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April 13, 2018            


2018 CAMA Conference Registration Open Until May 11
Registrations are still being accepted until May 11th for CAMA's 47th Annual Conference being held in Fredericton, New Brunswick from May 28-30, 2018 at the Fredericton Convention Centre.  For all Conference information visit the CAMA website.


Registration Still Open for Post CAMA - Municipal Government Forum and Study Tour of Greater Moncton
 
Mark your calendar for the Post CAMA - Municipal Government Forum and Study Tour being held in Moncton on May 31st, 2018. CAMA members Marc Landry and Don MacLellan from the City of Moncton, Marc Melanson from the City of Dieppe and Colin Smith from the Town of Riverview, are looking forward to hosting you.
 
Following the CAMA Conference or on route to the FCM Conference in Halifax, squeeze in an extra day of information sharing and engaging discussion with yours peers on a variety of relevant topics.  Bernard Lord, past Premier of New Brunswick and Chief Executive Officer of Medavie will be our guest speaker at lunch. This is a great professional development opportunity allowing attendees to collaborate and learn from their peers. To ensure an engaging forum experience and to maximize the discussion with your peers, we are capping the registration to 50 attendees so book your seat early to avoid disappointment!
 
Moncton is a short 2 hour - 180 km drive from Fredericton. Carpooling from Fredericton is encouraged. Names of drivers will be posted at the CAMA Conference if you are interested in this transportation mode.
 
The host municipalities of Moncton-Dieppe-Riverview are eager to welcome you to our region. There is no cost to participants for this forum and lunch and dinner on May 31st are on us!
 
A golf opportunity at one of Moncton’s premier golf courses or a regional tour could also be arranged on Friday June 1st.
 
You will find more information along with the registration form here.  If you have any questions please contact Karynn Ostroski from the City of Moncton at 506-853-3550 or karyann.ostroski@moncton.ca
 

Be a municipal ENERGY STAR

 
Municipalities are always looking to reduce costs and be socially conscious. Managing your municipality’s energy is one of the best ways to touch on both at the same time.  How do you do that? Simple: register and benchmark your buildings in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.  Through this free tool, your buildings can apply for ENERGY STAR certification because better energy management can lead to dollars saved.  What is ENERGY STAR certification? It is a new and exciting recognition program for best-in-class energy performance, which launched on March 26, 2018. This coveted program will highlight superior energy performance in municipal facilities.  Registering and benchmarking your facilities can get you certification and recognition as an energy efficiency leader among buildings across the country.  

Submit an application for ENERGY STAR certification before April 30, 2018, and if approved, your facility will earn the distinction of being among the first ENERGY STAR certified buildings in Canada!

What do you need to do to participate?   Register your municipally owned building in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.  Benchmark your facility with at least 12 consecutive months of energy data.  Submit your application for ENERGY STAR certification between March 26 and April 30, 2018, 11:59 p.m. PDT   It’s that simple. For more information, please visit the Energy Star website or email Energy Star directly. 


Take Advantage of a Free ICMA Webinar
 
Date:  Thursday, May 10 2018
Time:   10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. PT (1:00-2:30 p.m. ET),
Topics:
  1. How can you retool your organizational culture and design your workplace for better results?
  2. What are practical steps to make your agency better able to attract, grow, and retain talent?
  3. What resources are available to support your efforts?
Presenters:
  • Charlie Bush, City Manager, Sequim, WA
  • Karen Niparko, Executive Director, Human Resources, City and County of Denver, CO
  • Nat Rojanasathira, Admin. Services Dir., Danville, CA, and
  • Donna Vaillancourt, Human Resources Dir., San Mateo County, CA, [reporting on Cal-ICMA Talent Development Initiative]
Register now for this no-charge webinar:
 https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7583614659167558658                
Audience:  Leaders at all levels
Meets Practice 4. Staff Effectiveness, 7. Strategic Planning, 13. Human Resources Management and Workforce Engagement

Enjoy these and other resources to thrive in local government: http://icma.org/coaching. If you are not already subscribed to the ICMA Coaching Program email list, we encourage you to sign up for free (whether you are an ICMA member or not) at http://icma.org/coachinglist.  It will give you notices of upcoming events and resources.


