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February 10, 2015            



The program and on-line registration for the 2015 Annual Conference being held in Jasper, Alberta from June 1-3, 2015 at The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge will be made available on the CAMA website on Monday, March 2nd, 2015. 

Conference Registration Information: 

Registration Fees
Register for the Conference by April 1st, 2015 and 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, 2015 (+ 5% GST)
Registration Fee after
April 1, 2015 (+ 5% GST)
*CAMA Member (Municipal) $675.00 + $33.75 GST = $708.75 $725.00 + $36.25 GST = $761.25
*First Time Attendee Members (Municipal) $525.00 + $26.25 GST = $551.25 $575.00 + $28.75 GST = $603.75
*Non-Member (Municipal) $875.00 + $43.75 GST= $918.75 $925.00 + $46.25 GST = $971.25
**Affiliate CAMA Member  (Non-Municipal) $975.00 + $48.75 GST= $1023.75 $1025.00 + $51.25 GST = $1076.25
**Non-Member (Non-Municipal) $1175.00 + $58.75 GST = $1233.75 $1225.00 + $61.25 GST =  $1286.25
Retired Member $375.00 + $18.75 GST= $393.75 $425.00 + $21.25 GST =  $446.25
Municipal Intern $575.00 + $28.75 GST = $603.75 $625.00 + $31.25 GST = $656.25
*  “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 at Trefoil Lake, 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 GST) 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 at Trefoil Lake, 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).


PROGRAM-AT-A-GLANCE – “Celebrating Municipal Leaders”
Pre-Conference: Monday, June 1st, 2015
6:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.      Golf Tournament at The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge  
10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.                Pre-Conference Activity:  Rocky Mountain River Guides Rafting Excursion
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.    Tradeshow Exhibitor Set Up
12:00 Noon – 8:00 p.m.  Conference Registration
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.      Provincial/Territorial Association Meeting
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.      Women’s Social
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.      First Time Delegates Reception
6:00 p.m. –  9:30 p.m.     Opening Reception at Tradeshow
9:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.    Hospitality Suite in the Stanley Thompson Cabin - Fairmont
Day One: Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015
6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.     Morning Runs around Lake Edith (10 km) and Lake Annette (5 km)   
7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.     Conference Registration
7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.     Breakfast
8:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.     Annual General Meeting
9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.     Opening Ceremonies
9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.   Opening Keynote – “Inspiring Leadership:  Keeping Employees Engaged During the Good, The Bad and Even the Ugly Times”
(Michael Kerr)
10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Tradeshow Refreshment Break
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon                Panel Session:  “Leaders in the Shadows:  Leadership Qualities of a CAO” (Dr. David Siegel, Keith Robicheau, and Robert Earl)
12:00 Noon to 1:00 p.m. Long Service Awards Luncheon
  Panel Session: “How Successful Local Governments Depend on Employees Feeling Connected to Their Leadership and Vision.  (John Leeburn, Elizabeth Savill, Patrick Draper, and Don Wadsworth).
1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.    Dessert and Coffee in the Tradeshow Area
1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.    Concurrent Sessions:  Speedhiking & Networking or  Exploring New Revenue Channels – Corporate Sponsorship and Municipalities Today (Brent Barootes and Gary Dewar)
2:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.    Tradeshow Refreshment Break
3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.    Concurrent Sessions:  Small Municipalities Open Dialogue or Large Municipalities (Simon Farbrother and Dr. Shayne Silcox)  
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.    Young Professionals Reception
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.    Casual Night Out at Trefoil Lake with a Western Theme and Entertainment by “A Room To Dance”  Band.
9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.  Hospitality Suite at the Stanley Thompson Cabin - Fairmont
Day Two: Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015
6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.     Morning Runs around Lake Edith (10 km) and Lake Annette (5 km)
7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.     Conference Registration
7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.     Breakfast
8:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.     Plenary Session: CAO/Council Relations & Update on CAO Performance Evaluation Project (Jerry Berry and Janice Baker)
 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Plenary Session:   Infrastructure Canada (Jeff Moore, Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy & Communications, Infrastructure Canada)
10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Tradeshow Refreshment Break
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon                Closing Keynote:  The Power of Personal Leadership – Attitude Makes the Difference (Michelle Ray)
12:00 Noon to 1:15 p.m. CAMA Awards of Excellence Luncheon
1:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.    Closing Ceremonies and Tradeshow Draws
2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.            Study Tours:  Jasper Fire Smart Program/ Environmental Tour: Waste Management, Waste Water Treatment Plant and Green Building/ Parks Canada “Jasper National Park was Chosen as a Dark Sky Preserve”.
5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.    CAMA Board Meeting (2015-2016 Board)
6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.    President’s Dinner Reception
7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.    President’s Dinner with Entertainment by Illusionist and Corporate Mind Reader, Derek Selinger.
9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.  Hospitality Suite in the Stanley Thompson Cabin - Fairmont

