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FCM’s Ukraine Program Seeks Municipal Volunteers
FCM is implementing a five-year, $19.5 million CAD program in Ukraine. The overall goal of the Partnership for Local Economic Development and Democratic Governance (PLEDDG) is to support long-term social and economic growth and prosperity in Ukraine.

FCM is recruiting municipal volunteers to advise on PLEDDG’s initiatives. Interested individuals and municipalities should review the available opportunities and apply online by Sunday, November 1, 2015
For more information, please contact Wendy Storey.

La FCM cherche des spécialiste(s) pour son programme en Ukraine

La FCM met en œuvre un programme de 19,5 millions de dollars sur cinq ans en Ukraine. Le principal objectif du Partenariat pour le développement économique local et la gouvernance démocratique en Ukraine (PDELGD) est de soutenir la croissance à long terme et la prospérité sociale et économique en Ukraine.
La FCM recrute actuellement des spécialiste(s) qui auront pour mandat de fournir des conseils sur les projets du PDELGD. 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 1 novembre 2015.
Pour plus d’information, veuillez communiquer avec Wendy Storey.

Hotel Room Block for the 2016 Winnipeg CAMA Conference Selling Quickly
The 45th Annual CAMA Conference will be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba at the Delta Winnipeg and Winnipeg Convention Centre from Monday, May 30th to Wednesday, June 1st, 2016.   The Golf Tournament and other Pre-Conference activities will begin on Monday morning with the Conference Program ending after the President’s Dinner on Wednesday evening.
The Full Conference Program and on-line registration will be available at the end of February 2016.
You can also keep up-to-date with Conference news by following us on Twitter, @camalink, and by using the hashtag #CAMA2016.
CAMA has secured a block of rooms at the Delta Winnipeg Hotel located at 350 St. Mary Avenue, Manitoba’s largest four star hotel located in the new heart of Winnipeg’s downtown (and connected to the Convention Centre by a heated skywalk).    The following special Conference rates will be offered:
Type of Room                        Single and Double Rate
Mode Room                                        $188.00
Mode Deluxe Room                            $213.00
Mode Club Room                                $263.00
Suites                                                  $288.00

**Please note that the above rates are subject to 8% PST, 5% GST and 5% Accommodation Tax which is subject to GST.  These rates are for single or double occupancy.  Each extra person sharing a room over and above two adults will be charged an additional $15.00 per night.  There will be no charge for children up to and including the age of 18 years who share with their parents.
To make a room reservation, please contact the Reservations Department at 1-888-311-4990 or the Global Reservations Office at 1-800-268-1133.  To ensure the special rate quoted above, please identify yourself as attending the CAMA Conference.  The room block will be open until April 27, 2016.  Reservations can also be made by using the following link:

The Winnipeg Airport is approximately a 15-20 minute drive (7 km) to Delta Winnipeg depending on traffic.  Taxi fares from the Winnipeg Airport to the Delta Winnipeg will be approximately $20-$25 (depending on traffic).
Unicity Taxi – 204.925.3131
Duffy’s Taxi – 204.925.0101
Sedans, limousines, SUVs and vans.  Call or e-mail to book or inquire on rates.
Winnipeg Limousine Service – 204.981.4100,
Hollywood Limousine Service – 204.999.1860,
Known as the "cultural cradle of Canada," Winnipeg is Manitoba’s cosmopolitan capital city offering plenty of charm.  It is a four-season destination boasting a dazzling arts, theatre and indie music scene, as well as lip-smacking dining options to tantalize taste buds.
The city is transforming with more than $2 billion of investment in new infrastructure and attractions, such as the iconic Canadian Museum for Human Rights designed by Antoine Predock and the world-class Journey to Churchill polar bear exhibit at Assiniboine Park Zoo.
Winnipeg’s attractions educate, entertain and delight.  The Forks is the city’s meeting place with 54 sprawling acres of shopping, parkland, restaurants and entertainment, and a history that spans more than 6,000 years.  Explore Winnipeg’s diverse neighbourhoods, such as the historic Exchange District or the boho chic Osborne Village.  Marvel at the grace of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, hop aboard the Nonsuch—a replica trading ship at The Manitoba Museum, or visit the Winnipeg Art Gallery, home to the world’s largest collection of Inuit art.
Beyond city limits is trophy fishing and hunting, while sun seekers adore the white sand of Grand Beach—named one of North America’s top beaches, located an hour’s drive away on Lake Winnipeg.
For more information on planning or extending your stay in Winnipeg, please visit  Tourism Winnipeg can also be reached toll free at 1-855-PEG-CITY or by e-mail .

Innovation Edge - Alliance for Innovation
Alliance Ambassadors are a life line to their organization and to the Alliance.  It is their engagement and commitment to building a culture of innovation that keeps the collaboration in their organization and across the membership strong.  As part of the Alliance’s mission to inspire innovation to advance communities, we seek to connect thought-leaders.  Check out the first in this series, Ambassador Connect, which features Pam Weir from Sierra Vista, Arizona. Ambassadors serve as the innovative champions in local government, helping forge a deeper connection between their community and local government.  With Ambassadors, organizations are one step ahead to building and embedding cultures of innovation in their organization. Read more here.  If you’d like to nominate an Ambassador for this series, please ask them to be in touch with Sallie Ann Burnett, East Regional Director at or 800-777-2509.

