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2012 CAMA E-Brief Partner: August 15, 2012            

CAMA Membership Information

CAMA membership is open to all individuals working in a senior management position that report directly to a City Manager, Town Manager, Chief Administrative Officer, Commissioner or such position which acts in the chief or head administrative capacity for a Canadian municipality. 

Your employees will benefit by becoming a part of a national network of professional, dedicated, senior municipal managers who are committed to ongoing professional development.  It is through this unique network that enables senior management to remain up to date on important and current, municipal government, share knowledge and experiences with colleagues from across the country.  For more information, visit

Canadian Public Procurement Forum 2012: Strategic Leadership in Challenging Fiscal Times

The Canadian Public Procurement Council (CPPC) is the leading voice for professionals involved in public procurement in Canada. Members are organizations at the federal, provincial/territorial, and municipal levels of government, and in the health care and education sectors and Crown corporations.

CPPC support the public procurement community across Canada, by promoting dialogue, facilitating information exchanges, developing approaches to common issues, and providing leadership for the resolution of shared challenges. On behalf of Chair, Ken Babich, CPPC is pleased to announce the 14th annual Canadian Public Procurement Forum is coming to the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside, Vancouver, BC this Fall, November 4-7, 2012. Two and one-half days of presentations, discussion and networking, with pre-Forum seminars added on Sunday, November 4, 2012 to make it a full learning experience!  The registration rates for the CPPC Forum 2012 are at last year’s level to ensure that this event will fit within your own reduced training budget.

Check out the registration form online for both member and non-member rates at   MEMBERS: remember that you receive a 40% discount on your early-bird registration rate as a benefit of membership in the CPPC!  For more information, contact  McE Galbreath at or 613-688-0763.

Municipal Information Network - Special CAMA Discount!

Just a quick reminder that CAMA has partnered with the Municipal Information Network to offer members a 15% discount on an annual subscription. In addition to a complete daily review of the municipal scene, the Municipal Information Network offers your organization access to an extensive database of articles and information. The subscription includes:
  • A daily e-newsletter.
  • Press releases and council clippings.
  • All major daily papers and news sources from coast to coast are scanned on a daily basis.
  • Over 400 online local papers and news sources are scanned once a week.
  • An average of 50 news items a day, 250 articles a week, 1,000 a month, and over 12,000 a year.
The rates are based on population (minus the 15% discount if you are a CAMA member):
  • 0-500 ($125.00)
  • 501-1,000 ($150.00)
  • 1,001-2,500 ($250.00)
  • 2,501-5,000 ($475.00)
  • 5,001 to 10,000 ($550.00)
  • 10,001 to 25,000 ($750.00)
  • 25,001 to 100,000 ($1,000.00)
  • 100,001+ ($1,250.00)
  • Federal and provincial governments ($1,250.00)
  • Associations - Federations ($500.00)
  • Companies ($500.00)
  • Other ($500.00)
If you are already a member of The Municipal Information Network, the 15% reduction will be applied to your next renewal period. This offer applies to both The Municipal Information Network ( and the French version Le Réseau d'information Municipal

To request a free trial, or to take advantage of this opportunity contact The Municipal Information Network at or call Suzanne at 1-888-504-0072 x 226.

Quit Your Job, Enjoy Your Work - New Book Release by Garth Johns

As a manager, you have responsibility to plan, organize, implement, delegate and control. To be a leader, however, you must also inspire your staff, your colleagues and your workplace. You have the ability to take these people to greater heights, both personally and professionally. Quit Your Job, Enjoy Your Work can help you meet these challenges. You'll learn how to:
  • resolve conflicts between employees
  • coach and mentor young professionals
  • deal with those who don't play by the rules
  • reduce the stress that comes with being a manager
In addition to a broad-based discussion of leadership practices, Quit Your Job, Enjoy Your Work also explores the ins and outs of servant leadership and emotional intelligence.  Managers who are interested in creating a positive work environment need to better understand both of these contemporary approaches to leadership. The cost for the book is $25 which includes shipping and HST.

Garth S. Johns is a human resources consultant and leadership professional. He has been a member of CAMA for many years and continues to work extensively with municipalities and community organizations. For more information visit

2012 CAMA Willis Award for Innovation: The City of Calgary, AB (Population over 100,000)

Don MacLellan, CAMA Awards Chair and Representative for New Brunswick; Owen Tobert, City Manager, Calgary, AB; and Jim Toye, CAMA Past President
Our City. Our Budget. Our Future. Citizen engagement in a new approach to business planning and budgeting

From February to November 2011, The City of Calgary undertook a new approach to the development of the 2012-2014 business plans and budgets. The program – called Our City. Our Budget. Our Future – conducted the most extensive budget dialogue with citizens in any Canadian municipality to date, the results of which were considered by Council for the development of Council’s Fiscal Plan for Calgary, and by Administration in the development of proposed business plans and budgets.

Our City. Our Budget. Our Future. invited citizens to provide their input on City services and spending priorities before the development of business plans and budgets, and sought to educate, and build knowledge and capacity among stakeholders so that conversations about City services, priorities and budgets could be more informed. More than 23,000 Calgarians participated from February to May 2011.

Comments from participants expressed appreciation for City services and the opportunity to provide input, and noted an increased sense of openness and transparency. The program also provided the municipality with longer-term benefits by building capacity, knowledge and trust among citizens.

Emerging issues including challenges in financial sustainability and growth management, a recognized need for improved transparency in decision-making, and expectations for citizen engagement, called for changes to how City services are planned and delivered.  Our City. Our Budget. Our Future. helped address these issues by putting citizens at the centre of budget discussions, and reaffirmed the need and value for municipal administrators to engage in a more open dialogue on City budgets with citizens.

Congratulations to The City of Calgary on this outstanding award!

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