e-Brief February 18, 2021
Call for Nominations for the 2021-2022 CAMA Board of Directors
In accordance with the requirements of the CAMA by-laws, one position has opened up for the CAMA Board of Directors for the 2021-2022 year:  the position for British Columbia. 

The Nominating Committee invites all Regular CAMA members to express their interest in letting their name stand for the election of the above noted position by completing the nomination form (including the names and signatures of two nominators who are Regular members of the Association), accompanied by a photo, and a one-page bio (with a maximum of 500 words) including a paragraph on why you are interested in this Board position.  Photos and bios will be posted to the CAMA website.  Please note that only Regular Members resident in British Columbia are eligible for election in that region.

Nominations should be sent to Ms. Jennifer Goodine, CAMA Executive Director (and Returning Officer), via e-mail ([email protected]) by 4:30 p.m. PST on Friday, March 5th, 2021.

Further information regarding the procedures for voting will be distributed electronically to all CAMA members eligible to vote, prior to the commencement of the voting period.  Please also note that only CAMA members in good standing with membership fees paid for the current fiscal year (April 1st, 2021 to March 31st, 2022) will be eligible to vote.
Jeff Renaud
CAMA Past President/
Chair of Nominating Committee

Election of the CAMA Board of Directors – E-Voting Process

The election of the CAMA Board of Directors is governed by an e-voting process. Should a member wish to stand for election for an available position on the Board they must complete a nomination form. 

The CAMA Board of Directors shall be comprised of eleven (11) Regular Members who are elected by the membership. The Immediate Past-President shall serve on the Board of Directors and shall have voting privileges.  The eleven (11) elected Members of the Board of Directors shall be regionally represented as follows:
  • British Columbia (Position Available):  1 Member
  • Alberta:  1 Member
  • Manitoba and Saskatchewan:  1 Member
  • Ontario:  1 Member
  • Qu├ębec: 1 Member
  • New Brunswick:  1 Member
  • Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island:  1 Member
  • Newfoundland and Labrador:  1 Member
  • Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories and Nunavut:  1 Member
  • Member at Large (Municipality – Population Under 100,000):  1 Member
  • Member at Large (Municipality – Population of Over 100,000):  1 Member
Elections are only held for positions on the Board when there is a vacancy (as highlighted above).

The Nominating Committee shall appoint the Executive consisting of the President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President and Treasurer from among the members of the Board of Directors.

Elected members of the Board of Directors shall serve for a four (4) year term except where the member is to serve as the President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, Treasurer or Immediate Past President. After an absence from the Board of Directors for a period of two consecutive years, members who have previously served shall again be eligible for office.  The term of office of directors shall commence immediately following the CAMA Annual General Meeting being held virtually on June 1st, 2021, at which time they are elected, and shall conclude upon the election of their successors.
As part of our ongoing commitment to our members we are pleased to introduce the CAMA 50th Anniversary Professional Development Series for 2021. This new program is comprised of various webinars that are coordinated for the CAO/City Manager, senior managers and their employees.   Along with our own webinar series, CAMA Partner companies will be providing educational and informative learning opportunities that showcase innovative services and products relevant to municipal management.   Free of charge to all CAMA members this will be a wonderful way to provide an eclectic selection of resources to all your employees. Please forward to your staff members.

See the professional development opportunities below for February and March 2021.  The recording for the February 11th, 2021 CAMA webinar "Responding to Complex Social Issues: Municipal Roles and Promising Solutions to Homelessness, Addictions and Social Disorder – By Dr. Alina Turner and Dena Kae Beno" can be found in the CAMA Member's Section under "Conference Presentations".

Webinar: The Surprising Science of Community Input: What’s Helpful? What’s Useless? What’s Dangerous? And What To Do Differently Tomorrow
FlashVote helps local governments make great decisions with great data. You get custom, statistically valid community input in 48 hours - so you can make the best decisions for your community all year long.

Have you ever wanted to know…
  • When you need public input for good decisions - and when you don’t
  • What kinds of public input are helpful - and which can make decisions worse
  • What are the common mistakes to avoid – including how free input can cost you plenty
  • How to make it easier to serve the many, not just the noisy
Then join us on February 18, 2021 at 1PM ET for “The Surprising Science of Public Input”. In this “incredibly engaging” webinar “packed with so many fascinating and really applicable examples", you’ll get these answers and more from data expert and keynote speaker Kevin Lyons – plus bring your own questions or challenges to the extended Q&A. Register for FREE today.  Contact Kevin Lyons at at [email protected] if you have any questions about this opportunity.
Webinar: Economic Recovery from COVID-19 and Impact on Municipalities Hosted by RSM
The global and Canadian economies have been substantially impacted by COVID-19. We are now in the midst of the pandemic’s second wave, with stricter lockdown measures quickly being instituted. In December, after months of solid employment gains in Canada and the United States, economic conditions worsened considerably. To date, the rollout of the vaccine has been slow and riddled with challenges; as a result, economic recovery in Canada is likely to take longer.  This session will focus on assessing COVID-19’s impact on municipal revenues and analyzing various recovery scenarios outlined in The Real Economy, Canada (RSM’s quarterly economic publication), as Canada’s economic recovery will depend largely on economic conditions in the United States. We will also discuss the impact of the new administration on Canada’s economy and municipalities.
Event Details
·       Date: Thursday, February 25, 2021
·       Time: 1:00 - 2:00 PM EST
·       Fee: Complimentary
·       CPD: Up to 1 hour available
For more details on this session click here.  REGISTER NOW
Webinar: Work Unplugged: Keeping Employees Connected - Hosted by Microsoft Canada
How do you make sure that fatigue from meetings does not set in? How can employees see who they are interacting with and when while remaining safe or in a hybrid environment?

