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May 20, 2015            


“Celebrating Municipal Leaders” at the 2015 CAMA Conference
The Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) will be “Celebrating Municipal Leaders” at their National Conference to be held in Jasper, AB at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge rom June 1-3, 2015.

This annual event offers an array of learning opportunities for Chief Administrative Officers and senior municipal managers serious about enhancing their skill sets.  Sessions are designed to offer participants with information and best practices necessary to succeed and prosper.

Its three days of inspiring and invigorating keynote speakers, exceptional networking and social events, as well as an interactive tradeshow featuring companies showcasing municipal-related products and services.


The Conference kicks off with Opening Keynote speaker Michael Kerr, who will talk about “Inspiring Leadership: Keeping Employees Engaged during the Good, the Bad and Even the Ugly Times.” It ends with Closing Keynote speaker, Michelle Ray and a session called: “The Power of Personal Leadership – Attitude Makes the Difference.”

In between, there will be a variety of sessions led by municipal leaders. June 2 will start with a panel discussion called “Leaders in the Shadows: Leadership Qualities of a CAO.” This will be followed by a casual dialogue about how successful local governments depend on employees feeling connected to their leadership and vision.

The afternoon of June 2, begins with two concurrent sessions. The first will be a “Speed Hiking & Networking” session designed to develop one-on-one professional connections. The second is called “Exploring New Revenue Channels – Corporate Sponsorship and Municipalities Today.” The day ends with two more concurrent sessions focused on small and large municipalities.

June 3 gets underway with a plenary session looking at “CAO/Council Relations” as well as an “Update on CAO Performance Evaluation Project.” This will be followed by another plenary session about Infrastructure Canada. The day ends with a series of study tours, including “Jasper Fire Smart Program,” a “Waste Management, Waste Water Treatment Plant and Green Building” environmental tour, and a look at why “Jasper National Park was Chosen as a Dark Sky Preserve” by Parks Canada.

Other Conference Highlights

The Conference gets underway on June 1 with the CAMA Golf Tournament and a river rafting excursion. There are also Provincial/Territorial Association Meetings, a Women’s Social, a First-Time Delegate Reception, and an opening reception in the CAMA Trade Show, where refreshment breaks will be held throughout the conference.

On June 2, there is CAMA’s Annual General Meeting and CAMA’s Long Service Awards will be presented. There will be a Young Professionals Reception and a Casual Night Out at Trefoil Lake. On June 3, CAMA’s Awards of Excellence will be presented at noon. The day will end with the CAMA President’s Dinner and the CAMA Honourary Member for Life presentation.

Throughout the Conference a Companion’s Program will be offered. Thanks to the Conference’s Platinum sponsor¨Alberta Municipal Affairs. Gold Conference sponsors include Ravenhill, Jostle, Honeywell, Microsoft, Deloitte, and the City of Edmonton. The program sponsor is The Partnership Group.

For more information, visit the 2015 Annual Conference section of the CAMA website. You can also check out CAMA on Facebook or on Twitter (@CAMALink).

Conference Details

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!

Transportation from Airports to Jasper
If you haven’t already arranged your transportation to Jasper, please note that there is still space on the three private direct shuttles that CAMA has booked through Sundog Tours 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.   Please use the following like to register:  Skip the Extra tickets section and go to the bottom where the Transportation can be booked.  Payment for this service on-line using a Visa or Mastercard.

Conference Mobile App
We are extremely pleased to offer the Mobile App once again at this year`s event.  To access the app, go to and download the link directly to your smartphone home screen.    Please note that the complete app is also available in French
This year’s app will give you an instant connection to:
•           The complete Conference Agenda – by day or time. Take notes within each session.
•           Conference speakers – read their bios with one tap.
•           ***NEW*** In-app networking.  Add a profile to connect with other conference delegates.
•           Receive alerts about conference changes.
•           Connect with CAMA via social media at the click of a button
•           See maps of the event facility and tradeshow.
•           Access to our sponsors and exhibitors.
•           Also new this year, we will be asking delegates to participate in periodic polls that will only be available on the app.  Check it out under the "Polls and Feedback" tab.
You can join the discussion as we live tweet the sessions.  Follow the Conference Twitter hashtag  #CAMA2015. 

2015 Conference Sponsors

The ministry provides support and advice to assist municipalities in providing Albertans with strong and effective local government. Support in enhancing municipal capacity and sustainability is delivered through advisory services, training, internship programs, and various other tools.

Municipal co-operation is fostered through land-use planning assistance, mediation programming, and financial support for regional collaboration. The administration of grant programs, including the Municipal Sustainability Initiative, reflects the government’s funding commitments to municipalities.

