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June 18, 2015            

CAMA Awards of Excellence Presented by Ravenhill Group Inc.
Ravenhill Group Inc. proudly presented the CAMA Awards of Excellence at the 44th Annual Conference held in Jasper, Alberta. Ravenhill Group is Canada’s municipal search specialists, meeting the growing demand for excellent Chief Administrative Officers and other municipal leaders through ethical head-hunting™. Ravenhill does this by bringing the very best men and women face to face with the opportunity in a municipality … an opportunity that they were unaware of because - simply put - they weren't thinking of a job change. Please visit: for more information.

2015 CAMA Willis Award for Innovation: City of Summerside, PEI (Population Under 20,000)

Jake Rudolph, Chair of the CAMA Awards/CAMA Board Representative for British Columbia and Yukon;
Bruce Malcolm, President of Ravenhill Inc, Awards Partner; Gordon MacFarlane, Deputy CAO,
City of Summerside; Robert Hughes, CAMA President

MyPowerNet – A wind energy storage program in a smart grid network

Congratulations to the City of Summerside on the 2015 CAMA Willis Award for Innovation for Municipalities with a Population Under 20,000. 

Blows. Bricks. BTUs. Bytes. These four words sum up the City of Summerside’s program called MyPowerNet.

In 2010, the City got into the wind energy game and built a 12 megawatt wind farm. Driven to innovate, the City then set out to tackle the fickle nature of wind energy using Electric Thermal Storage (ETS).

When the wind blows, the City’s wind farm captures and distributes the energy. But what happens when the energy produced exceeds local demand? The excess is collected and stored in bricks, as heat, using ancient technology.

The BTUs of thermal energy in the bricks then heats domestic hot water appliances and space heating appliances. A growing network of appliances – now topping 250 throughout the city – is monitored and controlled by electronic bits and bytes in an advanced smart grid network.

Residents and businesses using highly efficient ETS appliances are not only saving money, they’re helping to displace more than a 1,000 metric tonnes of greenhouse gases annually.  The advanced heart of the system is an optical fiber network through which the local electric utility can precisely monitor consumption and help control local energy demands.  MyPowerNet is a City of Summerside success story that has garnered regional, national, and international recognition.
MyPowerNet – Un programme de stockage de l’énergie éolienne dans un réseau de distribution intelligent

Vent. Briques. BTU. Octets. Quatre mots qui résument MyPowerNet, un programme de la Ville de Summerside.
En 2010, la municipalité a construit un parc éolien de 12 mégawatts, puis, poussée par la volonté d’innover, a entrepris de s'attaquer à la nature instable de l'énergie éolienne à l'aide du stockage d'électricité accumulée (SEA).  Quand le vent se lève, le parc éolien capte et distribue l’énergie. Mais qu’arrive-t-il quand l'énergie produite dépasse la demande locale? Le surplus est récupéré et emmagasiné dans des briques, sous forme de chaleur, à l’aide d’une technologie ancienne.
Les BTU d'énergie thermique accumulés dans les briques chauffent alors les appareils à eau chaude et de chauffage. Un nombre croissant d'entre eux – plus de 250 dans toute la ville – est surveillé et contrôlé par les bits et les octets électroniques d’un réseau de distribution intelligent.
En plus de faire des économies, les résidents et les entreprises qui utilisent des appareils SEA à haute efficacité aident à éviter plus de 1000 tonnes métriques de gaz à effet de serre chaque année.  Ultramoderne, le cœur du système est un réseau de fibres optiques que le fournisseur local d'électricité peut utiliser pour surveiller précisément la consommation et aider à maîtriser la demande énergétique.
MyPowerNet, mis au point par la Ville de Summerside, s’avère un succès qui est reconnu à l’échelle régionale nationale et internationale.

Call for Expression of Interest for CAMA Sub-Committees
The CAMA Board of Directors recognizes that CAMA members can play an important role in contributing to several of their Sub-Committees on various portfolios.  There are currently two Sub-Committees that are seeking additional CAMA members.
2016 CAMA Conference Program Sub-Committee

Our Annual Conference continues to be the single most important professional development initiative we deliver and is a fantastic networking opportunity.  The Board spends a great deal of its time devoted to the programming of this event through the leadership of the Conference Program Sub-Committee which is responsible for developing the Conference theme and designing the speakers program.  This year’s Conference will be held in Winnipeg, MB from May 30th to June 1st, 2016.

