e-Brief July 24, 2018
The 48th Annual CAMA Conference will be held in Québec City from Monday, May 27th, 2019 to Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 at the Hilton Quebec and the Convention Centre.  The host hotel will be the Hilton Québec (connected to the Convention Centre) and the room block is SOLD OUT.  The Delta Québec (which is also connected to the Convention Centre) will be the overflow hotel and this room block will be released by the end of July 2018.
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Who in your organization is ready for leadership development?  Which neighbouring local government leaders would benefit from access to CAMA`s resources?    We believe that shared wisdom leaves a lasting impact.  We are seeking your support in growing our Association. 

As a current member, you know the value of CAMA. Now, we invite you to give back to the profession and consider sharing that value with your colleagues from small, large, urban and rural communities through a CAMA membership.  CAMA is an Association for everyone.  You can be confident that new members will benefit from the exchange of knowledge and experience of over 600 senior managers across Canada.

Ask your colleagues or direct reports to join you by becoming CAMA members, and you could win a $500 VISA gift card!
All of the details can be found on the campaign webpage.  Please also share our latest video about CAMA.
The second and each additional member from every individual municipality can join CAMA for only $137.50! 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.
Take a minute now, and forward this email 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 July 27th!
Marc Landry
CAMA President
CAMA is seeking assistance from a professional consultant with technical expertise in municipal government and political acumen to develop an online toolkit that will support Chief Administrative Officers and Direct Reports/Aspiring CAO’s, and the next generation of leaders that are already in local government jobs so that they are better prepared to move in to leadership positions.   Click here for the Request for Proposals.  The deadline for submission is Tuesday, August 14th, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. Local Time.
Your municipality can apply for new CLIMATE CHANGE CAPITAL PROJECT GRANTS.  FCM now offers grants of up to $1 million  for capital projects to help Canadian municipalities adapt to the new realities of climate change impacts and reduce GHG emissions. Grants are available through the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program, DELIVERED BY FCM and funded by the Government of Canada. Apply today.
Municipal Innovators Community
MiC2018 is a three-day conference designed for the municipal innovator, the civic disruptor, and the change-maker who wants to make our cities even better. There will be four keynotes throughout the conference, including a panel of the 100 Resilient Cities ‘Team Canada’, so it’s shaping up to be a great program!  Check out the website for more details, and if you’re interested, you can use this link to get your pass:http://show.ps/l/a27f8725/ 
YouTube video: https://youtu.be/o2S56dGyLPs
As recreational cannabis legalization approaches, data on cannabis production, distribution and consumption were made available by Statistics Canada on the Cannabis Stats Hub. Launched on January 25, 2018, the platform presents information on cannabis industry in the country since 1961.  One of the data sources, the Cannabis Economic Accounts, is a set of provisional estimates that will be updated as the agency develops new data sources and improves its methods.  The information is presented by topics such as health, justice and economy for both medicinal and recreational cannabis. Interactive graphs and tables allow the user to filter data according to their interests and to construct their own estimates changing the assumptions. The tool was created in order to measure the social and economic implications of the legalization of cannabis in Canada and can be accessed on the Statistics Canada website.

CAMA is pleased to offer retired CAMA members the opportunity to advertise their business/consulting services in the Member’s Section of the CAMA website.  The CAMA website sees approximately 27,000 hits per month with 500 being in the Member’s Section which is password protected, and only available to our membership of Chief Administrative Officers and senior managers across the country.  For information on specifications, costs and the policy on website advertising please contact Jennifer Goodine at [email protected].



Lewis Farms Facility and Park - Public Engagement - City of Edmonton
The Lewis Farms Facility and Park is a council-directed project for the schematic design of a community hub in the west end of Edmonton. The project includes a multi-purpose recreation centre, district park, public library and high school completion centre.
The City of Edmonton is transforming the way they engage with citizens. The public engagement for the Lewis Farms Facility and Park used a variety of creative strategies to reach citizens and stakeholders to understand their needs, values and desires. Through an open, interactive and inclusive process, these ideas influenced the vision and design for the facility and park.

