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2011 CAMA E-Brief Partner: March 1, 2011            

Registrations are now being accepted for CAMA’s 2011 Annual Conference to be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia from May 31 to June 1, 2011 at the World Trade and Convention Centre.  The Conference theme is “Successful CAOs – How Do We Measure Up?”  with sub-themes on Performance, Communications and the Economy.
Using the links below, members can register for the Conference, the golf tournament, the partner’s program, and purchase additional event tickets.  Have your credit card ready.  For those wishing to pay by cheque, register online then forward payment to the CAMA National Office.  Registering online is the only way to sign up for this year’s conference.
To register as a Delegate:
To register as a Partner:
To register for the Golf Tournament:
The full Conference Program and hotel information is also available on the CAMA Conference website at  As well, the french version of the program will be available in the near future. 

Welcome Trade Show Exhibitors! 

MHPM Project Managers Inc.

MHPM Project Leaders is Canada’s largest specialist project management company.  As an independent consulting organization, MHPM has been providing a single point of responsibility for all types of facility-related projects since 1989.  MHPM delivers successful projects for clients in all sectors, including municipalities across the country, through its distributed network of 16 offices coast to coast and over 230 full-time permanent project leaders.  MHPM serves as an integral part of our clients’ teams to manage project cost, time and quality certainty and to deliver project success.  MHPM always strives to achieve innovative, sustainable and value-added solutions. For information about MHPM and its services, visit

IBM Canada Ltd.

For the last 100 years, IBM and its Business Partners have worked with cities and their leaders to improve the delivery of services and help citizens, businesses and governments to prosper. Throughout thousands of successful engagements worldwide, we have helped cities to compete and drive sustainable growth and prosperity for all. Learn how: 

Transport Canada - Rail Safety

Every year in Canada lives are lost needlessly as a result of people taking shortcuts across railway lines.  Come visit our kiosk so you can learn how we can work in partnership to reduce risks, to save lives and to make your communities safer.


New Online Training Solutions Offered with Conference Partner: CSA Standards

CAMA is pleased to once again welcome CSA Standards as a Partner to the CAMA Conference.  New Online Training Solutions are being offered through the Canadian Standards Association’s Infrastructure Solutions Program to CAMA Members.

Simulation helps project owners & procurement professionals experience Qualification Based Selection (QBS)
Achieving quality project outcomes and optimizing infrastructure investments can be a challenge for all stakeholders. The manner in which these challenges may be addressed is greatly influenced in the early stages of a project, when owners are engaged in the selection and procurement of professional services required to support the project.  Understanding the specific benefits and consequences of available options to support effective recruitment of professional services is critical. Qualifications-based selection is part of this complex tool kit, and using this methodology at the right time for the right project can significantly impact its success.  Price: $250.00; 60 days access.     Learn more:

Driving Force Behind New Directions in Planning:  Adapting Your Infrastructure to Climate Change
The reliability, function and durability of built infrastructure may be adversely affected by changing climate. To deal with the demands of these new challenges, municipalities, and their service providers must become familiar with the resources available to help assess & address the implications of climate change for infrastructure services within a particular region.  And that is precisely what CSA's new online training course and resource toolkit is intended to do.   Adapting Your Infrastructure to Climate Change provides an overview of a key set of available tools and techniques that support vulnerability assessment, risk evaluation and response planning, illustrates the application of a particular approach and provides the opportunity to apply this approach to address locally relevant climate change hazards through case work exercises.  Developed in collaboration with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.   Price: $250.00; 60 days access. Learn more:

Affiliation Agreement with AFOA Signed

CAMA President, Jacques DesOrmeaux, pictured with Dana Soonias, Chair, Aboriginal Finance Officers Association of Canada (AFOA), signing the Affiliation Agreement at the 2011 AFOA National Conference held in Vancouver (February 15-17, 2011). 

President Des Ormeaux and Mr. Kelly Daniels, CAMA's International Chair and Board representative for British Columbia and Yukon, had the pleasure of attending this event.    AFOA has a national membership of first nations communities that includes not only Finance Officers but Administrators.  AFOA  and CAMA believe there are many benefits this alliance will bring to the communities they represent.   Watch for a survey in the future as we try to get an indication of services or information that you, our members, would find valuable in our relationship with AFOA.

