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2014 CAMA E-Brief Partner: August 19, 2014            

FCM's New Latin America Program Seeks Municipal Experts
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), is implementing a five-year, $20.5 million project to strengthen the capacity of local governments in Colombia and Peru. 

FCM is recruiting specialists in local economic development, municipal governance, and environment to advise on initial directions of the program. Interested individuals should review the available opportunities and apply online by Tuesday, August 26, 2014.   For more information, please contact Jennifer Donnelly.
La FCM cherche des experts municipaux pour son nouveau programme en Amérique Latine

La Fédération canadienne des municipalités (FCM) en partenariat avec le Ministère des affaires étrangères, du commerce et du développement (MAECD), met en œuvre un programme de 20,5 millions de dollars sur cinq ans pour renforcer les collectivités en Colombie et au Pérou.

La FCM recrute actuellement des spécialistes en développement économique local, en gouvernance municipale, et en environnement qui auront pour mandat de fournir des conseils sur l’orientation initiale du programme. Nous invitons les personnes intéressées à prendre connaissance des possibilités de participation disponibles et à poser leur candidature en ligne d’ici le mardi le 26 aout 2014.
Pour plus d’information, veuillez communiquer avec Jennifer Donnelly.

Milestones in the History of ICMA - 100th Anniversary

Not everyone in Westmount, Quebec, Canada, was enamored initially by the idea of appointing a city manager, according to an article published recently in the Westmount Independent. One alderman, in fact, suggested that the city’s affairs could be managed perfectly well by a board of directors. That idea, however, never gained any traction among city leaders.

Instead, on March 17, 1913, the Westmount City Council adopted a resolution to appoint an acting general manager.  Just prior to the resolution’s adoption, the Westmount governing body ran an advertisement for the position, and it eventually appointed George W. Thompson as the first chief administrative officer. The experiment was an absolute success; Mr. Thompson died in office in 1930, after 17 years of service.

Duncan Campbell, current Westmount director general (as the position is now called), longtime ICMA member, and 2014 Annual Conference Planning Committee Chairman, recently recounted the history of professional management in the city during a presentation before the Westmount Historical Association on the 101th anniversary of the solicitation for city manager—the first in Canada.

To learn more about the history of professional management in Westmount, watch for the article “Canadian Flashback: The Birth of City Management in Canada" in the September 2014 issue of PM. To learn more about the many milestones in the history of ICMA, its members, and the professionalism of local government management, visit and scroll through the anniversary timeline on the home page. Then, click on “The ICMA Experience” tab at the top of the anniversary home page, and add your personal experiences or reminiscencees.

Register Today for the 100th ICMA Annual Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina – September 14-17, 2014

ICMA President, Simon Farbrother, invites you to join him at the 100th ICMA Annual Conference, where you’ll get the tools, tips, information, and resources you pick up at the conference—in addition to the opportunities for professional and personal renewal and networking— which are more important than ever.
In addition to daily keynote sessions, educational and Solutions Track sessions, roundtable discussions, ICMA University workshops and forums, field demonstrations, and numerous demonstrations of technology applications that you have come to expect, ICMA’s Annual Conference will offer you new opportunities to help fulfill your commitment to career-long learning. You will hear about the innovative ideas and practical strategies you need to deal with the challenges facing local governments today. ICMA’s Annual Conference is an educational and networking opportunity that you can’t afford to miss!

The 100th Annual Conference of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) will be held from September 14-17, 2014 at the Charlotte Convention Centre located in Charlotte, North Carolina.  To register for the Conference visit the ICMA website at:

The CAMA Canadian Dinner will be held on Monday evening (September 15th, 2014) at a local restaurant in Charlotte.  Watch for more details!

CAMA Awards of Excellence Presented by Ravenhill Group Inc.
Ravenhill Group Inc. proudly presented the CAMA Awards of Excellence at the 43rd Annual Conference held in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Ravenhill Group is Canada’s municipal search specialists, meeting the growing demand for excellent Chief Administrative Officers and other municipal leaders through ethical head-hunting™. Ravenhill does this by bringing the very best men and women face to face with the opportunity in a municipality … an opportunity that they were unaware of because - simply put - they weren't thinking of a job change. Please visit: for more information.

