e-Brief May 23, 2019
CAMA National Conference Just Days Away
Resiliency is the theme; Quebec City says “bonjour”
Final preparations are underway for the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) Conference to be held in Québec City from May 27-29, 2019 at the Hilton Québec and the Québec City Convention Centre.

This year’s conference theme, “Resiliency – Leading in Today’s Complex Environment” is sure to resonate strongly with those in attendance. “La belle Ville de Québec” is always welcoming to visitors. Delegates are sure to enjoy and benefit from the conference program.

Opening keynote speaker Maria Sirois will talk about “The Wisdom of Change: Positivity and Resilience While Under Stress.’’ The closing keynote will be delivered by Stuart Knight and is called “Four Conversations for Success.”

Speakers at the other plenary and concurrent sessions will focus on topics like Building a Resilient-Ready Organization, Political Acuity, Populism in Canada, Crisis Management, Positive Psychology, Building and Supporting a More Positive and Respectful Workplace, and Creating a Positive Environment for Employees with Mental Health Issues.

During the conference, CAMA will launch two new toolkits: Political Acumen and Members in Transition.  In addition, CAMA will celebrate its members’ important milestones at the Long Service Awards Luncheon and recognize best practices in Canadian municipal government with the CAMA Awards of Excellence. 

There will be an interactive tradeshow featuring companies from the municipal industry showcasing their new products and services, as well as exceptional networking, social events and a companions’ program. CAMA thanks its sponsors and exhibitors for their support. See you in Québec!

For more about CAMA’s annual conference visit www.camacam.ca or contact the CAMA national office at 1-866-771-2262 or [email protected].
2019 Conference Sponsors -- THANK YOU!
Insituform Technologies Limited    Juice Inc.    

Odgers Berndtson
ISI Live    PSD

Civic InfoBC            Lidstone & Company   


 Partnership Group - Sponsorship Specialists             AUMA           FCM          FCM
Call for Proposals for Community-Based Projects That Support Seniors
Seniors make significant and valuable contributions to their families, communities and workplaces. That is why the Government of Canada remains committed to providing Canadian seniors with greater security and a better quality of life.  On May 15, the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors, announced the launch of the 2019-20 New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) call for proposals for community-based projects. The NHSP is a federal grants and contributions program whose goal is to support projects that help improve the well-being and quality of life of seniors and foster social inclusion and engagement of older Canadians in all aspects of society.  The Program's community-based stream supports activities that engage seniors and address one or more of its five objectives: volunteering, mentoring, expanding awareness of elder abuse, social participation and capital assistance. Organizations are invited to apply for funding under the NHSP's three national priorities:
  • preventing elder abuse and fraud, including measures to reduce crimes and harms against seniors;
  • supporting healthy aging in community and addressing dementia, including community supports and intergenerational housing; and
  • counteracting ageism in the workplace to promote labour market retention of seniors.
The 2019-20 NHSP community-based call for proposals is open until June 21, 2019. For details on how to apply, visit https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/new-horizons-seniors.html.
Forty Beaches and Marinas Across Canada Awarded the Blue Flag in Record Year
A record 28 beaches and 12 marinas from across Canada were awarded the Blue Flag, the most ever certified in Canada's 15 year history with the program.  The Blue Flag is a highly prestigious international eco-certification program awarded each year, which sets the gold-standard for water quality, environmental management and education, safety, and amenities.  "When you see a Blue Flag flying at a beach or marina, you know that it's clean, safe and sustainably managed," said Kelsey Scarfone, Water Programs Manager with Environmental Defence. "These world-class beaches and marinas have worked hard to achieve the standards set by this prestigious award, and we're proud to recognize that accomplishment today."  The Blue Flag is administered in Canada by Environmental Defence and is managed internationally by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). More than 4,000 beaches and marinas in 45 countries fly the Blue Flag.
Follow this link for downloadable photographs of some of the Blue Flag sites.
Consider Joining the International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
Consider joining over 250 CAMA members that are also International City/County Management Association (ICMA) members. ICMA membership complements your CAMA Membership and offers additional great resources for an affordable affiliate discount rate of only $135.00 US dollars.  Canada and US CAOs face many of the same issues, challenges, and opportunities.  Also, be sure to mark your calendars for ICMA’s 2019 Annual Conference, October 20-23, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee.  Canada is also very pleased to be hosting the 2020 Conference in Toronto from September 27-30, 2020.  To learn more about ICMA and how it works for Canada….And For You - review this brochure.
Congratulations to the Winners of the Smart Cities Challenge
On May 14, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Canada's Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and his Parliamentary Secretary Marco Mendicino, announced the four winners of the country's first-ever Smart Cities Challenge, a pan-Canadian competition that encourages communities of all sizes to harness the potential of connected technology and data to improve the lives of Canadians.  The winners will receive prizes worth a total of $75 million, which will be used to implement their visions. The winners are:
  • Town of Bridgewater, Nova Scotia - $5 million prize for its proposal to reduce energy poverty.
  • Nunavut Communities, Nunavut - $10 million prize for its proposal to use a life promotion approach to suicide prevention.
  • City of Guelph and Wellington County, Ontario - $10 million prize for its proposal to create a Circular Food Economy.
  • City of Montréal, Quebec - $50 million prize for its proposal to improve mobility and access to food.
The four winners will implement their smart cities approaches over the next five years. Updates on their implementation will be posted on Infrastructure Canada's website, where their proposal summaries are currently posted so they can inspire communities across the country on their own smart cities journeys. 
  • Ryan Danberg, City Manager, City of Melfort, SK
  • Thomas Hansen, Director, Strategic & Administrative Services, Town of Strathmore, AB
  • Jodi Brown, Community Services Manager, Town of Redwater, AB
  • Dorian Kachur, Manager, Strategic Business Services, City of Airdrie, AB
  • Leanne McCarthy, Chief Administrative Officer, City of North Vancouver, BC
  • Faisal Anwar, City Manager, City of Morden, MB
  • Edith Goddard, Administrator, RM of Kellross No. 247, SK
  • Deb Welsh, Director of FInance, Municipal District of Opportunity, AB
  • Tanya Garost, Deputy CAO & Director of FInance and Corporate Services, Lake Country, BC
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