About the Alliance for Innovation: The Alliance for Innovation is inspiring innovation to advance communities.  As the premier resource for emerging practices in local government, we are building cultures of innovation and connecting thought leaders in the profession with the help of our partners International City/County Management Association and Arizona State University. We are accessible and valuable to all levels of an organization.  You can learn more about the Alliance at

Values Are Central To Employee Engagement
Jostle conducted a survey to explore how employees and executives view employee engagement, and shared our findings in a white paper. We observed the strongest predictors of engagement are the level of employee respect for leadership, pride in the company, feeling positive about workplace culture, and a sense that one’s work matters.
Organizational values are central to these predictors of engagement.  In a recent interview with WestJet cofounder Don Bell, we discovered how helping people understand and internalize values is key to creating a strong sense of purpose, alignment, and culture. Don also shared how he used a focus on people and stories about WestJet’s values to create an engaged workforce. 

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 Professional Development Award:Town of Newmarket, ON (Population between 20,001 and 100,000)
Jake Rudolph, Chair of the CAMA Awards/CAMA Board Representative for British Columbia and Yukon;
Bruce Malcolm, President of Ravenhill Inc, Awards Partner; Ian McDougall, Commissioner of Community Services,
Town of Newmarket; Bob Shelton, CAO, Town of Newmarket; Robert Hughes, CAMA Past President

Innovative Approach to Professional Development

From vision to execution, the Town of Newmarket’s Progressive Leadership Development Program has created an environment for extraordinary public service.  The Town’s innovative approach includes all levels of the organization wherein employees are trained and developed to be empowered and effective as leaders and employees.

Newmarket believes that an engaged workforce has the ability to deliver even greater results than they believe possible. This means having employees who demonstrate both competency and commitment to the work they do, while delivering cost effective and relevant services to residents.

Out of the Town’s vision and mission statements, as well as the Council’s Strategic Priorities for 2014-2018, the Strategic Leadership Team developed their own vision – Creating an environment for extraordinary public service.

From that vision, the team created a People Plan, an Organizational Readiness Framework, a new Performance Partnership process and tools, and a new online learning portal for leadership development, as well as committing to a renewed effort for formal employee recognition.
Initiatives are linked to the vision and satisfy the needs of employees as they continuously develop. While each of the foregoing could be considered stand-alone initiatives, they are designed and created as interwoven, linked initiatives. This ensures the values of the organization are maintained and enhanced while delivering on the results.

Congratulations to the Town of Newmarket on this outstanding award!

Approche novatrice du perfectionnement professionnel
De sa vision à sa mise en œuvre, le programme novateur de développement du leadership de Newmarket a créé un contexte propice à un service public extraordinaire.   L'approche novatrice touche tous les niveaux de l'organisation municipale. Elle consiste à former les employés et à leur donner les moyens d’être efficaces, qu’ils soient dirigeants ou employés.

La Ville estime en effet qu’un personnel mobilisé peut donner des résultats supérieurs à ce qu'il croyait possible. Comment? En veillant à ce que les employés soient compétents, passionnés pour leur travail et qu’ils offrent des services efficaces et pertinents aux résidents.

L'équipe de leadership stratégique a élaboré sa propre vision de « créer un environnement pour un service public extraordinaire », en marge de la déclaration de vision et de mission de la Ville et des priorités stratégiques du conseil municipal pour la période de 2014 à 2018.

À partir de là, l'équipe a élaboré un plan de ressources humaines, un cadre de préparation organisationnelle, un nouveau processus de partenariat, des outils fondés sur le rendement et un portail d'apprentissage en ligne pour le développement du leadership et un engagement à reconnaître formellement la valeur du personnel.

Cette vision se double d’initiatives qui répondent aux besoins des employés au fur et à mesure de leur développement. Bien que les initiatives et démarches puissent sembler distinctes, elles sont en fait étroitement reliées pour assurer le maintien et le renforcement des valeurs de l'organisation sans négliger les résultats.

Welcome New Members
Welcome to the following new members:
  • Bethany Ryan, Clerk, Village of Stanley, NB
  • Jeff Trail, City Manager, City of Saint John, NB
  • Malcolm Boyd, City Manager, City of Camrose, AB
  • Brian Hudson, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Pasadena, NL
  • Dan Gagné, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Altona, MB
  • Glenn Schwendinger, Chief Administrative Officer, Township of Perth East, ON
  • Theresa Van Oort, Chief Administrative Officer, County of Northern Lights, AB
  • Rob Philpott, Chief Financial Officer, City of Summerside, PEI
  • Erica Thomas, President, Transitional Solutions Inc, Edmonton, AB

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