-2262.

• 2014 Niagara Falls, ON (May 26-28, 2014)
• 2015 Jasper, AB (June 1-3, 2015)

2012 National Infrastructure Summit, Regina, SK
The 2012 National Infrastructure Summit, occurring September 10 – 12, 2012 in Regina, Saskatchewan will feature five key themes involving experts in various fields engaging participants in exciting practical discussions and dialogue.  The themes, continued from the 2011 Summit, include: Defining the Need, Politics of Infrastructure, Innovation, Citizen E
ngagement and Financing the Opportunities.
Municipal infrastructure is the very foundation of a healthy, vibrant city.  However, despite past and current substantial investment, Canadian municipalities are facing a critical challenge in meeting infrastructure needs.  The Defining the Need theme, in particular, will focus on how to develop proactive strategies to effectively manage infrastructure, while balancing smart growth and a sustainable quality of life.  Focusing on asset management, the theme features three noted keynote speakers: 
  • Steve Wyton, Manager of Corporate Project & Asset Management from the City of Calgary, who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience on developing national and international asset management best practices;
  • Kathy Dever-Tod, Manager of the Assets Group at Tararua District Council, New Zealand, who will deliver expert advice based on 14 years experience as an asset manager in New Zealand; and,
  • Alain Gonthier, Manager of Asset Management for the City of Ottawa, who brings his perspective on asset management and renewal planning based on his experience with Ottawa’s roads, bridges, buildings, parks and piped infrastructure assets.
All three speakers will offer their background, experience and knowledge to lead participants in discussions that will assist municipalities in matching levels of services delivered through assets against the levels of service citizens expect and are willing to pay. Don’t miss this great opportunity to network with others in the industry and learn about practical examples that have been tried, tested and proven successful around the world. Visit for more information on the Summit themes, speakers, “Morph My City” Challenge, 2012 Agenda, evening events and to register for the Summit before August 31, 2012.

AMSC Proud to Announce Launch of the 4sale Municipal Marketplace
Does your municipality have an item to sell? AMSC is proud to announce the launch of the AMSC 4sale Municipal Marketplace.  Placing your ad with 4sale gives you access to a network of municipalities and municipally related organizations. Post your ad for computer equipment, vehicles, public works equipment, or whatever you need to unload.  To celebrate the launch of 4sale, they are offering a special rate until the end of August. CAMA members pay only $200 per item and the item will remain on the website until it sells or until August 31, 2012.  For further information, please contact Loreen Lennon, Sr. Director of Corporate Services by email: or phone: 780-989-7410.

Who is AMSC? The Alberta Municipal Services Corporation (AMSC) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) and has been successfully delivering business and service solutions to municipalities and municipally related not for profit organizations for more than 40 years.

2012 CAMA Willis Award for Innovation: City of Saint John, NB (Population between 20,001 and 100,000)

Don MacLellan, CAMA Awards Chair and Representative for New Brunswick; Ken Forrest, Commisioner of Development Services, City of Saint John,  NB; and Jim Toye, CAMA Past President

PlanSJ:  A Bold New Plan to Guide Saint John’s Future:  The Course for a More Sustainable and Liveable City of Saint John

A bold plan, adopted by Saint John Council, models how small cities can attain success through a path of innovative urban planning, sound infrastructure investments and a focus on making the city attractive for newcomers.  Two years in the making, PlanSJ came together through the most inclusive public outreach effort ever undertaken by the City. The result, according to Jacqueline Hamilton, The City’s Deputy Commissioner of Planning, is a truly ‘made in Saint John’ plan.

PlanSJ reflects the vision of Saint Johners to grow the City smarter, by protecting natural and rural areas, reinvesting in Saint John’s urban neighbourhoods, and promoting denser more complete suburban communities.  By leveraging existing municipal infrastructure, the Plan supports enriched quality of life.
PlanSJ halts decades of urban sprawl and supports walkable, transit oriented neighbourhoods. The result is more complete communities where people can live, work and play.

PlanSJ, now a guiding document for the entire City, has been central to the municipal budget and a realignment of City Services. Urban planning in the City of Saint John will no longer be understood as a stand-alone Department; but will be a central function of municipal service.  The approval of this Plan is not the end, it’s the beginning.  There will be more public engagement over the coming year, as part of a review of the city’s zoning bylaw and efforts to move forward with neighbourhood plans.

Congratulations to the City of Saint John on this award.  To view the awards video please visit the following link:

Welcome New Members

Welcome to the following new members:

Peter Tarnawsky, Chief Administrative Officer, Sturgeoun County, AB
Edie Henrichsen, Director of Corporate Services, City of Selkirk, MB
Gérard Fournier, Directeur général, Ville de Rogersville, NB
Milad Asdaghi, Director of Community & Economic Development, Town of Devon, AB
Jason Shelly, Lawyer, Nelligan O'Brien Payne LLP

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