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TWO DAYS LEFT TO REGISTER! CAMA Conference 2017: Exploring What’s Ahead for Local Government
From May 29-31, 2017, Chief Administrative Officers (CAOs), City Managers and senior municipal employees from across Canada will gather in Gatineau, QC for the annual Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) national conference.  You can still register for this event until May 12th by visiting the Conference webpage.
“Exploring What’s Ahead for Local Government” is the theme for this three day professional development event that will feature keynote speakers, networking / social events, and an interactive tradeshow, as well as study tours in Gatineau and Ottawa.
A variety of pre-conference activities are planned for May 29, including the association’s annual golf tournament and local tours.  There will also be a provincial / territorial association meeting, a president’s reception for sponsors and exhibitors, as well as a first time delegates’ reception.  The day ends with the conference opening reception in the tradeshow area.
Day one of the conference – May 30 – kicks off with CAMA’s annual general meeting, followed by the conference opening ceremonies.  The opening keynote speaker will be Michael “Pinball” Clemons, Vice-Chair of the Toronto Argonauts, who will talk about “Winning Against The Odds”.
The morning concludes with a plenary session called “Understanding and Navigating the Political Waters” featuring former Mississauga mayor, Hazel McCallion, moderated by Janice Baker, City Manager/CAO for the City of Mississauga.  CAMA’s CAO Performance Evaluation Toolkit will also be launched publicly at this session.
Lunch will see Long Service Awards presented to CAMA members, followed by a variety of afternoon concurrent sessions.  The first sessions will feature the “Launch of CAMA’s Next Generation Project and Presentation by Insights West” or a presentation called “Navigating the Digital Landscape”.
The next sessions will feature a presentation on “Succession Planning for the New Government Workforce” or “Lean Six Sigma Across the Country”.  The day will end with a Young Professionals reception, followed by a casual night out on the Ottawa River Queen boat cruise. 
The second day of the conference – May 31 – gets underway with breakfast, followed by the two plenary sessions.  The first is called “Next Big Things 2.0 – A Deeper Look at Four Things” and the second is called “Building a Culture of Engagement”.  The morning ends with a closing conference keynote called “The Ultimate Ending” by professional speaker and storyteller extraordinaire, Paul Huschilt.  You won't want to miss this session!
The CAMA Awards of Excellence Luncheon will follow at noon.  Following the conference closing ceremonies, conference delegates will get to choose from a variety of study tours, including the Residential Community Project Zibi, Ottawa 2017 and Inspiration Village (150 Celebrations), the 5S Methodology for Safe and Effective Work Environments, and Moore Farm – Urban Agriculture Community Project.
In the evening, conference delegates will gather for the President’s Dinner at the spectacular Canadian Museum of History where the CAMA Honourary Life Member Award will be presented. 
For more about CAMA’s annual conference visit or contact the CAMA national office at 1-866-771-2262 or [email protected].  

2017 Exhibitor Edition
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We are pleased to have a full Exhibitor Tradeshow this year with 48 booths!  Don't forget to visit the tradeshow to see what's new in the municipal world!  See below to learn more about our exhibitors and the products and services that they offer:

14 Oranges:
 14 Oranges is a leading provider of turnkey mobile application services to support the efficient management of mobile workforces. Headquartered in Richmond, BC with offices in Ottawa and Halifax, 14 Oranges sells its services to government agencies and medium to large enterprises who are dependent on mobile workforces. 14 Oranges’ mobile application services brings a mobile-first design approach, allowing mobile workers to use their own smartphones to stay on-task, minimize drive time and increase valid data capture. Managers realize an immediate ROI both in terms of worker efficiency and the ability to manage more workers from a single interface.

4Forward Inc.:  We help create better workplaces by helping organizations create better leaders. A strong leadership development program transforms leaders, the people they lead, and the people they serve. Through the exceptional learning experiences we deliver, your municipality will benefit from profound and sustained ‘ripple effects’.

Accerta:  Accerta has collaborated closely with all levels of government as a trusted advisor and social healthcare benefits partner. We are experts at ensuring governments are served with customized, flexible, health and dental, social services benefit plans and related services. We partner closely with governments to plan, build, and manage holistic, sustainable social programs, and through innovative technologies and modern management tools, provide them with insightful data they require to make informed decisions. .

Alberta Association of Municipal Districts & Counties:  The Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties is an independent association comprising Alberta’s 69 counties and municipal districts. Since 1909, we have helped rural municipalities achieve strong, effective local government. The AAMDC provides Advocacy and Aggregated Business Services (including Trade, PFA Canada and Jubilee Insurance).

