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2013 CAMA E-Brief Partner: March 5, 2013            

March 8 Deadline for ICMA Annual Awards Program Approaching Fast!
Don't miss out on this prestigious recognition for your work, that of a colleague or a program launched by your local government! Each year, ICMA recognizes outstanding contribution to the profession of local-government management through the Annual Awards Program. Recipients will be recognized in two umbrella categories -- for individual achievement through the Professional Awards and for jurisdictional achievement through the Program Excellence Awards -- during ICMA's 99th Annual Conference, scheduled Sept. 22 to 25 in Boston, and will be highlighted in a fall issue of ICMA's PM (Public Management) magazine. Visit the awards page of ICMA's website at  for complete information on the Annual Awards Program and the nomination process.

Conference Registration Open
Registration is now open for CAMA's 42nd Annual Conference being held in Victoria, British Columbia, from May 27-29, 2013 at the Fairmont Empress and the Victoria Conference Centre. The Conference theme is "Leadership Excellence”.
Please note that there is an early bird registration fee this year if you sign up by April 1st, 2013.
Delegate Type Early Bird Registration Fee
by April 1st, 2013 (12% HST)
Registration Fee after
April 1st, 2013. (5% GST)
*CAMA Member (Municipal) $575.00 + $69.00 HST = $644.00 $625.00 + $31.25 GST = $656.25
*Non-Member (Municipal) $675.00 + $81.00 HST = $756.00 $725.00 + $36.25 GST = $761.25
**Affiliate CAMA Member (Non-Municipal) $875.00 + $105.00 HST= $980.00 $925.00 + $46.25 GST = $971.25
**Non-Member (Non-Municipal) $975.00 + $117.00 HST = $1092.00 $1025.00 + $51.25 GST = $1076.25
Retired Member/Municipal Intern Fee $150.00 + $18.00 HST = $168.00 $175.00 + $8.75 GST = $183.75

Registration fees include all Conference sessions, a complimentary delegate gift, Tradeshow, Opening Reception, breakfasts, refreshment breaks, lunches, Casual Night Out at the Royal BC Museum and a “Taste of Victoria”, President’s Dinner and the Hospitality Suites. Additional tickets to the Casual Night Out ($115.00) and the President’s Dinner ($125.00) can be purchased for companions not participating in the full Companion Program. An additional fee of $25.00 (+ $3.00 HST) will be charged for the Study Tours.

The registration fee for Retired Members and Municipal Interns includes all Conference sessions, a complimentary delegate gift, Tradeshow, Opening Reception, breakfasts, refreshment breaks, Casual Night Out at the Royal BC Museum and a “Taste of Victoria”, and the Hospitality Suites. At an additional cost, tickets can be purchased to the lunches ($35.00), the Study Tours ($25.00), and the President’s Dinner ($125.00).

Links to Registration

Using the links below, members can register for the Conference, the Golf Tournament, the Companion's Program, and purchase additional event tickets. Have your credit card ready. For those wishing to pay by cheque, register online then forward payment to the CAMA National Office. Registering online is the only way to sign up for this year's Conference. CAMA members must register with their e-mail address.

To register as a Delegate:
To register as a Companion:
To register for the Golf Tournament:

Welcome Tradeshow Exhibitors:

Itron Canada Inc.
Itron is the leading provider of energy and water management solutions for nearly 8,000 utilities around the world. We offer innovative, end-to-end solutions that include electricity, gas, water and heat measurement and control technology; communication technologies; data collection and analysis software; and professional services.  With nearly 10,000 employees doing business in more than 130 countries, Itron empowers utilities to responsibly and efficiently manage energy and water resources. To realize a sustainable future, start here:

Alberta Municipal Services Corporation
Alberta Municipal Services Corporation (AMSC) has been successfully delivering innovative aggregated solutions to municipalities, municipally related not for profit organizations and their employees for more than 40 years.  Focusing on competitive pricing, a deep understanding of municipal business and a commitment to outstanding service delivery, AMSC core services include; Insurance and Risk Services, Investment Services, Employee Benefits and Human Resources, Retirement services and Energy services.  Visit: for more information.

