Conference Scholarships


In recognition of the importance of promoting professional development opportunities for members, the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators established the CAMA Scholarship Program.

Through the Scholarship Program, CAMA provides up to six scholarships for the registration fee (in the amount of $725.00) for the Annual Conference (two to young professionals pursuing a career in local government; two to members working in municipalities located north of the 60th parallel; and two to members from smaller municipalities).  Individuals are only eligible to receive a scholarship once to provide an opportunity to others to access this scholarship.  The scholarship is not transferable and must be used in the same year that it was awarded.

Congratulations to the following 2017 recipients:

  • Sean Goin, Manager of Infrastructure, Town of Devon, AB
  • Andrew Crowe, Recreation & Community Development Manager, Town of Rosthern, SK
  • Stephen O’Brien, City Clerk, City of Guelph, ON
  • Sheila Bassi-Kellett, Senior Administrative Officer, City of Yellowknife, NT
  • Mark Koch, Director of Community Services, District of Lake Country, BC



Scholarship applicants must be a CAMA member (or working with a CAMA member under the Young Professionals category).  Please see the details below where two scholarships are awarded for each category:

Young Professionals

The CAMA Scholarship Program is designed to engage the young Canadians who are pursuing a career in municipal government and thereby encouraging these young people to be champions in their communities in subsequent years.  To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants must:

  1. Be working with a CAMA member in their municipality.
  2. Be under the age of forty.
  3. Have written confirmation from the Chief Administrative Officer of the municipality they are working for that municipality, and that permission is granted to attend the CAMA Conference if the applicant is successful.


Smaller Municipalities

The CAMA Scholarship Program is designed to assist CAMA members of smaller municipalities who have limited training funds.  To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants must:

  1. Be an active member in good standing of CAMA.
  2. Work for a municipality with a population under 20,000.


North of the 60th Parallel

The CAMA Scholarship Program is designed to assist CAMA members working in remote northern Canadian communities who have limited training funds and have higher travel costs to attend the Conference.  To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants must:

  1. Be a member in good standing of CAMA.
  2. Work for a municipality in the Yukon, Northwest Territories, or Nunavut.



As part of the application process, each applicant must write a statement in 200 words or less briefly answering the following questions:

  • summarizing what attending the CAMA Conference would mean to his or her professional development
  • why they feel the scholarship should be granted, and
  • How they intend to share the information that they learned at the Conference with others.



All applications were reviewed by a Committee comprised of CAMA Board members and staff. The successful candidates were selected based upon the individual application and the fact that attendance at the 2017 Conference may not occur without scholarship.



If a scholarship is awarded, applicants must respond and confirm their acceptance by the deadline date as set by CAMA in the e-mail notice.  If the applicant does not respond to CAMA`s scholarship offer by the date outlined in the e-mail offer, the scholarship shall be rescinded without appeal.  Scholarships are non-transferable and have no redeemable cash value.

Unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to resubmit the following year if they meet the criteria.

All recipients of this Scholarship Program are responsible for their own hotel and travel arrangements and any other related costs to and from the CAMA Conference.  A block of rooms is set aside at the Conference hotel for scholarship recipients.

We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity for the 2018 Conference taking place in Fredericton from May 28-30, 2018!  Details will be available in January 2018!