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2014 CAMA E-Brief Partner: February 13, 2014            

Reminder: Deadline Approaching for the 2014 CAMA Awards of Excellence and Honourary Membership for Life Nominations
This is just a reminder that the deadline for applications for the 2014 CAMA Awards of Excellence Program is Friday, February 28th, 2014.

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 Niagara Falls, ON on May 28th, 2014.

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

CAMA is also 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, Doug Lagore and Cecil Vincent. The deadline to nominate one of your municipal colleagues for this unique honour is also February 28th, 2014.  There is no fee to nominate someone.  For more on the Honourary Membership for Life Award, visit



Confident Leadership, Outside the Comfort Zone - Video
By definition, change requires individuals to take on a host of new roles and responsibilities.  For even the most seasoned leaders, guiding an organization through uncharted waters can be an immensely challenging—and frightening—task.  John Kotter discusses with international colleague Russell Raath, what he thought was the most daunting challenge for leaders looking to implement innovative strategies and take their organization in a new direction.  Take a look at the clip below to see what they had to say. 

First Nations – Municipal Community Economic Development Initiative

In October 2013, FCM officially launched a new domestic program called First Nations – Municipal Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI). The program aims to improve the economic prosperity of participating municipalities and adjacent First Nations through joint community economic development planning.

The program is currently looking for “volunteer peer mentors” – professionals and elected officials with experience in community economic development, working with First Nations communities or municipalities. Do you know such leaders within your networks who could be interested to contribute to this initiative or would you be interested yourself?

To learn about CEDI, please visit

For information about becoming a volunteer peer mentor, please see

If you require further information, please contact Helen Patterson, FCM’s Program Manager (First Nations – Municipal CEDI) at 613-907-6320 or



En octobre 2013, la Fédération canadienne des municipalités (FCM) a lancé un programme intitulé Initiative de développement économique communautaire Premières Nations – municipalités (IDEC), qui vise à améliorer la prospérité économique des municipalités et Premières Nations voisines participantes par la planification conjointe du développement économique communautaire. 

Le programme recherche actuellement des mentors bénévoles pour des homologues, des professionnels et des élus qui ont de l’expérience en développement économique communautaire pour avoir travaillé avec des communautés des Premières Nations ou des municipalités. Connaissez-vous de tels meneurs qui pourraient être intéressés à participer à cette initiative, ou le seriez-vous vous-même? 

Pour en savoir plus sur l’IDEC, voir À propos du programmeéveloppement-économique-communautaire/à-propos-du-programme.htm

Pour en savoir plus sur la manière de devenir mentor bénévole pour des homologues, voir

Si vous avez des questions, communiquez avec Helen Patterson, gestionnaire de programme (IDEC Premières Nations-Municipalités), au 613-907-6320 ou à

Members on the Move
  • The City of Medicine Hat has a new Chief Administrative Officer.  Congratulations to Merete Heggelund who officially resumed the role of CAO on January 30th, 2014.  She was named to the position at the January 20th, 2014 City Council meeting.  Heggelund was Acting CAO since Ray Barnard retired in December 2013.
  • On January 27th, 2014 Calgary City Council appointed Chief Financial Officer Eric Sawyer as the Interim City Manager.  Congratulations to Owen Tobert, former CAO and CAMA Past President, on his retirement!
  • Frank Miele, Vaughan's former Commissioner of Economic Development and Corporate Communications registered with the City Clerk's Office on January 28th, 2014 to become a Vaughan Regional Councillor candidate in the upcoming October 27th, 2014 municipal election.  This move into the political arena was motivated by his passion for Vaughan and his 35 years of pro-active senior level experience in municipal government.
  • Congratulations to Jason Johnson (former CAO for West Kelowna) on his appointment as the new City Manager for the City of Victoria.

Welcome New Members

Welcome to the following new members:

Rosemary Offrey, General Manager of Corporate Services, MD of Greenview No. 16, AB
Patrick Tanguy, Assistant Director General - Policy and Planning, Infrastructure Canada, Ottawa, ON
Al Hoggan, Chief Administrative Officer, Kneehill County, Three Hills, AB

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