Roy Brideau, a long-time dedicated member, ambassador, advocate, supporter, and promoter of the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA), has received the 2023 Honorary Membership for Life Award from the association. The presentation was made remotely during the President’s Dinner at the CAMA Annual Conference.
Brideau has been a member of CAMA for more than 25 years and has more than 35 years of experience in municipal government, serving much of that time as a Chief Administrative Officer. He has worked in Alberta, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia.
Brideau has served as President of the Association of Municipal Administrators of Nova Scotia (AMANS) and spearheaded the Certified Municipal Manager (CMM) credentialling program. As an advisor, he helped develop the National Advanced Certificate in Local Government Administration (NACLAA) program including curriculum, teaching, and learning standards and marketing strategy. He has also served on many Federal, Provincial, Municipal committees with the goal of improving governance to the citizens we serve.
With a stellar reputation as a public service professional, he has repeatedly transformed the municipalities where he served into policy driven, efficient, effective, and professionally managed organizations. Good governance matters and Brideau was a diplomatic and persistent advocate for governance improvement, integrity, and good / best practices.
He was always an effective leader down through the ranks of municipal employees, up to the councils and out to the communities he’s served. He was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, served as President of the Hantsport Memorial Scholarship Foundation, and is a past Rotarian.
Brideau’s passion for building teams, empowering people, and building community is unsurpassed. He is truly a leader with a huge heart who cares about people, community, and the betterment of municipal government overall. He has a personal and professional reputation as a knowledgeable, dedicated, fair-minded and principled manager, and has been unwavering in upholding the values of CAMA.
“Roy Brideau is a very deserving and accomplished honorary life member recipient and is a true credit to the profession of local government administration and our association,” said Bev Hendry, CAMA President, CAMA Member-At-Large (For Municipalities with Populations Under 100,000) and CAO for the Township of West Lincoln, ON. “On behalf of the CAMA Board of Directors, it was my honour to present this year’s award to him.”
“I thank the CAMA Board of Directors. I am honoured to receive this award from CAMA, an organization dedicated to high standards of good governance and professional management of municipalities across Canada," said Brideau. “My years as a member have provided me with the necessary resources for both professional and personal growth and friendships that will last a lifetime.”