Companion Program
The Companion Program includes the Opening Reception, Opening and Closing Keynote Speakers, Casual Night Out, President’s Dinner, and Hospitality Suites.  The Companion Program does not include breakfasts or lunches with the delegates.

Delegate Type Early Bird Registration Fee
by April 1, 2015 (+ 5% GST)
Registration Fee after
April 1, 2015 (+ 5% GST)
*Companion of a CAMA Member (Municipal) $275.00 + $13.75 GST= $288.75 $325.00 + $16.25 GST = $341.25
*Companion of a Non-Member (Municipal) $300.00 + $15.00 GST = $315.00 $350.00 + $17.50 GST = $367.50
**Companion of an Affiliate CAMA Member (Non-Municipal) $325.00 + $16.25 GST = $341.25 $375.00 + $18.75 GST = $393.75
**Companion of a Non-Member (Non-Municipal) $375.00 + $18.75 GST = $393.75 $425.00 + $21.25 GST = $446.25

*“Municipal” refers to an individual who is currently employed with a municipal organization.
**“Non-Municipal” refers to all other individuals.

Additional Companion Tours
The following activities are not part of the official Companion Program, and additional fees apply.
  • Tuesday, June 2, 2015:   8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  -- Columbia Icefield Tour with an Optional Picnic Lunch
  • Wednesday, June 3, 2015:  9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  -- Maligne Valley Boat Cruise and Interpretive Hike

Special Thanks To Our Conference Partners:
Platinum Partner

Gold Partners


CAMA Code of Conduct Review Committee – Request for Members
The CAMA Board of Directors, at its meeting held on November 20th, 2014 struck a Committee to review our current Code of Conduct.  The mandate of this Committee is to provide recommendations to the Board on matters relating to CAMA’s Code of Conduct and any other related policies and guidelines.  The goal of the Committee is to review the Code of Conduct to:
  1. Recommend any changes to the wording of the current Code of Conduct and ensure it is written in a positive manner to be displayed publicly as a certificate for current and future CAMA members.
  2. Conduct an environmental scan of the best practices of other related agencies in relation to their Code of Conduct.
  3. Review the legal obligations of CAMA (if any) should a complaint be filed against a member.
  4. Investigate and prepare a Discussion Paper to recommend (in the short term) what action, if any, that CAMA should take in response to a complaint about a member who may be in violation of the Code of Conduct and also to recommend (in the longer term) if CAMA should consider a formal structure/process for investigating a member who may be in violation of the Code of Conduct.
  5. Determine if there are other ways CAMA should support ethics in local government administration.
The Committee members are Jack Benzaquen (Chair), Jean Savard and Jake Rudolph. The Board would like to have two additional non-board members on the Committee. The Committee work can largely be accomplished by Conference Calls and by e-mail. While the Committee’s work is ongoing, there will be a time commitment of 3-5 hours per month in reviewing material and participating in Conference Calls. As far as possible, committee members will be polled to ensure availability. We expect the work to be completed within one year.
If you are interested in serving on this Committee, please contact Ms. Jennifer Goodine, CAMA Executive Director ( and she will send you an Expression of Interest Form to be completed no later than February 20th, 2015.
Recherche de membres pour le Comité de révision du code de conduite de l’ACAM

