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2012 CAMA E-Brief Partner: March 21, 2012            

Simon Farbrother, City Manager, Edmonton Selected as President–Elect of ICMA

CAMA would like to extend congratulations to Simon Farbrother, City Manager, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, who was recently selected as President–Elect of ICMA, the International City/County Management Association.  Mr. Farbrother was chosen by the ICMA Executive Board at its February 23–26 meeting in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, and will serve as President-Elect for a one-year term commencing October 2012 at the ICMA 98th Annual Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. Farbrother will assume the role of President at the 99th Annual Conference in Boston in 2013.

ICMA’s mission is to create excellence in local governance by promoting professional management worldwide and increasing the proficiency of appointed chief administrative officers, assistant administrators, and other employees who serve local governments and regional entities around the world. The organization’s nearly 9,000 members in 27 countries also include educators, students, and other local government employees.  ICMA’s 21-member Executive Board acts in the capacity of directors, overseeing the organization’s financial, member-related, and programmatic affairs and selecting the Board President. The Board also enforces the organization’s Code of Ethics, which governs the professional and personal conduct of the membership.  ICMA Executive Board members attend four Board meetings annually.

Mr. Farbrother’s accomplishments include more than two decades of local government experience. He began his career in public service in 1989 as a planner with the city of Leduc, Alberta, a position he held until he became manager there (1992–1993), and later director (1993–94) of the city’s planning and development services. He also served as director of planning and engineering services for Leduc, and he held that post until 1997, when he accepted the position of City Manager of Spruce Grove, Alberta. Following seven years with Spruce Grove, Mr. Farbrother became Chief Administrative Officer of the City of Waterloo, Ontario; and he served in that capacity until being named City Manager of Edmonton in 2010.

Mr. Farbrother has been a member of ICMA since 1988 and has participated actively in the organization. He served on ICMA’s Awards Evaluation Panel (2002–05), International Committee (2008–2009; 2010–present); and as Knowledge Network Leader, who serves as a resource to participants in the largest online local government community (2009–present).

In 2007, Mr. Farbrother was elected to a three-year term on the ICMA Executive Board as one of two International Vice Presidents. He earned designation in 2006 as a Credentialed Manager through ICMA’s Voluntary Credentialing Program, which defines and recognizes members who are qualified by a combination of education and experience, adherence to high standards of integrity, and an assessed commitment to lifelong learning and professional development.

Mr. Farbrother has also been an active member of the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators, serving as First Vice President (2005–06); and President (CAMA 2006-2007).   CAMA looks forward to continuing our relationship with ICMA.

We Need Your Input: Railway-Roadway Grade Crossings Regulations and Standards Consultations

Railway-Roadway Grade Crossings Regulations and Standards have been revised to address owners’ concerns from previous consultations, and to provide a safer crossing environment for pedestrians and motor vehicles and improve rail safety across the country.  Mr. Luc Bourdon, Director General of Rail Safety of Transport Canada is inviting CAMA members to participate in a consultation process to obtain comments on the draft Railway-Roadway Grade Crossings Policy prior to publishing the Regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part I.  The consultations will be conducted in two phases:

  1. An online consultation process, where comments can be submitted through a written submission and complete a registration form to confirm attendance on the second phase. Deadline date is March 30, 2012.
  2. A series of targeted consultation meetings with grade crossing owners across Canada.

The CAMA Board of Directors is inviting your participation to sit on a Sub-Committee to work together to develop a strategy/unified position on the Railway-Roadway Grade Crossings Regulations and to work with Transport Canada to participate in the future consultation meetings.  If you are interested in participating in this opportunity please contact Ms. Jennifer Goodine, Executive Director, at the CAMA National Office at as soon as possible.

For more information on Transport Canada's consultation meetings (dates and locations) visit the Consultations website:    

2012 Conference Update

Registrations are now being accepted for CAMA's 2012 Annual Conference being held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan from May 28-30, 2012 at TCU Place. The Conference theme is "Thriving in Turbulent Times".   Please note that the Potash Mine Tour and Lunch at the Berry Barn being held on Monday, May 28th is SOLD OUT!

