Gatineau, QC (June 1, 2017) – Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Mississauga, ON was elected president of the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) at the association’s annual general meeting held on May 30, 2017 in Gatineau, QC. She most recently served as First Vice-President for the association and is the CAMA Representative for Ontario.
Baker will lead the 575-member national organization of senior municipal management professionals for the next year. She will succeed outgoing CAMA president, Marie-Hélène Lajoie, City Manager for Gatineau, QC who was CAMA’s first woman president and a former CAMA Director-at-Large.
“I am extremely honoured to have been elected president of the CAMA board of directors,” said Baker. “Through my work with the association over the past few years, I have come to value the role this organization plays in enhancing the work of professional municipal administrators across the county.”
Ms. Baker is the City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the City of Mississauga. Janice brings with her an extensive background in both the private and public sector. She has 30 years of municipal government and fiscal administration experience, serving as Director of Finance and City Treasurer for the City of St. John's, Newfoundland and Commissioner of Corporate Services and then Commissioner of Public Works for the City of Oshawa, Ontario.
She joined the City of Mississauga in May 1999, as Commissioner of Corporate Services and Treasurer and was promoted to City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer in 2005.
Janice has received a number of awards including: three-time Women’s Executive Network (WXN) Top 100 Award winner in the Public Sector Leaders category in 2005, 2007, and 2009; inducted into the WXN Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women’s Hall of Fame in 2010; the Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA) designation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (ICAO) in 2011; and the Excellence in Municipal Finance Award from the Municipal Finance Officers Association of Ontario (MFOA) in 2011.
She currently serves on a number of other Boards and Committees including the Living Arts Centre (LAC), the Healthy Cities Stewardship Centre, and has a long history of community and professional volunteer service. Janice earned a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1979 and went on to become a Chartered Accountant in 1982.
Three new professional municipal administrators were also elected to the CAMA board of directors: Tony Kulbisky, CAMA Representative for Alberta / Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Devon, AB; Beverly Hendry, CAMA Director-at-Large / Commissioner, Corporate Services Department, City of Oshawa, ON; and, Cory Bellmore, CAMA Representative for Northwest Territories, Yukon Territory and Nunavut / Chief Administrative Officer, Village of Carmacks, YT.
The 2017-18 CAMA board of directors includes:
- Janice Baker, President / CAMA Representative for Ontario / City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), City of Mississauga, ON
- Marc Landry, First Vice President / CAMA Representative for New Brunswick / City Manager, City of Moncton, NB
- Jeff Renaud, Second Vice President / CAMA Director-at-Large
- Jake Rudolph, Treasurer / CAMA Representative for British Columbia / Deputy City Manager, City of Abbotsford, BC
- Marie-Hélène Lajoie, Past President / CAMA Director-at-Large / City Manager, Gatineau, QC
- Rodney Cumby, CAMA Representative Newfoundland and Labrador / Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Paradise, NL
- Louis Coutinho, CAMA Representative for Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island / Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Windsor, NS
- Jack Benzaquen, CAMA Representative, Quebec / City Manager, City of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC
- Jean-Marc (JM) Nadeau, CAMA Representative for Manitoba and Saskatchewan / City Manager, City of Portage la Prairie, MB
- Tony Kulbisky, CAMA Representative for Alberta / Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Devon, AB
- Beverly Hendry, Commissioner, Corporate Services Department, City of Oshawa, ON / CAMA Director-at-Large
- Cory Bellmore, Chief Administrative Officer, Village of Carmacks, YT / CAMA Representative for Northwest Territories Yukon Territory and Nunavut
The Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) is a national, non-profit association open to all Chief Administrative Officers / City Managers and any person employed in a senior management position that reports directly to a CAO. With a membership of approximately 575 senior municipal employees, from all parts of Canada, CAMA collectively represents more than 70% of the nation’s population. www.camacam.ca
CAMA: Stacey Murray, firstname.lastname@example.org, 506-261-3534
Mississauga: Lindsay Francini, Supervisor, Public Relations (A), 905-615-3200 ext 4073, Lindsay.Francini@mississauga.ca