e-Brief November 28, 2018
Transforming Local Government Conference Registration is Open!
For the first time, we’re offering TLG Throwback Rates.  Register before December 15 to get the member rate of $600. The Early Bird Rate then goes to $660. Get all of the info here.   The Transforming Local Government Conference (TLG) is different from any other conference you will attend. TLG attracts attendees from local governments that are deliberately seeking new and innovative ways to meet new challenges and provide high quality service to the communities they serve. TLG is recognized for its dynamic content, which encourages team building, free thinking and fosters unprecedented ideas. Participants hear presentations directly from the teams that have created some of the most innovative programs and projects in local government today. These are comments from two of the attendees last year.

"This was a great opportunity to meet others in the same profession and to share ideas of things that can make a real difference in our communities. What inspired me most was the willingness of every one of the presenters to have taken a risk." Peggy Bunzli, Budget Officer, City of Boulder, CO.

“TLG is by far the most valuable conference experience. The sessions are thoughtfully planned and include stand out practitioners. Networking opportunities are endless and
diverse." Stephanie Smith, Assistant to the City Manager, City of Flagstaff, AZ.

About the Alliance for Innovation: The Alliance for Innovation is inspiring innovation to advance communities. As the premier resource for emerging practices in local government, we are building cultures of innovation and connecting thought leaders in the profession. We are accessible and valuable to all levels of an organization.  You can learn more about the Alliance at www.transformgov.org or contact Sally Burnett at saburnett@transformgov.org.
Are You Looking to Post RFPS, Bids and Tenders for Your Municipality for Free?

CAMA is  pleased to announce our new partnership with muniSERV.ca.  muniSERV is Canada’s leading online platform to Connect Municipalities and the Businesses that Serve ThemmuniSERV provides a full suite of tools for municipalities – most of which are free.  We have partnered with muniSERV to offer these tools and resources to all CAMA members.  In less than a minute, CAMA members can join muniSERV for free and have access to the tools and to special discounts and savings on other unique services and programs they provide for all sizes of municipalities - all in one convenient location.  Watch the video or click here to learn more about muniSERV

Over the next few editions of e-Brief we will be featuring each service offered.  Today’s featured service is how to post RFPs, Bids and Tenders for your municipality:
For CAMA Members:  If you are looking to post RFPs, Bids and Tenders and get more responses and ultimately more competitive quotes you should consider posting on muniserv.ca.  This will provide   instant exposure for your bid documents to over 60,000 vendors across Canada and locally.  If you haven’t already done so join muniSERV fill out the form, post your RFP, bid or tender for free and wait for reputable professionals to respond!  See how easy it is. Please note that your employees can also become members of muniSERV for free.  Send this information to your Procurement and Asset Management staff today!
For Consultants:  If you are a registered consultant, you can use muniSERV.ca to quickly and easily search for RPFs, bids and tenders that match your knowledge, field and location.
Limited time offer - Dedicated to helping you build your business, muniSERV* now offers 10% off a new, annual bids&tenders registration. A better way to connect with public sector clients to market your professional services and now, exclusive access to tenders from 100s of public sector organizations.   Register today for a new, annual muniSERV professional membership and get your 10% off code for bids&tenders registration.
*muniSERV is a member of the bids&tenders Affiliate Network.
Manitoba Members

Applications now available for 2019 Urban and Hometown Green Team grants 

Urban and Hometown Green Team grant applications are now available for organizations to hire youth between the ages of 15 and 29 for summer jobs in Manitoba, Municipal Relations Minister Jeff Wharton announced on November 23rd.  "Green Team programs provided more than 1,200 young Manitobans employment in the summer of 2018," said Wharton. "Investments into Green Team projects provide our youth with valuable work experience while working on projects that benefit our communities."  Green Team provides grants to hire youth ages 15 to 29 to work on community projects between May 1 and Aug. 31. The program is split into two streams:  Urban (Winnipeg) and Hometown (all other municipalities).  Eligible recipients include non-profit organizations under both streams, and rural municipalities under the Hometown stream.  Priority is given to children/youth recreation and volunteer projects, as well as projects that hire Indigenous youth, visible minority youth and youth with a disability, and projects located in northern Manitoba and in areas of demonstrated need.  Non-profit organizations receive 100 per cent of wage costs and up to $250 per position for support costs. Municipal governments receive 50 per cent of wage costs and up to $125 per position for support costs, on a cost-shared basis.  For more information on Green Team applications visit www.gov.mb.ca/mr/bldgcomm/recreg/greenteam.html.

Ontario Members:

Celebrate Ontario funding for 2019

The Grants Ontario web portal is now accepting applications for Celebrate Ontario funding for 2019. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, Jan. 9, and information sessions will be held on Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and Dec. 7
FCM Scholarships for Young Women: Deadline is December 15
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is accepting nominations for a pair of scholarships that recognize young women interested in getting involved in local government.  The deadline to apply for the Andrée P. Boucher Memorial Scholarship and the Canadian Women in Municipal Government Scholarship is December 15, 2018. This year, a total of $14,000 in scholarships will be awarded to high school, college and university students across Canada.  FCM established these scholarships to support young women who demonstrate leadership and interest in local government, and to encourage others to get involved in their community.  The scholarships are part of FCM’s initiative to reach parity in municipal councils across Canada.

Andrée P. Boucher Memorial Scholarship
This $4,500 scholarship is presented to a female college or university student deemed to have submitted the best research paper on a topic related to women in politics.
Two André P. Boucher Scholarships will be awarded.
  • One to a student at the college/university undergraduate level; and
  • One at the university graduate level.
Canadian Women in Municipal Government Scholarship
These $1,000 scholarships are presented to outstanding high school students for their involvement in their school’s leadership team or student council.
Five regional scholarships will be presented across Canada this year, one each for British Columbia,the Prairies and Territories, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada.

To apply for any of the scholarships or to take a look at the eligibility requirements, visit FCM’s website.
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

  • 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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