Taking place from spring 2015 through fall 2016, the Lewis Farms Facility and Park public engagement dovetails a public engagement process with the design process for a district park and community recreation centre.  From the outset, the City had designated this project to be developed based on consultation and stakeholder feedback so meaningful engagement with Edmontonians was key to success. 

The City of Edmonton submitted a nomination to the 2017 CAMA Awards of Excellence Program under the Willis Award for Innovation Category for municipalities with a population over 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 "Edmonton".  If you would like more information please contact Pascale Ladouceur at 780-423-5031 or [email protected]
The Emerald Crescent: A Unique Approach to Open Space Planning in a Growing Urban Area - City of Edmonton
The landscape in Decoteau, in Edmonton’s southeast corner, includes an intricate web of wetlands and forest patches that provide ecological stepping stones across the landscape - as well as 25% of Edmonton’s remaining wetlands. Sensitive, highly complex and regionally connected, these are the richest ecosystems found within their boundaries, providing countless ecological services and critical wildlife habitat.

In 2015, Edmonton City Council approved the Decoteau Plan, which will ultimately accommodate 75,000 residents. Recognizing both the challenge and the opportunity of planning communities in the context of an ecologically complex landscape, the City of Edmonton and partners came together around a shared vision - and an innovative approach to urban planning.

The result? An outstanding ecological and recreational network. Spanning over 10 km, the ecological/recreational network in Decoteau consists of an integrated system of natural areas, constructed wetlands, schools, parks, greenways and wildlife passages. In all, over 60 open space elements are strategically aligned. It is a network that prioritizes ecological protection and recreation and seamlessly integrates open space with the built environment.

The City of Edmonton submitted a nomination to the 2017 CAMA Awards of Excellence Program under the Willis Award for Innovation Category for municipalities with a population Over 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 "City of Edmonton".  If you would like more information please contact Angela Hobson, Principal Planner at 780-496-6147 or  [email protected]
Civic Accommodation Transformation - City of Edmonton
Civic Accommodation Transformation has provided an opportunity for the City to undertake a total re-think of how office work and service to residents are done in the 21st century. Our research and consultation have yielded exciting results in terms of efficient space utilization, improved technology tools and the promise of a more satisfied workforce likely to stay with the City for longer. Bottom line - better use of the taxpayer dollar.

To achieve this, three departments, Real Estate, HR and IT collaborated to create Alternative Work Strategies, which assists the City to drive organizational culture by enabling greater collaboration, flexibility and mobility.  These new ways of working will ultimately reach across all City business units and work groups ensuring the highest quality customer service.

The City of Edmonton submitted a nomination to the 2017 CAMA Awards of Excellence Program under the Willis Award for Innovation Category for municipalities with a population Over 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 "City of Edmonton".  If you would like more information please contact Gary Klassen, Deputy City Manager at 780.496.6050 or [email protected]

  • Linda Rapp, City Manager, City of Whitehorse, YT
  • Jennifer Sawatzky, Manager of Legislative Services, Town of Strathmore, AB
  • Trina McGarvey, Director of Human Resources, County of Lennox and Addington, ON
  • Erik Nickel, General Manager of Infrastructure & Development, City of Welland, ON
  • Chris Frotten, Municipal Clerk, Municipality of the District of Argyle, NS
  • Jane Fraser, Director, Halifax Regional Municipality, NS
  • Jonathan Lautenbach, Chief Financial Officer, City of Kitchener, ON
  • Victoria Raab, General Manager, Corporate Services, City of Kitchener, ON
  • Marylynne Ferguson, Social Services Director, Lennox and Addington County, ON
  • Jerry Blackwood, Chief Financial Officer, Halifax Regional Municipality, NS
  • Tracy Simpson, Director of Community & Protective Services, Town of Strathmore, AB
  • Darcy Webb, Finance Administrative Supervisor, Town of Eckville, AB 
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