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2013 CAMA E-Brief Partner: March 26, 2013            

Early Bird Conference Registration Ends April 1st, 2013
Register now 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:

Monday, May 27, 2013 Pre-Conference Day
7:00 a.m. –2:30 p.m. Golf Tournament
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.                        Golfers Breakfast
8:30 a.m.                                              Shotgun Start at The Bear Mountain Golf Resort
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.                    Pre-Conference Activity:  Great Pacific Adventures Whale Watching
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.                      Pre-Conference Activity:  Cycling and Kayaking Excursions
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.                    Trade Show Exhibitor Set Up
12:00 Noon – 8:00 p.m.                  Conference Registration
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                      Interprovincial Association Meeting
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.                      First Time Delegates Reception
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.                      Women’s Social
6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.                    Opening Reception at Tradeshow
10:00 p.m. – Midnight                    Hospitality Suite at Vista 18
Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 Conference Day One
6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.                     Morning Run
7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.                     Conference Registration
7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.                     Breakfast 
8:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.                     Annual General Meeting
9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.                     Opening Ceremonies
9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.                   Opening Keynote:  “Five Smooth Stones of Leadership”  Peter Legge, Recipient of the Order  of British Columbia, Award Winning Motivation and Business Speaker
10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.                Tradeshow Refreshment Break
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon              CAO Panel Session:  Its Lonely At The Top (Patrick Moyle, Kelly Daniels and Carla Ladd)
12:00 Noon to 1:00 p.m.                                Long Service Awards Luncheon
1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.                    Dessert and Coffee at Tradeshow
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.                    Workshop:   “Why People Don’t Do What We Want” (Robert Cooke, Executive Team Coach)
2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.                    Tradeshow Refreshment Break
3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.                    Panel Session:  Rising To The Top – How Talented Women CAO’s Are Taking On The Challenge (Dawn Chaplin, Gail Stephens, and Janice Baker)
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.                    Young Professionals Reception
6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.                  Casual Night Out:  Reception at the Royal BC Museum followed by a Taste of Victoria
10:00 p.m. to Midnight                  Hospitality Suite at Bard and Banker Scottish Pub
Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 Conference Day Two
6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.                     Morning Run
7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.                     Conference Registration
7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.                     Breakfast
8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.                     Panel Session:  “Successful Communities:  The Importance of Positive Council-Staff Relationships” (Mayor Brad Woodside and Mayor Frank Leonard)
9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.                   Plenary Session:  Elephant Hunting – Tracking and Training the Elephant in Your Room (Tracey Lorenson, Paragon Strategic Services Ltd.)
10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.                Tradeshow Refreshment Break
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.                Closing Keynote:  The Ultimate Ending with Paul Huschilt
12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.                  CAMA Awards of Excellence Luncheon
1:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.                    Closing Ceremonies and Tradeshow Draws
2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.                    Study Tours:  Dockside Green,  Hartland Landfill and Learning Centre, or City Centre Park and Westhills Development OR a Live Action Executive Coaching Workshop
5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.                    CAMA Board Meeting (2013-2014 Board)
6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.                    President’s Dinner Reception
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m                   President’s Dinner with Entertainment by Tracey Bell
10:00 p.m. to Midnight                  Hospitality Suite at The Sticky Wickett

Member Recommendations: CAMA Conference Tradeshow
We are looking for assistance in reaching local organizations that will be a good fit at our Conference.  Our goal is to keep the Tradeshow dynamic by introducing innovative products and services based on member recommendations.   Please let us know if there is a specific company in your area that you know will benefit by being at our Tradeshow as we still have a few exhibitor booths available for this year.  Please contact our Manager of Business Partnerships, Ms. Rose Fernandes at if you have any suggestions.

Successful Manager Tip: Change Strategy
Back by popular demand, Ken Blanchard talks about the reality of change in an organization, and why information-sharing, personal concerns, and implementation are the top issues people have when change comes up in their company.

ATTENTION: Alberta Members: Funding Available to Help Teens Get Active
The ParticipACTION Teen Challenge program was created to help youth challenge themselves and their friends to get moving.  Coordinated in Alberta by the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association, grants are available for events/challenges/activities that get teens between the ages of 13-19 physically active.  Community organizations, schools, charities, and not-for-profit organizations may apply for grants several times within a year, subject to available funding.  Please visit the Teen Challenge website to apply for a grant at  Grant applications are due by the 15th of each month.  Please contact Allie Pratley at 780.638.2915 should you have any questions.


