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  January 22, 2015            

SOLD OUT: All Hotel Room Blocks for 2015 CAMA Conference

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.

The hotel room blocks secured by CAMA at The Fairont Jasper Park Lodge, the Jasper Best Western and the Tonquin Inn are now SOLD OUT!  You are welcome to contact these hotels directly to reserve rooms outside of the room block or be put on a cancellation list.  Their contact information can be found on the CAMA website:

Membership Renewals for 2015-2016 Year
The CAMA membership renewal invoices for the April 1st, 2015 to March 31st, 2016 year were mailed out  and are due by March 31st, 2015.   You can renew your membership online by Visa or Mastercard using your CAMA ID number (noted on your invoice) at or by sending a cheque to the CAMA National Office.  We look forward to your continued membership with CAMA!

Please note that you will require your membership e-mail address to register on-line for the 2015 Conference and receive the member rate.

First Nations - Municipal CEDI Program Seeks Volunteer Peer Mentor in Communications Field
The First Nations – Municipal Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI), a joint initiative of Cando and FCM, is seeking a bilingual Volunteer Peer Mentor with 10+ years of experience in communications, particularly in strategy development, working in intercultural contexts and in dealing with sensitive issues.  The Volunteer Peer Mentor would work with the partnership of the City of Edmundston and Madawaska Maliseet First Nation, New Brunswick, from February – May 2015 to assist local communications staff in developing their first ever joint communications plan.  For further details, to apply is January 27, 2015.

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Le Programme IDEC Premières nations-municipalités est à la recherche d'un mentor volontaire dans le domaine des communication
L’Initiative de développement économique communautaire Premières nations-municipalités (IDEC), initiative conjointe de Cando et de la FCM, est à la recherche d’un mentor volontaire bilingue ayant au moins dix années d’expérience en communications, plus précisément en élaboration de stratégies et en traitement de sujets de nature délicate, ainsi qu’une expérience de travail dans des contextes interculturels. Le mentor volontaire travaillera avec le partenariat formé par la Ville d’Edmundston et la Première nation Malacite de Madawaska, au Nouveau-Brunswick, de février à mai 2015, afin d’aider le personnel de communications local à élaborer le tout premier plan de communications conjoint. Pour obtenir de plus amples renseignements   La date limite pour présenter sa candidature est le 27 janvier 2015.


IPAC National Leadership Conference and Awards Gala: February 5-6, 2015


Leading in the Spotlight …  Announcing Open Keynote Saäd Rafi, Pan Am/Para Pan Am Games CEO.
A year in as CEO … from the shadows to the spotlight...lessons learned in ensuring the success of the third largest multi-sport event in the world, to be held in Toronto, July 2015.

Leaders in the Shadows ….  The Leadership Qualities of Municipal CAOs:
A discussion of the leadership traits, skills, and behaviours of successful municipal CAOs/City Managers.
David Siegel, author of Leaders in the Shadows, will discuss his research with panelists, Michael R. Garrett, former CAO, Regional Municipality of York and Peel and Carla Ladd, CAO, City of Barrie.

Transformation Through Open Government – Building Credibility:  The panelists will provide an inside view on the leadership required to design, manage and implement  transformation through open government approaches. 
Panelists: Leadership Award finalists from the City of Toronto and City of Guelph

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Learn from the Best! Gain insights from colleagues at all three levels of government across Canada and internationally, politicians and thought leaders to inspire leadership change.

  • Don’t miss the Leadership Café - Speed Mentoring!  Obtain professional advice and quick tips on leadership and career development issues from senior leaders.
  • Celebrate the best of the best for 2014 Public Sector Leadership Awards Finalists at the Awards Gala dinner. Check out who the finalists are:
  • Need accommodations? Click here to reserve a room  at the Omni King Edward Hotel.  (

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Alberta Members: Resources and Funding Available for Intersection Safety Month
Did you know that grants are available to support traffic safety in your community?
Non-profit societies, charitable organizations, community coalitions and networks, and publicly funded organizations and institutions are eligible to apply for a grant from Alberta Transportation to raise traffic safety awareness, provide training and education and support community engagement. The application deadline is January 31st, 2015 and funding of up to $17,000 per project is available. Application guidelines can be found on the Saferoads website (

As well, municipalities are reminded to promote Intersection Safety Month in January. Last year, 80 people were killed and more than 8,000 people were injured in collisions at Alberta’s road intersections. Raising awareness and promoting safety of related hazards is a great step towards protecting Albertans on the road.  The province has resources that municipalities can use to promote traffic safety in their community, including video and audio advertisements, billboards, and posters.

Alberta Members: February 2nd, 2015 Application Deadline for Community Based Greening Project Funding
Don’t miss the opportunity to promote the opportunity for grant funding to support your community in becoming greener.  Sponsored by Walmart Canada and Evergreen, these grants for community organizations enable initiatives relating to planting, invasive species removal, community food gardens, wildlife habitat restoration and more.

Funding is available to community groups and non-profit organizations working collaboratively with a local municipality, government agency, crown corporation, hospital or university to make a public land greener. Up to 50% of the total project cost can be supported through grants of $10,000, $5,000, and $3,500.

More information and application forms are available on the Evergreen website at  Applications are being accepted until February 2, 2015.


NWT Releases LGAs Training & Supports Needs Study
This past summer the Local Government Administrators of the Northwest Territories (LGANT) released its 2014 Local Government Administrators (LGAs) Training and Support Needs Study Final Report.

The goal of the study was to gather reliable information on the training and support needs of LGAs in the NWT. The results of the study provide LGANT and its Public Service Capacity Initiative for Community Governments (PSCICG) partners with directions for supporting LGAs and community government capacity building. The study was undertaken by LGANT and developed in consultation with the School of Community Government, Department of Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA) and funded through the PSCICG.

The key LGA training and support requirements were identified as: human resource management (HRM), communications and engagement skills, leadership competencies, financial management, legislation and policy drafting and implementation, plan implementation, procurement and contract management LGAs identified capacity building at all levels as an urgent need to strengthen community government operation and administration overall.  They identified the following key areas for additional or improved staff training and support: Financial and bookkeeping procedures, IT and community infrastructure technology, customer service and basic business communication as well as supervisory training for those who are ready to step up.

The most often identified barriers to accessing training and development in the Northwest Territories were: location, accessibility, travel expenses, budget limitation, scheduling and time commitments and low literacy levels of some of the staff.

Learning preferences were identified as shorter training during the working week, workshop format, hands-on and one-on-one training that is locally available. LGAs also said that expanded partnerships or additional sources for training, including part-time and continuing education, would increase learning opportunities.

A copy of the 2014 LGAs Training and Supports Need Study is available on the LGANT website.

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