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2010 CAMA E-Brief Partner: October 16, 2010            

Awards of Excellence


Bill Holtby (CAMA Board), Stephanie Felesky (United Way), The City of Calgary: Mayor Dave Bronconnier, Chris Branch & Kurt Hanson. 

CAMA Board member Bill Holtby presented Mayor Bronconnier and the City of Calgary with the 2010 Willis Award for Innovation at a recent Council meeting for their After School program.  While various after school programs already existed in Calgary, program providers were working independently and in need of more funding.  The range and availability of critical hour programs had also not grown to match Calgary's population.  By working together, the City of Calgary and partner organizations were able to redirect $1.6 million in order to run the program.  No new funds were needed.  Parents and youth can easily find details about programs that interest them and/or that are close to home or schools.  For more information visit

The Willis Award for Innovation is presented for programs, projects or services that demonstrate exceptional innovation or meritorious intiative.  

Mr. Patrick Moyle, Board Member, and Awards Chair will be launching the 2011 program in January.  This year an additional award category has been added for municipalities with a population between 20,001 to 100,000 therefore giving three categories:

  • Under 20,000
  • 20,001 to 100,000
  • Over 100,000
Website Statistics

The number of visits on the CAMA site was the highest during the month of May 2010 (10,402 visits and 33,122 page views). The 2010 Conference page and the job postings continue to draw the most traffic, and the RSS feeds are still very popular which is a great sign that the members are interested in updates. Members are using the website to gather information on the Conference program (545 hits) and front page information releases (156 hits).  Google searches brought the most traffic to the website through the term "CAMA" followed by Municipal World.

Retired CAO Corner

CAMA is offering retired CAMA members the opportunity to advertise their business/consulting services in the Member’s Section of the website.  The CAMA website experiences approximately 27,000 hits per month with 500 being in the Member’s Section which is password protected, and only available to our membership of 455 Chief Administrative Officers and senior managers across the country.  For information on specifications, costs and the policy on website advertising please contact Jennifer Goodine at

Professional Grants Approved

The Professional Development Grants Program for 2010‐2011 was launched at the June 2010 Annual General Meeting. Nine grant applications were received for events proposed for the period September 2010 to March 2011. Five professional development grants valued at $2,000 each have been awarded to the following CAMA member municipalities:

  • Town of Beaumont Inter‐municipal  Cooperation Through Setting and Reaching Goals
  • The Corporation of the Town of Innisfil –Building Organizational Readiness
  • City of Coquitlam – 2010 Leadership Speaker Series
  • Municipality of Sioux Lookout -Sioux Lookout Regional Municipal Orientation Conference
  • Nunavut Municipal Training Organization -Senior Administrative Officer Professional Development Training.

These grants are intended to help Canadian municipalities organize professional development for their staff and others in the region.  Information on the Grant Program Policy is available on the CAMA website:

LGANT Conference

Jim Toye, Board member, will be attending and bringing greetings from CAMA at the Local Government Administrators of the Northwest Territories (LGANT)Conference and Annual General Meeting in Yellowknife, October 26-28, 2010. This year's conference will bring together local government administrators to network, participate in workshops and professional development sessions, and to meet and discuss some of the common issues they share. Speakers will be discussing employee recruitment and retention, project management, committee updates, and much more.  It is also an opportunity to engage and have discussions with senior government officials regarding programs and services.

2011 CAMA Conference

The 40th Annual CAMA Conference will be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia at the Delta Halifax Hotel and the World Trade and Convention Centre from Monday, May 30th, 2011 to Wednesday, June 1st, 2011.

The Conference theme is “Successful Chief Administrative Officers:  How Do We Measure Up?” with sub-themes:  Performance, Communication, and the Economy.  The Program and on-line registration will be available in January 2011.

Hotel rooms are going fast at the Delta Halifax.  To make a room reservation, please call the Reservations Department directly by telephoning 1-888-423-3582 or 902-474-5150.  Reservations can also be made by using the following link:

The Program Sub-Committee and Host Committee are working hard on providing you with some fantastic opportunities that you won't want to miss!

President Des Ormeaux to represent CAMA

President Jacques Des Ormeaux will represent CAMA on the Advisory Board for the First Canadian Infrastructure Report Card along with the Railway Association of Canada and Federation of Canadian Municipalities Proximity Committee.  The first meeting of the FCM Proximity Committee will be held in November 2010 in Ottawa.

Thank You For Your Feedback

The deadline for the CAMA Members' Needs and Preferences was last Friday, October 8, 2010.  Thank you to those members who completed this survey.  The results will be used during the Strategic Planning exercise undertaken by the Board of Directors at their November 2010 meeting.

CAMA and Work Together to Promote Local Government Employment

Victoria BC based municipal agency, CivicInfo BC and CAMA have formed a wonderful working partnership.  The not-for-profit organization’s mandate is to foster information sharing and shared services between municipalities, associations, and related agencies.  CAMA has utilized their expertise in reaching professionals through Job Scene.

This partnership ensures that when a member posts with the Job Scene, their posting is seen by two key audiences: CAMA members with a wealth of professional experience; and people from outside the sector who might not have considered a municipal career before.

Late last year, CAMA was one of the first municipal associations to join the partnership.  Here’s how it works, and the benefits to CAMA members:

  • When a member posts a job with the CAMA Job Scene, the posting is cross-listed on the website as well, for no additional fee.
  • Through the Job Scene, the member’s job is seen by hundreds of CAMA members across Canada.  Through, the same posting also receives significant exposure to a public audience; viewed by thousands of people who are not already employed by a municipal or regional government.
  • When CAMA members purchase a pre-paid package, and identify themselves as members, partial proceeds from the sale are returned to CAMA.  It’s a great way to advertise all vacancies, while supporting the activities of your professional association at the same time.

For more information, questions, or comments, please contact CivicInfo BC at 250-383-4898, or e-mail  The price for a single job posting is $150.00 plus GST for CAMA members and $250.00 plus GST for non-members.

Call for Trade Show Exhibitors

Thank you to the CAMA delegates who participated in the 2010 Conference Survey and gave us feedback on the Trade Show Exhibitors. My goal is to keep the Trade Show dynamic and introduce new and innovative products and services that will benefit all municipalities. Please let me know if there is a specific company or service that you would like to see at the 2011 Trade Show. Or do you have a supplier that has a unique product or service that you think other members would want to know about? Drop me a line and let me know ( I look forward to receiving your emails! Rose

What's Happening in Ontario:
RBC Business Seminar: How Finance Professionals can Facilitate Sustainable Change in Their Organizations
Date: Tuesday, October 19th, 2010 
Time: 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.  
Location:   Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Ontario Room, 100 Front Street West, Toronto  
Cost:  Free
Public sector entities and corporations alike are increasingly focused on financial, social, and environmental sustainability issues. Finance and treasury professionals are grappling with both a new management vocabulary and the new math of the triple bottom line.  Join us for a dynamic hands-on session with teacher, scientist, social entrepreneur and leading Swedish thinker on sustainability – Dr. Karl-Henrik Robèrt. This is a rare opportunity to engage with him and explore the role and leadership opportunities for finance professionals as their organizations strive to become more sustainable.  You'll come away with a common language for sustainability, a framework for understanding the issues, and perhaps most importantly - a sense of how you can facilitate positive change in your organization.  For more information and to register for this free event, contact
Welcome New Members

Shaun Greffard, General Manager of Investment & Intergovernmental Relations, City of Surrey, BC

Chris Micek, County Commissioner, Sturgeon County, AB

Barry Romanko, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Osoyoos, BC

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