All-Net Municipal Solutions:  Municipal communication software provider including Municipal CMS website management systems, All-Net Meetings, Service Tracker and iTown smartphone apps connecting your municipal services with your residents.

Aon Risk Solutions   Aon Risk Solutions is Canada’s leading insurance brokerage and risk management services firm. We handle more than $2 billion in annual premiums on behalf of our clients.
•          Insurance brokerage
•          Risk management
•          Employee health and benefits
Aon has been the Canadian leader in the provision of insurance placement services to public entities clients for over 35 years. This group services subsectors and encompasses all levels of government, hospitals, non- profits, and education.

Bang the Table:  Bang the Table, the Canadian leader in online citizen engagement, was established because no matter how well designed the off-line consultation process it inevitably only reaches a small segment of the community. Our EngagementHQ software platform enables governments to engage with their communities online in an accessible, safe and transparent manner. Offering a convenient alternative to public meetings, citizens participate online, become informed on issues and weigh in on perspectives and solutions surrounding projects. EngagementHQ provides capacity and support for focused consultation in a safe, information rich environment through an integrated range of online feedback tools. This diverse approach extends inclusiveness and gives the community better opportunities to have their say on issues that are important to them.

Bank of Canada:  The Bank of Canada is the nation's central bank. Its principal role is "to promote the economic and financial welfare of Canada," as defined in the Bank of Canada Act. The Bank’s four main areas of responsibility are: Monetary policy, financial system, currency and funds management. The Bank of Canada supplies Canadians with bank notes that they can use with confidence and pride, by issuing quality notes that are readily accepted and secure.

CAMMS North America: CAMMS is a provider of intelligent solutions for strategic planning, risk and project management resource and workforce management, performance analytics and measurement, plus customer and public engagement to regional and local government across North America and globally.

CASL Cure:  CASL Cure is the only fully automated and integrated solution on the market that gives companies all the operational, management and audit tools you need to manage all aspects of compliance with Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), for all e-mails irrespective of the sender’s device-type, database or location.  The evolution of the law to allow private-right-to-action in 2017 increases the risk dramatically by allowing individual and class-action lawsuits against non-compliant companies – be prepared.

Classic Displays:  From LED pole mounted snowflakes, to customized banners and a comfortable place to sit, Classic Displays has all of your enhancement product needs covered. Home to three different divisions (Holiday Displays, Site Furniture and Flags and Banners), Classic Displays can assist in enhancing any municipality.

CN:  CN has become, over the years, a North American rail industry leader. With close to 100 years under our belt, we are North America’s true supply chain enabler and take pride in building for the future of our customers, employees, partners, community and shareholders.

Colliers Project Leaders:  We lead building and infrastructure projects. Our Get it Right Solution™ ensures we get it ready, get it built and get it performing — so investors, owners and occupants are certain of success.

Commissionares:  Efficiently providing bylaw, parking, and non-core policing services across Canada for more than 30 years.

DataVisual Marketing Inc.:  DataVisual is a Canadian company that represents solutions integral to a municipality's ability to communicate and collaborate. Our products help municipalities to be more effective and efficient and provide higher levels of service to their constituents.

Enterprise Fleet Management:  Sister company of Enterprise Rent a Car.  Our division works with government agencies who need visibility and cost control into their fleet of vehicles.

ERTH Corporation:  ERTH is one of Ontario's leading providers of municipal products and services. Owned by 8 municipal shareholders, we are in a unique position to understand the needs and challenges facing municipalities. Our services include street lighting, traffic signals, pole line and substation, metering and more. Stop by our booth at the CAMA National Conference for further information or visit us online at

eSCRIBE Software Ltd:  eSCRIBE is a leading provider for cloud-based meeting management solutions, popular with public and private sector boards, committees and councils. More than just creating automated agendas or acting as a record management system, eSCRIBE covers end-to-end of each meeting lifecycle. Compliant with accessibility requirements, such as AODA, WCAG2, eSCRIBE aims to improve efficiency, transparency and resource allocation, so users can focus on other higher-value tasks and projects to better serve their stakeholders. eSCRIBE is also eco-friendly, reducing the impact on our environment. A Microsoft partner, eSCRIBE’s robust engine integrates seamlessly with Office and the award-winning SharePoint. A comprehensive, paperless solution – it’s Meetings, Evolved.