eSCRIBE Solutions
eSCRIBE is Microsoft certified, Canadian independent software vendor (ISV) of Integrated Paperless Meeting Automation solutions built exclusively for Microsoft SharePoint and the Office suite. Available as either an onsite or hosted cloud based solution, eSCRIBE’ s robust user configurable meeting management engine and award winning SharePoint integration, is quickly becoming the go-to choice of public and private sector boards, committees and councils looking to improve efficiency, transparency and accessibility while at the same time reducing costs and impact on the environment.  More information at

MHPM Project Leaders
MHPM is Canada’s premier project management company, providing project management and strategic consulting services on thousands of facility projects since 1989. MHPM has extensive experience in capital projects at the municipal level, including the state-of-the-art Richmond Olympic Oval, home to the 2010 Olympic speed skating competitions, the Niagara Civic and Convention Centre and the Saskatoon Police Service Headquarters.  We promote positive participation and ensure that all stakeholders are informed and involved.  We strive to promote innovation to achieve sustainable and added-value solutions. MHPM brings experience from every type of project, ensuring risk is anticipated and managed.  MHPM Project Leaders represent the owner’s interest with one simple objective: delivering successful projects, which means on time, on budget and as planned.  Visit:

Schulich Executive Education Centre (SEEC)
About SEEC "If you need to use it now, learn it now."  Because market conditions continue to change rapidly, executives and entrepreneurs must be able to quickly develop and fine-tune personal business skills in order to address immediate situations.  Executive development at Schulich is all about this kind of "just-in-time" learning - learning which is focused, practical and immediately applicable to the task at hand.  Select from a wide variety of relevant business topics at Schulich Executive Education Center today, and use the new skills and techniques you learn at the office tomorrow. for more information.


A new commemorative medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country. At the same time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.  CAMA is pleased to recognize recipients from our member community. 

Over the next several months, we will be featuring our members that received this prestigious award.

Gord Howie, Chief Administrative Officer, District of Sooke, BC

Gord Howie has spent 37 years in senior leadership positions in local government.  His credits include CAO in Prince Rupert from 1980 to 1987, Deputy CAO in Richmond and CAO for the District of North Vancouver, and CAO for the City of Prince Rupert from 2005 to 2012.  He recently accepted a new position as CAO for the District of Sooke, BC . 

In 1998 Gord received the Municipal Officers’ Association of BC Professional Award for innovation, leadership and contributions to the advancement of local government and in 2000 he was the first recipient of the Local Government Management Association of BC Distinguished Member Award.  In 2002, Gord was a key member of the Local Government Leadership Institute/Canadian International Development agency contingent which assisted with training in the Philippines by showing over 600 local government people, through an intensive inter active programme, another way of making decisions in their country.

Gord is a founding board member and past Chair of the Municipal Insurance Association of BC.  He holds a Diploma in Public Sector Management from the University of Victoria and has a Senior Certificate in Local Government Management from the BC Board of Examiners.  Mr. Howie has contributed to his profession by serving as a mentor to the following:
  • Municipal Administration Training Institute Levels I and II
  • Local Government Leadership - The Banff Centre
  • Local Government Leadership – Royal Road
Gord has also served on a number of government-related organizations, these include:
  • Past Chair and Founding Director of the Municipal Insurance Association of BC
  • Past Board Member, Board of Examiners, Province of BC
  • Past President, Local Government Management Association of BC
  • Chair, Local Government Management Association of BC – Municipal Administration Training Institute II Committee – Leadership Experience
  • Chair, Mentor Access Program Committee, Local Government Management Association of BC
  • Currently – Chair, CityWest Board of Directors
  • Distinguished member of Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators
  • Life member of Local Government Management Association
Gord has a keen interest in outdoor pursuits, in particular fly-fishing, and is an ardent member of the Prince Rupert Rotary Community Choir.  Congratulations Gord on receiving this prestigious award!

David Johnstone, Directeur Général, Ville de Candiac, QC

Mayor Normand Dyotte with David Johnstone

Congratulations to David Johnstone!  After his studies in political science at Simon Fraser University in his native British Columbia, David moved to Québec in 1978 to pursue a master in public administration. Since then, and for over 31 years, he has held the position of city manager in several Québec municipalities amongst which Kirkland, Roxboro, Chandler, Hampstead and Côte Saint-Luc.

In 2006, David started his own consulting company and, through 2010, put his expertise to the service of various municipal administrations.  Johnstone and Associates set the goal of supporting management teams and elected officials in strategic planning, restructuring and recruiting of administrators.  David is presently City Manager at the City of Candiac.  He returned to this position in October 2010 after completing a first term from 1994 to 1998.

