CAMA First Vice-President Bev Hendry will take over as President

Best wishes to Cory Bellmore, Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Dawson, YT, and current President of the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) who will be stepping down from her duties as Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Dawson at the end of December 2022.  She will also be resigning from her role as CAMA President.  She will begin a new position as the Director of Finance for Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation in the Village of Carmacks, YT early in the new year.  The move will bring her closer to family.


Congratulations to Bev Hendry, CAMA’s First Vice-President, who will assume the position of President on January 1, 2023.  Hendry is the Chief Administrative Officer for the Township of West Lincoln, the largest municipality geographically in the Niagara Region, ON.  She will finish out Bellmore’s term, which runs until the Association’s Annual General Meeting on May 30, 2023.  At that time, she will continue as CAMA President for the 2023-2024 Board term, as was the original plan.

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A Guide for the CAO and A Guide for the Mayor & Council

Recognizing the importance of the relationships between the City Manager, Town Manager, or Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), and Mayor and Council, CAMA launched a CAO Performance Evaluation Toolkit in 2017. Over the years, we have heard feedback from our members and their Councils on the Toolkit and are pleased to provide you with a new updated and improved 2023 edition with a “Guide for the CAO” and a “Guide for the Mayor & Council”.

What is included in the CAO and Mayor & Council Guides? Both guides offer information on the value of performance discussions, quick reference guides of the three-part process, a sample performance evaluation template (without a rating system) focusing on the specific annual Council and CAO goals, an example of a mandate letter outlining the annual expectations of a CAO, a checklist, and a suggested timeline.  The CAO Guide provides details on completing the self-evaluation and Information Package for the elected officials, while the Guide for the Mayor & Council outlines the specific steps that should be followed in preparing the Final Performance Evaluation Report and meeting with the CAO.  

CAMA encourages a broader, more holistic understanding of performance conversations, which form “part of an ongoing process, not just an annual event”.  

This new resource will be launched in early January 2023.

Virtual National Forum for CAMA Members: 

“Pivoting Towards Virtual Healthcare” 

Hosted by Canoe Benefits


As part of our ongoing commitment to our members we are pleased to introduce you to a Virtual National Forum, hosted by CAMA’s Platinum Partner, Canoe BenefitsThis opportunity is free to you and your employees so please share this information.


This forum Pivoting Towards Virtual Healthcarewith speakers Dr. Ryan Todd, MD, FRCPP – CEO, Headversity and Judy Plotkin - VP Health Solutions, People Corporation, will be held on Tuesday, December 13, 2022 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST.


Who Can Attend this Webinar?:  CAMA Members and Their Employees. Non-Members are also welcome to attend.


Registration Cost: FREE but registration is required at 


About this Session: Ensuring healthcare services are easily accessible for your employees can provide real value to your organization. This webinar will go over the employee and employer benefits of virtual health care; and will help you navigate the virtual health services available including, mental health care, primary care & care management, pharmacy, and health coaching.


Changing the Game in Workforce Mental Health - Virtual Preventative Mental Health Care. Presented by: Dr. Ryan Todd, MD, FRCPP – CEO, Headversity

Dr. Ryan Todd is a psychiatrist and technologist, founding the workplace mental health and resilience platform Headversity. Ryan is also an award-winning documentarian, a Top 40 under 40 recipient with Avenue Magazine, a published researcher, and host of the popular HR podcast “Beyond the Check Box” . 


Navigating Virtual Health Care Services

Presented by: Judy Plotkin - VP Health Solutions, People Corporation

Judy will be breaking down the real value of virtual healthcare services including:

-Paid vs free services

-Services specific to your region

-Services included with your benefits provider / broker

-Helping your organization save money on benefit costs

-Making practitioners more accessible

-Reducing wait times for specialists

-Reduced prices for employees to see specialists (making benefit dollars go further)

-Reducing employees time away from work

Sign up today by sending an e-mail to



In addition to the launch of our new CAO Performance Evaluation Toolkit, January is a very busy month for CAMA. Watch for details in your inbox on the following programs and services:

Membership Renewals. You will be receiving your membership renewal for the April 1, 2023 to March 31, 2024 fiscal year by e-mail in the first two weeks of January with a deadline of March 31, 2023.

2023 CAMA Awards of Excellence. The call for nominations and on-line nomination forms for CAMA’s 2023 Awards of Excellence will be available the first week of January with the deadline being February 13, 2023. All members will receive an e-mail with the details.

Long Service Recognition Awards. CAMA's Long Service Recognition Awards Program recognizes and celebrates CAMA members’ dedication to public service and municipal management. These awards are based on the number of years of full-time, paid employment in municipal government in a management capacity (a Chief Administrative Officer or reporting directly to a Chief Administrative Officer). They are granted at ten years and given in five year increments and presented each Spring. The 10 and 15 year awards are mailed and the 20+ year awards are presented at the Annual Conference.  How do you know if you are to receive an award? Staff will be generating a list of members whose records indicate that they will be eligible for service awards this year.  You will be contacted in late January/early February by e-mail if you are receiving an award.

CAMA Honourary for Life Membership. The Honourary Life Membership in CAMA is an honour presented by the Board of Directors to a member, past or present, who has been nominated by his or her peers.  This award recognizes an individual's commitment to advancing the objectives of CAMA and the contributions they've made to both the Association and the municipal profession across Canada. This program was reviewed by the Board and has updated criteria. The nomination forms are available now on the website with a deadline of January 31, 2023.

2023 CAMA Annual Conference - May 29-31, 2023

The Conference Program and on-line registration will be available at the end of January 2023. You won't want to miss this great line up of speakers, amazing Pre-Conference activities and Study Tours exploring the Muskoka Region, and the grand finale at the President's Dinner finally celebrating our 50th Anniversary in person with ABBA Revisited, North America’s #1 tribute to ABBA.  This show is a must see and will have you on your feet singing and dancing all night long. Get a glimpse of their performances here.


The hotel room block for the May 29-31, 2023 CAMA Conference at the Deerhurst Resort is open. If you haven't booked your room yet visit the Conference website for details.

Save the Date: Virtual National Webinar Hosted by CAMA's Business Partner HotSpot Parking on Thursday, January 26, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. EST.

"Digital-First Parking: Proven Results One Year On"

For more information visit the CAMA website and register here.

ICMA: Seven Ways to Boost Your Leadership Capabilities

By Dr. Frank Benest

How does one move into a management position when one has little management and leadership experience?

Read the Full Article Here.


Lou Varela, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Qualicum Beach, BC

Viv Thoss, Chief Administrative Officer, Village of Silverton, BC

Kelly Sutton, Manager, Strategic Planning and Corporate Performance Measures, Office of Transformation and Strategy, City of Vaughan, ON

Barbara Miller, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Peace River, AB

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