e-Brief June 5, 2020
Rudolph Elected President of the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators
Jake Rudolph, Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Nanaimo, BC was elected President of the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) during the association’s annual general meeting, held virtually on June 2, 2020.   He is a CAMA Representative for British Columbia and most recently served as First Vice-President for the Association. He succeeds Jeff Renaud, CAO for the Town of St. Stephen, NB in leading the 650-member national organization of senior municipal management professionals, for the coming year.

“I am honoured to serve CAMA as President in this unprecedented time,” said Rudolph. “This year has brought some unique challenges for municipalities across Canada and will continue to call for innovative thinking and flexibility into 2021. I look forward to working with the Board and CAMA staff to ensure that our members continue to have access to quality services and resources which will allow them to excel, even in the face of a global pandemic.”

Jake has a professional career which spans 38 years including over 30 years in management positions across the country. For the past 22 years Jake has resided in British Columbia where he currently serves as Chief Administrative Officer with the City of Nanaimo. Previously Jake has served as Chief Administrative Officer with the City of Pitt Meadows, Deputy CAO with the Cities of Abbotsford and Fredericton and General Manager of Development Services and Public Works with the City of Maple Ridge.

Throughout his career, Jake has taken an active role in his profession and his community serving on various committees and boards.  As a member of CAMA, he has been a member of the Awards Committee on two occasions and also the Chair and served on an Election Process Review Committee a number of years ago. He has been on the CAMA Board since 2014; Chaired the Strategic Plan Review Committee; and served on the Conference Committee and the Code of Conduct Committee. Over the past year, Jake has chaired the CAO Employment Contract Toolkit Committee.  Jake is a life-long learner with a Master’s Degree in Planning, an MBA and has completed the Harvard Executive Leadership Program.

Two new members were also elected to the CAMA Board of Directors: Jamie Paik, Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Langham, SK was elected Board Representative for Manitoba and Saskatchewan; and Gary Kent, the Commissioner of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer of the City of Mississauga, ON was elected as a Member-at-Large for a Municipality of over 100,000.    The 2020-2021 CAMA Board of Directors includes:
  • Jake Rudolph, President, British Columbia
  • Jack Benzaquen, First Vice-President, Qu├ębec
  • Cory Bellmore, Second Vice-President, Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut
  • Beverly Hendry, Treasurer, Member-At-Large
  • Jeff Renaud, Past President
  • Tony Kulbisky, Alberta
  • Dawn Chaplin, Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Brenda Orchard, Ontario
  • Marc Melanson, New Brunswick
  • Mike Dolter, Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island
  • Jamie Paik, Manitoba & Saskatchewan
  • Gary Kent, Member At Large for a Municipality with a Population Over 100,000
The Powerpoint for CAMA's Virtual Annual General Meeting can be found here.
Paik Elected to CAMA Board
Jamie Paik, the Chief Administrative Officer of the Town of Langham, SK, has been elected to the Board of the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators. She was elected as the CAMA Board Representative for Manitoba and Saskatchewan during the association’s annual general meeting, held virtually on June 2, 2020.   

“I attended my first CAMA Conference last year and was blown away by the welcome that I received from fellow municipal administrators and attendees,” said Paik. “Not only did I get a chance to network with CAOs from my own province but gained new friends and contacts from across the country. Being from a small community, there is a stigma that you’re too small to participate in something as big as CAMA, but CAMA has been a valuable resource for me and undoubtedly would be a great resource for other communities that also hold the misconception that they’re too small to participate in such an organization.”

Located about 15 minutes from Saskatoon, Langham is within one of the fastest growing regions in Canada. Paik has worked in municipal administration for eight years, serving seven of those as CAO of Langham. Previous to this work, she worked for the Saskatchewan Provincial Ministry of Justice, advancing quickly within the Office of Residential Tenancies.

An dedicated member of her community, Paik is a member of organizations in Saskatchewan related to economic development, administration, and more. She has obtained her Standard Certificate of Qualification in Local Government Authority (Urban) and her Rural Class “C” Certificate of Qualification from the Rural Board of Examiners, both in Saskatchewan. In addition, she has the IPWEA Professional Certificate in Asset Management Planning, Municipal Management Essentials Administrative Level 1 and 2 Certificates through Southeast College and numerous other certificates.

As a second-generation CAO from rural Saskatchewan she aims to voice the perspective of the sometimes-underrated provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and apply what she learns from other municipalities across the nation to her Municipality.   Jamie is a passionate representative of the prairie provinces and was eager to get involved with the Board of CAMA after attending her first CAMA conference in 2019. Inspired by the connections that she made with other CAOs and senior managers from across the country, she is excited to bring her experience in urban and rural administration to the Board.
Kent Elected to CAMA Board
Gary Kent, the Commissioner of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer of the City of Mississauga, ON, has been elected to the Board of the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators. He was elected as a Member-at-Large for Municipalities with a population of over 100,000 during the association’s annual general meeting, held virtually on June 2, 2020.  “Senior levels of government understand that municipalities are critical to our future and this is an important moment for the sector to be strategic, organized, and clear,” said Kent.  Mississauga is Canada’s sixth largest city, and as the Commissioner of Corporate Services and CFO, Gary leads a team of seven Directors who provide innovative, strategic and integrated services to the public, staff and Council. A diverse portfolio, they are focused on delivering strong Customer Service, Value for Money and ensuring the Corporation has the right Talent and Technology available to achieve its vision.

He is also the CEO of Enersource Corporation, a strategic partnership between the City and Borealis Inc. Enersource currently owns 30% of the shares of Alectra Inc., the second largest municipally-owned electricity utility in North America.  

