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February 24, 2015            

Election of the CAMA Board of Directors – E-Voting Process
The election of the CAMA Board of Directors is governed by an e-voting process.  This new process, adopted in 2013, will no longer allow for nominations from the floor at the Annual General Meeting.  Once you are elected to the Board by your colleagues, you do not have to stand for re-election each year.  All nominees that meet the criteria are listed on the election ballot.
The CAMA Board of Directors shall be comprised of ten (10) Regular Members who are elected by the membership.  The Immediate Past-President shall serve on the Board of Directors and shall have voting privileges.  The ten (10) elected Members of the Board of Directors shall be regionally represented as follows:
  • British Columbia and Yukon Territory (1 Member)
  • Alberta and Northwest Territories (1 Member)
  • Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Nunavut (1 Member)
  • Ontario (1 Member)
  • Québec (1 Member)
  • New Brunswick (1 Member)
  • Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island (1 Member)
  • Newfoundland and Labrador (1 Member)
  • Members at Large (2 Members)
Only Regular Members resident in each region are eligible for election in that region.  Member at Large positions are open to Regular Members from any part of the country.  The Nominating Committee shall appoint the Executive consisting of the President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President and Treasurer from among the members of the Board of Directors. 
Elected members of the Board of Directors shall serve for a four (4) year term except where the member is to serve as the President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, Treasurer or Immediate Past President.  After an absence from the Board of Directors for a period of two consecutive years, members who have previously served shall again be eligible for office.  The term of office of directors shall commence immediately following the CAMA Annual General Meeting being held this year in Jasper, Alberta on June 2nd, 2015, at which time they are elected, and shall conclude upon the election of their successors.
Call for Nominations for the 2015-2016 CAMA Board of Directors (March 13th, 2015 Deadline)
In accordance with the requirements of the CAMA by-laws, two positions have opened up for the CAMA Board of Directors for the 2015-2016 year:  the position for Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island currently being filled by President Robert Hughes and the Newfoundland and Labrador position currently being filled by Keith Arns. 
The Nominating Committee invites all Regular CAMA members to express their interest in letting their name stand for the election of the above noted positions by completing the nomination form (which can be found on the following website link: accompanied by a photo, a one-page bio, and the names and signatures of two nominators who are Regular members of the Association.  Photos and bios will be posted to the CAMA website.  Please note that only Regular Members resident in each region are eligible for election in that region. 
Nominations should be sent to Ms. Jennifer Goodine, CAMA Executive Director (and Returning Officer), via e-mail ( by the end of the day on Friday, March  13th, 2015.

Further information regarding the procedures for voting will be distributed electronically to all CAMA members eligible to vote, prior to the commencement of the voting period.  Please also note that only CAMA members in good standing with membership fees paid for the current fiscal year (April 1st, 2015 to March 31st, 2016) will be eligible to vote.
Jean Savard
CAMA Past President/
Chair of Nominating Committee

Élection du conseil d’administration de l’ACAM - Vote électronique
L'élection du conseil d'administration de l'ACAM est régie par une procédure de vote électronique. Cette nouvelle procédure, adoptée en 2013, ne permettra plus que les mises en candidature viennent des participants pendant  l’assemblée générale annuelle. Une fois élue au conseil par ses collègues, une personne n’aura pas besoin représenter chaque année. Tous les candidats qui remplissent les conditions seront inscrits sur le bulletin de vote.
Le conseil d’administration de l’ACAM doit comprendre dix membres titulaires élus par les membres. Le président sortant siège au conseil d’administration et a le droit de voter. Les dix membres du conseil d’administration élus sont représentés comme suit sur le plan régional :