Registration Fees:

  • CAMA Member (Municipal) $575.00 + $28.75 GST = $603.751/4
  • Non-Member (Municipal) $675.00 + $33.75 GST = $708.75 1/4
  • Affiliate CAMA Member (Non-Municipal) $875.00 + $43.75 GST = $918.75 2/4
  • Non-Member (Non-Municipal) $975.00 + $48.75 = $1023.75 2/4
  • Retired Member/Municipal Intern $150.00 + $7.50 GST = $157.50 3

 “Municipal” refers to an individual who is currently employed with a municipal organization.
2   “Non-Municipal” refers to all other individuals
3    Registration fee for Retired Members and Municipal Interns includes all conference sessions, a complimentary delegate gift, Trade Show, Opening Reception, breakfasts, breaks, Casual Night Out at the Western Development Museum, and the Hospitality Suites. Tickets can be purchased for an additional cost to the lunches, the Study Tours, and the President’s Dinner.
4   Registration fees include all conference sessions, a complimentary delegate gift, Trade Show, Opening Reception, breakfasts, breaks, lunches, Casual Night Out at the Western Development Museum, President’s Dinner and the Hospitality Suites.

Note:  Additional tickets to the Casual Night Out ($115.00) and the President’s Dinner ($125.00) can be purchased for companions not participating in the full Companion Program.

An additional fee will be charged for the Study Tours as follows:

$10.00 + $0.50 GST = $10.50 for CAMA Members (Municipal) and Non-Members (Municipal)

$25.00 + $1.25 GST = $26.25 for Affiliate CAMA Members (Non-Municipal)

$35.00 + $1.75 GST = $36.75 for Non-Members (Non-Municipal)

Using the links below, members can register for the Conference, the Golf Tournament, the Companion'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. CAMA members must register with their e-mail address.

To register as a Delegate:

To register as a Companion:

To register for the Golf Tournament:

The full Conference Program is also available on the CAMA Conference website at or it can be accessed from any of the registration web pages noted above. This year's Conference features a variety of professional development sessions and networking activities that CAMA members won't want to miss!

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!


We are pleased to present the following Trade Show Exhibitors. 

1. Insituform Technologies Limited

Insituform rehabilitates old sewer and water lines with no, or limited digging and disruption.

2. Honeywell

Honeywell is a global leader in energy and utility services, helping customers upgrade their facilities and infrastructure while cutting operating expenses. We’ve worked with dozens of cities and municipal utilities to develop, fund and implement energy efficiency, demand response, advanced metering and smart grid projects.  By trimming a community’s energy use and environmental footprint, Honeywell helps free up capital that often pays for critical improvements and maintenance without raising rates or taxes.

3. Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada is a key funding partner, helping municipal governments build the modern public infrastructure Canadians need and use every day. Learn about infrastructure projects that are supporting the economy, benefiting the environment, and contributing to Canadians' quality of life.

Infrastructure Canada est un partenaire financier clé aidant les municipalités à réaliser les infrastructures publiques modernes dont les Canadiens ont besoin et utilisent quotidiennement. Informez-vous sur des projets qui appuient l’économie, l’environnement et la qualité de la vie des Canadiens.

4. Evident: Corporate Investigations

EVIDENT:  Corporate Investigations, located in Saskatchewan, specializes in corporate litigation support, surveillance, labour disputes, Intellectual property protection, external and internal corporate investigations and security assessments to name just a few of our services. Our clients include law firms, government agencies and small to medium sized businesses Evident dedicates itself to meeting the needs of clients and providing outstanding service in this specialized and unique industry.

5. Jardine Lloyd Thompson Canada

Jardine Lloyd Thompson Canada (JLT) is Canada's leading public sector risk management, insurance, and employee benefits specialty brokerage firm. Our clients vary in size from provincial governments to municipalities of a few hundred households. JLT Canada has a well-deserved reputation for providing dynamic, cost-effective and pro-active risk management advice and insurance solutions to this diverse and important sector.

