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2016 CAMA E-Brief Partner:

Deadline for Nominations for Election of the CAMA Board of Directors - March 11th

The election of the CAMA Board of Directors is governed by an e-voting process.  Should a member wish to stand for election for an available position on the Board they must complete a nomination form
The CAMA Board of Directors shall be comprised of ten (10) Regular Members who are elected by the membership.  The Immediate Past-President shall serve on the Board of Directors and shall have voting privileges.  The ten (10) elected Members of the Board of Directors shall be regionally represented as follows:

British Columbia and Yukon Territory  1 Member
Alberta and Northwest Territories    1 Member
Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Nunavut  1 Member
Ontario      1 Member
Québec 1 Member
New Brunswick  1 Member
Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island 1 Member
Newfoundland and Labrador   1 Member
Members at Large    2 Members
Only Regular Members resident in each region are eligible for election in that region.  Member at Large positions are open to Regular Members from any part of the country.  The Nominating Committee shall appoint the Executive consisting of the President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President and Treasurer from among the members of the Board of Directors. 
Elected members of the Board of Directors shall serve for a four (4) year term except where the member is to serve as the President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, Treasurer or Immediate Past President.  After an absence from the Board of Directors for a period of two consecutive years, members who have previously served shall again be eligible for office.  The term of office of directors shall commence immediately following the CAMA Annual General Meeting being held this year in Winnipeg, Manitoba on June 1st, 2016, at which time they are elected, and shall conclude upon the election of their successors.
Call for Nominations for the 2016-2017 CAMA Board of Directors
In accordance with the requirements of the CAMA by-laws, two positions have opened up for the CAMA Board of Directors for the 2016-2017 year:  the position for New Brunswick currently being filled by President Don MacLellan and the Manitoba, Saskatchewan & Nunavut position currently being filled by Glen Davies. 
The Nominating Committee invites all Regular CAMA members to express their interest in letting their name stand for the election of the above noted positions by completing the nomination form (including the names and signatures of two nominators who are Regular members of the Association), accompanied by a photo, and a one-page bio including a paragraph on why you are interested in this Board position.  Photos and bios will be posted to the CAMA website.  Please note that only Regular Members resident in each region are eligible for election in that region. 
Nominations should be sent to Ms. Jennifer Goodine, CAMA Executive Director (and Returning Officer), via e-mail ( by the end of the day on Friday, March  11th, 2016.

Further information regarding the procedures for voting will be distributed electronically to all CAMA members eligible to vote, prior to the commencement of the voting period.  Please also note that only CAMA members in good standing with membership fees paid for the current fiscal year (April 1st, 2016 to March 31st, 2017) will be eligible to vote.

Robert Hughes
CAMA Past President/
Chair of Nominating Committee

2016 CAMA Conference Open for Registration – Early Bird Rate to April 1st, 2016

Registrations are now being accepted for CAMA's 45th Annual Conference being held in Winnipeg, Manitoba from May 30 - June 1, 2016 at the Delta Winnipeg and Winnipeg Convention Centre. The Conference theme is "The Resiliency of the CAO”.  To view the full 2016 Conference Program, including the Companion activities, click here  

Register for the Conference by April 1, 2016 and you will receive the Early Bird Rate.  Please note that CAMA members who are attending their first CAMA Conference are also eligible for a $150.00 discount off the registration fee.  For details on the registration fees please visit the CAMA website

Links to Registration

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.

Delegates Registration:
Partners Registration:
Golf Registration:

Conference Scholarship Program

In recognition of the importance of promoting professional development opportunities for members, the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators established the CAMA Scholarship Program in 2016.

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 the application form please visit the CAMA website.

Hotel Accommodations

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.

FCM Conference and Tradeshow

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 3th, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Winnipeg Convention Centre.   The FCM Conference will be held from June 3-5, 2016 with nearly 2,000 municipal leaders coming together to discuss key issues and challenges their communities are facing.  For more information visit

We look forward to seeing you in Winnipeg!

Call for Speakers: ICMA 2016 Annual Conference

Dear ICMA International Members, Affiliates, and Friends:
I am writing to request your help in broadening the international content of ICMA’s 102nd Annual Conference, which will be held September 25-28 in Kansas City, Missouri. In particular, we need your assistance in identifying potential panelists for the conference's educational program.
If you are aware of individuals from outside the United States who plan to attend the conference and would be interested and able to contribute to the content of the sessions generated by the 2016 Conference Planning Committee, please encourage them to respond to the Call for Speakers, which can be accessed from the conference website here.

Please note that we are not able to consider additional session topics at this time. Note, too, that ICMA conference attendees value informal, interactive sessions as opposed to more academic presentations of papers. Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions. Thank you very much for your help.

Best Regards,

Ross Hoff
Conference Director
Director, International Member Programs

Five Municipalities to Participate in FCM's Diverse Voices for Change Initiative
To mark International Women's Day, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is pleased to announce that five municipalities across Canada will participate in its Diverse Voices for Change initiative. The goal of the program is to increase the number of women across diverse communities who participate in local government.

FCM is committed to increasing the proportion of women in local government to 30 per cent by 2026 and to provide more opportunities and greater visibility to women from under-represented groups such as aboriginal communities and immigrants.

"Local government has to be inclusive of women from diverse communities and FCM is working hard to achieve this important goal" said Raymond Louie, FCM President. "FCM is bringing together municipal leaders and community organizations to ensure that local government truly represents all Canadians."
The municipalities chosen to participate in FCM's Diverse Voices for Change initiative are:
  • The City of Edmonton
  • The City of London
  • The City of Montréal
  • The Municipality of Sioux Lookout
  • Halifax Regional Municipality
The participating communities offer a great portrait of Canada in representing all regions and municipalities of all sizes. They also share a willingness to commit to increasing women's participation, specifically aiming to include the voices of under-represented women.

As part of the program, participating municipalities will work with community organizations to implement strategies, recommendations, policies and procedures to strengthen the voice of women from diverse communities in local decision making and leadership. FCM will provide resources and funding support to elected officials to engage with urban Indigenous, racialized and immigrant women to develop a more inclusive and representative system.

"Our government is proud to partner with FCM to deliver meaningful change and to ensure that the number of women engaged in local government continues to expand," said the Hon. Patricia Hajdu, Federal Minister for the Status of Women. "Increasing the representation of women, and especially those in underrepresented communities, is a priority of this government. We look forward to seeing the impact of this program in selected communities, and the entire municipal sector in the future."

Local governments play an essential role in helping women contribute to local economic development and participate as equals in their community. Find out how FCM and its partners work to promote gender equality in local government at home and abroad.

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