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2016 Conference Program-At- A-Glance - Winnipeg

Sunday, May 29th, 2016 
3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Delegate Registration
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CAMA Board Meeting
Monday, May 30th, 2016 

12:00 Noon to 8:00 p.m. Conference Registration
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Trade Show Exhibitor Set Up
6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Golf Tournament at the Quarry Oaks
Shotgun Start at 8:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon Pre-Conference Activity --Musical History Tour of the 60’s/70’s
12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Pre-Conference Activity -- Beer and Food Tasting at Fort Gibraltar
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Provincial/Territorial Association Meeting
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. President’s Reception for Sponsors & Exhibitors
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Women’s Social
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. First Time Delegates Reception
6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Opening Reception at Trade Show
9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Hospitality Suite at Rudy's Eat and Drink
Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 

7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Conference Registration
6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. Morning Run
7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m Breakfast
8:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Annual General Meeting
9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Opening Ceremonies
9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Opening Keynote Speaker:  Jim Ludlow, President, True North Development (The Resiliency of a Community)
10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Refreshment Break & Exhibits
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon Plenary Session:  Introduction of CAMA’s CAO Performance Evaluation Toolkit (Janice Baker, CAMA Representative for Ontario and Chair of the CAMA CAO Performance Evaluation Committee)
12:00 Noon to 1:00 p.m. Long Service Awards Luncheon
1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dessert & Exhibits

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Concurrent Session #1:  Brain Wellness – The Secrets of Longevity?  Gary Anaka
Concurrent Session #2:  The Role of Local Government in a Sustainable World (International Panel  Session with Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom)
3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Refreshment Break & Exhibits
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Concurrent Session #1: Retired CAO Panel Session (Gail Stephens, Ernie Epp & Patrick Woods)
Concurrent Session #2: Rapid Fire Session on Successful Municipal Projects
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Young Professionals Reception
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Casual Night Out at the Metropolitan Centre with the Rozmai Ukrainian Dancers and Walking Wolf Singers and Dancers.
9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Hospitality Suite at Earl's on Main Street
Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 

7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Conference Registration
6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. Morning Run
7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. Breakfast
8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Plenary Session:  The Emotional Resilience of City Managers:  Surviving the Slings and Arrows of Outrageous Fortune
Ron Carlee, City Manager, City of Charlotte, NC
9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m Plenary Session:  The Next  BIG Things - Are you Future Ready? and Presentation on CAMA’s Future/New Strategic Plan (Karen Thoreson, CEO and President of the Alliance for Innovation and Jake Rudolph, CAMA Representative for BC and Yukon and Chair of Strategic Planning Team)
10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Refreshment Break & Exhibits
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 Noon Closing Keynote:  Leading the SHIFT! - Ryan Walter
12:30 Noon to 1:30 p.m. CAMA Awards of Excellence Luncheon
1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Closing Ceremonies
2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ·        Study Tour #1: Canadian Museum of Human Rights
·        Study Tour #2:  Historical St. Boniface
·        Study Tour #3:  Bike Tour of Downtown Winnipeg
·        Supplementary Session: Your Brain On The Job - Gary Anaka
5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. CAMA Board Meeting (2016-2017 Board)
6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. President’s Dinner Reception
7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. President’s Dinner
9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Hospitality Suite at The Pint

Watch for the full Conference program and on-line registration to be launched on February 29th, 2016!  For all Conference details visit the website:

2016 Conference Hotel Sold Out & Overflow Hotel Secured - Don't Delay Booking Your Room!

Delta Winnipeg Hotel – Conference Hotel

The room block at the Delta Winnipeg Hotel is currently SOLD OUT.   You are welcome to contact the hotel for rooms outside of the CAMA block or to be put on the waitlist.  Please contact the Reservations Department at 1-888-311-4990 or the Global Reservations Office at 1-800-268-1133. 

Overflow Hotel

CAMA has arranged for a room block at the Radisson Hotel Winnipeg Downtown (288 Portage Avenue) which is located approximately three blocks from the RBC Convention Centre and the Delta Winnipeg, and is accessible via an indoor walkway.