Assistance and advice are also provided to municipalities on assessment and tax-related issues. The ministry oversees the policies and procedures for the assessment of property in Alberta, determines each municipality’s share of the education tax, reviews and audits municipal assessments, and assesses linear property such as oil and gas wells, pipelines, electric power systems (generation, transmission, distribution) and telecommunication systems for Alberta municipalities. Equalized assessments are generated for requisitioning taxes for inter-municipal cost-sharing programs and in formulas for calculating various grants to municipalities. The ministry is also responsible for coordinating a comprehensive, cross-government, all-hazards approach to managing emergencies in the province, through the Alberta Emergency Management Agency.

Ravenhill Group We are Canada’s Municipal search specialists meeting the growing demand for excellent municipal senior staff through ethical head-hunting™. We do this by bringing the very best men and women face to face with the opportunity in your municipality …  an opportunity that they were unaware of because - simply put -  they weren’t thinking of a job change. The very best people are not looking and need to be found. 
Jostle is the creator of a new kind of intranet that is designed to help leaders engage their workforce. Its elegance and relevance yield exceptional participation rates – exceeding five times industry standards. Jostle’s intranet is turnkey, cloud-based, and requires no IT resources to maintain. For more information contact or visit us online at

Edmonton, Alberta’s capital city is home to 1.23 million people. It is the northernmost city in North America of at least one million people. Famous for its beautiful river valley park system, which offers over 100 kilometers of recreational trails, Edmonton is also known for its many vibrant arts community and cultural festivals like the International Fringe Festival and world-class sporting events like the ITU World Triathlon - Rally in the Valley and the 2016 FIFA Women’s World Cup.  Edmonton is rapidly becoming recognized as a global city with advanced infrastructure projects like its continuing LRT expansion, innovative transformational projects like its downtown arena and development of Blatchford, one of the largest sustainable development projects being planned in the world.  Key to this transformation is strengthening the heart of the city, connecting people, enhancing livability and building a strong sense of place. Recognized as a leader in environmental initiatives and a hotbed for investors, Edmonton is one of Canada’s great capitals and a city on the move.

Honeywell is a global leader in energy and utility services, helping customers upgrade their facilities and infrastructure while cutting operating expenses. We’ve worked with dozens of cities and municipal utilities to develop, fund and implement energy efficiency, demand response, advanced metering and smart grid projects.  By trimming a community’s energy use and environmental footprint, Honeywell helps free up capital that often pays for critical improvements and maintenance without raising rates or taxes.
Microsoft CityNext is a global people-first initiative to enable governments, businesses and citizens to create more sustainable, prosperous and economically competitive cities. With a broad devices and services platform, a vast global network of partners, and a history of successful education and social programs, Microsoft helps cities find the right answers for their local challenges and opportunities. Together with our partners, we are committed to helping cities:
•         Transform their infrastructure and operations
•         Engage citizens and businesses; and
•         Accelerate innovation and opportunity.
Broadening the conversation beyond infrastructure alone, Microsoft CityNext centers on helping city leaders unlock their most important resource … the potential of their people.


Deloitte ( is one of Canada's leading professional services firms, providing a full range of assurance and advisory, financial advisory, tax and consulting services to more than 60,000 clients in all sectors of the Canadian economy through more than 8,400 people in more than 55 locations across the country. We are leaders in consulting to public and para-public organizations, with many clients who can attest to our ability to identify opportunities and achieve results. We are dedicated to helping our clients and our people excel.


Phelps Group is one of Canada’s leading Executive Search & Talent Management firms.   Since 1986, they have transformed organizations through the hire of exceptional talent and leadership development. They understand the competencies and "fit" requirements for municipalities, having worked closely with many throughout Canada. With a broad network of executives and extensive experience recruiting for senior roles, their company has strong ethical standards, providing the integrity and transparency required for municipalities and other public sector organizations. 

Insituform Technologies® rehabilitates deteriorated sewer and water pipes using Insituform® processes, non-disruptive methods of creating a structurally sound pipe-within-a-pipe.  The Insituform® processes are an affordable way to solve a full range of everyday sewer and water problems with no digging or disruption.

Partnership Group – Sponsorship Specialists™ develop innovative sponsorship programs for organizations that buy and sell sponsorships. For over ten years we have successfully assisted municipalities such as the City of Toronto, Town of High River, City of Edmonton, Town of Kindersley and City of Kelowna with sponsorship asset identification, inventory development, asset valuation and staff mentoring.  They help municipalities generate alternate revenue channels through municipal sponsorships that maximize revenue without raising user fees or taxes.

