Quarterly Newsletter from the Canadian Network of Asset Managers
A Message from the Chair
I am pleased to be reaching out to you for the first time as Chair of the CNAM Board, at a critical time in our public infrastructure asset management journey.

These past couple years, and this summer in particular, have highlighted the need for infrastructure owners to be agile and adaptable in addressing new challenges. Extreme weather, including heat, fires, and storms, are indicative of the “new reality” that we are facing, and the urgency for real action to address climate change impacts and protect and preserve our natural environment and assets. We have faced increasing pressures on our ability to deliver ongoing services from both operational and long-term perspectives, and ensure that public investment in assets is feasible and sustainable into the future. As a colleague said to me the other day, it is important to recognize that our current situation may not be entirely our doing as individuals, but it is our collective problem to solve (and the time is now).

Our Executive Director Doug has spoken previously about the resilience and dedication of the CNAM Board, contractors and volunteers through the pandemic, and this extends to our members as well. Many of you are working hard to build meaningful and achievable plans to manage your assets, despite significant uncertainty. Many owners are breaking new ground to embed public social goals such as equity, reconciliation, and overall sustainability into asset management planning. You are also moving to adopt and advance improved technology and data management practices to become more agile and proactive.

As we move forward into the last quarter of 2021, I want to recognize the hard work of the CNAM Board, Committees and contractors in advancing work that will support you in meeting the ongoing and emerging challenges you face as asset managers. We’ve had the opportunity to welcome new Board members, bringing fresh perspectives and enthusiasm to the work we do. The Board has experienced its most active summer yet, skipping our typical hiatus to respond to new opportunities and develop programming for the year ahead.

Where to from here?
As we move into the fall, our work will continue to focus on a few key areas:
  • Internal strength: We are building a more robust, transparent CNAM organization through changes to bylaws, policies, election of Board members, procurement, internal business processes, a new website and member management system, and improved marketing, communications and social media engagement.
  • Partner engagement: We have a renewed commitment to focus on relationship-building and engage meaningfully with our partners on the needs of specific regions, services/assets and professionals undertaking asset management.
  • Addressing the gap: We are focusing our programming and resources on underserved Canadian communities and public infrastructure owners, while building and maintaining a collaborate community and opportunities for knowledge-sharing and networking that welcome all levels of maturity in asset management.
  • Moving beyond AM101: We are looking forward with the intent to build more advanced and applied content that will support those looking for more guidance, once they have gotten started in building their asset management program.
  • A 5-year vision for public infrastructure asset management: This year, we will refresh our vision for CNAM and its contribution to our mandate of improving public infrastructure asset management across Canada. This will include opportunities for our partners and members to provide input on our five-year focus areas.

If you have any questions about where CNAM is headed, or how you can be a part of it, please reach out.

Enjoy the rest of your summer! I look forward to seeing you at today’s networking session, or one of our fall courses and events.

Katie Geoghegan
CNAM Chair

CNAM Virtual Networking - Summer Edition
Join us for a CNAM Virtual Networking Event today at 6 PM ET! This 1-hour virtual networking session (via Zoom) is a member-only event.

Behind the scenes the membership committee is organizing a fun event (which may, or may not include, an interactive CNAM trivia game). As a benefit of membership, this FREE event is open to members only.
New CNAM Website - Coming Soon!

CNAM will be launching our BRAND NEW website in the next month! Be prepared for an updated and modern aesthetic, easier page navigation, organized resources, and an overall, more user-friendly experience. Monitor your email for the official announcement as we will be requiring all membership profiles to be updated!

P.S. Along with the launch of the new website we will be announcing some exciting new membership options (think Team and New Professional membership) - keep your eyes peeled for details!

CNAM 2022 Annual Conference
We are thrilled to announce that the CNAM 2022 Annual Conference will be located at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in London, Ontario on May 2-5, 2022!
The past two years have been challenging on many levels but CNAM rose to the challenge and embraced the change to successful virtual events with its 2020 and 2021 Virtual Conferences. We are proud of our community for sticking together through this challenging period.
As we transition back to in-person events, the 2022 Annual Conference will be a hybrid format. This gives you as a guest, the choice of attending in-person or continuing to attend virtually.
Stay tuned for further information!
Presenter: Lee Anne Harder, Corporate Asset Management Coordinator, City of Saskatoon

Date: September 29, 2021
Time:  12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Featured Event - CNAM Webinar
CNAM’s very own Lee Anne Harder will be presenting AMP Detective - Discoveries from 50+ AMP's from Across Canada. Tune in to hear more about:
  • The "aha" moments
  • The growing opportunities
  • Value received from getting what we have on paper

This event is FREE for members and only $50 for non-members!

Visit our Upcoming Events page for a complete list of all events happening within the next few months!
More Upcoming Events
September 14, 2021 – AM 101: CNAM’s Renowned Asset Management Awareness Workshop is back for the fall!
September 16, 2021 – November 18, 2021 - AM Capacity Building Program – Group #1: Learn about CNAM’s AM Competency Framework for Canadian Communities (AMCF) and how it can help you, your team, and your organization increase AM capacity and build AM capabilities.
September 21, 2021 and September 28, 2021 – AM 102: CNAM’s Renowned Asset Management Awareness Workshop is back for the fall!
Job Postings
There are a number of Asset Management positions on our website.

Asset Management Supervisor
City of Whitehorse, YT

Director, Asset Management and Building Performance
City of Toronto, Toronto, ON

Job postings are complimentary to CNAM members and $100 plus GST for non-members. Please forward your short job post description (must provide a descriptive paragraph) and a PDF of the full job posting and contact information to Membership Services at membership@cnam.ca

What's on Your Mind?
Got something to share? Help us decide on our next webinar or suggest an article or topic for the next issue of the CNAMer. You can vote for one of the topics noted below or suggest something different – what’s got you thinking?
  • Making the case for asset management investment
  • Balancing investment needs: growth, enhanced levels of service, and maintenance
  • Climate change and resiliency
  • Other topics

Members of CNAM enjoy many benefits such as:

  • Discounted registration at CNAM’s Annual Conference

  • The opportunity to be nominated for the prestigious CNAM Awards, which celebrates and recognizes individuals and organizations in the asset management industry. More information…

  • Exclusive access to CNAMpedia- a source of infrastructure asset management information provided by fellow CNAM members

For more information membership benefits, please visit our website.
The CNAM Board
CNAM Executive

Katie Geoghegan, Chair, Director

Leanne Brannigan, Vice Chair, Director

Patrick Kelly, Secretary-Treasurer, Director

Matt Dawe, Past Chair (Non-Voting)
Executive Director

Douglas Cutts
CNAM Directors

Gabriel Bruneau, Director (Quebec)
Jennifer Duncan, Director (East: NS, NL, NB, PEI)
Lee Anne Harder, Director (Prairie)
Sudhir Jha, Director (Territories)
Jude Pillainayagam, Director (West: BC, Alberta)
Irving LeBlanc, Director (Indigenous Public Sector/Community Rep)
Cassandra Pacey, Director-at-Large (Public)
Chris Klos, Director-at-Large (Public)
Pierre-Louis Beaulieu-Bellemare, Director-at-Large (Non-Public)
Robert Price, Director-at-Large (Non-Public)
Darla Campbell, Director-at-Large, (Non-Public)
Bernadette O'Connor, Director-at-Large (Non-Public)
Duane Nicol, Director (Municipalities Under or Around 100,000)
Leslie Nanibush, Chair, New Professionals Network (Non- Voting)