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April 21, 2015            

2015 CAMA Conference - A Casual Attire Event: Registration Closes May 15, 2015
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.   Pre-Conference activities will begin on Monday morning with the Conference Program ending after the President’s Dinner on Wednesday evening.   The on-line registration for this event closes on Friday May 15th so don't delay!  Also, watch for the Conference Mobile App to be launched this week!

Please note that this year's Conference is a "Casual Attire" event.  Bring your mountain wear and leave your formal attire at home - even the President's Dinner is casual!
You can also keep up-to-date with Conference news by following us on Twitter, @camalink, and by using the hashtag #CAMA2015.

Registration Fees
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 Registration Fee (+ 5% GST) 
*CAMA Member (Municipal) $725.00 + $36.25 GST = $761.25
 *First Time Attendee Members (Municipal) $575.00 + $28.75 GST = $603.75 
*Non-Member (Municipal) $925.00 + $46.25 GST = $971.25 
**Affiliate CAMA Member (Non-Municipal) $1025.00 + $51.25 GST = $1076.25 
**Non-Member (Non-Municipal)  $1225.00 + $61.25 GST =  $1286.25 
Retired Member $425.00 + $21.25 GST =  $446.25 
Municipal Intern $625.00 + $31.25 HST = $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).
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 Registration Fee  (+ 5% GST)
*Companion of a CAMA Member (Municipal) $325.00 + $16.25 GST = $341.25
*Companion of a Non-Member (Municipal) $350.00 + $17.50 GST = $367.50
**Companion of an Affiliate CAMA Member (Non-Municipal) $375.00 + $18.75 GST = $393.75
**Companion of a Non-Member (Non-Municipal) $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.

Companions have the option of joining the delegates for the Pre-Conference Events (Golf Tournament and Rafting Excursion) and the Study Tours for an additional cost.
Using the links below, members can register for the Conference, the Golf Tournament, the Companion’s Program, and purchase additional event tickets.  Have your credit card ready.  For those wishing to pay by cheque, register online then forward payment to the CAMA National Office.  Registering online is the only way to sign up for this year’s Conference.  CAMA members must register with their e-mail address.
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. 

If you have already registered for the Conference and would like to take advantage of this special offer, please use the following link and skip to the bottom of the form:

Professional Development Web Based Training: LGMA-CAMA 2015 Spring Series

In partnership with Paragon Strategic Services (Tracey Lorenson) and Jan Enns Communications the LGMA and CAMA are pleased to offer the following course offerings for the spring 2015 semester that will help meet your training needs and increase capacity in your organization, all from the comfort of your own office.These programs are open to all public service employees.   

Web based E-Learning courses provide the ability to participate via either internet and audio, or audio only. The technology allows participants to ask questions or comment via either voice or a “chat” feature.
The cost for each session is $150 plus applicable taxes per person.  All fees must be paid at the time of registration by credit card and are non-refundable. 

May 5                        
Conflict Resolution & Having Difficult Conversations
May 6              
Succession Planning - Managing the Risk of Planned and Unplanned Vacancies
May 12                       
Communication Planning in Six Simple Steps
May 13           
Planning for Successful Public and Stakeholder Consultation in 10 ‘Easy’ Steps
May 26                       
Media Relations: Tips & Techniques to Improve Your Interview Skills and Media Coverage
June 2                       
Managing Performance and Coaching Skills
June 3           
Enhancing Leadership Skills
June 9               
Managing Time and Stress
June 10           
Respectful Workplace and Generational Issues
June 23                       
Social Media for Local Government: Informing and Engaging in a Virtual World
June 24           
Issues Management: How your Proactive Communications Can Prevent Problems

For more information regarding the LGMA-CAMA E-Learning Spring 2015 Series visit: 
LGMA-CAMA E-Learning Opportunities  at

Please feel free to post this information on your staff notice boards and circulate throughout your office.

