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2013 CAMA E-Brief Partner: November 14, 2013            

Ravenhill Group Presents: War for Talent
From coast to coast there is a War for Talent being waged in Canada’s municipalities … the stakes are high and the danger is real. The battle lines for this War for Talent were drawn over 65 years ago.

Those distant guns you hear, once only a muffled sound, are growing louder and moving closer every day as Chief Administrative Officers, Town Managers and Municipal Administrators of every stripe leave the ranks of active duty…casualties of retirement and new opportunity… read more at:

CSVA Annual Conference: November 25-26, 2013
CAMA is pleased to promote Bronze Partner, CSVA's Annual Conference on Monday, November 25, 2013 and Tuesday, November 26, 2013.  An event not to be missed!  Do More With Less!  How do you satisfy ever demanding needs of a growing population with a tight budget?  Every municipality and any government agency face this challenge.

Value analysis is without a doubt one of the most effective methodologies to facilitate decision making and optimize the value of your projects, programs and other investments, in order to satisfy a maximum of needs at the best cost.  CSVA invites CAMA members to attend this international conference and discover the success stories of those who apply it in their organizations.

The complete program and the registration form are available at
Some of the topics presented by an array of international speakers are as follows:
  • Introduction to value analysis
  • A more efficient workshop
  • An interactive session on Value(s) and Management
  • Recent American laws concerning value management
  • The Conseil du Trésor of Québec will explain what they expect from VA in projects they fund
  • Many speakers will present industrial and governmental projects that have been optimized through value analysis.
 BONUSCAMA Members will be allowed to register at the CSVA member rate.

ICMA Opportunities: Deadline is November 15, 2013

CAMA has been contacted by ICMA with respect to some current opportunities in their organization.  Please note that you must be an ICMA member to be considered for these positions.    If you are not an ICMA member you may want to consider becoming one.  Through our affiliation agreement, CAMA members can join ICMA at a substantially reduced rate of $135 (US dollars) per person, an average savings of $800.  Please visit the following link to sign up:
International Vice-President to the ICMA Executive Board
The ICMA Executive Board is seeking the participation of CAMA in identifying candidates for the 2014 nominee for ICMA International Vice-President.   This is the seat that David Johnstone currently occupies and whose term ends in September of 2014. 
Constitutional amendments approved in 2011 to add a Third International Vice-President to the Board also created regional nominating committees to replace the single ICMA Nominating Committee that had selected nominees in the past.  This gives those associations with an ICMA affiliation agreement, such as CAMA, direct involvement and responsibility for the identification and nomination of ICMA Vice-Presidents.  Each U.S region has defined a rotation amongst the states.  A similar concept has been adopted for affiliated countries in the international region with a dedicated seat for Canada, which currently has more than half of international members. There is a northern hemisphere/southern hemisphere rotation for the other two seats.   For 2014, it will be Canada’s turn.
The CAMA Board of Directors has adopted the following criteria as they believe that it is important for the nominee to have significant experience as a Chief Administrative Officer, knowledge of ICMA, and significant knowledge of CAMA and CAMA’s issues which a present or former CAMA Board member would have: 
  • Must be a Chief Administrative Officer for at least ten years (other combinations of positions and experience will be considered).
  • Must be a CAMA member for at least five years and a current member or a past member of the Board of Directors.
  • Must be available for all required meetings.
  • Must have knowledge of and be a member of ICMA for at least five years.
  • Must provide the CAMA Board with a report at least twice a year. 
Please also note that ICMA has advised that candidates must currently be working directly for a local government, be a Full ICMA member, and have not served on the ICMA Board previously.
If you are eligible and interested in this position, please forward a covering letter outlining your commitment to meeting the expectations of service and your involvement with ICMA and CAMA, and your curriculum vitae, to Ms. Jennifer Goodine, CAMA National Office, via e-mail at by November 15th, 2013.  ICMA has asked CAMA to submit two candidates for their consideration.   The ICMA International Nominating Committee will then conduct an interview process and select the nominee by April 2014 for inclusion on the May/June election ballot. The new Vice-President will take office at the September 14-17, 2014 Annual Conference in Charlotte and serve for a three year term.
If you require additional information or have specific questions please don’t hesitate to contact Ms. Betsy Sherman, Director, ICMA Member Services at 202-962-3612 or

Please contact Ms. Jennifer Goodine ( for more information on expectations of service for this position, time and travel commitments, financial commitments, and other responsibilities. 

Awards Evaluation Panel
ICMA has a position on their Awards Evaluation Panel for an international member.  The information on this Awards Program can be found on the following link:  Here is an executive summary of the responsibilities of this representative:
  • Appointments are typically for three years.  The individual that is stepping down has already served for two years, so this term is for only one year with the term beginning at their Annual Conference (which just ended in September 2013).
  • The time commitment in regards to meetings is minimal, however there is a fairly significant time commitment from March-May when the Panel reviews the award nominations that are received and then votes on them.  It can take up to twenty hours of time over the course of the two months to read through the nominations and evaluate them.
  • There are also one to two Conference Calls during this time period.
  • The Awards Evaluation Committee does meet at the Annual ICMA Conference, however arrangements are made for any members that don’t attend to call in to the meeting.
Felicia Littky is the Program Manager of Membership and Professional Development and can be contacted at 202-962-3656 or via e-mail at with any questions.

If you are interested in this position, please forward your covering letter and curriculum vitae to Ms. Jennifer Goodine, CAMA National Office, via e-mail at by November 15th, 2013.

Jean Savard
CAMA President

CAMA/LGMA BC Webinar Series: November 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.    The following webinars are offered during the month of November:  

November 19:  Social Media 201: From Informing to Engaging
Presenter: Jan Enns, Jan Enns Communications
Take your social media to the next level. In this interactive webinar, learn how to increase online participation and move from simply “telling and selling” to building stronger relationships and networks with your fans and followers. Drawing on examples from both private and public sector, this webinar provides a more in-depth look at how you can use popular forms of social media to build, engage and measure your online audience – plus steps to help you navigate those “nasty” online comments. Participants should be familiar with the basics of social media and/or have taken the previous webinar Social Media 101: The Basics.
Register online at:

November 26:  Essential Supervisory Skills: New & Experienced Supervisors
Presenter: Tracey 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 are 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:

November 27:  Customer Service in the Public Sector
Presenter: Tracey Lorenson, Paragon Strategic Services Ltd.
The unique challenges of service delivery in the local government sector will be discussed, including the difficulty of dealing with such a diverse client base. We will explore whether private sector “customer service” approaches are relevant in the public sector, and why good service is critical to both staff and Council success.

BONUS:  Participants will complete an online assessment of their personal skills and abilities in delivering customer service.
Register online at:

The webinars are scheduled to run on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and are two hours in length.  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. 

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

Members on the Move

Congratulations to
  • Jim Toye (CAO for the City of North Battleford, SK) who has been appointed as the City Manager for the City of Prince Albert, SK.  Jim will begin his new position on January 2, 2014.
  • Jack Kehler, who will be retiring in January 2014 after more than 37 years with the City of Steinbach, MB.

Welcome New Members

Welcome to the following new members:

Dermot Chafe, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Gander, NL
Curry Clifford, Corporate Initiatives Officer, Municipality of Clarington, ON 

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