e-Brief November 15, 2018
Which neighbouring local government leaders would benefit from access to CAMA`s resources? Who in your organization is ready for leadership development?

As you know, CAMA is a national, non-profit association of Chief Administrative Officers, City/Town Managers and Senior Local Government Managers (direct reports) from all parts of Canada. We focus on supporting you to excel as a leader in the everchanging environment of a Canadian community.  Our members come from large and small, rural and urban municipalities.

How do larger municipalities provide a voice for smaller municipalities? Check out the video from Glen Davies, CAO Gravenhurst to get his take on the value of CAMA membership.   Janice Baker is the CAO of one of Canada’s largest municipalities, Mississauga.  Ever wondered how she benefits from CAMA? Listen to what she has to say. Ever wished you had a ringside seat on a national level and considered being more involved in CAMA? Tim Anderson, CAO with the City of Waterloo has thoughts on that subject.  Check out his comments here!

Make sure you follow CAMA on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, so you can share the videos and other content!

As a special offer, new members will receive 50% off our already great value membership fees for the first year.    Also, if they join between October 2018 and March 2019, they will not be invoiced again until March 2020.  Our membership fees are based on the population for the Primary Member and are currently just $137.50 for any additional members in your municipality.

Take a minute now, and forward this email to your direct reports, colleagues and neighbours who are on track for municipal leadership positions in all size municipalities and make CAMA better for all.   Click here for the on-line registration link!   If they join before November 30th, 2018, each new member will get their name entered in to a draw to win a free registration to the 2019 CAMA Conference being held in Québec City from May 27-29, 2019!  First time member delegates to the Conference also receive a discounted rate of $150.00 off the regular member rate.


Marc Landry
CAMA President


Qui sont les dirigeants et dirigeantes de municipalités voisines de la vôtre qui pourraient profiter des ressources de l’ACAM? Qui sont les personnes de votre organisation prêtes pour le développement du leadership?

Comme vous le savez, l’ACAM se veut une organisation nationale à but non lucratif qui rassemble les administrateurs municipaux (directeurs généraux et autres cadres supérieurs) et leurs subalternes de partout au Canada. Elle se concentre sur le soutien à leur apporter pour qu’ils excellent en tant que chef de file dans le contexte toujours en évolution d’une municipalité canadienne. Ses membres viennent de municipalités qui peuvent être grandes ou petites, rurales ou urbaines.

Ne manquez pas la vidéo de Marie-Hélène Lajoie, directrice générale, pour avoir son opinion au sujet de l’utilité d’appartenir à l’ACAM. N’oubliez pas de suivre l’ACAM sur Facebook, Twitter et LinkedIn, pour prendre connaissance des vidéos et autres contenus!

En guise d’offre spéciale, les nouveaux membres ont droit, la première année, à une réduction de 50 % sur les frais d'adhésion à l’ACAM. De plus, en s’inscrivant entre octobre 2018 et mars 2019, ils ne recevront pas d’autre facture avant mars 2020. Notre cotisation est basée sur la population de la municipalité pour le membre principal et 137,50 $ pour les membres additionnels d’une municipalité.

Prenez le temps d’envoyer ce courriel à vos proches collaborateurs, collègues et voisins qui ont le potentiel d’occuper un poste en leadership municipal dans des municipalités de toutes les tailles et l’ACAM en sera améliorée pour tout le monde. Cliquez ici pour accéder à l’inscription en ligne! Les nouveaux membres qui adhèrent à l’ACAM avant le 30 novembre 2018 verront leur nom inscrit au tirage d’une inscription gratuite à la conférence 2019 de l’ACAM, laquelle aura lieu à Québec du 27 au 29 mai! Les délégués qui participent pour la première fois à la conférence annuelle ont aussi droit à une réduction de 150 $ du tarif ordinaire des membres.

Salutations cordiales,

Marc Landry, président de l’ACAM
Thank you to those CAMA members who took the time to complete the recent survey providing your thoughts on the topic of politcal acuity.  We had a tremendous response and gained some excellent feedback that will help us develop the Political Acumen Toolkit to be launched at the 2019 CAMA Conference in Quebec City in May.  If you have a case study on this topic that you would like to share and you feel would help other municipal employees, please contact Jennifer Goodine, CAMA Executive Director, at [email protected].