StrategyCorp’s Municipal Affairs Practice Group helps local governments achieve their operational and policy goals, while building institutional capacity. Like municipal mechanics, we can help fix things that are broken, and like engineers, they help design system improvements. They bridge the political-administrative gap, working with all stakeholders, and develop efficient and effective solutions that can be implemented. Led by some of the best known faces in municipal public administration, StrategyCorp’s team has the know-how that comes from over a hundred years of combined rural and urban municipal sector experience.  Learn more at and visit them at the CAMA Social Media booth.

International Council of Shopping Centers:  Founded in 1957, 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 center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, lenders, retailers and public officials.  Headquartered in New York City with an office in Toronto, ICSC's Alliance Program builds strategic alliances between the public and private sector through local and regional meetings, “Deal Making” sessions and “Idea Exchanges.” These events give public officials, economic developers, planners and non-profit professionals an opportunity to discuss goals and challenges and build strategic partnerships with the development community. These partnerships can lead to important retail development, which is essential to the continued growth and vitality of local communities.

Lidstone & Company is a local government law firm that acts primarily for municipalities and other local governments throughout Canada. The firm also acts for entities that serve special local government purposes, including local government associations and authorities, boards, commissions, corporations, societies, or agencies, including police forces and library boards.  Lidstone & Company was founded in 2009 by a dedicated group of lawyers committed personally and professionally to the furtherance of the interests of local government in general and the provision of legal services required by local governments and related entities. The law firm has a national reputation in respect of local government law. Lawyers in our firm have practiced municipal law for local government clients in Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, Yukon Territory, and British Columbia.  Lidstone & Company has specialized solicitors. Areas of specialization include freedom of information, agreements and contracts, land use, building and development and municipal bylaw drafting and interpretation. The firm has comparatively fast turnaround times, acts proactively to prevent future legal problems, and works closely with municipal officers and employees as part of their team and part of their solution. Lidstone & Company is also noted for being creative, within the definitive limits of what is possible under the law, in the sense that the firm seeks enabling legislation, special regulations or letters patent, or recommends other actions that enable local governments to achieve their public policy objectives.

eZsigma Group is a privately held Canadian company founded in 2000 with offices in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Saint John.  They are Canada’s industry leader for Lean Six Sigma training, continuous improvement deployment, strategic planning and project management consulting, and one of the first organizations in Canada to be a full service trainer/certifier.  They offer certification programs for Lean and Six Sigma (examination and project completion) for all belts at all levels.   Their team of practitioners specializes in the strategic deployment of process improvement methods and cultural transformation, supported by expertise in delivering highly customized training.  Their training programs combine world-¬‐class content, on-¬‐site and classroom instruction, instructor-¬‐led webinars and a comprehensive e-¬‐learning library through eZsigma’s Quality Campus™.  They can support clients with one expert for a specific assignment, or more broadly with a team focuses on organizational and cultural Transformation.  eZsigma Group has supported many government agencies embarking in iLean methods, in fact they have supported the implementation of Lean Six Sigma at the City of Fredericton over the past three years through training and in coaching, particularly at the leadership level, including the CAO, Deputy  CAO and Chief Information Officer.   eZsigma Group has also helped York Region and are currently actively involved with supporting the deployment of Lean at the City of Mississauga and Peel Region through training, coaching and consulting at all levels.
Alberta Municipal Services Corporation (AMSC) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the AUMA and has been successfully delivering innovative solutions to municipalities, municipally related not-for-profit organizations and their employees for more than 40 years. AMSC provides substantial value to members through economies of scale, outstanding service & support, expertise that comes from working with municipalities and contributes to the advocacy efforts  of the organization. AMSC offers HR services, employee benefits & retirement, Insurance & Risk Services, as well as Investment and Energy Services.

Sundog Tour Co.  Since 1997 SunDog Tour Co. has been providing first class transportation, tours, and activities to visitors of Western Canada. They are proud to offer personalized, consistent, and quality products and services throughout the Canadian Rockies and beyond.  For over 17 years they have been bringing together teams of energetic, knowledgeable, and dedicated professionals who are committed to  delivering a level of service unsurpassed in the industry. Their programmers, drivers, and guides all work, live, and play in the Rockies and their love for their surroundings is infectious.  SunDog Tour Co. boasts one of the most diverse, modern, and well-maintained vehicle fleets in the industry. The winner of the 2014 Alberta Business Award of Distiction, SunDog Tour Co. continues to strive to be the best in the industry and to bring the best of the Canadian Rockies to you.

CN is one of the largest railroads in North America, spanning Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico.

CAMA delegates will be provided complimentary access (with their CAMA Conference name badge) to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Tradeshow being held on Friday, June 5th, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Shaw Convention Centre in Edmonton, AB.  Please note that change in time.  The FCM Conference will be held from June 5-8, 2015 with nearly 2,000 municipal leaders coming together to discuss key issues and challenges their communities are facing.  For more information visit

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