Cory Bellmore

Outgoing CAMA President

Board Representative for Northwest Territories, Yukon Territory, & Nunavut.

CAMA Seeking Member Municipalities to Speak at the 2023 CAMA Conference

(May 29-31, 2023 - Deerhurst Resort, ON)

“Innovative Best Practices for Building Capacity and Community Resilience in the Face of a Changing Climate”


The CAMA Conference strives to provide exceptional experiences and value to attendees.  To that end, the Program Sub-Committee are seeking panelists for a session entitled “Innovative Best Practices for Building Capacity and Community Resilience in the Face of a Changing Climate”.  


Session Description

The impacts of changing climate are evident in Canada, and local governments have a unique and critical role to play in managing the risks.  While all levels of government have important adaptation responsibilities, municipalities are often on the front line to ensure the risks are managed effectively and the community is safe.  Municipalities of all sizes face many new risks and opportunities, and anticipating the effects of climate change and taking actions before major impacts occur is an effective strategy to manage climate risk and reduce a community’s overall vulnerability.  This will also result in lower long-term costs and to be more effective.  Adaptation involves making changes in decisions, activities, and thinking in response to observed or expected changes in climate.


This session will provide CAOs and senior managers with information to help them understand the need for climate change adaptation, and how to plan ahead with your teams, and put adaptation measures in place.  It will illustrate how municipalities of varying sizes from across the country are developing plans, the measures they have adopted, and lessons learned.


Invitation to Submit A Proposal

Do you have stories and/or actionable real-life examples that showcase innovative best practices in climate adaptability, how to prepare for the future, and that attendees can take back and implement in their own communities?  CAMA member municipalities are invited to submit their proposals outlining their best practices, and the bio of the speaker (maximum one page).


The deadline for proposals is Wednesday, January 11, 2023. All proposals will be reviewed by the 2023 Conference Program Sub-Committee and selections will be made based on the speakers’ knowledge and experience on the topic. The Committee will also consider diversity on the panel with representation from across the country and from different size municipalities.

This breakout session will take place on Tuesday, May 30th, 2023 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST.


Please note that speakers will be responsible for their expenses including registration, airfare, hotel accommodations, and any other travel costs.


For further information, please contact Jennifer Goodine at or 1-866-771-2262.

The International Regional Vice President position serving a three-year term (2023-2026) is open to ICMA Full members serving in a full-time, appointed position to a local government in Canada.

ICMA invites you to consider the unique background and perspective that you can bring to the association as a board member. ICMA’s Regional Vice Presidents play a critical leadership role within the local government management profession, represent members in their geographic region, and serve three-year terms. For more information on the International Vice-President seat for Canada and to view a summary of the eligibility click here. All details and nomination information can be found on this link.

Current ICMA Regional Vice-President for Canada, Chris MacPherson, is also available to speak with you about what this commitment entails. He can be reached at


Mitacs connects municipalities with funding and expertise to address urgent and important issues. Through Mitacs' programs, municipalities of all sizes are matched with post-secondary researchers with specialized skills to help develop solutions on issues such as infrastructure, climate change, economic development and more. To contact us visit the CAMA website.

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Laurie Kennard, Chief Administrative Officer, Township of Severn, ON

Eleanor Mohammed, Land Use and Lands Protection Act Specialist, Government of Prince Edward Island - Department of Agriculture and Lands, Charlottetown, PEI

Sarah Kim, Acting Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Grimsby, ON

Sarah Sweeney, Director of Parks, Recreation & Culture, Town of Grimsby, ON

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