CAMA E-Brief
e-Brief May 27, 2021
The 1980s was a decade of BIG THINGS. Big people, big challenges, and big changes. In 1980, Terry Fox began his Marathon of Hope in St. John’s and ‘O Canada’ was adopted as the official National Anthem. The Canadarm was first deployed to the International Space Station in 1981, and in 1982 the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms was signed into law on April 17.

The first female supreme court justice and first female Governor General were appointed (1983), the Winter Olympics were held in Calgary (1988). The Meech Lake Accord was signed in June 1987, and on January 1, 1989, the Canadian-American Free Trade Agreement was enacted, which was a polarizing issue across the country.

It was also a big decade for CAMA, with lots of changes within the Association and an impressive slate of conferences. At the helm of the organization were representatives from across the country representing six Provinces and Territories:
  • 1980 David W. Gairns – Whitehorse, YT
  • 1981 Cy T.C. Armstrong – Hamilton-Westworth, ON
  • 1982 H. Michael Day – Red Deer, AB
  • 1983 William K. Mann – Regina, SK
  • 1984 Jim G. King – Cambridge, ON
  • 1985 Tom McKay – St. Albert, AB
  • 1986 Jacques Cloutier – Ste. Foy, QC
  • 1987 Alcide DeGagne – Ottawa, ON
  • 1988 Frank P. Power – St. John’s, NL
  • 1989 Bob Linner – Regina, SK
1984 was a particularly big year for CAMA, with both the adoption of the 5-Year Corporate Plan and a revised Constitution. This paved the way for the official incorporation of the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators in 1986. By that year, the Association had grown to 230 members, with over 60% of those attending the conference as a delegate.

CAMA had also grown enough by this time to hire a full-time manager of administrative services and launched a new newsletter to keep the membership informed. That newsletter, called the CAMA Bulletin, had seven (7) issues per year, with 600 copies being printed and mailed. With advertising revenues around $3,000, the Association’s total investment was just under $1.50 per copy!

In 1987, a new award was announced. The Education Award was established to build a library of Canadianized documents to help with the education and professional development of those in local government administration. Royal Bank was the original sponsor of this award, with a $1,000 prize going to the winner.

In the 1980s, conferences once again criss-crossed the country. Winnipeg, Vancouver (North Vancouver) and Québec City were all repeat locations, with three East Coast cities making their first appearance – Halifax, Moncton and St. John’s.

In the graphic below, you can see the locations of our conferences of the 1980s, with numbers indicating the year that they took place.


Les années 1980 sont une décennie de GRANDES CHOSES. De grands personnages, de grands défis et de grands changements. En 1980, Terry Fox entame son Marathon de l’Espoir à St. John’s et le Ô Canada devient l’hymne national officiel. En 1981, le Canadarm, bras télémanipulateur de la navette, est déployé et installé sur la Station spatiale internationale. Le 17 avril 1982, on promulgue la Charte canadienne des droits et libertés.

C’est en 1983 qu’est nommée la première femme juge de la Cour suprême et la première femme gouverneure générale. En 1988, place aux Jeux olympiques d’hiver à Calgary! Le mois de juin 1987 marque la signature de l’Accord du lac Meech, et le 1er janvier 1989, la promulgation de l’Accord de libre-échange nord-américain, une question qui a divisé l’opinion dans tout le pays.

C’est également une décennie importante pour l’ACAM qui connaît de nombreux changements internes et une liste impressionnante de conférences. À la tête de l’organisation se trouvent des membres de tout le pays, représentant six provinces et territoires :

  • 1980 David W. Gairns – Whitehorse, Yukon
  • 1981 Cy T.C. Armstrong – Hamilton-Westworth, Ontario
  • 1982 H. Michael Day – Red Deer, Alberta
  • 1983 William K. Mann – Regina, Saskatchewan
  • 1984 Jim G. King – Cambridge, Ontario
  • 1985 Tom McKay – St. Albert, Alberta
  • 1986 Jacques Cloutier – Sainte-Foy, Québec
  • 1987 Alcide DeGagne – Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1988 Frank P. Power – St. John’s, Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador
  • 1989 Bob Linner – Regina, Saskatchewan

L’année 1984 est particulièrement importante pour l’ACAM qui adopte son plan directeur quinquennal et révise ses statuts. Tout est alors en place pour la constitution officielle de l’Association canadienne des administrateurs municipaux qui a lieu en 1986. Cette année-là, l’Association compte plus de 230 membres, dont plus de 60 % assistent à la conférence en tant que délégués.

