“Celebrating Municipal Leaders” at the 2015 CAMA Conference

The Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) held their national Conference in Jasper, AB from June 1-3, 2015 at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. This year’s theme was “Celebrating Municipal Leaders”.

This annual event offered an array of learning opportunities for chief administrative officers and senior municipal managers serious about enhancing their skill sets. The sessions were designed to offer participants with information and best practices necessary to succeed and prosper.

These three days featured inspiring and invigorating keynote speakers, exceptional networking and social events, as well as an interactive tradeshow featuring companies showcasing municipal-related products and services.

 

Sessions

The Conference kicked off with opening keynote speaker Michael Kerr, who talked about “Inspiring Leadership: Keeping Employees Engaged during the Good, the Bad and Even the Ugly Times.” It ended with closing keynote speaker, Michelle Ray and a session called: “The Power of Personal Leadership – Attitude Makes the Difference.”

In between, there was a variety of sessions led by municipal leaders. June 2nd started with a panel discussion called “Leaders in the Shadows: Leadership Qualities of a CAO.” This was followed by a casual dialogue about how successful local governments depend on employees feeling connected to their leadership and vision.

The afternoon of June 2nd, began with two concurrent sessions. The first was a “Speed Hiking & Networking” session designed to develop one-on-one professional connections. The second was called “Exploring New Revenue Channels – Corporate Sponsorship and Municipalities Today.” The day ended with two more concurrent sessions focusing on small and large municipalities.

June 3 got underway with a plenary session looking at “CAO/Council Relations” as well as an “Update on CAO Performance Evaluation Project.” This was followed by another plenary session about Infrastructure Canada. The day ended with a series of study tours, including “Jasper Fire Smart Program,” a “Waste Management, Waste Water Treatment Plant and Green Building” environmental tour, and a look at why “Jasper National Park was Chosen as a Dark Sky Preserve” by Parks Canada.

 

Other Conference Highlights

The conference also featured a great Golf Tournament with close to 100 players and a river rafting excursion. There were also Provincial/Territorial Association Meetings, a Women’s Social, a First-Time Delegate Reception, and an opening reception in the CAMA Trade Show, where refreshment breaks were held throughout the conference.

On June 2, CAMA held its Annual General Meeting and the Long Service Awards were presented. There was a Young Professionals Reception and a Casual Night Out at Trefoil Lake. On June 3, CAMA’s Awards of Excellence were presented to seven municipalities. The day ended with the CAMA President’s Dinner and the CAMA Honourary Member for Life presentation to Mr. Doug Lychak.

Thanks to the Conference’s Platinum sponsor¨ Alberta Municipal Affairs. Gold conference sponsors include Ravenhill, Jostle, Honeywell, Microsoft, Deloitte, and the City of Edmonton. The program sponsor was The Partnership Group – Sponsorship Specialists.

 

FUTURE CONFERENCE DATES AND LOCATIONS

  • 2016 Winnipeg, MB (May 30 – June 1, 2016) 
  • 2017 Gatineau, QC (May 29-31, 2017) 
  • 2018 Fredericton, NB (May 28-30, 2018)