Executive Education, School of Business, University of Alberta:  As the School's professional development provider, Executive Education serves clients across all industries and sectors, offering over 75 programs and forums serving over 6,000 registrants per year. We focus on providing education solutions that enable today's leaders in government, crown corporations, public safety, publicly traded companies, and privately held organizations to lead change, manage growth and increase organizational performance.  We operate out of both Edmonton and Calgary and serve the Alberta and Canadian marketplace.

FMC Power Inc:  We are distributors and agents for CHP systems, natural gas and bio gas, covering the range of 35 kW to 2 MW.

Groupe de geomatique Azimut inc.:  Quebec leader in municipal GIS with more than 600 client cities, Groupe de géomatique Azimut, offers a complete and effective solution for the collection, management, analysis and dissemination of geospatial data since 1998.  The intelligence of the location-based information anywhere and at any time is the result of rigor, efficiency and innovation in the development of solutions realized by his team of professionals.

Honeywell: Honeywell is a global leader in providing solutions that help municipalities upgrade their facilities and infrastructure while cutting operating expenses. We’ve worked with dozens of municipalities to develop, fund and implement energy efficiency projects including Wi-Fi, water and wastewater, streetlights, traffic lights, building infrastructure, renewable energy, advanced metering, demand response and more. By trimming a community’s energy use and environmental footprint, Honeywell helps free up capital for critical improvements and maintenance without raising rates or taxes.

Insituform Technologies Limited:  Insituform Technologies® rehabilitates deteriorated sewer and water pipes using Insituform® processes, non-disruptive methods of creating a structurally sound pipe-within-a-pipe.  The Insituform® processes are an affordable way to solve a full range of everyday sewer and water problems with no digging or disruption.

International SOS:International SOS is the world’s leading medical and travel security risk services company. We care for clients across the globe, from more than 850 locations in 92 countries.  Our expertise is unique: More than 11,000 employees are led by 1,400 doctors and 200 security specialists. Teams work night and day to protect our members.  We pioneer a range of preventive programmes strengthened by our in-country expertise. We deliver unrivalled emergency assistance during critical illness, accident or civil unrest.   We are passionate about helping clients put Duty of Care into practice. With us, multinational corporate clients, governments and NGOs can mitigate risks for their people working remotely or overseas.

ISI Live:  ISI Live supplies webcasting services of City Council Meetings to several Canadian Cities and Municipalities across Canada as well as 5 Provincial Legislatures

Itron:  Itron is a world-leading technology and services company dedicated to the resourceful use of energy and water. Our product portfolio includes electricity, gas, water and thermal energy measurement devices and control technology. With thousands of employees supporting nearly 8,000 customers worldwide, Itron applies knowledge and technology to better manage resources.

MISA Canada:  MISA Canada is the national association that represents voice for municipal information technologies.  The national association includes chapters in BC, Prairies, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada
National Joint Powers Alliance:  NJPA is a public agency that creates group purchasing solutions on behalf of its over 50,000 members.  Eligible members include any government, education or non-profit entity in Canada and the U.S.  NJPA conducts an open, transparent, and competitive tender process by evaluating and awarding master framework agreements.

Neptune Technology Group   Neptune has been providing municipalities with water utility management systems, services and support for over 120 years.  In Canada, Neptune is fully integrated service solutions provider and manufacturer for water meter products and systems with offices and projects operating coast to coast.

Nunavut Association of Municipalities  The Nunavut Association of Municipalities (NAM) represents community officials across Nunavut.  The association was formed to make important contributions to decisions about Nunavut communities and capital projects.  The group provides a single voice for mayors and municipal administrators of the territory's 25 communities.

PMH Insights Inc  PMH Insights Inc - We help organizations track, monitor and report progress against strategic, operational and master plans.

Procept Associates Ltd.  Procept Associates Ltd. is a premier provider of professional training programs and a strategic consulting firm specializing in project management, agile project management, business analysis and IT service management. Trainer provider to Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and over a dozen smaller municipalities.

Public Sector Digest  PSD develops business intelligence for governments in the areas of policy, infrastructure and capital asset management, financial planning and organizational performance. PSD’s brand portfolio includes Public Sector Digest, our research publication in which we publish original content and policy analysis; CityWide® and FMW Web software applications to support strategic decision-making in asset management and municipal budgeting; and our consulting services in which we deliver Asset Management Plans and Roadmaps for municipalities across Canada.

Purple Forge  Purple Forge is an award-winning Software as a Service (SaaS) provider of citizen engagement and self service solutions.  We help our customers reduce service delivery cost, increase customer experience and gain insights into their customers needs.