A graduate of Glasgow Caledonian University, he is a professional accountant with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and a CPA, CGA. He holds the ICD.D designation, having graduated from the Directors Education Program from the Institute of Corporate Directors, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Through progressively senior roles, his experience includes co-chairing the update of the City’s Strategic Plan, engaging 100,000 citizens and overseeing the development and implementation of continuous improvement projects including Lean, multiple policies and strategies including a Long-Range Financial Plan, People Strategy, IT Master Plan, and Strategic Communications Master Plan. He has also led community projects to advance world class waterfront, downtown and education initiatives. Kent previously worked in the UK as the Finance Manager for a large private sector transit company experiencing deregulation, privatization, flotation and mergers.

Board and Committee experience includes the ACCA’s Public Sector Global Forum, the Canadian Association of Government Finance Officers (CAGFO), The One Investment Board and Sheridan College’s Professional Advisory Council.   Gary has also been involved in volunteering in the community for many years and has lived with his family in Mississauga all his Canadian life. He is excited to bring his wealth of experience to the Board of CAMA.
CAMA Celebrates Municipal Heroes
CAMA is proud to celebrate all our municipal heroes. Each municipality has amazing individuals who continue to work on the front lines to provide services to the residents in their communities. 

Joni Delaurier, City of Calgary, AB

Joni Delaurier, a Communications Team Supervisor at the Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) with the City of Calgary used her musical talent to produce a song called One Day Soon. Joni recorded this uplifting song in her home studio in hopes that it would bring Calgary some joy and comfort with the current coronavirus health crisis.  On her first days off after the initial State of Local Emergency, Joni found herself - guitar in hand - reflecting on the things we’re all missing out on and have previously taken for granted. “I wanted to write something that would cheer me up, to remind my friends that one day we will get back to normal,” she said. “We all need something a little less heavy to look forward to.”   Joni shared her song with Chief Tom Sampson at CEMA. “When I first heard this song, it really struck me,” said Sampson. “In the flurry of my day-to-day work, pausing for a couple of minutes and taking in the song and imagery, had me realize just how much we’ve all been missing out on since this all started. It wasn’t until that moment that I fully realized just how hard this has been on us all, and how much we’ve missed out on over the last few months.”  Delaurier moonlights as an award-winning songwriter and accomplished singer on the country/roots music scene. She has been nominated in the past for Single of the Year at the Canadian Country Music Awards, among other accolades.  Delaurier, along with the talented creative folks from The City of Calgary’s Customer Service and Communications business unit created a video to share with Calgarians. The creation of the video was very much a team effort and Delaurier said that the opportunity to work on something a little lighter, fun and uplifting was a highlight for the team.  When words fail, music speaks. At least that’s what The City felt when it pooled its internal creative talents to give back to Calgarians for all they have done to limit the spread of COVID-19. The One Day Soon project aims to lift Calgarians' spirits.  Watch One Day Soon here!  Delaurier will post the song on streaming platforms and will donate any proceeds from streaming revenues to the United Way of Calgary’s COVID-19 Community Response fund, funds which will stay in Calgary for Calgarians.
 

Regional District of Nanaimo - Transit Team

Our response to COVID-19 by the RDN Transit team is and has been focused on the safety of our residents, customers, drivers and staff. While providing an essential service throughout the current pandemic to help ensure our riders can get to work or where they needed to be. We have continued to maintain a high level of service while continuously shifting how we deliver it, seeking innovative ways to respond to the dynamic situation. Here is a recent video from our awesome transit team showing all that the team has done related to the health and safety of our customers: youtube.com/watch?v=rJADx4wxCps
CAO Performance Evaluation Toolkit Now Available in Inuktut
CAMA developed the three-step CAO Performance Evaluation Toolkit.  CAMA’s Toolkit is designed to be a system that is flexible for the CAO, Mayor and Council.  It offers a variety of ways to choose goals, set competencies, conduct your self-assessment, and have ongoing performance evaluation conversations.  For CAOs, the toolkit provides a process that uses strategies and templates that can be shared with the Mayor and Council to ensure goals, key results, core competencies, and performance measures are mutually understood.  For Mayor and Council, the Toolkit underscores the value of CAO performance conversations, and offers a process for conducting the performance evaluations fairly.
Free Webinars and On-line Resources Available

CAMA is pleased to support our 2020 Conference Exhibitors and Sponsors. Below is a listing of free webinars and on-line resources offered to all CAMA members.  Feel free to forward to your staff.

WEBINARS

Collaborative Knowledge Sharing in a Social Distancing World
Presented byBoxOfDocs
Dated:  Thursday, June 25, 2020
BoxOfDocs will share insights into various municipalities CoVID-19 “lessons learned” and how collaborative technology will play a vital role in the evolution of local government.
Registration link https://boxofdocs.info/webinars/

Understanding and Developing a Levels of Service Framework
Presented byPSD - Research, Consulting, Software
Date: June 16, 2020     Time: 10am ET or 1pm ET  
Learn how your organization can establish technical and community levels of service metrics in order to establish a holistic levels of service framework.
Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/1010597828053601804
 

ON LINE RESOURCES

BoxOfDocs -  www.boxofdocs.info
Join your municipal peers who are saving time and benefiting by using BoxOfDocs. Now FREE and OPEN to all municipal staff.  Don’t reinvent the wheel. As issues emerge and policies need to be implemented BoxOfDocs has strengthened your network.  If you want new and relevant options when setting public or internal policies join now to access 400,000+ reference documents from local municipalities.
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