FCM’s Caribbean Program Seeks Municipal Economic Development Volunteers

FCM is implementing a six-year, $23.2-million project to stimulate sustainable local economic development in the Caribbean Region. The Caribbean Local Economic Development Program (CARILED) supports nearly 50 local governments and agencies in their local economic development initiatives targeting more than 500 micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.
FCM is recruiting economic development volunteers to advise on CARILED’s LED initiatives.  Interested individuals and municipalities should review the available opportunities and apply online by Sunday, May 3, 2015.  For more information, please contact Jennifer Donnelly at
La FCM cherche des spécialiste(s) en développement économique locale pour son programme au Caraïbes

La FCM met en œuvre un programme de 23,2 millions de dollars sur six ans pour stimuler le développement économique local durable dans la région des Caraïbes. Le Programme de développement économique local dans les Caraïbes  (PDELC) soutien près de 50 gouvernements et organismes locaux dans la mise en œuvre d’initiatives de développement économique local visant plus de 500 micro, petites et moyennes entreprises.

La FCM recrute actuellement des spécialiste(s) en développement économique locale qui auront pour mandat de fournir des conseils sur les projets en DEL du PDELC. Nous invitons les personnes et municipalités intéressées à prendre connaissance des possibilités de participation disponibles et à poser leur candidature en ligne d’ici le dimanche le 3 mai 2015
Pour plus d’information, veuillez communiquer avec Jennifer Donnelly at

Call For Proposals for the National Disaster Mitigation Program

The Honourable Steven Blaney, Canada's Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness launched the first call for proposals for the National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP).  In Economic Action Plan 2014, our Government committed to providing $200 million in funding over five years, starting in 2015-16 to develop the National Disaster Mitigation Program. As announced in January 2015, the NDMP will focus mainly on flood mitigation, to better protect Canadians, their homes, and communities.

This funding is in addition to the investments made under the New Building Canada Fund. Announced in Economic Action Plan 2013, the New Building Canada Fund provides $14 billion to support significant infrastructure projects in Canada as identified by the provinces and territories, which can include mitigation infrastructure to help prevent floods and other natural disasters.

The investments in flood-risk identification and prevention measures through the NDMP reflect our Government's shift towards a proactive disaster relief model that will better protect Canadians and their communities from the costs and heartache associated with reoccurring flooding.

Quick Facts
  • Flood mitigation investments are needed in Canada. Since being created in 1970, the DFAA have been applied to over 210 events, with total payments of over $3.4 billion made to provinces and territories. Of those 210 events, 190 were flood-related, representing more than 85 per cent of all DFAA-funded recovery efforts.
  • Through NDMP investments, our Government will: ◦Help reduce flood-related risks and losses by supporting provinces and territories in identifying and mitigating high-risk flood areas;
  • Contribute to establishing conditions for the introduction of a residential flood insurance market in Canada;
  • Collect disaster risk information that will inform future investments; and
  • Facilitate greater knowledge-sharing across emergency management stakeholders.
This funding is in addition to the funding that is available for disaster mitigation projects through the $53 billion New Building Canada Plan. It provides stable funding for a 10-year period, and includes:       
  • The Community Improvement Fund, consisting of the Gas Tax Fund and the incremental Goods and Services Tax Rebate for Municipalities, which will provide over $32 billion to municipalities for projects such as disaster mitigation, roads, public transit, and other community infrastructure. 
  • The $14-billion New Building Canada Fund, which consists of:
    • The $4-billion National Infrastructure Component that will support projects of national significance; and
    • The $10-billion Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component for projects of national, regional and local significance. Of this amount, $1 billion for projects in communities with fewer than 100,000 residents through the Small Communities Fund.
    • An additional $1.25 billion in funding for the Public-Private Partnerships (P3) Canada Fund administered by PPP Canada.
 For more information, please visit the website

May 8 Deadline to Apply for Physical Literacy Program Funding
The Public Health Agency of Canada, ParticipACTION, and the Royal Bank of Canada are offering a total of $1.75 million in grant funding under the RBC Learn to Play Project to support the building of children’s physical literacy.  Physical literacy involves having the skills and confidence needed to enjoy a variety of sports and physical activities.  Municipalities and community organizations are eligible to apply for funding under the following two categories:
  1. $1,000 - $10,000 will be awarded under the RBC Learn to Play Community Grants and RBC Learn to Skate Program for organizations that teach new skills or sports to kids, and/or expose them to multiple sports or multiple skills such as swimming or skating lessons.
  2. $10,001 - $25,000 will be awarded to organizations that are developing or implementing action plans to transform the way sports and physical activities are planned and delivered, such as programs that make sports more available for new immigrant youth.

More information and application details are available at

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