David is a member of CAMA, and Past President, as well as a board member of ADGMQ (Association des directeurs généraux des municipalités du Québec).  In June 2011, he was appointed International Vice-President to the Board of ICMA (International City/County Management Association).  David is married to Darlene and the proud father of Meaghan, Elizabeth and Devon. 

Dennis Perlin, Retired CAMA Member, ON


Dennis Perlin was appointed Chief Administrative Office for the Town of Halton Hills in October 2005, overseeing 300 full and part time employees and an annual budget of $30 Million dollars.  Prior to the Town of Halton Hills, Dennis served in different capacities including Chief Administrative Officer for the Region of Halton, Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Newmarket, City Manager for the City of Windsor, City Solicitor for the City of Toronto, Regional Solicitor for the Region of Halton, City Solicitor for the City of Sudbury, and Acting Executive Director of the Windsor Essex County Development Commission.  He also has been a member of the Ontario Municipal Board.

Due to the expanse of his experience, Dennis has been involved in almost all aspects of Municipal Administration including leadership development, relationship building, organizational development, project leadership, complex negotiations, and dispute resolution.  During his period with Halton Hills, he provided leadership in terms of addressing Council/Staff relations, Staff development, Strategic Planning, a growth plan exercise under the Places to Grow Act, the creation of an integrated community sustainability strategy, a comprehensive Organizational Review and a comprehensive Service Delivery Review.  Dennis was deeply involved in the creation of the Talent Management program, the Corporate Technology Strategic Plan and the development of a Communications proposal.  In addition, Dennis was involved in matters that required complex negotiations. Dennis also took a leadership position in Regional/Local level matters such as servicing, Regional/Local Roads Rationalization and other major policy initiatives.

Dennis was born in the Maritimes and received his schooling at Dalhousie University, The University of Western Ontario and Queens University.  Dennis is a past president of The Ontario Municipal Administrator’s Association and the Ontario Municipal Management Institute.  He was also a third vice-president of the International Municipal Lawyers Association.  In his capacity as Chief Administrative Officer for Halton Hills, he has served on the Board of Directors of the Halton Hills Community Energy Corporation and its subsidiaries including Halton Hills Hydro.

Dennis has formed a consulting business upon his retirement from the Town of Halton Hills and looks forward to providing “value added” service in all aspects of Municipal Management Consulting and  Municipal Law.

Dennis lives with his spouse and best friend Barbara in Georgetown, Halton Hills and they have two adult children, Daniel and Rebecca, and Son-in-Law Ryan, living in Toronto. Their lives are greatly enriched with their grandchildren Jake and Evan.  Congratulations to Dennis on receiving this prestigious honour!

Larry J., McCabe, Clerk/Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Goderich, ON
 Mayor Deb Shewfelt, Councillor David Yates and Larry McCabe
Larry McCabe is the Clerk-Administrator for the Town of Goderich, Ontario.  He has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University and holds the Accredited Municipal Clerk/Treasurer (AMCT) designation from the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario from Fanshawe College.  Larry is a life-long resident of the Town of Goderich and commenced employment with the Town in 1976 when he became the Deputy Clerk-Treasurer.  He became Clerk-Treasurer in 1978 and Clerk-Administrator in 1981. Larry has been the Secretary of the Goderich Public Utilities Commission (1997-2001) and currently serves as President/Secretary of West Coast Huron Energy Inc. (Goderich Hydro) (2001 to present), a Director of the AMO (Association of Municipalities of Ontario) Small Urban Caucus, and Committee Member/Administrative Officer with the Ontario Small Urban Municipalities Executive Committee.

Congratulations Larry on being presented the Diamond Jubilee Medal!

Welcome New Members

Welcome to the following new members:

Carol Mason, Commissioner/Chief Administrative Officer, Metro Vancouver, BC
Joe van Koeverden, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Dryden, ON
Christopher Baird, General Manager of Planning & Economic Development, Simcoe, ON
James Umpherson, Economic Development Manager, City of Merritt, BC
Art Zuidema, City Manager, Corporation of the City of London, ON
Darrell Melvie, Assistant General Manager - Community & Protective Services, City of Leduc, AB

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