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2012 CAMA E-Brief Partner: October 25, 2012            

Planning Committee ICMA Boston 2013
In preparation for the 2013 ICMA Conference in Boston, Duncan Campbell, Directeur Général, Ville de Westmount, and Canadian member on the 2013 Planning Committee, is requesting ideas from CAMA members on speakers, topics and subjects to present.  It is always a challenge to get international content and this will be a wonderful forum to include Canadian matters.  Please contact Duncan at (514) 989-5263 or for further information.

CAMA Social Media Tools
CAMALink connects CAMA members, partners, sponsors, and supporters through a multi-tool social media community, including:
·Twitter –Follow us @camalink
·Facebook – “Like” us by searching Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators
·Blog –  for all of the latest CAMA news, interesting articles and          reports, and a discussion forum

The intent of our social media community is to better connect our membership, and keep everyone ‘in the know’ about our events, important news, the Annual Conference, and the latest discussion topics in the municipal administration sector.  If you have questions about the tools, or have ideas or feedback to make the community better, please email
How to sign-up:
Follow us on Twitter
1.  Go to
2.  If you have not signed up for a Twitter account, you will have to do so before you gain access to  Twitter features.
3.  CAMA’s Twitter handle is @camalink.

“Like” us on Facebook
1.  Go to
2.  If you do not have a Facebook account, you might sign up for one prior to accessing CAMA’s Facebook Page
3.  The CAMA fanpage can be found at

LGMA-CAMA E-Learning Series - OCTOBER 2012
In partnership with Paragon Strategic Services and Jan Enns Communications,  the LGMA
and CAMA are pleased to offer the following courses in October that will help meet your training needs and increase capacity in your organization, all from the comfort of your own office. These programs are open to all public service employees.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 7 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.

October 30 & 31: Essential Supervisory Skills: New & Experienced Supervisors
Presenter: Tracey Lee Lorenson, Paragon Strategic Services Ltd.
Our front line supervisors provide our most critical interaction with employees and yet often they have not had training on the most effective way to deal with their teams and workload. In this interactive course we will explore the unique challenges of leading those that you may have had a peer relationship with, some of the labour issues that can arise (depending on whether supervisors are in or out of the bargaining unit), and coaching others in a respectful and supportive manner. In addition, we will discuss the most effective ways in which supervisors can get the support they might require from management in the organization, to ensure the organization operates efficiently and staff feel supported.

BONUS: Individuals will have the opportunity to complete an online assessment of their supervisory skills including: time management, listening skills, communication, planning and scheduling work, setting goals, assessing people and performance and coaching skills. This report provides specific developmental suggestions unique to the individual.

Register online at:

To see the upcoming webinars for November please visit

2012 CAMA Environment Award: Town of Quispamsis, NB (Population under 20,000)
From Left to Right:  Don MacLellan, CAMA Awards Chair and Representative for New Brunswick;  Michael Brennan, City Manager for Quispamsis; Mayor Murray Driscoll - Quispamsis; Councillor Olsen - Quispamsis; and Jim Toye, CAMA Past President


Quispamsis, New Brunswick is home to the qplex, one of Atlantic Canada’s first Gold LEED facilities.  The facility serves as an example of a progressive, environmentally-friendly sport and community facility.  The qplex was designed and constructed to meet the Gold standard under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, one of the highest certifications from the Canada Green Building Council.

The Town’s goal was to create a facility that would become a showcase for the sustainable use of energy resources.  The facility boasts a geothermal heat recovery system; an electric Zamboni that produces zero emissions; motion-sensored lighting throughout the facility; and, three water collection systems, including one that captures rain water used in toilets, ice making and swimming pool top-up.

There were extra costs associated with the capital costs of building in order to meet LEED Gold Building certification.  However, Town Council was willing to meet these costs, with the promise of operational savings being accrued over the long run.  The 75,000 sq. ft. qplex is a multi-purpose recreation and conference centre.  It features an NHL size ice arena, 4,000 square foot conference centre, indoor walking track, and a YMCA/YWCA Childcare Centre.  Outside there's a junior Olympic swimming pool, full access playground and dog park.  The facility opened in March 2011.

The community has also been involved in other environmental initiatives, including COMEX, the region’s Park n’ Ride program, the restoration of the former Matthews Cove sewage lagoon into a viable wetland, and the diversion of Saunders Brook back into Matthews Cove.

Congratulations to the Town of Quispamsis on this outstanding achievement!

Welcome New Members

Welcome to the following new members:

Michael Baldwin, Manager of Corporate Affairs and Government Relations, City of Fredericton, NB
Paul Murray, Chief Administrative Officer, Corporation of the District of Saanich, BC
Catherine Gryba, Manager of Strategic and Business Planning, City of Saskatoon, SK


Retired CAO Corner

CAMA is pleased to offer retired CAMA members the opportunity to advertise their business/consulting services in the Member’s Section of the CAMA website.  The CAMA website experiences approximately 27,000 hits per month with 500 being in the Member’s Section which is password protected, and only available to our membership of Chief Administrative Officers and senior managers across the country.  For information on specifications, costs and the policy on website advertising please contact Jennifer Goodine at

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