À sa réunion du 20 novembre 2014, le Conseil d'administration de l'ACAM a mis sur pied un comité de révision du code de conduite de l’association. Ce comité doit faire des recommandations au conseil sur des questions relatives au code de conduite et à d’autres politiques et lignes directrices connexes. Le comité est chargé d’examiner le code de conduite en vue :
  1. de recommander les modifications à apporter au texte actuel du code de conduite et s’assurer qu’il est rédigé dans un esprit positif, de façon à ce qu’il puisse être affiché publiquement et servir de certificat pour les membres actuels et futurs de l'ACAM;
  2. d’analyser les meilleures pratiques adoptées par d'autres organisations connexes en matière de code de conduite;
  3. de passer en revue les obligations juridiques de l'ACAM advenant qu’une plainte soit déposée contre un de ses membres;
  4. de faire des recherches et préparer un document de travail en vue de recommander : à court terme, les mesures à prendre en réponse à une plainte pour une éventuelle violation du code de conduite; à long terme, la mise en place, ou non, d’une structure ou d’un processus formel d'enquête en cas d’éventuelle violation du code de conduite;
  5. de déterminer s’il existe d’autres moyens pour l’ACAM d’encourager le respect de l’éthique dans les administrations locales.
Les membres du comité sont Jack Benzaquen (président), Jean Savard et Jake Rudolph. Le conseil espère que deux autres personnes, ne siégeant pas au conseil d’administration, deviennent membres du comité. Une grande partie du travail du comité peut se faire par conférences téléphoniques et par courriel. Bien que ce travail s’étale sur une certaine période, nous pensons qu’il faut prévoir de trois à cinq heures par mois pour examiner des documents et participer à des conférences téléphoniques. Dans la mesure du possible, nous vérifierons la disponibilité des membres du comité au préalable. Le travail devrait prendre une année.
Si la tâche vous intéresse, contacter Mme Jennifer Goodine, directrice générale de l’ACAM ( et elle vous enverra un formulaire devant être achevée au plus tard le 20 février 2015.

Innovation Edge -Transforming Local Government Conference in Phoenix, Arizona
In Chesterfield County, Virginia strategic planning and budgeting have been dating for a very long time. At times they seemed right on the brink of tying the knot. People wondered, what are they waiting for; they aren't getting any younger, you know?

Tired of waiting for planning and budgeting to realize they belonged together, Chesterfield County planned a shotgun wedding. They even designed a place for the new couple to live. They call it Blueprint Chesterfield. Blueprint Chesterfield establishes priorities for allocating resources. What makes this marriage unique?
  • Sets priorities
  • Provides step by step guidance that is easy to use and understand
  • Generates clear, concise, meaningful information
  • Uses numbers to tell the story
May budgeting and planning live happily ever after!

This case study as well as many more will be presented at the Transforming Local Government Conference, April 13-15 in Phoenix, Arizona. Register by February 28 to take advantage of the early bird registration rate – a 10% savings! Visit to learn more about the conference, to view the full program, to register and to book your room.

Questions? Comments? Please reach out to  Sallie Anne Burnett, East Regional Director for the Alliance for Innovation at, or 800-777-2509.


FCM Webinar: Infrastructure Asset Management for Cities in Emerging Economies – A Discussion on Local Success Factors
Thursday, February 26, 2015
12:00–1:15 p.m. EDT

Session summary
In 2014, FCM initiated a discussion with its partners from Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam to assess the needs of cities for infrastructure planning and financing. Local governments from these countries expressed great interest in the system approach and know-how of Canadian municipalities in infrastructure asset management. A case in point is the experience of the City of Fredericton, documented in a governance brief published by the Asian Development Bank.

The purpose of this webinar is to discuss the success conditions for local governments in developing asset management capabilities, with an eye on the transferability of the Canadian municipal experience to local governments in emerging economies. Our guest panelists from the City of Fredericton will provide insights about the political, financial and sustainable development challenges and opportunities that asset management represents.
Register today.
  • Brad Woodside, Mayor of Fredericton & President of FCM
  • Murray Jamer, Deputy CAO for the City of Fredericton
  • Tina Tapley, City Treasurer/Director of Finance & Administration for the City of Fredericton

Grants Available: Parks Canada's National Historic Sites

The Government of Canada has announced a new annual grant program of up to $100,000 for municipalities, provinces, or Aboriginal organizations to preserve, rehabilitate, and/or restore components of a designated national historic site.  In preparation for the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, priority funding will be given to projects that are linked to significant national achievements and events such as the 50th anniversary of the Canada Games or the centennial of the battles of Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele.  Applications are due on February 20, 2015.  Further information on the criteria for funding and application forms/guidelines are available on the Parks Canada website (

Welcome New Members
Welcome to the following new members:
  • Elsie Howanyk, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Two Hills, AB
  • David Bush, Commissioner of Human Resources and Legislative Services, City of Cambridge, ON
  • Michael Derricott, Town Manager, Town of Edson, AB
  • Colin Smith, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Riverview, NB
  • Jim Laslo, General Manager of Agriculture, Community & Protective Services, Wheatland County, AB
  • Pat Leitch, General Manager of Corporate and Financial Services, Wheatland County, AB

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