Colombie-Britannique et Territoire du Yukon (1 membre)
Alberta et Territoires due Nord-Ouest (1 membre)
Manitoba, Saskatchewan et Nunavut (1 membre)
Ontario (1 membre)
Québec (1 membre)
Nouveau Brunswick (1 membre)
Nouvelle-Écosse et Île-du-Prince-Édouard (1 membre)
Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador (1 membre)
Membres à titre particulier (2 membres)
Seuls les membres titulaires résidant dans chaque région sont éligibles dans cette région. Les postes de membres à titre particulier sont ouverts aux membres titulaires de n’importe où au pays. Les nominations à des postes de direction sont effectuées par le Comité des candidatures; ces postes sont ceux de président, premier vice-président, deuxième vice-président et trésorier, dont les titulaires sont choisis parmi les membres du conseil d’administration. 
Un membre élu au conseil d’administration remplit un mandat de quatre (4) années, sauf si le membre est appelé à siéger en tant que président, premier vice-président, deuxième vice-président, trésorier ou président sortant. Après une absence de deux années consécutives du conseil d’administration, les membres ayant siégé précédemment redeviennent éligibles. Le mandat des administrateurs prend effet dès la fin de l’assemblée générale de l’ACAM pendant laquelle ils ont été élus (elle a lieu cette année à Jasper le 2 juin 2015), et il vient à échéance à l’élection de leurs successeurs.
Appel de candidatures au conseil d’administration de l’ACAM 2015-2016
Conformément aux exigences des règlements de l’ACAM, deux postes du conseil d’administration de l’ACAM deviennent vacants pour 2015-2016 : celui du Nouvelle-Écosse et à l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard, qu’occupe actuellement le président Robert Hughes, et celui de la Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador, actuellement occupé par Keith Arns. 
Le Comité des candidatures invite tous les membres titulaires de l’ACAM intéressés à présenter leur candidature à l’élection aux postes indiqués ci-dessus à remplir le formulaire de mise en candidature (, à y joindre une photo, des notes biographiques tenant sur une page et les noms et signatures de deux membres titulaires de l’association qui présentent la candidature. Les photos et notes biographiques seront affichées sur le site web de l’ACAM. À noter que seuls les membres titulaires résidant dans une région donnée sont éligibles pour la représenter. 
Les candidatures doivent parvenir à Mme Jennifer Goodine, directrice générale de l’ACAM (et directrice du scrutin), par courriel ( au plus tard à la fin de la journée du vendredi 13 mars 2015.

Tous les membres votants admissibles de l’ACAM recevront un complément d’information sur la procédure du vote par voie électronique avant le début de la période de scrutin. Il faut préciser que seuls les membres en règle de l’ACAM pourront voter, c’est-à-dire ceux dont la cotisation pour l’exercice en cours (1er avril 2015 au 31 mars 2016) aura été payée.
Jean Savard
Président sortant de l’ACAM /Président du Comité des candidatures

2015 AMCTO Municipal Leaders’ Forum

AMCTO’s annual Municipal Leaders’ Forum, is a premier event for Senior Executive Leaders from Ontario’s municipal sector.  The 2015 AMCTO Leaders’ Forum presented in partnership with CAMA (Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators), will bring together issues experts, academics, and senior leaders from the public and private sectors to discuss successful strategies and best practices around one of the key strategic leadership and management issues facing our sector today.  Visit for further information.

February 27th, 2015: Deadline for Nominations for 2015 CAMA Awards of Excellence Program
The 2015 CAMA Awards of Excellence Program was launched on January 5, 2015 by President Robert Hughes and Board Member and Awards Chairman Jake Rudolph.   Experience has demonstrated that CAMA members have every right to be proud when it comes to excellence in municipal management. Year-after-year there are countless examples of outstanding projects and programs designed, developed and implemented in Canadian municipalities to improve the quality of life for citizens.

It’s time once again to start thinking about sharing your achievements and successes with your municipal colleagues, to recognize the work of your employees, and to receive the recognition of your profession.  It’s time to prepare a nomination for the 2015 CAMA Awards Program. Nomination packages were mailed out this week and the deadline for applications is February 27th, 2015. 

Award winners will be asked to submit a high resolution logo and fifteen to twenty photos of the project to be included in a video.  Winners will also be recognized in CAMA’s e-Brief, press releases will be prepared and circulated to the local media, and the CAMA Board member closest to the successful community will also arrange to attend a Council meeting to make the award presentation to your Mayor and Council. The awards will be presented at the CAMA Annual Conference being held in Jasper, Alberta on June 3rd, 2015.
Each year, the CAMA awards program recognizes program excellence in three areas: Environment, Innovation and Professional Development.  Because Canada has a unique mixture of small and large communities, awards are granted according to population in three categories:  for municipalities with a population under 20,000, for municipalities with a population between 20,001 and 100,000, and for those over 100,000.  Three awards are granted in each of the above-noted categories for a total of nine awards. Please note that your award submission will only be accepted in electronic format and should be a maximum of 2,000 words (with appendices not being accepted).