Look at What's Happening in March

Here is a list of events around the country:

LGMA Election Workshops:

  • March 8, 2011 - Nanaimo
  • March 9, 2011 - Abbotsford
  • March 15, 2011 - Prince George

FCM and OCETA Brownfield Redevelopment Workshops:

  • March 8, 2011 Edmonton, Alberta
  • March 22, 2011 Kingston, Ontario
  • March 23, 2011 Montréal, Quebec 
Member Profile - Gerard Lewis, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Mount Pearl, NL

Gerard Lewis was born and raised in Baie Verte, NL.  In 1963 Gerard joined the Redemptorist Congregation and graduated in 1964 from the Junior Seminary at St. Mary’s College in Brockville, Ontario following a Preliminary Arts Year in affiliation with the University of Windsor.  The following year Gerard entered the Novitiate at Keswick, Ontario for a year of special religious training.  After deciding that religious life was not his vocation Gerard commenced work at Advocate Mines Limited in Baie Verte in 1965 and continued to work in the administration division until 1975, leaving after progressing through various positions to the senior position of  Mine Accountant.  In 1975 Gerard moved to Gander, NL and commenced employment with Gander Aviation Limited as Office Supervisor and Accountant. From 1975 to 1984 Gerard managed Gander Aviation Limited, an aviation company and several affiliated companies involved in both aviation and the operation of sports fishing lodges on the island of Newfoundland and in Labrador.

Gerard began his municipal career in 1984 as the Town Clerk/Comptroller with the Town of Gander. In 1989 Gerard commenced the position of City Clerk and Assistant Manager with the City of Mount Pearl.  In 2003 Gerard was appointed the Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Mount Pearl, a position he holds today.

Gerard is planning retirement early in April of this year and has been a committed lifelong learner during his career. Gerard obtained a Certificate in Municipal Administration from Memorial University of Newfoundland; an Advanced Certificate in Negotiation, Mediation and Conflict Resolution from St. Mary’s University of Nova Scotia; a Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) designation and the first municipal official in the Province of Newfoundland to obtain a Master Municipal Clerk (MMC) from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks; graduated from the Local Government Leadership, Coaches and Mentors Program of the Local Government Leadership Institute; and graduated with a National Certificate in Local Authority Administration Program from the University of Alberta and Dalhousie University of Nova Scotia.

Gerard served on numerous committees and organizations through his career, including President of the Municipal Training and Development Corporation of Newfoundland; President of Trio (the Newfoundland and Labrador Municipal Employee Benefits, Inc. the provider of pension and group benefits to municipal and elected officials of NL); trainer with the Local Government Institute with training provided for local government officials throughout NL, Canada and the Philippines; member and National Director of the Board of Directors of the Local Government Institute; Director, Secretary, Vice-President and President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Municipal Administrators; Director of the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators; and served on numerous provincial and national committees including the Municipal Grants Review Committee, Municipal Elections Act Review Committee, Municipalities Act Review Committee, FCM/CAMA  Task Force on the Future Role of Municipal Government and the Municipal Financial Management Training Design Committee.

Gerard also served as an Advisory Committee Member to the Conference Board of Canada Supporting Workplace Health project and presented at IPAC Pride and Recognition Workshop. Gerard also assisted in the design and production of the Municipal Government …”the Right Approach” series of seminars and was also a seminar leader for this series of seminars throughout NL, as well as a number of other seminars on behalf of the Department of Municipal Affairs, PMA (provincial municipal administrator’s association) and MNL (provincial councillor’s association). Gerard also assisted in the development and delivery of the Local Government Management CORE Certificate Program with the College of the North Atlantic in partnership with the Municipal Training and Development Corporation.

Gerard is a firm believer of supporting membership in both the provincial municipal association (PMA) and the national municipal association (CAMA).  Gerard believes success at the municipal level can be greatly enhanced and advanced through relationships and support from peers at both PMA and CAMA.

He looks forward to his retirement and spending more time golfing and spending quality time with his two grandchildren and the two new ones due to arrive in 2011.  Congratulations Gerard!

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