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2014 CAMA E-Brief Partner: December 19, 2014            

On behalf of President Robert Hughes, the CAMA Board of Directors
and National Office Staff, we would like to wish you 
a Happy Holiday Season
and a New Year of health, happiness and prosperity

Update: 2015 CAMA Conference Hotel Accommodations and Transportation
The 44th Annual CAMA Conference will be held in Jasper, Alberta at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge from Monday, June 1st, 2015 to Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015.   This year's theme will be "Celebrating Municipal Leaders" and the Full Conference Program and on-line registration will be available at the end of February 2015.  

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

The original block of rooms relased in July 2014 at The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (the Conference hotel) located at 1 Old Lodge Road has been SOLD OUT.   An additional room block of 10 rooms per night for May 31st, June 1st and June 2nd has been secured for the Junior Suite room category ($371.00 per night).  Unfortunately, at this time there is no availability in the hotel for any reservations even outside the room block on Wednesday, June 3rd.

The special Conference rates are as follows:

Room Type

Single Rate

Double Rate







Deluxe with Sitting Area



Junior Suite – Fireplace/woodstove



Junior Suite – Lakeview



Lakefront Suite



Signature Cabins (per room)



Please note that a mandatory daily service charge of $12.00/per person is included in the above rates.   This charge is to cover porterage, housekeeping and conference services, therefore, no further out-of-pocket tipping is required when on property.  Each extra person sharing a room will be charged an additional $30.00 per night.

To make a room reservation, please contact the Reservations Department at 780-852-3301 or the Global Reservations Centre at 1-800-441-1414. To ensure the special rate quoted above, please identify yourself as attending the CAMA Conference. 

Overflow Hotels

CAMA has arranged for room blocks at two additional hotels that are located in the Town of Jasper which is approximately 15 minutes from The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.  CAMA will provide a shuttle bus service from these hotels to the Fairmont during the Conference.  If you plan to attend the Conference and haven't already made your hotel reservations, it is important that you don't delay as the room blocks noted below for the overflow hotels will only be available until March/April 2015.

Best Western Jasper Inn & Suites

A block of rooms has been secured at the Best Western Jasper Inn & Suites ( located in the Town of Jasper at 98 Geikie Street at a special Conference rate of $198.00 plus taxes.  This rate is based on double occupancy.  There are two types of rooms available:

One Bedroom Suite: A one level suite with one queen size bed in a separate bedroom, sitting area with double sofa bed (recommended for younger children only due to weight restrictions and comfort), wood burning fireplace and a kitchenette. Wireless internet access available in all rooms.  Can accommodate up to four persons (two adults and two children).

Upper Loft Suite: A two level suite with one queen size bed in the loft area, and a sitting area with double sofa bed (recommended  for younger children only due to weight restrictions and comfort), balcony, wood burning fireplace and kitchenette. Wireless internet access available in all rooms.  Can accommodate up to four persons (two adults and two children). 

To make a room reservation, please call the hotel directly at 1-800-661-1933 or direct at 1-780-852-4461 and ask for the CAMA Room Block rate.  This room block will be open until April 15th, 2015.

Tonquin Inn 

A block of rooms has been secured at the Tonquin Inn ( located in the Town of Jasper at 100 Juniper Street at a special Conference rate of $180.00 + taxes (king bed or two queen beds).  To make a room reservation, please call the hotel directly at 780-852-4987 or 1-800-661-1315 and ask for the group name “CAMACAM Convention Block”.  This room block will be open until March 31st, 2015.

Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver all have international airports that are serviced by major national and international carriers.  Delegates can get to Jasper by vehicle, rail or by bus.  Further details on transportation can be found at the following link:

Sundog Tours operate a daily shuttle from the Edmonton Airport:  There are departures from the Airport at 3:15 p.m. arriving in Jasper at approximately 8:00 p.m. and departures from Jasper at 7:15 a.m. and arriving at the Airport at 12:30 p.m.  Please note that this is not a direct route and there are stops at the West Edmonton Mall, Edson and Hinton.  The cost for this service is $99.00 one-way or $189.00 return.  Delegates will receive an additional 10% discount on one-way or return fares.  To make a reservation on this shuttle call Sundog Tours directly at 1-888-786-3641 and mention the CAMA Conference or register on-line at and note CAMA in the Comments Section (which will automatically apply the 10% reduction).

CAMA has also booked three private direct shuttles through Sundog Transportation on the following dates:

  • Departing Edmonton (to Jasper) on Sunday, May 31st, 2015 at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  • Departing Jasper (to Edmonton) on Thursday, June 4th, 2015 at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.

The cost for this service is $75.00 one-way or $140.00 return.  These private shuttles can be booked through CAMA when you register on-line for the Conference which will be available at the end of February 2015.


News from LGANT

Welcome to the Local Government Administrators of the NWT (LGANT) update for December 2014. You can keep informed and connected to the professional administrators of the NWT’s local and community governments by visiting our website at
The LGANT Board of Directors and Staff wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season with family and friends!

