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2013 CAMA E-Brief Partner: September 17, 2013            

CAMA Partners with LGMA BC To Offer Webinar Series: 2013 Fall Sessions


CAMA is pleased to continue our partnership with LGMA BC (Local Government Management Association of British Columbia) to deliver webinar-based professional development opportunities for local government managers across Canada.  This webinar series will be delivered by Tracey Lorenson, Paragon Strategic Services & Jan Enns Communications.  Web based E-Learning courses provide 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 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and are two hours in length:

  • 10:00 am - 12:00 Noon Pacific Time
  • 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Mountain Time
  • 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Central Time
  • 1:00 pm -  3:00 pm Eastern Time
  • 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm  Atlantic Time
  • 2:30 pm -  4:30 pm Newfoundland

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.  If an attendee misses a session, the recording will be available for viewing for seven days after the course has been offered. Registration is $150 per person plus taxes and includes a two-hour facilitated online course and discussion as well as practical assessments and resources to apply the learning immediately.  

Register Online Today!

Tuesday October 15 Planning for Successful Citizen Engagement in 10 “Easy” Steps
Tuesday October 29 Managing Performance & Coaching Skills
Tuesday November 5 Strategic Planning for Councils & Staff
Wednesday November 6 Media Relations: Tools, Tips & Techniques to Improve your Media Coverage
Tuesday November 12 Strengthening Council Staff Relations
Wednesday November 13 Social Media 101: The Basics
Tuesday November 19 Social Media 201: From Informing to Engaging
Tuesday November 26 Essential Supervisory Skills: New & Experienced Supervisors
Wednesday November 27 Customer Service in the Public Sector
Tuesday December 3 Communication Planning for Successful Projects

Please pass this opportunity along to your staff members as all are welcome to attend!

Canadian Dinner at the Boston ICMA Conference
Just a quick reminder that if you are attending the upcoming ICMA Conference being held in Boston from September 22-25, 2013, the Canadian Dinner will be held on Monday, September 23rd, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse.  The restaurant is located at 200 Dartmouth Street (approximately two blocks from the Sheraton Boston Hotel).  Pleaser rSVP to Ms. Jennifer Goodine at if you haven't already done so!  We look forward to seeing you next week!

2014 CAMA Conference and Annual General Meeting - Hotel Accommodations
The 43rd Annual CAMA Conference will be held in Niagara Falls, Ontario at The Sheraton On The Falls Hotel and Conference Centre from Monday, May 26, 2014 to Wednesday, May 28, 2014.

The Full Conference Program and on-line registration will be available at the end of February 2014. You can also keep up-to-date with Conference news by following us on Twitter, @camalink, and by using the hashtag #CAMA2014.
CAMA has secured a block of rooms at The Sheraton On The Falls located at 5875 Falls Avenue.  The following special Conference rates will be offered:

Type of Room                              Single and Double Rate
Cityview                                                       $179.00
Fallsview                                                     $209.00

 **Please note that the above rates are subject to a Promotion Fee of 3.8% and 13% HST.  These rates are for single or double occupancy.  Triple and quadruple accommodation is available at an additional cost of $20.00 per person, per day to a maximum of four adults per guestroom.

A Resort Fee of $9.95 (exclusive of taxes) is also charged per person/per night upon checkout which includes the following:

  • Free internet access in guestrooms 
  • Free unlimited long distance calls in the USA and Canada
  • Free unlimited local calls
  • 2 complimentary bottles of water daily
  • Complimentary in room Starbucks coffee and Tazo teas
  • Complimentary daily Globe and Mail newspaper
  • Free access to Sheraton Fitness Centre by Core Performance
  • Free boarding pass printing
  • 2 WEGO Tickets
To make a room reservation, please contact the Hotel at 905-374-4445 or through the toll free number at 1-800-519-9911. To ensure the special rate quoted above, please identify yourself as attending the CAMA Conference.  The room block will be open until April 23, 2014.  Reservations can also be made by using the following link:

AUMA Members: Stormwater Management Survey

The Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) is asking members to complete an online survey on stormwater management by September 30, 2013. The survey is an important first step in identifying barriers and innovative approaches and solutions to managing storm water.

Information collected in the survey will assist AUMA in developing policies surrounding stormwater management and infrastructure in 2014.

Changing development and growth patterns are altering the landscape and flow of storm water in our communities.  Increased runoff rates, greater volumes, and higher concentrations of pollutants in stormwater may adversely impact Alberta municipalities and the environment by:
•Increasing the risk of flooding.
•Damaging property and infrastructure.
•Decreasing surface and groundwater quality.
•Compromising the health of aquatic habitats.
•Altering sedimentation, erosion, and flow rates in water bodies.

To let AUMA know how you’re managing your stormwater and what challenges are most important in your community take the online survey at:

Should you have any questions regarding this survey, please contact Laura De Carolis at 780 989 7429.

Successful Managers' Tip: The Leadership Contract
Best selling author, thought leader, and keynote speaker Dr. Vince Molinaro explains why leadership, and specifically leadership culture, is the only real differentiator between the organizations that thrive and those that fall behind.

With keynotes designed for top-level executives, mid-level managers, front-line leaders, and emerging leaders, he identifies the gap in leadership accountability and explains the mindset required for great leadership.  His NY Times Best Selling book, The Leadership Contract, lays out the four terms and conditions of the leadership contract and enlists readers in making a conscious decision to lead:

1.Leadership is a decision. Make it.
2.Leadership is an obligation. Step up.
3.Leadership is hard work. Get tough.
4.Leadership is a community. Connect.
Watch a short video clip from Dr. Molinaro at:

Members on the Move
  • Congratulations to Jake Rudolph, Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Pitt Meadows on his recent appointment as Deputy City Manager for the City of Abbotsford, BC.  Jake starts his new position on October 10th, 2013.

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