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Find out how you can shape the city of the future on March 7th at the 2nd Annual Smart Cities Forum in Toronto. Taking place in Canada’s largest metropolis, this event will feature bespoke content for the public sector industry, with particular attention given to professionals in municipal services. Network with more than 150 municipal sector executives from across North America and hear best practice approaches, solutions, and expertise on how to reimagine your city to be smart & digitally focused. Mark your calendars and register now!

Who in your organization is ready for leadership development?  Which neighbouring local government leaders would benefit from access to CAMA`s resources?  Ask your colleagues or direct reports to join you by becoming CAMA members, and you both could win a $500.00 Travel Card from Air Canada!
Our campaign webpage includes a testimonial video, and the testimonials from several of your fellow colleagues from across the country.   The second and each additional member from every individual municipality can join CAMA for only $135.00! That provides access to CAMA’s professional resources at an amazing price.  Plus, we all know that networking is CAMA’s greatest value, so inviting your talented co-workers makes CAMA better for all of us.
When they sign up, they include your name on the “who referred you” field, and your name is entered, it’s that easy!  All of the details of the membership drive can be found here.  For your convenience, this webpage contains a link that includes all of the information that you can personalize and e-mail directly to your colleagues!  Take a minute now, and forward this e-mail to your direct reports, colleagues and neighbours who are on track for municipal leadership positions, and make CAMA better for all.  Hurry, your chance to win ends April 15th!

CAMA’s Long Service Recognition Awards Program recognizes and celebrates CAMA members’ dedication to public service and municipal management. These awards are based on the number of years of full-time, paid employment in municipal government in a management capacity (a Chief Administrative Officer or reporting directly to a Chief Administrative Officer). They are granted at ten years and given in five year increments and presented each Spring (based on the member’s number of years of service as of the previous calendar year – December 31st, 2016).
Who is eligible to receive a service award and how will they be recognized?
  • Any Regular Member of CAMA is eligible. Membership dues must be current.
  • CAMA members who have completed ten and fifteen years of municipal service in a management capacity (a Chief Administrative Officer or reporting directly to a Chief Administrative Officer) will receive a recognition pin, appropriate to the number of years of service, with a letter from the CAMA President (and a copy to the head of Council) forwarded by the National Office via Canada Post.
  • CAMA members who have completed twenty years of municipal service (or more) in a management capacity (a Chief Administrative Officer or reporting to a Chief Administrative Officer) will receive a recognition pin, appropriate to the number of years of service and a letter from the CAMA President (with a copy to the head of Council). This presentation will be made at a special ceremony at the Annual CAMA Conference (being held in Gatineau, QC on May 30th, 2017) with all travel costs being the responsibility of the recipient. If the recipient is unable to attend the Conference the recognition pin and letter will be forwarded by the National Office via Canada Post.
  • All of the awards presented each year will be announced in a running slideshow at the Annual CAMA Conference and will also be featured in e-Brief and on the CAMA website.
How do I know if I am to receive an award?
Each year in January/February, CAMA generates a list of members whose records indicate that they will be eligible for service awards in that year. For the calculations, CAMA assumes that members currently employed by municipal government will still be working for municipal government through the end of that calendar year. If you are eligible to receive an award, you will be receiving notification in the near future from the CAMA National Office.
How are service awards calculated?
All full-time appointed service with municipal government counts towards a service award, even if that service was prior to actual membership with CAMA. Please note that service does not have to be consecutive or with the same municipality.
Special Long Standing CAO Service Award
Any CAMA member that has been in the position of Chief Administrative Officer or City Manager for twenty-five years or more and who has been a member of CAMA for at least ten years (as of January 1st of the nomination year) will be recognized and presented with a special inscribed plaque signed by the CAMA President at the President’s Dinner at the CAMA Annual Conference being held in Gatineau on May 31st, 2017 (with all travel costs being the responsibility of the recipient). A letter from the CAMA President will also be sent to the head of Council to be presented to the recipient either at a Council meeting or another form of recognition. If the recipient is unable to attend the Conference, the plaque and letter will be forwarded by the National Office via Canada Post.

This award must be made by application by completing the form found on the CAMA website: Service does not have to be consecutive or with the same municipality.

Investments in sustainable infrastructure reduce greenhouse gas emissions, contribute to a clean growth economy and strengthen the middle class by ensuring communities are healthy and productive places to live.  The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) President, Clark Somerville, launched two new programs to address climate change in communities and to strengthen infrastructure planning and decision-making.

The Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program and the Municipal Asset Management Program, which will be delivered by the FCM, will provide municipalities with access to funding, training and learning opportunities to increase their capacity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, build resilience to the impacts of climate change, and support better planning and management of municipal infrastructure.  Details about the programs are available online.

Each year CAMA recognizes its membership through the Excellence in Municipal Administration Awards Program.
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.  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.  Follow the instructions outlined on the website.  This year you will be able to save your submission and resume at a later date by filling in your e-mail address.
You may very well have the opportunity to stand in front of your colleagues on May 31st at the 2017 CAMA Conference being held in Gatineau, Québec 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 24th, 2017.  I encourage you to participate and look forward to receiving your nomination(s).

Image result for retirementCongratulations to CAMA member Judy Squires, Portugal Cove-St.Philip's Town Clerk, who is retiring on February 10, 2017 after more than 27 years serving the community.  We wish her well as she spends more time with friends, family, travel; and enjoys the growing number of grandkids!

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