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2013 CAMA E-Brief Partner: January 10, 2013            

CAMA Members Nominated for Diamond Jubilee Medals
President Shaw and the CAMA Board of Directors were pleased to submit nominations for a number of CAMA members for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal.  The CAMA National Office has not yet been advised of the result of our submissions, however it is understood that a number of these medals have already been distributed to some of those that were nominated.  Once confirmation is received from the Governor General's Office on the successful recipients they will be notified by the CAMA National Office.

Position Paper: Changes to the CAMA Election Process
The CAMA Board has prepared a Position Paper due to the fact that they are considering some important changes to the election process and selection process of the Board of Directors.  These proposed changes, if adopted, would provide an opportunity for all members to vote for board directors and allow for greater certainty in board continuity (only those members who attend the annual meeting can vote now).  We are also asking for your feedback concerning whether regional board representatives should be elected by the whole membership or just the members in that region. 

This Position Paper presents these proposals and discusses some of the salient arguments and the rationale for these changes.  We hope to generate some discussion amongst our members which will serve to guide the Board in its final recommendations that will be presented at the upcoming Annual General Meeting being held in Victoria on May 28th, 2013. 

We very much look forward to your feedback on these issues and, in particular, on whom should be allowed to vote for regional positions—all members or just those members from that region.

The document can be downloaded from the CAMA website: 

Please direct your comments to the CAMA National Office no later than January 28th, 2013.


Le conseil d’administration de l’ACAM envisage d’apporter d’importants changements au processus d’élection et de sélection du conseil d’administration. Ces changements, s’ils sont adoptés, permettraient à tous les membres de voter pour des administrateurs et favoriseraient une continuité au conseil (à l’heure actuelle, seuls les membres assistant à l’assemblée générale annuelle peuvent voter). De plus, nous cherchons à recueillir vos commentaires sur la question de savoir si les représentants régionaux au conseil devraient être élus par tous les membres ou seulement par ceux de la région concernée.

Ce document présente les changements proposés et traite de certains des principaux arguments avancés ainsi que du bien-fondé de tels changements. Nous espérons susciter entre nos membres un dialogue qui servira à guider le conseil dans ses recommandations finales qui seront présentées lors de l’assemblée générale annuelle qui aura lieu à Victoria le 28 mai 2013.

Nous attendons avec impatience vos commentaires sur ces questions, et tout particulièrement, sur la question de savoir qui devrait être en droit de voter pour des postes régionaux – tous les membres ou seulement ceux provenant de la région concernée.

Pour plus d'informations voir le document à

Veuillez nous faire parvenir vos commentaires à au plus tard le 28 janvier 2013.

Nominations Being Accepted for 2013 CAMA Awards Program
The 2013 CAMA Awards of Excellence Program was launched on January 4, 2013 by President Ron Shaw and Board Member and Awards Chairman Keith Arns.   Experience has demonstrated that CAMA members have every right to be proud when it comes to excellence in municipal management. Year-after-year there are countless examples of outstanding projects and programs designed, developed and implemented in Canadian municipalities to improve the quality of life for citizens.

It’s time once again to start thinking about sharing your achievements and successes with your municipal colleagues, to recognize the work of your employees, and to receive the recognition of your profession.  It’s time to prepare a nomination for the 2013 CAMA Awards Program. Nomination packages were mailed out this week and the deadline for applications is March 1, 2013.  Please note that this year’s submissions will once again only be accepted in electronic format by the CAMA National Office. Award winners will be asked to submit a high resolution logo and fifteen to twenty photos of the project to be included in a video.  Winners will also be recognized in CAMA’s e-Brief, press releases will be prepared and circulated to the local media, and the CAMA Board member closest to the successful community will also arrange to attend a Council meeting to make the award presentation to your Mayor and Council. The awards will be presented at the CAMA Annual Conference being held in Victoria, BC on May 29th, 2013.

Each year, the CAMA awards program recognizes program excellence in three areas: Education, Environment and the Willis Award for Innovation. Because Canada has a unique mixture of small and large communities, awards are granted according to population.  This year we are pleased to offer three population categories:  for municipalities with a population under 20,000, for municipalities with a population between 20,001 and 100,000, and for those over 100,000.  Three awards are granted in each of the above-noted categories for a total of nine awards. 

The Education Award fosters the development of educational materials and related tools or information for Canadian  municipal administrators on subjects of specific interest to CAMA members. The Environment Award recognizes the commitment of a municipality to environmentally sustainable governance, to protecting the environment and to combating climate change.  The Willis Award for Innovation, awarded in recognition of Jack Willis for his contribution to CAMA, is presented for programs, projects or services that demonstrate exceptional innovation or meritorious initiative.

To learn more, or to obtain the nomination forms online, visit or call the CAMA National Office at 1-866-771-2262.

Honourary Membership for Life Award Program Now Accepting Nominations
CAMA is now accepting nominations for the Honourary Membership for Life Award. The award
recognizes municipal professionals based on length of service to local government, membership in CAMA for at least ten years, making a significant contribution to CAMA and to their community, as well as outstanding contribution to local government administration and the professional community at the local, regional, provincial or national level.

Past recipients include John Robison, Cy Armstrong, the late Robert Byron, Wes Lancaster, Murray MacLean, Paul Stapleton, Richard White, Bob Linner, Gerard Lewis and Doug Lagore. The deadline to nominate one of your municipal colleagues for this unique honour is March 1st, 2013. There is no fee to nominate someone. For more on the Honourary Membership for Life Award, visit

Membership Renewals for 2013-2014 Year
The CAMA membership renewal invoices for the April 1st, 2013 to March 31st, 2014 year were mailed out last week and are due by March 31st, 2013.   You can renew your membership online by Visa or Mastercard using your CAMA ID number (noted on your invoice) at or by sending a cheque to the CAMA National Office.  We look forward to your continued membership with CAMA!

Please note that you will require your membership e-mail address to register on-line for the 2013 Conference.

2013 CAMA Conference Program & On-Line Registration Available at the End of February 2013!
The 2013 Annual CAMA Conference will be held in Victoria, British Columbia from May 27-29, 2013 at the Fairmont Empress and the Victoria Conference Centre.  The  program and on-line registration for this event will be made available at the end of February 2013. CAMA members will be able to register online for the Conference once again this year - watch for details in the future.  If you have not already made your accommodations, please visit the website at :

Members on the Move
Congratulations to the following CAMA members on their recent moves:
  • Ken Forrest started his new role as Director of Development Services with the City of Fredericton on January 3rd, 2013 (and was formerly the Commissioner of Planning with the City of Saint John, NB)
  • Frank Miele is enjoying his new position as Chief Administrative Officer/Town Manager for the Town of Erin, ON (and was formerly the Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Gravenhurst, ON)
  • Frank Flanagan, Director of Development Services with the City of Frederiction will be retiring on February 1st, 2013.
  • Tom MacDonald will be retiring as the Executive Director with LGMA BC at the end of January 2013.

Welcome New Members

Welcome to the following new member:

Gordon Macfarlane, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Summerside, PEI


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