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2014 CAMA E-Brief Partner: May 13, 2014            


FINAL REMINDER: Conference Registration Deadline - May 16th, 2014
Registrations are still being accepted until May 16th, 2014 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:
Please note that CAMA members who are attending their first CAMA Conference are also eligible for a $150.00 discount off the registration fee.  Registration closes on May 16, 2014,
Delegate Type Registration Fee
(+ 13% HST)
*CAMA Member (Municipal) $725.00 + $94.25 HST = $819.25
*First Time Attendee Members (Municipal) $575.00 + $74.75 HST = $649.75
*Non-Member (Municipal) $925.00 + $120.25 HST = $1045.25
**Affiliate CAMA Member
$1025.00 + $133.25 HST = $1158.25
**Non-Member (Non-Municipal) $1225.00 + $159.25 HST =  $1384.25
Retired Member $425.00 + $55.25 HST =  $480.25
Municipal Intern $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:

The Future of Metropolitan Regions as Drivers of the Global Economy

Canadian Metropolitan Regions will be gathering in Niagra Falls, Ontario on May 29, 2014, the day before the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Trade Show and Conference. This year, the theme will be Collaborating to Compete – the future of metropolitan regions as drivers of the global economy.  Special guest Dr. Allan Wallis, University of Colorado Denver, will be joined by a panel of experts from Metropolitan Regions across North America who are actively exploiting the distinctive economic advantages of Metropolitan Region collaboration.   The event will include presentations from guests, a panel discussion and an afternoon workshop. Attendees will include elected municipal officials from across Canada, many who will also be attending the FCM Tradeshow and Conference.

Where: Sheraton on the Falls in Niagara Falls

When:    8:30 a.m.                     Registration and Llight Breakfast. 
               9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Symposium. Lunch included.

Cost:      $100.00
Contact for more information.

LGMA-CAMA E-Learning Series May Webinars
LGMA and CAMA are pleased to offer the following course offerings that will help meet your training needs all from the comfort of your own office.  These programs are open to all members and their employees.
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
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.

May 14: Planning for Successful Citizen Engagement in 10 “Easy” Steps
Presenter: Presenter: Jan Enns, Jan Enns Communications

Community consultation and citizen engagement are big buzzwords in local government.  More and more, residents are asking for a say in how decisions are made and local governments across Canada are looking for ways to inform and engage. Find out how to plan for successful citizen engagement in 10 “easy” steps so you can get it right the first time!  This fast-paced and engaging session will elevate your understanding of public consultation and provide you with a step-by-step guide to apply effective consultation planning in your organization, including pitfalls to avoid. Bring some local examples and we’ll share ideas on how to apply these steps to improve your program or service!
BONUS: Attendees will receive a detailed workbook with a 10 step checklist to use for planning future projects.  Register online at:

May 20:  Effective Council Staff Relations
Presenter: Tracey Lorenson, Paragon Strategic Services Ltd.

Do you have a fabulous relationship between Council and staff that you’re trying to maintain, would like to address small issues that are arising, or do you have significant conflict? Are you looking to establish positive relationships post election?  Regardless of the current state of your relationship this course will be relevant, and we will approach this specifically from the perspective of the senior staff in terms of
what they are able to do to build and maintain the relationship. Some of the topics we will address include respecting the roles of staff/elected officials, the use of experts to support decision making, handling “disrespectful” behavior, how to manage conflict between elected officials, senior staff and key stakeholders and how to handle ethical issues. We will also provide suggestions that will assist Mayors and Board Chairs in managing the elected/staff relationship.

BONUS: Individuals will have the opportunity to complete an online assessment of their conflict management skills to identify their conflict strengths and potential development opportunities, with a comprehensive summary report with recommendations.  Register online at:

CAMA Partner: Mental Health Commission of Canada
Right now in Canada, one in five Canadians will experience a mental health problem or illness each year. This week alone, half a million Canadians missed work because of a mental health issue. Just as many will miss work next week.  With numbers like these, it’s not surprising to learn that mental health has become the number one cause of disability claims in Canada. The personal toll on employees, and the financial costs to their employers is enormous. However, many of these costs can be avoided by ensuring a mentally healthy workplace. There are many things employers can do, such as download and adopt the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (, or train managers and employees in Mental Health First Aid so they can spot problems early and provide initial help (  The Mental Health Commission of Canada has many tools and resources to help employers improve mental health in the workplace and reduce absenteeism, presenteeism and turnover.  CAMA Conference delegates are invited to join the Mental Health Commission team for breakfast on Tuesday May 27, 2014 to learn more.    Visit for additional information.

Reminder: Scholarships Available for Women to Attend 2014 ICMA Conference: Deadline May 19, 2014
As part of its ongoing commitment to attracting women into the field of local government management and helping develop those women who already work in the field, ICMA is offering scholarships to women to attend the ICMA 100th Annual Conference.  Applications are being accepted through Monday, May 19, 2014.   Full information on ICMA’s conference assistance scholarship program may be found at

Women who are interested in applying for a conference assistance scholarship should apply for the Workplace Diversity Scholarship.  If the female applicant qualifies, she may apply for a scholarship in another category in addition to the workplace diversity scholarship.  A separate application needs to be submitted for each scholarship category.

Scholarship recipients receive:
  • Complimentary registration to ICMA’s 100th annual conference in Charlotte/ Mecklenburg County, NC this September.
  • A travel stipend to help defray the costs of travel.
To be eligible for the ICMA Conference Assistance Scholarships, applicants must meet the following criteria:
•  Be a first-time ICMA Annual Conference attendee.
•  Be a full-time local government employee (no part-time interns, please).
•  Submit a completed application form.
•  Demonstrate through an essay an avid interest in a career in local government management
•  Submit two (2) recommendation forms signed by local government managers or administrators who are familiar with your work.

Application materials are due Monday, May 19, 2014.  Questions regarding ICMA’s Annual Conference Scholarship Program should be directed to

Leadership Tip: It's How You Act, Not Your Position -- Video
At its heart, leadership is about taking initiative and influencing those around you — and that doesn’t just apply to people at the top of an organizational hierarchy. Everyone in an organization can demonstrate leadership, and they should.   Pat Cormier, Kotter International says, “Leadership isn’t about position. It’s about how you behave and how you act.” Watch the video to see what else she has to say about leadership at all levels.

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