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2017 CAMA Conference -- ACCOMMODATIONS - Overflow Hotel

CAMA has arranged for a room block at the Ramada Plaza/Le Manoir du Casino (75 rue d’Edmonton) which is located across from the Hilton Lac Leamy (the Conference Hotel in which the CAMA room block is currently SOLD OUT).
The special Conference rate is $169.00 (Single and Double).  **Please note that this rate is subject to 5% GST, 9.975% PST and 3.5% per night per room accommodation tax.  This room block and rate will be open until March 28, 2017.
To make a room reservation, please call 1-800-296-9046 and note Block ID:  CGB423 for the CAMA Room Block rate. 

Deposit/Cancellation Policy:  
A deposit equal to the first night's stay will be charged at time of booking. If cancelled on/before April 21st, 2017 the deposit will be refunded. If cancelled on/after April 22nd, 2017 the first night’s deposit will be forfeited.
Hôtel secondaire
L’ACAM a retenu des chambres à l’hôtel Ramada Plaza – Le Manoir du Casino (75, rue d’Edmonton), situé en face du Hilton Lac Leamy.
Le tarif préférentiel accordé aux participants à la conférence est le suivant : 169 $ (pour une ou deux personnes). **À noter que ce tarif est assujetti à la TPS de 5 %, à la TVP de 9,975 % et à une taxe de séjour de 3,5 % par nuitée et par chambre. Ces chambres et ces tarifs seront valides jusqu'au 28 mars 2017.
Pour réserver, composez le 1-800-296-9046 et demandez le tarif de l’ACAM, code CGB423.
Un dépôt équivalent à la première nuitée sera chargé au moment de la réservation. Le dépôt sera remboursé si la réservation est annulée le ou avant le 21 avril 2017. Si la réservation est annulée le ou après le 22 avril 2017, le dépôt de la première nuit servira à titre de frais d’annulation.

Mentorship Program
Being the Chief Administrative Officer in a Canadian municipality can be very lonely at times, especially when you are facing a difficult interpersonal relationship or ethical dilemma. As municipal managers we have all experienced difficult working situations that require the exercise of sound judgment. Often times these situations are emotionally charged. These are times when we could use a sympathetic ear or a good sounding board. Your CAMA colleagues recognize the need to have an experienced resource that may be able to help you through the difficult times.  When times get difficult and you could use a supportive ear, please contact your CAMA Board representative for your area.

Reminder: CAMA CAO Performance Management and Evaluation Toolkit
At the 2016 Conference, CAMA was pleased to launch a CAO Performance Management and Evaluation Toolkit in recognition of the importance of the relationship between the City Manager, Town Manager, or CAO and Mayor and Council. 
CAMA’s Toolkit promotes appropriate, positive discussions between the CAO and Mayor and Council that result in better decision-making for the municipality.  You’ll find that CAMA’s recommended performance review process incorporates many practices already used throughout municipalities in Canada; but packaged in an easy-to-use kit.
The Quick Reference Guide of the Toolkit shows, at a glance, the steps for the three-part process which is designed as a “pick and choose” with a process that includes foundational steps as well as optional steps.  You may choose elements to start a process in your organization or pick additional pieces to add to your existing process.  The toolkit can be viewed as a “start to finish how-to guide” or can be used as a quick reference allowing a CAO or Mayor and Council to consider improved practices in any one step in the performance evaluation process.  As well, the toolkit has a number of sample documents and best practices templates that are provided to you in both PDF and word format so that you can tailor them to the needs of your own community.
Where Can You Find the Toolkit?  The English and French toolkits can be found in the Member’s Section of the CAMA website: for the first year.  This will provide you with an opportunity to use the toolkit for your own annual review and provide any further feedback.  The toolkit will then be updated as part of the second cycle of the pilot project and made available as a public document in June 2017 with a formal communications plan.    
We look forward to receiving your feedback over the next year as you begin to use the toolkit in your own community.
Marie-Hélène Lajoie
CAMA President

Free Resource on Managing Maternity Leaves
The Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC), a charitable organization that advances education and research in career counselling and career development, has released a new resource on how to support pregnant women or adoptive parents. Making It Work! How to Effectively Manage Maternity Leave Career Transitions: An Employer’s Guide responds to concerns that maternity leaves can negatively impact career progression.   For more information on CERIC and to access this free resource visit the website

Alliance Charts Path for the Future
At the recent BIG Ideas meeting in Dublin, Ohio, the Alliance Board of Directors approved  a plan to be the catalyst for vibrant communities through local government innovation. Our focus over the next four years will be on supporting and growing a network of local government innovators, leveraging research to identify leading practices and emerging issues, inspiring innovative cultures and practices in local government, and being a major force in the innovation space. Zelos, a consulting firm in Alexandria, Virginia that serves many local governments, led the strategic planning process alongside Alliance Board Members, staff, local government professionals, and representatives from the academic community. Read more about how the Alliance charts a path for the future 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

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