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2012 CAMA E-Brief Partner: January 11, 2012            

Call for Board Nominations to the CAMA Board of Directors 2012-2013

In accordance with the requirements of the CAMA by-laws that a Board member serve no more than four consecutive years unless she/he serves as a member of the executive committee, two Board positions have opened up for the 2012-2013 year, the position for Alberta and Northwest Territories which is currently vacant due to the resignation of Bill Holtby on October 7, 2011, and the Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Nunavut position currently being filled by President Jim Toye.  The Nominating Committee invites CAMA members to express their interest in letting their name stand for the election at the Annual General Meeting on May 29th, 2012 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

The length of term is one year, renewable annually at the subsequent Annual Meeting for a total of four consecutive years of service.  Technically, all positions can be challenged through a nomination on the floor at the Annual General Meeting on May 29th, 2012.

Nominations to the Board of Directors can be made by any CAMA member in Alberta and Northwest Territories and Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Nunavut for the respective positions.  Please complete a nomination form, available online at along with the nominee’s bio and forward it to Ms. Jennifer Goodine, CAMA Executive Director, no later than February 24th, 2012.

I hope everyone is having a great start to 2012 and we look forward to seeing as many members as possible at our national conference in Saskatoon in May.

Jacques Des Ormeaux,

Past President/Chair of the Nominating Committee.

Nominations Being Accepted for 2012 CAMA Awards Program

The 2012 CAMA Awards of Excellence Program was launched on December 23rd, 2011 by President Jim Toye and Board Member and Awards Chairman Don MacLellan.  Experience has demonstrated that CAMA members have every right to be proud when it comes to excellence in municipal management. Year-after-year there are countless examples of outstanding projects and programs designed, developed and implemented in Canadian municipalities to improve the quality of life for citizens.

It’s time once again to start thinking about sharing your achievements and successes with your municipal colleagues, to recognize the work of your employees, and to receive the recognition of your profession.  It’s time to prepare a nomination for the 2012 CAMA Awards Program. Nomination packages were mailed out last week and the deadline for applications is March 2, 2012. Please note that this year’s submissions will be accepted in electronic format only by the CAMA National Office.

Program Excellence Awards’recipients receive a plaque at the Annual Awards Program Luncheon held during CAMA’s Annual Conference.  The Awards Committee reserves the right to present a certificate to any number of submissions for program excellence deemed worthy of special recognition. Press releases are prepared by the CAMA National Office for all award winning submissions and circulated to the local media.  The CAMA Board member closest to the successful community will also arrange to attend a Council meeting to make the award presentation to the Mayor and Municipal Councillors.  Award winners will also be asked to submit a high resolution logo and fifteen to twenty photos of the project to be included in a video that will be shown at the Awards of Excellence luncheon taking place on May 30, 2012 at the 2012 CAMA Conference being held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Each year, the CAMA awards program recognizes program excellence in three areas: Education,  Environment and the Willis Award for Innovation.  Because Canada has a unique mixture of small and large communities, awards are granted according to population – for municipalities fewer than 20,000, for those between 20,001 and 100,000 and for those over 100,000.  Three awards are granted in each of the three categories for a total of nine awards.

The Education Award fosters the development of a library of educational materials for Canadian  municipal administrators on subjects of specific interest to CAMA members. The Environment Award recognizes the commitment of a municipality to environmentally sustainable governance, to protecting the environment and to combating climate change.  The Willis Award for Innovation, awarded in recognition of Jack Willis for his contribution to CAMA, is presented for programs, projects or services that demonstrate exceptional innovation or meritorious initiative.

To learn more, or to obtain the nomination forms online, visit or call the CAMA National Office at 1-866-771-2262.

Honourary Membership for Life Award Program

CAMA is now accepting nominations for the Honourary Membership for Life Award. The award recognizes municipal professionals based on length of service to local government, membership in CAMA for at least ten years, making a significant contribution to their community, as well as outstanding  contribution to local government administration of the professional community at the local, regional, provincial or national level.

Past recipients include John Robinson, Cy Armstrong, Wes Lancaster, Murray MacLean, Paul Stapleton, Bob Linner, Richard White and the late Robert Byron. The deadline to nominate one of your municipal colleagues for this unique honour is February 10, 2012.  There is no fee to nominate someone.  For more on the Honourary Membership for Life Award, visit the CAMA web site at

CAMA Long Service Recognition Awards Program

President Toye and the CAMA Board of Directors is pleased to implement a Long Service Recognition Awards Program to recognize and celebrate CAMA members’ dedication to public service and municipal management.  These awards are based on the number of years of full-time, paid employment inmunicipal government in a management capacity (a Chief Administrative Officer or reporting directly to a Chief Administrative Officer).  They are granted at ten years and given in five year increments and presented each Spring (commencing in 2012).