Political acuity is a skill – one that can be learned, but must also be practiced and honed. Bev Hendry, CAO to the Township of West Lincoln, CAMA Board Member-At-Large, and the Chair of the Political Acumen Toolkit Committee chats with Municipal World CEO Susan Gardner about the CAMA toolkit and how CAOs, now and in the future, can become more self-aware and bring this skillset into their everyday tasks.
November is National Fall Prevention Month and, according to fallpreventionmonth.ca, slips, trips and falls not only account for $3.4 billion in direct health care costs in older adults, but also send 215 of them to the hospital every day. This also makes up a number of claims and litigation municipalities experience.  Canadian organizations participate by planning initiatives and sharing evidence-based information on fall prevention. Together we can raise the profile of fall prevention and help everyone see their role in keeping adults active, independent and healthy as they age.
At the 2018 OMAA Fall Workshop in Muskoka, ON, Sandra Pupatello from Canadian International Avenues Ltd. chatted with Municipal World CEO Susan Gardner about “CAO Survival Skills Post Election” -- unique opportunities that come with a new term of Mayor and Council.  There are some great tips on political acuity, succession planning and women in leadership roles.
The Smart Cities Challenge is a pan-Canadian competition open to communities of all sizes, including municipalities, regional governments and Indigenous communities (First Nations, Métis and Inuit). The Challenge encourages communities to adopt a smart cities approach to improve the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology.  As part of the Smart Cities Challenge, Twenty finalists have been selected to go on to compete for four prizes:
  • one prize of up to $50 million, available to all communities;
  • two prizes of up to $10 million, available to all communities below 500,000 residents; and
  • one prize of up to $5 million, available to all communities below 30,000 residents.
  • Biigtigong Nishnaabeg First Nation, Ontario ($5M prize)
  • Bridgewater, Nova Scotia ($5M prize)
  • Cree Nation of Eastmain, Quebec ($5M prize)
  • Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, Quebec ($5M prize)
  • Yellowknife, Northwest Territories ($5M prize)
  • Airdrie and Area, Alberta ($10M prize)
  • Communities of Nunavut, Nunavut ($10M prize)
  • Côte Saint-Luc, Quebec ($10M prize)
  • Greater Victoria, British Columbia ($10M prize)
  • Guelph and Wellington County, Ontario ($10M prize)
  • Parkland, Brazeau, Lac Ste Anne and Yellowhead Counties, Alberta ($10M prize)
  • Richmond, British Columbia ($10M prize)
  • Saint Mary's First Nation and Fredericton, New-Brunswick ($10M prize)
  • Saskatoon, Saskatchewan ($10M prize)
  • The Pas, Opaskwayak Cree Nation, and Kelsey, Manitoba ($10M prize)
  • Edmonton, Alberta ($50M prize)
  • Montreal, Quebec ($50M prize)
  • Quebec City, Quebec ($50M prize)
  • Region of Waterloo, Ontario ($50M prize)
  • Vancouver and Surrey, British Columbia ($50M prize)
Congratulations to the finalists and best of luck with the next steps of your submissions!

The province of Prince Edward Island has been officially named host of the 2023 Canada Winter Games. The Games provide an opportunity for young people to compete in national winter sports competitions.  Thousands of visitors are expected to attend the 2023 Games, where athletes will participate in a wide variety of sports, including ice hockey, badminton, gymnastics, biathlon, cross-country skiing, alpine skiing, archery, snowboarding, boxing, squash, ringette, freestyle skiing, figure skating, judo, speed skating, squash, curling, wheelchair basketball and synchronized swimming.


  • Mark Mullaly, President, Interthink Consulting Incorporate, Toronto, ON
  • Doug Gilchrist, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Kelowna, BC
  • Jennifer Lawson Murray, City Clerk, City of Fredericton, NB
  • Keith Morrison, Senior Administrative Officer, Town of Fort Smith, NT
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