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.

Bob Linner, Retired and Honourary Life Member, Saskatchewan

Bob Linner retired in May of 2006 after 39 years of municipal public service, the last 30 as a City Manager in Prince Albert (11 years) and Regina where he served as City Manager for 19 successive years.  A career commitment to governance integrity, municipal public service, continuous improvement and adherence to the values of quality service, responsiveness and caring in the leadership of a multi-disciplined service organization.  Bob is a frequently recognized speaker on urban issues, organizational behavior and ethics in government and was awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for distinctive leadership and contribution to public administration in 2003.
Throughout Bob's 39 year career he was a strong supporter and participant in professional organizations to advance collegial relationships and support through a peer network.   He was also the President of CAMA in 1990 and a member of the Board for six years.   He is a strong advocate of the professional and independent City Manager leading a team of professional administrators to serve the community.   His experience includes service on the whole range of community and professional Boards including Trustee responsibility on pension Boards.
Congratulations Bob Linner on receiving the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal!

Duncan Campbell, Directeur Général, Ville de Westmount, QC
Duncan Campbell with Westmount Mayor, Peter Trent
After 14 years working for the CNR in a number of operational and administrative positions across the country, Duncan Campbell joined the Town of Mount Royal, QC  in 1988 becoming its Director General in early 1989.  He held this position until his appointment as Associate Director General of the new City of Montreal following the municipal mergers in 2001. While with the City of Montreal, he managed a number of significant portfolios including the implementation of SIMON, the City's first integrated management system. In 2008, he accepted the position of Director General of the City of Westmount QC, a position he holds to this day. 

Mr. Campbell has been active in municipal management organizations such as the ADGMQ, CAMA (where he served as its President in 1996) and ICMA where in 2009 he acted as Chair of the Host Committee of its annual conference in Montreal.  He has made presentations at many seminars and conferences and has served as a LGL coach.

Mr. Campbell is a professional engineer and holds an MBA from the Ivey School of Business.  A former director of a number of charitable, educational and sports organizations, he currently serves as the president of the Weredale Foundation which runs a summer camp for disadvantaged youth from Montreal's  English community.  A Level III ski instructor at Tremblant and a so-so golfer keeps him active when he is not tending to municipal matters. Mr. Campbell's family has lived in Westmount for many generations and his great-grandfather, George Hogg, served as Mayor from 1926 to 1930.

Congratulations Duncan on receiving this prestigious award!

Robert Cotterill, City Manager, City of Prince Albert, SK
Robert Cotteril and City of Prince Albert Mayor Greg Dionne

Congratulations to Robert Cotterill, who received his Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal on January 22, 2013. The award was presented by City of Prince Albert Mayor Greg Dionne before staff, family and friends during an Employee Long Service Awards gala evening. 

“To say it was an emotional day for me and my family is an understatement. Each time I think about the award I am reminded of how the last thirty years have been worth it. We know going into such a career that our job is to serve. I learned early in my profession of the importance to always keep the citizens we serve in the forefront of decision-making. To be recognized for the work I have done is an honour, one that complements the appreciation of thanks I get on the street or at church.”

Robert joined the City of Prince Albert in the position of City Manager in 2008. Prior to accepting this position in Saskatchewan, he oversaw municipal operations as the Chief Administrative Officer (City Manager) for the City of Port Colborne in Ontario.  During his 11 year tenure, Robert also served as the General Manager for the city’s first Economic Tourism and Development Corporation and the Director of Operational, Planning and Development Services.

Early in his profession, Robert was posted in the mining town of Faro, Yukon as a consultant with Associated Engineering, Northern Engineering Division. In 1981, he assumed his first municipal position as Engineer for the town. With closure of the mine, Robert moved to Thompson, Manitoba (1984-1997) to the position of City Engineer.  With more than 30 years of senior municipal government service, Robert has worked with eight mayors and has extensive experience in the areas of engineering, public works, planning, bylaw enforcement and economic development.

Robert holds a degree from the University of Waterloo in Applied Science in Civil Engineering, specializing in northern conditions and a Municipal Administrators Certificate from the University of Manitoba.  Robert is married to Veronica and has two children, Nicole and Kenneth.

Men of Influence Distinction Award: Jim Toye
We are pleased to advise that CAMA's Past President, Mr. Jim Toye (City Manager for the City of North Battleford, SK) has been awarded with the Men of Influence Distinction Award and has been featured in the Sask Business magazine.  Congratulations Jim on this very well deserved recognition!


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