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May 8, 2015            


Only One Week Left to Register for the 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.   The on-line registration for this event closes on Friday May 15th so don't delay!  


This year’s Conference will be “Business Casual” so leave your suits and ties at home – even for the President’s Dinner!  We want you to enjoy the sessions and the beautiful scenery in clothes that are comfortable to you!

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.

Saskatchewan Communities Receive More Than $1.4 million In Charitable Gaming Grants

The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) is providing more than $1.4 million to more than 600 community groups and organizations across the province through its charitable gaming grant program.  "The charitable gaming grant program is an important contributor to a number of volunteer-based organizations that are essential to Saskatchewan communities," Minister responsible for SLGA Don McMorris said.  "These dollars will further enhance the programs and services that these groups provide in their communities."

Among the grants provided by SLGA this quarter: Moose Jaw and surrounding area received $90,781; Prince Albert and surrounding area: $77,754; Swift Current and surrounding area: $70,713; Meadow Lake and surrounding area: $63,689 and Estevan and surrounding area: $26,789.  The charitable gaming grant program supports groups and organizations that conduct charitable gaming including licensed bingos, raffles, breakopen tickets, Texas Hold 'em poker and Monte Carlo events.  Groups and organizations receive a grant equal to 25 per cent of the net revenues raised from these activities, up to a maximum grant of $100,000 annually.

Charitable gaming grants are paid quarterly.  Groups that conduct licensed charitable gaming activities and events do not have to apply for the charitable gaming grant.  Charitable gaming reports submitted by the groups are used by SLGA to calculate grants.  For more information:   Saskatchewan Government

Municipal Leaders Survey

As part of a new book on local government leadership to be published in 2016 by Municipal World, AMCTO, Municipal World and Gord Hume have come together to conduct a cross-Canada survey on the opinions on elected and administrative leaders for Canada’s towns and cities.  This original research will provide an opportunity to gather data on the qualities of local government leadership, the most important characteristics of municipal leaders, compare how elected and appointed officials view priorities and working relationships, and provide a unique snap-shot of attitudes about local priorities and governance.  The survey is to be completed by no later than May 15th 2015 and can be accessed through the following link:    The highlights will be published later this year in a feature story in Municipal World, and the full results will form an important part of Gord Hume’s next book.  Survey details will also be offered as an insightful forum by Gord at municipal conferences and events throughout 2015-16.  Thank you for your cooperation and assistance in.  Should you have any questions about access to the survey, please contact Eric Muller (

Sponsorship Policy Development
Every municipality needs a sponsorship policy in place.  Whether it is a naming rights deal or soliciting sponsorship for a Canada Day event, a professionally developed sponsorship marketing policy is essential.  The policy is there to set standards that a municipality can stand beside.  It also outlines asset availability, investment levels, how the dollars are allocated and the investment level that the council becomes involved.  Whether a municipality builds this themselves or engages a sponsorship marketing agency like the Partnership Group – Sponsorship Specialists ™, a municipality must have a policy in place.  For more information on Sponsorship Policy Development, go to

Welcome New Members
Welcome to the following new members:
  • Matthew Ayres, Executive Director, Nunavut Municipal Training Organization, NU
  • Muhamud Hassan, Chief Administrative Officer, Iqaluit, NU
  • Bill Rogan, Chief Administrative Officer, County of Grande Prairie, AB
  • Christopher Parker, Town of Beaverlodge, AB
  • Doug Munn, Principal, JD Munn Consulting, AB
  • Nathalie Hadida, Directrice générale, Ville de Baie-D'Urfé, QC
  • Melissa Wiklund, City Manager, City of Corner Brook, NL
  • Michael Fark, General Manager of Municipal Infrastructure, Town of Canmore, AB
  • James Ridge, City Manager, City of Burlington, ON

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