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2012 CAMA E-Brief Partner: February 7, 2012            

Sneak Preview: 2012 Conference At A Glance

“Thriving in Turbulent Times"   

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

CAMA Board Meeting

3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Early Bird Registration

Monday, May 28th, 2012

7:00 a.m.

Buses Depart the Hilton Garden Inn for The Willows Golf Club

7:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Golfers Breakfast

8:30 a.m.

Shotgun Start at The Willows Golf Club

8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Potash Mine Tour and Lunch at the Berry Barn

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Trade Show Exhibitor Set Up

12:00 Noon – 8:00 p.m.

Conference Registration

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Interprovincial Association Meeting

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

First Time Delegates Reception

6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Opening Reception at Tradeshow

10:00 p.m. – Midnight

Hospitality Suite at Tusq

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.

Morning Run

7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.

Breakfast in the Tradeshow Area

8:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Annual General Meeting

9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

Opening Ceremonies

9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Opening Keynote Speaker - Andrew Ramlo (Changing People, Changing Places)

10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Tradeshow Refreshment Break

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon

Plenary Session - Paul Martin (Canada and the New Economy)

12:00 Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Long Service Awards Luncheon

1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Dessert and Coffee in the Trade Show Area

1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

#1 Transforming Saint John's Urban Heart - How Innovative Community Engagement Inspires a Bold Municipal Plan for a More Sustainable and Compact Saint John (Ken Forrest)

#2 Core Service Reviews: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Murray Totland, Glen Davies and Joe Pennachetti)

2:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Tradeshow Refreshment Break

3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

#1 Social Media and Your Municipality: Embrace the Possibilities (Alycia Morehouse, Philippe Leclerc and Dr. Ian Wilson

#2  Lean Six Sigma (Murray Jamer)

5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Women’s Social

6:30 p.m.

Buses Depart Hilton Garden Inn for Casual Night Out

6:45 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.

Casual Night Out at the Western Development Museum

9:45 p.m.

Buses Depart the Western Development Museum

10:00 p.m. to Midnight

Hospitality Suite at Winston's English Pub & Grill

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.

Morning Run

7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Conference Registration

8:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Plenary Session - Dr. John Nalbandian (High Performance Government: Relationships Between Governing Bodies and Staff)

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Panel Session - Blazing the Trail: Canada's Next Generation of CAO's (Marc Landry, Erin Beaudin and Eamon O'Flynn)

10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Tradeshow Refreshment Break

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Closing Keynote Speaker - Yvonne Camus (Leading a High Performance Life)

12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

CAMA Awards of Excellence Luncheon

1:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Closing Ceremonies and Trade Show Draws

2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Study Tours (Urban Reserves, Saskatoon's Housing Plan, Science City)

5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

CAMA Board Meeting (2012-2013 Board)

6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

President’s Dinner Reception

7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m

President’s Dinner with a Hypnosis Show by entertainer Mr. Wayne Lee

10:00 p.m. to Midnight

Hospitality Suite at the Spadina Freehouse

The full program and on-line registration will be available at the end of February 2012.  We look forward to seeing you in Saskatoon!

2012 Conference Accommodations

The CAMA block of rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn (located a half block from TCU Place where the Conference sessions will be held), has sold out.  Other hotel recommendations located approximately five blocks from TCU Place are as follows:

  • Delta Bessborough, 601 Spadina Crescent East, 306-244-5521
  • Sheraton Cavalier, 612 Spadina Crescent East, 306-652-6770
  • Radisson Hotel Saskatoon, 405 20th Street East, 306-665-3322

Also located directly across from TCU Place is the new Holiday Inn opening on April 1, 2012. Accommodations can be booked by visiting the website ( and searching for the Holiday Inn on Pacific Avenue or by calling 1-306-986-5000 (Select Option #1 or #3).

Plan to stay a little bit longer in Saskatoon! Visit to find information on all of the amazing things to see and do before or after the CAMA Conference!

LGMA Spring 2012 E-Learning Series

CAMA is pleased to continue its partnership with LGMA BC (Local Government Management Association of British Columbia) to deliver webinar-based professional development opportunities for local government managers across Canada.  This webinar series will be delivered by Tracey Lorenson, Paragon Strategic Services & Jan Enns Communications.  Web based E-Learning courses provide the ability to participate via either internet and audio, or audio only. The technology allows participants to ask questions or comment via either voice or a “chat” feature.

