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2014 CAMA E-Brief Partner: March 27, 2014            

Professional Development Web Based Training: LGMA-CAMA 2014 Spring Sessions


In partnership with Paragon Strategic Services (Tracey Lorenson) and Jan Enns Communications the LGMA and CAMA are pleased to offer the following course offerings for the Spring 2014 semester that will help meet your training needs all from the comfort of your own office.  These programs are open to all public service employees.

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 or Wednesdays and are two hours in length:
•        10:00 am – 12:00 pm 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 and Labrador
At the end of each session time 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.

The cost for each session is $150 plus applicable taxes per person.  All fees must be paid at the time of registration by credit card and are non-refundable.
For further program information and to register online please visit:
The Spring 2014 E-Learning Series includes the following topics:

• Strategic Planning for Councils & Staff - April 8 (Tuesday)
• Communication Planning for Successful Projects in Six Simple Steps - April 16 (Wednesday)
• Interpersonal Skills: Making the Most of Your Communication with Others - April 22 (Tuesday)
• Customer Service in the Public Sector - May 6 (Tuesday)
• Planning for Successful Citizen Engagement in 10 "Easy" Steps - May 14 (Wednesday)
• Effective Council Staff Relations - May 20 (Tuesday)
• Managing Performance & Coaching Skills - June 17 (Tuesday)
• Social Media 101: The Basics - June 18 (Wednesday)
• Social Media 201: From Informing to Engaging - June 25 (Wednesday)


2014 CAMA Conference Early Bird Registration: Closes on APRIL 1st
Registrations are being accepted for CAMA's 43rd Annual Conference being held in Niagara Falls, Ontario, from May 26-28, 2014 at The Sheraton On The Falls. The Conference theme is "Cultivating A Positive Culture”.  To view the full 2014 Conference Program, including the Companion activities, visit:
Register for the Conference by April 1, 2014 you will receive the Early Bird Rate

Please note that CAMA members who are attending their first CAMA Conference are eligible for a $150.00 discount off the registration fee.

Delegate Type Early Bird Registration Fee
by April 1, 2014 (+ 13% HST)
Registration Fee after April 1, 2014 (+ 13% HST)
*CAMA Member
$675.00 + $87.75 HST = $762.75 $725.00 + $94.25 HST = $819.25
*First Time Attendee Member (Municipal) $525.00 + $68.25 HST = $593.25 $575.00 + $74.75 HST = $649.75
$875.00 + $113.75 HST= $988.75 $925.00 + $120.25 HST = $1045.25
**Affiliate CAMA Member
$975.00 + $126.75 HST= $1101.75 $1025.00 + $133.25 HST = $1158.25
$1175.00 + $152.75 HST = $1327.75 $1225.00 + $159.25 HST =  $1384.25
Retired Member $375.00 + $48.75 HST= $423.75 $425.00 + $55.25 HST =  $480.25
Municipal Intern $575.00 + $74.75 HST = $649.75 $625.00 + $81.25 HST = $706.25
*“   Municipal” refers to an individual who is currently employed with a municipal government organization. 
**“  Non-Municipal” refers to all other individuals.

The registration fee for members, non-members, and municipal interns includes all Conference sessions, a complimentary delegate gift, Tradeshow, Opening Reception, breakfasts, refreshment breaks, lunches, Casual Night Out/Taste of Niagara Showcase at the Edgewaters Restaurant, the 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 (plus HST) will be charged for the Study Tours.

The registration fee for retired members includes all Conference sessions, a complimentary delegate gift, Tradeshow, Opening Reception, breakfasts, refreshment breaks, Casual Night Out/Taste of Niagara Showcase at the Edgewaters Restaurant, and the Hospitality Suites.  At an additional cost, tickets can be purchased to the lunches ($40.00), 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.

Delegates Registration:
Partners Registration:
Golf Registration:

Please note that CAMA delegates will be provided complimentary access (with their name badge) to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Tradeshow being held on Friday, May 30, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Scotiabank Convention Centre (6815 Stanley Avenue in Niagara Falls).
We look forward to seeing you in Niagara Falls!


Jean Savard
CAMA President

CAMA Conference Room Block at The Sheraton On The Falls SOLD OUT
The Conference room block at The Sheraton On The Falls has been sold out, however they do still have rooms available for the Conference dates at a different rate.  To make a room reservation, please contact the Hotel directly at 905-374-4445 or through the toll free number at 1-800-519-9911.

The Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls - Fallsview Hotel is located beside The Sheraton On The Falls (at 5685 Falls Avenue) and rooms can be reserved by calling 905-374-4447 or through the toll free number at 1-800-263-7135.  CAMA does not have a room block at this hotel.

Seeking International Speakers for 2014 ICMA Annual Conference
Dear ICMA International Members, Affiliates, and Friends:

I am writing to request your help in broadening the international content of ICMA’s 100th Annual Conference, which will be held September 14-17, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  In particular, we need your assistance in identifying potential panelists for the conference's educational program.
If you are aware of individuals from outside the United States who plan to attend the conference and would be interested and able to contribute to the content of the sessions generated by the 2014 Conference Planning Committee, please encourage them to respond to the Call for Speakers, which can be accessed from the conference website at

Please note that we are not able to consider additional session topics at this time.  Note, too, that ICMA conference attendees value informal, interactive sessions as opposed to more academic presentations of papers.

Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions. Thank you very much for your help.

Ross Hoff
Conference Director
Director, International Member Programs

Alberta Members: Provincial Grants Available For Communities Hosting Alberta Culture Days
Is your community planning events as part of Alberta Culture Days? Your community could be eligible for a provincial grant of up to $20,000. Communities interested in being designated a Feature Celebration Site can receive up to $20,000 and Host Celebration Sites can receive up to $5,000.  In addition, a special $500 grant is available for up to ten communities hosting one-day events.  Municipalities are encouraged to invite their local cultural organizations, non-profit groups, libraries, schools and community groups to submit their applications by April 28th, 2014.

Alberta Culture Days is an annual three-day celebration that promotes the value of culture and encourages participation in local cultural experiences in communities across the province.  Last year, five communities were selected as Feature Celebration Sites and 61 communities were designated Host Celebration Sites.  With a total of 1,455 events in 94 communities, Alberta Culture Days provided a unique opportunity to celebrate culture, heritage and artistic diversity. This year, Alberta Culture Days will be taking place September 26 through 28, 2014.

More information available at:

Welcome New Members

Welcome to the following new members:

  • Sharon Herbus, Assistant CAO, City of Lloydminster, AB
  • Rob Buchan, CAO, District of North Saanich, BC
  • Joshua Pyrcz, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Wolfville, NS
  • Richard Sun, CAO/Director General, Town of Hampstead, QC
  • Jason Gariepy, Town Manager, Village of Thorsby, AB
  • Garry Roth, Community Living Director, City of Grande Prairie, AB
  • Deepak Joshi, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Winnipeg, MB
  • Horacio Galanti, Community Safety Director, City of Grande Prairie, AB
  • Nina Leemhuis, Chief Administrative Officer, District of West Vancouver, BC

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