Ravenhill  We are Canada’s Municipal search specialists meeting the growing demand for excellent municipal senior staff through ethical head-hunting™. We do this by bringing the very best men and women face to face with the opportunity in your municipality …  an opportunity that they were unaware of because - simply put -  they weren’t thinking of a job change. The very best people are not looking and need to be found.

Safesidewalks Canada Inc  Safesidewalks Canada is a Sidewalk Asset Management Service that assists municipalities with inspection, data collection and repairing sidewalks to extend the life of their sidewalk assets. We are a cost effective alternative to demolishing and replacing the sidewalk assets.

School of Policy Studies - Queen's University  Queen's Professional MPA is a part-time, multidisciplinary program, designed expressly for mid-level managers and senior professionals who are seeking to enhance their knowledge, skills and confidence for leadership roles in public service and other policy-making roles.  The PMPA program’s emphasis is on public policy, and the broad social, economic and political context within which public organizations operate. The program aims to develop policy leaders. Policy leadership requires skills in policy analysis and the capacity to implement new solutions.

Schulich Executive Education Centre (SEEC) York University
The Schulich Executive Education Centre is a strategic business unit of the Schulich School of Business at York University. Our mission is to enable individuals to continue to develop their skills in the workplace and for organizations to build the business skills and leadership capacity they need for them to sustain and prosper.

Sliq  Since 1999, Sliq has provided governments worldwide with software solutions to webcast and index meetings both live and on-demand. With our success at the federal and provincial level, we decided it was time to offer a scaled down version of our platform to municipalities across the country. Ask us about our solutions, we’d love to help.

SuperiorRoads Solutions  SuperiorRoads Solutions manufactures a line of reliable and efficient street sweepers and a one-person operated pothole repair machine.

Techni+Contact Canada Ltd  Since 1979, Techni+Contact Canada Ltd has been serving commercial integrators and custom installers as a manufacturer and distributor of quality audio/video equipment and accessories. We provide one-stop shop solutions for boardrooms and huddle spaces, from conference systems to video distribution, digital signage and sound masking. We pride ourselves on offering excellent customer service, which is timely, reliable and personalized.

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority   CIRA is an organization best known for our role managing over 2.5 million .CA domains on behalf of all Canadians. We have built on our expertise in DNS operations to develop new services that help strengthen the Internet in Canada. This includes an anycast DNS service to help organizations secure and optimize their web presence and a DNS firewall that protects their networks from ransomware and other malware.

Townfolio  Townfolio helps municipal governments attract investment. Trusted by hundreds of municipalities coast-to-coast and considered one of Canada’s most innovative startups in 2016.   The software powers municipal websites with interactive data and provides a comprehensive community profile on the Townfolio network to promote to visitors and major companies around the world.

Transport Canada - Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Directorate: Transport Canada’s Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Directorate is responsible for developing safety standards and regulations for industry, undertaking compliance oversight and providing expert advice on dangerous goods incidents in order to promote public safety in the transportation of dangerous goods by all of modes of transport in Canada

University of Waterloo – Co-operative Education and Career Action:  Recruit skilled talent to meet your unique business needs. University of Waterloo co-op and graduating students and alumni from over 140 programs are equipped with experience to contribute to your organization’s success. Waterloo is one of Canada’s leading comprehensive universities, with over 35,000 students in undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs.

UREBN BLU Automated Restrooms:  Urben Blu showcases ecological automated and self-cleaning restrooms of the new generation.  These urban-looking units are vandal and graffiti proof and fully adaptable to your needs. URBEN BLU products can be custom built to blend with into any existing urban landscape.

Veolia Water Technologies Canada   Veolia Water Technologies Canada Inc. is a Canadian leader in drinking water treatment, wastewater treatment and biosolids management, serving Canadian municipalities and industries since 1948. Over the last 60 years, the company has brought many leading technologies to the market including: ACTIFLO®, BIOSTYR ®, AnoxKaldnes MBBR, Hydrotech Discfilter, MBR and HYDREX chemicals. Veolia is committed to resourcing the world through innovation, resource recovery, waste to energy solutions and water reuse.

Vortex Aquatic Structures International:  Vortex Aquatic Structures international was founded in 1995 with the introduction of the first Splashpad®. Vortex’s use of the highest quality materials coupled with unique, inspiring design and state-of-the-art engineering, positioned the company as the world leader in aquatic play solutions. With over 6,500 installations worldwide, Vortex’s mission is to lead the aquatic play industry by continuing to develop the most fun, innovative and safe products for families and children of all ages and abilities.

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