 
2017 FEATURED CAMA AWARD SUBMISSIONS


Strathcona County - Priority Based Business Planning and Budgeting
The implementation of priority based budgeting methodology into Strathcona County’s business planning and budgeting processes that brings a strategic emphasis on community priorities.  Strathcona County is one of the first municipalities in Canada to have fully implemented priority based budgeting practices and the first in Canada to implement the Online PBB Toolset. The philosophy behind priority based budgeting is that resources should be allocated according to how effectively a program or service achieves the goals and objectives that are of the greatest value to the community.  The most important strategic priorities are identified and through a collaborative evidence based process programs are grouped based on how well they align to priorities.  In addition the methodology helps to better articulate why the program/services offered exist, what price the community pays for them and consequently what value they offer citizens.

Strathcona County submitted a nomination to the 2017 CAMA Awards of Excellence Program under the category Professional Development for municipalities with a population 20,001 to 100,000.  If you would like to see their full submission please visit the CAMA Member's Section, Awards of Excellence/Best Practices section and search "Strathcona".  If you would like more information please contact Kelly Rudyk - Director Corporate Planning and Intergovernmental Affairs at 780-893-5635 or kelly.rudyk@strathcona.ca


The Sturgeon County Project and Change Management Framework
The Sturgeon County Project and Change Management Framework formalizes and standardizes the manner in which Corporate and Department Business Plan Initiatives are managed. The primary deliverable was a professional development program for Managers and Staff that includes (i) a one-day Project and Change Management Fundamentals course, (ii) Project Management and Change Management Guidebooks as well as (iii) one-on-one or group coaching.   Three one-day sessions were offered in 2016. Further implementation in 2017 includes "lunch and learn" sessions on specific topic areas.  

Sturgeon County submitted a nomination to the 2017 CAMA Awards of Excellence Program under the category Professional Development for municipalities with a population under 20,000.  If you would like to see their full submission please visit the CAMA Member's Section, Awards of Excellence/Best Practices section and search "Sturgeon County".  If you would like more information please contact Joan Agnew, Business Strategy Manager at 780-939-8297 or jagnew@sturgeoncounty.ca


City of Fredericton: Canadian Lean Summit
In 2011, the City of Fredericton adopted Lean 6 Sigma as its primary continuous improvement tool.  It did so for a number of reasons, primary of which were financial pressures, frustration with service among staff and citizens and the ongoing challenges with employee engagement and departmental silo's.  The City uses all the LEAN tools, including 6S, Waste walks, Daily Management, Staffing to Demand, Projects, Kaizens among others.  The challenge became -"how do we keep our skills sharp".   Up until 2016, the City would send its staff to the United States for LEAN professional development opportunities - they could not find a conference in Canada where communities doing LEAN could congregate and share knowledge.  It was out of this frustration,  that the City of Fredericton decided to start its own National Conference organized strictly by City staff.   So, in 2016 they created the first ever National Conference for LEAN in Canada - the Canadian Lean Summit.  It was held in Fredericton in April of 2016, and much to their surprise they had over 300 delegates representing every province in Canada.  The reviews from attendees were excellent and as a result they hosted the 2nd Annual Lean Summit in 2017 and will be ready again to welcome delegates to Fredericton April 23-25, 2018 for the third Summit. 

The City of Fredericton submitted a nomination to the 2017 CAMA Awards of Excellence Program under the category Professional Development for municipalities with a population 20,001 to 100,000.  If you would like to see their full submission please visit the CAMA Member's Section, Awards of Excellence/Best Practices section and search "Fredericton".  If you would like more information please contact Jennifer Goodine at 506-460-2090 or jennifer.goodine@fredericton.ca


 
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