LGANT News and Updates
Invest NWT funding database now online – There are many different funding programs and services in place to support business owners and prospective entrepreneurs in the Northwest Territories. The Invest NWT site compiles the many resources that are available. More information at:
Wages and Benefits Survey Final Report – The 2013 Wages and Benefits Survey Final Report is available on the LGANT website.  More information at:
2015 Sustainable Communities Conference – Connect, explore, experience at the Sustainable Communities Conference (Canada's hub for municipal sustainability) on February 10-12, 2015.  More information at:
2015 LGAA Annual Conference & Trade Show – Join the LGAA in Red Deer, Alberta, for their 2015 Annual Conference and Trade Show on March 4-6, 2015.  More information at:
AFOA Canada 15th National Conference – AFOA Canada 15th Anniversary National Conference will take place February 17 - 19, 2015 in Winnipeg, Manitoba at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg.  For more information
2014 Local Government Administrators (LGAs) Training and Support Needs Study Final Report available online –  Just a reminder that the 2014 LGA Training & Support Needs Study Final Report is available on the LGANT website.  The goal of the 2014 Local Government Administrators Training and Support Needs Study was to gather reliable information on the training and support needs of LGAs in the NWT. The results of the Study will inform LGANT as well as the Public Service Capacity Initiative for Community Governments (PSCICG) partners on where they can better support LGAs and community government capacity building. For more information
LGANT 2013-2017 Business Plan –  LGANT’s current business plan is available online. Through the implementation of this Business Plan the LGANT Board and staff are committed to successful work relationships and continued partner collaborations in service and support of the local governments and Local Government Administrators of the NWT.  For more information

ICMA's Senior Executive Leadership Institute

The ICMA SEI Leadership Institute is a Senior Executive Institute is an intensive, concentrated session, designed specifically for senior local government managers, and is held at the University of Virginia’s (UVA) renowned Colgate Darden School of Business. The curriculum, designed by the faculty at UVA's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, is varied, and the faculty well-grounded in the needs and concerns of the top local government executive. As a participant in the program, you will have ample opportunity to hone skills and test strategies that can help you build a high performance organization. If you have made the commitment to your career in local government, you should consider attending the ICMA SEI Leadership Institute. You'll take away these important benefits:
  • Extensive peer-level and “next gen” communication.
  • Increase networking and mentoring opportunities as a result of participating in SEI events.
  • Expanded knowledge.
  • Gain in-depth insights into every aspect of local government leadership and management.
  • Professional recognition.
  • Peers, staff, and local government leaders all value the SEI certification designation.
Eligibility Requirements
A total of 20 top managers and assistants will be selected for this institute along with approximately 15 Leadership ICMA Class members. One goal of this program is to experience executive leadership in a multigenerational learning community sponsored by ICMA University and University of Virginia. Credentialed managers will be given preference.
Why You Should Attend An ICMA Leadership Institute
The ICMA Senior Executive Leadership Institute is a leadership skill building development opportunity that will allow you to see how other professionals are successfully doing what you do… maybe with a different twist, and we hope it will revitalize your thinking, attitudes, and practices and that you will emerge with a renewed commitment to excellence, in these challenging times.

Past attendees have said:
"This was a life altering event. I believe that the mix of the class was outstanding. We learned from each other. I was able to get in touch with my feelings and passion again."

"I have wanted to do the SEI program for years and the one week program made it possible. It was a great mix of emerging leaders and credentialed managers and the program far exceeded my expectations. The "next geners" made me confident that we have great local government leaders emerging."

Registration and Fees
The fee for this 7-day program includes all program costs, tuition, materials, special events, and most meals. It does not include travel or lodging. Apply by January 3, 2015 and save $100 off the application fee.  Visit for full program details, schedule, application, fees, and deadlines.

REMINDER: Calling all ICMA Members! Create the best sessions for the 101st Annual Conference!
Dear ICMA International Members, Affiliates, and Friends:

I am writing to request your help in broadening the international content of ICMA’s 101st Annual Conference, which will take place September 27-30, 2015, in Seattle/King County, Washington. We invite you to participate in the Call for Ideas for educational sessions that fit into the tracks selected by the 2015 Conference Planning Committee.

To see descriptions of the tracks and instructions on how to submit your idea by the January 5, 2015 deadline, please visit the conference website.  In the early Spring, once the conference’s educational program is finalized, we will be reaching out to you again as part of a Call for Speakers. At that time, we will be looking for your suggestions 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.

Thank you very much for your help.
Best regards,

Ross Hoff
Conference Director, Director, International Member Programs

Welcome New Members
Welcome to the following new members:
  • Linda Brown, CAO/Clerk - Treasurer, Town of Hartland, NB
  • Ron Neufeld, Deputy City Manager/General Manager of Operations, City of Campbell River, BC
  • Derek Boyce, Director of Corporate Performance & Innovation, City of Mississauga, ON

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