Join us on March 24, 2021 at 1:00 PM EST as Microsoft Canada takes you through the latest findings on employees’ hybrid working environments, thought leadership on a remote work culture, and guidance to ensure employees are leveraging the tools they are provided in the best way possible.  Registration link: Microsoft Event (mktoevents.com)
TLG Govapalooza : March 1 - 5, 2021
A truly historic event, TLG Govapalooza will bring together thousands of elected officials, appointed leaders, department heads, local gov employees, academics, students, business executives, nonprofit partners, and committed individuals to engage in an incredible celebration of the very best in local government. CAMA is pleased to partner with this event.  Use the code CAMA when you register to receive $100 off.     REGISTER NOW
The 2020 CAMA Awards of Excellence Submissions
We are pleased to feature the 2020 Awards of Excellence Submissions over the next few editions of e-Brief.  These are valuable sources of information and can also be found in the Members Section.
Award Submission: 2020 Willis Award for Innovation - Population Under 20,000 - Town of Huntsville
Town of Huntsville Strategic Plan
During September 23, 2019 Council meeting, Town of Huntsville staff unveiled the new digital look of the 2019 – 2023 Strategic Plan that is not only measurable but data driven.  You can view the digital document here.  Council was pleased with the actionable design and approved the 2019-2023 strategic priorities outlined in CAO, Denise Corry’s report.

CAO, Denise Corry, shared her excitement about the plan’s new look.  “To my knowledge, we are one of the first municipalities in Ontario to create a digital Strategic Plan that can be updated in real time. It is much more functional than a PDF document. The team has taken innovation to the next level by making the plan measurable, transparent and most importantly actionable. “   The innovative design not only streamlines content but reduces duplication efforts for populating documents. The living online document allows for goals and objectives to be updated as they are completed. Therefore, data can be extracted for reporting, and the public can visually view the current pace of project completion.  The data resides on the Town's Open Data portal and can be accessed by all.
Award Submission: 2020 Willis Award for Innovation – Population Over 100,000 -City of Mississauga
SMRTCTY Master Plan
Mississauga’s SMRTCTY Master Plan puts the people of Mississauga front and centre – a Smart City for Everybody. This smart city plan, with its goals of Living, People, Economy, Environment, Mobility are about using technology to support a high quality of life for people that live, work and play in the city. This smart city plan shifts the traditional model of municipal IT from an internal organizational support system to one that is integrated deeply into the public realm. This shift will be framed by a strong data governance structure that will be informed by the public and be developed into Smart City Policy.  It includes infrastructure such as 5G and smart street furniture, more and better digital services, a stronger base for data driven decision making and framework that allows for continuous improvement along with de-risking emerging technologies as they become part of our everyday lives. Mississauga is a city full of potential. The people that live work and play here are intelligent, hardworking and committed to their community. The future of cities is in developing collective models for innovation and Mississauga is the perfect place for this model.  
Award Submission: 2020 Professional Development Award - Population Over 100,000 - City of Richmond Hill
Richmond Hill University
Richmond Hill University – Innovate. Collaborate. Grow.

Providing exceptional service to our residents is what Richmond Hill is all about. We can only do this if our staff have the resources and training needed to succeed. To support our staff, we launched Richmond Hill University (RHU), a comprehensive program to help employees learn and grow, not only for their current position but future opportunities too.

RHU consists of seven components that provide opportunities to employees from their first day to retirement. Each component aligns with the City’s values and leadership competencies. The seven components are:
  • Certificate Programs
  • Core Training Essentials
  • Electives
  • Leadership Development
  • People Leader Forums
  • Department Specific Training
  • Employee Onboarding Program.
Richmond Hill’s Employee Strategy, developed by staff, envisions “a workplace where employees are valued and empowered to collaborate, innovate and grow.” RHU is a key strategy to make this vision a reality.
  • Phyllis Forsyth, Municipal Manager, Town of Redcliff, AB
  • Tina Lococo, Executive Director - Corporate Services & Town Solicitor, Town of Midland, ON
  • Mike Melinyshyn, CFO / Director of Corporate Services; CFO InnServices, Town of Innisfil / InnService Utilities Inc., ON
  • Robert Armstrong, CAO/Director of Development Services, Municipality of Meaford, ON
  • Tara Lodewyk, Deputy City Manager and General Manager Development & Protective Services, City of Red Deer, AB
  • Zoran Postic, Deputy City Manager Public Works, City of Vaughan, ON
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