The Professional Development Awards recognizes a community that has developed a unique and innovative professional development program for their staff and can be replicated in other communities.  The Environment Award recognizes the commitment of a municipality to environmentally sustainable governance, to protecting the environment and to combating climate change.  The Willis Award for Innovation, awarded in recognition of Jack Willis for his contribution to CAMA, is presented for programs, projects or services that demonstrate exceptional innovation or meritorious initiative.
To learn more, or to obtain the nomination forms online, visit or call the CAMA National Office at 1-866-771-2262.

Call for Nominations : Prince of Wales Prize
The National Trust for Canada is accepting nominations for the Prince of Wales Prize for Municipal Heritage Leadership.  Under the generous patronage of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, this prize is awarded to a municipal government, large or small, rural or urban, which has demonstrated a strong and sustained commitment to the conservation of its historic places.  The Terms of Reference, complete with eligibility criteria, nomination procedures and forms, are available online at The deadline for submissions is March 27, 2015, so don't delay!

Free Resource: Improving Tenant Mix: A Guide for Commercial District Practitioners

The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) serves the global retail real estate industry. Its 70,000+ members in the U.S., Canada and 85 other countries include shopping centre owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, lenders, retailers and public officials.  Improving Tenant Mix: A Guide for Commercial District Practitioners is an invaluable guide for economic development practitioners leading retail attraction efforts in downtowns and neighborhood business districts. This guide is written for public-sector officials as well as staff at Business Improvement Districts and community-based non-profits—anyone leading efforts to improve tenant mix along traditional retail corridors and districts. Designed in an easy-to-follow format, Improving Tenant Mix will ensure that practitioners have the information they need to design and execute successful retail recruitment efforts, improve retail offerings, and attract more shoppers, resulting in more retail sales for district businesses over time. Peppered with real-world advice from an expert advisory panel, this guide will be the one you reach for again and again.  Visit:

Diversify Revenue Streams
We have never seen a municipality that doesn't need more money. Every day, we see municipalities struggle to generate more revenue without raising taxes or user fees.  Corporate sponsorship is an alternate revenue channel. Municipalities need to invest in an inventory asset valuation or program assessment to determine if sponsorship is a profitable revenue channel. Sponsorship marketing has proven its success in large and small communities across Canada; when it is done right. When that is so, it can deliver anywhere from $250,000 to millions of dollars for the bottom line. Would this not help in your municipalities’ budget forecasting?   Read more at

Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary Awarded the 2014 World Mayor Prize

Congratulations to Naheed Nenshi, the Mayor of Calgary, Canada, who has been awarded the 2014 World Mayor Prize. First runner-up Daniël Termont, Mayor of Ghent, Belgium, will be conferred the World Mayor Commendation for services to European cities. Second runner-up Mayor Tri Rismaharini will receive the World Mayor Commendation for services to the City of Surabaya, Indonesia. 

World Mayor, a project conceived and organised by the City Mayors Foundation, aims to raise the profile of mayors worldwide, as well as to honour those who have made long-lasting contributions to their communities and are committed to the well-being of cities nationally and internationally. An outstanding mayor must possess qualities such as: honesty, leadership and vision, good management abilities, social and economic awareness, ability to provide security and to protect the environment, as well as having the skill to cultivate good relations between communities different cultural, racial and social backgrounds. The World Mayor Project started in 2004. The City Mayors Foundation, set up in 2003 as an urban think tank and campaigning organisation, is instrumental in promoting good, open and honest local government through its Code of Ethics.   The World Mayor Project and The City Mayors Foundation have no connection with any city or organisation and are run on philanthropic lines. The Foundation is financed and maintained by its fellows according to their means and expertise. Sponsorships, advertising, subscriptions, donations or any other kind of revenues are not sought, and if offered, are rejected. 

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