À ce moment-là, l’ACAM a également pris suffisamment d’ampleur pour engager un directeur des services administratifs à temps plein et commencer la diffusion auprès de

ses membres d’un bulletin d’information. Ce bulletin, appelé CAMA Bulletin, est publié sept fois par an, à raison de 600 exemplaires imprimés et postés. Générant des recettes publicitaires d’environ 3 000 $, CAMA Bulletin coûte à l’Association un peu moins de 1,50 $ par exemplaire!

En 1987, l’ACAM instaure un nouveau prix. Le prix de l’Éducation vise la constitution d’une bibliothèque de documents adaptés au Canada pour contribuer à l’éducation et au perfectionnement professionnel des personnes qui travaillent dans l’administration des collectivités locales. La Banque Royale est le premier commanditaire de ce prix, d’un montant de 1 000 $.

Dans les années 1980, les conférences ont à nouveau lieu un peu partout dans le pays. Winnipeg, Vancouver (North Vancouver) et Québec accueillent plusieurs fois l’événement, tandis que trois villes de la côte Est se prêtent à l’exercice pour la première fois : Halifax, Moncton et St. John’s.

La carte ci-jointe montre les villes où les conférences ont été organisées dans les années 1980, chaque numéro correspondant à l’année exacte où elles ont eu lieu.

Reminder to Complete Two CAMA Surveys
This is just a reminder to members to complete the following two surveys:

Human Resources Survey.  An e-mail was sent to all CAMA members on May 13th to complete a survey as part of the development of CAMA's next toolkit, the CAO Human Resources Toolkit.  Our consultant, Transitional Solutions Inc. would like to gather information from the membership.   We anticipate the survey to take between 20 and 30 minutes of your time.  We would ask that either the CAO or your most senior HR employee complete the survey.   We understand that this survey is a big ask and as such, all those who complete the survey will receive a Work from Home Policy template that you can use in your organization.  Once you have completed the survey, please send a note to [email protected] to get your policy template. 
Federal Government Programs.  A one question survey was sent out in an e-mail on May 18th to all CAMA Members with respect to federal government programs.

Please contact the CAMA National Office at [email protected] if you would like these surveys resent to you.

We would love to hear from you and your staff on the above-noted topics.


As part of our ongoing commitment to our members we are pleased to present the CAMA 50th Anniversary Professional Development Series for 2021. This program is comprised of various webinars that are coordinated FREE of charge for the CAO/City Manager, senior managers and 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.  Have any topics you would like to see presented in the series?  Contact the CAMA National Office at 1-866-771-2262 and please also forward all opportunities to your staff members.

June 8: Options and Opportunities for Deploying Municipal Broadband Networks Hosted by: Calix
Calix cloud and software platforms enable service providers of all types and sizes to innovate and transform. Our customers utilize the real-time data and insights from Calix platforms to simplify their businesses and deliver experiences that excite their subscribers. The resulting growth in subscriber acquisition, loyalty and revenue creates more value for their businesses and communities. This is the Calix mission; to enable communications service providers of all sizes to simplify, excite and grow.

Join us: Tuesday, June 8th, 2021 / 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST for a webinar entitled "Options and Opportunities for Deploying Municipal Broadband Networks."
Speaker: Jason Presement, Regional Vice-President, Sales Canada, Calix
Who Can Attend this Webinar?: CAMA Members and Their Employees. Non-Members are also welcome to attend.
Who Will Benefit from this Webinar: Staff from IT, Engineering, Economic Development, Network Operations, CAOs and Mayors
Registration Cost:  FREE but registration is required Registration Link  
So, you’re faced with addressing the needs of your community to provide high speed Internet connectivity, but you aren’t quite sure how to kick it off.  Calix has the experience and know-how to help you get started.   During this session, we will review the business models and deployment options, and provide examples of Canadian success stories from other municipalities.  Learn from our experience of helping over 200 Greenfield organizations launch successful broadband Internet networks.
  • Lynne Livingstone, City Manager, City of London, ON
  • Patrick Kelly, Director of Corporate Services/Treasurer, Township of Wilmot, ON
  • Lesley McFarlane, Assistant Deputy Minister, Municipal Assessment and Advisory Services, Manitoba Government
  • Rob Nolan, Director of Economic and Development Services, City of Brockville, ON
  • Ross Blackwell, Deputy CAO, District of Port Hardy, BC
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