President Don MacLellan is this year’s Chair of the Committee along with Board members Glen Davies (also the Liaison to the Host Committee), Jake Rudolph, Rodney Cumby, and Louis Coutinho.   We are seeking two additional members.  The Committee work is completed through Conference calls and by e-mail with a time commitment of approximately 3-4 hours per month for the months of July 2015 thru December 2015.
If you are interested in serving on this Committee and are a CAMA member, please contact Ms. Jennifer Goodine, CAMA Executive Director ( to send you an Expression of Interest Form in which the deadline is June 30th, 2015.
2016 CAMA Awards of Excellence Sub-Committee
CAMA’s Awards of Excellence Program encourages the improvement of the art of municipal management to recognize the specific contributions achieved by members of the Association, and to publicize these to other members as well as to the general public.
The 2016 CAMA Awards Committee is Chaired by Board member Marc Landry and we are seeking five additional members.  The time commitment is as follows:
  • There are usually between 50-60 award submissions to review which are a maximum of 2,000 words in length (approximate time 8-10 hours).  These submissions are evaluated based on set criteria and are forwarded to the Committee electronically.
  • The submission deadline for the awards is February 26th, 2016 with the Committee reviewing the submissions between March 7th-18th, 2016.
  • A Conference Call will be held with the Committee the week of March 21st, 2016 to review the submissions and make a decision on the winners.
If you are interested in serving on this Committee and are a CAMA member, please contact Ms. Jennifer Goodine, CAMA Executive Director ( to send you an Expression of Interest Form in which the deadline is June 30th, 2015.

PSD WEBINAR: Attracting Talent to Local Government
This PSD Webinar brings together four panelists from across Canada and the United States with expertise in talent acquisition and succession planning for local government. Panelists will discuss proven programs and best practices that are helping them identify, attract, retain, and develop talent in their respective organizations.
  • Simon Farbrother, City Manager, City of Edmonton
  • Marc Landry, CAO, Town of Beaumont
  • Rob Carty, Director, Career Services and Next Generation Initiatives, ICMA
  • Stewart Liff, Fellow, The Performance Institute
When?  June 24th 2:30 ET – 3:30 ET
CAMA Members receive a 25% discount on webinar registration with the following discount code: CAMA

FREE PSD WEBINAR: Federal Gas Tax Funding: Asset Management Planning Requirements
PSD will be delivering an open webinar to review the renewed Federal Gas Tax Fund Agreements for each province with a focus on the implications for municipal asset management. Learn about the requirements for asset management capacity building in your province,  and about tools and strategies to kick start your asset management  program in your municipality.

When?   June 25 at 1:00PM – 2:00PM EDT

Feel free to pass this information on to your employees.


Webinar on CETA and Municipal Procurement - June 18, 2015
FCM and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development invite you to register for our June 18 webinar on the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) and Municipal Procurement.

The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is Canada’s most ambitious trade initiative since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). CETA, which is expected to come into force within the next two years, breaks new ground for Canada and its municipalities.

Under CETA, Canadian municipalities will have international procurement obligations for the first time. What do CETA’s procurement obligations entail? Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) can help provide some guidance.

To register, go to:

Please feel free to share this email with any relevant staff or colleagues. All are welcome!

This webinar is a joint initiative of the FCM-DFATD Joint Working Group on International Trade.


La FCM et le Ministère des affaires étrangères, du commerce et développement vous invitent à vous inscrire au webinaire du 18 juin, 2015 sur l’Accord économique et commercial global (AECG) entre le Canada et l’Union européenne, et les marché publics municipaux.

L’Accord économique et commercial global (AECG) entre le Canada et l’Union européenne est l’initiative commerciale du Canada la plus ambitieuse depuis l’Accord de libre-échange nord-américain. L’AECG, qui doit entrer en vigueur d’ici deux ans, ouvrira de nouveaux horizons pour le Canada et ses municipalités. Dans le cadre de l’AECG, pour la première fois, les municipalités canadiennes auront des obligations internationales dans le domaine des marchés publics. Que signifient ces obligations? Affaires étrangères, Commerce et Développement Canada (MAECD) peut vous aider à mieux comprendre.

Inscrivez-vous au: (en anglais seulement)

N’hésitez pas à partager ce courriel avec vos collègues et employés. Le webinaire est ouvert à tous!

Ce webinaire est une initiative conjointe du Groupe de travail FCM-MAECD sur le commerce international.

Western Sponsorship Congress™ - October 19-21, 2015

Need to generate revenue without increasing user fees or taxes?  Join us in Calgary October 19 – 21, 2015 and walk away with all the golden rules of sponsorship!  Since 2005, the Western Sponsorship Congress™ has provided professional development and networking opportunities that have focused on a range of sponsorship related topics.  Come meet with other municipalities and sponsorship selling organizations; network with corporate brands who just might be the new naming sponsor of your multiplex, arts centre or program supporter.  Also available Monday, October 19 is our exclusive Municipal Workshop specifically tailored to the unique needs of municipalities and sponsors.  Visit for more information or to register.

Welcome New Members
Welcome to the following new members:
  • Simona Sonnenwirth, Human Resources Director, Town of Hampstead, QC
  • Julie Monaghan, SAO/Band Manager, Kasho Gotine Charter Comunity, NT
  • Hardy Bromberg, Commissioner of Planning & Development, City of Cambridge, ON
  • Michael Merritt, CAO, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, NS
  • Mike Dalton, Vice President, Audio Visual Systems Division, Applied Electronics Limited, ON

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