Prince Edward County Wins Award for Professional Development
Congratulations to Prince Edward County, ON
2014 Professional Development Award
(Population between 20,001 and 100,000) 
Career Development Program

From Left to Right:  Glen Davies, 2014 CAMA Awards of Excellence Chair and City Manager for the City of Regina, SK; Bruce Malcolm, President, Ravenhill Group Inc, Gold Level Awards Partner; Mayor Peter Mertens, County of Prince Edward, ON; Merlin Dewing, Chief Administrative Officer, County of Prince Edward, ON; Jean Savard, CAMA Past President, Director of Special Projects, Office of the CAO, Quebec City

Prince Edward County, Ontario, has introduced a corporate-wide Career Development Program that has encouraged staff to take career and professional development into their own hands. Traditionally, professional development for County staff was not something that was celebrated or encouraged.  A bare minimum approach was taken, and typically, only statutory training requirements were met. 

This minimalist approach engrained itself into the corporate culture and staff development was simply not seen as a priority.  Over time, this created an environment of status quo, complacency and ultimately, a workforce that was not as productive or satisfied as it could be.  Following a corporate realignment in 2012, this all changed.  A Career Development Program (CDP) was started.  Professional development and personal growth are now core pillars of the County’s corporate culture and training is the tool used to support these pillars.

The program was funded by cost savings from the corporate realignment and a corporate-wide commitment to staff development was implemented in 2013.  Staff are encouraged to pursue professional development opportunities and learning, both inside and outside of their current scope of work.  The idea is to raise the bar and elevate the County’s corporate, personal and professional knowledge base.

Investing in staff in this way boosts the overall corporate HR equity and is a win-win situation that results in improved corporate culture, job satisfaction, productivity, and more. 

Le Comté de Prince Edward, en Ontario, a mis en place un programme de développement de carrière qui encourage les membres de son personnel à prendre en main leur carrière et leur perfectionnement professionnel.  Traditionnellement, dans le Comté, le perfectionnement du personnel n’était pas vraiment célébré ni encouragé. À part pour les exigences réglementaires en matière de formation, on s’en tenait au strict minimum.

Cette approche minimaliste était ancrée dans la culture de l’entreprise. Le développement du personnel n’était pas une priorité. Avec le temps, cela a abouti à un statu quo, à une certaine complaisance et, en fait, à un personnel pas aussi productif ni aussi satisfait qu’il pouvait l’être.  À la suite d’une réorganisation en 2012, tout a changé et un programme de développement de carrière a vu le jour. Le perfectionnement professionnel et l’épanouissement personnel sont maintenant des aspects fondamentaux de la culture du Comté et ils s’appuient sur un moyen privilégié, la formation.

Le programme a été financé grâce aux économies générées par la réorganisation et, en 2013, un engagement général a été pris en faveur du perfectionnement du personnel.
Le personnel est invité à apprendre et à se perfectionner, à l’intérieur comme à l’extérieur de ses attributions courantes. L’idée est de placer la barre plus haut et de rehausser la base de connaissance collective, personnelle et professionnelle du Comté.
Cette forme d’investissement dans le personnel augmente la valeur du capital humain… une situation avantageuse pour tous qui se traduit à tout le moins par l’amélioration de la culture d’entreprise, la satisfaction au travail, la productivité.

Members on the Move
Congratulations to:   
  • Gordon Frank (formerly with Lac La Biche County) on his new position of Director of Planning and Community Services at Woodlands County, Alberta.
  • Bev Hendry (formerly with the Township of Scugog) on her new position as Commissioner of Corporate Services with the City of Oshawa, ON.

Welcome New Members
Welcome to the following new members:
  • Irene Sasyniuk, General Manager - Corporate Services, City of Leduc, AB
  • Leah Bisutti, Assistant to the City Manager, City of Burlington, ON
  • Michelle Lock, Director of Community Services, City of Airdrie, AB

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