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2012 CAMA E-Brief Partner: September 19, 2012            

LGMA - CAMA  E-Learning Series -- Fall 2012


In partnership with Paragon Strategic Services and Jan Enns Communications the LGMA and CAMA are pleased to offer the following course offerings for the Fall 2012 semester that will help meet your training needs and increase capacity in your organization, all from the comfort of your own office. Courses in this series also include offerings from the Whistler Centre for Sustainability.  These programs are open to all public service employees.

How does E‑Learning Work?
These workshops are web based trainings with 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:
• 10:15 am - 11:45 am Pacific Time
• 11:15 am - 12:45 pm Mountain Time
• 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm Central Time
• 1:15 pm -  2:45 pm Eastern Time
• 2:15 pm -  3:45 pm Atlantic Time
• 2:45 pm -  4:15 pm Newfoundland and Labrador

The last half hour of each session will be set aside for discussion of the topics for those that are interested.  If an attendee misses a session, the recording will be available for viewing for seven days after the course is offered.

Cost:  The two-day webinar sessions are $150 plus 12% HST per person.  All fees must be paid at the time of registration by credit card and are non-refundable. Transfers to another registrant are permitted.  Please note that these sessions are open to your staff as well.

The Fall 2012 E-Learning Series includes the following topics:
·        Planning for Successful Citizen Engagement in 10 Easy Steps  - October 11 & 12
·        Customer Service in the Public Sector - October 16 & 17 (Tues/Wed)
·        Introduction & Overview to Community Sustainability Planning - October 18 & 19
·        Negotiation Skills - October 23 & 24
·        Integrating Your Sustainability Plan into Other Plans & Policies - October 25 & 26
·        Essential Supervisory Skills: New & Experienced Supervisors -October 30 & 31
·        Media Relations: Tools, Tips & Techniques to Improve Your Media Coverage - November 1 & 2
·        Interpersonal Skills: Making the Most of Your Communication with Others -November 6 & 7
·        Having Difficult Conversations - November 13 & 14
·        Putting Your Sustainability Plan into Practice - November 20 & 21
·        Social Media 101: The Basics - November 22 & 23 (
·        Enhancing Leadership Skills - November 27 & 28
·        Issues Management: Keeping Your Keister Out of the Coals! -November 29 & 30
·        Communication Planning in Six Simple Steps - December 13 & 14

Register Online Today!

Canadian Dinner at the Phoenix ICMA Conference
If you are attending the upcoming ICMA Conference being held in Phoenix, Arizona from October 6-10, 2012, the Canadian Dinner will be held on Monday, October 8th, 2012 at My Big Fat Greek Restaurant located at 455 N. 3rd Street, Ste. 108 (directly across the street from the Sheraton Phoenix Hotel).  Please RSVP to Ms. Jennifer Goodine at if you haven't already done so!  We look forward to seeing you there!

Building for Prosperity - Canada's Long Term Infrastructure Plan
The Government of Canada announced that it would develop a new long-term plan for public infrastructure, which would extend beyond the expiry of the Building Canada plan in 2014. To meet this commitment, an engagement process was launched that included building the knowledge needed to address Canada's future infrastructure needs. To support the building of knowledge a Steering Committee was established that was composed of six members:
  • The Government of Canada – Infrastructure Canada (co-chair)
  • The Government of Alberta – Treasury Board (co-chair)
  • The Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (member)
  • The Canadian Construction Association (member)
  • Engineers Canada (member)
  • The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (member)
This Committee was formed with the goal of identifying knowledge gaps, policy priorities, and building knowledge in order to inform the development of a new long-term infrastructure plan. In support of this goal, over the course of six months, the Steering Committee heard from academics, government officials, practitioners, the private sector and think tanks on six themes:
  • Infrastructure and the Economy
  • Infrastructure and the Environment
  • Infrastructure and Stronger Communities
  • Financing Infrastructure
  • Planning and Sustainability
  • The North
Within these themes, the Committee explored topics that included water and wastewater infrastructure, climate change and adaptation, economic benefits of community infrastructure, infrastructure and urban and rural communities, public-private partnerships, alternative methods of financing, and sustainable asset planning. The final Steering Committee Summary Report can be found on the Infrastructure Canada website: (English) or (French).

CAMA was pleased to be represented by Mr. Bill Holtby on this Committee, and was also asked to provide feedback on Phase Three of the Long Term Infrastructure Plan in which our Position Paper will be released next week.

JLT Introduces Partnership with Aviva Community Fund.
Gold Partner, JLT, is proud to let CAMA members know about a new partnership with the Aviva Community Fund.  This is Canada's longest running online community competition. With over $2.5 million dollars given away to date, the Aviva Community Fund is making a difference in communities across the country. Submit your idea for positive change and have a chance at sharing in this year's $1million Aviva Community Fund starting September 24, 2012.  For more information on this worthwhile program please check out their website at

2013 CAMA Conference, Victoria, B.C. - Accommodations Information
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:

The Canadian Water Network
The Canadian Water Network (CWN) is driving innovative municipal water research projects within the network’s Canadian Municipal Water Consortium.  CWN-funded researcher Michèle Prévost has recently completed a project which provided municipal partners with crucial information and guidance on their decision-making in regards to the feasibility and liability associated with full-or partial-removal of lead pipe lines. CWN’s approach ensures that municipal partners are involved in the research process from day one, and that the research is relevant to municipal water managers.  For information on their conference in Banff in September on Assessing Pathogen Fate, Transport and Risk in Natural and Engineered Water Treatment – click on

Fifth Annual Day of Hope and Leadership - Oct 2, 2012
Join business and community leaders on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 for the Fifth Annual Day of Hope and Leadership in Durham Region, ON.  The Day of Hope and Leadership was created to help equip, develop and motivate leaders to meet the challenges that many sectors face today. Through this interactive day, attendees have the opportunity to be inspired by world class speakers and receive practical tools and ideas that can be easily adapted to each attendee’s environment. Each attendee will be challenged to work within a team from different sectors helping to create and share new and innovative ideas and contacts from across Canada. This year’s theme is the debated topic of authenticity.  But what is authenticity?  How can it impact your professional life?  How important is authenticity? Does it have a role in our business, families and relationships?  Is authenticity idealistic or realistic?  Day of Hope and Leadership will be uncovering the answers to these questions and many more. Expect lots of thought-provoking discussion throughout the day!  Additional information available at

Welcome New Members

Welcome to the following new members:

Fred Wade, President/Owner, Fireworks FX, Grand Pre, NS
Robyn Ellis, Supervisor, Community Facility Maintenance, City of Hamilton, ON
Tim Fox, County Manager, County of Stettler No. 6, Stettler, AB


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