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2017 CAMA Conference Program-At- A-Glance – “Exploring What’s Ahead for Local Government”


Watch for the full Conference program and on-line registration to be launched on February 28th, 2017!  For all Conference details visit the website:

Sunday, May 28th, 2017 
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. MosaïCanada150/Gatineau 2017 Tour
2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Conference Registration
Monday, May 29th, 2017 
6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Golf Tournament at the Hautes Plaines Golf Club
Shotgun Start at 8:00 a.m.
8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Pre-Conference Activity - Bike Tour
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pre-Conference Activity - Day at the Museums
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Networking Walk around Lac Leamy/Gatineau Park
12:00 Noon to 8:00 p.m. Conference Registration
12:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Pre-Conference Activity – Lunch in Gatineau and Tour of Beer Museum
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Provincial/Territorial Association Meeting
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.   *NEW * Exhibitor Meet & Greet  (Informal Opportunity to meet with Delegates)
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 Hilton Lac-Leamy
Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 
6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. Morning Run
7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Conference Registration
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:  Michael “Pinball” Clemons, Vice-Chair – Toronto Argonauts (Winning Against the Odds)
10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Refreshment Break & Exhibits
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon Plenary Session:  Hazel McCallion, Former Mayor of the City of Mississauaga (Understanding and Navigating the Political Waters).  Janice Baker, City Manager & CAO for the City of Mississauga will also moderate this session and provide an update on CAMA’s CAO Performance Evaluation Toolkit.
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 2:30 p.m.
Concurrent Session #1:  Launch of CAMA’s Next Generation Project and Presentation by Insights West (Daile MacDonald, Senior Research Manager/Insights West & Mario Canseco, VP of Public Affairs/Insights West)
Concurrent Session #2:  Navigating The Digital Landscape (Brent Bell, Founder of Grassroots Online Incorporated)
2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Refreshment Break & Exhibits
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Concurrent Session #1: Succession Planning for the New Government Workforce (Patrick Ibarra)
Concurrent Session #2: Lean Six Sigma Across the Country (City of Mount Pearl, City of Fredericton, City of Mississauga, City of Gatineau, and City of Saskatoon).
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Young Professionals Reception
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Casual Night Out – A Cruise on the Ottawa River
9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Hospitality Suite at the Hilton Lac-Leamy
Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 
6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. Morning Run
7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Conference Registration
7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. Breakfast
8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Plenary Session:  The Next Big Things 2.0 – A Deeper Look at Four Trends (Toni Shope, Strategic Initiative Director, Alliance for Innovation)
9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m Plenary Session:  Building a Culture of Engagement (Dave Meslin)
10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Refreshment Break & Exhibits
10:45 a.m. to 12:00 Noon Closing Keynote:  The Ultimate Ending (Paul Huschilt)
12:00 Noon to 1:00 p.m. CAMA Awards of Excellence Luncheon
1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Closing Ceremonies
2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Study Tour #1:  Residential Community Project Zibi
  • Study Tour #2:  Ottawa 2017 and Inspiration Village (150  Celebrations)
  • Study Tour #3:  The 5-S Methodology for Safe and Effective Work Environments
  • Study Tour #4:  Moore Farm – Urban Agriculture Community Project
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. President’s Dinner Reception at the Canadian Museum of History
7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. President’s Dinner & Dance (with The Showmen Orchestra) at the Canadian Museum of History
Thursday, June 1st, 2017 
8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. FCM/CAMA Swing Day Workshop:  A Workshop on FCM’s New Infrastructure and Climate Programs
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. MosaïCanada150/Gatineau 2017 Tour

Call for Nominations for the 2017-2018 CAMA Board of Directors
In accordance with the requirements of the CAMA by-laws, four positions have opened up for the CAMA Board of Directors for the 2017-2018 year: 
  • The Member-At-Large position currently being filled by President Marie-Hélène  Lajoie.
  • The position for New Brunswick currently being filled by Christy Arseneau.
  • The position for Alberta currently being filled by Marc Landry.
  • The Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories and Nunavut position which is a new position approved by the membership at the 2016 Annual General Meeting.  
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 (with a maximum of 500 words) 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 and Member-At-Large positions are open to Regular Members from any part of the country. 
Nominations should be sent to Ms. Jennifer Goodine, CAMA Executive Director (and Returning Officer), via e-mail ([email protected]) by the end of the day on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017.

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, 2017 to March 31st, 2018) will be eligible to vote.
Don MacLellan
CAMA Past President/
Chair of Nominating Committee

Election of the CAMA Board of Directors – E-Voting Process
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 eleven (11) 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 eleven (11) elected Members of the Board of Directors shall be regionally represented as follows:
British Columbia 1 Member
Alberta 1 Member
Manitoba and Saskatchewan 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
Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories and Nunavut 1 Member
Members at Large 2 Members
Elections are only held for positions on the Board when there is a vacancy.
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.  Please note that a member is permitted to only be nominated for one position (either the regional position or the Member-At-Large position).  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 Gatineau, Québec on May 30th, 2017, at which time they are elected, and shall conclude upon the election of their successors.

Energy Innovations Forum -- April 4 - 5, 2017 Fredericton, NB
With New Brunswick laying the foundation for smart grid and smart city leadership on a global scale, this forum will explore state-of-the-art innovations in new energy technologies, communications, and digitization and examine the developments, challenges and evolving business opportunities in the smart energy sector.  Hosted by the Smart Grid Innovation Network ( the event welcomes engineering and ICT professionals, smart energy businesses and vendors, utilities, municipal leaders and planners, policymakers, regulators, NGOs, trades, and training institutions to join the conversation to spark ideas and partnership opportunities that can be created here in Atlantic Canada and exported across the globe.
For more information visit  or contact us at [email protected]

  • Matthew Wispinski, Executive Officer, Policy and Advocacy, AUMA, AB
  • Lowell Rubin-Vaughan, Government Relations Advisor, City of Brampton, ON
  • Sheila Bassi-Kellett, Senior Administrative Officer, City of Yellowknife, NT
  • Roxana Baumann, Director of Finance, Municipality of Kincardine, ON
  • Stacey Loe, Senior Manager,Legislative & Government, Town of Cochrane, AB
  • James Goodram, Director of Economic Development, Corporation of the City of Cambridge, ON
  • Duane Coleman, County Manager, Leduc County, AB
  • Joseph Kochon, Senior Administrative Officer, Behdzi Ahda Firstion Nation, NT
  • Giovanni (John) Miceli, Chief Administrative Officer, Corporation of the Town of Amherstburg, ON
  • Sarah Pacey, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Florenceville-Bristol, NB

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