The webinars are scheduled to run over two consecutive weekdays from:

  • 10:00 am - 11:30 am Pacific Time
  • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Mountain Time
  • 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Central Time
  • 1:00 pm -  2:30 pm Eastern Time
  • 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm  Atlantic Time
  • 2:30 pm -  4:00 pm Newfoundland

The last half hour of each session will be set aside for discussion of the topics for those that are interested.  If an attendee misses a session, the recording will be available for viewing for seven days after the course is offered.  If an attendee misses a session, the recording will be available for viewing for seven days after the course has been offered. The cost for each session is $150 plus 12% HST per person. All fees must be paid at the time of registration by credit card and are non-refundable.

The Spring 2012 E-Learning Series includes the following topics:

·        Strategic Planning for Councils & Staff – February 21 & 22

·        Interpersonal Skills:  Making the Most of Your Communication with Others – March 6 &7

·        Planning for Successful Citizen Engagement in 10 Easy Steps – March 27 & 28

·        Strengthening Council Staff Relations – April 5 & 6

·        Making the Most of Your Media Relations – April 10 & 11

·        Coaching for Top Performance – April 17 & 18

·        Social Media 101:  The Basics – April 24 & 25

·        Essential Supervisory Skills:  New & Experienced Supervisors – May 1 & 2

·        Indecent Proposals: Competitive Contracting for Local Governments – May 8 & 9

·        Issues Management:  Keeping Your Keister out of the Coals – May 15 & 16

·        Customer Service in the Public Sector – May 22 & 23

·        Negotiation Skills – May 24 & 25

·        Communication Planning in Six Simple Steps – May 29 & 30

·        Respectful Workplace:  Behavioural & Generational Issues – June 5 & 6

There will also be a webinar offered in French regarding “Social Media Policies in the Workplace”.  More information on this will be announced in the near future.   For further program information and to register online please visit: 

FCM International - Economic Development Experts Needed for New Caribbean Program

The Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) is pleased to work with the International Department of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCMI) to promote and facilitate the involvement of Canadian municipalities in FCMI’s programming. 

FCM’s new Caribbean program seeks development specialists as they are implementing a six-year, $23.2-million project to stimulate sustainable local economic development in the Caribbean Region. The Caribbean Local Economic Development Program (CARILED) will support nearly 50 local governments and agencies in their local economic development initiatives targeting more than 500 micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.

FCM is recruiting economic development specialists to advise on initial directions of the CARILED program. Interested individuals should review the available opportunities and apply online by Monday, February 20, 2012:

For further information, please contact Ms. Jennifer Donnelly, Program Development & Recruitment Officer at

 ICMA’s Annual Awards Program

Each year, ICMA recognizes outstanding contributions to the local government management profession through the Annual Awards Program. Awards are conferred to individuals for career excellence; development of new talent; excellence in leadership as an assistant (regardless of title); and, academic contributions to the profession.

ICMA’s Annual Awards Program also recognizes outstanding local government programs in the areas of community health and safety; community sustainability; and strategic leadership and governance.

If you are an International member of ICMA, we ask that you consider which colleagues in your country have made a significant difference in their community or to the profession. Do you know of a colleague who has implemented an innovative program that addressed a critical community need, improved quality of life for residents, or saved the local government valuable resources? If so, please encourage the individual or local community to apply for an ICMA Annual Award in 2012.

ICMA strongly encourages applications from members and communities outside of the United States.  Nominations for 2012 Annual Awards are being accepted through March 16th.  Award recipients will be honored by ICMA through a featured, commemorative insert in a fall issue of Public Management (PM) magazine and spotlight recognition at the 98th ICMA Annual Conference in Phoenix/Maricopa County, Arizona this October. 

The Awards Evaluation Panel is chaired by Kevin Helms, City Manager, Oak Hill, Tennessee and is co-chaired by Douglas E. Matthews, Chief Communications Director, Austin, Texas.  International panel members include Paul Buckley, Chief Executive Officer, Latrobe, VIC, Australia and Anthony De Fazio, Manager Civic Services, Whitehorse, VIC, Australia.

Full information on the 2012 ICMA Annual Awards, including the process for nominating an individual or community is available online (www.icma.orgawards). Please e-mail or call 202-962-3656 with any questions.

Nominations will be accepted through March 16, 2012, but why wait?  Submit your nomination today!

Welcome New Members

Welcome to the following new members:

Peter Sparanese, General Manager - Operations, Corporation of the City of Victoria, BC

Michael Smith, General Manager - Facilities & Fleet, City of Thunder Bay, ON

Debbie Oyarzun, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Morinville, AB

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