Gatineau, QC (June 1, 2017) – Duncan E. Campbell, Eng., retired Director General for the City of Westmount, QC, has been recognized for his contribution to excellence in local government administration with an Honorary Membership for Life Award from the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA). The presentation was made during CAMA’s national conference in Gatineau, QC.
“CAMA is pleased to recognize Mr. Campbell for his extraordinary contribution to the field of municipal administration, our professional association and to his community,” said Marie-Hélène Lajoie, president of the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators and City Manager for Gatineau, QC.
After 14 years working for Canadian National Railways in a number of operational and administrative positions across the country, Duncan Campbell joined the Town of Mount Royal, QC in 1988 becoming its Director General in early 1989. He held this position until his appointment as Associate Director General of the new City of Montreal following the municipal mergers of 2001. During his time with the City of Montreal, he managed a number of significant portfolios including the coordination of 11 of its newly formed boroughs and the implementation of SIMON, Montreal’s first integrated management system.
In 2008, he accepted the position of Director General of the City of Westmount, Quebec, a position he retired from on January 9, 2015. During that time, he directed the renewal of Westmount’s administrative departments and services through innovation, organizational and technological change. He also managed the design, construction and implementation phases of the Westmount Recreation Centre project, the first underground arena in the world, which received LEED Gold certification. The Westmount Recreation Centre won a 2015 CAMA Willis Award for Innovation, the Union des municipalités du Québec (UMQ) award in the Heritage and Sports division and was a finalist in three other competitions.
In April 2015, after having been retired for only three months, Mr. Campbell accepted a six-month position as Director General for the Town of Hudson, QC. He brought stability and guidance to a community affected by mismanagement and fraud.
Mr. Campbell has been active in municipal management organizations such as CAMA (where he served as its president in 1995-1996), the Association des directeurs généraux des municipalités du Québec (ADGMQ) and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), where in 2009 he acted as Chair of the Host Committee for its Montreal conference and in 2014 was Conference Planning Chair for its 100th anniversary in Charlotte, NC. In February 2013, he was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition to his long service to the communities he had served.
He is a professional engineer and holds an MBA from the lvey School of Business at Western University. Always active in many charitable, educational and sports organizations, he currently serves as the president of the Weredale Foundation, which runs a summer camp for disadvantaged youth from Montreal's English community. He is also a Level Ill ski instructor at Mont Tremblant.
Mr. Campbell and his family have deep roots in Westmount as many generations have lived here through the years and his great grandfather, George Hogg, was mayor from 1926 to 1930.
“Thank you very much for this honour. I am deeply touched and feel very privileged to have been selected,” said Mr. Campbell. “CAMA has always been an important asset for CAOs and senior municipal staff across Canada. I hope that I made a small contribution to the success it enjoys today as well as to the communities where I have served”
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
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