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Johnstone Selected as ICMA’s 2016-2017 President-Elect


CAMA is pleased to extend congratulations to David Johnstone, Director General of Candiac, Quebec (Canada)  who was selected as ICMA’s 2016–2017 President-Elect.   Mr. Johnstone will be installed as ICMA’s 104thPresident at the conclusion of the 2017 Annual Conference to be held in San Antonio/Bexar County.  He has served in local government for 35 years in Canada.  He was an ICMA Regional Vice President from 2011 to 2014 and also on the CAMA Board from 1996-2004, serving as President in 2002-2003.   
Mr.  Johnstone will become a member of the ICMA Executive Board along with the Incoming Vice Presidents at the Celebration of Service session on Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 at the 2016 Annual Conference in Kansas City.  At that time, Lee Feldman, City Manager, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will be inducted as ICMA’s 103rd President.

Congratulations once again David on this esteemed appointment!

FCM’s Green Municipal Fund 2015–2016 Annual Report now live!
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities Green Municipal Fund 2015–2016 Annual Report is now available. In this year’s report, FCM highlights how GMF enables Canadian municipalities to raise the bar on sustainability. From cleaner water to better municipal services, learn how GMF-funded projects, knowledge resources and learning programs help improve the quality of life for Canadian communities.
Read the annual report today.

Have you heard about Workforce Wednesdays? Read on.
In the Fall of 2015, the Local Government Research Collaborative (LGRC) released a report and subsequent webinar, Red Tape to Green Tape, that looked at why grievance policies are important and the impact they can have on all levels of an organization. What particularly makes this relevant to this month's WorkforceWednesday topic? Primarily the fact that the research showed most organizations surveyed had grievance policies that were nine or more years older, which is significant because newer policies are perceived as more effective. Take a moment to reintroduce yourself to the report and webinar summary, and leave us your feedback in the comments below or in the KN. As we continue our #WorkforceWednesday series, diving into the issues facing the local government workforce, we wanted to take a look at HR and personnel policies. More particularly, antiquated policies.   Read the full article on the Alliance’s website here.
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 or contact me at

Federal Broadband Improvement Program Announced
A new program is currently being developed by the federal government to support broadband accessibility. In the 2016 budget, the federal government acknowledged the need to improve access to reliable broadband connections in underserved communities. The focus of the program involves extending infrastructure to these areas.

Various entities, including municipalities, are encouraged to apply to the program.  Applicants must identify who will build, own, and operate a network, as well as who will manage the project. Projects must connect at least one underserved institution and one small community in a rural area. Applications are due in January 2017, and successful project applicants will be notified in the spring.

Questions about the program can be directed to Éric Dagenais, Assistant Deputy Minister, Innovation, Science and Economic Development, 343.291.3940. 

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.

City of Mississauga, ON: Winner of the 2016 CAMA Environmental Award (Over 100,000 population)

Left to Right:  Bruce Malcolm, President, Ravenhill Group Inc.; Janice Baker,  City Manager/CAO City of Mississauga, ON;  Helen Noehammer, Director of Transportation & Infrastructure Planning, City of Mississauga, ON; Don MacLellan, CAMA Past President; Marc Landry, CAMA Representative for Alberta and NWT/2016 Awards Chair

The City of Mississauga, ON has received national recognition for its Development and Implementation of a Stormwater Charge Program from the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA).  The City was presented with the 2016 CAMA Environmental Award, in the Over 100,000 population category, during CAMA’s national conference in Winnipeg, MB.  
Stormwater management is a challenge for the City of Mississauga.  As a growing city, the amount of water running off hard surfaces such as roofs and parking lots is increasing.  In addition, climate change can mean heavier rainfalls and rapidly melting snow.  The result is more stormwater entering the City’s system, causing costly wear and tear on an already aging infrastructure.
The City did a study with input from the public in 2012 to find the best solution for Mississauga. This study found a stormwater charge to be a fair and dedicated source of funding that is needed to manage stormwater now and into the future.
The stormwater charge is a new, dedicated source of funding that will be reinvested into stormwater infrastructure.  Different types of properties have different amounts of stormwater runoff. The more water runoff a property creates the more the property owner will be charged. The less hard surface a property has, the less they will pay. 
Approved in May 2015, the new stormwater charge will appear on water bills for Mississauga properties in 2016.  It will generate $33M in revenue: $12.3M (or 37%) of which will go towards operations and maintenance activities, and $20.7M (or 63%) that will go towards construction of new infrastructure as well as infrastructure renewal.

Congratulations to the Mayor, Council and Staff of the City of Mississauga!

  • Garth Mitchell, Chief Administrative Officer, RM of Wallace-Woodworth, MB
  • Koji Miyaji, Director of Community Growth, City of Grande Prairie, AB
  • Rob Horne, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Stratford, ON
  • Heather Chase, Chief Administrative Officer, Village of Blacks Harbour, NB
  • Tracy Buteau, Director of Corporate Services, City of Chestermere, AB
  • Venesse Lewis, Municipal Intern, City of Brooks, AB

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