6. ParkSmart Inc.

ParkSmart Inc. is the largest independent processor of parking tickets in Canada, and is the national distributor of AutoCITE and AutoISSUE handhelds and software. ParkSmart delivers unique ticket processing and compliance solutions for Municipalities, Institutions and Private Parking Operators. ParkSmart processes over 500,000 parking tickets annually. Our Service Bureau is designed to provide all the functionality and convenience of an in-house system, without the capital expense of purchasing, installing, maintaining and operating software and hardware.

7. 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.


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

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.

Upcoming Webinars for March and April 2012 include:

•        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

Please also note that we are pleased to offer a french webinar on Social Media Policies in the Workplace.  Please see the description of this webinar and the bio for the instructor Mr. Maurice Gallant below. 


S'il vous plaît noter également que nous sommes heureux d'offrir un webinaire sur les politiques sociales des médias dans le milieu de travail en français. S'il vous plaît voir la description de ce webinaire et la bio pour l'instructeur de M. Maurice Gallant ci-dessous.

Politiques sociales des médias dans le milieu de travail – 3 et 4 mai (Offert en français seulement)

Aujourd’hui l'utilisation d'outils de médias sociaux n'est plus un phénomène nouveau. Même les usagés les plus prudents de nouvelles technologies ont entendu parler d'outils comme Facebook, LinkedIn et Twitter. La plupart d'entre nous ont au moins vu nos amis et nos collègues naviguer le merveilleux monde de la communication sociale instantanée.

Non seulement dans le domaine de plus jeunes, les outils de médias sociaux sont en train de s’établir dans l'entreprise. Pourtant, l'introduction de ces nouvelles applications demeure difficiles pour gestionnaires et planificateurs du monde entier. Est-que la rigide culture d'entreprise est prête à s'adapter à une culture moins formelle de collaboration et de communication instantanée? Sommes-nous capable d’utiliser avec succès, ces outils en tant que partie intégrante de la prestation de services à la clientèle.

Parlons ensemble des risques et les avantages possibles de la poursuite de cette nouvelle direction.

Maurice Gallant, Dirigeant principal de l’information/Directeur adjoint des Services corporatifs
Président e-Novations, Ville de Fredericton

M. Gallant est présentement dirigeant principal de l'information et directeur adjoint des Services Corporatifs avec la Ville de Fredericton. En 1997, M. Gallant s’est joint à la ville de Fredericton en tant que gérant de technologie d'information et de communication. En 2001, il a été nommé Président de e-Novations, une compagnie appartenant à la Ville dédié au développement économique par l'innovation technologique.

M. Gallant a dirigé initiative de la Ville de Fredericton des Collectivités ingénieuses en 2000 et a été directement impliqué dans les initiatives des Villes Intelligentes qui ont vu Fredericton prendre place dans les 7 collectivités les plus intelligentes. Il a joué un rôle de leadership dans la création et le développement du réseau fibre optique communautaire de Fredericton et Fred-eZone, le premier réseau Wi-Fi municipale gratuit au Canada.

Avant de se joindre à la Ville, Maurice était directeur de la technologie au Conference Board du Canada, à Ottawa. Il possède plus de 25 années d'expérience pertinente en gestion de technologie et gestion de projet.

M. Gallant est présentement président de la MISA / ASIM Canada (association des systèmes d`information municipal) et est membre du conseil éthique de la recherche de l'Université du Nouveau-Brunswick.

For further program information and to register online for all webinars please visit: 

Welcome New Members

Welcome to the following new CAMA members:

Douglas E. Cavers, Chief Administrative Officer, Municipal District of Greenview No. 16, Valleyview, AB

Damian Herle, City Manager, City of Camrose, AB

Marco Schoeninger, Chief Administrative Officer, Brazeau County, Drayton Valley, AB

Bernie Morton, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Kindersley, SK

Scott Blevins, City Manager, City of Martensville, SK

Colleen Shepherd, Executive Director, Calgary Regional Partnership, AB

Marg Bailey, Interim Chief Administrative Officer, City of Vernon, BC

Luc Laberge, Directeur général, Ville de Baie d'Urfé, QC

Murray Jamer, Director of Engineering and Public Works, City of Fredericton

Linda Cochrane, General Manager, Community Services Department, City of Edmonton, AB



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