Who is eligible to receive a service award and how will they be recognized?

Any Regular Member of CAMA is eligible.  Membership dues must be current.

  • CAMA members who have completed ten and fifteen years of municipal service in a management capacity (a Chief Administrative Officer or reporting directly to a Chief Administrative Officer) will receive a recognition pin, appropriate to the number of years of service, with a letter from the CAMA President (and a copy to the head of Council) forwarded by the National Office via Canada Post.
  • CAMA members who have completed twenty years of municipal service (or more) in a management capacity (a Chief Administrative Officer or reporting to a Chief Administrative Officer) will receive a recognition pin, appropriate to the number of years of service and a letter from the CAMA President (with a copy to the head of Council).  This presentation will be made at a special ceremony at the Annual CAMA Conference with all travel costs being the responsibility of the recipient.  If the recipient is unable to attend the Conference the recognition pin and letter will be forwarded by the National Office via Canada Post.
  • All of the awards presented each year will be announced in a running slideshow at the Annual CAMA Conference and will also be featured in e-Brief and on the CAMA website.

How do I know if I am to receive an award?

Ms. Jennifer Goodine, CAMA Executive Director, contacted all members this past Fall 2011 to collect the required information for this program to be included in the membership database.  Each year in January, CAMA generates a list of members whose records indicate that they will be eligible for service awards in that year.  For the calculations, CAMA assumes that members currently employed by municipal government will still be working for municipal government through the end of that calendar year.   If you are eligible to receive an award, you will be receiving notification in the near future from President Toye.

How are service awards calculated?

All full-time appointed service with municipal government counts towards a service award, even if that service was prior to actual membership with CAMA.  Please note that service does not have to be consecutive or with the same municipality.   Due to the fact that 2012 is the first year of this program, CAMA members that are currently in between service recognition years will be awarded with the pin of the previous year.  For example, if a member has twenty-two years of service at the end of December 31st, 2011, they will receive their twenty year service pin in 2012.

Special Long Standing CAO Service Award

Any CAMA member that has been in the position of Chief Administrative Officer or City Manager for twenty-five years or more and who has been a member of CAMA for at least ten years (as of January 1st of the nomination year) will be recognized and presented with a special inscribed plaque signed by the CAMA President at a special ceremony at the CAMA Annual Conference (with all travel costs being the responsibility of the recipient).  A letter from the CAMA President will also be sent to the head of Council to be presented to the recipient either at a Council meeting or another form of recognition.  If the recipient is unable to attend the Conference, the plaque and letter will be forwarded by the National Office via Canada Post.  This award will be made by application by the member by visiting the CAMA website and completing the following form

Service does not have to be consecutive or with the same municipality.

FCM Sustainable Communities Conference

FCM adds greater value and insight to SCC program.  Advanced training sessions, seven different content streams, compelling plenaries … all of these exciting enhancements have just been added to the program for FCM’s 2012 Sustainable Communities Conference (SCC) and Trade Show.  View the updated program today to see what you will learn at the SCC, which runs from February 8 – 10 at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa. Visit to learn more about the conference.

Focusing on Your Community’s Needs:  The 2012 SCC and Trade Show is the only national sustainability conference organized by municipalities, for municipalities. Through keynotes, workshops and interactive sessions, it will show you how to make the business case for sustainability and put your green projects on the fast-track to successful design, implementation and cost recovery. The updated program now includes advanced training sessions on:

  1. Achieving milestones towards climate change mitigation
  2. Implementing sustainability plans by building local partnerships
  3. Moving forward on sustainable procurement and municipal corporate social responsibility

Also featured are plenary panels on key topics such as the green economy and low-density communities. And with its networking lunches, trade show and study tours –all included in our low registration price – the 2012 SCC will deliver great value and great insight for your community.

Welcome New Members

Welcome to the following new members:

  • Luc Laberge, Directeur général, Ville de Baie d'Urfé, QC
  • Bruce Malcolm, Managing Partner, Ravenhill Group Inc., Markham, ON

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