The special Conference rates are as follows for a single and double rate:

Superior:  $189.00
Business Class:   $219.00
Suites: $249.00

**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 call the hotel directly at 1-800-333-3333 or direct at 1-204-956-0410 and ask for the CAMA Room Block rate. 

Deadline for 2016 CAMA Awards of Excellence Program Approaching - February 26th.

Dear Colleagues:
Each year CAMA recognizes its membership through the Excellence in Municipal Administration Awards Program, and this year I have the honour and pleasure to Chair the Awards Committee.
As you will see the purpose and objectives of the awards program is to encourage the improvement 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.
Experience has demonstrated that CAMA members have every right to hold their heads high when it comes to excellence in municipal management.  Year-after-year we see countless examples of outstanding projects and programs designed, developed and implemented in Canadian municipalities who are recognized world leaders in municipal governance and service delivery.
It is time again to share your achievements and successes with your colleagues; to recognize the excellent work of your employees; and to receive the recognition of your profession.  Please take a little time to select one or more of your projects or programs for nomination under the three award categories:  Environment, Willis Award for Innovation, and Professional Development. 
CAMA is pleased to offer a full on-line application package for this year’s nomination process.  Choose one of the following on-line nomination forms specific to your population category and follow the instructions outlined in the attached brochure:
Nomination Form for Municipalities with a Population Under 20,000
Nomination Form for Municipalities with a Population Between 20,001 and 100,000
Nomination Form for Municipalities with a Population Over 100,000
You may very well have the opportunity to stand in front of your colleagues on June 1st at the 2016 CAMA Conference being held in Winnipeg, Manitoba and receive the recognition you so rightly deserve. 
Award winners will be asked to submit a high resolution logo, and fifteen to twenty photos of the project to be included in a video that will be shown at the luncheon.  Winners will also be recognized in CAMA’s e-Brief, press releases will be prepared and circulated to the local media, and the CAMA Board member closest to the successful community will also arrange to attend a Council meeting to make the award presentation to your Mayor and Council.  We also endeavour to highlight all nominations in e-Brief and our Best Practices Library in the Member’s Section of the CAMA website. 
The deadline for submissions (in electronic format only) is Friday, February 26th, 2016.  I encourage you to participate and look forward to receiving your nomination(s).

Marc Landry
Chair, CAMA 2016 Awards Committee


Nominations Being Accepted for the CAMA Honourary Membership for Life Award: Deadline February 26th
Dear Colleagues:

I am inviting you to nominate one or more of your colleagues in this unique field of municipal administration for an Honourary Life Membership in CAMA.  This honour is presented to long serving CAMA members during the President’s Dinner at the Annual Conference to individuals who have made an extraordinary contribution to the field of municipal administration and to the work of the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA).  Previous recipients of the award include:  John Robison, Cy Armstrong, the late Robert Byron, Wes Lancaster, Murray MacLean, Paul Stapleton, Richard White, Bob Linner, Doug Lagore, Gerard Lewis, Cecil Vincent, Jim Toye and Doug Lychak.

The criiteria for the award, a description of the eligibility and nomination process and the application form can be found on the CAMA website.  Please note that nominees will be considered based on the following criteria:

• length of time served in local government as a CAO or direct report to a CAO;
• membership in CAMA for a period of at least ten (10) years;
• recognition as making a significant contribution to CAMA;
• recognition as making a significant contribution to their community;
• recognition as making an outstanding contribution to local government; administration within the professional community at the local, regional, provincial or national level.

The deadline for receipt at the CAMA National Office is February 26th, 2016.  Please do take the time to reflect on potential candidates and submit a nomination.  There is nothing more meaningful to a professional than to be recognized by one’s peers for a job well done.  Over the years there are many individuals who have made a difference within our profession, our organization and in the community.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Don MacLellan



In recognition of the importance of promoting professional development opportunities for members, the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators has established a CAMA Scholarship Program.
Through the Scholarship Program, CAMA will provide six scholarships for the registration fee (in the amount of $725.00) for the 2016 Annual Conference (two to young professionals pursuing a career in local government; two to members working in municipalities located north of the 60th parallel; and two to members from smaller municipalities).  Individuals are only eligible to receive a scholarship once to provide an opportunity to others to access this scholarship.
For more details on this program and to access our application form please visit the CAMA website:

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